June/July 2008

Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation scholarship winners

Scholarships seek to encourage more Canadian women to pursue a career in mining

By A. Gordon


Left: Joanne Bailey; Right: Deanna Burgart

The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) recently announced the winners of its national “Dream to be an Engineer” scholarships honouring the memory of the 14 women who were killed in the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989. The scholarship, offered in partnership with AMEC, seeks to encourage more Canadian women to pursue a career in engineering.

Joanne Bailey of Arnprior, Ontario, was the winner of the 2008 AMEC Masters Scholarship in Engineering worth $10,000, which also includes summer employment at an AMEC office in Canada. Bailey is a mechanical engineering student at McMaster University, where she is specializing in thermafluid sciences.

“Through Ms. Bailey’s involvement with the FIRST Robotics program at local high schools, she sets an example for young women,” said Michael Jolliffe, a senior vice president with AMEC.

The winner of the 2008 AMEC Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarship was Deanna Burgart of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Burgart is a third-year engineering student at Lakehead University, where she is studying chemical engineering.

“With her energy and motivation, Ms. Burgart went from being a single mother with no high school diploma to a university student who helps others through volunteering,” said Jolliffe. “Her commitment to stressing the importance engineers have on society brings forth a change in the way young women perceive engineering.”
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