Art & science
By Laurie Jones
When Janet Sinclair was growing up in Hope, B.C., following in her parents’ footsteps as an insurance broker was not on her radar.
Instead, after graduating from high school, she
moved to Vancouver and earned a degree in
genetics at the University of B.C., followed by
a post-graduate diploma as a cytogenetic tech-
nologist at the B.C. Institute of Technology.
“I practiced as a cytogenetic technologist
for eight years at Vancouver General Hospital
(VGH), and while I was there, I got involved
in my own professional association,” says
Sinclair. “As a volunteer, I created a number
of professional development programs for
medical technologists. I ended up serving as
the president of the B.C. Society of Medical
Laboratory Science, which helped me build
my broader association-management skills.”
Sinclair left VGH in 2001 for a position as
the manager of professional development for
the Association of Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists of B.C., now known simply as
Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C.