It’s a Win-Win, a Reflection on Being a Mentor of an Ergonomics Student

Date(s) - 08/12/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title: It’s a Win-Win, a Reflection on Being a Mentor of an Ergonomics Student
Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Wendy Lee, (Enbridge Inc); Allison Angold-Stephens (School of Public Safety, Fanshawe College)
Fanshawe as a corporate member of ACE will “Sponsor” this webinar.
(Ce webinaire sera présenté en anglais)

Wendy Lee, CCPE, is a Senior Advisor, Ergonomics with Enbridge Inc., a Canadian owned multinational energy company headquartered in Calgary Alberta. In this role Wendy is working on developing, implementing and sustaining an ergonomics program across the 10,000-employee organization. Wendy is a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, and a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist.

In 2016 Fanshawe College launched an Advanced Ergonomics Studies program. This is a one-year post-graduate certificate. As a final requirement, students complete an unpaid field placement where they are placed with a host company for eight weeks.

This presentation reflects on the experiences and benefits of hosting four placement students from the perspective of the hosting organization, mentor, and student.

For the hosting organization students contribute dedicated time, fresh and current skills, enthusiasm, and a drive for experience to a broad spectrum of ergonomics projects. The students gain experience and have a chance to practice and develop skills. They have a direct connection to a mentor in the hosting organization who provides guidance and feedback on the work. The student also has oversight from the school, using their resources and support as needed. The mentor has an opportunity to refresh skills and develop networking connections with young professionals. The ergonomics profession benefits by developing skill in young professionals and providing them with work experience.
Key learnings for creating a positive outcome are presented, along with examples of the students work.

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