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Deanna Burgart Diversity + Education + Mentorship

"Sustainability is Everyone's Business"

AISES-Blazing Flame Award winner, Deanna Burgart is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals. A Self-Proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges. Burgart focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs. 

As a child expatriate in Singapore, First Nations adoptee and Indigenous youth mentor, Deanna Burgart has developed a love for finding cross collaboration opportunities between youth, government, Indigenous communities and industries. She believes that everyone we meet has something to teach and something to learn, and through cross mentoring we can create innovative opportunities for us all to grow.

An experienced speaker, trainer, engineer and mentor, Deanna has a talent for identifying gaps and providing solutions for systemic, organizational and transformational change. Bringing over 20 years of experience and education in oil, gas, renewables and pipelines she is passionate about diversity, sustainability, and introducing science and technology as a potential career path to young women and Indigenous youth. 

Her experience from a young age as a formally trained pianist, vocalist and musical theatre performer led to her belief that incorporating the Arts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math will engage future diverse perspectives into STEM (making STEAM). Through co-founding IndigeSTEAM– a non-profit youth initiative that connects Indigenous professionals, post-secondary students and youth in the spirit of mentoring and collaboration, she hopes to help industries create more inclusive environments for an evolving workforce. 

Now as the President of Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc. and co-founder of the Empowered Innovation Institute, Deanna aids in bringing diverse groups; from Energy Senior Leadership to Indigenous Post-Secondary STEM students, to explore collaboration through gamified play. Additionally, she helps other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused organizations move forward in implementing Indigenous inclusion and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

  • A Journey in Aboriginal Awareness: Indigenous People and Industry

    Reflecting on her personal journey of learning about the relationship between Indigenous people and industry, Deanna addresses the value of Aboriginal Awareness and Aboriginal Engagement from the perspective of a First Nations oil and gas engineer. Deanna will equip audiences with tools and actionable items they can implement immediately to support their organization’s Aboriginal Engagement strategy – regardless of their role in the organization. 

    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
    • An introductory understanding around “Duty to Consult”

    The Three P's of Pipelines: Sustainability is Everyone’s Business

    Sustainability is a term that is used in an ever increasing frequency, but how can we take steps towards a more sustainable industry? Deanna will introduce participants to the UN definition of Sustainability, and translate it to the pipeline industry. Whether audiences work in the industry or are individuals affected by pipeline projects or operations, they will be called to action to play their part in making the pipeline industry more sustainable.

    Learning from this presentation includes:

    • A comprehensive understanding of developments in North American pipeline safety and environmental protection initiatives
    • An introduction to the structure of codes, standards and regulations in the industry
    • Dispelling “fear-based” myths that pipelines are severely environmentally damaging and unregulated

    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. In the process of being mentors themselves, they can build on their own experience. 

    Audiences will learn and experience:

    • Knowledge transfer; the importance of sharing garnered expertise and skill sets from the ones that come before us
    • Building upon mentoring experience and making new connections
    • The benefits of becoming a mentor

    A Corporate Culture of Diversity: From Perspectives of Cognitive Diversity 

    Diversity is often viewed through the lens of human rights issues – from the perspective of gender, race and disability profiles. Deanna challenges these perspectives of diversity and approaches them from a perspective of “cognitive diversity”. Examining the different perspectives, life experiences and paradigms each individual brings to an organization, Deanna will challenge participants to view diversity as an asset and benefit to achieving an organization's vision and objectives.

    In this presentation, viewers will explore:

    • Issues specific to cultural and gender related diversity and inclusion
    • Harnessing the skills and strengths that all personality and behavioural types bring to their role
    • How to develop internal diversity and inclusion networks
  • 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

  • Awards and Highlights

    Unstoppable Award, The Evolutionary Business Council (2019)

    Blazing Flame Award for creating paths for Indigenous people in STEM careers, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) (2018)

    Women of Inspiration Award, Trailblazer in STEM, Universal Womens Network (2017)

    Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in the Petroleum Industry, Oilweek Magazine Rising Star (2015)

    Lakehead University Young Alumni Award for mentoring of Indigenous youth (2013)

    Aboriginal Scholarship for leadership and involvement in promotion of engineering as a career to young women in Canada, Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (2008)

    Canadian Chapter Scholarship for extracurricular activities in the University and the Community, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2008)

    Successfully completed 8th Indigenous youth STEM camp in July. 60 Indigenous youth from grade 4 - 12. 

    Indigenous Advisor to United Way Calgary

    Director on APEGA Foundation Board

    Fellow with the Energy Futures Lab

    Advisor on Canadian Indigenous Advisory Council to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society

    First Indigenous Engineer in Residence at University of Calgary 

    Consultant to National Energy Board as facilitator with their Indigenous Monitoring training 

    Indigenized curriculum for 5 pipeline monitoring courses at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, with 5 more courses on the way

    Trained over 60 First Nations and Metis students in pipeline monitoring from BC, AB, SK and MB

  • Canadian Federation of Engineering Students

    Yukon Government, Industry Conference

    Canadian Association of Science Centres National Conference

    Canadian Engineering Education Association

    First Nations Power Authority

    Husky

    Schlumberger

    Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering Science Trades and Technology

    Association for Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Alberta Professional Development Conference

    Diversity 4.0 - National Diversity Conference in Washington DC

    University of Calgary

As a child expatriate in Singapore, First Nations adoptee and Indigenous youth mentor, Deanna Burgart has developed a love for finding cross collaboration opportunities between youth, government, Indigenous communities and industries. She believes that everyone we meet has something to teach and something to learn, and through cross mentoring we can create innovative opportunities for us all to grow.

An experienced speaker, trainer, engineer and mentor, Deanna has a talent for identifying gaps and providing solutions for systemic, organizational and transformational change. Bringing over 20 years of experience and education in oil, gas, renewables and pipelines she is passionate about diversity, sustainability, and introducing science and technology as a potential career path to young women and Indigenous youth. 

Her experience from a young age as a formally trained pianist, vocalist and musical theatre performer led to her belief that incorporating the Arts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math will engage future diverse perspectives into STEM (making STEAM). Through co-founding IndigeSTEAM– a non-profit youth initiative that connects Indigenous professionals, post-secondary students and youth in the spirit of mentoring and collaboration, she hopes to help industries create more inclusive environments for an evolving workforce. 

Now as the President of Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc. and co-founder of the Empowered Innovation Institute, Deanna aids in bringing diverse groups; from Energy Senior Leadership to Indigenous Post-Secondary STEM students, to explore collaboration through gamified play. Additionally, she helps other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused organizations move forward in implementing Indigenous inclusion and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

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Location: Canada

Language: English

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