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Margaret Bates

Margaret Bates
Title: Fuel Test Analyst
Company: Candu Energy

Amid the hustle and bustle of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s head office you can find Margaret Bates, Fuel Test Analyst, providing design input and support, coordinating tests and performing investigations on new measurements and analysis methods.

Margaret’s interest in engineering began at an early age with her preference for the constructive and orderly Doozers over the destructive and chaotic Fraggles on the TV show “Fraggle Rock”. Over the course of her childhood, she developed a deep attraction to all things robotic and could often be found disassembling discarded computer parts. Although she never quite got them back together again, she later learned the basic components and the principles behind them in her high school physics classes.

After her graduation in 2002, Margaret had high hopes of becoming an astronaut. She was accepted into the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science program, but quickly transferred to the Materials Science and Engineering program for a more terrestrial focus.
She graduated with a B.A.Sc. in 2006 and almost immediately began working for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River Laboratories.

Her first job was in the Recycled Fuel Fabrication Laboratory, where she began her training to become the facility manager. After 18 months, she decided she wanted to learn more of the technical theory behind nuclear fuel before moving into a management position, so she transferred to the Fuel Design Branch at AECL’s Sheridan Park office in Mississauga. Currently, Margaret is working toward her P.Eng. License and is preparing to write her Graduate Management Admission Test in 2010. She hopes to obtain an MBA and progress to a management position in the next 5 years.

Margaret enjoys both the independence and responsibility of her current position with AECL and has had the opportunity to work on a number of different projects, including the ACR-1000. She credits many mentors in a variety of areas with helping to further her career and feels that taking initiative is extremely important for growth and development of young workers. As such, Margaret’s main message to young women looking for career opportunities is “do or do not – there is no try”:  if you want to progress, you have to go out there and get it (just like the boys do!).

Like so many other WiNners, Margaret credits Parva Alavi for getting her involved with the organization. WiN provides Margaret with an opportunity to be part of some of the changes she wants to see in the world:  better commitment to ensuring equality in the workplace and more integrated mentorship for young workers starting their careers.

Created Nov. 5, 2009


Choi I Sylvia Cheong-Control Systems EngineerChoi I Sylvia Cheong-Control Systems Engineer,Candu EnergyView Profile

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