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Valerie  Potter

Valerie  Potter
Title: Technical Editor
Company: SNC-Lavalin

 In her role as a Technical Editor at Candu Energy Inc., Valerie assists engineering personnel in formatting and developing procedures, instructions, templates and forms.  She is also responsible for ensuring the quality and proper formatting of project documents and reports being submitted to the client. 

Bringing together input from a number of sources to create a single document that meets all requirements, or developing procedures and documentation to help others work effectively is what Valerie finds most satisfying about her work.


In 2012, Valerie worked with Bruce Power’s Project Management and Construction department, assisting Engineering Management and Site Services Engineering with several documents.  She was responsible for revising procedures, ensuring that proper document hierarchy was preserved and that reviews, archiving, and signoffs were completed correctly.  Until its sale in 2011, Valerie worked at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in Sheridan Park on many projects over 12 years.  It was with AECL that she undertook her most rewarding technical editing project — working on a pre-proposal bid for refurbishment work on an OPG station. The document was a challenge because of its size, the necessary collaboration between 15 authors, and the fact that it needed to follow a strict timeline. 


In addition to two degrees — an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics and a Masters in Library and Information Science — Valerie holds a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate. She has also taken courses in Marketing, Media Arts, and Microsoft Office applications.


Valerie has found that the mentors who give you the freedom to learn and the opportunity to take on new responsibilities and challenges are those who do the most for your career. Her advice to young people is to “make sure you do what you enjoy.  There are career niches out there for everyone to reach every kind of personal goal. Go for it!”


It was the enthusiasm of the early WiN executive that initially encouraged Valerie to become involved.  Membership in WiN has provided Valerie with the opportunity to meet and connect with many women in the nuclear industry who are dedicated and strong leaders. 


When she is not working, Valerie enjoys caving, hiking, swimming, and travel.

As created July 9, 2013


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