In 1938, Elsie MacGill started work at the Canadian Car and Foundry (currently Bombardier) located in Fort William, Ontario (currently Thunder Bay, Ontario). The position was as the chief aeronautical engineer and it was just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Context is everything, and while Elsie only saw her age, 33-years old, as unique, the fact that she was a woman was notable.
From Elsie's perspective it was not, she had the training, expertise and knowledge that were very rare at the time even for men. She started in pre-war work and made a name for herself with the Maple Leaf II.