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Meet Siobhán Dooley
System and Process Control EIT at Hatch
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My name is Siobhan Dooley. I am a member of St. Theresa Point First Nation, a remote reserve in northern Manitoba, and have dual citizenship with Ireland through my father. I grew up off-reserve in Sioux Lookout, a small town located in Northwestern Ontario. I attended Queen’s University for Chemical Engineering, and upon graduation, started working at Hatch in the Sudbury office with the Systems and Process Control group.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
If I were to choose one moment, it would be during my last project as part of a commissioning team. I had the chance to move into a managerial role during times when more senior Hatch personnel were away. I was given a lot of opportunities and more responsibility while being on this team, and it was great to be a part of a group that got along so well.
What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of a science, engineering, or technology career?
I’d say the biggest challenge I’ve overcome is dealing with people who think I’ve only gotten as far as I have because I’m First Nation or because I’m a woman. I have a good support system though, both in my personal and work life, and it’s through that support system that I’ve realized that I am where I am in my career on my own merit, not because of my gender or race.
What are your short-term and long-term goals?
My first short-term career goal would definitely be to get my P. Eng, which I’ll be eligible for this summer. I’d also like to continue learning more about project execution, as well as perform more feasibility studies. I enjoy consulting, as there are opportunities to try different types of projects and roles. As for long-term goals, I see myself with a family, but still working and perhaps doing some project management work.
Who had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
My family has definitely been my greatest influence. My parents never pushed me into doing something I didn’t want to do, and always supported me with my decisions. If there was something that I had any issues with, I knew I could always go to my parents or my sisters for advice, and I know I can always lean on them.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in science or engineering?
I would say first of all, to research possible career paths. Look to see what you could see yourself doing as a career, and work backwards to see what educational path is required to get there. If you’re not sure about what you’d like to do, try to reach out to people in different fields to get a feel for what type of work they do, and ask yourself if you’d enjoy it. Also, don’t be deterred by thinking a career choice in a more male dominated field that it’s not for you, as there will be mentors, whether it be a male or female, that will be available to help you throughout your career.