Engineering Potential: What Determines Success?

A survey reveals where work is needed to protect psychological well-being and other challenges in engineering roles.

Originally broadcast on August 28, 2023. Now available On Demand.

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Machine Design invites Stephanie Holko, Director of Project Development at NGen Canada and President and Chair of the Board at the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, to discuss a recent survey of engineers. Findings suggest a profession that is moving toward more equality and equal representation for women and men. However, the findings also reveal that systemic barriers limit women’s participation and slow the transition. In fact, some talented engineering professionals are driven away from the field and toward adjacent lines of work. The findings are being used to define the shape and scale of changes in the engineering pipeline.

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Rehana Begg
Machine Design

Rehana Begg is the editor-in-chief of Machine Design. She has spent the past decade in the trenches of industrial manufacturing, focusing on engineering, operations and management. Her B2B career has taken her from corporate boardrooms to plant floors and underground mining stopes, covering everything from advanced manufacturing, IIoT/software, digital transformation and continuous improvement, to MRO for the manufacturing, automotive and food and beverage industries. Over the course of 23 years as a journalist, staff writer and editor, her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including, Plant Engineering & Maintenance, Machinery & Equipment MRO, Plant, Benefits Canada, Canadian Home Workshop and Homemakers. Begg holds a master’s degree in journalism and an MBA specializing in project management. She is the recipient of a coveted EBBIE Award (Editor of the Year, 2021), which recognized her editorial contributions and leadership of WISE, a hub that compiles coverage of workplace issues affecting STEM fields, in addition to showcasing contributions from equity seeking groups and subject matter experts.


Stephanie Holko
Director of Project Development
Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

Stephanie Holko is the Director of Project Development at Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen). She has 17 years of experience leading teams and projects in the steel industry. She loves connecting emerging technologies with existing manufacturing problems and believes the future of manufacturing is in the adoption of new ways of working. Stephanie holds a BASc – Chemical Engineering (University of Waterloo), and an MBA specializing in the Management of Innovation and New Technology (McMaster University). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada, and is currently the President and Chair of the Board of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

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