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Forty-seven new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Montreal – (June 20, 2013) – President Richard J. Marceau inducted 47 new Fellows into the Canadian Academy of Engineering on June 20, 2013. The ceremony took place in Montreal, in conjunction with the Academy’s 2013 Annual General Meeting and Symposium. Dr. Marceau commented: “The Academy warmly welcomes its new Fellows, all of whom are engineers of outstanding ability and widely varying backgrounds from Industry, Academe and Government. Each of these exceptional individuals has demonstrated a desire and ability to go beyond the normal practice of engineering and contribute in exemplary ways towards their respective disciplinary fields, and to the wider community. Having published major studies in the fields of education, energy and innovation for the purpose of impacting public policy, the Academy looks forward to the valuable contributions these new Fellows will make in helping it shape public policy in Canada for the benefit of all Canadians.” Citations and photographs are attached for each of the new inductees. The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is the national institution through which Canada's most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. The CAE is an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987. Members of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers to honorary Fellowships, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering are committed to ensuring that Canada’s engineering expertise is applied to the benefit of all Canadians. The Canadian Academy of Engineering works in close cooperation with other senior academies in Canada and internationally. It is a founding member of the Council of Canadian Academies, along with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The CAE works in close collaboration with the other members of the Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum which brings together representatives from Engineers Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada, the National Council of Deans of Engineering, and the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, all working together to ensure a safer, cleaner, healthier and more competitive Canada. The CAE is also a member of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, which includes some 26 similar national bodies around the world.
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NEW FELLOWS 2013
Paul Amyotte Dr. Paul Amyotte, P.Eng., FEC, FEIC, FCIC has excelled in all aspects of his engineering career: teaching, research, consulting and service to the profession. He has contributed significantly to the advancement of engineering and scientific knowledge in the areas of industrial safety and loss management. He is considered a global expert in the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions and as such, his knowledge is sought in many countries throughout the world. With three books and over 200 publications in his area of expertise, he has contributed significantly to safety in the industrial workplace. His excellence as a teacher, thesis supervisor, consultant and author, as well as his service to the profession of engineering, has been duly recognized over the years by recipients of his knowledge and expertise. Lee Barbour Lee Barbour is the NSERC/Syncrude Industrial Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan and a leading expert in mine waste management and reclamation. He pioneered the use of instrumented watersheds, now an industry standard, and developed novel methods for monitoring mining by-products. His research has significant economic and environmental impact for Canada and has led to improved strategies for mine closure and reclamation in the Alberta oil sands. His contributions have been recognized by industry, as well as by professional societies and organizations. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Paul Blanchard Paul Blanchard, PEng has designed and/or led over 700 electrical engineering projects in British Columbia, Manitoba and the United States. Over the span of his 39 years of engineering practice, Mr. Blanchard has also contributed an extraordinary 150 committee years of professional practice service to numerous joint boards, committees and task forces of APEGBC and Engineers Canada including serving as President of APEGBC and as the BC and Yukon Member of the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board. Paul has also contributed significantly to numerous community, sports, recreation and charitable organizations. Mr. Blanchard's distinguished contributions have been deservedly recognized by APEGBC and Engineers Canada and by conference of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Bill Buckley Bill Buckley is President and Chief Executive Officer of ShawCor Ltd. His leadership has resulted in the growth of the company from a small, Canadian pipe coating business into a global energy services leader and technology innovator with eight divisions, over seventy-five manufacturing, sales and service facilities and more than 8,000 employees worldwide. Mr. Buckley has been the driving force behind many of the programs responsible for ShawCor's success, culminating in the achievement of record revenue and income performance in 2012. A leader in several industry associations, Mr. Buckley was on the founding Board of ElectroFederation Canada and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
Bruce Vincent Burlton Bruce Burlton is a world pioneer in the establishment of commercial communications satellite systems. Among his many achievements, he was part of the team that successfully implemented and operated the world's first domestic satellite communications system (Telesat), and led the team that successfully placed twelve Telesat satellites in the operating orbit. He also created the storage orbit concept, which resulted in a $40 million saving to Telesat, and which led to his being the recipient of Telesat's first David Golden Award. His most spectacular contribution was to lead the team which twice successfully rescued the Anik E2 satellite, developing the earth borne control system enabling it to successfully operate for 10 more years in spite of critical failures of its onboard control systems.
Claudio Canizares Claudio Canizares has done pioneering work in the field of stability analysis and control of power systems, helping electric utilities worldwide to understand and avoid stability problems in power grids. His current work with a variety of industry partners on smart grids and energy systems concentrates on the modeling, analysis and control of the users' energy demand and supply and its interactions with the overall energy system to reduce peak demand, energy consumption and overall costs, while considering the proper utilization and integration of renewable resources. He is widely acknowledged as a leading power systems' researcher and educator in Canada and worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Royal Society of Canada.
Tongwen Chen Professor Tongwen Chen of the University of Alberta is a prominent engineer, researcher, and mentor. He is an international authority on computer controlled systems and control over networks, with an influential book and over 100 journal articles, some ranking among the top 1% most highly cited in his field. In partnership with Canadian oil and petrochemical companies, he has led three NSERC Strategic Projects, transferring his advanced research results for better control and monitoring of various industrial processes. He has trained over 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, many of whom now occupy important positions in Canada. Professor Chen is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Yu-Ling Cheng Yu-Ling Cheng is a Professor in the University of Toronto's Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Global Engineering. An outstanding researcher, leader and educator, Professor Cheng has won numerous awards in recognition of her pioneering research accomplishments and leadership in teaching, mentoring and curriculum development. An inspirational role model for women engineering students, she was recognized with the inaugural Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award from the U of T Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering. Currently, Professor Cheng is leading a team whose design for an alternative toilet for the developing world garnered recognition in Phase One of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
Sophie D'Amours Sophie D’Amours has made significant contributions to the optimization and transformation of Canada’s forest products industry by introducing state-of-the-art supply chain management practices. She founded and led two major national research initiatives (FORAC Consortium and the Strategic VCO Network) which provided the body of knowledge in industrial engineering needed to raise the industry’s competitiveness in a difficult business environment. Furthermore, she and her team provided the vision required to shift the industry’s business model from a volume -driven to a value-oriented model based on agility and innovation, and provided the decision support tools required to implement that vision.
Thomas Darcie Dr. Darcie has been a world-leading researcher, manager and entrepreneur for three decades. His research accomplishments include laying the foundation for fiber-optic access systems that are used in all modern cable television and telecommunications companies worldwide. He managed a large and diverse research organization in AT&T/Bell Labs leading innovation of numerous technologies that are in widespread use, including fiber-optic, photonic, Wi-Fi and 3G wireless systems and optical networks. As a professor and entrepreneur, in addition to managing a diverse research program, he recently raised the bar in industry-university collaboration by cofounding five new companies and creating a new program in which student entrepreneurs earn a Master’s degree while starting a new company in partnership with industry.
Gordon A. Fenton Dr. Fenton has made significant contributions to geotechnical engineering research in the area of risk assessment and probabilistic methods. He has pioneered (with D.V. Griffiths in the USA) a method of probabilistic analysis called the Random Finite Element Method. He is the co-author of two acclaimed textbooks on risk assessment and probabilistic methods in geotechnical engineering. Dr. Fenton is Canada's leading expert in the application of modern probabilistic methods to quantify risk in geotechnical engineering practice. His recent reliability-based contributions to the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code are predicted to save Canadians tens of millions of dollars every year.
Jean-Luc Fihey World-class researcher at Hydro-Québec, then professor and department director at ÉTS, promoted shortly after Director, Studies and Research, Jean-Luc Fihey has innovated throughout his career in specialized fields such as robotic welding and advanced materials. Recognized by MIT for his research in superconductivity, he is also a recipient of the R&D 100 award and OIQ MERITAS for major research contributions to the hydroelectric industry. Striving to apply research for industry, he promoted two large-scale innovations in robotic welding: Francis turbine runner assembling for China’s Three Gorges hydroelectric power plant and the construction of SM3 steel penstock in Quebec.
Simon Foo Dr. Foo has been instrumental in advancing engineering knowledge and practice through initiating and leading advanced technology development and transfer in structural engineering. His works on seismic risk mitigation of operational and functional components of buildings, blast protection of structures and sustainable construction practice are ground-breaking and have been adopted in standards worldwide. His contributions to dissemination of knowledge through extensive involvement in professional societies, organization of conferences and prolific publications have been exemplary. He received the Canadian Standards Association Award of Merit in 2010 for his leadership in fostering the development and advancement of standards in Canada and internationally. Paul Fortier Paul Fortier is a pioneer in the study of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) multicarrier systems and the first to characterize ultra-wideband channels in an underground mine. In addition, his work with Technologies Lyre (now Nutaq) on communication and signal processing systems helped the latter develop its SignalMaster product line now sold around the world. Finally, he has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching of engineering in the province of Quebec, developing several electrical and computer engineering training programs, and supervising 52 M.Sc and Ph.D. electrical engineering students in the field of telecommunications.
Rafik Goubran Dr. Rafik Goubran is a distinguished researcher with extraordinary contributions to the field of Digital Signal Processing and its applications to sensors, speech, audio and multimedia communications, biomedical engineering and healthcare. He is among a select group of engineering professors capable of producing highquality scientific research and taking the results to technology transfer and commercialization level, as shown by the important number of refereed publications and patents. He is also a gifted educator and accomplished administrator. Under his leadership as Dean of Engineering, new programs in biomedical engineering and renewable energy have been created. The rare distinction of being elected as Fellow of IEEE was conferred upon him in 2012.
Savvas G. Hatzikiriakos Dr. Hatzikiriakos is one of the most accomplished experimental rheologists in Canada and the world today. He is widely known as one of the pioneers of rheology who has brought new, innovative and challenging ideas to the field. He has developed unique worldclass expertise in the areas of polymer rheology, processing and surface science with a plethora of successful interactions and consulting activities with major companies (DuPont, ExxonMobil, Chevron). Two new companies were created in British Columbia based on his work. He is a true scholar, dedicated scientist, and a mentor of a number of successful professionals (he has graduated 15 PhD and 14 Master students). He has published over 200 technical papers (three best paper awards) and he has served the Canadian Society of Rheology as president.
Suong Van Hoa Dr. Suong Hoa has made tremendous contribution to the advancement of knowledge and applications of composite materials and structures. He has developed many new and novel composite materials and structures which exhibit outstanding performance. This has opened up new possibilities and applications. He has worked very closely with many aerospace companies in Canada and has contributed greatly to the advance in the use of composites. He has led many international initiatives which give inspiration to many young people in the field of composites.
R. Doug Hooton Douglas Hooton is a Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil Engineering and holds the NSERC/ CAC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability. Well known as an expert on both Cementitious Materials and Concrete Durability, he has been active in over 40 standards, technical, and code committees in North America and Europe, holding a number of leadership positions on these committees. Several new standard test methods and building code changes related to concrete durability in Canada and the U.S.A. have been developed or championed by him based on the results of his research.
Andrew K.S. Jardine Professor Andrew Jardine is an internationally recognized expert in engineering asset management whose research and teaching have impacted generations of reliability engineers and industry best practices around the world. As Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, he spearheaded its development into a world leader in academic/ industrial collaborations. Professor Jardine is Director of the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering, which is supported by a worldwide network of companies. He has published seven textbooks and more than 90 journal papers, commercialized several software packages, provided postgraduate training to dozens of research students, and offered training in physical asset management to industry professionals.
Mark Kortschot Mark Kortschot is Chair of the University of Toronto's Division of Engineering Science and a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. His research in the areas of carbon fibre composites, natural fibre composites and paper has resulted in 60 refereed journal publications and his engineering design work has resulted in four patents. Professor Kortschot received the Alan Blizzard Award for his role in the creation of the University of Toronto's Engineering Strategies and Practice course; the flagship course for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. A successful designer and entrepreneur, he co-founded Légère Reeds Ltd. and recently invented the Sole Skate, named one of TIME’s Top 10 toys of 2010.
Larry Kostiuk Dr. Kostiuk is recognized nationally and internationally for his engineering achievements in combustion. These include world leading research on industrial flares to create models that quantify emissions to guide operators and regulators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment from the 135 billion cubic meters of natural gas flared annually. He has also contributed fundamental research on flame physics. Dr. Kostiuk has provided effective service to the engineering profession through leadership roles in the NSERC Grant Selection processes, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, the Canadian Section of the Combustion Institute, and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (Fellow 2011). As Department Chair, Dr. Kostiuk demonstrated academic and educational leadership.
Leah Lawrence Leah Lawrence is a leader in advancing Alberta renewable energy projects. She was one of the founders of Climate Change Central, Canada's first public-private partnership on climate change and she formed her present company, Clean Energy Capitalists Inc., to facilitate commercialization of new energy technologies such as flare gas capture and commercialscale solar energy. As a long-time columnist in Oilweek, she is a thoughtful public commentator, combining forward-looking analyses of emerging technical and political trends with engineering pragmatism. Leah Lawrence was honoured to be elected as the 93rd President of APEGA, and is providing leadership to the engineering profession to better balance the inevitable tradeoffs between development and sustainability.
Alberto Leon-Garcia Alberto Leon-Garcia is the Distinguished Professor in Application Platforms and Smart Infrastructure at the University of Toronto and the Scientific Director of the NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure. He has conducted groundbreaking research in the areas of switch architecture and traffic management, the impact of which has been felt throughout the telecommunications industry, and spearheaded the creation of several unique educational programs in network engineering. Professor Leon-Garcia is the author of two highly influential textbooks which are used in universities throughout the world and have been translated into several languages. He is a Fellow of IEEE and the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Andreas Mandelis Professor Andreas Mandelis, of the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is a pioneer in several fields related to photonic, photoacoustic and photothermal engineering. Specifically, he pioneered the field of dental photonics through his development of a thermophotonic mid-infrared imaging technology with the ability to detect very early incidences of dental caries. Professor Mandelis is also the creator of Photocarrier Radiometry, a highly sensitive and nondestructive technique for detecting electronic defects in semiconductor-based devices such as solar cells. He is the founder of two companies based on these technologies and holds 26 patents. Professor Mandelis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received a Killam Research Fellowship in 2010.
Dougal McCreath As a pioneer, practitioner and leader, Dr. Dougal McCreath’s career distinguishes him for fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Engineering. His broad geotechnical expertise has been developed on over 150 projects in more than 10 countries. After moving to Laurentian University he was instrumental in leading the School of Engineering to the success it enjoys today, adding programs and quadrupling enrolment. He served on key Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panels concerning nuclear waste issues, exemplifying his commitment to achieving balance between technical development and environmental stewardship, and now acts as an Advisor to Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization. He has trained numerous graduate students, continues to consult, and has influenced professional practice through his 50+ papers.
Ged McLean After joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Gerard McLean quickly built an outstanding academic career that excelled in patentable innovations, award-winning teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration and student inspiration. Ged then moved to industry to found Angstrom Power. Angstrom built upon his UVic innovations/inventions to establish world-leadership in an emerging energy systems family of micro-scale fuelcells aimed at the mobile electric power niche, for such applications as mobile phones, lap top computers, and a growing plethora of handheld IT devices. To underscore McLean’s success, a major international company (BIC Inc) recently acquired Angstrom yet committed to leave the R&D team in North Vancouver.
Hausi A. Muller Hausi Muller is Associate Dean Research, Engineering and founder of Bachelor of Software Engineering, University of Victoria. He is an international expert in methods, models and tools for software engineering, program understanding, and self-adaptive systems. His research teams developed several well-known research tools including Rigi, a software understanding tool and SmarterContext, an infrastructure to manage context-aware systems that won 2011 IBM Canada Project of the Year Award. He was co-organizer of the 2005 event honoring 90 Pioneers in Computing in Canada. In 2001 he attracted the top international software engineering conference to Canada. He joined IEEE 1979 and is Chair of IEEE Technical Council of Software Engineering. He is most proud of his highly successful graduate students.
Panos Nasiopoulos Dr. Panos Nasiopoulos is presently the Director of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at UBC, a Professor with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Inaugural Holder of the Dolby Professorship in Digital Multimedia. Before joining UBC, he was the President of Daikin US (founder of DVD) and Executive VP of Sonic. He was voted as one of the most influential DVD executives in the world, and recognized as a leading authority on DVD and multimedia. Dr. Nasiopoulos is a registered Professional Engineer in BC and an active member of the Standards Council of Canada, MPEG and IEEE.
David Naylor Professor Naylor’s underlying philosophy is to understand the fundamental mechanisms of heat transfer based on measurements and numerical modeling. His innovative work on the thermal performance of windows and optimization of solar radiation has been incorporated within several industrial software packages. His pioneering development of an anti-icing system for gas turbines has been installed in almost 100 power plants across North America. A Past President of the Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics and Fellow, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, he has authored over 150 publications and a textbook on convective heat transfer. A superb mentor of young engineers, he has supervised over 150 undergraduate and graduate student researchers.
Maher Nessim Dr. Nessim has played a leadership role in introducing the use of probabilistic risk and reliability methods to the pipeline industry. His work has had foundational impact on engineering practice worldwide. He is the originator and designer of a risk-based integrity management software system that has been used by 30 pipeline operators on four continents, and the principal author of the reliability-based design and assessment Annex in CSA Z662. He is widely published, a significant contributor to technical committees and societies, and a two-time winner of the Pipeline Research Council International Distinguished Researcher Award.
John Douglas Pearson John Pearson is Hatch's Global Managing Director, Energy and a key leader of Hatch’s global business expansion. As former Managing Director of Systems, John piloted business and production control systems to smooth Hatch’s global expansion in Africa, Australia and South America. John has supervised the continuous upgrades of Hatch’s highly-modernized advancedcontrols. As a project manager or project sponsor, John managed the development of the Voisey's Bay Hydromet demonstration plant for Vale, and was the chairman of the engineering joint venture at Xstrata's $3.85-billion Koniambo nickel smelter in New Caledonia. Each of these projects feature innovative engineering and design. In December 2012 John was named one of the most inspiring engineers in Canada by Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. Through John's charity cycling initiatives, he has raised almost $1 million for childhood cancer.
Walter F. Petryschuk "The Mathematical Representation and Analysis of a Light Hydrocarbon Refining Network" authored in 1967 was a pioneering publication of modelling live chemical processes which led to a process control revolution in the petrochemical and process industries. Twenty-five years of professional involvement locally and nationally led to election as President, Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE). As a founder of the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, he has contributed to the cultural development of his community, recognized by selection to the Sarnia Mayor's honour list. He has been a lead contributor to the CAE’s book ‘Canada: Winning as a Sustainable Energy Superpower’ and has spoken and written extensively on key Canadian energy issues.
Catherine Rosenberg Catherine Rosenberg is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Waterloo and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet. She is an all round researcher, with significant contributions in industry and academia, in modeling and design of communication networks and energy systems. Particularly, she is a world expert in wireless networking. Her significant contributions to research and education as well as her technical leadership have been recognized internationally by numerous awards and honors. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Mohini Sain Dr. Mohini Sain is an innovator and entrepreneur who is motivated by a vision of a more environmentally sustainable future. He is a pioneer in using renewable raw materials to create and manufacture bio-plastics and nano-biocomposites with uncompromising end-use and environmental performance. His university-based research team covers the entire spectrum; from strategic fundamental research to market-driven applied research and commercialization. The spin-off companies from these activities create employment and teach entrepreneurship by example. With applications of his products in a number of manufacturing industries, including the automotive sector, Dr. Sain has forged strong links between university research and industry.
Tarek Sayed A professor at the University of British Columbia and Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Tarek Sayed is worldrenowned for his research on road safety analysis and evaluation. His work on proactive road safety management is being applied in several countries and considered by many as the future of road safety analysis. He has a number of prestigious awards including the appointment as a UBC Distinguished Scholar, the Award of Academic Merit from the Transportation Association of Canada, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Sandford Fleming Award and the ITE Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award.
Amir Shalaby In his capacity as Vice President, Power System Planning at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), Amir Shalaby has led the reestablishment of electric power system planning capability in Ontario. Since 2005, his leadership of Ontario's renewed thrust in electricity planning has successfully mapped Ontario's recovery from electricity scarcity to abundance, from threats of service interruption to reliable service, from a high carbon supply mix to a low carbon one, and from a low end use efficiency to a high end use efficiency. This represents a major contribution to Ontario's electricity sector, to the province's long-term economic fundamentals, and to Canada. Additionally, Amir Shalaby served for many years on the University of Toronto's Governing Council, and as a dedicated volunteer in his community.
Slobodan P. Simonovic Professor Slobodan Simonovic has made seminal contributions to the development of systems engineering approaches for the planning, designing and managing of complex water resources systems in the search for sustainable and robust physical and societal solutions, based on stakeholders’ value systems and ethical principles. He has utilized probabilistic and fuzzy simulation and optimization for addressing subjective and objective uncertainties in managing water resources systems. Moreover, Dr. Simonovic has contributed to the solution of complex reservoir operations problems; developed effective flood management measures; improved assessment of climate change impacts on local scales; and developed decision support for integrated water resources management. He is Fellow of CSCE, ASCE and IWRA.
Brent Smith Brent Smith has for almost twenty years carried significant responsibilities in the technically exacting nuclear power industry, at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. In addition to his "day job", he has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession through his extensive volunteer service, both provincially and nationally. In addition to leading numerous committees and high profile task forces, he was elected as President of Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick in 2005, and elected as President of Engineers Canada in 2011. He is respected by peers across Canada as a consummate professional and a progressive leader, and was recognized in 2008 as a Fellow of Engineers Canada.
Ramamritham Sridhar Dr. Sridhar has established a remarkable record of sustained contributions of excellence to the Canadian resource industry through research and development on the metallurgical processing of materials, to the teaching and training of engineers, and to the activities of technical societies. With 31 patents and over 60 publications including two text books, Dr. Sridhar has been eminently successful in the generation of new knowledge and the development of innovative processes and products within the metallurgical sector. As confirmed by awards from industrial and professional organizations, Dr. Sridhar’s pioneering achievements have significantly improved the operation of metallurgical and chemical plants within Canada and in countries overseas.
Christopher Tattersall Christopher Tattersall is an internationally recognized civil engineer and tunnelling expert. For over 30 years he has applied innovative design, state-of-the-art tunnelling technology, and team-building skills to help in the delivery of some of the most challenging infrastructure projects of the time, such as the English Channel Tunnel, Alaska’s Whittier Tunnel, and CN’s St. Clair River Rail Tunnel. The Whittier and St. Clair River tunnels both received the Schreyer Award, the most prestigious of Canadian engineering project awards. Chris and his teams have resolved numerous tunnelling challenges over his career including excavating the St. Clair River Tunnel within a metre of the river bottom.
Pierre François Tremblay Pierre Tremblay has been a pioneer throughout his career at Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and his introduction of innovative work practices has led to significantly improved quality and cost‐effectiveness of maintenance activities within OPG's nuclear fleet activities. His exceptional leadership in human performance methodologies resulted in a ten‐fold reduction in disruptive events in the fleet within a five year period, and in significant improvements in overall nuclear plant performance and availability.
Chris Twigge-Molecey For outstanding leadership in developing world-wide groups implementing principles of sustainability, environmental engineering and assessment for the mining and metallurgical sectors, and for his advocacy of university research, innovation and Green Mining. He is recognized internationally for his exemplary vision in formulating the thinking and application of sustainable development principles, project risk management, innovation and technology commercialization for the Mining and Metallurgical sectors within a global consulting environment.
Maja Veljkovic Maja Veljkovic is an exemplary Canadian Engineering leader. She has excelled in attracting and leading research & development teams in two distinct expertise areas: fuel cells and oilsands upgrading. As founding Director General at NRC's IFCI, she built a world class capability and fuel cell cluster. At Syncrude, she led a research consortium of industry, university, and government labs in an R&D program that created a novel spray systems to feed bitumen into fluidized bed cracking reactors. She led this large multidisciplinary team through conceptual design, spray and pilot testing. This innovation was commercialized at Syncrude and now by ExxonMobil worldwide. Maja's leadership and diplomatic skills carried through into her work as President of three national engineering organizations.
Lorraine Whale Lorraine Whale is an extremely distinguished and outstanding engineer with over 30 years of research, resource development and management experience in the hydrocarbon energy sector. Her involvement in engineering management has been at the highest level in an international setting. For close to a decade Lorraine managed the Royal Dutch Shell global research program for Oil Sands development, focussing on innovations for improving the cost effectiveness and reducing environmental footprint. She has spoken around the globe on this work. She has served on many not-for-profit boards within Canada. Lorraine is a superb mentor and contributes to the community through teaching and volunteering.
Dharma Wijewickreme Dr. Dharma Wijewickreme, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia, is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of geotechnical engineering. He gained 11 years of experience in consulting engineering practice prior to joining academia in 2001. His research activities, which are related to the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors, have been of global significance and have been used extensively. Specifically, his research on earthquake liquefaction of soils and on buried pipelines subject to ground movements has effectively and extensively contributed to advancement of knowledge, has been used in the development of design guidelines for practice, and has been applied to many engineering projects worldwide.
James Dwight Wilcox An engineer’s engineer, Jim Wilcox builds things—things that produce other things, from flour, to automobiles, to cement and, as Chief Warden Camp 1, to a sense of heritage in young engineers receiving their iron rings. During his Guelph and Toronto university years, Jim completed a Journeyman Machinist Apprentice program. From platforms at American Can, Procter & Gamble, St. Lawrence Cement, Maple Leaf Mills and Giffels Associates, he led innovations in computer-controlled manufacturing, including motor vehicle production line techniques adopted in both South and North America. In 2002 Jim was inducted into University of Toronto’s Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction.
Yiyan Wu Dr. Yiyan Wu is a principal research scientist at Communications Research Centre Canada. He is highly respected world-wide in broadcasting and consumer electronics industries for his research and standards development activities in digital TV/ HDTV and broadband multimedia communications. His research works on OFDM, OFDMA, and SFN have been adopted in digital TV transmission, equalization and transmitter identification systems. Dr. Wu has been awarded numerous prestigious awards and honours for his outstanding achievements, including Fellow of the IEEE (2001), Emmy Award 2009, The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012, and six IEEE best paper awards. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting and an Adjunct Professor of Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.