Berkley Downey

Associate Process Specialist, Fluor Canada

Describe a typical day

As a recently graduated E.I.T., 100% of my days include a lot of coffee and a lot of questions. My days are always different, but the one constant is that I am always learning.

Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.

I am so incredibly lucky to work with people who are so invested in my development as an engineer and to work in an area of the industry that is constantly pushed to innovate and improve performance. I have found that many people get to a certain level of their career and become complacent and comfortable with the status quo; engineering, procurement, and construction companies (EPC) are never able to get comfortable because they are always competing and always challenged with delivering the very best for their clients. I can’t imagine a better place to start my career!

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

In my final year of school I was honored with taking on the role of President of the student organization Fuse Collective. We were in our tenth year of operation, but our second year of a huge rebrand and still trying to figure out who we were when the recession hit. It was one of the greatest challenges I’ve taken on, but seeing the incredible people on my team thrive in adversity and adapt to our new normal, and now seeing how successful the organization has been in the year since I’ve left, fills me with so much pride.

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

Our industry is always in a state of change, which is what makes it exciting! In order for companies to adapt to these changes they need people who think outside the box, aren’t afraid to take risks, and look at challenges, not as obstacles, but as opportunities for improvement. Fortunately for me, I just described a good engineer. I’m not going to pretend like I have any idea what the future of the industry will look like, but I know that I want to be one of the people at the forefront, pushing the limits of what we thought was possible and doing my very best to leave it in a more sustainable place that I entered it.

Current community involvement efforts.

I am actively involved in the YWE sponsorship team and I took on the role as Corporate Sponsorship Lead this year, which I am so excited about! I also volunteer with CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), an organization near and dear to my heart. I’ve been involved with CAWST since I was in high school, and in the past few years I have been working with their Wavemakers program which engages youth in local and global water issues.

Why YWE?

I think that it is so important to not only focus on bringing women into energy industry at the entry level, but also keeping women in the industry throughout their careers in both technical and non-technical roles. YWE is important because it gives young women endless resources to support their careers, whether it is informative blog posts, or acumen events, or someone really wonderful to sit down with and chat over a glass of wine. YWE is unique in that our members are incredibly diverse and have a wide range of experiences, but we all have the common thread of understanding what it’s like to work in a male dominated field and the desire to support other women in our industry.

What are you reading?

Right now I am alternating between This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein and Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.