Before I introduce you to Deanna Burgart’s official bio let me tell you how much this woman has come to mean to me. We met in person at the EBC Retreat that got this series started. We were first introduced by Teresa via email before the retreat. However later I realized that we were already connected on Twitter where I had retweeted her tweets. When we met in person there was an immediate connection and we spent a good bit of time talking during the retreat and have kept in touch afterwards.
It is an honor to encourage and support her because she inspires me with her bold spirit and open heart. This is a big part of what makes her a fabulous speaker and advocate. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out her TedTalk:
Self-proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna Burgart dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today’s challenges. She focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs. Deanna is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals.
“Walking in many worlds, Deanna has developed a passion for closing gaps between different viewpoints and empowering others to achieve their goals and career aspirations. An adoptee from the Fond du Lac First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan, born in Alberta, she spent her formative years in Singapore. Over the years, Deanna has dedicated much of her free time mentoring and teaching others along the way. As a First Nations engineer, or “Indigeneer”, Deanna is passionate about diversity, sustainability, and introducing science and technology as a potential career path to young women and Indigenous youth. She hopes to help industries create more inclusive environments for an evolving workforce.
Deanna, is one of less than 100 self-declared First Nations, Metis, and Inuit engineers and geoscientists in Alberta, out of over 60 000 members. She is committed to helping to raise the representation of Aboriginal people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
A Professional Engineer and Certified Engineering Technologist, Deanna is responsible for managing compliance and risk in the Pipeline Industry. Deanna has over 15 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, and more than 10 years teaching in both Canada and Kazakhstan.
Deanna works full time in risk management in the pipeline industry and is also a contract instructor with Burgart Consulting and Development Ltd, where she helped develop a Canadian Pipeline Fundamentals course to help increase industry and public knowledge around pipelines.
Deanna gives a great deal of her time mentoring, and has volunteered with AWSN (Alberta Women Science Network), ASET, YPAC (Young Pipeliners Association of Canada), Cybermentor, Indspire, BESTT (Bridge to Engineering, Science and Technology Talent), and APEGA’s Aboriginal Mentoring program. She shares her passion for science with youth and encourages them to pursue careers in the STEM fields. She has spoken at industry, youth, and career conferences on Aboriginal engagement, mentoring, and increasing diversity in the engineering field. Deanna is committed to the future of her profession and to helping Aboriginal youth and young women succeed.”