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WSP’s Sam Barua Recognized for Outstanding Mentorship

From fostering skill development to gaining exposure and visibility to increasing one’s level of confidence, the benefits of working with a mentor are numerous. But for the Calgary-based Saumya (Sam) Barua, Oil and Gas Engineering Manager, mentoring is equally—if not more—valuable as receiving mentorship. For Sam, mentoring relationships are a two-way street: just as the protégé learns from the mentor, so does the mentor learn to listen, understand and broaden horizons by working with the protégé.


These unique opportunities to learn, exchange and improve communication have encouraged Sam to continually take on new protégés since joining the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) mentorship program in 2008. He has regularly participated in mentoring seminars, conferences and coaching sessions, always eager to share his philosophy on mentoring with new mentors and his best advice with protégés.

In May 2015, in recognition of his commitment and exceptional achievement, Sam received the 2015 Outstanding Mentor Award.

Connie Parenteau, President of APEGA, handing out Outstanding Mentor Award to Saumya (Sam) Barua at the 2015 APEGA Summit Awards

“Sam’s door is always open, and his advice and encouragement have helped me make important decisions about the next steps in my career,” writes one protégé Sam has mentored. “I would say that the APEGA mentorship program is a better program simply because people like Sam are involved.”

In addition to mentoring, Sam has participated in a project with the Alberta Government, providing guidance about his experience as an internationally educated graduate, and how those educated abroad can begin their careers in engineering and geoscience in Canada.

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