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“Indigeneer”

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.

  • A Journey in Aboriginal Awareness    

    This talk will address the value of Aboriginal Awareness and Aboriginal Engagement from the perspective of a First Nations oil and gas engineer and adoptee through her journey of learning about the relationship between Indigenous people and industry. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit history, an awareness of myths and things to avoid in the workplace when working towards an inclusive environment, and an introductory understanding around “Duty to Consult”. Participants will also leave with some tools and action items they can implement immediately to support their organization’s Aboriginal Engagement strategy – regardless of their role in the organization.

    The Three Ps of Pipelines – Sustainability is Everyone’s Business

    Sustainability is a term that is used in an ever increasing frequency, but how we take steps towards a more sustainable industry? This talk will introduce participants to the UN definition of Sustainability, and translate it to the pipeline industry. It will outline new developments in North American pipeline safety and environmental protection initiatives, and introduce the structure of codes, standards and regulations. Finally, participants will be called to action to play their part in making the pipeline industry more sustainable – whether they work in the industry or are individuals affected by pipeline projects or operations.

    The New World of Mentoring – Be a Mentor First!

    Knowledge transfer is an important topic on the minds of all organizations. With the impending exit of thousands of baby boomers, the pressure is on employers to capture lessons learned. This talk is a call to the next generation to learn all that they can before the skills and expertise have gone, by being mentors themselves. In the process, they can build on their own experience.

    A Corporate Culture of Diversity

    Diversity is often viewed with the perspective of human rights issues – from the perspective of gender, race and disability profiles. This talk challenges that perspective of diversity and approaches it from the perspective of “cognitive diversity”. Understanding the different perspectives, life experiences and paradigms each individual brings to an organization. Part of that understanding comes from being willing to explore and harness the skills and strengths all personality and behavioural types a person brings to their role.  This talk will discuss the specific issues around cultural and gender related diversity and inclusion, including unconscious bias – but will challenge the participants to view diversity as an asset and benefit to achieving an organizations vision and objectives.

  • North American Introduction to Pipelines

    • Overview the stages of a pipeline project
    • Leave the learner with a greater understanding of the industry
    • Dispel “fear-based” myths that pipelines are severely environmentally damaging and unregulated
    • Increase the understanding of the safety aspects and new developments in pipeline risk management

    Introduction to Upstream Petroleum Fundamentals  - Overview the upstream oil and gas industry.

    • Geology
    • Drilling and Completions
    • Well Operations
    • Well abandonment 
    • Overview of upstream petroleum regulations with a view into the continuous improvement of responsible petroleum development
    • Introduction to upstream petroleum regulations in Canada

     

    Petroleum and Pipelines – A Regulatory Overview

    • Overview of standards and regulations related to the petroleum and pipeline industry
    • Discussion on history of regulations
    • Review of acts, codes and standards
    • Future vision and objectives of the new Alberta Energy Regulator

    Building Team Effectiveness through Diversity Awareness and Skill Capture

    • Review of diversity and inclusion as a human rights issue
    • Discussion on how to develop internal diversity and inclusion networks – affinity based networks
    • Review of diversity as it pertains to Canada’s engineering based industries
    • Discussion around cognitive diversity, including an introductions to Myer-Briggs, DISC profiles and other methods of personality and behavioral type assessments
    • Action plans for teams to understand their individual contributors and how to harness their skills for the benefit of the team and the organization.
  • “We had the pleasure of hearing Deanna speak at our 1000 Women Rising fundraising campaign launch event in June 2015 to a room full of professional women. As BVC is proudly a part of her own personal story of growth and overcoming obstacles, we have called upon her a number of times to speak at college functions (Alumni or Institutional-focused) and as usual, her words were from the heart and delivered with grace and professionalism. In fact, there was not a dry eye in the house. I overheard a few comments from guests in attendance on their way out who enthusiastically raved about Deanna’s contribution to the program and what an impactful and memorable speaker she was. From an event organizer’s perspective, Deanna was given her speaking time and key messages and she delivered an impactful talk in the time given, with enthusiasm and master storytelling skills. She was prepared, articulate, and thoughtful and projected her voice clearly across a large room of people. Deanna’s talk left our guests impressed, and reeling with her impactful sharing. We can’t wait till we can have her back on campus again!”

    Tina Overwater, Stewardship Officer Bow Valley College

    “Deanna has appeared in a video for the College, as well as speaking at the launch of our 1000 Women Rising campaign in 2015.  In both cases she shared her personal story in a very moving way that engaged the audience, drew them in, and provided a lasting and uplifting message about the power of reaching out to others, for the amazing things every person is capable of achieving given the opportunity and support.  We are tremendously proud of Deanna as one of our BVC alumni, not only for her personal accomplishments, but even more for her devotion to helping others rise through her volunteer and public speaking efforts.”

    Ron Burke

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.

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