Today I’m interviewing Karen Chovan, MASc, PEng, PMP, who has dedicated her career to helping others deliver clean, lean and green approaches to project and programme management. Karen started out in heavy industry – mining – and is now Principal at Enviro Integration Strategies, a firm that helps companies get tangible value from doing the right thing for the planet.
She’s inspired a ton of businesses to shake up how they manage their projects. Will she inspire you too? Let’s get started!
Karen, your background is in mining. Are there many women in your field?
In mining in general, you might be surprised how many women there are but it is still much less than other sectors. In the most recent Canadian survey by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, results indicated women represent 17% of the Canadian mining workforce.
However, in the fields related to sustainability, environment and earth-geosciences, safety, health and community engagement, there are quite a few women. I don’t have stats on this specifically, but I’d venture a guess of close to 50% on average, which was about the case when I was in school many years ago in geological engineering.
On the project management side, you’ll often see many female project managers involved with managing the environmental assessment and regulatory processes and supplementary programs for monitoring performance and oversight.