18th April 2016

SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit will be represented at the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Annual Conference 2016. The event is being held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront in Nova Scotia from Saturday 14th - Wednesday 18th May.

Dr. Roger Woodhead and Ms. Shormila Chatterjee will make a presentation at the conference called ‘Teaching a New Dog Old Tricks - Mentoring of Young Professionals in Transit’. Roger is Vice President of Engineering Services for Rail & Transit Engineering, while Shormila is currently serving as the Capture Manager for the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) pursuit for SNC-Lavalin.

Shormila comments: “Rapid Transit in Canada has undergone many boom and bust cycles since the 1960s. In the last ten years there has been a renewal of activity, much of it being in P3 type contracts, which include finance, design, construction, operations and maintenance. Due to an increased emphasis on ‘green’ initiatives, it is expected that several new transit systems will be developed in Canada in the next decade.”

Roger adds: “The cyclical nature of projects has lead to a scarcity of seasoned professionals. Many are either retired or thinking about it. A ‘changing of the guard’ is required if new transit projects are to be successfully implemented. But how can young professionals harness the experience of industry experts? One word: mentoring. Not only does mentoring provide a transfer of technical knowledge, but it also fosters professional relationships that extend well beyond the office walls.”

The presentation will be jointly delivered by Roger as the mentor and Shormila as the mentee. It is taking place on Monday 16th May at 11.20am. In the pair’s presentation, they will discuss the corporate and professional environment in which the mentoring took place, using the example of the Confederation Line P3 project in Ottawa. They will discuss key lessons, and how these were put into practice.

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