Angela Alambets received a Bachelor of Engineering in the environmental discipline from Dalhousie University in 2008. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant for the Carbon Storage Research Consortium on risks of carbon dioxide storage in coal seams, and for the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science on human error quantification analysis. She served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as a naval communicator, was an Executive of the Dalhousie Integrated Sustainability Initiative and co-founder of the Sustainability Office for the Dalhousie Student Union.
Angela worked in the oil and gas industry as a process engineer with CH2MHill in 2008 and 2009 undertaking design for a SAGD water treatment process prior to the market decline. During her time there, she worked on the mass balance, water sourcing and makeup balance, and unit process design. Subsequently, she worked as a design engineer for MPE Engineering Ltd. from 2009 to 2012, a municipal consulting firm in Calgary. She was involved in a wide range of regulatory, design, and construction phases for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects.
At WaterSMART, Angela has been involved in facilitating the Co-operative Stormwater Management Initiative and in 2013 developed a Strategic Options Assessment Process report, which identified numerous stormwater management options for five municipalities and the Western Irrigation District to more sustainably manage urban and rural stormwater. She continues to provide support through the implementation planning phase of the stormwater management plan, including assessment of governance models appropriate for the group to move forward. Angela continues to lead WaterSMART’s efforts in water reuse policy development for Alberta across multiple sectors, and works with the Municipality of Wood Buffalo to support the development of integrated resource management in their region. In 2014 she lead a collaborative industry best practice project, developing design and operational guidelines for magnesium oxide dosing equipment for in situ oil facilities. She has also provided technical support for GoA on flood mitigation options, and professional engineering practices and guidelines on flood risk and mitigation.
Angela has been actively involved with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) since 2004. She volunteered in Ghana, West Africa, in 2007 working to build the capacity of micro finance and small business programs. She has been a member of the Calgary City Chapter of EWB since 2008, and served as Chapter President for the 2011/2012 year. Her primary focus has been the education and engagement of professional engineers on topics concerning sustainable international development and the role of the engineer. Angela is also a Co-Chair of the Bow River Basin Council, Bow River Watershed Management Plan Implementation Committee.
Angela’s personal interest and research in international development combined with environmental issues showed her that inevitably, water will continually require better management for food, energy, and economic stability. This has shaped her career. Her best memories of water are in the Great Lakes as a kid, when no vacation was complete without water; being tussled in the fresh water waves, exploring by canoe, and watching the storms roll in.