When I was younger, I really didn’t know what engineering entailed. Historically, there were very few women in engineering. Even today, male counterparts continue to outnumber women in the field. A combination of various teachers and experiences at Havergal influenced my career path and helped me develop confidence in my capabilities to pursue engineering. Coming into Havergal, physics was not a subject I thought I could excel at. I found the subject extremely difficult and I recall feeling nervous about taking Grade 11 and AP Physics. However, with the small class size and exceptionally supportive teachers, as well as opportunities to practise physics both inside and outside of the classroom, I excelled. I ended up being Havergal’s top student in the Sir Isaac Newton Exam and recipient of the local Sir Isaac Newton Award.
As a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Government of Canada, I really enjoy having the opportunity to work with various federal agencies, such as the Canadian Department of National Defence, Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in planning and executing challenging multimillion-dollar projects from start to finish. I get to work on very interesting sites including military facilities, air force bases and harbours. Each project is different and has its own unique set of challenges, so the work is always dynamic and stimulating.