Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT)
Sector: Education and Training, Engineering
Type: Career Profile
Biology, Food & Nutrition, Guidance & Careers, Math, Physics, Science
I am proud that my work makes a difference at a community level and is a part of something greater. It feels like such a great fit - that my early love of math and science helped me find my passion for problem solving. From there, my work as an engineer gave me the skills and tools to manage projects. As a project manager, I know I can apply my skills to any problem that I'm passionate about!
When I was in high school I loved and excelled at both math and music. I enjoyed the challenge that my math and physics courses gave me. However, I knew that I wasn’t interested in theory such as pure mathematics or theoretical physics. I always found math and science more interesting if it was being applied to “real life”.
At the time, I didn’t even know that engineering was a field that would be of interest to me. One day as I was enjoying some sour cream on a baked potato I found out that, my mother had served me FAT FREE sour cream. “How could this be?” I asked. “How do they make fat free sour cream that tastes just the same as full fat?” This was the start of my interest in food science.
I made the hard decision to leave my study of music behind and follow an education in Food Engineering. At the time, I didn’t really know where my career might go. After I graduated with my engineering degree, I worked in the food manufacturing industry. In one case, one of my jobs was to taste ice cream! In addition, I worked with great people and got to solve challenging problems.
My decision to leave manufacturing was a difficult one. I was very comfortable in my abilities and enjoyed my workplace. My current position is Project Manager of a large national project. As most of my STEM skills are transferrable, I'm still using them! Managing a national project has lot of “moving pieces”. I still have opportunity to problem solve, make decisions, and make sure our project is secure. Check my LinkedIn profile for additional information.
It's ok to not know exactly what type of career you want. Focus on gaining the skills you need for a job you will enjoy doing.
I work remotely from my home office. My team is spread across Canada from the Atlantic Provinces, to the West Coast. We meet regularly via video meeting. Managing a large project requires routine monitoring and problem solving. When I'm faced with making decisions, I rely on my project management tools - many of which I learned on-the-job as a engineer in manufacturing.
My background in engineering gave me a passion for solving problems. It also gave me the process to find the right solution! I depend on my team's ideas during brainstorming, and like to visualize options. On a daily basis, I am either analysing budget spending, developing team strategies or having great discussions with inspiring women who work in science, engineering, trades or technology!
When I was
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Was motivated by success
- Liked reading
- Played video games
- Was really creative
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
- Liked to design or build things