"My name is Anna and I’m the Facilities Systems Engineering (FSE) Manager at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). FSE is currently five brilliant Engineers strong, and we provide oversight for a large portfolio of assets, such as life safety systems, airfield lighting, building power distribution, mechanical systems, baggage handling systems, control systems, passenger boarding bridges and people moving devices. FSE leads ten restoration programs, reviews engineering designs for compliance and provides expert knowledge to the GTAA stakeholders.
"What I like about the engineering field is that the opportunities are endless, the industry is vast, and you will never be bored. Prior to joining the aviation industry at the GTAA, I taught control valves sizing to various engineering firms, traveled the world managing large industrial projects and participated in a daily beer tasting panel as a certified beer taster!
"During the pandemic I found it most stressful to balance my high intensity career while providing care for my two young children. Since women are underrepresented in engineering, construction and aviation, I’m very excited about the GTAA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program and I already see the positive results of the Inclusive Leadership Training and other efforts.
"March 8th, International Women’s Day, was always a big celebration back home in Ukraine and I’m glad it’s also a day to show respect and appreciation for women here in Canada and everywhere.
"The advice I can give to young women interested in pursuing a career in STEM is to gain expertise, be fearless and have fun!"
- Anna, Facilities Systems Engineering Manager, GTAA