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CAE News for the week of 23 July

On a weekly basis, the CAE compiles news of interest to the organization and its members, and makes it publicly available on our website. The CAE works to highlight emerging issues in which engineering has a role as well as promote recognition of engineering excellence and innovation.

Fellows’ Survey

This week, we launched our survey of Fellows, which was sent to Fellows by email on Tuesday, July 24. The objectives of the survey are to:

  • Understand the aspiration of our Fellows for the work and future of the CAE;
  • Gauge the interest of our Fellows in participating in the activities of the CAE; and
  • Shape a portfolio of initiatives that will help Canada adjust to a more advanced technological future.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary.  All your responses will be kept confidential and will be reported only in aggregated form.  Please participate by 15 August 2018.

To participate, please click on the following link.

2019 Fellowship Nominations Launching Soon

This year, CAE has adopted an electronic version of the nomination forms. We should be in position to launch them this week, and Fellows will be getting a separate communication on that.

The slightly-altered electronic submission process is intended to make the forms more user-friendly for Fellows, and the submission process more efficient for our staff.

In the interim, note that citations for new Fellows must be 100 words or less and are crucial to a successful nomination. Poorly written citations can jeopardize the chances of election of stellar individuals. Take a look at how Cooperstown keeps MLB Hall of Fame plaques to < 90 words, click here.

Delinquent Accounts

As of 27/7/2018, we still have 13 Fellows who have not addressed their 2018 Fellowship dues, which were first invoiced in January. If your name is on this list, please contact us immediately with your payment information.

If you believe that your name is there in error, or there are extenuating circumstances, such as illness or financial hardship, also contact us. Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.

 Day Zero 

Kim Sturgess, FCAE, CEO of Alberta WaterSmart, discusses the problems of politics in Cape Town’s DayZero, and the lessons for Alberta. For more information, click here.

Is data the new money?

 Leah Lawrence, FCAE, CEO of Sustainable Technology Development Canada, discusses the important impact of data sensing, collection, manipulation, analysis and sharing on new businesses. For more information, click here.

Who needs science advice anyway? Governments, for one.

The Conversation – 19 July 2018

There has been much consternation within the Ontario research community since Premier Doug Ford summarily dismissed the province’s first chief scientist, Molly Shoichet, after she’d been in the job for only six months. Read more, click here.

Of note: In Ontario, the role was briefly filled by Molly Schoichet, FCAE, FRS, FCAHS.

Ali Khademhosseini’s Personal Story of Discovery

 Ali Khademhosseini is one of our new FCAE. Read more about his interesting background here.


Congratulations to University of Manitoba VP & Distinguished Professor Dr. Digvir Jayas, FCAE, on being appointed the new VP and Chair of NSERC Council. For more information, click here.

Dr. Sam Inducted Into the Canadian Academy of Engineering as Fellow

Trenchless Technology – 24 July 2018

Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam, the 2012 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year, was one of 57 new Fellows and two new International Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) on June 18. Read more, click here. 

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