Occupation: Engineer, Account Manager
Jaime graduated from Brentwood in 1996 and went on to McMaster University to study biology. After 3 years in the science department, Jaime switched to Engineering to focus on a job ready career. During university Jaime got the opportunity to work with Nortel Networks and Ford Motor Company to gain real world experience.
Out of university, Jaime went on to work for a small cryogenic startup company where she assisted with design, construction, sales and marketing. Jaime went on to play a part on the global ITER (international tokamak reactor energy research) project in Korea when her company was selected on behalf of Canada to develop the superconducting magnets for the reactor. After 2 years with that company, Jaime left to start her own company in telecom. After 2 years self-employed Jaime returned to the Engineering space and began working with her current employer Spartan Controls.
Over the last 12 years Jaime has been helping large industrial plants increase plant automation to focus on key areas: performance, operations, safety, environment, etc. From clean technology startups, to Pharmaceutical plants, to large Oil and Gas sites, Jaime has had the privilege of acting as a trusted advisor to help many sites achieve their goals through the implementation of technology.
It is tough out of high school trying to figure out what career to pursue, especially as a female interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). As a new graduate of high school there were so many questions: What options are out there, will I like it, will I be accepted as a female, will I be able to handle the course load, what careers are available if I chose one path over the other, can I make a good living? The good news is there are lots of opportunities out there for women and men in STEM. This talk will cover my journey, what worked, what didn’t work and what is available to new grads entering the STEM field. My hope is to share my experiences about both the traditional career opportunities in STEM as well as the peripheral careers that in many cases can be the most exciting and lucrative careers available.