12 February 2019
Emmanuelle Hoga, Engineering Project Manager, joined The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) in 2016. She is the main engineer responsible for design projects on the Honoré Mercier Bridge. Emmanuelle also oversees various projects on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, such as the pilot winter maintenance project for the multipurpose path and the steel work on the main section.
Emmanuelle received her bachelor’s in civil engineering from Polytechnique Montréal in 2011 and is currently pursuing a master’s in civil engineering project management at the same university.
Before joining the JCCBI team, Emmanuelle worked as a project engineer for WSP (formerly Genivar) from 2011 to 2016.
Why did you go into engineering? Very early in my academic career, I felt the need and desire go into engineering, as I was inspired by members of my family who were working in this sector.
The term “engineering” is a very good descriptor for my need to shape my path and get out of my comfort zone and beyond what I thought I was capable of. Gravitating toward civil engineering was natural for me not only so that I could “add my own bricks” to different types of infrastructure but also help change the structure of social attitudes about women.
What’s the biggest project you’ve worked on at JCCBI so far? My biggest project at JCCBI is absolutely the steel reinforcement and painting project on section 7 of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. This section is emblematic of the Montreal skyline. Multiple stakeholders, structural challenges, and environmental issues above the river are all why this project is undeniably the most incredible challenge of my career.
What do you love most about working at JCCBI? What drives me the most is getting to give new life to nearly 100-year-old infrastructure to keep it in service for users today. I am passionate about this especially from the standpoint of sustainable development, as these heritage structures are an invaluable legacy from previous generations.
What is your advice for future engineers? It is very important for future engineers to be both good listeners and good speakers. Good engineers need to bring people together and keep their ears open to environmental, social and economic needs so that technical projects are a seamless part of their natural surroundings. Patience is another must-have tool for your toolbox! The engineering profession doesn’t necessarily take you in a straight line. Even if you feel like you’re getting off track, that doesn’t mean you’re lost in the woods. Each step is important, as long as you keep up your passion for your profession. Finally, never stop dreaming of the impossible; after all, that’s what engineering is all about!