Skip to main content

Insist on the Highest Standard of Leadership, Teamwork & Accountability

Posted on August 10, 2023

Q:  Why did the project manager cross the road?
A:  Because the client refused to meet her halfway.

With both of her parents working as project managers in the oil and gas industry, JDS Engineer-in-Training Jaime Abelssays she “was born to tell that joke.”

The reality, however, is no joking matter as the 2021 graduate of the UBC’s Mining and Material Engineering program is laser-focused on supporting JDS clients without compromising anyone’s goals. “I really enjoy being responsible for ensuring everything runs safely and smoothly,” she says. “When that happens,I know I’m doing a good job.”

Since the summer of 2022, that job has involved supporting the JDS team as a Field Engineer on the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project.

Jaime says her TMX role “is a great blend of technical work, project management and hands-on field experience. My day-to-day includes reporting to our client, including any key performance indicators, QAQC (quality assurance / quality control), consumables and ground support. I also get on the deck with the team to survey the site and help them load the blasts, and then do all the necessary reporting.”

Jaime and her 2019 UBC Mine Rescue Team

While at UBC, Jaime co-created and developed the program for the inaugural Canadian International Student Mine Rescue Competition, which was hosted by the university in February of 2020. Since 2018, she has also been a member of the Diamonds in the Rough Emergency Rescue Organization, which provides opportunities for women to compete in local, provincial, national and international mine rescue competitions.

“This not only increases capacity in the field, but also builds the confidence of women in these roles and overall diversity in the mining industry,” Jaime says. “Mine rescue training is all about working together, refusing to give up, and making the most of different skill sets to reach the same goal. With Diamonds in the Rough, I was mentored by women who had progressed fantastically in their mining careers. Knowing there’s nothing to hold me back made me very confident entering this industry.”

That confidence has only grown during her career with JDS. “Everyone I work with has been excellent at answering my questions and guiding me through best practices from previous contracts and projects,” Jaime says. “They are very accepting of who I am, they know my strengths, and I know they have my back.” Jaime, in turn, has theirs. “As someone who has competed in mine rescue, I think it reassures a lot of people that I have the experience to respond to an emergency in the field.”