OSPE’s 2020 Board of Directors Candidate: Cassandra Lee Taha, EIT

NAME

Cassandra Lee Taha, B.Eng, EIT

EMPLOYER AND POSITION

CIMA+, Structural EIT

EDUCATION

  • Lakehead University, Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Stream, 2016
  • Northern College, Diploma, Civil Engineering Technology, 2014

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • CIMA+, Structural EIT, December 2017 – Present
  • GHD, Bridge EIT / Water Resource EIT, September 2016 – December 2017
  • Aecon Construction, Project Coordinator, May 2016 – September 2016

YEARS OF REGISTRATION WITH PROFESSION

  • Ontario; EIT, 2016
  • OSPE member since 2017

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • hErVOLUTION, Mentor, 1 year
  • TutorMate, Tutor, 8 months

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

I am a structural EIT who is in the process of applying for my P.Eng. I have gained a variety of engineering knowledge and experience since my graduation. My experience includes structural engineering, construction, transportation, bridges and infrastructure. In addition, I am continuing my education through courses offered by CISC, CMDC, CaGBC and more.

I have been an active team member and a driver for new technologies in my company. In addition, when it comes to the team, my approach is to ensure that all members are heard while communicating my ideas and concerns. I validate engineering technical solutions and provide options. Also, I develop and present solutions to clients. For example, I developed a Standard for TTC regarding the train-platform interface. I developed a Standard that restricted the allowable horizontal and vertical gap at the train-platform interface to provide barrier-free access for patrons that have mobility restrictions. My Standard is currently being reviewed by the AODA as they do not have existing standards for subway platforms.

As a woman in engineering I have faced adversity and I know what some women entering the engineering work force will likely experience. This has motivated me to advocate for, empower women and to continue work with associations that support and get more young women into engineering.

I want to mentor and educate internationally trained engineers on how to develop their experience to coincide with the Canadian market as I have seen the hardships of internationally trained engineers through my spouse’s experience.

My obligation as an engineer is to participate in improving our community and to provide knowledge, support and mentoring to young professionals. In order to do this, I am currently involved in the engineering community through volunteering, attending events and spreading the word for engineers and young professionals about OSPE, hErVolution, SWE and more.

I believe that OSPE helps in providing the right direction for the profession of engineering. In addition, I appreciate OSPE’s effort in advocacy for engineers and I want to support this effort by being one of OSPE’s voices.

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