Insight and Inspiration

I’m Proud to Be A P.Eng.

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Insight and Inspiration, Small Biz + Startups | 0 comments

I’m Proud to Be A P.Eng.

I’m very proud of the P. Eng. behind my name. That’s not a surprise for anyone who already knows me… but what many may NOT know is that my engineering interests began to surface at quite a young age. I think if I go back to being a small child, maybe 8 years old, I can identify some ‘early warning signals’, as I like to call them. I grew up with an extraordinary fondness for playing in the rain. We lived out in the country, and I loved digging in mud. There was something so fulfilling about excavating intricate series of canals and tunnels between puddles. I realized...

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Can a Startup be too Lean?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Continuous Improvement, Insight and Inspiration, Lean, Small Biz + Startups | 1 comment

Can a Startup be too Lean?

After attending the Lean Startup Day at MaRS startup incubator in Toronto last week, I felt tremendously vindicated that my Lean skills are very applicable and useful to the process a startup venture goes through. It helps that I have my own startup Engineer Your Life; tools and support for engineers to find the next best steps in work and life.  *Shameless plug alert!*  So I have been through my own process of defining who my customers are, how I can serve them in a way that is sustainable, practical and benefits them and me. So I’ll begin with full disclosure:  I’m a rookie...

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The tale of what we measure: Bhutan, GDP and the riddle of true progress

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Continuous Improvement, Insight and Inspiration, Measurement, Problem-solving, Social Progress, Value Creation | 2 comments

The tale of what we measure:  Bhutan, GDP and the riddle of true progress

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Ignite Waterloo, a lively and well-organized evening conference event which I would describe as TED on speed. Presenters each get five minutes only! Thirteen presenters dazzled us with their stories that evening.  Incidentally I absolutely recommend the Ignite experience – similar events are held all over! One of the presenters, author and business strategist Sandy Richardson talked about GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and true progress.  She proposed to us that despite its longstanding status as the benchmark for economic success (therefore...

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How Jiro dreams of sushi cured my social media breakfast hangover

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Insight and Inspiration | 0 comments

Yesterday was a hugely inspiring day.  I learned about social media, a hip and current topic, from a hip and current diverse group of locally-based professionals.  Fabulous, interesting, nice people, good food, lovely venue.  The Social Media Breakfast is a regular event which has been going on for a while now, but this was my first one. My first UNconference It was also an UNconference, (not UN as in United Nations, but as in ‘not’) where the participants define the topics and lead the sessions on the fly, so the dialogue is always fresh and relevant.  We talked hootsuite,...

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What I learned from sticking my hand in a lawnmower

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Insight and Inspiration, Problem-solving, Worker Safety, Workplace Culture | 1 comment

What I learned from sticking my hand in a lawnmower

So after months off putting off the task, I finally decided to mow my   own lawn last week. Anytime I take a task like this (one that many women would leave to the men in their lives!) I feel very independent and powerful.  Also, it was a beautiful sunny day. I won’t lie – I was really enjoying myself! I zipped through the back and side lawns, but unfortunately the grass on my front lawn had grown so tall and thick that it choked my poor electric old mower into submission about halfway through. It just stopped dead. Undaunted, I flipped the mower over and pulled out the grass...

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Engineering for social inclusion in Buenos Aires

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Adventure, Insight and Inspiration, Projects | 0 comments

A few months after my epiphany in the jungle, I was looking around for the right opportunity to put my idea to leverage my professional skills for social good into action. I was honoured to be offered the opportunity to help out with Waste for Life as a volunteer Project Manager.   I was to help implement what Eric Feinblatt and Caroline Baillie, the project’s co-founders had designed and developed.  Check out their website http://wasteforlife.org/ for notes on their journey.  It’s amazing what strong ideals and determination can accomplish. Recycling, co-operativism and...

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