Heather Greig, Succeeding in the Sciences

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Environmental Studies)


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Heather Greig of Sydney Forks, NS, admittedly never put much thought into the fact that more women are needed in the sciences. “It wasn’t really something I thought about until I got a little bit of real life experience being the only woman in the meeting room,” says Heather. “Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing women when I was working with Nova Scotia Environment on the Sydney Tar Ponds project and came to really appreciate the need for more women in science based careers.”

Already a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) graduate from Cape Breton University, Heather explains how that program led her to find her true passion in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Environmental Studies) program. “Over the course of my Public Health studies I realized I enjoyed the environmental aspects of the program more than the food safety ones,” says Heather. “I did some research on the Engineering Tech degree and was interested in pretty much the entire course load! I was able to transfer some of my credits over from Public Health and was on my way.”

Heather is now preparing to begin her career and hopes to get more experience with private engineering firms or publicly in government departments, saying “I think we have some big up and coming projects in the Atlantic region that are really going to be up my alley.”

Though Heather found herself studying at CBU because it was close to home, she stayed to earn a second degree because of the amazing experience she had. “I decided to stay at CBU for as many years as I did because of the amazing atmosphere on campus,” says Heather. The specialized programs that CBU offers and the ability to know your professors and not just be a number like you would be in other schools, was something that made CBU really stand out to me.”

As she enters the workforce Heather wants other women in science to know that asking questions is key to succeeding, saying, “Sometimes as women we’re told we ask too many questions. But don’t stop asking questions even when you’ve felt liked you’ve asked a million already! You only stop learning when you stop asking questions.”