Christina Visser, P.Eng., MBA
Employer and Position
Black Rock Engineering Inc., General Manager and Partner
- B.A.Sc. Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1995
- M.B.A. Laurentian University, 2002
- 1995-2005 – Inco Limited
- 2005-2016 – Ionic Engineering Limited
- 2016-2017 – Black Rock Engineering Inc.
Activities in Advocacy Organizations
- Member, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, since 2000
- Member and founding president of WISE Sudbury Chapter, since 1998
- Outreach event organizer, WISE Sudbury Chapter since 1999
Years of Registration with Profession
- PEO – P.Eng. since 1997, Consulting Engineer since 2014
Other Professional Affiliations, Including Positions Held
- Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
- Project Management Professional (lapsed)
- Certified Energy Manager (in progress)
- First Lego League Coach, 2012–2016
- Curriculum Committee, Sudbury Christian Academy, 2015–present, including detailed review of mathematics curriculum resources and successful implementation of Singapore math
- Various outreach events over the past 20 years, such as WISE events, Engineering Week, PEO bridge-building, Go-Eng-Girl, mock interviews and judging capstone projects at Laurentian University, PEO Sudbury Montreal memorial, etc.
Conferences or Technical Papers Given or Published
- Hydraulic Air Compressor Demonstration Plant: A Detail Design Challenge, Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability/Mine Operators Conference (MEMO), 2016.
It is an honour to be nominated for the OSPE Board of Directors. In a time where facts are taking a backseat to politics, I believe that, more than ever, engineers need to have a voice in our society.
I have worked as an employee in a very large resource-based business and as an owner in a smaller consulting and manufacturing business. I recognize the challenges that engineers in both positions face. I also recognize that most engineers are very busy with their projects and with their daily lives and that advocacy gets pushed aside. For this reason, I think that OSPE is vitally important for engineers, to advocate for us, to help us, and to bring our expertise to government and society as a whole. I believe that OSPE has made a great start, but that there is still more to be done.
In addition to OSPE's current goals, I would like to propose the cause of math education. Ontario's math scores have been in decline since 2009, following the introduction of a discovery-based curriculum. As engineers, we recognize the importance of mathematics, and I think we should bring our voice to this debate to ensure that Ontario students receive a solid base in this essential subject.
I've been happy to support OSPE since its inception, and I am excited to bring my experience, energy and enthusiasm to its Board if I am elected.