We’re looking for a new finance director!
WCE is looking for our next Finance Board Director. All Board Directors play a crucial role in determining the community’s strategic plan and long terms goals by bringing innovative ideas to the planning sessions and providing insight to all portfolios. Joining the Board can also help to grow your leadership skills, bring you to the fore-front of a tight-knit community of women in our industry, and expand your network – all while making a difference in the consulting engineering industry.
Kelsie Priest, P.Eng
Co-Chair, Programming Director
Structural | Glotman Simpson
Kelsie Priest is a Project Engineer at Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers specializing in the structural design of concrete and wood-frame projects in British Columbia, Washington, and California. Kelsie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Since graduating, Kelsie has been actively engaged in the recruitment and retention of women in engineering through speaking to and mentoring University and High School aged women. She is proud to be a founding director of WCE to drive greater inclusion within the engineering community and connect women engineers with the support and resources they need to be successful in their careers.
Sophie Warwick, MEng, P.Eng
Co-Chair, Communication Director
Structural | Entuitive
“Like many, I pursued engineering from a love of math and physics. I was very hesitant at the time because I thought I was choosing a career path that would sacrifice my creative side, but I’ve found it’s quite the opposite. I’m always faced with new challenges that require creative problem solving and collaboration to develop unique solutions. It’s an incredible feeling to be part of a team that designs buildings where people spend their lives everyday.”
Chunpreet Sahota, MEng, P.Eng
Structural | WSP
“I fell in love with buildings and bridges when I was quite young. I would always tell people I was going to build things when I grew up, so I guess you can say I’m living the dream! I really enjoy the problem solving, the tangible results of my work, and the interactions I have with people from different backgrounds. It’s really rewarding for me that I get a chance to be a part of something that is such a big part of people’s lives everyday – whether they’re working, playing or just living, there’s usually a building involved! “
Emily Farquharson, EIT
Structural | RJC
“I love engineering because I get to combine my creative and my practical sides to solve challenging problems. It’s satisfying to have a better understanding of the world around me, and to have even a small part in its development.”
Karine Poliquin, P.Eng
Civil | Associated Engineering
Karine is a Civil Engineer at Associated Engineering, and has worked in the consulting engineering industry for 7 years. Karine started off her career path as a Structural E.I.T., but after three years switched her focus to a broader civil engineering discipline. Most of her work now involves low-volume road design and assessments, and bridge and culvert replacements, with projects spanning across BC, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. During the winter season, she is involved in ice road engineering projects in northern Canada.
During her spare time, Karine enjoys hiking, baking, and experimenting with food and wine pairings.
Mikayla Morrey, EIT
Structural | WSP
“I design buildings that define skylines”, was the sentence spoken by a female engineer that first sparked my excitement about civil engineering. To have your work designed on paper then built in front of your eyes is such an exciting process for me. I love how my work as a structural engineer can have such an impact on society. Whether it be a skyscraper or an electrical substation, the work I do betters the lives of people around me which is why I love what I do!”
Victoria Camp, P.Eng
Geological | BGC Engineering
Victoria is a Geological Engineer with BGC Engineering. She has been with BGC since completing her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in 2015. Victoria has worked in the pipeline and mining industries, performing site investigations, quality assurance monitoring on dam construction, and completing various geotechnical assessments. Victoria has worked on projects in British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Ontario.
Outside of work, in addition to her involvement in WCE, Victoria is actively involved in inspiring the next batch of female leaders through her involvement with the Girl Guides of Canada. She also loves bundling up for long walks on rainy Vancouver days.
Holly Tucker, EIT
Structural | Glotman Simpson
“I am a recent graduate from the University of Victoria in Civil Engineering, and I am working for Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers, as a field engineer. I am super excited to be joining WCE as the finance director. For as long as I can remember I have been apart of leadership clubs or held leadership roles. Most recently, in my last year of university my friend and I started the UVIC seismic design team, which gave me the opportunity to improve on both my leadership and communication skills. I am a super active individual, and most of my time outside of work is spent doing anything related to exercise, I love to run, hike, bike, golf, ski etc. I am also coaching two youth soccer teams this year, which has been a great experience overall. I am excited to continue to see the growing community of female engineers, and I am looking forward to making new connections and promoting diversity in our industry through WCE.”
Lauren Semancik, CPHR
Director HR + Operations | Glotman Simpson
“I started my human resources career working with an environmental engineering firm, learning the flow + dynamics of the professional services industry at an incredible company. After a short stint running my own HR consultancy, I’ve come back to my roots of engineering as the Director of HR + Operations at Glotman Simpson, a leader in the structural engineering realm. I think there’s always been a calling for me in professional services and more specifically engineering consulting. I thrive in the fast-paced, forward-thinking, innovative and creative space the industry provides. Together with this, supporting WCE as board advisor has been a very proud moment in my career. Watching the organization flourish and knowing we’re making a meaningful impact + contributing to positive change brings me the greatest joy. I may not be an engineer by trade, but I’m absolutely one at heart!”