Hillary Davidson, P.Eng. – International Women’s Day

Posted: March 8, 2021

How many years of experience do you have?

Over 10 years of experience in the building science industry.

What did your career progression leading up to today look like?

I started my career in building science as an intern and truly discovered a passion for the field. After graduating, I was a project engineer and then took on the role of a project manager as well. Developing my leadership skills, I was a Team Lead for the Building Science group, which led to my current position of Engineering Manager.

Describe the 3 characteristics about yourself that you believe led you to your success in business.

Detail Oriented – I am extremely observant and seek to understand how systems work and why. I understand the importance of the minute details and seek to understand.

Driven – I am an extremely driven person, which has allowed me to set and achieve goals in my career. I am driven to succeed with my team, the projects we work on, and the clients we serve.

Team Player – I enjoy working on a team towards a common goal. Whether it is my internal team and their career goals and aspirations or working on an external team to solve problems, I enjoy working with others.

How does your work positively impact women in Calgary and/or women of the world?

My work’s impact can be summed up in a recent experience I had on a construction site. I was on-site reviewing foundation waterproofing with another female colleague, and as we were doing our site visit, I noticed a little girl and her Dad up at the street level looking down and watching us. They were there for what seemed our entire site visit.

On my way off the site, I walked past the little girl and her Dad. Her Dad said, “My daughter had to stop and watch what was going on. As she was looking down at the site, she said, “look, Dad, there are girls down there!” She thought it was pretty cool to see girls on a construction site. She asked me what I was doing, and I explained to her that I was reviewing “the polka dot sheets on the walls to stop water from entering the building.” She looked up at her dad, and they agreed that it was really important to keep water out of the building. We had a little chat about what she wanted to be when she grew up, and then I reached into my pocket and asked her, “Hey, do you want a rock from the very bottom of the building?!?”. I like to collect rocks from the bottom of the buildings we work on. She took the rock very carefully and looked up at her Dad with a huge smile, and just said, “wowwwwwww.” She thanked me, and I left to my car to take off to another site.

As I turned around and drove past the site, they were both standing there waving.

It got me thinking about my “why.”  Sometimes, when we have the stresses of the day or a challenging project, we can lose sight of why we do what we do. This experience really brought it to the forefront. I do this to help people and the communities we work in. Knowing the impact that we can have on an individual or even a whole community is pretty powerful.

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