Catherine LAPLANTE
Transport Economist, 

“I would not be a Transport Economist at SYSTRA today if…”

I would not be a transportation economist if it wasn’t for my father’s encouragement. He believed in me and encouraged me to go to graduate school and pursue engineering.

“What motivates me on a daily basis at SYSTRA is…”

I love my job! I also feel that I belong in the team and that I am very respected by my colleagues and staff. Regardless of role, hierarchy or experience, we all have a role to play and we are a united group. 

“I realised how meaningful my job was when…”

I have seen that, as an Economist, I bring a different and complementary perspective to our projects.

For example, by looking at asset management and the life cycle, I encourage my colleagues to raise questions about the materials choices. 

At the moment, I am also happy to be working with the Cree indigenous communities in Quebec, and more particularly the women, on a major project called “La Grande Alliance, which aims to connect, develop and protect the territory by placing social acceptability and community engagement at the forefront.

*SYSTRA is part of a consortium conducting a study to assess the feasibility of Phase 1 of “La Grand Alliance” infrastructure projects.

“My message to those considering this job”

Find a field in which you will flourish. Find yourself. Follow your passions, stay curious, engaged and positive. And don’t be discouraged! No challenge is insurmountable.