|Eva Parada, P.Eng., credits the extraordinary information in her childhood encyclopedias for leading her to Engineering. The ingenuity and teamwork that made the wonders of the world possible lead her to her passion; building spaces where people can work, play, learn and build community.
Eva received her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the Universidad del Norte Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1999. She obtained her M.Sc. (Civil) from the Pennsylvania State University, in 2002. Eva became a US Green Building Council, LEED-v2 Accredited Professional. In 2011, Eva chose to move to Halifax, Nova Scotia to continue her career and raise her family. She received her P.Eng. designation, from Engineers Nova Scotia, in 2017.
Eva’s first project with Turner Construction, in 2002, was the interactive National Constitution Centre Museum in the heart of Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PA. Another rewarding project was constructing a Resource Center for Bread for the City of Washington, DC, whose mission is to enable low-income individuals to develop their power to determine the future of their own communities.
In Nova Scotia, Eva has led several high-profile projects, including the transformation of a former Nova Scotia Power building into the highly acclaimed Discovery Centre and the construction of the Passenger Processing Terminal Expansion Project for the Halifax Airport Authority, both with Lindsay Construction. With Develop Nova Scotia, Eva leads most of their infrastructure projects including the Georges Island Wharf Project, the Lunenburg Marginal Seawall Replacement and the Big Boat Shed projects.
For five years she served on the board of the Philadelphia Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), which empowers the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and impact the world through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Eva is now Co-chair of a Women in Engineering (WIE) sub-committee “Improving Working Conditions” and an active member of WIE POD Mentoring group.
Eva was recently granted the Engineers Nova Scotia S. L. Devereaux Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering for her commitment to Women In Engineering and encouraging increased recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the profession.