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Erika Lieu

Principal

Calgary, Alberta

Erika grew up immersed in classical music. This upbringing cultivated a lifelong appreciation for the art of music, but also allowed her to appreciate the importance of creativity and innovation. She’s brought that appreciation to her role as principal in Calgary’s project delivery office. While it may not be music, it’s still an exercise in creativity and innovation: unraveling knots and solving challenges.

Erika studied English literature and business in university with the end goal of becoming an English professor. Realizing that this career focused more on the past than on the future, she decided to pursue a career where she could bring about change. She eventually found her way to Stantec, to a career that offered her the opportunity to place community, creativity, and client relationships at the heart of what she does.

One of her most rewarding projects was the First Nations Disaster Recovery Housing Program—a program that helped place First Nations people affected by the June 2013 floods into housing that was warm, safe, and dry. Seeing how her hard work benefitted a community brought her joy and fulfillment.

Erika’s words of wisdom for anyone thinking of a career in business advisory is to understand that nearly all projects begin with a high level of ambiguity, but solutions are found through creativity and innovation.

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