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Linden McCallum originally from South Africa grew up in the interior of BC where he was fortunate enough to experience the wonderful outdoors BC has to offer and enjoys spending his free time hiking, fishing, and camping. Science and technology have always been fascinating for Linden and he knew he wanted to pursue an education and career that incorporated those fields. After high school he attended Okanagan College in his hometown Salmon Arm for two years taking various science courses, Linden discovered Geomatics as an education and career opportunity through a geography course. The variety of outdoor and office work with emphasis on science, technology, and math were a perfect fit for him. He decided BCIT’s Geomatics program was the best way to start his education and after completing the first year of the diploma with the highest grades in his year he worked with a legal land surveying company in his hometown between first and second year. After completing the Diploma Linden will work in industry to gain experience before returning to further his education with the goal of becoming a British Columbia Land Surveyor or pursuing Geomatics opportunities in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System industry.
Born in Nancy, Lorraine, Céline Pierre served 10 years in the French Navy, as a non-commissioned officer in telecommunications, before moving to Quebec in 2010.
Traveler at heart, amateur photographer, lover of wide open spaces and camping in a tent at any time of the year, she loves above all discovering new horizons. After growing up in Africa, traveling in Europe, India, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Myanmar, she naturally decided to move to Canada. More than 10 years later, she is now a proud Canadian citizen.
After working in different fields, she returned to school in the fall of 2018 at the CEGEP Limoilou, in Geomatics Technology, and quickly oriented herself towards the Geospatial Information and Cartography profile. A car accident in February 2019 resulting in a concussion which slowed down her academic career but not her passion for cartography. Her motivation, her taste for thematic maps, photo-interpretation, GIS, the use of drones, as well as her interest in the many applications of geolocation remained intact. Geomatics appears to her as a great playground!
She is currently completing her second year of CEGEP and is very excited to start working in this field this summer. In the future, she dreams of being able to work in northern Canada, for example by participating in the maritime mapping of the Northwest Passage.
Marie-Lise Roux is from the Nicolet region, province of Quebec. She speaks French, English and also Arabic. She returned to school in August 2019. She left Montreal in 2004 where she worked as a musical journalist, to Iceland. She spent several months in Iceland before continuing on to Morocco and then Egypt where she settled for 5 years. There, scuba diving became her livelihood and she climber up to the level of Director of Training. She subsequently, for several years, trained diving instructors in Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Africa and Indonesia. After traveling the world for 15 years, she returned home to Quebec with her partner and a baby boy who was to be born a few months after her return. And because life has to be lived, she then told herself that the time had come to give life to her passion for maps, geolocation and the integration of new technologies. Geomatics has clearly proven to be the best option. She is therefore about to finish her first year at Cégep de Limoilou in Quebec, and this summer will also begin an internship with the Quebec Ministry of Transport. This is just the beginning for there are much to come!
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Serianna Schroh was born and raised in Cranbrook, BC at the heart of the East Kootenays. The small country town allowed her to enjoy the beautiful outdoors every day. Serianna spends the majority of her leisure time fishing the local rivers and lakes on her family’s boat. During the fall she is out hunting in the Rocky Mountains every chance she gets. Serianna has also been involved in the local Kyokushin Karate Club for over 12 years. In high school, drafting was one of her passions, achieving top grades in her cohort. This lead to work experience at McElhanney during her final year of high school, where she was able to shadow many disciplines of engineering and geomatics. She was instantly drawn to surveying knowing that it would be her future career. After graduating high school Serianna traveled to Australia on a year-long Rotary Youth Exchange. Returning from Australia, she began the two-year Geomatics Engineering Technology Diploma program at BCIT. Following the diploma, Serianna decided to continue her studies and enroll in the next two years for the Geomatics Degree program. She has recently completed her third year of the Geomatics program. The summer after her first year, Serianna was hired by WSP where she works in the field building her knowledge in all aspects of surveying. She is now entering her third summer with WSP, traveling all over the province of BC. Soon after graduation in April 2020, she aims to begin articling to obtain her land surveyors commission in BC.
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Meghan McLellan grew up in the Bulkley Valley, where she was fortunate to experience all of the natural wonders that abound in Northern BC. She spent much of her time hiking and fishing at the family cabin which is where her love for the outdoors became apparent. When she graduated from Smithers Secondary School, Meghan moved to Kamloops to take the Architectural & Engineering Design Technology program at TRU, with the long-term goal of becoming an Architect. After her second year of University she was hired as a summer student by a Smithers surveying company, HBH Land Surveying Inc., and that is where she was first introduced to the world of Geomatics. She went to TRU for one more year to obtain her diploma and then returned to work for HBH, an amazing company that kept mentoring her and expanding her practical office and field knowledge. Because of this experience, Meghan changed her career goal to become a Surveyor. After a year of travelling through Europe and Kenya, Meghan applied for the advanced placement Geomatics program at BCIT. Meghan is just finishing her second year of the Geomatics program, and is planning on attending BCIT for two more years to obtain her degree in Geomatics. This year she was one of 5 students from BCIT selected to attend the CHC-NCS Conference in Victoria where she could learn more about hydrography and all the amazing research happening in the industry.
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