MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Some 130 women engineers
participated this morning in the third "Women in Engineering" breakfast
conference held by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec in Montreal. This
event presents the inspiring careers of women who have distinguished
themselves in the world of engineering in an effort to promote the
contribution of women to the profession.
Guest speaker Nancy Venneman, Eng., President of Altitude Aerospace,
spoke with Radio-Canada host Patrick Masbourian and answered questions
from participants about her professional experience, career trajectory,
greatest challenges and top achievements.
"I chose engineering because it is an exciting profession that offers
many career opportunities," explained engineer Nancy Venneman, who
founded Altitude Aerospace, an engineering firm that specializes in
aerospace, in 2005.
"For me, being a woman in a male dominated field has never been an
obstacle. In engineering, it is the skills that take precedence,"
stated Venneman, who stressed the importance of continuing education
and networking to develop and achieve a successful career.
"Increasing numbers of women are joining the profession, which is
excellent news," said Daniel Lebel, Eng., FIC, PMP, President of the
Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, who encouraged women engineers to make
their voices heard within the profession and to work with the OIQ to
regain the public's confidence. "At this time, the profession really
needs positive role models. A leader in her industry, Venneman has the
technical skills and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the know-how to
manage and motivate teams to do their best, which makes her an
excellent ambassador for our profession," added Lebel.
The Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec now has nearly 8,300 women engineers
as members, which is approximately 13% of its membership. The
percentage of women engineers grows steadily every year. This growth
should continue in the years to come, as women make up over 17% of the
students currently enrolled in undergraduate engineering programs in
In addition to promoting the contribution of women to the profession,
the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec wants to promote engineering with
young women by teaming up with the "Les filles et les sciences: un duo
électrisant" (Girls and Science: An Electrifying Combination) event,
which will be held for the 15th time on Saturday, February 15 at several universities and schools of
engineering across Québec. This event is designed to explain to
teenaged girls in secondary 2 and 3 the exact nature of professions in
science and technology and the education programs that lead to them.
The OIQ's commitment to the public
The Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has made a formal commitment to
dedicate all resources required to ensure that all engineers adopt
exemplary professional practices and regain the public's trust. More
specifically, the OIQ has committed to protecting the public by taking
preventive and disciplinary action, finding concrete solutions to the
current crisis, improving engineering practice and ensuring transparent
management by promoting ethics and professional conduct.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of
more than 60,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest
engineering. The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the
public by supervising the practice of the profession within the
framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves
the public interest. For more information, go to the Web site www.oiq.qc.ca.
SOURCE: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
For further information:
Communications and Public Affairs Department
Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
514 845-6141, extension 3253