Zaineb was awarded with two prizes recognizing her leadership skills and community involvement as a women in engineering.
This last January (2017), civil engineering student Zaineb Al-Faesly won the “I Wanna Be Mentored” competition as part of the annual Auction for Action event, held by Women Who Rock, an organization committed to empowering women and improving gender diversity in the mining industry. The event allows ambitious and talented students to be funded by an industry company and mentored by recognized mining leaders. As a winner, Zaineb had the opportunity to meet with John Bianchini, President & CEO of Hatch.
Zaineb was also awarded the VALE Undergraduate Award on September 26. This award was created by VALE, an international leader in mining, in collaboration with the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) to encourage women to pursue careers in the mining industry. This award of 10 000$ is intended to highlight an undergraduate women’s leadership skills and involvement in her community. It is meant for a woman who acts as a true ambassador of the engineering profession and who excels at promoting engineering fields while acting as a role model to girls and young women.
When it comes to ways of bringing awareness to young women about mining engineering, Zaineb believes that exposure is key: “Mining engineering would have never crossed my mind had I not heard about it through a conference. When you think of mining engineering, you don't picture a woman and I think we have to change that notion. We have to appoint women in leadership roles in the mining industry and in engineering fields as a whole. Young girls should be able to find role models that they can connect to which will help them envision themselves in such roles in the future.”