Meet the Members of the Women in APEGA Advisory Group
The Women in APEGA Advisory Group is comprised of representatives from across the province who work in academia and industry. This dedicated group meets regularly to assess APEGA's diversity initiatives and discuss other organizations' successful strategies.
Heather Kennedy, P.Eng., FCAE
Heather is proud to have been an engineer for more than 40 years. She believes that creating the right climate for young women to see engineering for the world changing career that it can be and supporting women engineers as they embark on and have rewarding careers will make the engineering and geoscience field and our country better. Like many of us, she is learning about diversity and inclusion and how to be a better leader, partner, and global citizen.
Heather has had a diverse career in the resource sector with executive roles at Suncor Energy, Alberta Energy Regulator and an extended secondment to the Government of Alberta. Heather is currently a corporate director and continues to contribute to not for profit and community based organizations; as she has for the past 30 years.
Kim Tulloch, P.Eng., MBA, PMP
Kim Tulloch has more than 20 years of experience working in Natural Gas Liquids, Gas and Oil Sands businesses. She has held a variety of roles in engineering, operations management, Human Systems Engineering, major projects, and joint-venture management. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Windsor. She is an accredited PMP and Prosci Change Management Practitioner. Kim is currently the EHS Director, Midstream for AltaGas.
Having been involved with the Women in APEGA Advisory Committee since 2013 and part of the APEGA Mentoring Program, Kim is a strong supporter of increasing the engagement and retention of women—and girls—in engineering and geoscience.
Courtney Brown, P.Eng.
Courtney Brown, P.Eng., has a decade of diverse energy experience, including emissions and offsets management, coordinating the implementation and governance of methane and non-GHG compliance and reduction, as well as managing facility projects with increasing complexity and responsibility across Western Canada for conventional and oil sands assets. She has a BSc. in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta and is working towards certificates in “Climate Change Policy and Practice” and “Renewable Energy Technologies”.
Courtney has been an active supporter of women in STEM and leadership for nearly 15 years, volunteering in various capacities for organizations such as APEGA, DiscoverE, Husky Energy’s WLN (Women’s Leadership Network), Technovation, and WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology). She is excited to join the Advisory Group to share her passion for the encouragement and empowerment of women in STEM.
Erin Davis is an award-winning expert, inspirational speaker, and global thought leader in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, helping people feel a sense of connection and belonging.
She is the founder of Erin Davis Co. and as Lead Inclusion Strategist helps leaders understand their role in creating a more inclusive workplace to unlock creativity and enhance innovation. Erin also empowers diversity and inclusion champions at all levels to find their voice and supports their journey to create a more inclusive world, one conversation at a time. She is a passionate social justice advocate committed to authentically and bravely challenge the status quo, and helping others to make the same commitment.
Erin serves as the co-chair of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network, a group of companies and organizations who are interested in advancing and shaping the diversity and inclusion environment in the Edmonton region. In addition, she supported the City of Edmonton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force to develop recommendations to address racism, discrimination, excessive use of force, poverty and homelessness in the City of Edmonton, and currently serves as a Director with both McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association and Explore Edmonton.
She currently lives in Treaty 6 Territory, Region 4 of the Metis Nation of Alberta, in Edmonton with her husband and two amazing children, where they both work to teach them about a world where inclusion truly matters.
Laurel Flanagan, EIT
Laurel Flanagan completed her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2017. She is currently a Transportation Engineer at McElhanney in Calgary. She has experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering and road safety projects. Laurel is excited about the opportunities in the transportation engineering field to increase equity and design systems that are safe and accessible for everyone.
She also volunteers on the Women of ITE Sub-Committee within the Institute of Transportation Engineers, which seeks to make it easier to talk about gender inclusion, provide recommendations to the ITE organization regarding diversity and inclusion, and identify ways that gender inclusion can be achieved through design of infrastructure. As part of this work, Laurel contributes to monthly blog posts that explore topics related to gender and transportation.
Laurel is passionate about increasing the number of women in engineering and geoscience to bring forward more diverse perspectives and contribute to the development of creative solutions to problems. She believes that a more diverse workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is essential to ensure that the diverse perspectives and needs of various groups in society are considered in the design and implementation of technologies, public space, infrastructure, and services.
Erin Leonty (she/her)
Erin Leonty is passionate about promoting workplace inclusion, which leads to better business results and healthier communities.
As Global Manager of Inclusion & Diversity at Finning International, Erin is responsible for leading the implementation of an ambitious, multi-year strategy to embed inclusion into all that they do at Finning.
Born and raised in Alberta, Erin graduated from the University of Alberta’s School of Business with a bachelor of commerce degree in finance. Prior to Finning, she was the Regional Director for Catalyst, a global research and advisory organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. She started her career financing heavy equipment with General Electric and went on to provide strategy and operational consulting services as a manager with Deloitte.
Throughout her career, Erin has actively promoted inclusion in the workplace as a volunteer, including co-leading the GE Women’s Network, serving on Deloitte’s Diversity Council, co-founding the Edmonton Business Diversity Network, and serving on the Women in APEGA Advisory Committee.
She is the proud mother of two young daughters—Ava, six, and Zoe, four. As such, Erin is eternally grateful to her partner, Eric Leonty, for sharing equally in household responsibilities and championing her career ambitions, setting a strong example for the type of partnership our children deserve.
Nancy Manchak, P.Eng.
Nancy Manchak, P.Eng., has diverse energy sector work experience in project management, pipeline integrity, and operations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership from Queen’s University. Her Master's research focused on the evolution of social license and stakeholder engagement in the Canadian oil and natural gas sectors.
With over twelve years of volunteer leadership experience, Nancy is passionate about building community, whether that be in her profession as an engineer, with her alma mater, or through advancing diversity and inclusion in the STEM fields. Nancy is a publicly elected University of Alberta Senator and Advisory Board Member for WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology). She also volunteers with her community league, the 2022 International Pipeline Conference Organizing Committee, and YPAC (Young Pipeliners Association of Canada). Nancy previously volunteered on the leadership committee for the Enbridge FEMINEN (Females in Engineering) Employee Resource Group, where she supported the organization’s growth beyond the Edmonton region. As a member of the Women in APEGA Advisory Group, Nancy is looking forward to advancing initiatives to attract, engage, and retain women in the engineering and geoscience professions.
Rana Mandour, EIT
Rana Mandour attained her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering option from the University of Alberta in 2018. She is currently a Project Engineer-in-Training for the Solid Waste Management Practice at Tetra Tech in Edmonton.
Rana values her community. She takes on organization and leadership roles at work, and through volunteering. One example is her past roles at DiscoverE: a student-led initiative at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering that delivers STEM-focused classroom workshops, clubs and events, and summer camps across Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. DiscoverE kick-started her interest and passion for increasing the number of girls and women in STEM. Since then, Rana’s goal has been to continue normalizing having women and girls in STEM fields, and to be someone who can share her experiences and provide mentorship to others as she was fortunate enough to have that opportunity herself.
Anjum Mullick, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Anjum Mullick, P.Eng. is an environmental engineer with over 20 years of private and public sector experience, whose area of focus has been in contaminated site assessment and remediation in the oil and gas industry. She has an M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta and a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Currently, she is the Vice-President of Operations and Engineering at Growing Greener Innovations Inc., and also sits as a Board Member for the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board.
Anjum has a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion, and in particular increasing the number of women in not only engineering and science related professions, but in leadership. She was the President of the Women of WorleyParsons, an employee resource group with the vision to support the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the industry. As the former Preseident of WoW, she developed and managed a joint partnership project with the WinSETT Centre and the University of Alberta School of Business to examine organizational change as it relates to women in leadership, gender diversity and inclusivity. She co-chaired the 2018 Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology conference in Edmonton and was a Director on the WinSETT Board. She helped establish and lead her Department's Diversity and Inclusion committee at the City of Edmonton, and was a member of the City's GBA+ Advisory Committee. She is the past chair of the Women in APEGA Advisory Group, and recently was awarded the APEGA Summit Award for the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion and the Stars of Alberta Award for Breaking Barriers in Gender Diversity.
Jeff Pieper, P.Eng.
Jeff Pieper has degrees from Queen’s University and the University of California at Berkeley all in Mechanical Engineering. His work in industry includes implementation of control with Alcan Aluminum, National Research Council Flight Research Lab, Computing Devices Canada and New Energy. His research surrounds application, development and theory of control for machining systems, autonomous vehicles, helicopters, magnetic bearings, renewable energy, wind and water turbines and biomedical devices. A Member of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, he currently chairs the Engineering Design Task Force and the Engineers Canada Committee on 30by30 and EDI in Accreditation. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of the Franklin Institute, ISA Transactions and the CSME Transactions and is a member of the Discipline Committee of APEGA responsible for adjudicating malpractice issues across Alberta. Jeff has won Professor of the Year, Teaching Excellence, Graduate Teaching and Service Excellence awards. He is a Fellow Engineers Canada. He is currently Associate Dean of Continuing Professional Development in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. In Calgary, he led, developed and implemented the Mechatronics Minor program, which has passed its 20th year of graduating students.
Anna Salim, P.Eng.
Anna Salim obtained her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta in 2011. She has eight years of experience in the electrical utility industry, with a focus on the planning, design, and operation of electrical distribution facilities. Currently, she is a Senior Engineer at ATCO.
Anna is passionate about increasing the numbers of women in science and engineering. She co-founded an employee resource group at ATCO with the aim of inspiring and developing female engineers at the organization. She is also enthusiastic about introducing students to careers in engineering. Since 2015, she has been an outreach volunteer with APEGA and has been involved in presentations to high school students about careers in engineering and organizing APEGA’s Science Olympics events
Connor Scheu, P.Eng. (he/him)
Connor Scheu is a renewable energy engineer who has experience with energy transition and international development projects across six continents.
Connor is a Metis engineer, and member of the Engineers Canada Indigenous Advisory Committee (formerly the Equitable Participation in Engineering Committee). Connor is a passionate champion of ally-ship and intersectionality within professional inclusion initiatives. Connor strives to support inclusion at the workplace, provincial, and national levels. His hope is to help engineers take a leadership role and leverage their ethic of societal service to advance gender parity on all fronts.
In his free time Connor can be found teaching karate to youth and families at the local community center or hiking with his dogs in the mountains.