Alumni spotlight

Glenn McClement, BSc (Eng) ’85


Glenn McClement

Work hard, travel far

Glenn enjoyed a career working primarily in the engineering, procurement and construction industry (EPC) but finished his engineering career working for CNOOC Nexen. Most of Glenn’s years as an engineer were spent in Calgary, with stints working in South Carolina, Houston and Venezuela. He married a beautiful registered dietitian from UBC and raised two sons – both aspiring engineers. Although Glenn’s classmates would remember him as one of the top 90 per cent of their class, he still feels his own sons have done much better in school. Following an early retirement, Glenn and his wife went to Hamburg and trained to be English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors. They recently moved to Yokohama, where they are teaching English at a private junior/senior high school.

As engineers, we aren’t just executing projects. We are providing a living for people so that they can enjoy a meaningful life with their families and friends.

Glenn McClement

BSc (Eng) ’85

What is your favourite memory from your time at U Calgary?

My favourite memories from university are playing intramural hockey with the Mechanical Superstars and all of the parties organized by the ESS and MESS. Queen Week...was an incredible event. An important part of the Queen Week activities were the plays that were performed... .

What was your favourite campus hang-out spot?

My favourite place to hang out was the ESS office... .

What advice would you give your student self, knowing what you do now?

My advice to students today is, "Get involved in the social aspects of school. Join a team or a club. Those extra-curricular activities take the sting out of those long hours of studying."

How did your engineering degree help you get to where you are today?

My engineering degree made it possible to pursue work outside of Canada. Getting through school also taught me perseverance, which served me well in the roller-coaster resource economy.

How has your career path evolved and changed since your graduation?

At the beginning of my career, I was focused on the technical aspects of engineering. Over time, I was involved more in the execution planning of projects. What I learned to appreciate in my career is that the people you work with are more important than the projects you work on. As engineers, we aren’t just executing projects. We are providing a living for people so that they can enjoy a meaningful life with their families and friends.