Holy Trinity Catholic High School
Raquel Glavish is a professor in Civil Engineering Technology and has spent time volunteering with organizations to inspire girls to learn about careers in STEM. In May 2019, Raquel was recognized as an Influential Woman in Northwestern Ontario, and was awarded the Tradeswoman of the Year trophy in Thunder Bay.
A career in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) is one that is greatly underrepresented by women. It was in her Grade 11 physics class that Raquel Glavish met Mrs. Grassi - someone who inspired her to pursue a career in Engineering.
After graduating from Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Raquel packed her car and made the trek north to study Civil Engineering at Lakehead University. While completing her undergrad in Thunder Bay, Raquel spent time volunteering with Go Eng Girl and National Engineering Month events dedicated to showcasing STEAM. Since then, Thunder Bay has become Raquel's home and where she often spends her spare time speaking to youth and organizing various activities for local high schools and community organizations such as Girl Guides.
Since earning her degree in 2013, Raquel worked in various civil engineering sectors including construction, project management, and design. In 2018, she accepted a full-time position as a professor in Civil Engineering Technology at Confederation College, where she continues to teach today.
In May 2019, Raquel was recognized as an Influential Woman in Northwestern Ontario, and was awarded the Tradeswoman of the Year trophy in Thunder Bay. She has become a role model and advocate for women in STEAM, just as Mrs. Grassi was to her at Holy Trinity. Raquel continues to inspire in any way she can, all while balancing her career, motherhood, hobbies, studies, and more.