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Newsletter October 19, 2017
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Engineers Canada award-winners featured on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Three of Engineers Canada’s 2017 award winners joined Steve Paikin on TVO’s The Agenda on October 3, 2017, to talk about the barriers that women face in engineering, and how these challenges are being overcome.
 
Mary Wells (Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession), Amy Bilton (Young Engineers Achievement Award), and Veronica Knott (Gold Medal Student Award) spoke about their experiences in postsecondary engineering programs and in engineering workplaces, and stressed the importance of attracting and retaining more women in engineering.
 
Watch the interview on The Agenda’s website or on YouTube.

PEO Council overwhelmingly endorses #30by30

At their meeting of September 28-29, 2017, the council of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) formally endorsed Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 intiative. 30 by 30 sets as its goal that 30 per cent of newly licensed engineers will be women by 2030.
 
Volunteer leaders have drafted an Action Plan, based on Engineers Canada’s nine promising practices, that jointly identifies PEO and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)’s roles and responsibilities in achieving 30 by 30 in Ontario.
 
All of the provincial and territorial engineering regulators have now endorsed 30 by 30. 

Gender Summit 2017 is approaching fast! Have you got your ticket yet?

From November 6 to 8, 2017, close to 600 advocates of gender equality from the worlds of science, engineering, and innovation  will head to Montréal, QC, to participate in Gender Summit North America 2017. Delegates will engage in fruitful discussions under the overarching theme of “Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation.”
 
Don’t miss your opportunity to engage with Canadian and international leaders. Find more information and register on the Gender Summit website.

Transport Canada invests in climate risk assessments, but other government departments still have long way to go in assessing climate threats

Transport Canada announced last week that it is investing up to $16.35 million over five years in the Transportation Assets Risk Assessment initiative, which focuses on climate risk assessments of federal transportation assets.
 
This investment comes on the heels of the release of the Environment Commissioner’s autumnal annual report, which found that the federal government is not prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change on more than $66 billion of federal assets.
 
The report, released by Commissioner Julie Gelfand on October 2, 2017, found that only five of the 19 federal government departments that the report considered had assessed risks from climate change on their assets, and how best to address them.
 
Read more about the Commissioner’s report and Transport Canada’s investment on the Engineers Canada website.

Register today: Engineers Canada courses to equip engineers with climate resilience skills

Two upcoming courses offered by Engineers Canada will educate engineers on infrastructure risk assessment and on the legal implications associated with their practice in the context of a changing climate.

Both are required courses for engineers wishing to pursue Engineers Canada’s Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) designation, or can be taken as continuing professional development.
 
For more information, refer to the Engineers Canada website.

New climate change tool will help keep Canadians safe

Dr. Gordon Huang, professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from the University of Regina, has developed, and recently launched, a new climate change data portal. The portal, called the Canada Climate Change Data Portal (CCCDP) is free, easy-to-use and has been designed to help project future climate changes.
 
CCCDP allows anyone to access information about upcoming weather in order to prepare for the impacts of climate change in different scenarios, including floods, droughts, forest fires, and winter storms.The research will also help decision-makers assess the impacts and plan adaptation strategies to reduce various risks associated with climate change.
 
Learn more on the University of Regina website

Durham District and Durham Catholic school boards prepare to build future cities

Over 70 teachers from the Durham District School Board (DDSB) and the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) in Ontario kicked-off their 2017-2018 Future City program with active learning and planning sessions in August and September.  
 
Empowering teachers and providing them with the resources to bring STEM into their classroom is a key pillar of the Future City program and the sessions were an opportunity for teachers to prepare lessons for implementing Future City in their classes during the upcoming school year.
 
The Future City program kicks off in classrooms in the DDSB, DCDSB, and in Prince Edward Island this fall. UOIT generously funded the cost of Kidder Kits that each Durham teacher received as part of the session, while Engineers Canada funded kits for PEI teachers to help with program implementation in their classrooms.

Nominations now open for 2018 Engineers Canada Awards: apply online!

Engineers Canada is seeking nominations for its 2018 Awards.
 
Presented in nine categories, these annual awards honour outstanding Canadian engineers, teams of engineers, engineering projects, achievements and engineering students. Full details and online nomination forms can be found on the Engineers Canada website.
 
The deadline to submit nominations for the Awards is January 19, 2018. The winners will be presented with their awards at the Engineers Canada AGM in May 2018.

Are you an engineer returning to school? Apply for an Engineers Canada scholarship!

Engineers Canada is seeking nominations for its 2018 scholarships. Each year, Engineers Canada partners with Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex to award six cash prizes totally $60,000 to professional engineers returning to university or college.
 
The Engineers Canada-Manulife scholarships are awarded to engineers returning to school to further their studies in an engineering field, while the Engineers Canada-TD Insurance Meloche Monnex scholarships are awarded to engineers studying in a field other than engineering but that complements their engineering practice.
 
The deadline to submit norminations is March 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the Engineers Canada website.

Photo courtesy of K. Billing and is made available through EngStudio, a service of Engineers Canada.

Accreditation renewal activities gaining momentum

Through the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, one of Engineers Canada’s core functions is the accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs in Canada. A strong, relevant accreditation system provides quality assurance, fosters continual improvement of engineering education and promotes the mobility of graduates.
 
While we continue to advance the day-to-day process of accrediting engineering programs, we’ve launched two initiatives that will help ensure continued relevance.
Read more about these efforts.

Engineering deans from around the world gather in Niagara Falls

Hosted by McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering, the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) met in Niagara Falls, ON, from October 10-12, 2017 to share ideas on how to improve higher education and prepare the next generation of engineers.
 
“Gathering together with Deans from around the world has allowed us to share our aspirations for engineering education, as well as our challenges and the best practices that are going to allow us to get beyond those to be even better in future years,” said Stephanie Price, P.Eng., CAE, Interim CEO of Engineers Canada, who attended the conference.
 
More than 150 delegates from 25 countries explored a range of issues from bio-innovation for social impact, to teaching students about the Internet of Things, to addressing climate change, to inclusive engineering schools and workplaces.
 
Learn more about the GEDC Conference on the McMaster University website and in the video below.. 

Congratulations!


Engineers Nova Scotia recently presented Katherine M. McLeod, FEC, P.Eng., with an Engineers Canada fellowship. Congratulations!
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