Community Planning

CEA Young Professionals Conference – Panel Discussion – Age Diversity in the Workplace


We will be nicely represented at the upcoming 5th Annual Consulting Engineers of Albert (CEA) Young Professionals Conference. Calgarians Ori Abara, Meghan Aebig, and Lynda Cooke will be hosting a panel discussion on April 27th titled, “Age Diversity in the Workplace”.

When: Friday April 27th, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport, 6620 36th ST NE, Calgary
Ori Abara – Community Planner
Meghan Aebig – Civil Engineer
Lynda Cooke – Senior Municipal Engineer

Panel Discussion – Age Diversity in the Workplace

This panel session will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with age diversity and the value of multi-generational knowledge within working groups. The panel bring together professionals at different stages in their career, each with a different perspective gained through experience. The session will discuss challenges faced by professionals early in their careers, opportunities for leadership, the importance of different voices and perspectives in working groups, and advice for up-and-coming young professionals.

Panelist Bios

Ori Abara – Community Planner
Ori is a professional planner who joined Urban Systems Ltd. in 2015. She has varied project experience in areas including: local government, land use and policy planning, public engagement, land development, community design, and heritage planning. Ori enjoys working on a variety of projects as part of multi-disciplinary teams, and is passionate about building great communities, cultivating strong relationships, and finding creative solutions to problems. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, exploring old buildings and making music.

Meghan Aebig – Civi Engineer
Meghan is a Community Consultant with over 10 years of experience working on a variety of public projects including flood recovery, infrastructure replacements, road construction and building site servicing projects. Her focus is on developing trusted and lasting relationships with her clients. Meghan believes a collective, systems based approach is required to address the increasingly complex problems that communities are faced with. She is a big-picture thinker with a strong ability to connect with others and because of these strong connections, she is often able to bring the right people to the right table to facilitate conversation and action.

Meghan is a Principal at Urban Systems and serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Matters. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary. Meghan is an avid traveler who resides in Calgary, AB, where she and her husband enjoy an active urban lifestyle.

Lynda Cook – Senior Municipal Engineer
Lynda is a professional engineer with 29 years of experience exclusively with Urban Systems. Her past project experience includes working with municipalities throughout Alberta and BC leading project teams in the delivery of infrastructure projects, infrastructure master plans and community plans. Lynda’s primary expertise is in the area of infrastructure, service delivery and finance. She focuses on developing comprehensive infrastructure funding and financing strategies that include development financing and funding (off-site levies), utility rates, taxation, other municipal financial tools and regional servicing solutions. As a trusted advisor to local governments and utilities, Lynda develops collaborative processes to develop widely accepted outcomes.

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