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Newsletter November 2, 2017
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Qualifications Board seeking nominees for member-at-large positions

The Qualifications Board is a standing committee of the Engineers Canada Board that develops national guidelines for the benefit of the engineering profession. There are currently two member-at-large positions open on the Qualifications Board. 
 
The Qualifications Board Nominating Committee has evaluated the qualifications of its current members and has defined the needs for the new members as:

  • Required qualifications: Experience in participating in regulator’s committee(s)
  • Asset: Female, Practising Engineer

Every effort will be made to reflect the diversity of the membership of the engineering profession.

Additional information is available on the Engineers Canada website. Nominations should include a brief cover letter and cv, and can be sent to Mélanie Ouellette, MA, MBA, Practice Lead, Qualifications at melanie.ouellette@engineerscanada.ca no later than November 24.

Last chance! Have you got your ticket for Gender Summit 2017?

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.

Engineers Canada testifies before Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

David Lapp, FEC, P.Eng., IRP, Engineers Canada’s Practice Lead, Globalization and Sustainable Development, testified and answered questions in front of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on October 26, 2017, as part of its study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy as required to meet the Government of Canada's announced targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions.
 
Lapp’s testimony focused on the engineering profession’s efforts in supporting the decarbonization of the built environment.
 
Watch Lapp’s testimony on ParlVu (beginning at 9:02).

Have you registered yet? Upcoming 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.

Polytechnique Montréal and Engineers Canada partner to launch online course on sustainable development and environmental stewardship

Polytechnique Montréal and Engineers Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a massive open online course (MOOC) based on the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board’s National guideline on sustainable development and environmental stewardship. The MOOC is intended to help practising engineers increase their understanding of sustainable development and environmental stewardship while raising awareness of the guideline and providing opportunities for continuing professional development.
 
The online course will first be offered in the early spring of 2018. Read more about it  on the Engineers Canada website.

CBC Saskatchewan names Matthew Dunn, P.Eng., to 2017 Future 40

CBC Saskatchewan has named Matthew Dunn, P.Eng., Chair of Engineers Canada’s Equitable Participation in Engineering Committee, to its annual Future 40 list, a list of accomplished people under the age of 40 in the province.
 
With a Master’s degree in engineering, Dunn has made it his life’s mission to encourage and support Indigenous peoples to consider and enter engineering. In addition to his work with Engineers Canada, he is the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator at the University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering. He is on the APEGS Equity and Diversity Committee and Indigenous sub-committee, and has been instrumental in starting a Canadian Indigenous Advisory Council to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
 
As a Future 40 honouree, Dunn was profiled on CBC Radio One’s The Morning Edition, Saskatoon Morning, CBC Saskatchewan News at 6, and on CBC’s website

Go Eng Girl comes to UPEI for first time

For the first time in Prince Edward Island, girls in Grades 7-10 and their parents visited the University of PEI to learn from women professionals, academics, and students about the world of engineering.
 
As part of the Go Eng Girl program, 16 pairs of students and parents visited the UPEI campus in October and built aluminum foil boats and tested them in a mini-wave tank, built wire-cutters and used them to sculpt foam, toured the new engineering building, and met women students and faculty involved with engineering design projects.
 
Go Eng Girl is an initiative started in Ontario by the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) that has recently expanded to other provinces, including PEI. Engineers Canada was happy to support UPEI and enable them to deliver the program to students and parents free of charge. Learn more on the ONWiE website.

Deans hold fall meeting in Niagara Falls

The National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS) met from October 12 to 14, 2017, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, immediately following the 2017 Global Deans Engineering Council Conference.  Both meetings were hosted by McMaster University.
 
Dean Iswar Puri welcomed meeting participants, and PEO president Bob Dony provided greetings on behalf of the regulator. At the meeting Stephanie Price, interim CEO, provided an update on behalf of Engineers Canada, highlighting key initiatives. Wayne MacQuarrie, Chair of the Accreditation Board updated the NCDEAS on Accreditation Board activities and meetings and on the work of the AU Task Force. Lynn Villeneuve, Practice Lead, Accreditation, provided an update on progress of the Accreditation Improvement Project.
 
The next NCDEAS meeting will be April 26-28, 2018, in Charlottetown, PEI, hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island.

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.

Congratulations!


Engineers Canada extends its congratulations to the following APEGA members, who have been awarded Engineers Canada fellowships:
  • Clay Bos, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Peter Daniel Burns, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Ram Chadha, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Marcella Fiorillo deJong, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Nima Dorjee, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Steve Huber, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Jey Jeyakumar, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Alex Kanevski, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Trevor Myles Loomer, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Vivianne Lai On Mansour, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Jay Nagendran, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Todd K. Simenson, FEC, P.Eng.
  • Robert Montgomerie Watson, FEC, P.Eng.
  • David T. Westwick, FEC, P.Eng.

Governor-in-Council appointment opportunities for engineers


Individuals appointed by the Governor-in-Council (GIC) play an important role in Canada’s democracy by serving on commissions, boards, Crown corporations, agencies, and tribunals across the country. To maintain public confidence in government decision-making, the Government of Canada is committed to filling GIC positions with highly qualified candidates who reflect Canada’s diversity.
 
GIC appointments would benefit from the skills and expertise of experienced engineers. Current opportunities include: For a full list of opportunities, visit the GIC website.
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