Impressive women in engineering

8 March 2018

For International Women’s Day, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) is pleased to salute the contribution of women in key positions at the Corporation.

The 2016 National Membership Report published by Engineers Canada reveals that women represent only 12.8% of the country’s engineers and just 17% of new engineering graduates.

In a recent interview (in french) with the Quebec Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Sandra Martel, Senior Director, Asset Management at JCCBI, emphasized that the greatest challenge for women when they start in engineering is developing their credibility. “Men have credibility to begin with, while women have to build it.”

However, once they’ve taken this step, the same doors that are open to men are open to women, who are doing great things. This is particularly true for Catherine Tremblay, Senior Director, Projects, Construction and Operations at JCCBI. After working on large-scale infrastructure developments in Guatemala and British Columbia, she now manages $150 million in annual infrastructure rehabilitation for us.

For Sandra Martel, collaboration between men and women brings out a different dynamic in discussions and represents a great strength for engineering teams.8