BGC celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day has been celebrated over the past nine years annually on June 23rd. This day is dedicated to recognizing the achievements, hard work, and perseverance of female engineers, as well as to encourage more young women to take up engineering careers. Engineering, as with other branches of STEM, is a historically male-dominated profession with women accounting for only 20% of engineers, and even less of those women being visible minorities.

Here at BGC we are committed to building an environment where women can thrive in engineering and the geosciences. Today we wanted highlight the stories and experiences of just a few of our many incredible female engineers as well as projects that BGC works on to help encourage young women to explore careers in engineering.

Renata W., M.Sc. P.Eng.
Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Vancouver, BC

Renata is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer based out of our Vancouver office who has worked in mining and civil projects and jobsites since the late 90’s.

“I got into engineering because I liked building things and because my parents encouraged my sisters and I to do anything we wanted; gender had no impact on what we were expected to do around the house, at school, or out in the world. Although there is still work to be done with respect to inclusion and equity, I do think there has been positive change and have seen workplaces evolve from surprise or confusion at having a woman on site or in camp to having women in senior engineering roles and in positions of authority. I think it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the women who have paved the way and who worked hard to prove women can contribute and succeed in the field of engineering. My advice to young women is to take advantage of this and know that you can pursue whatever interests you; you can define how high you want to go and what kind of a difference you will make. Building a successful career will take hard work, you will need to bring passion and knowledge and there will certainly be bumps along the way but as long as you stay confident in your abilities and your right to pursue your dreams you can choose to do anything you want.”


Lauren H., M.Sc., P.Eng.
Geotechnical Engineer
Vancouver, BC

Lauren has over 10 years of experience as a Geotechnical Engineer based out of our Vancouver office. She has worked on hazard and risk mitigation projects to support local governments, developers, mining, and pipeline clients across North America

“My interest in engineering and the environment started from a young age. I was fortunate to have great female and male role models in the industry throughout my childhood and schooling. What really drew me to the profession was the opportunity to work together in teams to understand and contribute to solving problems.

The women and men who inspire me most are those who are great friends, mentors, parents, and also deeply engaged in their work. The mentor who always has their door open for a chat; the technical expert who makes time to help the next generation learn new concepts; the young parent who shows that their child’s sports game is just as important to them as their report deadline. I truly believe we are all our best selves, and the best engineers, when we put people first.”


Beatrice C-P., B.A.Sc., EIT.
Geological Engineer In-Training
Vancouver, BC

Beatrice is a Geological Engineer-in-Training based out of our Vancouver office who works on geohazard assessments and mitigation, and is currently researching shoreline erosion prediction on a hydroelectric reservoir at the University of British Columbia.

“I chose geological engineering at UBC because it was a field of engineering where I could combine my love of the natural world with science. Since beginning my career, I have discovered the exciting challenges that come with working with natural materials that are complex and different for every project. Although being a woman in a STEM field can sometimes be challenging and intimidating, I am heartened by the progress that has been made and is still being pushed for, and I am inspired by the other woman engineers and geoscientists I work with every day.”


Megan V., M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Geotechnical Engineer
Ottawa, ON

Megan is a Geotechnical Engineer based out of our Ottawa office. She helps lead BGC’s remote sensing team, working with clients to understand the impact of geohazards on their assets, and with BGC’s software team to develop and incorporate remote sensing tools into BGC’s software projects.

“I chose a career in geotechnical engineering because of the opportunity to work on challenging projects in all parts of the world. It is a very exciting time in our industry, with new research and tools being developed at a rapid pace, and topics such as climate change and the global energy transition at the forefront of our work. In order to tackle some of the world’s most critical applied earth science challenges, we need creativity and a diverse set of skills and experiences within our teams – not only from females, but other groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in our industry. I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with some great female leaders at BGC and I hope to pass what I’ve learned from them onto those around me. “


Catherine Schmid, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Kamloops, BC

Catherine is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer based out of our Kamloops office who specializes in rock mechanics for the mining and transportation sectors.

“I chose this career because I have an aptitude for math and science, and love the outdoors. I knew I couldn’t spend my working life in a lab, and I was attracted to all of hands-on outdoor opportunities in geological engineering. International Women in Engineering Day is important to me because it is a time to reflect on the successes of the past, the present conditions, and the opportunities for improvement towards a more inclusive profession. I have been fortunate in my career and in my personal life to be surrounded by hard-working engineers of all genders who provided leadership and mentorship for success in this male-dominated profession. My proudest achievement was sitting on a teleconference with a client and our more senior project team planning for a second year of site investigations at a very remote project site. We had done a similar program the previous year, and I had been the field coordinator the year prior as well as the planned field coordinator for the coming season. We were brainstorming a key logistical component, and after about 10 minutes of discussion there was silence and then the camp manager asked whether I agreed. I said we had struggled last year with a similar setup, and that I felt real step-change was needed to avoid similar problems. His willingness to ask for my opinion, and the project team’s openness to listen and value my opinion, led to a significant change in operations and resulting improvements in efficiency that field season. To this day, I believe strongly that we need to open doors to all members of our teams to let them know that their opinions and contributions add value. I would advise any young woman interested in pursuing a career in engineering say ‘yes!’ to as many opportunities as possible, to lean on the advice and mentorship of family, friends, professors, and co-workers, and to find the people who build you up and take the high road against the ones who try to bring you down. This profession is full of smart, friendly, funny, and supportive people, who are looking for like-minded people to help them solve technically challenging projects. So while I chose this profession for the math, science, and outdoor opportunities, I stay because I love the people I work with and the people I work for. Come join us!”

Employee Spotlight – Wesley Tibbet

When Wesley was growing up in Saint John, New Brunswick, he didn’t think that he might end up in the geotechnical field. He just knew that he eventually wanted a family and a good job to support them. When it came time for him to choose a direction at the University of New Brunswick, he knew he was good at math and felt that Civil Engineering would provide a good balance of technical skills and employment opportunities.

BGC wasn’t originally on his radar, and there was a bit of luck involved in how he ended up applying.

He began his career at TerrAtlantic Engineering Limited, who were already in the process of merging with BGC, as a summer student in the Fredericton office in 2013. He later joined our one team in 2015 after completing another summer term and his undergrad. He returned to the University of New Brunswick and completed a M.Eng. in hydrogeology in 2017 and has been with us in our Fredericton office ever since.

Wesley considers himself fortunate that he’s ended up working at BGC and that he’s had a chance to work on some really interesting projects across Canada, while still being based close to home.

How long have you been with BGC and what do you do here?

I’ve been at BGC technically since 2013, but full time since 2017. Currently I am an Intermediate Geotechnical Engineer and I work on advanced soil testing in our Fredericton Lab.

How would you describe your job to a class of Kindergartners?

I crush dirt to see how strong it is.

What is your favourite thing about working at BGC?

I don’t think I can pinpoint one thing that is my favourite, it’s really the combination of the things that we do well and our desire to continually improve that makes us special. BGC’s unique way of operating as a business (our flat management structure and lack of profit centres), combined with our clear focus on high quality work and technical excellence and the fact that we are employee owned, makes this a great place to work. This kind of environment breaks down a lot of the traditional barriers you see in other companies.

What is the one piece of advice you’d give to new hires at BGC?

I couldn’t narrow this down to one piece of advice. So here are a few:

Anybody can be a leader. You don’t need to have a specific personality to do high quality work or influence change.

Don’t try to fake it until you make it. I personally hate that saying. I think it’s more valuable to be honest with yourself and set realistic expectations.

Don’t be a workaholic, and if you are you going to be a workaholic, don’t expect everyone else to be one.

If you could switch jobs with someone in BGC, who would it be and why?

It’s funny, but I think I’ve already done this. Early in 2020, due to a few different factors, I was ready for a bit of a change. After a fair bit of brainstorming and exploring different options, I realized that I was interested in soil mechanics and that I happened to work in an office with a work class soil testing facility. It’s been really fulfilling to work in the lab over the past couple of years and it’s given me lots of opportunity to continue to learn and grow.

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?

Lego. I’ve liked Lego from a young age and I now share that hobby with my kids, which has been a lot of fun. The problem is that you always need more, so LEGO is an easy answer for me.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

I’m not very adventurous, so I think it has to be Heinz purple ketchup. It just seems unnatural.

What fictional place would you like to visit?

As a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wakanda, which is the fictional country where Black Panther takes place.

If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

With some hesitancy to admit this, Taylor Swift is my favourite artist and I can’t narrow it down to one song.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust your gut and believe in yourself. I was lucky to have engineers I’ve worked with tell me this right out of school. Hard work beats skill. Even if you aren’t the smartest or most naturally skilled, you can still work hard and end up being great at whatever you choose to do.

Employee Spotlight – Kristy Ivanic

When Kristy Ivanic was looking at post-secondary education, she was originally thinking she would study to become an architect, but she decided that would be boring. She wanted something challenging so she picked civil engineering because she thought it seemed like it would be hard, she was right. After finishing her Diploma at SAIT she has spent over 20 years doing civil and structural inspections in the construction industry.

At a certain point in Kristy’s career she decided she wanted a change. She had once worked with Heather Thomas, a member of BGC’s Health & Safety Team, and Heather had previously suggested that she should consider joining BGC.

Heather thought Kristy would be a great fit here and would really enjoy working with the team. Kristy had previously dismissed this, thinking it didn’t make sense because she’s not a Geotech. But now, looking for a change, she decided to explore openings at BGC and has since discovered that Heather was right.

Outside of work Kristy enjoys travelling, fishing and spending time outdoors, and singing with a local community choir. Fun fact, she was a performing arts vocal major before pursuing engineering and is a formally trained opera singer. After years of singing in Latin she prefers to sing pop songs with her choir.

How long have you been with BGC and what do you do here?

I have been at BGC just over 2 years and I’m a Lead CQA in the Tailings Group.

How would you describe your job to a class of Kindergartners?

I work on construction sites making sure people build what they ask them to build. Or, as I told my husband the other day, I watch big trucks drive back and forth.

What is your favourite thing about working at BGC?

I like working here because of the ‘one team’ model. BGCers just embrace everybody and you have the opportunity to learn from everyone. It’s a really supportive and friendly environment.

What is the one piece of advice you’d give to new hires at BGC?

Don’t let the initials behind people’s names intimidate you. There are a lot of incredibly smart and experienced people here, those with Master’s degrees and Ph.D.’s and a host of other initials that follow their names, but that doesn’t mean they are any different than anybody else. They genuinely just want to see BGC and every individual that works here, succeed regardless of background or experience level.

If you could switch jobs with someone in BGC, who would it be and why?

Lindi Braund because she does so many different things across BGC and gets to talk to everybody and learn their stories. I wouldn’t mind a week at her desk.

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?

Coffee, particularly Costa Rican coffee which I became addicted to when I traveled to Costa Rica many years ago. Or maybe time, but you really need coffee to do all the things you could do if you have more time.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

I do a lot of international travel and I try to eat something weird everywhere I go. In the Northwest Territories while working in Inuvik I ate smoked beluga whale. The part with the meat was ok but the blubber was not the best tasting.

What fictional place would you like to visit?

Hogwarts, the school in Harry Potter or the moon planet of Endor, who wouldn’t want to hang out with Ewoks?

If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

It’s hard to think of just one song but generally I could listen to classical music for the rest of my life. Or the original hard rock bands from the 80’s/90’s (GnR, Metallica, etc).

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust your gut and believe in yourself. I was lucky to have engineers I’ve worked with tell me this right out of school. Self-doubt can be really destroying.

Recent Additions to #OneTeamOneBGC – March 2022

We’re excited about the recent addition of a few new team members to BGC. They each bring a wealth of expertise and skills to our #OneTeamOneBGC and we’re happy to introduce you to them.

BGC recently welcomed three new seniors to our team:

Micah Richey, P.E. (CO)
Civil Engineer
Golden, CO

Micah completed his degree in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University and started his career in 2006. Micah specializes in Hydrology and hydraulic modelling, inundation and dam breach modelling, and the design of hydraulic structures. He has spent most of his career on large multi-disciplinary mining and landfill projects in the United States and around the world. Most recently he has gained experience in 2-dimensional hydraulic modelling. He is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado. He is excited to join the BGC team and to learn from new challenges. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his 2 children, friends, and his dog exploring the outdoors hiking, snowboarding, fishing and live music

Mylène Sansoucy, M.Sc., P.Eng. (QC)
Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Ottawa, ON

Mylène is a geotechnical engineer with 16 years of experience working as project manager and designer on diversified projects. Following her graduate studies at Laval University, she gained experience in geotechnical investigations and instrumentations applied to a wide range of projects, such as large-scale embankment work on deep sensitive clay deposits, slope stability analyses and stabilization work design. She then worked on the rock mechanics aspects for a major hydroelectric development in Quebec. She was first involved as a designer engineer and, as the project advanced in construction phases, she moved on-site and worked as supervisor for the monitoring and control of rock excavations and earth works preparation. After completing this extensive project, Mylène worked 5 years for an international consulting firm, during which she has participated in numerous projects concerning mining sites. She gained experience in tailings storage facility dams design and management, as well as mine site reclamation. Mylène is enthusiastic to join BGC Team and to participate in thoughtful projects with other Earth Sciences experts. When not at work, Mylène enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children. Besides, she always manages to make room for running long distance and competing on ultra-trail races.

Jamey Turner, M.Sc., PG
Senior Geologist
Golden, CO

Jamey grew up in Florida and Alabama and fell in love with geology as a teenager, rock climbing and rock hounding around the southeast US. Jamey is a geologist with diverse experience integrating geological, geotechnical, geohazard, and geophysical data for geoscience and engineering projects locally and internationally. His experience includes design and technical oversight of large site investigations for land, nearshore, and marine projects. Jamey’s specialties include engineering geology, 3D seismic interpretation, neotectonics, and site characterization for mining, nuclear, energy transmission, infrastructure, and water resource sectors. After graduate school, Jamey began his career at Donlin Creek, AK in 2006 and moved to Golden, CO in 2007. Outside of work, Jamey enjoys the beautiful Colorado outdoors with his wife and kids. His favorite activities are fly fishing (and untying his wife’s knots while fly fishing), climbing, skiing, mountain biking, playing guitar and mandolin, road-tripping North America, and exploring new countries.

We’re also excited to welcome Hamza Nadeem, B.Eng. (CivE), M.Sc. (GeoE), Geotechnical Engineer, to our team. He will be based out of our Vancouver, BC office.

Employee Spotlight – Chelsea Simpson

Chelsea Simpson’s first job out of university was with BGC in our Calgary office. She was born and raised in the Northwest Territories in Canada and found her way to Calgary to attend university but had always intended to return home. When she started with BGC, she thought that she would be here for 1 year and then move on. Fast forward nine years and she is still here at BGC with the only difference is that she found her way back home to the NWT.

Chelsea originally went to university for sociology as she has always been interested in the social stratification of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and particular for Indigenous women.

When she initially joined BGC she had never heard of geotechnical or geological engineering and came in not knowing much about it. When she initially joined BGC she had never heard of geotechnical or geological engineering and came in not knowing much about it. She will tell you that the passion that BGCers have for their work really got to her and she realized that working at BGC was a place she wanted to grow her career. She appreciates the fact that she comes to work everyday to be around people she truly wants to work with. As she’s grown in her profession over the years, she credits the Office Managers she’s worked with as pushing her in directions she didn’t know she was capable of and being super supportive of her professional journey here.

How long have you been with BGC and what do you do here?

I’ve been with BGC almost 9 years and I work as an Administrator, these days mostly supporting the wider Admin Team and helping with office moves and renovations. I’m still officially part of the Calgary office but I work remotely from Yellowknife.

How would you describe your job to a class of Kindergartners?

How do you put all the millions of things an administrator does into one succinct description? I think I would say that lots of times my job is to listen to people and help them feel better about what they’re doing. I help people with the parts of their job that I’m good at, so that they can pay attention to the parts of their job that they’re really good at.

What is your favourite thing about working at BGC?

You have flexibility at BGC and you can take your job into whatever direction you are passionate about; there are no formal scopes that dictate that you can only work in a particular area. I like that they have enough trust in their employees to allow them to take the path their interested in.

What is the one piece of advice you’d give to new hires at BGC?

Talk to people and ask questions. When you start someone new, people always say they are open to questions and to help when it may not always be true, but at BGC when people say to ask question or come to them for help they genuinely mean it. I find that the more you talk to people that work in different areas here, the more you learn about BGC.

If you could switch jobs with someone in BGC, who would it be and why?

Sophol Tran who works in GIS. We started at the same time, I’m still not 100% sure I know what he does but would really like to figure out those Plains centreline updates. I would also be interested in switching with one of the librarians. I have spent lots of time working in local libraries and so I’d like to see what working as a librarian at a business would be like.

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?

Books. Books are my happy place and a prefer them over movies or TV. I recently read The Strangers by Katherena Vermette, an Indigenous Canadian author. She also wrote another book a loved called The Break. I highly recommended both those books to anyone.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

This is not necessarily a weird food but probably shouldn’t be a food – Cheez Whiz. I love it and am only slightly embarrassed to admit it. Cheez Whiz on toast is one of my ultimate comfort foods.

What fictional place would you like to visit?

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and specifically the Gene Wilder movie version. It’s one of the few movies I can watch over and over again and I love every twisted, delicious, imaginative thing about it and would totally want to take a boat ride through the tunnel, and test whether I’d go down the good or bad egg chute.

If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

Anything by Digable Planets.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

My dad, from very young age, instilled in us to say what you think and stand up to what you believe in even if others don’t agree. It’s not always comfortable, but I try my best to practice that and even if the outcome isn’t what you want, at least you tried.

Jason Krause joins BGC as Cambio General Manager


BGC is excited to welcome Jason Krause to our #OneTeamOneBGC. Jason joins BGC in the newly created role of General Manager of our geotechnical asset management software platform, Cambio. Jason brings a wealth of experience to this new role having previously held senior leadership roles in wireless, networking, and cloud. 

Jason holds degrees in electronics engineering from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Most recently, he was the COO) at Sierra Wireless, leading product development, R&D and operations; where he worked closely with industrial and enterprise customers around the world to build high value internet of things (IoT) solutions. 

Born and raised in Terrace, BC; he currently lives in Vancouver with his wife, Nika, and their three kids Sarah, Claire, and Alexander. Away from work Jason spends as much time as possible with his family going on all kinds of adventures, coaching soccer and little league, and playing basketball.

Interested in finding out more about Cambio? Click here to find out more about how Cambio can make your earth sciences decision making easier.