March 2019

Career Hacks for Non-Traditional Professionals

Panel Discussion Organized by Women In Engineering and Geoscience Division

Status: Registration is now closed, Please contact John Suyte, [email protected] or call 604-412-4885 for space availability. Thank you.
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM–6:30 PM: Registration and Networking
6:30 PM–7:30 PM: Presentation and Panel Discussion
7:30 PM–7:45 PM: Questions and Closing
Location: Telus Garden, 510 W Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3
Presenter: Dr. Selina Tribe, P.Geo.
Faculty Member, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Douglas College

Phyllis Chong, M.A.Sc., P.Eng..
Instructor, Civil Engineering

Mary Congdon, P.Eng.
Distribution Engineering, Team Lead
BC Hydro 

Ruxandra Fediuc
Software Architect
Telus Digital
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Regular Pricing: $25.00 + GST = $26.25 

Student Member : $9.53 + GST = $10.00

Drop-in Registrations at the door (space permitting): $30.00 
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 28, 2019 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: If you have questions, please contact Krupal Pal, Event Coordinator, at [email protected].
Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division is organizing a panel discussion event to support young professionals to grow and advance in their career paths. Catering and refreshments will be provided.

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Dr. Selina Tribe, P.Geo.

Faculty Member, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Douglas College

Dr. Selina Tribe, P.Geo is a Professional Geoscientist with 25 years experience mapping rocks and landforms on Earth, and as far afield as Mars. She has consulted on numerous mineral exploration and resource development projects throughout the Americas. Dr. Tribe is active in mineral exploration in British Columbia, and serves on the board of Sego Resources Inc.  She is the Chair of Women in Engineering and Geoscience, a division of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. She has authored online technical courses, scholarly papers, maps, and articles on various aspects of earth science.  She mentors junior geologists and students interested in science.

Phyllis Chong, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering, British Columbia Institute of Technology

 Phyllis Chong is a structural engineer with over 12 years of experience in engineering consulting prior to joining the faculty in the department of Civil Engineering at BCIT.

In her teaching role at BCIT, Phyllis shares her industry knowledge with engineering and engineering technology students through delivery of project-focused courses in the second-, third-, and fourth-years of the civil engineering program. Phyllis also enjoys being the first point of contact for students in her department through her first-year Introduction to Civil Engineering course.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Phyllis is also currently the BCIT Champion for Engineer Canada’s 30-by-30 Initiative (to encourage and support women in Engineering), faculty advisor for BCIT’s Women in Engineering (WiE) student group, and co-chair of the 2-Day Challenge (a student competition to foster collaboration between numerous departments in BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment).

Phyllis’s experience includes infrastructure and bridge engineering-related projects in Canada and the United States, where she has acted as Proposal Lead, Key Client Account Manager, Project Manager, Designer, Design Checker, and Analyst for bridge projects.

Phyllis has expertise and interest in the design of steel and concrete bridge structures, including various forms such as cable-stayed, suspension, arch, and girder bridges. She has also supported construction services for several bridge projects. Phyllis enjoys human interaction – in particular, attending professional conferences and building and fostering relationships. Through her previous managing role as a Group Lead, she provided leadership and direction to assigned staff.

Ruxandra Fediuc

Software Architect, Telus Digital

Ruxandra is one of the familiar faces around the community, acting as Director of Marketing for Women Who Code Vancouver since summer 2017, speaker and member of Women Techmakers Vancouver, speaker and champion of #MoveTheDial, and having previously mentored with both Lighthouse Labs and Ladies Learning Code. 

Ruxandra has been working as a Software Engineer & Architect with TELUS Digital for 3+ years, having had the chance to contribute to or lead multiple projects in the My TELUS and Home Solutions team. Currently part of the Architecture Support Team, she helps ensure continuous alignment to overall technical vision between the different teams and departments in TELUS.

Originally from Romania, after 6+ years in digital marketing, analytics & SEM and a bit of entrepreneurship, Ruxandra decided to get back to an old love of hers: coding. She thinks she couldn’t have made a better choice and loves being part of the local dev community. In her spare time, she is an avid foodie and instagrammer, and loves to read, play tennis, ski, or crochet cute animals.

Mary Congdon, P.Eng.

Distribution Engineering, Team Lead, BC Hydro

Mary Congdon was raised in Southern Ontario by her mother, grandmother and older brother.

She enjoyed high school, including lots of extra-curricular activities (sports, band, and student council); her favourite subjects were math, science,  and geography. At the urging of a neighbour, she joined Air Cadets. Her Cadet group went on a tour of Royal Military College, a university run by the Canadian Armed Forces to train leaders (officers). Here was one place that combined sports, leadership, cadets, and academic studies! She applied and was accepted.

Upon graduation from Royal Military College, she completed her Military Engineering Training in Chilliwack BC, then held a number of positions including Project Engineer for a mobile Construction and Engineering Team based out of Winnipeg, and then Base Maintenance Officer at Shilo, Manitoba. Mary also spent six months working for the UN in Northern Pakistan as a technical expert and leader for a Mine and Unexploded Ordinance  Awareness Program for Afghan Refugees. 

When her first daughter arrived, Mary left the Armed Forces and followed her husband to Calgary. After a year at home with baby, she joined the City of Calgary Electric System (now Enmax) as a Distribution Engineer. She specialized in Underground Residential Distribution Joint Design and Construction processes with Developers, Telephone, Cable, and Natural Gas companies. During her tenure at Enmax, her second daughter arrived. She was also very active in the Women in Engineering and Science Network, including visits to many classrooms to share her knowledge of electromagnets and electric circuits.

Mary’s next adventure was with Canadian Pacific Railway, as the Power Engineer in the Signals & Communications Team. Once familiar with the Railway systems, she created Design and Construction Standards for Railside Power Systems, managed many out of town electrical construction projects, and became a technical leader in mitigating interference on the Railway system by power lines installed in the vicinity of rails. She represented the railway industry on CSA technical committees and pioneered safe work procedures for railway workers in areas of electrical induction hazard. Mary moved to Revelstoke to look after the Buildings and Bridges Engineering Group, including the operation and maintenance of the 35 kV power line from Revelstoke through Rogers Pass.

Currently, Mary is a Distribution Engineering Team Lead at BC Hydro. She really enjoys the role of Team Lead, because it combines technical knowledge, practical utility experience, business leadership, and people coaching. Her sights are focused on continuous improvement and team growth.


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