much of her free time mentoring and teaching others along the way. As a First Nations engineer, or “Indigeneer”, Deanna is passionate about diversity, sustainability, and introducing science and technology as a potential career path to young women and Indigenous youth. She hopes to help industries create more inclusive environments for an evolving workforce.
Deanna, is one of less than 100 self-declared First Nations, Metis, and Inuit engineers and geoscientists in Alberta, out of over 60 000 members. She is committed to helping to raise the representation of Aboriginal people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
A Professional Engineer and Certified Engineering Technologist, Deanna is responsible for managing compliance and risk in the Pipeline Industry. Deanna has over 15 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, and more than 10 years teaching in both Canada and Kazakhstan.
Deanna works full time in risk management in the pipeline industry and is also a contract instructor with Burgart Consulting and Development Ltd, where she helped develop a Canadian Pipeline Fundamentals course to help increase industry and public knowledge around pipelines.
Deanna gives a great deal of her time mentoring, and has volunteered with AWSN (Alberta Women Science Network), ASET, YPAC (Young Pipeliners Association of Canada), Cybermentor, Indspire, BESTT (Bridge to Engineering, Science and Technology Talent), and APEGA’s Aboriginal Mentoring program. She shares her passion for science with youth and encourages them to pursue careers in the STEM fields. She has spoken at industry, youth, and career conferences on Aboriginal engagement, mentoring, and increasing diversity in the engineering field. Deanna is committed to the future of her profession and to helping Aboriginal youth and young women succeed.