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Lyla Garzouzi

What is your current job?

I am the Distribution Development Manager at Hydro One Networks Inc. I lead a team of bright engineers that plan for the expansion and the sustainment of the distribution power system in Ontario.

What made you want to pursue a career in engineering?

At its root, engineering is the practical application of mathematics and science to the betterment of our society. I am a socially conscious person with a pragmatic and practical approach to problem solving. It was a natural fit.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

The fact that there is never a dull moment. I am very privileged to work with a talented team of professionals to provide an essential service to the people of Ontario.

How do you celebrate National Engineering Month?

I enjoy speaking to students in elementary and middle school to explain what engineering is, what we do and what it can be. I am also proud that Hydro One launched the Women in Engineering University Partnership on March 8, 2013. This initiative was done in partnership with Ryerson University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Waterloo and the Western University. Hydro One contributed 1.4 million dollars to develop new outreach activities for elementary and high school girls to increase awareness and understanding of engineering as a preferred career option. The program also focuses on providing these students with networking opportunities.

What advice do you have for young women who hope to pursue a career in your field? The sky’s the limit! Do not allow yourself to get discouraged by the workload required to obtain your degree or the pressures encountered early in your career. There is no doubt that it is a challenging profession but it is equally rewarding.

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Lyla Garzouzi graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2004 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She is a Professional Engineer at one of Canada’s leading utilities, Hydro One Networks Inc. She heads a team in planning for the expansion and maintenance of the distribution power system in the province of Ontario. Lyla has been involved with Engineers without Borders and continues to help promote women in science and engineering.

Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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