Understanding the Experience Requirements for Licensure
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
The Ottawa Chapter hosted a networking, licensure information session and LAP introduction event which was attended by 75 people at the Nepean Sportsplex. The LAP program director provided an introduction to the LAP program for prospective participants and guides. The guest speaker, Sami Lamrad, EIT, from PEO headquarters gave a presentation regarding the licensure process, covering the following topics:
Following the session, participants networked while enjoying refreshments.
New Members Night (Fall Session)
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
The Ottawa Chapter formally welcomed 34 new members to the profession at our summer installment of the New Members License Certificate Ceremony. Congratulations to all new members receiving their licenses that evening.
Individual new member photos can be found here
Saturday, November 28th, 2017
The most recent PEO Ottawa Chapter Sustainability Symposium took place on November 28th, 2017, featuring three presenters, followed by panel Q/A-discussions. The presenters were:
In addition to the speakers, there were two additional experts on the panel: Warren Abar, P.Eng., from iSolara Solar Power, and Aidan Foss., P.Eng., Ph.D. from ANF Energy Solutions Inc. The symposium ran from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm with a sell-out attendance of of 112. The These events are possible thanks to our members demand, Sustainability Committee members, volunteers, and the support of our Ottawa Chapter executive team.
Meeting with MPP Natalie Des Roches
Friday, November 17th, 2017
On Friday, Nov 17, 2017 the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Ottawa Chapter (oPEO) – Government Liaison Program (GLP) and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) – Political Action Network (PAN) sat down with MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers to discuss ways to support women in the Engineering profession.
The meeting touched upon several important initiatives: Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology (ANCWT), Women's Emergency Accommodation Centre (WEAC) submission to the Minister, and the Ontario's Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy (OWEES).
Learn more about ANCWT initiative.
Read more about the Submission to the Minister.
The OWEES report will be available on Example Date.
“This meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss the challenges women face in professional development and the opportunities that exist, however more needs to be done and therefore we would like to support this discussion at the provincial level.” - Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid, P.Eng. (PEO)
“One of the most positive takeaways from this meeting was a recommendation from MPP Des Rosiers. She offered to present a member's statement in the house highlighting women in engineering, the economic empowerment strategy, professional mentorship, OSPE's research / data, and challenges faced by women in the workplace.” - Kevin Wright, P.Eng. (OSPE)
Listen to the MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers present in Parliament of Ontario.
We would like to say a special a special thank you to OSPE for organizing this meeting and MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers for finding the time sit down with our PEO – GLP, which was designed to build an understanding between PEO and the Provincial Government.
Queens Park Day
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Representatives from the PEO Ottawa Chapter GLP attended the annual Queens Park Reception, which brought together GLP executive members across Ontario to meet with Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs). The Ottawa Chapter delegation consisted of Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid and Ved Proag; David Carter also attended. This was a great opportunity to meet with the more than 40 MPPs, 7 cabinet ministers and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynnelocal MPPs to learn more about other cities in Ontario, and to discuss current and future plans and engineering-related issues. This event included a bridge-building competition, where MPPs were paired with P.Eng delegates from PEO and challenged to design and build a bridge with the longest span possible. Congratulations to MPP Han Dong (Trinity-Spadina), Ved Proag (PEO Ottawa Chapter) and Elaine Cook (student, Western University) who won the competition with their entry which achieved a 70cm span.
OSPE E3 Event: Transport Canada
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Transport Canada (TC) hosted an Engineering Employment Event (E3) that connected Ottawa-area job seekers directly with TC managers seeking engineering professionals to fill multiple openings for both entry-level and management roles. The PEO Ottawa Chapter ran a booth at the event, to answer questions about licensure (a requirement for most of the positions) and discuss volunteer opportunities.
Saturday, July 29th, 2017
PEO’s Ottawa hosted a one-hour guided tour of the Diefenbunker, a four-story, 300-room, 100,000-square foot underground bunker meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of the Cold War between 1959 and 1961. The Diefenbunker was given National Historic Site status in 1994, and CFS Carp was closed the same year. The building opened as a museum and national historic site in 1997. The tour was very well attended with over 95 engineers, families and friends, and ended with a pizza lunch in the bunker's cafeteria.
ERC Interview Coaching Session
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
This successful event was held at the University of Ottawa (Colonel By building) with seven internationally trained engineers, EITs and LAP Guides participating in focused sessions with general guidance and specific strategies for preparing for the Experience Interview, part of the process toward licensure. The guest speaker was Branislav Gojkovic, P.Eng with 17 years of experience experience interviewing internationally trained engineers at ERC interviews; his insights and guidance were appreciated by the audience. Additional sessions will be planned for the future to meet the needs of internationally trained engineers in the Ottawa Chapter area seeking PEO licensure.
New Members Night (Summer Session)
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
The Ottawa Chapter formally welcomed 12 new members to the profession at our summer installment of the New Members License Certificate Ceremony. Congratulations to all new members receiving their licenses that evening.
Individual new member photos can be found here
Licensure Assistance Program Orientation
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
This event was the kick-off for the 2017 Licensure Assistance Program. The session was held at the RA Centre (Outaouais Room), where the assembled EITs and LAP guides enjoyed refreshments and networking, followed by a presentation by Adeilton Ribeiro, P.Eng from PEO Headquarters. The topics covered included details about the Engineering Intern Program, tips and suggestions to leverage the intern-guide relationship, and group activities, followed by an interactive Q&A session. Thanks to all participants and chapter volunteers (Damien Letendre, Sharon Barr, Gareth Wood and Feibi Xu).
Eastern Region GLP Academy
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
The Ottawa Chapter hosted his successful event, which was held at the Best Western Hotel. The full day session was attended by 20 GLP representatives form the Eastern Region, and featured training on GLP matters, presented by GLC representatives from PEO HQ, as well as presentation by Attorney General and MPP for Ottawa-Centre Yasir Naqvi.
Global Warming Entrepreneurship Challenge
Tuesday, May 25th, 2017
This Ottawa PEO Chapter entrepreneurship program event challenged engineers and students to innovate a solution which would quickly eliminate the very high level of CO2 in the atmosphere in a controllable, economic and environmentally friendly way. The event brought together local PEO members to an event reminiscent of a university lecture series to examine and discuss approaches to address the challenge of reducing existing CO2 in the atmosphere.
Six engineers and graduate students pitched their product ideas and solutions to a panel of six judges at the RA Centre on May 25th . Taking the challenge were Ahmed Sharoodi, PhD student and Mohammad Aghaji PhD; Brent Weatherall, Mathieu Tousignant, and Phillip Williams, PhD students of U Ottawa; David Carter and Sean Wilson, PhD students of U Ottawa, Sam Yakoub, PhD student of U Ottawa; Sushanth Sankaran P.Eng.; and Zachary Jacobson, statistician. Judges were Professor Anh Pham and Professor Mojtaba Ahmadi of Carleton University; Professor Stephen Daze of Ottawa University; Ms. Ivette Vera-Perez, Manager OCE; Mr. David Mann, inBay Technologies Inc.; and Ms. Camille Taylor, Golder Associates Ltd. A large audience was present at this event despite the raining evening and the Stanley Cup Playoff. Mr. David Carter and Mr. Sean Wilson proposed to convert CO2 to ethanol by high-selectivity electrochemical conversion using a Copper Nanoparticle/N-Doped Graphene Electrode. Mr. Ahmad Sharoodi and Dr. Mohammad Aghaji proposed Adsorption-based Air CO2 Capture & Application (ABACA) that captures and stores CO2 in a container that can be diffused into concrete making it a much stronger. Mr. Brent Weatherall, Mr. Mathieu Tousignant, and Mr. Phillip Williams proposed design of solar powered vertical algae farming using a woven Nylon membrane with a pore size of 10-180 μm used for algae retention. Mr. Zachary Jacobson proposed ocean fertilization with volcanic ash stimulating phytoplankton growth that will absorb CO2 from air, sequestering carbon and releasing oxygen. Mr. Sushanth Sankaran proposed electricity generation by piezo electric devices for joggers, walkers, and piezo blankets for highways (cars). Mr. Sam Yakoub proposed new tall towers with thousands of wind turbines to generate electricity and storing it as hydrogen, ethanol and others. The first prize winners of $500 were David Carter and Sean Wilson. The next two winners - tied for second place - were Ahmad Sharoodi and Mohammad Aghaji ($250); and Brent Weatherall, Mathieu Tousignant, and Phillip Williams ($250). Ottawa MPP Mr. Jack Maclaren awarded the prizes. The event was organized by Tapan Das, PhD, P.Eng., Chair of Chapter Entrepreneurship Program with assistance from Joe Podrebarac, P.Eng., Chair Ottawa Chapter, Ray Barton, PhD., Vitesse, and Omar Chaudhry, P. Eng, YP Data. Dr Bob Dony, PEO President sent greetings and best wishes for the competition. We arranged a meeting on June 28 with the competitors and resources including Startup Ottawa, Invest Ottawa and OCE to get their support for the competitors’ ideas.
Escape Room at the Museum of Nature
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Engineers and EITs were challenged to use their analytical skills to escape the Canadian Museum of Nature. A total of 15 members attended.
Once at the museum, participants were divided into 3 groups of 5. Each group was given cues and puzzles to solve. After cracking them, the 3 groups had to work as a team to find the final key to escape. Unfortunately, we did not escape but we were very close.
The debrief at the Lieutenant Pump’s was very insightful. In addition to a forensic analysis of the escape strategy, members generated ideas for future events, and a few expressed interest in engaging with the Chapter as a casual volunteer.
Licensure Assistance Program Networking Session & Workshop
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
This annual event, open to P.Eng. and EIT members, Engineering Students, and members of the engineering and technology community, features an introduction to the Licensure Assistance Program goals and structure. The event was held at the RA Centre (Canada Room) with over 75 participants. For 2017, a networking segment was added. Guest speakers Adeilton Ribeiro, P.Eng., and Sami Lamrad, EIT, from PEO headquarters provided an overview of the program and benefits to participants, and introduced the Ottawa Chapter LAP team. Many interactive sessions followed the formal presentations, where individuals shared their career paths, licensure experiences and PEO volunteer opportunities. . Thanks to all participants and chapter volunteers (Damien Letendre, Sharon Barr, Elie Abou-Zeid, Derek Chen and Feibi Xu).
Licensure Assistance Program Appreciation Dinner
Thursday, April 19th, 2017
In recognition of the contributions of all participants in the Ottawa Chapter 2016 Licensure Assistance Program, an appreciation event was held at Tuckers Marketplace. The event was attended by 16 LAP participants and featured dinner and networking, a feedback session for program enhancements and improved recruiting, and the presentation of gifts and certificates by representatives of PEO Headquarters (Sami Lamrad, EIT, and Adeilton Ribeiro, P.Eng.). Ottawa Chapter executive committee members Feibi Xu, EIT, Joe Podrebarac, P.Eng., and Sharon Barr, P.Eng.) also attended.
National Engineering Month 2017
Event: Mini-Maker Fair
Event: NRC Engineering Challenge: Mechanically Powered Launcher
Event: Carleton University career Networking Workshop
Event: University of Ottawa Workshop on PEO Licensure
Event: Carleton University Workshop on PEO Licensure
Event: Carleton University Engineering Challenge
Event: Engineering Structures Challenge
Event: University of Ottawa Career Networking Workshop
Take Your MPP to Work Day
Friday, February 3rd, 2017
The PEO Ottawa Chapter PEO Government Liaison Program hosted John Fraser, MPP (Ottawa South), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Health), at a Take Your MPP to Work Day event on February 3.
Hydro Ottawa’s Greg Clarke, P.Eng. and Jeff Young led a tour of the Chaudière Falls Expansion Site, located at 4 Booth Street. They visited the upstream and downstream areas as well as the inside of the powerhouse. This was an opportunity to showcase the new site and share a greater understanding of the engineering profession and the work that professional engineers do with Mr. Fraser.
Thanks to GLP Chair Sawsan Abdul-Majid, P. Eng. and GLP Vice Chair Ishwar Bhatia, P.Eng. for organizing this important and successful event.
New Members Night (Winter Session)
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The Ottawa Chapter formally welcomed 18 new members to the profession at our winter installment of the New Members License Certificate Ceremony. The ceremony was held at the RA Centre. The keynote speaker for the evening was Todd Storms who spoke on the subject of the "Elliot Lake Inquiry", along with the effects and recommendations that could have an impact on the Engineering Profession. Todd is a partner at Templeman Menninga LLP and head of the firms Construction and Corporate litigation department. Prior to joining Templeman’s, Todd practiced at International Law Firms in both Toronto and Ottawa. He has a wide range of litigation experience but focuses primarily on working with construction companies, architects, various trades, engineering firms, corporations, and municipalities with respect to their corporate and litigation needs.
Congratulations to all new members receiving their licenses that evening.
Individual membership photos can be found here.
SCES Carleton Resume Roast
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
On Nov 2, PEO Ottawa Chapter participated in a”Resume Roast” event, hosted by the Systems and Computer Engineering Society at Carleton University. A total of 6 student-submitted resumes were displayed before the audience of approximately 45 attendees and three panelists. The resumes were critiqued on form and content, with suggestions for changes and improvements so students could put their best foot forward when presenting themselves to prospective employers. A lively Q & A session followed, which included some sample technical interview questions. The SCESoc thanked panelists for "awesome participation and ruthless roasts….you have made the difference in a lot of students resumes and therefore in their career paths".
GLP Joint PEO / OSPE & QP Event
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Sawsan Abdul-Majid attended the PEO/OSPE joint Government Relations conference on October 26th at the Hart House (University of Toronto), and the Queens park reception. The morning report was quite fruitful where she had the opportunity to meet a number of members from PEO and OSPE, and some MPP delegates. From 8:30 to 4, there were a number of group discussions which proved to be quite useful. There was a reception with many MPPs, where there were a lot of take-away materials on how to approach the engineering profession. There were also topics on working effectively with our partner organizations with a focus on the development of strategies.
Entrepreneurship Anniversary Meeting
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
The Entrepreneurship Committee celebrated its 1 year anniversary with roughly 75 members in attendance. The committee showcased its achievements for the year, having 8 speakers giving talks on the topic of the need and importance of entrepreneurship. After finishing with invited speakers, a number of entrepreneurs were invited to the stage to speak to not only their enterprise, but also on how the committee has assisted them on their entrepreneurship initiatives to date. Following the talks by the entrepreneurs, there was a caking cutting with Ms. Marianne Wilkinson (Councillor Kanata North).
The Future of Chaudière Falls – Presentation and Viewing
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Over 60 Ottawa Chapter Members visited Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Expansion Project Office for a technical presentation on the major transformation and expansion of Ottawa’s oldest hydroelectric station. Energy Ottawa’s Franz M. Kropp, M.Eng, P.Eng., Director Generation, provided a thorough understanding of the approval process, design and construction of this impressive engineering project. The presentation was followed by a guided viewing of the site from a restricted vantage point.
Many thanks to Hydro Ottawa and Energy Ottawa for hosting Ottawa’s Professional Engineers.
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
PEO’s Ottawa hosted a one-hour guided tour of the Diefenbunker, a four-story, 300-room, 100,000-square foot underground bunker meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of the Cold War between 1959 and 1961. The Diefenbunker was given National Historic Site status in 1994, and CFS Carp was closed the same year. The building opened as a museum and national historic site in 1997. The tour was very well attended with over 111 engineers, families and friends (the best turnout yet), and ended with a pizza lunch in the bunker's cafeteria.
New Members Night (Summer Session)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
The Ottawa Chapter formally welcomed 15 new members to the profession at our summer installment of the New Members License Certificate Ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Carleton University. The keynote speaker for the evening was Richard Holder who spoke on the subject of the "City of Ottawa’s Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project". Chief for Light Rail Systems & Operation Integration with the Rail Implementation Office for the City of Ottawa, Richard has been with the City of Ottawa for thirteen years in various capacities from leading rehabilitation and reconstruction projects, to managing new construction in support of development.
Congratulations to all new members receiving their licenses that evening.
Individual membership photos can be found here.
National Engineering Month
Month of March / April 2016
Event: Ottawa Regional Science Fair Judging
Event: Global Engineering Youth Summit
Event: University of Ottawa Careers Networking Workshop
Professional Engineers Ontario Ottawa Chapter 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
As part of the agenda for the 56th AGM, 7 members formally received their P.Eng. licenses.
The Ottawa Chapter formally welcomed 7 new members to the profession at our 56th annual AGM which was held at Sala San Marco (Little Italy). The keynote speaker for the evening was Mark Abbott who spoke on the subject of the "Engineering Change Lab Animator ". Having obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree along with his Professional Engineering designation, Mark now supports the strategy and execution of all activities and projects of the ECL initiative after a numbers of years in consulting.
Congratulations to all new members receiving their licenses that evening.
Individual membership photos can be found here.
PEO Ottawa Sustainability Seminar-Workshop
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Individual membership photos be found here.
(Tuesday / Wednesday) June 2-3, 2015
LAP - Part 1
Part 1 of the "licensure Assistance Program", held on the second of June, focused on "Understanding of the experience requirements for licensure – Quality vs. Quantity". This part simed to address the following items:
Two consecutive presentations were made to a very packed room. The aim of the first presentation was to provide a basic grounding in the requirements for recording experience as an EIT, and to answer any difficult questions directed to the presenter.
If you'd like to have a review of the first presentation, please click here.
The second presentation was a seminar providing an overview of the Licensure Assistance Program and its benefits to Engineering Interns (EIT’s).
If you'd like to have a review of the second presentation, please click here.
LAP - Part 2
Part 2, which was held the following day, was strictly an invite for those registrants in the LAP database that had been matched to their appointed guides. Tracey Caruana provided the regular ‘Start-up’ meeting to introduce the Licensure Assistance Program 2015 for the Guides and Interns to meet and network in order to assist the pairings for the 6 month program. Tracey ran through some fun exercises to give everybody a great perspective on the skills required to meet the Licensure Assistance Program. This year we had 28 matches and we successfully managed to pair nearly everybody with their equivalent discipline.
If you'd like to have a review of the PEO Licensure Assistance Relationship document, please click here.
Thursday May 14, 2015
On May 14th, 2015, "Enable Ottawa" held its first seminar in Ottawa to highlight the challenges presented to all of us when considering the improvements required for people with impaired abilities growing up, working, and living in modern society: it elaborated on how engineering, industrial design, and technology, can help and improve the lives of these people for a more equitable and fair society.
For a more in depth look of the "Enable Ottawa" seminar and what transpired from it, please click here.
Wednesday April 8, 2015
PEO Ottawa Chapter held its annual Student Papers Night at Sala San Marco on April 8, 2015. It’s a friendly competition between the Engineering 4th year undergraduates from the Universities of Ottawa and Carleton; two groups from each University present their technical papers, which is adjudicated by judges selected from the engineering community at large. The evening presents an opportunity for the engineering students to compete in a technical forum, to exercise their skills in public speaking and to defend the technical substance of their papers. The Ottawa Chapter contributed $1,000 in prizes and awarded the following recipients based on the following categories:
The winner of the Tom Folkes trophy was: University of Ottawa.
The Chapter would like to thank Kim Allen, FEC, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Canada and George Thomas, P.Eng., Principal of DST Consulting Engineers, and Alan (Al) Perks, P.Eng, of R.V.Anderson for volunteering as judges for the evening. The Chapter would also like to thank the following for their support, hard work and dedication: Honorary Chair Nancy Schepers, P.Eng., Executive Advisor Light Rail for the City of Ottawa; former Student Papers Committee Chair Wayne Bennett. P.Eng., of the City of Ottawa (retired); current Committee co-Chairs: Fraser Smith, P,Eng., of the City of Ottawa; and Frank Hendriksen, P.Eng., of Morrison Hershfield.
The Chapter would like to recognize the following professors and staff members for their support of this event:
Congratulations to all winners!
Tuesday March 31, 2015
As part of the agenda for the 55th AGM, 22 members received their P.Eng. licenses.
Individual new member photos can be found here.
Month of March 2015
Event: Ottawa Regional Science Fair Judging
Location: Carleton University
Date: Saturday (March 28), 9-1 pm
The Ottawa Chapter PEO continued its support of local science students by sponsoring, judging, and awarding prizes to local recipients. Student projects were judged on their practical application of scientific principles, creativity, and enthusiasm in the presentations.
Event: Aviation Museum "Build a Catapult"
Location: Aviation Museum
Date: Saturday (March 7), Sunday (March 22), 10-4 pm
PEO volunteers assisted kids and their parents in building and testing catapults using basic materials. Kids were encouraged to design their structure for performance and durability. All participants received National Engineering Month souvenirs.
Event: University of Ottawa Careers Licensure Workshop
Location: University of Ottawa
Date: Thursday (March 19), 11:30-1:30 pm
This workshop intended to provide participants with knowledge and skills to successfully complete the requirements for licensure in the Province of Ontario. This included the application, EIT, experience record, etc. Participants met individuals from the local PEO Chapter and Professional Engineering volunteers, who offered valuable and friendly advice. Participants also learned more about the purpose and value of getting licensed and helped them set future goals and objectives. The presenters and volunteers offered their experience and advice to engineering students looking beyond graduation.
Event: University of Ottawa Careers Networking Workshop
Location: University of Ottawa
Date: Thursday (March 12), 11:30-1:30 pm
Building your career in today's market requires focus and inside knowledge of the marketplace. Key individuals from the local PEO Chapter offered advice and tools for engineering students planning for summer jobs or work after graduation. Engineers enter the Profession from many different positions and a variety of career opportunities were discussed in this open forum. Professional Engineering volunteers shared their experience with students and provided guidance in planning their career after graduation.
Event: Carleton University Lunch Workshop on PEO Licensure
Location: Carleton University
Date: Tuesday (March 10), 11:30-1:30 pm
Jeannette Chau from PEO Headquarters presented the topic of PEO Licensure, and the steps necessary to become a Professional Engineer following graduation. Boxed lunches were available and a question/answer session followed.
Event: Carleton University National Engineering Month (NEM) Opening Ceremonies
Location: Carleton University
Date: Monday (March 9), 5:30-7:30 pm
PEO past-chair John Hazel provided the keynote speech to open National Engineering Month at Carleton University. Following the presentation, PEO volunteers and engineering students mingled and discussed relevant topics, in particular, promotion of the Engineering profession.
Thursday February 26, 2015
The top teams from 15 schools participated in the finals of this challenge on February 26th, 2015 with 5 teams earning prizes kindly provided from the Ottawa Chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
For more information on the happenings of the challenge DROP event, please click here.
Sunday February 15, 2015
Celebrating one of the coldest months of the year as part of Winterlude, the PEO Ottawa Chapter participated in Natural Resources Canada's special science fair, where scientists, researchers and engineers from various labs and government organizations/partners offered fun and fascinating science activities, experiments, displays and demonstrations. Over 300 people visited the PEO Ottawa's hands-on design booth, to gain first-hand experience of how science and technology affect everyday life.
Monday February 9, 2015
On February 9th, OSPE CEO Sandro Perruzza hosted a Town Hall meeting in the Novotel in Ottawa, where he presented OSPE's new strategic plan and wanted to hear our thoughts about OSPE's future and how OSPE can better serve engineers and the profession. The Town Hall was followed by a joint OSPE and oPEO Chapter social. Over forty attendees enjoyed light refreshments and networking.
Wednesday February 4, 2015
The PEO Ottawa Chapter hosted a sold-out seminar presented by Tracey Caruana, P.Eng., EIT Program Coordinator, from PEO headquarters. The seminar included a presentation on the process and steps to transition through internship to fully licensed professional engineer, as well as an interactive Q&A session.
As a precursor to our Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) for 2015, the Ottawa PEO chapter decided to host an event that would inform new hopefuls of the route to obtaining licensure as P.Eng. We were joined by Tracey Caruana from PEO HQ who took us through the Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) and attempted to answer a variety of questions.
The response for the event surpassed our original estimates and clearly there is a need on a yearly basis to schedule an ongoing event. Our apologies go out to those people who could not subscribe in time, in the end we had nearly 100 people attend and had standing room only.
As a result we will be having another event in May which will lead directly leading into the next Licensure Assistance Program for 2015. Those not able to subscribe last time will get some advance notice. Date and time will be announced through PEO Ottawa website and @OttawaPEO. This time we are hoping to get a licensing expert up from PEO to answer those particularly obscure and challenging questions.
If you would like to have a look at the "EIT Presentation", please click here.
Tuesday February 3, 2015
The PEO Ottawa Chapter Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) pairs Engineering Interns (EITs)with licensed experienced practitioners, for assistance and advice towards obtaining licensure. The 2014 program was inaugurated in June, and the closing and recognition event was held at the Fox & Feather pub on Elgin Street on Feb 3. Program participants shared their experiences from the six-month program, provided feedback and enjoyed refreshments. The volunteer guides received recognition plaques for generously sharing their time and insights. Tracey Caruana, P.Eng., EIT Program Coordinator, attended to present the awards and thank all participants.
Thursday January 29th
SPAC is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals by offering students a unique opportunity to network with professionals and academics representing the field of Engineering. Over 175 local students from the engineering and computer science streams at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College attended the event which has been organized by the IEEE Student Branches of the 3 institutions for the past 8 years. OPEO volunteers attended the event to discuss student volunteer opportunities at the chapter, as well as explain the EIT program to third and fourth year engineering students.
Saturday January 24th
Strat 24 is a multidisciplinary 24-hour academic case competition for Management and Engineering students to collaborate and create an innovative solution to a real world problem. Teams of 4 students work for 24 hours to prepare a case solution for the chance to win $4000. The PEO Ottawa Chapter provided two judges to narrow down the 10 teams of 4 students to two finalists. A cocktail network session followed the event.
The PEO Ottawa Chapter presents two annual scholarships to Grade 12 students accepted into an accredited engineering program, and is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, exemplary community service, and a passion for advancing the well-being of society through the engineering.
Congratulations to our 2014 oPEO Scholarship winners, Richard Matthews and Daniel Harrold, both of whom will be pursuing engineering studies at the University of Waterloo.
Saturday November 29th
The 7th Annual First Lego League Ottawa Regional Tournament was held at All Saints High School. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children with two adult coaches participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. This tournament brought together 15 teams from across Ottawa from Grades 4 to 8 to showcase their solutions. PEO volunteers served as judges at this fun and interactive event.
Friday November 28th
The University of Ottawa's Faculty of Engineering undergraduate program review by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) was held from November 27 to 29, covering five programs of study: chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and software engineering. Two members of the CEAB Visit Team (Galal Abdelmessih, FEC, PMP, P.Eng., and Berta Krichker, FEC, M.Eng., P.Eng.) met with PEO Ottawa Chapter representatives to discuss issues such as interactions with student societies, and presentations to students on the engineering profession. The chapter wishes to thank Dean Lague and Vice-Dean Turcotte for facilitating this productive and enlightening session.
Wednesday, November 26th
We held a talk and New Members Night on 2014-11-26, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
Nancy Hill gave an excellent talk about Intellectual Property and how to protect it. Approximately 70 people attended, and 28 certificates were presented. Individual new member photos can be found here .
Wednesday November 5, 2014
This year, the Seminar/Workshop will focus on methodology of assessing existing - buildings, bridges, roads, advances in building Envelope Technologies, and impact of Climate Change on our Infrastructure. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion. The Chapter invite following experts:
The seminar was attended by 91 members with participants fully energized for in-depth methodology of assessing existing - buildings, bridges, roads, advances in building Envelope Technologies, and impact of Climate Change on our Infrastructure issues and discussions for approximately five hours.
Wednesday October 8 & Friday October 17, 2014
PEO Ottawa Chapter visited two schools recently, to participate in a Career Day workshop. We visited the Grade 10 class of Ms Head on Friday October 17 at Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Orleans, where an overview of engineering was presented, followed up with an interactive session solving logic puzzles to explore styles of critical thinking. On October 8, we visited Algonquin College for an open session on the evolution of the Internet and networking, as well as a discussion on careers and trends in the local high-tech industry.
Date:Thursday, October 9
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The presentation is 1 hour followed by a question and answer period and will provide information from OSPE's energy advocacy studies, including:
Natural gas prices and their impact on nuclear
Interest rates and their impact on nuclear
Growing fleet of wind turbines and their impact on nuclear
Load following requirements and the impact on nuclear
Public safety concerns - used fuel repository, reactor accidents
Cost and schedule over-run experience on recent projects
Large capital requirements and corporate risk
Visit www.ospe.on.ca/events/event_details.asp?id=434668&group= for more details and to register.
Saturday October 4, 2014
PEO Ottawa Chapter setup a booth at CFB Uplands Fall Fest to demonstrate some basic engineering principles to local military families and their children. Volunteers are encouraged the kids to build a simple catapult using basic materials such as: plastic spoon, popsicles sticks, elastics, and clothespins. They tested their catapult using a small ball or object. All material is provided by PEO Ottawa Chapter.
Up to 1000 individual participated in this event. PEO Chapter also displays some education outreach promotional material from PEO Headquarters and answered questions about the profession.
Thursday August 28, 2014
The Ottawa Chapter and OSPE co-hosted a guided tour of the Bational Arts Centre, one of the largest performing arts facilities in Canada at at 1,158,000 sq ft. The NAC works with thousands of artists, both emerging and established, from across Canada and around the world, and collaborates with dozens of other arts organizations across the country, Opened in 1969, the facility was named by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium, and is a designated National Historic Site. The knowledgeable guides brought the 50 tour participants behind and underneath the four stages, and throughout the hexagonal themed spaces for a unique behind-the-scenes perspective.
Thursday August 28, 2014
This informal social event was the second social pub night co-hosted by the PEO Ottawa Chapter and OSPE at D'Arcy McGees Pub, 44 Sparks Street, Ottawa. A total of over 60 engineers attended the event, socializing, networking and enjoying tasty snacks and drinks. The event followed he Behind the Scenes tour of the NAC, and ran until 9 PM.
Saturday August 16 & Sunday August 17, 2014
The fourth Ottawa Maker Faire connects creative people from all across the region in a celebration of the DIY spirit. Co-presented by Artengine and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation,
this family-friendly event brought together 2000 creative participants from across the spectrum of technology: robot makers, 3D printer hobbyists, engineers, and aviation specialists joined knitters, woodworkers, and solderers to put on an expo that inspired and entertained in a celebration of arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, sustainability, and science. The PEO Ottawa Chapter provided four volunteers who assisted DIY enthusiasts of all ages with their creations.
Sunday July 27, 2014
The Ottawa Chapter and OSPE co-hosted a one-hour guided tour of the Diefenbunker, a four-story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear, between 1959 and 1961. The Diefenbunker was given National Historic Site status in 1994, and CFS Carp was closed the same year. The building opened as a museum and national historic site in 1997. The tour was attended by over 90 engineers and their family and friends, and ended with lunch in the bunker's cafeteria.
Thursday July 17, 2014
This informal social event was a co-hosted by the PEO Ottawa Chapter and OSPE at Clocktower Market Pub, 89 Clarence Street, Ottawa. A total of over 40 engineers attended the event, socializing, networking and enjoying delicious food and drinks. The event ran from 5 - 10 PM, and was attended by OSPE's Past Chair and Acting CEO, Paul Acchione, P.Eng., who mingled with the groups at each table. A good time was had by all, and future social events will follow.
Friday June 27, 2014
The Ottawa Chapter hosted two one-hour tours of R.W.Tomlinson's ready-mix concrete and asphalt production site and quarry located at 635 Jinkinson Side Road, Stittsville, ON. A total of 55 people attended the two tours. The tours consisted of a walk-through of the concrete-producing operations and a bus ride through the limestone quarry showcasing the production of granular matter and asphalt production. The Ottawa Chapter would like to thank all the Tomlinson's staff for the warm reception and informative presentations. For more information on R.W.Tomlinson, please visit their website at: http://www.tomlinsongroup.com/
Wednesday June 25, 2014
The Ottawa Chapter welcomed 18 new members to the profession at our summer installment of the New Members License Certificate Ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Museum of Science and Technology. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Roger Woodhead, currently serving as the LRT Confederation Line’s Design Manager and past Technical Director for the Canada Line Rapid Transit Project and Quality Systems Manager for the Vancouver SkyTrain Millennium Line. The topic of discussion was: “From the Stone Age to Smart Phones: Lessons Learned in Design Management" - a review of Dr Woodhead's experiences on various engineering projects around the world. This event was attended by approximately 65 people, with 22 engineers receiving their license certificates. Light refreshments were served in the Museum's Locomotive Room. Congratulations to all new members receiving their licenses that evening.
Wednesday June 25, 2014
“The Vision of Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) (former Mentorship Program) is to contribute to the development of individuals who adhere to the highest standards of engineering practice, and are capable of assuming leadership roles within their companies and communities.”
The goal of the PEO Ottawa Chapter Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) is to provide a one on one opportunity for less experienced members, Engineering Interns (EITs), to receive the valuable knowledge from well experienced licensed professionals, P.Engs/Guides, which helps them along the way of acquiring their licensure. The inaugural event for the 2014 program was held at the Ottawa RA Centre (Outaouais Room) on Riverside Drive, where the 26 attendees were enjoyed refreshments and were paired as interns and guides to align both geography and engineering disciplines. Tracey Caruana, P.Eng., EIT Program Coordinator, attended to explain the program and answers questions from participants as they embarked on the six-month program of guidance and support toward licensure.
Friday June 13, 2014
Over forty engineers enjoyed spectacular views of the city, live entertainment and delicious food. The three hour cruise provided a unique view of Ottawa's top attractions from a different perspective: Parliament Buildings, the Prime Minister's residence, the Museum of History, the American Ambassador's residence, and much more. OSPE was thrilled to meet members of the Ottawa engineering community, and to see fellow engineers networking with one another.
Monday May 27, 2014
Dan Gagliardi, P. Eng., attended the May Chapter Executive Meeting as a special guest with his daughters Brenna and Camryn. Mr Gagliardi described first-hand his experiences when the family home was struck by lightning and caught fire during a flash storm on April 13th. The Community Association and fellow engineers were on hand to assist as the home was repaired. The story was covered by CTV news: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/barrhaven-family-surveys-the-damage-after-lightning-sparks-a-house-fire-1.1775756. The chapter executive would like to thank Mr Gagliardi for sharing his experiences and participating in this community outreach initiative.
Monday May 27, 2014
PEO Ottawa Chapter, OSPE & the Kanata Kareer Group co-hosted a Greater Ottawa Knowledge Workers All-Candidates Debate within the Hi-Tech Kanata region of the Carleton Mississippi Mills (CMM) Riding. The session was held at the Vitesse Reskilling facilities, starting with light refreshments and networking, followed by a moderated debate where candidates were asked pre-determined questions, followed by open questions from the floor. A total of almost 50 attended the event in person, with additional participants connected via web meeting and teleconference. The panelists were:
Saturday May 24, 2014
The Solar Sprint competition is an annual event open to all grade 6, 7 and 8 students attending Ottawa-area schools. Students have to design and build at least one vehicle that will complete a 20-meter long race (run in a straight line) as fast as possible. The school team whose vehicle is the top finisher in a series of head-to-head races is the winner. The Solar Sprint Competition is designed to introduce students to technology as a means to help the environment. Students will investigate solar power as an alternate source of energy for the race cars they design. It is hoped that in doing so, they will gain a better appreciation for not only solar power, but also the design efficiencies necessary to make the most of this free, clean, source of energy. This year’s event was held Sat May 24th at Jack Donohue Public School 101 Penrith Street, Kanata, with three members of the Ottawa Chapter serving as volunteer judges. See http://ottawaschoolssolarsprint.com/about/ for more information.
Sunday May 4, 2014
PEO Ottawa Chapter and OSPE once again hosted its annual Family Fun Day at Leisure Centre and Wave Pool, 70 Aird Place, Kanata on Sunday May 4, 2014. The event proved to be very popular this year with a total of 83 members and families attending. The wave pool was enjoyed by children and adults alike, and a lunch was provided afterwards. Many thanks to all volunteers and the City of Ottawa staff for their courteous service.
Sunday May 4, 2014
PEO Ottawa Chapter and OSPE once again hosted its annual Family Fun Day at Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Road, Orleans on Sunday May 4, 2014. This was the first time the event was extended to the east end of Ottawa, with 27 members and families attending. Participants enjoyed a wave swim and socializing during lunch. Many thanks to all volunteers and the City of Ottawa staff for their courteous service.
Saturday May 3, 2014
Present around the World (PATW) is the IET’s (Institution of Engineering & Technology) presentation competition for students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals aged 18 to 26. Competitors are asked to give a presentation for 10 minutes on a subject related to engineering and technology, and to answer questions for a further five minutes. The prizes are (the local equivalent of) £150 for the winner and £100 for the runner-up. The winner and runner-up of the Local Networks (LNs) Heat also receive one year’s free student or associate level membership of the IET. The winner will also qualify for the later stages of the worldwide competition, which offer greater prize money and the opportunity to travel. The Ottawa Chapter collaborated with the IET to provide judges for this exciting and well-attended event.
Thursday April 24th, 2014
Each year, the Canada Science and Technology Museum Foundation gathers a growing network of individuals and organizations for a fun and relaxed gala to support the cause of preparing the next generation ofscientists, advancing science literacy, and extending the Museum’s fascinating science programs to underprivileged youth in our community. The Ottawa Chapter has enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with the Canada Science & Technology Museum, and a delegation of six engineers attended the event on behalf of the chapter to network with over 400 community leaders to explore new and innovative outreach opportunities.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
PEO Ottawa Chapter and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)proudly presented tour of the GasTOPS facilities at 1011 Polytek Street in Ottawa. GasTOPS, founded in 1979, designs, manufactures and supports advanced machinery fluid sensing and analysis products, as well as a range of specialized technical and engineering services to assist in the design, development and in-service support of machinery control, monitoring and maintenance systems. GasTOPS solutions are found in critical rotating machinery such as gas turbine engines in aviation, marine, power generation and gas compression applications, diesel engines in marine and railway applications and gearboxes in aviation, marine and industrial applications. The one-hour tour provided an in-depth view of hoe GasTOPS designs and manufactures its product line, and was enjoyed by all participants. The Ottawa Chapter wishes to thank GasTOPS for hosting this informative tour.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
PEO Ottawa Chapter held a Student Papers Night. It was held on April 08, 2014 at SALON SAN MARCO. The PEO Ottawa Chapter contributed $1000 in prizes for the top University of Ottawa and Carleton University engineering student papers.
The following papers were prize recipients:
Best Overall Presentation
Cable Stay Bridge, Carleton University
Best Technical Content
Multi Junction Solar Cell Sun Lab, University of Ottawa
Best Innovation & Creativity
Polymeric Microscopic Extruder, University of Ottawa
Best Social/Environmental Sustainability
Central Nervous System Rehabilitation, Carleton University
Congratulations to all winners!
April 5, 2014
The Ottawa Chapter was proud to be a sponsor of the Ottawa Regional Science Fair (ORSF) held 2014-04-05. About 350 students from 40 schools participated, with over a thousand attendees. With hundreds of exhibits to review, judging was challenging but rewarding.
We awarded our 5 $100 prizes, to each of the following:
Daniel McInnis, for "Picture This!: A Low-Cost 3D Medical Scanner" (Senior Innovation). This high resolution (0.06mm) but low cost (~$200) scanner was made from 3D printed parts designed by Daniel.
Katherine Montgomery & Caroline Ankenmann, for "BREX" (Intermediate Innovation). This robotic arm can reach out, rotate, and release your parking garage slip into your car, for the benefit of people with physical limiations.
Jean Christophe Costisella & Étienne Galdreault, for "Une promenade sur l'énergie" (Intermediate Energy). Their device converts the energy of people stepping on their button, to electricity.
Jared Poole, for "Lending a Helping Arm" (Junior Innovation). Jared's plywood muscle-assisting prototype was inspired by Ironman.
Madeline Cribb, for "A Slice of Raspberry Pi" (Junior Innovation). Madeline's Python software on her Raspberry Pi microcomputer samples barometric pressure, to decide whether the weather is bad enough. If so, it sets off your alarm early, giving you extra travel time when you need it.
Friday April 4th, 2014
Articulating Your Engineering Experience for P.Eng Licensing was held on Friday April 4th 2014, at Vitesse Re-Skilling Canada, 359 Terry-Fox Drive, Kanata; Suite 210.
Tuesday March 11, 2014
This event was co-sponsored by PEO Ottawa chapter and OSPE.The provincial government has jurisdiction over many aspects of employment and training. Our members take advantage of provincially-funded programs like Employment Ontario but are these a good fit for professionals (like engineers or computer scientists)?
Our representative at Queen’s Park is Jack MacLaren, MPP for Carleton – Mississippi Mills, himself an engineer. Meeting was an opportunity for us to understand Jack’s position on employment issues and to provide input that might influence government programs and policies in the future.
K'NEX Challenge at Science and Tech Museum Saturday March 8, 2014
PEO Fun with K'Nex.
K'NEX Challenge at Science and Tech Museum was held on Saturday March 8, 2014.The Ottawa Chapter PEO booth featured K'Nex kits to challenge kids to design and then build various structures to win great prizes. Our chapter judges evaluated the finished structures and devices for creativity in form and function, and awarded almost a dozen prizes.
University of Ottawa Lunch and Learn Wednesday March 6, 2014
Two Lunch and Learn sessions were held at the University of Ottawa to connect engineering students with practicing professionals. About 30 students from all engineering disciplines attended the sessions with volunteers from the PEO Ottawa Chapter and the Institute of Engineering & Technology. In this interactive networking session, students heard each volunteer tell their story, as well as lessons learned, career path options and a variety of other topics. A lunch was served, which allowed informal discussions to continue after the presentations.
Carleton University Lunch and Learn Wednesday March 5, 2014
An informal Lunch and Learn networking session was held on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Carleton University. About 25 students from all engineering disciplines gathered to hear about the experiences of volunteer P. Eng.’s from the Ottawa Chapter during the session held in the River Building at Carleton University. After the presentations, there was a lively Q & A session, covering such topics as career paths, ethics & safety and industry trends.
KAPLA Challenge at Aviation Museum Sunday March 2, 2014
KAPLA Challenge at Aviation Museum was held on Sunday March 2, 2014. Participants were challenged to design and assemble a structure or device using Kapla blocks, showing creativity in form and function. Over 70 enthusiastic children of all ages participated, demonstrating creativity and innovation to the Ottawa Chapter judges. Prizes were awarded to the best structures throughout the day, and a final prize was drawn at the end of the event.
Thursday February 27, 2014
PEO Ottawa and the National Research Council Canada pair up to bring an engineering design challenge to students in Grades 5-7. Students are asked to design, build, and test a mechanically powered launcher.
Tuesday, February 26, 2014
The 54th Annual General Meeting was presented on Feb.26th 2014 at Hilton Lac Leamy, 3 Boulevard du Casino in Gatineau. Approximately 140 participants including our members, families, friends and other professionals were joined us for a great evening of networking, PEO business, new PEO member certificate presentation ceremony, and an interesting keynote speaker.
Agenda Professional Engineers of Ontario Ottawa Chapter 54th Annual General Meeting Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Hilton Lac Leamy Conference Centre
5:30 pm - Chair’s Reception and Networking
6:00 pm - Chair’s Welcome and Business Meeting
6:30 pm - Discussion and Q&A
6:40 pm - Chapter Executive for 2014
7:00 pm - Grace and Reflections, Dinner
7:30 pm - Keynote Speech: Marc Garneau, C.C.,CD,Ph.D.,F.C.A.S.I.,MP
How Engineering Prepared Me for My Different Careers
Biography: After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from RMC Kingston, Marc completed a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. He went on to study at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. As a Naval Officer, Marc served as a Combat Systems Engineer in HMCS Algonquin, and rose to the rank of Captain before retiring from the Navy in 1989.
On October 5, 1984, Marc became the first Canadian to fly in space as part of a NASA Shuttle Mission, and went on to fly in two more shuttle missions logging more than 670 hours in space. He served as President of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2005,
Marc was Chancellor of Carleton University and served as a member of Ontario’s Executive Committee on Transboundary Air Pollution. He is a member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003.
Elected to the House of Commons in 2008 as the Member of Parliament for Westmount–Ville-Marie, Marc has served as critic for Industry, Science and Technology, critic for Natural Resources, and House Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
8:30 pm - Break
8:40 pm - New Members Certificate Ceremony
9:15 pm - Distinguished Service Awards
9:30 pm - Introduction of Candidates for 2014 PEO Elections
9:55 pm - Adjournment
Friday November 29, 2013
The Ottawa Chapter hosted two one-hour tours of R.W.Tomlinson's ready-mix concrete and asphalt production site and quarry located at 635 Jinkinson Side Road, Stittsville, ON. A total of 100 people attended the two tours. The tours consisted of a walk-through of the concrete-producing operations and a bus ride through the limestone quarry showcasing the production of granular material, with emphasis on the many sustainability aspects of the site. Unfortunately, asphalt production at this location had shut down for the winter the previous week, but there are plans of conducting this tour again in late spring 2014. The Ottawa Chapter would like to than Francis Brazeau, Ryan Andre, Aime Larochelle and many others from Tomlinson's staff for the warm reception and informative presentations. The Chapter would also like to extend a very special thank-you to Executive Vice-President Bert Hendriks for personally conducting the tours. For more information on R.W.Tomlinson, please visit their website at: http://www.tomlinsongroup.com/
Thursday November 28, 2013
This year, the Sustainability seminar and panel discussion focussed on Nuclear Reactors and Nuclear Waste Management Technologies Issues and Solutions. The Chapter invited the following experts:
The seminar was attended by 125 members with participants fully energized for in-depth nuclear issues and discussions for approximately five hours.
April 25, 2013 & November 25, 2013
The oPEO mentorship committee was proud to have 18 Mentors and 24 Mentees as the 2013 oPEO mentorship program participants. The mentorship orientation session was held on April 25th, 2013 at Nepean Sportplex where attendants included 9 mentors and 21 mentees, the mentorship committee members and chapter executives, Emily Sabo (former EIT Coordinator at PEO HQ).
Throughout the six months term of the program, participants' feedback were gathered in order to identify the challenges that the program has been faced on delivering its intended services. Among them, the major obstacle on getting the most out of the program was for the EITs who have not being employed with an engineering type of work as to fulfill one of the licensing requirements. While the program focus is to help EITs with their licensing, as it was requested by the mentors and the mentees, the above concern were brought to the PEO HQ attention. Other than that, the program, with a great help of dedicated mentors, were evaluated by some of our mentees/EITs as successful in its intended goals.
On November 25th, 2013 the chapter hosted the closure event, Mentor Appreciation Night, where our Mentors have been granted a PEO Certificate of Acknowledgment for their valuable contribution to professional development of our engineering society.
The 2013 mentorship committee members were included; Nasrin A. Kajouri (Director) Pierre Legault (Chair), and Gareth Wood (Member).
Wednesday November 20, 2013
The Ottawa Chapter welcomed 18 new members to the profession at our fall installment of the New Members License Certificate Ceremony. The ceremony was held on Wednesday November 20 at the Museum of Science and Technology. Our keynote speaker for the evening was Paul Acchione, P.Eng., the current Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). The topic of discussion was: “Engineering Skills Shortage – Fact or Fiction” - a review of a labour market survey on recent trends of new engineers finding adequate and acceptable employment, as well as recent trends of employers finding skilled and adequately-trained workers. This event was attended by approximately 85 people. Congratulations to all new members receiving their licenses that evening.
A set of thumbnails of the photos, with links to full size images (about 6M-12M per full sized) can be found
October 19 and 20, 2013
The Ottawa Chapter and the Institution of Engineering and Technology organized two activities during National Science and Technology Week at the Science and Technology Museum and the Aviation and Space Museum. Over 200 children and their parents participated over the two events making wonderful and truly inspired creations:
August 15-16, 2013
The OCSPE coordinated with engineers from PEO Ottawa Chapter to volunteer on Sandy relief efforts. Members of PEO brought supplies to the Jersey Shore and gave away toys at a children’s event. PEO members joined with OCSPE engineers on Friday, August 16 to do some home construction at one site and perform a site assessment at another under the coordination of the Visitation Relief Center in Brick, NJ.
Saturday July 27, 2013
PEO Ottawa Chapter organized its annual tour of the Diefenbunker Saturday July 27. The Diefenbunker is a huge 100,000 ft2, four-storey bunker buried deep under a hillside and was built to house crucial elements of the Canadian government in a nuclear war. Constructed over a 14-month period between 1959 and 1961 at the height of the Cold War, the building contains over 5000 tons of steel and 32,000 cubic feet of concrete. The facility contains 358 rooms and was designed to house 525 people for 30 days in case of nuclear war. The site was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1994. This tour has become increasingly popular over the years; this event drew in 81 persons. The tour lasted for approximately 1.5 hours and was followed by an outdoor pizza picnic.
Saturday July 13, 2013
The annual HOPE Volleyball tournament for charity was held again at Ottawa’s Mooney’s Bay Beach on Saturday July 13. Our own Genevieve Horlings was team Captain of the Iron Ringers. A group of approximately 7 persons from the membership have signed up for this event and will compete in the “Competitive’ category. More information on the event itself can be found on this link: http://www.hopehelps.com/
Wednesday June 26, 2013
The Ottawa Chapter welcomed 22 new members to the profession on Wednesday June 26 at the Museum of Science and Technology. Our keynote speaker for the evening was Frank Vanderlaan, P.Eng. of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). Frank discussed the upcoming “Rapid Bridge Replacement Methodology” employed to replace two Hwy 417 (Queensway) overpasses at Carling Avenue and Kirkwood Avenue in the west-end of Ottawa. This is the third installment of this contract to be completed in Ottawa, the first being the Island Park Bridge in 2007 and the second being the Clyde Avenue bridge in 2008. This is the first time two bridges will be replaced under one contract and they are to be completed during the two weekends of July 6 and July 13. Approximately 125 persons attended this event. The Fall installment of the New Members Ceremony will be in early November. A set of thumbnails of the photos, with links to full size images (3M each) can be found here .
Tuesday May 7 and Wednesday May 8, 2013
A two-day exhibit and presentation venue for students to explore potential careers in biotechnology-related fields. The Ottawa Chapter provided one volunteer as technical lecturer, Ian Glascow, Senior Medical Device Evaluator at Health Canada, and formerly Clinical Researcher at University of Ottawa Heart Institute and World Heart, to discuss the artificial heart. Approximately 200 students attended Ian’s presentation.
Tuesday April 9, 2013
The Annual Student Papers Night is a friendly competition between the Engineering undergraduates from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Two groups of students from each University present their 4th year technical paper, which is adjudicated by three judges selected from the engineering community at large. The evening presents an opportunity for the engineering students to compete in a technical forum, to exercise their skills in public speaking and to defend the technical substance of their papers. The Ottawa Chapter contributed $1000 in prizes and awarded the following recipients based on the following categories:
Saturday April 6, 2013
The Ottawa Chapter attended the 52nd Ottawa Regional Science Fair, where students (Grades 7-12) from the Ottawa area, exhibited over 200 projects. The Ottawa Chapter provided judges and awarded five (5) prizes of $100 each to projects which best demonstrated the application of engineering principles, practical application of theory, enthusiasm and creativity. The following were the five recipients:
National Engineering Month Activity Report for 2013
NRC Engineering Challenge
February 27, 2013
Engineers from across the Ottawa Valley with teachers from grade 5 to 7 engaged over 2,000 students in a problem solving activity in which engineering teams were challenged to design and construct an Rubber Band Powered Zamboni prototype. This annual event (since 2001 http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/education/students/challenge/index.html) promotes an active interest in engineering and technical demonstration of problem solving skills to meet clear design criteria. The engineering volunteers assigned to each team provide technical assistance and valuable insight into how engineers exercise problem solving in a team atmosphere. Teams are evaluated on innovation, workmanship, presentation and performance. PEO Ottawa Chapter supplied prizes and volunteer judges, both at the heats at participating schools and at the Grande Finale held at the National Research Council headquarters.
Kapla Structure & Device Competition
March 2, 2013
Held at the Canadian Space & Aviation Museum, participants were challenged to design and assemble a structure or device using Kapla blocks, showing creativity in form and function. Over 60 enthusiastic children of all ages participated, demonstrating creativity and innovation to the Ottawa Chapter judges. Prizes were awarded to the best structures throughout the day, and a final prize was drawn at the end of the event.
University of Ottawa Student Networking Event
March 5 & 7, 2013
About 30 students from all engineering disciplines attended two lunch-and-learn sessions with volunteers from the PEO Ottawa Chapter and the Institute of Engineering & Technology. In this interactive networking session, students heard each volunteer tell their story, as well as lessons learned, career path options and a variety of other topics. A lunch was served, which allowed informal discussions to continue after the presentations.
Carleton University Student Networking Event
March 7, 2013
About 25 students from all engineering disciplines gathered to hear about the experiences of volunteer P. Eng’s from the Ottawa Chapter in an informal networking session held in the River Building at Carleton University. After the presentations, there was a lively Q & A session, covering such topics as career paths, ethics & safety and industry trends. Afterwards, students mingled with practicing engineers over light refreshments. Jonathan Wong, the student coordinator at Carleton, declared the event was “very informative and valuable” and looks forward to expanding it next year.
Canadian Engineering Competition
March 9, 2013
Entering its 28th year, the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) represents the best showcase of skill and innovation of engineering students from across the nation. At CEC, 150 of the most innovative and creative engineering undergraduate students compete against each other in one of 7 categories: Engineering Communications; Consulting Engineering; Extemporaneous Debate; Innovative Design; Junior Team Design; Senior Team Design; and Re-Engineering. Volunteers from the Ottawa Chapter worked with Engineers Canada at an information booth at the associated career fair to share their experience as engineers and knowledge of how PEO works and the value of licensure. Further details can be found in the Engineers Canada newsletter (http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2fa25fcfb64503f1ef752f070&id=7b05647797).
K’Nex Structure Building Competition
March 10, 2013
The Challenge: Design and assemble a structure using K’Nex kits (http://www.knex.com/), the popular building toy, showing creativity in form and function. Prizes will be awarded to the best structures and a final prize will be drawn at the end of the event. The event will take place at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum.
Engineer-In-Residence Hands On!
March 16, 2013
Volunteers from the Engineer In Residence program and the Ottawa Chapter hosted a day of hands-on activities at the Canadian Science & Technology Museum. Over 500 children built structures and tested them on an earthquake simulator, saw a working model of the Rideau canal, experimented with energy and magnetism, built and test-fired catapults, learned about aerodynamics with paper airplane designs, and pulled their parents across the floor using a system of pulleys.
Sunday March 3, 2013
The Ottawa Chapter once again hosted its annual Family Fun Day at the Kanata Wave Pool and Leisure Center on Sunday March 3. The event proved to be very popular this year (selling out in less than 12 hours) with 74 members and families attending. Many thanks to Ottawa Chapter Executive members: John, Joe, Sharon, Ingrid, Sucha and Dave for helping out that day, and a big thank you to the City of Ottawa staff for their courteous service.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The 53rd Annual General Meeting was presented on Feb.12th at Royal Canadian Air Force Officers’ Mess in Ottawa. Approximately 130 participants including our members, families, friends and other professionals were joined us for a great evening of networking, PEO business, new PEO member certificate presentation ceremony, and an interesting keynote speaker.
A set of thumbnails of the new member's photos, with links to full size images (about 6M-12M per full sized) can be found here.
December 6th, 2012
The oPEO Mentorship Program started its pilot round on May 30th, 2012 in the form of Committee with Wenqin, Chair, Pierre, Vice-chair, and Nasrin as a member. At the end of the 6 months of mentoring round, Dec 6th, the chapter hosted an Appreciation Event in which 9 mentors and 11 mentees were invited. The mentors were recognized for their exceptional volunteer efforts on supporting EITs. Feedback from both mentors and mentees were collected by HQ to enhance delivering such a popular program in consecutive round.
Using an enriched HQ mentorship guideline, oPEO has proudly announced the next round of Mentoship Program for 2013 at its 53rd AGM, Feb 12th, 2013. We encourage all oPEO-P.Eng members to become one of those dedicated mentors and help us in supporting our engineering profession, and our professional community.
January 24th, 2012
The theme of this year Sustainability seminar was “Alternative Fuel Efficiency & Technology" PDF
The seminar was held on January 24 from 5-10 pm with presentations and panel discussion on following six topics:
1. Tesla Model S-electric Car demo & Introduction; By Douglas George P.Eng, PDF
2. Evolving Sustainability of the Electricity Sector in Canada: Alternative fuel Efficiency in Power Stations, Transmission Network, Local Distribution, and Challenges. By Jim Burpee P.Eng. - President & CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), PDF
3. Auto Car Vision for the next 10 years; By John Paul Farag of Toyota Canada's Advanced Technology & Powertrain from Toyota,PDF
4. Bio Diesel Solutions; By Dr. Andre Tremblay of the University of Ottawa, PDF
5. Efficient Solar Technology; By Dr. Karin Hinzer of the University of Ottawa,PDF
6. Thermal Energy Storage in Absorbent, By Prof. Handan Tezel of the University of Ottawa, PDF
The seminar was very successful and provided professional development learning in the sustainable technologies and the market environment. Despite not friendly road conditions, 130 attendees participated in the seminar. The feedback from attendees and presenters has been very positive for future participation.
The seminar delivery would not have been possible without energetic help from my following colleagues: Claude Lague, Guy Boone, Kathryn Sutherland, David Grant, Nasrin A. Kajouri, Charles Hodgson, Sharon Barr, Ninoy Calaunan and Ray Barton. All the presentations are placed on the Ottawa Chapter website. For more info and suggestion for future topics, please contact Sucha@BangaGroup.com