What’s New at the Academy

CAE News for the weeks of the 28 May and 4 June

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.

Board Appointment

 Professor John Luxat, FCAE, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Terrestrial Energy, a developer of advanced nuclear power plants that use its proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®) technology. For more information, click here.

Honorary Degree

Congratulations to Indira Samarasekera, FCAE, former President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta and former Vice-Prisident (Research) at the University of British Columbia, who was awarded an honorary degree from Queen’s University. For more information, click here.

OPEA Award

John Bandler, OC, FCAE, has won the 2018 OPEA Gold Medal, the premier award of the association. According to the program: “it recognizes conscientious commitment to public service, technical excellence and outstanding professional leadership.” For more information, click here.

University of Calgary Honours CAE Fellows

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


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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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CAE News for the week of 7 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.

New Interim Vice President at Queen’s

 Congratulations to Tom Harris, FCAE, who has been appointed Interim Provost and VP (Academic) at Queen’s University. He has held previous appointments as VP (Advancements) and Dean of Applied Science. For more information, click here.

Engineering Landmark

The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel facility at Western University was conceived and run by the late Professor Alan Davenport, FCAE, and his colleagues. It was recently recognized as both a National Historic Site by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and an International Historic Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. For more information, click here.

A Gathering of FCAE

McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering recently held a 60th anniversary event featuring Deans (here from 1979 on, L-R) John Bandler, FCAE; Art Heidebrecht, FCAE; Gary Purdy; Mamdouh Shoukri, FCAE; Mo Elbestawi, FCAE; David Wilkinson, FCAE; Ishwar Puri, FCAE.

 

CAE News for the week of 30 April

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.

 New Western Provost

Congratulations to Andy Hrymak, FCAE, on this appointment as Western’s next Provost. Dr. Hrymak is a member of the CAE’s Fellowship Committee. For more information, click here.

New Head of the Canadian Institute of Mining Council

Samantha Espley, FCAE, has been named the incoming head of the Presidents Council for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum for the 2020-2021 year. She is the director of Vale’s Technical Excellence Centre of Mining and Mineral Processing in Sudbury.

Congratulations Samantha for taking on this important leadership role.

For more information, click here.


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CAE News for the week of 23 April

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.

 PEO Honours

 Congratulations to Chris Roney, FCAE and President of Engineers Canada, and Jeanette Southwood, FCAE, for their induction into the PEO Order of Honour.

Canifra Challenge Contest Top 10

Congratulations to Paul Acchione, M. Eng., P. Eng., FCAE, FCAE, whose INZEM Energy team has advanced to the Top 10 teams in the Caninfra Challenge. Public voting starts in early May. For more information, click here.

Engineers Canada Award

Congratulations to University of Toronto Professor Levente Diosady, FCAE, who has received Engineers Canada’s highest honour for his work in nutrient security. For more information, click here.

Vice Regal Commendation

On the eve of the completion of her five and a half years term as British Columbia’s 29th Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour Judith Guichon, OBC, awarded a Vice Regal Commendation to Colin Smith, FCAE. This infrequently bestowed national honour is administered by the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall, and was awarded in recognition of commendable service rendered to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.


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CAE News for the week of 16 April

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.

Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology and Industrial Research and Development in Canada

The CAE recently participated in the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology and Industrial Research and Development in Canada.

The main conclusions of the Report can be summarized as follows:

  • There is tremendous research diversity across provinces with R&D activity clusters around large cities. However, the areas of specialization reflect historical strengths, not future areas of prosperity.
  • There are significant barriers that prevent the translation of technological innovation into wealth creation.
  • The trajectory of Canada’s R&D capacity is the reverse of our competitors and it is a growing concern as the global economy becomes increasingly driven by technology. Momentum and reputation drive talent and money.
  • Strengths in industry R&D are concentrated in (i) scientific research and development services; (ii) computer systems design; (iii) communication equipment manufacturing; (iv) aerospace products and parts manufacturing.
  • Since 2001, Canadian R&D intensity has declined steadily relative to Canada’s competitors (Canada ranks 33rd among leading countries). The decline is mainly driven by a reduction in industry R&D intensity.

We wish to thank Claude Lajeunesse, FCAE, and John M. Thompson, OC, FCAE, for participating in the panel.

For more information, click here.

 Significant Honours for International Fellow 

Congratulations to Professor J.N. Reddy, FCAE, for winning the ASCE Theodore von Karman Medal and the John von Neumann Medal from the US Association of Computational Mechanics. For more information, click here.

Alex Taylor, FCAE, (b.1923-d.2018)

The CAE was recently informed of the passing of Mr. Alex Taylor, a long-term Emeritus Fellow. During his career, Mr. Taylor distinguished himself as an outstanding leader of large multi-discipline world-scale engineering companies based in Canada but operating throughout the world as global competitors for major engineering projects. We have offered our condolences to his widow Maris Taylor.  To learn more about Alex Taylor and his lifetime of accomplishments, click here.

APEGA Awards

Congratulations to the following Fellows for their recent APEGA Awards:

  • Leah Lawrence received the APEGA Centennial Leadership Award
  • Lynne Cowe Falls, APEGA Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion
  • Simaan AbouRizk, APEGA Excellence in Education Award

Engineers Canada Awards

Congratulations to our Fellows who have recently been honoured by Engineers Canada . University of Toronto Chemical Engineering Professor Levente Diosady, FCAE, received the Gold Medal Award for his work in food engineering, and Jeannette Montufar, FCAE, will receive an Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. For more information, click here.


 

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CAE News for the week of 9 April

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.

Research into Engineering Education

University of Toronto Professor Greg Evans, FCAE, has made a public call for funding for research into STEM education. For more information, click here.

Honorary Degree

Congratulations to University of Waterloo Professor Ralph Haas, FCAE, known as “the father of pavement asset management,” who will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Alberta. For more information, click here.

Engineering Wall of Fame

Congratulations to Chris Huskilson, FCAE and recently retired CEO of Emera, who has been honoured by the University of New Brunswick for his contributions to the business community and education. For more information, click here.

AGM: Accommodations Deadline

CAE’s Annual General Meeting, Technical Symposium and Induction Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 18 in Calgary at the Calgary Petroleum Club.

The deadline to book accommodations is Friday, April 27.  Click here to book your room today. 

To learn more about the event and register, click here.


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CAE News from the weeks of 26 March and 2 April

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.

Alan Holt FCAE (b.September 12, 1933 – d.Saturday, November 5, 2016)

 We have recently been informed of the passing of CAE Fellow Alan R. Holt. From his induction citation:

Al Holt rose from a graduate engineer building hydro electric power stations for Ontario Hydro to managing the construction of fossil stations such as Lambton, then being in charge of procurement for the utility. He subsequently became Vice President in charge of Planning and ultimately President of the whole utility – incidentally the largest utility in North America. He was part of Ontario Hydro during major part of its engineering construction and has participated in all facets, dealing with employees, engineers and technicians, suppliers and contractors from around the world.

We pass our condolences to his widow, Mrs. Lynne Holt, and his family. To learn more about Alan Holt and his lifetime of accomplishments, click here. 

QE Prize 2019 Nominations Now Open

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a global £1 million prize that celebrates a ground-breaking innovation in engineering. The prize rewards an individual or team of engineers whose work has had a major impact on humanity.

Entry to the Prize is open to any living individual (or up to five individuals) of any nationality who are personally responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering which has been of benefit to humanity.

The closing date to submit your nomination(s) is 18 May 2018.
The deadline for referees to submit supporting statements is 15 June 2018
The winner(s) of the 2019 QEPrize will be announced in February 2019.

For more information, click here.

Distinguished University Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Jin Jiang, FCAE, who was named a Distinguished University Professor at Western University for his work on control systems. For more information, click here.

Canada Infrastructure Contest

Paul Acchione, M. Eng., P. Eng., FCAE and the INZEM Energy team participated in the Caninfra transformational infrastructure concepts contest. The voting closed on 7 April. Best of luck to him and his team!

Interim VP Research at Queen’s University Appointed

Congratulations to Kim Woodhouse, FCAE, for her appointment as Interim Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University. For more information, click here.

An Interview with SDTC CEO Leah Lawrence

Leah Lawrence, FCAE, was interviewed by TheFutureEconomy.ca for their series on clean tech:

“Canada has the money, the data and a critical mass of people running (cleantech) companies that can take us where we have probably never been before.”

To read the full interview, click here.

Thanks, Invisible Little Water Filters

University of Toronto Professor Elizabeth Edwards, FCAE, is using single-celled microorganisms to clean contaminated water. For more information, click here.


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CAE News for the weeks of 12 and 19 March

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.

Lecture of a Lifetime

 In Calgary on April 4? You have an opportunity to learn from Lynne Cowe Falls, FCAE. Dr. Falls is an award-winning professor emerita with the Schulich School of Engineering. Learn more about this opportunity here.

PEO Honours

Congratulations to Chris Roney, FCAE, (Companion) and Jeanette Southwood, FCAE, (Officer) for their PEO Order of Honour Awards. For more information, click here.

Queen’s Honorary Degree

Kudos to Indira Samarasekera, FCAE, who will be honoured by Queens University at its Spring convocation. For more information, click here.

Missing…Visionaries for Nation-Building Projects

The Canadian Academy of Engineering Honorary Fellow, Clem Bowman, describes nation-building infrastructure projects in the National Post’s National Engineering Month supplement. To read, click here.


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CAE News for the weeks of 26 February and 5 March

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.

Joint CAE/Conference Board Study Examines the Cost of a Cleaner Future 

The Canadian Academy of Engineering  and the Conference Board’s study, which examined the economic impacts of reducing GHG emissions, was featured in the Winter 2018 edition “The Best of the Board” research quarterly. For more information, click here.

Reminder: CAE/SAE Mobility Scholarship Deadline is 20 March

As part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, and in recognition of the importance of transportation and mobility design engineering for the future of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) has partnered with the SAE Foundation Canada to offer an undergraduate scholarship in transportation and mobility engineering and an award for university students’ outstanding aerospace design. The CAE Bruce Aubin SAE Aerospace Design Award will be valued at $800, and the CAE William G. Belfry Memorial SAE Scholarships is $2000. The award and scholarship will be given annually to top engineering students from across Canada. More information is available here.

Please note the 20 March 2018 application deadline.

Water Stewardship

Kim Sturgess, FCAE and a Past President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, discusses water stewardship for the Queen’s Alumni Review. For more information, click here.

National Energy Woes

The Canadian Academy of Engineering has been calling for an East-West national electricity grid for years. A recent article in Sharp Magazine asks why a national power grid has not been built yet in Canada. For more information, click here.

Hind Rattan Award

Congratulations to Dr. Shushanta Mitra, FCAE and Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, for being awarded the prestigious Hind Rattan Award. For more information, click here.

Meritorious Accomplishments in Chemical Information

 Congratulations to Professor Paul Weiss, FCAE, who has been awarded the 2018 American Chemical Society Austin M. Patterson-E.J. Crane Award, given biennially for meritorious accomplishments in chemical information. For more information, click here.

Senate of Canada Appointments

The Canadian Academy of Engineering has been advised by the Chair of the Independent Advisory Board on Senate Appointments to share information with our Fellows about the process for nominating individuals to the Senate. For more information, please write to kgoheen@cae-acg.ca. To read the news release, click here.

YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction

Congratulations to University of Toronto Engineering Prof Milica Radisic, FCAE, who was named a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction. According to her citation “As an award-winning engineer, academic and researcher, Dr. Milica Radisic is both a door opener and a role model for women in science and engineering. Milica is an international leader in the field of cardiovascular tissue engineering. Her innovative research has the potential to revolutionize treatment for people suffering from myocardial infraction and congestive heart failure.”

For more information, click here.

PEO Election Results

Congratulations to Nancy Hill, P.Eng, FCAE, who was elected President-Elect of PEO Council for the 2018-2019 term. For more information, click here. 


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