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Stantec Board members Sue Hartman, Delores Etter, and Marie-Lucie Morin share valuable advice in this inaugural Women@Stantec feature

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<p>Sue Hartman:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Good morning. This is Sue Hartman, Delores Etter, Marie-Lucie Morin from the Stantec Board of Directors wishing you happy International Women's Day. We each have a few thoughts that we'd like to share with you.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For me, it's all about being all that you can be. It's about seizing opportunities, it's about taking risks, and it's about getting out of your comfort zone. Successful women haven't gotten to where they've gotten by playing it safe. They've built new relationships, they try new things, and they ensure success.</p> <p>Delores Etter:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hi, my passion is education, because I believe education is what allows people to follow their dreams. So my career has been as a professor and computer and electrical engineering, but I also have a passion in national security, because I believe the reason education is so wonderful is that it's a free education. You can choose whatever you want to study. No one tells you what you have to be or not be, but in order for education to be free choice, we have to have a strong national security.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I've done a lot of things in national security. My research has been in biometrics, and I've also spent some time in jobs in national security. I was assistant secretary at the Navy for research development and acquisition, and so these are the things that have been very important to me in my career.</p> <p>Marie-Lucie Mor:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I spent 34 years of my career working in international affairs. It was a highly diversified and tremendously interesting career, where I experienced the progression of women's roles in many respects. This understandably led to increased diversity within institutions and organizations, though honestly, better governance as well. What progress, then, we have lived through together in recent decades.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ladies, I encourage you to take your place in the organization, but also within society in general; we will all be better off for that. It gives me great pleasure, then, to wish you all a fantastic International Women's Day!</p>

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