37 Professional Engineers to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Engineers Canada is pleased to announce that 11 professional engineers will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a special dinner being held on February 28, 2013, at the Canadian War Museum.

The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.  The medal serves to honour both Her Majesty for her service to Canada, and to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

"Sixty thousand deserving Canadians have been recognized during this past year of celebration," said Engineers Canada's president, Catherine Karakatsanis, FEC, FCAE, P.Eng., "Our 37 recipients very much deserve to be part of this distinguished group, having contributed and dedicated service to their peers, to their community and to the country through their work in engineering."

Those present at the dinner to receive the medal are:

Michael Ball, FCAE, FEC, P.Eng.   Peter Hiscocks P. Eng.
Suzelle Barrington, FIC, ing., agr.   Fassi Kafyeke, ing.
Thomas Chau, Ph.D., P.Eng.   Raymond J. Mantha, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Darrel Danyluk, FEC, P.Eng., FCSCE, FEIC   Gerald McGee, P.Eng.
R. Frank Davis, FEC, P.Eng.   Milica Radisic, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Serge Gendron, ing.    

Along with the recipients at the ceremony, Engineers Canada and our constituent associations have awarded an additional 26 medals across the country for a total of 37 medals.  For a full list of recipients, please see the attached backgrounder.

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. Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.



- The Diamond Jubilee Medal -

Canada is marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada. The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty's dedicated service to our country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. The medal program is part of the Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations, organized by the Government of Canada.

Commemorative medals, such as the Diamond Jubilee Medal, are established from time to time within the Canadian Honours System to mark special anniversaries or occasions.  Since 1967, several Canadian commemorative medals have been created, including two Jubilee medals marking key anniversaries in Her Majesty's reign as Queen of Canada (the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002). Other commemorative medals include the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992).

Engineers Canada and its constituent association are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the following professional engineers:

Captain Mark Adams P.Eng.
Michael Ball FCAE, FEC, P.Eng.
Suzelle Barrington FIC, ing., agr.
Naseem Bashir P.Eng.
Paul Blanchard P.Eng., FEC
Dr. James A.  Blatz FEC, P.Eng.
Dr. Kirk C. Brown P.Eng.
Thomas Chau Ph.D., P.Eng.
Sheldon Cherry P.Eng.
Hollis B. Cole P.Eng., FEC
Darrel Danyluk FEC, P.Eng., FCSCE, FEIC
R. Frank Davis FEC, P.Eng.
John G.  Evans P.Eng., FEC.
Dr. Gary Faulkner P.Eng.
Serge Gendron ing.
Philip Henry Borgel, P.Eng.
Peter Hiscocks P.Eng.
T. Edward Hoeve P.Eng.
Fassi Kafyeke ing.
Pierre Lassonde MBA, P.Eng.
Raymond J.  Mantha B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Gerald McGee P.Eng.
Karim W. Nasser, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCSCE, FASCE
Roger Nicolet ing.
Frank Parslow FEC, P.Eng.
Milica Radisic Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dr. Leslie T.  Russell FEC, P.Eng.
Al Schuld FEC, P.Eng.
Edward H. Smith P.Eng., NBLS, FEC
Catherine Stewart FEC, P.Eng.
Kim Sturgess P.Eng.
William R. Sutherland FEC, P.Eng.
Vincent Y.Y. Tam P.Eng.
J. Richard Trimble FEC, P.Eng.
Pieter Van Vliet P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FCSME, FEC, FCSSE
H. Neil Windsor P.Eng., FEC, FCAE, FCSCE
Danielle W. Zaïkoff ing.

The Nomination Process and Medals Ceremonies
The nomination process for the Diamond Jubilee Medal was launched in fall 2011.  To ensure that a wide range of endeavour is recognized, partners to the medal program have been invited to nominate candidates from their communities or organizations for this national honour.

To be eligible for the medal, a person must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. They must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.

The medal program is administered by The Chancellery of Honours, which is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. 

The Medal
The medal, which is composed of nickel silver and features a proof finish was designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint and developed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall. 

The obverse depicts a crowned image of the Queen, in whose name the medal is bestowed. The reverse marks the 60th (diamond) anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne. The Diamond Jubilee is depicted by the large central diamond, by the background diamond pattern, and by the dates 1952 and 2012.  The imagery includes the Royal Cypher (the Royal Crown and the letters EIIR for Elizabeth II Regina), Canadian maple leaves, and the motto VIVAT REGINA ("Long live The Queen!").

The ribbon reflects a new arrangement of the blue, red and white colours of the 1953 Coronation Medal, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Medal, and the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal. 

SOURCE: Engineers Canada

For further information:

William Meyer
Manager, Communications
(613) 232-2474, ext. 249

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