Board of Directors

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

“Structural engineering is an exciting, fast-paced industry, and I’m fortunate to be working on some amazing projects that are both architecturally interesting and structurally challenging. Part of what I love about structural engineering is that even the most complex building can be broken down into small, manageable pieces that can be explained by fundamental physics combined with knowledge of material properties and construction methods. Knowing that there is always a solution and simplification for every problem has taught me to take challenges head on, which is a philosophy I strive to carry into my personal life. I’m very motivated by the opportunity to shape the fabric of major urban centers with the developments I’m working on, and feel great accomplishment when I see the buildings I’ve designed functioning as part of vibrant communities.”

Sophie Warwick, MEng, EIT

Co-Chair, Communication Director
Structural | Glotman Simpson

“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, PEng

Logistics Director
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

Outreach Director
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, PEng

Membership Director
Civil | Associated Engineering

“Engineering as a career choice didn’t come up on my radar until a couple of years after I started university, but now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. My decision to pursue engineering stemmed from a desire to make a positive impact in my community and for others. Seeing something being built or implemented that you helped create is a feeling like no other. It’s a challenging career, but equally empowering and rewarding!”

Mikayla Morrey, EIT

Sponsorship Director
Structural | Wood

“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, EIT

Mentorship Director
Geological | BGC Engineering

“I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a geological engineer. In fact, before university I didn’t even know what that was. But in my first year of university, I found this profession and with it an opportunity to work with natural materials and our ever-growing understanding of them as well as with people from all walks of life to implement designs and solve big challenges. Who could say no to that!”

Zili Wang, MS, EIT

Finance Director

“I wanted to be an engineer since I was a little girl because engineers are doing things that benefit humanity and make our lives more convenient. I also love collaborating with people from different disciplines and coming up with innovative solutions to challenging problems.”

Lauren Semancik, CPHR

Board Adviser
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!”