MTE’S Empowering Women of STEM | Celebrating IWD 2024

March 8, 2024

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, it’s essential to acknowledge the strides made in fostering gender equality and inclusivity, particularly in fields where women have been historically underrepresented. One MTE initiative leading change in this area is our Women in STEM Committee. MTE launched the Women in STEM Committee in 2019 to provide a platform for open dialogue and support of women in the workplace. The committee has been hosting events and creating opportunities for MTE’s senior and junior women in STEM to connect and incorporate the community.

In 2024, the Women in STEM committee is gearing up for some exciting initiatives, with a primary focus on enhancing mentorship circles within the STEM community. This spring they have planned for a series of Self Defense Classes scheduled to take place in our Kitchener, London and Burlington offices. These classes aim to empower women with essential self-defense skills, ensuring their safety and confidence in any situation. As summer approaches, the committee plans to host Yoga in the Park sessions, providing a blend of relaxation and networking opportunities. Additionally, a Build Day is planned, collaborating with a local company to contribute to community projects.

The committee also emphasizes social responsibility through fundraising drives, including a School Supply Drive, Winter Clothing Drive, and a Women’s Hygiene Products Drive. Furthermore, members will have ample volunteering opportunities this year, ranging from supporting STEM programs like Engineers of Tomorrow to assisting local shelters and providing tutoring services.

Today, we celebrate IWD and its theme “Inspire Inclusion” by highlighting the insights of some of the exceptional women on the committee who embody the spirit of resilience, innovation, and determination.

Staff member, Veronica

Veronica De Luca, P.Eng.

Manager, Building Structures | Toronto

Veronica is a seasoned structural engineer and Manager of Building Structures at our Toronto office. With over 12 years of experience in the field, her work has a significant focus on cold formed steel framing. Passionate about innovative design and structural integrity, Veronica leads our team to create resilient and efficient buildings.

What does this year’s theme mean to you?

Inclusion can change the trajectory of anyone’s path, so to see it encouraged here is completely empowering to those that may have otherwise been marginalized. Our ideas and experiences are valid and they should be welcomed to the table.

What advice do you have for women starting out in your career?

Keep going. Try everything so that you know what you’re capable of. You might love it, you may be great at it, and it may have been something you hadn’t even considered doing. Embrace your unique perspective as you continue to learn.

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 staff member Reagan

Reagan Campbell, B.Eng., E.I.T.

Designer, Municipal | London

Reagan is the co-chair of our Women in STEM Committe and a Designer in our London office. She brings experience in conceptual design, research, and report writing to MTE’s Water/Wastewater team in our Municipal Division.

What does this year’s theme mean to you?

Inclusion is about recognizing and celebrating the unique strengths and perspectives that everyone brings to the table. It’s about fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

What advice do you have for women starting out in your career?

Be fearless in the pursuit of your dreams and don’t let anyone else define your worth or potential. Surround yourself with supportive allies who believe in you and your abilities.

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staff member Carol

Carol Mitchell, P.Eng., QPESA

Director, Environmental | Stratford

Carol is a senior environmental engineer at our Stratford office with over 36 years of experience in environmental engineering across Ontario and Quebec. Also serving as Technical Director, Carol ensures technical excellence within MTE’s Environmental division.

What does this year’s theme mean to you?

Inclusion is about creating a culture of belonging where everyone feels valued and respected for who they are.

What advice do you have for women starting out in your career?

  • Find a great mentor; someone to help you navigate the work world.
  • Take the time to get to know your colleagues face-to-face, learn something about their culture, travels, and favourite people.
  • Be yourself and remember to advocate for yourself too – your voice matters!

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, MTE is donating to the following organizations YWCA Hamilton, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, Anova in London, Emily Murphy Centre in Stratford, and YWCA Toronto.

Happy International Women’s Day to all the trailblazers, innovators, and change-makers in the STEM field and beyond!

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