March 2021

Career Hacks 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 8, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Gemma Pedersen-Arseneau
Field Engineer
PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.

Megan Pate, P.Eng.
Manager of the Utilities Management Branch (Acting)
City of Vancouver

Erica Ellis, P.Geo., M.Sc.
Sector Leader
Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
Credit: 1 Informal Continuing Education (CE) Hours
Cost: Division Members: Free
Non-Division Members: $9.52 + GST = $10.00
Contact: If you have questions, please contact the event organizers, at [email protected].
The Career Hacks For Non-Traditional Professionals: COVID-19 Edition is a panel discussion featuring three topics: starting a job during COVID-19, career growth during COVID-19, and work-life balance during COVID-19.

Presentation topics include:

  • Starting a Job During COVID-19 by Gemma Pedersen-Arseneau
  • Career Growth During COVID-19 by Megan Pate
  • Work-life Balance During COVID-19 by Erica Ellis


  • 6:30 PM–6:35 PM: Introduction
  • 6:35 PM–7:35 PM: Presentations
  • 7:35 PM–8:00 PM: Q&A


Gemma Pederson-Arseneau

PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.

Gemma is a Field Coordinator at PCL currently working on the VGH OR Renewal Project. The project includes upgrading 16 ORs, the Patient Care Units and the Supporting Services of the 3rd floor of Jim Pattinson North at VGH. Gemma graduated from the University of Victoria in June 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. During her degree Gemma completed two co-ops with PCL in the Building Systems Department, one co-op at Houle Electric working on site at the PARQ Casino Project and a co-op term at WSP | MMM in the Electrical Engineering Department. Outside of work Gemma enjoys getting outside whether it’s playing soccer, walks on the beach or skiing.

Megan Pate, P.Eng.

City of Vancouver

Megan works for the City of Vancouver as the Acting Manager of the Utilities Management Branch, which is responsible for third party utility construction and street right of way management. She is also 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 the Young Engineer Achievement Award by Engineers Canada in 2020.

Erica Ellis, P.Geo., M.Sc.

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

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 elementary school-age boys. In March 2020, Erica and her KWL team transitioned to working full-time from home as part of COVID-19 response and on-going management.


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