Managing a career shift or navigating leadership and needing some advice?
Our second-ever Virtual Mentorship Mixer featured a lineup of brilliant, experienced women in engineering as mentors. This virtual event followed the same format as our annual in-person mentorship mixer but from the comfort of staying at home/office! This was a great opportunity to chat with knowledgeable mentors, ask questions, and share experiences with others.
Mentees chose the general topic they would like to discuss and got into the respective breakout rooms during the session. Three 30-minute discussion rotations were available for this event.
Location: Virtual over Zoom
When: Thursday, April 27, 2023 6:00PM PST
Breanna Dahlby AScT
Breanna is a design technologist with seven years in civil consulting that still experiences imposter syndrome while balancing work/life with a chronic illness. This year, she joined Binnie’s mentorship program as a first-time mentor after recognizing that she wants to be a mentor like the ones she had. Breanna is excited to expand that to the WCE event.
Ladan Ghods P.Eng., M.Sc.
Ladan is a Professional Electrical Engineer with over 10 years of experience in engineering consulting and EPCM companies. She has been involved in all aspects and phases of projects (small and large, straightforward, and complex) including conceptual design, project definition and planning, detailed design, and testing and commissioning. She has successfully supported larger-scale projects (US$360M to US$450M) for clients in the industrial, energy, buildings, and infrastructure sectors. Ladan ensures the design and deliverables are of high quality and meet industry and client standards.
Liza Packer P.Eng
Liza is a Geotechnical Engineer at Thurber Engineering, based out of Vancouver. She graduated from UBC in 2004 and has worked for the past 18 years at Thurber. During her time at the company, she has been involved in a wide range of geotechnical projects, including shoring and excavation design, municipal infrastructure, land development and foundation engineering. She has completed numerous geotechnical investigations, as well as being responsible for site inspections for a wide variety of projects. She is a representative for the Women’s Employee Resource Group at Thurber and a team leader for many young women in the Vancouver office. She is excited to be a mentor for this WCE event. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Lora Paul P.Eng, CSAP
Senior Environmental Engineer
Lora is a Senior Environmental Engineer at Thurber Engineering, based in Victoria. She completed her undergraduate degree in Bioresource Engineering at the University of British Columbia and moved to Vancouver Island early in her career. Since then, she has worked as a remote worker for over 15 years and has over 20 year’s experience focused on the planning, preparation, and execution of contaminated sites investigation and remediation projects. She has become recognized as a contaminated sites technical specialist and certified as a British Columbia Contaminated Sites Approved Professional since 2017. Throughout the years, Lora has spent her time working to further her career while balancing raising her two children and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her expertise and learnings at this event.
Director, Environmental Management, Earth & Environment, BC & Yukon
Nicky Jennings is a Senior Project Manager, with over 20 years of experience, who changed from a more technical role to a project management role. On a personal level, Nicky recently completed the Penticton Gran Fondo.
Nicole Babuik BASc, P.Eng, LEED® AP
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Nicole focuses on existing building structural engineering problem solving. Her experience spans nearly every service offering that RJC has in building science and restoration. She has completed complex upgrades to primary building structures; has a working knowledge of building enclosure systems and roofing; and has been key in growing the practice of specialty engineering of building components and seismic restraint. Nicole’s professional passion revolves around seismic resiliency and engaging with clients, contractors, authorities, and community, to raise awareness.
Business Operations Leader
Roxana is the Business Operations Leader at Stantec, responsible for overseeing the business performance and operational excellence of the transportation sector in British Columbia for the various sub-disciplines: ports and marine terminals, major projects, project management services, bridges, rail and transit, highways, community development, transportation engineering, construction services and survey. She is a collaborative-minded and people-focused senior project manager with 12 years of experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver complex and major capital infrastructure projects from project inception to handover, with extensive internal and external stakeholder management.
Siobhan Robinson MASc, P.Eng
Kerr Wood Leidal Associates
Siobhan is a professional engineer who leads the Water Supply and Treatment sector at Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. based in Burnaby, BC.
In 2021 Siobhan was awarded the ACEC-BC Young Professionals Award and in 2022 she was a co winner of the ACEC-Canada Allen D. Williams Scholarship. Siobhan was also named a WXN 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner and in 2017 received the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) Service Award: Outstanding Contribution to the BCWWA – Young Professional Award.
Siobhan has been a highly engaged member of ACEC for more than 10-years, serving in a variety of capacities including Chair for the Provincial Young Professionals Group and National Young Professionals Network and Director on both the ACEC-BC and ACEC-Canada Boards. Siobhan also volunteers with the BCWWA as co-chair of the Drinking Water Technical Advisory Committee and member of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls To Action Integration Task Force and with Science World’s Scientists and Innovators in the Schools program. Through her volunteer work, Siobhan works to improve the business environment for consulting engineers across the country and facilitate the engagement and retention of young professionals in consulting.
Suzanne Powell PhD, P.Eng
Suzanne is a Principal at Thurber Engineering. She joined Thurber as a geotechnical engineer in their Victoria operations after completing her studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and hasn’t looked back. Suzanne manages the Victoria Branch and has broken down barriers in a typically male-dominated industry, being the first female Branch Manager and Principal at Thurber. Suzanne is also very active in the industry outside her organization. She is Vice-Chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC and the incoming president of the Victoria Civil Heritage Trust. She also sits on the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique Board. Outside work and her professional commitments, Suzanne enjoys camping and exploring Vancouver Island with her husband and two children.
Tamsin Silvester ChPP (UK)
Vice President Rail & Transit, Western Canada
Tamsin is the Vice President of WSP’s Rail & Transit team in Western Canada with over 25 years’ experience in technical, professional and engineering management roles. She is an accomplished and multi-disciplined leader and has been responsible for leading design, technical, financial, and program management for projects with a wide variety of values, forms of contract, nature and scope of works. Starting her career in the UK, Tamsin transferred to WSP Canada in 2016 where she has worked as the Design Manager for the Edmonton Metro NW LRT, the WSP Pursuit Lead for the Broadway Subway Project proposal, Project Manager for Additional Works and Systems Integration for the OnTrack Alliance Union Station Expansion Project in Toronto and she is currently Pursuit Lead for Calgary Green Line LRT, a Progressive Collaborative procurement model. In these roles she led collaborative multi-disciplinary teams, liaising and coordinating between many different parties including internal departments, external consultants, clients, Joint Venture contractors, local municipalities and other stakeholders.