Skip to main content

Sukhleen Chahal

Proposal Specialist
Seaspan Shipyards
Sukhleen Chahal
Sukhleen Chahal

I write contract change proposals for work to be done that was not part of the original work plan.

About me

I was born/grew up in: I was born in Punjab, India and grew up in Surrey, BC

I now live in: North Vancouver, BC

I completed my training/education at: I achieved a Bachelor of Commerce (specializing in Business Technology) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia

What I do at work

I usually spend my days gathering information about a specific change we’re doing on the ship. This involves working with many departments. This includes people working in engineering, contracts, supply chain, estimating, and production. From them I get the technical information, the costs, and the supplier impacts. I also get information on any production work that is affected and the contracts that may need to be changed.

While at work, it’s my job to dig up information that I think might be relevant. Then I use this information to justify why a change to the ship is necessary or what the costs may be for making those changes. Each change is unique and involves quite a lot of detective work before it’s submitted and approved by everyone. I’ve found it helpful to take on the viewpoint of each person who will be looking at my proposals and address their questions beforehand.

My career path is

Shipbuilding was definitely not what I thought I’d be doing when I was younger. I went to university for business technology. I started with Seaspan Shipyards as a technical intern. I enjoyed that role but found it a bit boring. I decided to apply for another internship with Seaspan Shipyards in the project management department. I didn’t know what to expect but I loved being able to work on complex projects. I also loved being able to work together with other departments. I learned quite a lot in those few months. As a result, I decided to apply for a full-time role after I graduated and here I am!

I am motivated by

My work is very self-managed and fast paced. I get to handle projects entirely on my own as I see fit while achieving results for the company. There aren’t a lot of people telling me what to do and I love that! I also get to play detective when I research changes and their costs. I’m an extrovert so I also love that my job needs me to be a people person.

How I affect peoples’ lives

I work in the shipbuilding industry in Canada. There is major economic value to this as shipbuilding creates a lot of jobs. These jobs are not only at the shipyard but across Canada with our suppliers. I also believe it’s important for a nation to be able to manufacture and repair its own vessels. I’m proud that I get to be a part of it! The work I do on the commercial side helps our company build vessels for navy operations around the world.

Outside of work I

Outside of work I really enjoy being outdoors (hiking, camping, and travelling). I also enjoy spending time with my friends and exploring new food spots.

My advice to others

If you’re interested in a similar career, I would highly recommend starting off with an internship or a co-op term in university. It’s a great way to explore the industry and make connections.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Foreign languages
  • Literature & Language Arts
  • Math
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Enjoyed doing things on my own
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Was motivated by success
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked being given specific instructions
  • Was really creative
  • Liked reading
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Wasn’t sure what I wanted to do
  • Learned best “by doing”
  • Liked to design or build things

Related Topics


Seaspan Shipyards

Let’s Talk Science appreciates the support of Seaspan Shipyards in connecting us with this individual.

Seaspan Shipyards is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce of 2,700 in North Vancouver and Victoria, Seaspan Shipyards has proven itself to be a trusted partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector. Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.

Explore Career Profiles

  • Pamela Power photo taken outside in winter with trees in background

    Pamela Power (she/her)

    Water Resources Specialist

    I provide technical review of projects that may affect water resources to ensure your community’s rights and interests are being considered and protected.
  • Delia Warren headshot

    Delia Warren (she/her)

    Lead Renewables Consultant

    I help companies get involved in the offshore wind energy sector.
  • Samantha Yammine

    Samantha Yammine (she/her)

    Science Communicator

    I create and share engaging science content on social media.
  • Darren Casimir headshot

    Darren Casimir (he/him)

    Senior Account Manager

    I sell used rental cars to car dealerships and purchase new vehicles for our rental fleet.
  • Christy Hipel headshot

    Christy Hipel

    Account Solutions (Sales)

    I contact potential clients to help them understand how we can help them address their environmental problems.
  • Justin Rotman headshot

    Justin Rotman

    Founder & CEO

    I help to determine business strategy and lead our team to serve our customers and build our product.
  • Jo-Anne McArthur photographing hog in pen.

    Jo-Anne McArthur (she/her)

    Photojournalist, Founder

    I operate a non-profit media organization that shows the lives of animals in pictures.
  • Portrait de Sydney Robinson

    Sydney Robinson

    Biomedical Engineer and Entrepreneur

    I am an entrepreneur who used my engineering background to design a device that helps amputees do daily tasks in a more painless manner.
  • Portrait de Ryan Mitchell

    Ryan Mitchell

    Hatchery Supervisor

    My job is to supervise the daily workflow at our salmon hatchery.
  • Steve Lawrence headshot with trees in the background

    Steve Lawrence

    Sales Manager

    As sales manager for Eos Positioning in Canada, I work with the Sales Reps, Marketing and Production.
  • Nathan Kostiuk headshot

    Nathan Kostiuk

    Western Regional Coordinator

    Nathan coordinates the work of the Let’s Talk Science volunteer sites from Manitoba to British Columbia.
  • Moustafa Eldeeb onsite at Seaspan Shipyard’s North Vancouver, BC facility.

    Mustafa Eldeeb

    Project Manager, Navy Programs

    I am responsible for ensuring the various project teams are performing well and following to the approved budget and schedule set for each project.
  • Justin Kole tenant un caniche dans ses bras.

    Justin M. R. Kole

    Operations Advisor

    I track and organize upcoming customer deliveries and provide customer education on the technology in Tesla automobiles.
  • Viviana Ramirez-Luna dehors en hiver

    Viviana Ramirez-Luna (she/her)

    Environmental Entrepreneur

    I founded (and run) a consulting company to help businesses, communities, and organizations reduce the waste they produce
  • Ilias Hader

    Ilias Hader (he/him)

    Artificial Intelligence Consultant & Team Leader

    I help companies take advantage of AI technologies and I manage a team to build an automated food production system for long space missions. 
  • Steve Fletcher

    Steve Fletcher

    Managing Director

    I am the Managing Director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada.
  • Amanda McCallum

    Amanda McCallum

    Geologist, Communication Specialist, Business Owner

    I'm a prospecting geologist, a science communication specialist and business owner.
  • Bryan Rolph

    Bryan Rolph

    Sales Manager

    I lead a team of technical sales professionals that help deliver on the best technology solutions for our customers.
  • Dawn Pratt avec ses filles au Centre spatial de Houston

    Dawn Pratt

    STEM Consultant

    I develop programs and STEM content and advise on the development of STEM programs.
  • Ashley Noseworthy avec l'océan derrière elle

    Ashley Noseworthy

    CEO/Founder of Edgewise Environmental

    I own and operate an environmental consultancy that helps companies reduce their underwater noise pollution.