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Insights Black History Month Stories: Arielle Bada

Some of our colleagues kindly accepted our invitation to share their story during Black History Month. Here is what they had to say.

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Arielle Bada, Project Controller, Engineering, Design and Project Management

1.      Thank you for agreeing to do this, Arielle. Can you briefly tell us about yourself?

Of course. I come from Benin and grew up in Senegal. I’ve lived in Quebec since 2009. I came here to get a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal.

2.      Can you please describe your career path?

After completing my bachelor’s degree, I worked in the health care system for five years as a biomedical engineer, first in Quebec City and then in Montreal. I found out that I really like project management. I decided to do a master’s degree at UQAM’s École des sciences de la gestion. I subsequently saw a job offer that interested me in project control at AtkinsRéalis . I’ve held that position since March 2019.

3.      What does Black History Month mean to you?

It enables the Black community to take a moment to celebrate its history, appreciate how far we’ve come and celebrate those who stepped up to build our societies and make a difference. It’s also an opportunity for the general public to learn more about Black history and take the time to reflect. As these topics are rarely discussed daily, this could be an opportunity to explore the history and reality of other communities.

4.      Who are you particularly inspired by?

It’s difficult for me to name only one person. There are so many people from the Black community—writers, actors, directors, political figures, activists, engaged entrepreneurs, or even friends and family—who, to this day, have taken action to make things change and evolve.

5.      Do you have a favourite quote?

There’s one that I particularly like that I think represents Black History Month very well: “Those who have no record of what their forebearers have accomplished lose the inspiration that comes from the teaching of biography and history.” It’s a quote by Carter G. Woodson, who worked to have a Black History Month celebrated in the United States.


Both because it’s important to tell the story rather than try to erase or forget what’s been experienced, and because of the duty to inspire and encourage future generations. It’s important for people to be aware of what their predecessors have done and built. Unfortunately, very little is taught regarding Black history in current history courses. Representation and role models are what make us realize that we have our place and can accomplish great things.

6.      What’s the best advice you’d give to others?

Never stop asking yourself questions. Be introspective, read about the subject, be aware of your privilege and actions. In my opinion, Black history shouldn’t be limited to a single month of the year, nor should we even require a Black History Month to celebrate the Black community’s history and accomplishments. On the other hand, it’s already a good thing if this month can encourage people to learn about the history of Black communities and become aware of the discrimination they’re experiencing and the commitment of many to put an end to it. “It doesn’t concern me” never helps move things forward. It concerns all of us and, to the best of their ability, everyone should do their part by taking practical steps. It should go beyond simply saying “It’s Black History Month,” sending an email or sharing a post on social media.