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President’s Message

November 2023

Dear Fellows of the Academy,

As we move ahead into the final quarter of 2023, it provides the ideal opportunity to reflect upon the highlights of the Academy this past year, and also focus on expanding our engagement as we look to the future.

This past June the CAE hosted the 36th Annual CAE Conference & Induction Ceremony of New Fellows in Victoria, British Columbia. The 2023 Annual Conference was a resounding success, with a strong turnout across our Fellowship base, and positive feedback expressed by many of those in attendance. We were fortunate to have outstanding Keynote Speakers at this year’s event, which included remarks from Senator Rosa Galvez and Minister Bowinn Ma, focusing on sustainability and the net-zero target. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to the sponsors, presenters, and attendees for your participation and support of this event. Without your contributions, the Academy would be unable to help advance and shape the future of engineering both within our national borders, and abroad.

Now, as we shift our focus ahead to the coming year, I would like to remind our CAE Fellows that we encourage you to nominate deserving candidates who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering and have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, and impact. Your insights and recommendations are invaluable in identifying those who truly exemplify excellence in engineering. The CAE is committed to promoting an environment that enhances Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) within the engineering realm, and we ask that our Fellows assist us in ensuring that the CAE Fellowship base includes all members of the Canadian engineering community. Our office has made significant advancements in engaging our Fellows to nominate outstanding engineers to become new Fellows of the CAE, both from industry and academia, and we wish to maintain this momentum as we look ahead to our next calendar year.

This November, the CAE is also taking a crucial step towards fulfilling our central mandate: Demonstrating leadership in the responsible application of engineering knowledge for the benefit of Canadians, providing strategic advice to decision-makers, and contributing to shaping the future of engineering. The CAE will be hosting a Workshop in November 2023, focused on engineering mega projects which address the grand engineering challenge of achieving net-zero emissions. This initiative is being hosted in collaboration with NRCan and CCA, and participation is by invitation only. The outcomes of this Workshop will be shared with the Academy through a written report, and will also result in a secondary Workshop in the first quarter of 2024. I look forward to sharing updates with our Fellows on the outcomes of this exciting event in the New Year.

In reflection, this past year saw the Academy take considerable steps forward with its new Strategic Plan, providing visionary thinking to inspire positive change, and I look forward to the progress we will undoubtedly achieve in the year ahead.


Soheil Asgarpour
CAE President


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