Andrea Counsel, P.Eng. Senior Project Manager, Linear Infrastructure
A career in engineering allows me to combine my innate passion for problem solving, design and communication, with a strong desire to contribute positively to society. In my early years, I was guided towards the STEM field by mentors who saw my potential for excelling in the field of engineering. At the same time, I was strongly driven by social justice and equity issues locally and globally. After a number of experiences working and volunteering inside and outside of Canada, the importance of pursuing my passion for a career in engineering became clear. This path would allow me to apply my technical skills while participating in important municipal engineering projects; specifically, in the provision of clean, reliable drinking water and in wastewater management.
I also feel strongly about the importance for women to enter the STEM fields, to follow their passions unreservedly and to contribute to positive change. Although engineering was once a field where women were somewhat of a rarity, I feel those barriers of the past are diminishing, and that opportunities are boundless. As a female engineer, I hope to encourage and inspire other women to leap over any roadblocks and to realize their potential.