Celebrating Women in Consulting Engineering (WCE) Calgary with Amy Rohof
To celebrate International Women’s Day in Engineering this year, we interviewed Senior Engineer at Entuitive, Amy Rohof, who is also the Co-Chair of the Women in Consulting Engineering (WCE) Calgary chapter. Alongside WSP’s Mikayla Morrey, the duo partnered to launch this new chapter of WCE with the goal of connecting women engineers and to drive greater retention of females within the engineering community.
Happy International Women’s Day in Engineering, Amy. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you first tell us more about your career at Entuitive?
I’ve been at Entuitive just over a year now as a Senior Engineer. I’m part of the Structural team in our Calgary office. I’ve been enjoying leading project teams and working on mainly institutional projects, such as Calgary’s Varsity Multi-Service Redevelopment project. My favorite projects are the ones that contribute to our community and build a better Calgary
It’s clear that you’re passionate about contributing to your professional community, especially in Calgary. How did you help create WCE Calgary?
It was a long-time idea of mine. I felt like there was a gap in the industry, and we needed a group to support and connect women. When I joined Entuitive, I mentioned this idea to create a women’s group in Calgary and it snowballed. I was instantly connected with Entuitive alumna Sophie Warwick, who was involved in the creation of WCE Vancouver. Sophie facilitated the connection between Mikayla Morrey and I, and we officially announced the new chapter in late June 2022.
That’s wonderful you and Mikayla took the initiative. Which events have you hosted so far?
We held our launch party last November which was sponsored by Entuitive. It was a fun event where many of our team members from our Calgary office came out and met many other individuals in our industry. Some other events have included a panel discussion on the challenges women face on construction sites, a coaching session on empathy and leadership, and even a social event in the form of a bowling night. Every event has been a success with many new faces joining each time. This past Monday, we also held an ice cream and lawn bowling evening in celebration of the International Women in Engineering Day.
Very eventful! That’s great to hear you’ve been having successful turnouts. What’s been your favourite part of being Co-Chair of WCE Calgary so far?
We’re definitely grateful for the response so far! We’ve been surprised with the members who have been showing up as well, as it’s not just engineers. We’ve had many individuals in diverse fields show up, from marketing and human resources to architects and technologists. It’s been satisfying to reach such diverse individuals of all ages, and we’re excited to continue expanding our reach.
For my favourite part, it’s been rewarding to connect with fellow women and learn from each other. It’s amazing to see what everyone has achieved in their careers. I really value developing these relationships and providing support to each other.
We’re looking forward to continuing seeing the success of WCE Calgary. What are some of the future goals for this chapter?
Since we’re not even a year old, our biggest goal right now is to continue establishing ourselves as a consistent group within the industry as well as having consistent attendance and sponsorships. I hope that within a few years’ time, we can step aside and the organization will continue to exist and thrive.
At Entuitive, I also hope that I will continue to act as a role model to my team members. I always try my best to be available for support and discussion.
Thank you so much for chatting with us, Amy, and for your hard work and commitment to supporting women in engineering.
If you’d like to reach out to Amy, you can do so here.