Tracey Raume is a shining example of a leader at Binnie, acting as the Senior Project Manager, Engineer and Staff Manager in our Prince George office. With her warm personality and knowledgeable skillset, she also takes on the role of Business Development for the Northern office. She thrives off building connections within the industry and speaking about how Binnie and her team can support the local industry.
One of her projects this year involves a large planning project for the City of Quesnel. The goal is to build a “bypass” which will be known as the Quesnel Interconnector, a humbling project for Tracey as she considers it to be a historic achievement for the city. The Quesnel Interconnector has been a topic of discussion for almost 50 years so finally being able to develop solutions and transportation benefits for the community with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) is very rewarding for Tracey. It’s no surprise she considers this fulfilling – in her opinion, Binnie’s projects provide many lasting improvements for the community.
“My son who is 15 was recently telling relatives about what I was working on which made me proud but he found it interesting too.”
As you may have noticed, Tracey possesses quite the list of qualifications and roles. This is most likely due to her can-do, positive attitude. Tracey has worked in several other smaller offices where has had to wear many different hats, but she has always done these jobs to the best of her ability. If she ever found herself unable to complete something, she would always ensure she learned or find somebody who did know, to help either herself or her colleagues in similar positions.
She finds that the respect she earned in the workplace has helped her to stay motivated and to succeed in her roles. Tracey doesn’t prioritize a title or role over any type of task. There is no task too big or too small if somebody needs help. She believes that’s something her leaders have always remembered about her.
“Don’t be afraid to try something new and put yourself out there – you might find yourself working somewhere you never expected, but having a great time doing it.”
It’s no secret that it’s a male dominated industry so Tracey has some wonderful advice for other female engineers:
“Don’t diminish yourself to satisfy others. I had to fight for my place when I started being a female engineer in the Forest Industry. Everyone always assumed I was the receptionist but were quickly corrected. (And for the record, I did have to fill in the odd time for the receptionist which was usually comical). I am a Forest Engineer by schooling and definitely have been outnumbered in many offices, careers and towns that I worked in. Speaking up for yourself and being proud to be an engineer is important since you put just as much into your training and education as anyone else.”
On that last note, she encourages other women to be authentic to themselves and that understanding your staff as well as developing your emotional intelligence as a manager is critical to being a great leader.