2017 Chapter Executive Committee
The Executive committee consists of five Officers and between five and nine Executive Members elected annually.
CHAIR (FORMER CHAIR – 2017)
Joseph Podrebarac, P.Eng.
Department of National Defence (DND)
Tel: (819) 994-8573
Joe is a member of the Government Liaison Program (GLP) Committee since 2010 and joined the Ottawa Chapter Executive in 2012 as Treasurer. He became Chair of the Chapter By-laws committee in 2013. Joe currently is the Principal Engineer for Underwater Sensors and Weapons Section with the Department of National Defence (DND). Joe has an extensive background in labour relations and contract negotiations including six years on a Board of Directors with a large not-for-profit organization and a scholarship foundation. Joe obtained his B.Eng at McMaster University in 1982, his P.Eng. in 1986 and his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 1993. He has authored numerous technical papers on topics of submarine hull systems, Passive Radar Augmented Projectiles and mid-life refits of automated naval gun systems. In his spare time, Joe teaches martial arts at Algonquin College. Joe’s interests are to encourage young engineers to be engaged in their profession and to increase public awareness of our profession.
Damien Letendre, P.Eng., ing.
Damien has been active in the PEO Ottawa Chapter since 2015 as a casual volunteer with the Education Outreach Committee. He later joined the Executive in 2016 and has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Education Outreach Committee. Damien holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the Lakehead University (2007) and a Technologist diploma from La Cité Collegiale (2004). Damien has been licenced with PEO since 2012 and with l’Ordre de ingénieurs du Québec since 2016. Damien currently works for A. Dagenais & Assoc. Inc in Embrun, Ontario as forensic engineer as well as structural engineering performing design and contract administration for various construction project in Eastern Ontario and Western Québec.
TREASURER (FORMER CHAIR – 2009)
David Grant, P.Eng. , FEC
Cell: (613) 266-0670
David has been volunteering for the Ottawa Chapter Executive since 2005, having served as Chapter Chair in 2009. He also served as Secretary for the Chapter from 2005 to 2009 and again from 2014 to 2015. Currently he is the Chair of the Membership Committee which organizes the New Members’ License Certificate Ceremonies three times a year in February, June and November. He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1999 with an Honours degree in Civil Engineering as well as an Honours degree in Biology (ibid, 1995). David worked for various consultant groups on many Municipal Infrastructure, Environmental and Construction projects in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Northern New York. David received his Fellowship of Engineers Canada (FEC) in 2015 and was named to PEO’s Order of Honour in April of 2017.
SECRETARY (FORMER CHAIR – 2010)
Ingrid G. de Buda, P.Eng. , FEC
Ingrid de Buda, P. Eng., FEC officially joined the Ottawa Chapter Executive in 1996. She served as Chapter Chair in 2010. Prior to that, she served as Treasurer, represented the Chapter at the Regional Congresses (ERCs) and judged at numerous Science fairs and similar academic events. Ingrid replaced the entire Ottawa Chapter website infrastructure with minimal visible impact, after the contractor-written system was vandalized through security flaws. She has led or been involved with a number of Chapter bylaws changes. She represented the Eastern Region on the CLC organizing committee in 2012/2013. She currently serves as backup IT support for the Chapter. She assisted with Campaigner testing. In 2010, she was awarded the honour of Fellow of Engineers Canada.
PAST CHAIR (FORMER CHAIR – 2014)
John Hazel, P.Eng.
Tel: (613) 784-3171
John has been active in the PEO Ottawa Chapter since 2009. He joined the Executive in 2011, and has served as Chapter Chair, Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Education Outreach Committee. John holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia, and has been licensed since 1991. His professional background includes hardware and software development, systems integration, verification and support roles for a variety of high technology companies. John is currently at Nokia (formerly Alcatel-Lucent) leading a verification, deployment and support team for a custom web application that simplifies provisioning, monitoring, reporting and troubleshooting of customer data networks worldwide.
During his thirty year career, John has come to appreciate the challenge of the “wicked problems” inherent in developing technical strategies that deliver true value. He is passionate about helping teams conceive and implement customized solutions to project and organizational challenges, applying his expertise as a test leader, coach, project manager, negotiator, motivator, and process improver, and his wisdom from life experiences.
DIRECTOR (FORMER CHAIR – 2007)
Sucha S.Mann, P.Eng. , PMP, FEC
Sucha joined the Ottawa Chapter Executive in 2005 and served as Chapter Chair in 2007. Sucha graduated in Electrical Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1971. His career path included defence/IT/telecom work in UK, Canada and USA, including 24 years with Nortel Networks as a Design Engineer, Product Manager and Consulting Services Department Manager. After leaving Nortel, he has provided consulting services in Hi-Tech start-ups, market development for sustainable & energy technologies, project management, and he also teaches Project Management Professional (PMP) courses with particular emphasize on sustainability. He represented some of these companies on Team Canada Environment Mission abroad, helping to understand environmental issues and developing business relationships. His other interests include finding simple and sustainable solutions in engineering and business processes, improving corporate accountability in publicly listed companies, and sharing sustainable challenges with policy makers and corporate leaders. Sucha is Chair of the Sustainability committee.
Since 2008, Sucha organizes and facilitates annual Sustainable-Technologies professional development seminars-workshops at the Ottawa Chapter. First two workshops focussed to understand pioneering work Canadian-National Research Council(NRC) is doing to make our homes & buildings energy efficient and healthier to live & work-in. 3rd Workshop focussed on work by National Round Table on Environment & Economics, Ontario’s Green Energy Act, and the Ottawa Hydro’s perspective on Sustainability. 4th focussed on Climate Change, Organic Gardening/Agriculture, Sustainable Building Designs. and Solar Energy. 5th on Jan 24, 2013 focussed on Alternative Fuel Efficiencies & Technologies: Auto-Car-10 years Vision from Toyota; Efficiency-Losses in Electricity Power Plants, Transmission & Local Distribution; Bio Diesel Solutions, Efficient Solar Technology, Thermal Energy Storage in Absorbent, and the Tesla Model-S Electric Car.
Sucha was made a member of PEO’s Order of Honour in 2015.
Tapan Das, PhD, FEC, P.Eng.
Tel: (613) 422-4541
Cell: (613) 898-1442
Tapan Das has M.Sc. in electronics from King’s College, University of London, UK and Ph.D. in microwave electronics from University of Bradford, UK. He has professional engineering license from Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) of Canada and chartered engineer from UK.
He has 38 years of experience in Plessey Semiconductors UK, Nortel Canada and US, Lucent Technologies in US and SGNTT Canada starting from Development Engineer to VP position. He is cofounder of Dastalk Telecom Canada. He has several technical papers published international journals and conferences. He has ten patents. He has studied astrology and consciousness and has published several papers in journals. He has written a book Why Astrology is Science: Five Good Reasons.
He was Vice- Chair and Chair of Mississauga chapter PEO. As chair of the Mississauga Chapter in 2010, Tapan guided one of the largest chapters through one of its most productive and active years. He led by example, organizing and participating in many activities and representing the chapter externally at PEO functions and congresses. To increase the profile of, and interest in, their events, Tapan often consulted his professional network to secure high profile speakers. He is also a passionate advocate and mentor for those who received their engineering educations outside of Canada. While PEO has received recognition for its achievements in facilitating such applicants on their path to licensure, Tapan is recognized by many as building the framework and laying the foundation for this accomplishment. He worked diligently to establish a mentoring program for his home chapter and petitioned for, and subsequently led, a pilot project to incorporate the concept into several other chapters. Based on the success of this initiative, Council decided to expand the program province-wide and Tapan was the chair of mentorship task force. Now called the Licensure Assistance Program, it is available in 20 chapters and has been recognized by the provincial government as helping to make the engineering profession accessible to newcomers. Tapan was made a member of the Order of Honour from PEO in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to engineering profession with the Mississauga Chapter. He became a Director of the Ottawa PEO chapter in 2015 and has initiated and is chairing an entrepreneurship program.
Sawsan Abdul-Majid, PhD, P.Eng.
Tel: (613) 791-3366
Sawsan Abdul-Majid, having received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Varna (University Bulgaria) in the field of Optical Communication Systems, is an accomplished academic/researcher having more than 40 publications. She is an expert in the field of both silicon photonics / photonics integrated circuits, and computer aided design for photonics (CAD). Dr. Abdul-Majid is a part time professor at the faculty of engineering (University of Ottawa). Since 1993, she has joined many Faculty of Engineering departments internationally.
Since 2008, she has been a researcher / group manager at the centre for research in photonics at the University of Ottawa. She also has eight years of Canadian industrial experience in the field of Optical Communication Systems, in which she worked for both Global Fiber Optics, and Optiwave Corporation.
Sawsan has been licensed as a Professional Engineer of Ontario since 2002 and is part of the executives group for oPEO. She is also a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiative Committee (HIC), acting chair of the IEEE Canada HIC Student Activities group, as well as the technical committee co-chair. She joined the Ottawa Chapter Executive in 2015.
Sawsan is a distinguished Engineering Professor who has made choices for a better life. A woman who makes it happen, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering, is a true inspiration to women and girls everywhere.
Frank Akujobi, P.Eng.
Frank joined the Ottawa Chapter Executive in 2016.
Feibi Xu, EIT
Feibi has been volunteering with the PEO Ottawa Chapter since 2015. She joined the Executive in 2017 and is part of the Education Outreach and Licensure Assistance Program Committee. Feibi holds a B.Eng. in Electrical from McMaster University in 2011 and has worked in the IT industry with Capital Markets and consulting industry focusing on reliability engineering. Feibi is proud with her engineering profession and would like to promote the profession through her volunteer work with the Ottawa Chapter.
Ved Proag, EIT
Ved graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BASc. Civil Engineering in 2014. She has 4 years’ of experience, being employed in the contracting, property management and consulting fields. Ved’s experience includes watermain and sewer design, hydraulic analysis and project management tasks such as scheduling, budget monitoring, construction site inspections, and shop drawing reviews. She has also been involved in project design tasks including LEED submissions, watermain CIPP Lining design, watermain river crossing design and the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 stormwater management design.
Ved was a casual volunteer with the Ottawa Chapter in 2016 and joined the Ottawa Chapter Executive in 2017. She is an active member of the Events, Licensure Assistance Program (LAP), Education outreach and the Government Liaison Program (GLP) Committees.
Ved is passionate about encouraging more women and the younger generation to join careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
David Carter, EIT
University of Ottawa
David has been a volunteer with the Ottawa Chapter since 2014. In 2017, David joined the executive, and is a member of the Education Outreach, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability committees.
David has a BEng(Hons) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and is working on his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa in the field of carbon capture technology. David is interested in promoting the engineering profession to the public, and inspiring the next generation of engineers to develop sustainable technologies.
Danil Matachniouk, EIT, B.Eng.
Cell: (613) 263-7586
Danil joined the Ottawa Chapter in 2017 and supports the Government Liaison Committee + Events Committee + Communication Committee (Chair).