My almost 30 year engineering career began in Northern Ontario’s Mining and Pulp & Paper industries, I then worked in steelmaking operations in both the US and Canada with Dofasco (now ArcelorMittal). After ‘tasting’ capital engineering projects with Dofasco, I was ‘hooked’ and moved into the consulting engineering EPCM world executing large complex industrial projects located around the world. At Hatch, SNC-Lavalin, Wardrop (now Tetra Tech) and Golder Associates, in my roles as a multi-discipline engineering manager and a process engineer at heart, I had the privilege to lead and support teams of professional engineers and designers representing a wide range of engineering disciplines to complete these projects.
Weary of travel and missing my family, I now mentor young engineers and project managers with Isherwood Geo-Structural Engineers to ensure the successful transfer of ‘gray hair knowledge’ to the next generation of professional engineers. I continue to fulfil my passion for education in my position with Humber College’s School of Applied Technology as their Industrial Liaison. My role is to connect the college to industry!
Another of my passions is Scientists in School – a science outreach not-for-profit – which I still volunteer with after having served on their board for 6 years. Giving back to the engineering profession is also important through my recent appointment as Lieutenant Governor Councillor to Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). My current career path is to build my board/directorship experience to feed my strong interest in corporate governance. I am married to Jamie, whom is extremely supportive of all my interests and a wonderful father to our 3 boys. He is also an engineer – our poor boys!
President, Wojcinski & Associates Ltd.
As an award-winning Professional Engineer and Organizational Behavioural expert, Helen operates her own change management consulting practice through a network of professional associates. With over 30 years’ experience, she has a proven track record working with C-suite clients in a variety of industries and in all three levels of government.
Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Helen was a highway infrastructure engineer managing complex multi-million-dollar projects, culminating as the Manager of Design for the Ontario Transportation Capital Corporation of the $250M western extension of the 407 ETR. The internationally recognized $1B public private partnership was the largest single civil engineering contract awarded at that time in Canadian history and the world’s first all-electronically tolled highway.
As an ardent advocate for over 25 years for gender parity and the full participation of women in the engineering profession, Helen currently serves on the Engineers Canada’s Equitable Participation in the Profession Committee, is the Chair of the PEO Task Force on the 30 by 30 initiative, Engineers Canada’s goal that 30% of newly licensed engineers in Canada are women by 2030, and has been recently appointed as PEO’s 30 by 30 Champion for Engineers Canada.
Valerie Davidson, P.Eng., has an inter-disciplinary background that combines engineering and food science. Her professional career includes consulting engineering, food manufacturing, university teaching and research. Recently she has been a consultant to the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to develop guidance materials for food safety decision-making.
A passionate advocate for creating a more inclusive environment for women in STEM fields, Valerie served as the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario from 2003 to 2011. Under her leadership the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) was launched connecting all of the schools and faculties of engineering in Ontario.
Valerie continues to be involved in efforts to increase the participation of women in science and engineering. She sits on the Board of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation and has served two terms on the Board of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. She continues to work with OSPE as a member of the WE Act Task Force and an advisor for the Breaking Barriers for Women in STEM project that is funded by Status of Women Canada.
In 2016 Valerie received the Citizenship Medal, an Ontario Professional Engineers Award to recognize her contributions to public service.