Terri-Jane Yuzda

Busy Engineer Still Finds Time
To Volunteer For Association


Public Relations Coordinator

Terri Steeves, P.Eng., has been an APEGGA member for more than 12 years. She originally joined as a student member, serving both the student liaison and the Outreach committes. Ms Steeves graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in electrical engineering. She is now a professional member, working for TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. Her dream job is to be a project manager on a large cogeneration project. Even with her many outside hobbies - triathlon, running, backpacking, golf, cross-country skiing - Terri still finds the time to volunteer for APEGGA initiatives. Volunteering is a way for Terri to give something back to the professions and help them continue to grow.

Can you recall a particularly memorable volunteer experience?
All of my fondest memories as a volunteer come as an Outreach presenter to young school children. Either being asked how much money I made and what kind of car I drive or being corrected on a scientific principle by an eight-year-old. Doing classroom presentations was always a lot of fun and gave me as much as I think I gave the kids.

What made you decide to become an engineer?
In high school I was very good at math and physics. It sounded like engineering to me. My dad is an electrical engineer (retired life member of APEGGA), so I knew what an engineer was and what they might do for a living. At 16 years old, I thought I'd give it a try and if I didn't like it, I could always do something else.

Is there a person who has been helpful in your development as a professional?
Janet Currie, P.Eng., (TransCanada) formed a "girls" lunch group when I was a young engineer. The group brought together younger junior and more senior female engineers within the company (NOVA). I felt supported and saw examples, in other women, of where I could go to in my career.

As an engineer, how do you contribute to APEGGA?
As a responsible professional, looking out for public safety. As a volunteer, encouraging others to join the profession (Outreach) or showing others the remarkable work done by the professions (Summit Awards®).

What do you think the next hot trend/subject/discipline will be in engineering?
I think engineers will continue to grow in the area of environmental engineering, with all disciplines looking at the impact of what they do or design on the environment and the future of our planet.

What high-tech product could you not live without and why?
My HP Jornada 548 (electronic personal planner). My whole life is in there and then some.


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