CAE News for the weeks of the 14 May and 21 May

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 honoured at University of Calgary Convocation

Congratulations to Kim Sturgess, FCAE, and Chan Wirasinghe, FCAE, who are both being honoured at the University of Calgary Spring convocation. For more information, click here.

2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards

Congratulations to all the 2018 Innovation Award winners, including Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Dr. Tom Chau, FCAE, who was recognized for his work pioneering technologies to help non-verbal individuals overcome communication obstacles. The CAE is proud to be a nominating partner in this program. For more information, click here.

Globe and Mail Letter to the Editor

RE: Trans Mountain Pipeline Should be Project No. 1 For The Canadian Infrastructure Bank (Globe and Mail Report on Business, May 8): a response by Clem Bowman, FCAE, to a letter to the editor. To read, click here.

LifeSciences BC

 LifeSciences BC’s annual magazine, Life Sciences 2018, features Scott Phillips, FCAE, of Star Fish Medical (p. 25-27) and Alan Winter, FCAE, B.C.’s first innovation commissioner (p.16). To read, click here.

Universities are making space for entrepreneurs

 Christophe Guy, FCAE, recently wrote an op-ed in the Hill Times entitled “A research-based education is at the heart of the next generation of innovation.” To read, click here.

The Future of Food

CAE Fellows Claude Lague, Levente Diosady, Milica Radisic, and Executive Director Kevin Goheen comment on “The Future of Food” in the May/June issue of Engineering Dimensions (p.49-50). To read, click here.

Fellow picked to Chair new Manitoba organization

Jeannette Montufar, Fellow and Director of the CAE, has been picked to chair Efficiency Manitoba. According to the media release: “The mission of Efficiency Manitoba is to reduce power costs Manitobans pay and to deliver improved energy saving programs, in a cost-effective manner. Efficiency Manitoba’s goals include meeting ambitious energy savings targets, achieving reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, and reducing consumption of electricity and natural gas in environmentally sound and cost-effective ways.” For more information, click here.

Honorary Degree for David Lynch

 Congratulations to University of Alberta Professor David Lynch, FCAE, who received an honorary degree from the University of New Brunswick at its 16-17 May Encaenia ceremonies. For more information, click here.

Ryerson professor honoured twice

Ryerson University Professor Daolen Chen, FCAE, has recently been honoured with a Fellowship in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). His groundbreaking work on nanocomposites led to the widely-known method that bears his name, and was twice identified by the Council of Canadian Academies to be a top 1% most-highly-cited paper in his field worldwide. For more information, click here.

IEEE Canada Award

Congratulations to University of Ottawa Professor Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, FCAE, who was awarded the 2018 IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal for “Outstanding Contributions to Multimodal Sensory Computing and Communications.” For more information, click here.

Honorary Degree for Lorne Trottier

Congratulations to Lorne Trottier, FCAE, and Louise Rousselle Trottier, who will be presented with honorary doctorates from Concordia University next month. For more information, click here.

House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources

Kathleen Vaillancourt, ESMIA Consultants, and Kevin Goheen, Executive Director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources, on their question of improving energy data for Canada, along with providing a written brief. For more information, click here.

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