Engineering touches all levels of government and policy, yet politics is not a standard career path for most engineers. In this panel, we explore the journeys of several politicians who got their start in engineering. We unpack topics like how they leverage their engineering expertise in decision-making, the importance of having engineering representation at all levels of politics, and how to transition from the engineering to political world. Join us for a panel discussion that will provide you with the insights and inspiration to embark on your own journey into politics.
- Hear from the following inspirational engineer-politicians:
- The Honourable Omar Alghabra, P.Eng.: MP – Mississauga-Centre and Minister of Transport, Liberal Party of Canada
- Deepak Anand: MPP – Mississauga-Malton, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
- Dirka Prout, P.Eng: MP Candidate – London North Centre (2019, 2021), New Democratic Party of Canada
- Dr. Shefaza Esmail, EIT: MPP Candidate – Waterloo (2022), Green Party of Ontario
- Gabrielle Bouchard, P.Eng.: Civil engineer, STEM educator, Action Canada Fellow, and host of the “Gabby on Government” YouTube channel
The panel will be moderated by Jasmine Shaw, P.Eng., an engineer turned project manager and entrepreneur, and champion for diversity in engineering