Engineers Canada Chairs Global Environment Committee



    OTTAWA, Nov. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Engineers Canada has assumed the position
of chair of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations' (WFEO)
Committee on Engineering and the Environment for the next four-year term. The
position, accepted today in New Delhi, India, during the World Congress on
Urban Infrastructure in Developing Countries, provides Canada's engineering
profession with a significant opportunity to showcase its expertise on the
world stage.
    Founded in 1968, the WFEO is a non-governmental international
organization that brings together national engineering organizations from over
90 nations and represents some 15 million engineers around the world. It
co-operates with national and other international professional institutions in
developing and applying engineering to the benefit of humanity. One of six
standing committees, the WFEO's Committee on Engineering and the Environment
aims at developing, through appropriate activities and education, a worldwide
understanding and commitment to sustainable development.
    "During our four-year term, we plan to address the environmental
challenges facing our societies," said Committee chairman and Engineers Canada
Past-President Darrel John Danyluk, P.Eng. "Working in international teams, we
will identify and enhance themes such as the causes of climate change and the
need to mitigate through better technologies; adaptation measures to ensure
the proper operation of vital infrastructure; air pollution in third world
countries; and sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure in the
developing world."
    While the committee has the opportunity to positively influence
international practices, it also benefits Canada. "Climate change is a global
issue, and chairing the Committee puts Engineers Canada in a strong position
to provide its constituent members with information on how environmental
issues are being addressed in countries around the world," said Engineers
Canada President Tony Dawe, P.Eng. "This will help our members in their
ongoing discussions with provincial and territorial legislators."
    TD Meloche Monnex, which has partnered with Engineers Canada for over
50 years to provide Canada's professional engineers with home and auto
insurance, is providing Engineers Canada with financial support to help fund
this initiative. "Engineers Canada is extremely pleased that TD Meloche Monnex
has entered into this innovative partnership," said Mr. Dawe. "This it truly a
testimony to the value of the long-standing relationship TD Meloche Monnex has
with the engineering profession.
    "TD Meloche Monnex is delighted and honoured to be the sponsor of this
important undertaking," said Jean R. Lachance, Chairman, Affinity Market
Group. "We are proud of our long-term relationship with Engineers Canada and
recognize the valuable role they play in our society. It is a privilege to
help fund their efforts to tackle the issue of climate change as they apply
their skills to this very worthwhile cause."
    In October, Engineers Canada signed a mutual recognition agreement with
Engineers Australia that enhances the international mobility of professional
engineers. The relationship between the two organizations is further
strengthened through the WFEO as Engineers Australia's Past National President
Barry Grear AO has now assumed the office of WFEO President. "I want to lead
the organization in increasing our influence in the world," said Mr. Grear. "I
firmly believe that by increasing the amount of communication within the
engineering profession, and to the wider international community, we can
better apply engineering to enhance the lives of individuals worldwide."

    Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and
territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice of engineering in
Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.
    Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers.

    See attached backgrounder.


    
             Engineers Canada Chairs Global Environment Committee

    Backgrounder

    - In 2007, the World Federation of Engineering Organisations' President
      asked Engineers Canada if it would be interested in chairing the
      Committee on Engineering and the Environment for a four-year term
      ending in 2011. Engineers Canada's Board of Directors supported
      pursuing the position of Committee chair.

    - TD Meloche Monnex agreed to financially support the project.

    - The Committee chairman is Darrel John Danyluk, P.Eng., Engineers
      Canada's president for the 2004-2005 term. Danyluk has 35 years of
      engineering experience. He is also the technical advisor to the
      National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy on adaptation
      requirements of infrastructure; president of the International Water
      Association Specialty Conference on river basin management; co-chair
      for the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering's annual conference on
      sustainable infrastructure; past chair of the Alberta Ingenuity Centre
      for Water Research's management board; and has proven leadership of
      complex groups and issues through the chairmanship of a national
      steering committee on immigration (Engineers Canada's From
      Consideration to Integration initiative) and through his work on From
      Potential to Prosperity, an online resource created to help newcomers
      to Canada learn how to get their foreign credentials assessed and to
      work towards employment in their chosen profession.

    - Mr. Danyluk is also the chair of Engineers Canada's Public
      Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee, and co-chair for
      the Vulnerability Committee's 2008 climate change adaptation workshop.
      The Vulnerability Committee is a national steering committee involving
      all three levels of government and non-governmental organizations. It
      is looking broadly and systematically at infrastructure vulnerability
      to climate change from an engineering perspective. Chairing the
      Committee on Engineering and the Environment benefits the Vulnerability
      Committee in that international expertise will help to bring the most
      appropriate engineering approaches for consideration in adapting
      Canadian infrastructure to the changing climate.

    Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and
territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice of engineering in
Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.
    Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers.
    




For further information:

For further information: Marc Bourgeois, Director, Communications,
Engineers Canada, (613) 232-2474, ext. 238, marc.bourgeois@engineerscanada.ca;
Marie Carter, Director, Professional & International Affairs, Engineers
Canada, (613) 232-2474, ext. 245, marie.carter@engineerscanada.ca; Dick
Fletcher, President-Elect, Engineers Canada, Director-APEGBC, Principal, Urban
Systems Ltd., (250) 762-2517, dfletcher@urban-systems.com


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