Engineering and geoscience has a large-scale retention problem: talented, interested, and skilled women leave engineering at higher rates than men. The considerable literature on women leaving engineering and geosciences highlights the difficulty of balancing long work hours and family along with the associated lack of mentoring and networks, as well as the risk-taking environment. For any individual, the decision to persist or change careers, jobs, or organizations is often precipitated by a variety of factors that influence the trajectory of the choice process. It is therefore, critical to understand the diversity of factors that may lead some women to persist in engineering and geosciences and others to leave it.
Our educational system and organizations that employ women professionals have a vital role in better preparing and creating work environments that both attract and retain women professionals.
Diversity with inclusion provides a potent mix of talent retention and engagement. As the discipline continues to lose female talent, more must be done to keep these women engaged.
President, Tuya Terra Geo Corp.
Dr. Hickson has a broad spectrum of expertise and experience built up over more than 30 years’ of practice as a geoscientist. She provides technical expertise in geothermal energy, lithium exploration, volcanology, project management, community consultation, stakeholder engagement, international relations, and geoscience education. She is also engaged in philanthropic activities such as UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Geoparks, food security, and community gardening.
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Maria Holuszko has more than 25 years of experience in mineral and coal processing engineering working with industry, academia, and government. Her first position was at the University of Alberta, followed by the Alberta Research Council. In the 1990s I held a senior Licensed Scientist position at the British Columbia Ministry of Energy in Victoria, BC, and she was engaged in consulting work for the mining industry before she decided to pursue her PhD studies at UBC. After completing her PhD degree in 2006, she moved to Australia to work at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, the center of excellence for mineral processing at the University of Queensland. In 2011, She returned to work for the industry as a Senior Research Engineer at Teck Resources until she joined the UBC Mining Engineering department as Assistant Professor in 2014.
In 2015, together with professor Veiga they founded a new center dedicated to research in the area of waste re-processing, which has been financially supported by the Dean of Applied Sciences. Since establishing the center, they have attracted local recycling companies to collaborate with them on the recovery of valuable metals from what are otherwise municipal waste streams.
Associate Director, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Lindsay Steele is a Professional Geoscientist with 9 years of experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. In 2015, Lindsay joined the association as a Practice Advisor in the Professional Practice, Standards, and Development Department. Since joining the association, she has achieved certification as an ISO 9001: Lead Auditor, which has enabled her to take on a primary role in audits and training carried out under Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Program. In her new role, she manages development of the association’s professional practice and quality management guidelines, practice advice services, and OQM Program, as well as oversees the association’s professional practice committees and working groups.
Senior Engineer, Sewer Design Policy Planning, City of Vancouver
Michelle Revesz is currently working as a senior engineer at the City of Vancouver. She is in a leadership role related to sewer policy and planning, and is heavily involved with integrated water resources management initiatives at the City of Vancouver. Previously, she worked as a project engineer at Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. for 11 years and in Focus for 1 year. Outside of her professional career, Michelle is a proud mother of three charming children.
- 6:30 PM: Registration and Networking
- 7:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions
- 7:15 PM: Panel Discussion
- 8:30 PM: Networking
- 9:00 PM: Closing
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