Today, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world and the women at MWH, now part of Stantec, who have bold ideas, designs, actions and personalities.
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Year after Year, Women are Leading the Way
Read the inspiring ways these women use their bold ideas, designs, actions and personalities to make an impact at MWH, now part of Stantec, and in the communities in which they live and work.
Regional Business Unit Leader, Atlanta, GA, USA
Becky has belief that change will happen in the gender diversity space. That belief sees her work hard to make things happen in MWH, now part of Stantec. A few years ago, she initiated a bold conversation with our CEO about what strategies we have in place to increase participation of women in engineering and senior leadership.
That single conversation led to the creation of the Global Diversity Committee, a group of men and women from around the globe. Over the last few years this team has been involved in the successful implementation of initiatives to retain our talent and see greater diversity across our company. It only took one bold conversation.
Regional H&S Lead – Middle East, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Muna promotes health, safety and personal development at MWH, now part of Stantec. She has achieved success leading the company in the Middle East through the process of gaining OHSAS 18001 Certification. This is a challenging task requiring leadership, motivation and organization. Through this bold decision, she has demonstrated the commitment that all staff members can take to improve the health and safety of our workplaces for all.
Additionally, Muna has been instrumental in facilitating our company’s support of the local nonprofit organization Professional Chartered Engineers – UAE. She has organized and arranged twice monthly sessions at our Abu Dhabi office which have proven highly successful with strong attendance from MWH staff as well as engineers from both client and peer organizations across all genders and age groups. Attendees are reaping the benefits of technical insights, building professional networks and ultimately the recognition and career prospects that are the rewards of following the path to chartered status.
Civil Engineer, Miami, FL, USA
Lilian is recognized among her peers for her commitment in engaging and supporting the next generation of engineers and scientists. Her dedication to engineering as a gateway to make tomorrow better than today is evident in her extra-curricular company activities. As the Southeast Regional Lead for the Young Professional Group, she motivates her colleagues to be involved in community outreach activities. She has helped lead company efforts to engage in STEM programs within Miami Dade County by hosting workshops where students can explore science, technology, engineering, and math with fun, hands-on activities. As Adjunct Faculty at Florida International University College of Civil and Environmental Engineering, she shares her passion by teaching Water Resources Engineering to undergraduate students. Her involvement with local universities helps bridge the gap from studies to industry, which provides a direct avenue for identifying and developing talent through the Miami office internship program.
Learn more about Lilian and our Miami office on The Muse.
Principal Process Engineer, High Wycombe, UK
Isabelle has demonstrated through numerous actions her commitment to a diverse workforce in engineering. She attended several Women in Engineering Day events, including a recent workshop with a key UK client, has demonstrated her passion for STEM activity by talking to her daughter’s school about her engineering career, and was interviewed in a feature by New Civil Engineer about her career and diversity.
Senior Energy Specialist, Melbourne, Australia
Michelle has an Engineering Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and enhanced specialist skills in energy efficiency technologies and alternative renewable energy sources.
Michelle boldly tackles the traditionally male-dominated Department of Defence, working with Estate Maintenance and Operations Support contractors and defence personnel to enhance the environmental efficiency and reduce the operating costs of defence bases. Michelle also works with a range of clients including water authorities, manufacturers and other government agencies and uses her engineering skills to develop solutions that will improve the resource efficiency of her clients.
Environmental Manager, Santiago, Chile
Rosario leads the environmental team in Santiago, Chile and has worked in Peru and Argentina. She is an excellent Client Service Manager offering innovative solutions and continually bringing in new clients. She manages some of our key mining clients in South America. Rosario leads with tenacity and trustworthiness. She is a great listener who values her clients and colleagues and is well respected as a true collaborator among her peers. She is an inspiration to girls and young women who want a career in the STEM field.
Project Manager Commercial Leader (PMCL), Miami, FL & Virginia, USA
Yurfa excels at her job and the staff in the southeast region of the United States respond positively to her. She has a ‘coaching with tough love’ personality, meaning she takes her time to train and mentor staff, but her expectations are high and she’s not afraid to offer needed constructive feedback for our staff to grow. She has quite a diverse team that she leads in the Miami office. Yurfa believe in leading by example and owning our work is very important in our careers. What Yurfa lacks in height (she’s 5’ tall), she more than makes up for in her talent, making her a good role model for the women at MWH, now part of Stantec. Yurfa had to move to Virginia due to her husband’s military duty, but she manages to work from home and travel regularly to the Miami office where she’s instrumentally involved in projects, all while raising two young children. Yurfa is a great example of how flexibility from MWH combined with Yurfa’s hard driving attitude can be a recipe for success.
Shaikha Al Shaikh
Civil Engineer, Dubai, UAE
Shaikha has used her energetic and motivational personality as a force for positivity and inclusivity for all of our engineers in the Middle East. She established and championed the Middle East chapter of the Young Professionals Group which is now an extremely active chapter, bringing together male and female engineers to learn and share ideas in a welcoming environment.
Learning Experience Designer, Broomfield, CO, USA
Tiffany took the bold step of joining the MWH Return to Work Program while it was being piloted. After taking 12 years off from her career to concentrate on family, Tiffany welcomed the challenge to join the program in the talent development team. Despite different technology, a different role and many different challenges, she stepped up and ultimately earned a fulltime role with the company upon completion of the program. To view more of Tiffany’s journey, watch MWH Takes Unique Route to Create Career Pathways.
Since 2010, Paola has been the director of the MWH Academy in Italy. She is the president of SOFiA, a women’s committee of AiFOS. This is an Italian association that deals with health and safety training from the female point of view. Paola and this group are focused on: ensuring a healthy balance between home and work to reduce stress; improving the evaluation of gender risks; and putting at the center of prevention culture the woman and her particular educational role.
Last year, Paola helped organize the first conference on this theme, and will replicate this meaningful event on March 8th with a workshop titled Eat, Work, Care (in Italian: Mangia, lavora, cura) centered health nutrition for the working women. To view the brochure for the event, click here.
Principal Engineer – Water, Christchurch, New Zealand
Christine uses her experience working in the Marshall Islands to further the awareness of climate change impacts on vulnerable island nations. Her recent blog, “Climate Change: Now It’s Personal” promotes awareness and understanding, making the plight of affected communities personal. The work she does inside and outside the office truly affects communities in need as she designs solutions to better the lives of women, men and children. Best of all, Christine has a beautiful family that travels together!