Name: Amanda McCallum

Current work title: President, Ignite Education Inc.

Degree(s) or Credential(s) Earned:
Amanda has a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Bachelor of Education degree, both from Memorial University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Schulich School of Business, York University.

Description of current professional role:
Amanda is a geologist, prospector, writer and educator. She is the founder of Ignite Education Inc., a communications consultancy company specializing in geoscience education, outreach, training and public relations. She is the author of the Women in Mining Career Connections Guide and the principal author of Discovery Global Geopark’s application dossier, in which she led this international project to secure Newfoundland and Labrador’s first UNECO Global Geopark designation.

What hobbies or activities outside of work do you enjoy?
Amanda’s love for the outdoors inspired her to pursue a career in Earth science. It was the rocky hills, rugged coastline, coves and inlets of her childhood hometown that first sparked an interest in geology. Growing up on the island of Ramea, located on Newfoundland’s southwest coast ignited curiosity in “The Rock’s” natural environment. Amanda is an avid hiker and enjoys travelling and exploring. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador with her husband and two daughters.

What is/was your connection to the Student Summer Employment Program (SSEP)?
Amanda completed the Student Summer Employment Program (SSEP) in 1993. She worked at the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS), Marine Institute designing icebergs for the Ship’s Bridge Simulator.

What advice would you like to share with women who are considering a career in science or engineering?
Build a network by surrounding yourself with positive people who inspire you. Experience is experience, is experience, so be open to paid and unpaid opportunities! Service and volunteer work is a rewarding way to build your network and work experience.