For Janet Brown, P.Geol., a big part of being a professional
is helping protect the environment.
BY HEATHER FRANTZ
Public Relations Coordinator
Janet Brown, P.Geol., became an APEGGA member in August 2002
after moving to Alberta from Saskatchewan. She received a bachelor
of science degree in geology from Saint Mary’s University
in Halifax, N.S., and a water resources engineering diploma
from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
in Moose Jaw.
Her work experience has included positions in both the private
and public sectors as a hydrogeologist. She supervised the
drilling of water supply wells at Beckie Hydrogeologists Ltd.
in Saskatchewan, worked at Alberta Environment as a reviewer
of applications under the Water Act and was employed with Agriculture
and Agri-Food Canada – Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration,
supervising the abandonment of 50-plus-year-old water wells
in Southern Alberta.
She recently relocated from Lethbridge to Calgary where she
joined the hydrogeology team at Klohn Crippen Consultants Ltd.
As one of APEGGA’s Outreach volunteers, Janet goes out
to Calgary schools to do presentations on rocks and minerals.
Elizabeth Muir, Calgary Outreach coordinator, says Janet is
always willing to go out of her way to make a presentation,
even when it meant driving from Lethbridge to Calgary. She
had no problem visiting a class the same week she moved and
started a new job.
In addition to her Outreach presentations, Janet volunteers
with the Girl Guides’ engineering and science badge program,
through the Calgary Science Centre. She also volunteered at
the first APEGGA Calgary Science Olympics, held during National
Engineering & Geoscience Week in February.
Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?
I volunteer with APEGGA because I believe it is very important
to inform potential geoscientists and engineers of all the
options available to them.
What value do you get from being an APEGGA volunteer?
I enjoy the opportunity to see the future geoscientists and
engineers. As well I get a great personal satisfaction in
being an APEGGA volunteer.
What are your other hobbies and interests?
My hobbies include reading books to being out in nature hiking,
biking, kayaking, skiing and skating. My main interest in
life is to provide an environment for the future that is
the same or better than mine today.
Is there a person who has been helpful in your development
as a professional?
Yes, my mentor/supervisor Gary Pasloke who helped me obtain
my professionalism in Saskatchewan.
What would you consider as a dream project, one that you would
like to be involved in?
My dream project would be volunteering in a Third World country,
educating the people on how to drill a water well, how to keep
the water clean and how to use the water efficiently.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you
I would like to travel to Europe because of the very interesting
and educational history.
When did you decide to become a geologist?
It was a day in Grade 10 biology class where Dr. David Suzuki
talked about dinosaurs. I thought his topic was very fascinating
and therefore I wanted to pursue this interesting topic.
How did I go from wanting to be a paleontologist to a hydrogeologist?
It was after I graduated from university I realized I wanted
to continue in geology but with more of an environmental
aspect. Therefore, I branched out to hydrogeology.