Jennifer Lavier Jankovic, B.A. PMP – International Women’s Day

Posted: March 8, 2021

How many years of experience do you have?

20 years. Prior to joining Williams in 2003, I worked as an AutoCAD drafter for a Calgary architect who specialized in financial institutions and multi-family housing design. In this role, I gained the ability to read drawings, a skill that I have found to be useful throughout my career. I took graduate-level courses in Building Science and was eager to understand how to execute good building envelope construction practices in the field. When an opportunity came up to work for Randy Smith, P.Eng. on the Building Envelope Team, I took it.

My first two years with Williams Engineering were hands-on conducting building envelope and roofing observations during construction, building envelope failure investigations, and building condition assessments. I had not one but two amazing mentors – Randy Smith, P.Eng. LEED AP & Roger Miller – who encouraged my development, taught me building science methodologies and engineering principles and engaged me in project planning and management. A former female colleague, Amina Popoola, MSc., P.Eng., encouraged me to get my PMP designation, and I did so in 2018.

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

Outside of work, I have always taken it upon myself to obtain the skills necessary to grow in my role, differentiate myself, and contribute to my employer’s success. These have included: City of Calgary Partners in Planning Certificate, Rotary Leadership Education, Toastmasters Competent Communicator Award, Project Management Certificate, and most recently being a part of the 2020 Fall Cohort of Prepare Her, a multi-module program to go deeper in effective civic engagement.

In addition, I have served on volunteer boards which include my Community Executive, Canadian Condominium Institute South Alberta Chapter, Calgary Board of Education School Council, Association for Learning Environments Alberta Chapter (President 2018-2019). I am currently serving my second term on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown, of which William Engineering is a Corporate member. Volunteering has really helped me connect to Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry colleagues and the community at large and meet many dynamic individuals with shared values. Through these experiences, I have become well-networked and realize I am passionate about building relationships and connecting people. My current position in business development became the right fit for me.

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

  1. Willingness to Learn
  2. Tenacity
  3. Enthusiasm

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

I am in my 6th year as a volunteer Guider with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS), the largest organization dedicated to girls and young women in the World. WAGGS has over 10,000,000 adult and girl members in 150 countries and provides life skills, decision-making, and leadership informal training. Over the years, we have had many women from my professional network come and speak to the girls and share their experiences. Of note, our patrol participated in a 5-week leadership program with the Famous 5 Foundation (F5F), an organization established by Frances E. Wright, BA, BJ, LLD (Hon) that recognizes “the five democratic champions from Alberta who worked tirelessly to ensure that women were enfranchised and legally recognized as persons.” I am proud to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls.

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