Eight engineers from across Canada receive highest honours in their profession
OTTAWA, May 23 2017 /CNW/ - On Thursday, eight engineers from across Canada will receive top honours for their contributions to the engineering profession from Engineers Canada, the national organization of the provincial and territorial associations that regulate and license the country's 290,000 professional engineers.
Presented annually since 1972 to recognize outstanding Canadian engineers, teams, projects, achievements, and engineering students, the Engineers Canada Awards highlight professional excellence, as well as the contributions of engineers to their community, and to the safety and well-being of Canadians.
"As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, we reflect upon the diverse work professional engineers have contributed to every sector of Canadian society," states Stephanie Price, P.Eng., CAE, interim CEO of Engineers Canada. "Engineers have helped create and build Canada to what it is today; whether it's transportation, natural resources, infrastructure, environment, or technology, engineers have played a significant role".
This year, recipients receiving these prestigious awards share their own stories of achievement, excellence, and passion for the profession.
Meet the 2017 Engineers Canada Award recipients.
All are available for interviews in their local communities or at the awards ceremony, scheduled for May 25th in St. John's, Newfoundland.
The prestigious Gold Medal goes to Larry E. Seeley, PhD, P.Eng., chair and CEO of Seeley Group. Larry receives his Gold Medal for his exceptional individual achievements and distinction in engineering. His role in the growth of Canada's mining and metallurgical sector combined with his fostering and promoting new businesses and technologies within the minerals and recycled metals industries worldwide caps his 40-year career.
Three women are being recognized with the Gold Medal Student, Young Engineer, and Women in the Engineering Profession awards. Encouraging more women to join the profession, making it more representative of Canadian society, and ensuring that the profession and those it serves benefit from a range of perspectives and viewpoints are important cornerstones for Engineers Canada.
- Mary A. Wells, PhD, P.Eng., takes the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession Award. As professor and inaugural Associate Dean, Outreach, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, Mary is recognized as a significant role model and leader in the Canadian and global engineering community for women.
- Veronica Knott is an undergraduate engineering student at UBC and the 2017 Gold Medal Student. Veronica has made significant contributions to the engineering profession through her leadership in inclusivity and diversity engagement while studying engineering at UBC.
- Amy M. Bilton, PhD, P.Eng., is the Young Engineer Achievement Award recipient. As a researcher and educator at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Amy's research is extremely appealing to students because of its significant international development focus, working on technologies geared towards water and energy solutions for the developing world.
G. Ross Peters, PhD, FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service. Professor emeritus and former dean of Memorial University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, Ross is a tireless promoter of engineering education in Canada and around the world. Canadian engineering education and accreditation systems are highly regarded globally largely thanks to the role Ross has played within the international engineering community over his five decades of service.
Eduardo (Ted) Maulucci, P.Eng., is awarded the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service. As president of SmartONE Solutions Inc., Ted not only creates industry-leading solutions in software and smart buildings but also gives generously of his personal time to mentor engineering students, to find funding for academic institutions, and to help entrepreneurs bring their products to market.
Jonathan F. Holzman, PhD, P.Eng., is the recipient of the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education. Jonathan's an Associate Professor at the UBC Okanagan campus and is known by his students and staff for implementing a number of innovative teaching methods and for taking the time to explain practical applications, often using technology for teaching, including live demonstrations involving lasers.
A team of Laval, Quebec, engineers from FLIR Systems, a leading maker of sensor systems, is the recipient of the National Award for an Engineering Project. The Radar FLIR Ranger R20SS is a radar system used for automatic surveillance applications, making it possible to monitor much wider areas than with cameras, regardless of weather and light conditions.
"Looking forward to Canada's next sesquicentennial, we believe engineers will continue to be at the centre of innovation; driving the economy, creating solutions for some of society's most pressing challenges, and improving the quality of life for Canadians," concludes Price.
About Engineers Canada
Engineers Canada is the national organization of the provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country's 290,000 members of the engineering profession.
SOURCE Engineers Canada