YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's
engineering profession will once again celebrate excellence in
engineering during its annual Engineers Canada Awards Gala, held at the
Weledeh Catholic School in Yellowknife. The event marks the inaugural
year for an award for excellence in engineering journalism.
Tyler Irving will take home the medal for his article, "Nature's
Industrialists" published in Canadian Chemical News, on the use of advanced research in biotechnology to create "forest
biorefineries." Irving's article uses accessible language to describe a
critical yet complex technology for Canada's future chemical
manufacturing from renewable resources.
"We are so pleased to recognize the important role the media plays in
making engineering accessible to Canadians," said Catherine
Karakatsanis, FEC, FCAE, P.Eng., president of Engineers Canada.
Also honoured this evening will be Elizabeth Cannon, FEC, P.Eng., who
will receive the prestigious Gold Medal Award. Currently president of
University of Calgary, Cannon is a former dean of the Schulich School
of Engineering. Her research and teaching in the area of satellite
navigation for land, air and marine applications have garnered Cannon
an impressive international reputation as a leading engineer in the
area of satellite navigation.
"In addition to her research, Elizabeth Cannon is a passionate advocate
for the importance of higher education in fostering the talents of
young engineers," said Karakatsanis. "She and all the 2013 award
recipients are leaders in their respective fields and in the
profession. The recipients exemplify how positive contributions across
the profession have an impact on communities, the environment and
We are pleased that Ziya Tong, co-host of Discovery Channel's Daily
Planet, will once again be our special host of the awards gala.
The 2013 Engineers Canada Award recipients are:
Gold Medal Award - Elizabeth Cannon, FEC, P.Eng.
Young Engineer Achievement Award - Goldie Nejat, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Meritorious Service Award for Community Service - Mohinder S. Grover, FEC, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service - M.G. (Ron) Britton, FEC, FCAE, P.Eng.
Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession - Josephine Hill, P.Eng.
Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering - Tyler Irving
Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education - Arindom Sen, P.Eng.
National Award for an Engineering Project or Achievement - BC Place Revitalization
Visit www.engineerscanada.ca/e/pr_awards_1.cfm for more information.
The Engineers Canada Awards are sponsored by Manulife Financial, TD
Insurance Meloche Monnex, ENCON and the Great-West Life Assurance
Company. Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12
provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of
engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 250,000
members of the engineering profession.
SOURCE: Engineers Canada
For further information:
William Meyer, Manager, Communications, Engineers Canada
Tel: 613-232-2474, ext. 249