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Vimy Henderson

I have no regrets about taking engineering and working in this field. Engineers work on such a broad spectrum of projects, they have unlimited opportunities.

Vimy Henderson, Ph.D., P.Eng., Pavement and Materials Engineer at Golder Associates Ltd. Vimy completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Waterloo in Civil Engineering. Her doctoral studies, titled “Evaluation of the Performance of Pervious Concrete Pavement in Canada” included writing a guide for the design, construction and maintenance of pervious concrete pavement in Canada.

Vimy is a Pavement and Materials Engineer and Project Manager at Golder Associates. In these roles she works with clients to solve technical problems and carries out project management activities. Vimy works with municipalities throughout Canada to provide pavement rehabilitation and design recommendations. Vimy regularly assists municipalities in updating their current standard specifications to ensure that they receive quality materials and workmanship on their projects. She is involved in pavement design projects for airports throughout Canada. She carries out research for private clients to evaluate the use of new materials and technologies in the pavement industry. Vimy has experience in advanced performance testing of asphalt and concrete pavements in the laboratory and field.

Vimy has previously worked for a concrete supplier, provincial government and university research group. Vimy has published and presented papers at conferences throughout Canada and at international meetings. In 2013 Vimy was recognized by Rock to Road as a “Top 20 Under 40” in the industry.

Vimy lives in Guelph, Ontario. Outside of work Vimy is busy riding and competing with her horses and skiing.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your current job?

I am a Pavement and Materials Engineer and Project Manager with Golder Associates Ltd. I work with municipal, provincial and private clients throughout Canada. Each project I work on is different. Projects range from recommendations for improvements to local roads or major highways to researching new materials and technologies for use in the industry.

What made you want to pursue a career in engineering?

When I was applying to university I was very focused on my extra-curricular activities and had no expectation or plan as to where I might go with my degree or education! My father suggested I go into engineering because I enjoyed math and science. Civil engineering sounded the most interesting to me and I was fortunate to be accepted to the University of Waterloo. The co-op program and my graduate supervisor at the University of Waterloo provided me with many opportunities. Those experiences peaked my interest to stay in the field of engineering and pursue a career.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I really enjoy working with all of my clients. I have the opportunity to help them solve problems and find suitable solutions. The combination of using engineering to find solutions to problems and working with great clients is my favourite part of my work.

How do you celebrate National Engineering Month?

I always encourage individuals to pursue a degree in engineering. I believe the education is very applicable to many different fields.

What advice do you have for young women who hope to pursue a career in your field?

I strongly encourage them to go for it! I have no regrets about taking engineering and working in this field. Engineers work on such a broad spectrum of projects, they have unlimited opportunities.

How would you describe the relationship with your mentor/mentee?

I am very fortunate to have many mentors in my life, both professionally and personally. It is important that these individuals care about your well being and success. When this is true both the mentor and mentee benefit.

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