ENGGTALK is a speaker series that is designed to showcase intriguing ideas, spark inspiration, and build a community focused on connection and innovation. We hope that through diverse and interesting events, we can provide opportunities for young engineering alumni to learn, engage and connect with each other in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

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Why are we doing this?

There is an increasingly large number of young alumni that are facing unique challenges and have many important questions:

  • What career options do I have with my degree?
  • How can I succeed in the future with my current skill set?
  • How do I properly navigate the professional world?

In addition, many young alumni value lifelong learning and are always looking for ways to improve:

  • What are some interesting engineering projects happening locally and internationally?
  • In what ways can we as engineers innovate to make our world a better place?
  • How can I, as an individual, develop myself on a personal level and improve my own life?

These are just a few of many questions we are determined to help answer through ENGGTALK. Whether you are a young engineering alumnus, an aspiring undergrad, an experienced professional or simply an ambitious individual who is eager to discover new ideas – ENGGTALK is a welcoming place for anyone who would like to learn something new and be part of a like-minded community.

ENGGTALK Subcouncil Past Work


November 21, 2017 @ Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

  • Dale Lechelt – “Stories From the Road Less Traveled”
  • Tegan Martin-Drysdale – “Infill in Edmonton – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
  • Dr. Dominic Sauvageau – “Bioengineering at the University of Alberta”

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ENGGTALK #2: Women in Engineering 

March 7, 2019 @ Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

  • Julie Kim – “Respect, Dis-Respect and Self-Respect”
  • Jessica Vandenberghe – “What You Need to Know About Being a Mid-Career Indigenous Female Mother, Daughter, Engineer & Girlfriend”
  • Meghana Valupadas – “Diversity and the Power of the Team”
  • Meagan Gebers – “My Roller Coaster Journey in the Construction Industry”
  • Leanne Stinn – “Revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library: An Empowering Journey”
  • Carille Mendoza – “Wins and Losses as a Triple Minority”
  • Jillian Tkachuk – “#MeToo in Corporate Canada: Let’s Change the Story”

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ENGGTALK #3: Engineering Edmonton

September 21, 2019 @ Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

  • Scott LaBuick – “The Metropolis Mindset: Engineering Projects for the People”
  • Wayne Gong – “Walk. Bike. Live.”
  • Josh Bornia – “Engineering & Community Wellbeing: Looking Beyond the Math”
  • Pablo Orozco – “City Plan: Building the Future City”

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ENGGTALK #4: Engineering a Career of Fulfillment

September 26, 2020 - Online Video

  • Cameron Franchuk - Associate, Structural Engineer at DIALOG
  • Sushmitha Thirumalaivasan - Chemical Engineering PhD Student at University of Alberta (Data Modeling and Optimization)
  • Shoma Sinha - Senior Advisor Advanced Technologies at Government of Alberta
  • Fraser Forbes - Dean and Professor, Faculty of Engineering at University of Alberta

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ENGGTALK #5: Engineers with Cool Careers

May 6, 2021 - Zoom Event

  • Callie Lissinna - Co-Founder & COO of Wyvern
  • Uzair Ahmed - Co-Founder & President of InstaMek
  • Scott Holmes - Engineer at Rally Engineering and the President of Holmes Motorsports
  • Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve - Professor in Engineering, Pipeline Construction and Project Management as well as Founder of CGV Speaking