Cory Vitt is a professional engineer from the Red River Valley. Cory is Métis, self-identifies as Two-Spirited, non-binary, and queer, and uses they/them pronouns.
When Cory Vitt, P.Eng., first moved to Winnipeg to pursue a career in engineering, they felt like they had to fit in to what is a traditionally male-dominated profession. The pressure to conform eventually evaporated and today, Vitt is shifting to a ‘happier me’ and finding their ‘true identity.’
"The older I’m getting, the more I realize that I’m happier when I’m myself," says Vitt.
An approvals engineer with the Manitoba Office of Drinking Water, Vitt’s job is to approve water treatment plants in the province to ensure that drinking water is safe for everyone in Manitoba.
"It’s awe-inspiring when you see a brand-new water treatment plant. What was just ideas in someone’s head is now an actual real thing."
As an engineer, Vitt is passionate about changing ideas into reality. As an activist, Vitt hopes to see changes in representation in the engineering profession.
Currently, Vitt is involved with six sexual diversity groups in Winnipeg, one of which they chair.
"My hope for the future is that we will continue to have a more diverse representation, not only in workplaces, but on committees and boards."
At Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, we believe greater equity and representation will engineer a better world. Diversity benefits everyone, offering new perspectives that open doors for all Manitobans, creating new and exciting opportunities.
Learn more about Cory Vitt’s story by visiting mystory.EngGeoMB.ca.
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