In the ever-evolving world of structural engineering, there are individuals who not only excel in the technical side, but also champion a cause that goes beyond the confines of bricks and beams. Kelsie Priest, P Eng, is one such remarkable professional.
Kelsie was honoured with the 2023 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award at the recent Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Awards Gala held in Whistler on Friday, October 27, 2023. Her exceptional work includes co-founding Women in Consulting Engineering in Vancouver in 2018, a non-profit organization that continues to make an impact throughout the West Coast (especially with the emergence of a chapter in Calgary) and now encompasses over 600 members. Kelsie’s achievements extend beyond this recent accolade – you may recall her receipt of the SEABC Young Meritorious Achievement Award earlier this May.
There is no doubt that Kelsie’s contributions to diversity have been a source of inspiration to many, and her journey into the world of engineering has been an interesting one to follow. Kelsie’s fascination for mathematics and science at childhood set her on a trajectory towards the world of structural engineering. However, she soon recognized a significant challenge within the field – the lack of female role models. This realization fueled her desire to be an advocate for gender equality in STEM careers and she acted.
Kelsie’s efforts are prominent within our firm as well. Having started as a co-op student and rising to the position Project Engineer over the past decade, she has mentored and supported many junior engineers in our organization. Additionally, she has dedicated time to numerous equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
Kelsie’s leadership extends to the educational sphere as well. She engages with university and high school students through panel discussions and presentations, instilling confidence and inspiring many to consider careers in Structural Engineering. Her commitment to community service is evident through her volunteer mentorship and educational roles with organizations such as the YWCA, Girl Guides, and UBC Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).
Kelsie also serves as a board director for the nonprofit Women in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Trades (WinSETT), where her work on the marketing committee furthers the cause of recruiting, retaining, and advancing women in these fields.
Kelsie’s dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness is nothing short of remarkable. In a field that demands precision and innovation, she brings not only technical expertise, but also a profound commitment to gender equality and diversity. Her journey is a testament to what can be achieved when passion, creativity, and a steadfast commitment to a cause comes together. Kelsie is not just an award recipient; she is a true thought leader and a driving force for positive change within our industry. We take great pride in having Kelsie Priest as part of Glotman Simpson.