I am a professional geotechnical engineer and freelance writer living and working in Greater Vancouver. My background in the trades and technology has given me years of experience in industrial workshops, materials testing laboratories, on urban construction sites and in remote areas of British Columbia. I have worked as a surveyor, inspector, technologist, and finally as a senior design engineer.
In my work as a freelance writer I have covered a wide range of topics including social, parenting, humor, health and wellness, and women in the work place issues in addition to trades, technology, heavy civil construction, safety and engineering. In my work as an editor I’ve worked on a variety of technical papers, reports and guidelines, several of them to a very wide audience.
Tonia has been a columnist for Western Construction News, a contributing editor to Underground Construction and a regular contributor to a number of trade and engineering magazines. In 2014 Tonia was appointed as sessional instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where she taught “Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering” to the graduating class of civil engineers and continues to guest lecture there as well as guest lecturing at the University of Iceland.
In 2016 Tonia was appointed as industry liaison for workinggear.ca, an organization that helps men return to work by providing appropriate clothing at no cost. So far she has collected about 375 pairs of used steel toe work boots and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).