ENGAP Graduate wins APEGM Member-in-Training Award
Bates graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2011 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. She enrolled as a student member of APEGM in 2007 and an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) in April 2011. She initially worked for Manitoba Hydro as a summer student in the Generation division both at Gillam and in Winnipeg. She has been working for Tolko Manitoba Kraft Papers for last three and a half years. Her work is focused on major projects and maintenance of existing process equipment systems. She has been the lead design engineer or project manager on most projects, including enhancing the quality of paper without adverse effects on production.
A member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Manitoba chapter, Bates is currently working towards her PMP designation.
She currently holds a 4th Class Power Engineering License through the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner Inspection and technical Services office and plans to accumulate firing time toward her 3rd Class Power Engineering License. She is also striving to achieve her MBA.
Bates has been actively tutoring high school students in math and sciences and uses those opportunities to promote engineering. As a mentor, she has participated in the Young Women’s Conference to promote women in non-traditional fields and has judged various school science fairs. She is a member of Club Yoga Fit Canada, and is working towards her yoga instructor certification. She has also assisted in sandbagging efforts during times when her local community was under flood advisory.
Bates has received numerous scholarships and bursaries, including the Helen Betty Osborne memorial Scholarship three years in a row. In her final year of Engineering, the Manitoba Métis Federation provided her sponsorship support. Brianne has been an honors student throughout her education including four years of high school, Univerisity1 and numerous times on the Engineering Deans honor list.
Bates’ goal is to inspire the younger generations to embrace math and science and to work towards their dreams, by working against barriers and make a positive difference in the North. She sees herself creating positive ripples in society with the hope that they will gain momentum and become large waves.
For these and many other reasons, the APEGM was pleased to award Brianne Bates with the Member in Training award at a gala event at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg on October 24, 2014.