Alourdes brings over 30 years of engineering, management and business experience in Telecommunications and Energy with over 20 years of not-for-profit board experience to her role as Director at CIRA. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) and an honorary member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). She served on the board of Utilities Technology Council (UTC), Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC), Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Chapter.
Alourdes dedicated 10 years to the board of Utilities Technology Council (UTC). She joined the board of directors in 2007 as Chair of the Critical Infrastructure Communications and as Chair of the annual conference planning committees. For the subsequent years, she became the treasurer, vice-chair and was elected chair of the board in 2011; a position she held for 3 years. Under her leadership, UTC Canada has emerged as a stronger organization where she has successfully led the strategic development of the organization. She initiated alliances with key partners in Canada, and raised the organization’s profile before federal agencies and industry groups. As a member of UTC Global Advisory Council, she had been a key contributor in designing programs that serve UTC’s membership on a global basis, including affiliates in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. She has been an active advocate in the Information and Communications community; working to ensure that regulators and industry organizations recognize utilities’ needs and requirements to support their critical infrastructure.
Alourdes dedicated 7 years to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, helping to amplify the voice of Ontario’s Engineers by representing, advancing their interests and promoting engineering excellence. She was elected as a Director of the Board in 2006. In the following years, she served as Treasurer in 2009, Vice-Chair in 2010 and was appointed as President and Chair for the 2011-2012 term. She chaired various committees of OSPE’s such as the Executive, Membership Advisory, Human Resources, Strategic Plan working group, CEO selection, Finance, Audit and Investment.
Throughout her years of board governance, she was recognized for her leadership and outstanding professionalism by receiving the prestigious UTC Chairman’s Award in 2013 and 2015. She was also recognized by PEO and OSPE through the Engineers Canada Fellowships for noteworthy service to the Engineering Profession and Ontario Government Volunteer Awards.
In addition, the Ontario Government recognized her with the Ontario’s 2015 Leading Women Building Communities Award for her contribution in helping women advancing to the engineering profession as mentor and leader of OSPE.
Alourdes received a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Sherbrooke University and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Physics specialized in Communications Systems from Laval University.