Media Advisory - Engineering profession to collaborate with other professions for a safer, cleaner, healthier and more competitive Canada

    MONTREAL, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum
(CELF) is hosting Canada's first ever multi-profession Summit designed to
identify engineering services that will help lead to a healthier and more
competitive Canada. The three-day conference will bring together
representatives from a number of sectors including health, environment, safety
and security, business, architecture and city planning and will conclude with
a signing by all six CELF members of a Memorandum of Understanding,
formalizing their collaboration. The engineering profession will use the
results to guide its future direction particularly in the areas of engineering
education and public policy as it impacts Canadian society.

    Who:   The Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum (which brings together
           representatives from Engineers Canada, the Engineering Institute
           of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Association of
           Canadian Engineering Companies, the National Council of Deans of
           Engineering and Applied Science and the Canadian Federation of
           Engineering Students)

    What:  First ever 'cross-professional' National Engineering Summit 2009:
           Leading a Canadian Future - The New Engineer in Society

    Where: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. W.,
           Montréal, QC

    When:  Tuesday May 19 to Thursday May 21, 2009

           A press conference will be held for release of the statement on
           Thursday May 21, 2009 at 11:45 a.m., followed by a public signing
           by CELF members of a Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing
           their collaboration.

    Tuesday, May 19                                  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Key speakers include:

    - David Butler-Jones (Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency
      of Canada)
    - Thomas d'Aquino (Chief Executive and President, Canadian Council of
      Chief Executives)
    - Allan Gregg (Senior Research Professional and Social Commentator)
    - James Johnson Duderstadt (President Emeritus and University Professor
      of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan)
    - Jean Lemire (Biologist, Producer and Director)
    - Robert Walker (Assistant Deputy Minister - Science and Technology,
      Department of National Defence)
    - Richard Worzel (Chartered Financial Analyst)

    Wednesday, May 20                                8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Listed below is a sample of the concurrent sessions. For the complete
program, please visit

    HEALTH - BIO/Tissue Engineering - Panacea or Pandora's Box
    David Kaplan, Professor and Chair - Department of Biomedical Engineering,
    Science and Technology Center
    Michael Sefton, Professor - Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical
    Engineering, University of Toronto Margaret Somerville, Founding
    Director, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law Samuel Gale
    Professor of Law

    ENVIRONMENT - The Evolving Canadian Energy System
    Clem Bowman, Chairman, ProGrid Ventures Inc.
    David Sanborn Scott, Adjunct Professor - Mechanical Engineering,
    University of Victoria

    SAFETY AND SECURITY - Information Technology and Transportation Security
    Ian Wilms, Chairman, Calgary Police Commission
    Peter Wallis, President & CEO, The Van Horne Institute

    COMPETITIVENESS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY - Trends and Technology: Innovation
    in Canada
    Jean-Claude Gavrel, Director, Networks of Centres of Excellence

    QUALITY OF LIFE - Quality of Life in Canada
    Richard Gilbert, Consultant on Urban Issues
    Leonard Lee, Founder, Lee Valley Tools and Canica Design
    Eric Morse, Associate Dean - Programs, Richard Ivey School of Business

    Thursday, May 21                                 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

    Concluding statements on all five streams will be made.

    A press conference will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Fairmont The Queen
    Elizabeth hotel's Marquette / Jolliet rooms for the public release of the
    declaration statement, which will commit the engineering profession to
    action in the five streams.

    The press conference will be followed by a public signing by CELF members
    of a Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing their collaboration.

    The full conference is open to the media. For media accreditation forms,
    contact Aurélie Walsh at
    Final program is available at

    About Engineers Canada

    Engineers Canada is the Secretariat for the Canadian Engineering
Leadership Forum (CELF) and 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 160,000 professional engineers.

For further information:

For further information: Aurélie Walsh, Blueprint Public Relations,
(613) 237-7400 Ext. 23, cell (613) 797-4259,

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