Presentation topics include:
- First Job – The Importance of Formal and Informal Mentoring by Megan Pate
- Taking Parental Leave/Career Break by Mark S. Blamey and Erica Ellis
City of Vancouver Engineering Services
Megan works for the City of Vancouver as the Design Manager of the Northeast False Creek (NEFC) Project. The $400 million project involves replacing the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts in downtown Vancouver with a new multi-modal street network. Megan also led the publication of the City of Vancouver’s first consolidated Design Manual, Standard Detail Drawings, and Construction Specifications, the first editions of which were published in 2019. She was awarded the Young Professional Award by Engineers and Geoscientists BC in 2019 and enjoys participating in the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Career Awareness Program. She has had wonderful mentors throughout her career and was inspired to start the City of Vancouver’s Engineering Department mentoring program in 2016, which is still successfully pairing mentees and mentors today.
President, Kerr Wood Leidal
Mark S. Blamey, P.Eng., P.E., MBA, is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Mechanical Engineering (B.A.Sc. 1982), and the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto (MBA 1996). He has worked for several consulting firms, including Cobalt Engineering in roles from Project Manager to Managing Partner and CEO, and has led Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. as its president for the last 5 years.
Mark is committed to mentorship and developing the next generation of leaders. He also has a unique, long-term interest in sports psychology. He is a goal-oriented, progressive, future-focused leader with a hands-on approach and proven expertise in organizational development, operational performance, and staff motivation.
Sector Leader, Kerr Wood Leidal
Erica Ellis is a professional geoscientist specializing in the practical application of science to environmental management. Her technical work has focused on river morphology and hydrology in watersheds throughout British Columbia, as well as in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Washington State. Erica is also a committed project manager who has had extensive involvement in projects with multi-stakeholder groups. She is an excellent communicator, and skilled at successfully conveying technical information to diverse audiences. In 2019, Erica became the sector leader for KWL’s Water Resources Group (South Coast). Erica is the mother of two school-age boys.
Director of Building Service, McCuaig & Associates Engineering Ltd.
As the Director of Building Science, my main goal everyday is to provide guidance and leadership that allows our team to effectively manage and deliver projects. I try to lead by example and communicate in many different ways that everyone on our team adds value to our projects. I have been involved in the engineering and construction industry for over 15 years. My main focus has been building science and project management. I am especially interested in providing sustainable building solutions for existing buildings and I hope to lead McCuaig in undertaking EnerPHit and Low Energy Buildings for building renovations. I am involved in my local school communities and continue to seek out industry committees where I can add value and support.
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