Executive Team

***The Executive committee consists of five Officers and between five and nine Executive Members elected annually.***


CHAIR (FORMER CHAIR – 2017, 2018)
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.


PAST CHAIR (FORMER CHAIR – 2020)
Ved Proag, PENG
City of Ottawa

Ved Proag, P.Eng. graduated in 2014 from the University of Ottawa. Ved is currently a Project Manager with the City of Ottawa. She has extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for culvert, bridge and sewer designs. Notable projects that Ved has been involved in include: Ottawa Light Rail Stage 2, West Block Rehabilitation, Bank of Canada Rehabilitation, and Roger’s Place Arena in Edmonton.

Ved has been a director of the PEO Ottawa Chapter since 2016.  Ved’s past roles have included vice-chair of the chapter, chair of the Awards Committee, and vice-chair of the Government Liaison Program (GLP) of the PEO Ottawa Chapter. Ved is also an executive member of the Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN) where she strongly advocates for more women to join the engineering industry. Ved was a finalist for the 2018 National Emerging Leader WIN Award.


VICE CHAIR
Sana Abou Shaaban, P.Eng.

Sana Abou Shaaban, P.Eng. is a professional engineer in the Federal Government of Canada. She has been director, committees chair, and a volunteer of the PEO Ottawa Chapter for a couple of years. Sana holds a degree in Biomedical & Electrical Engineering, and she works as an IT Project Manager in the Federal Government of Canada. Sana strives for diversity and inclusion for Women in Tech and she sits on the board of many top Engineering and IT not-for-profit organizations and associations in North America. She has been honoured to be shortlisted for Canada’s Women in IT awards in 2019. For many years, Sana has been recognized for her initiatives, extensive volunteering and extracurricular work, and for her passion in making a difference in society. Sana is the Vice Chair and GLP Chair of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Ottawa Chapter, and a board member of many other engineering associations and organizations in Canada. Sana has worked as an engineer in the the private and public sector.


SECRETARY (FORMER CHAIR – 2019)
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 also served as chapter vice-chair in 2018 and chapter chair in 2019. Damien holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the Lakehead University (2007) and a Technologist diploma from La Cité Collégiale (2004). Damien has been licensed with PEO since 2012 and with l’Ordre de ingénieurs du Québec since 2016. Damien is co-owner of Blanchard Letendre Engineering Ltd. in Embrun, Ontario as a structural engineering performing design and contract administration for various construction projects in Eastern Ontario and Western Québec.


TREASURER
Anthony Mestwarp, P.Eng.

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering which he obtained from Carleton University in
April 2013. He then began his career in Land Development engineering February 2014, in Belleville and
the surrounding area (including: Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Centre Hastings, and Nappanee).
Anthony obtained his Professional Engineering license May 15, 2018. Anthony stayed in the Belleville
area from 2014 – fall 2019, when he moved to the Ottawa area for new career opportunities in the Land
development field.

Anthony joined the Quinte Chapter as a casual volunteer in March 2017 and joined the Executive as a
member at large in 2018. Anthony joined the Ottawa chapter in Fall of 2019 as a general volunteer. He
later joined the Executive as the Treasurer at the start of the 2021 year.


DIRECTOR (FORMER CHAIR – 2007)
Sucha S. Mann, P.Eng., FEC, PMP
Banga Group
Tel: (613) 591-3002

Sucha joined the Ottawa Chapter Executive in 2005, served as Chapter Chair in 2007, and served as Chair of Education Outreach and Chair of GLP.  Sucha graduated in Electrical Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1971. His career path included defense/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 provided consulting services in Hi-Tech start-ups, sustainable & energy technologies. He represented some of the Canadian companies on Team Canada Environment Mission abroad, helping to understand environmental issues and advance business.

Sucha’s 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. In Ontario, commercial energy power projects need to be certified by an independent engineer before connecting to the public grid, and Sucha certifies energy projects in Eastern Ontario.

Sucha teaches an Energy Engineering course to 4th year engineering students at Carleton University.  Sucha also taught Project Management Professional (PMP) courses with emphasize on sustainability.

Since 2008 with the Ottawa Chapter, Sucha has been organizing and facilitating Sustainability Symposiums as professional development in diverse engineering topics for our members.  As his passion, Sucha delivers “Cultural Shift to Sustainability” talks at educational events and other organizations.

Sucha was made a member of PEO’s Order of Honour in 2015 for his work on Sustainability and was awarded the honour of Fellow of Engineers Canada in 2015.


DIRECTOR
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.

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 written two books: “Why Astrology is Science: Five Good Reasons”, and “Solutions to the Mystery of Consciousness” which proposes consciousness as function of brainwaves.

Tapan was Vice-Chair and Chair of PEO Mississauga Chapter. He worked diligently to establish a mentoring program for the Mississauga Chapter and petitioned for, and 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 (LAP), it is available in 20 chapters and has been recognized by the provincial government as helping to make the engineering profession accessible to newcomers. He joined PEO Ottawa chapter a Director of the Ottawa PEO chapter in 2015 and started an innovation/entrepreneurship program to encourage and help engineers and engineering students to be self-employed with innovation and entrepreneurship. The program has given three innovation challenges so far to the engineers and engineering students of Ottawa. This program is becoming very popular with universities of Ottawa. Tapan was made a member of the Order of Honour from PEO in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to engineering profession and was awarded the honour of Fellowship of Engineers Canada.


DIRECTOR
Danil Matachniouk, EIT, B.Eng.
Email: Danil.Matachniouk.PEO@gmail.com
Cell: (613) 263-7586

Danil currently works in the Nuclear Power Generation Industry, as a Technical Engineer / Officer in the field of Nuclear Medical Isotopes.

Danil joined the Ottawa Chapter in 2017 and supports the Communication Committee (as Chair), Government Liaison Program (GLP), and Bridging the Gap Between Government Industry (BGBGI) pilot project (Project Leader).


DIRECTOR
Rihab Abu-Khater, EIT
Rihab holds an international degree in Construction Civil Engineering.
She joined the PEO Ottawa Chapter as a volunteer in 2018 and became a Director on the Executive Committee in 2019.  Rihab aims to connect Current and Future Engineers to the Chapter and to build better bonds between the Chapter’s Committees and the Engineering Community.

DIRECTOR
Lokmanee Proag, EIT
CENTRUS Joint Venture at WSP Canada Inc.
Email: lokmanee.peo.ottawa@gmail.com

Lokmanee graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently working at WSP|CENTRUS in an integrated office on the Centre Block Rehabilitation project. She has previously worked in various renowned project such as the West Block Rehabilitation, Bone Marrow Study by NASA and ISS and Toronto Transit Commission’s Leslie Barn.

Lokmanee has been active in the PEO Ottawa Chapter in 2019 as a casual volunteer with the Event Committee. She officially joined the Executive committee in 2020 as a Director. She is currently serving as Vice-chair of Awards committee and Chair of the 30 by 30 committee which aims to raise the newly female licenced engineers to 30% by 2030. She has volunteered in numerous organisations including the Women in Science and Engineers (WISE) where she was the Vice-President Outreach and President. Lokmanee is an advocate for diversity and inclusivity and has persistently demonstrated her passion in her company as the CENTRUS Lead of the Gender Balance committee. Her contributions and philanthropy activities, with her Omega Phi Sigma sorority, were recognised by Mayor Jim Watson in 2018.


* For information on the role of Executive Committee Directors, please refer to the Duties of Directors document – PDF

* Vacancies on the Executive Committee occur from time to time and will be filled on an as-needed basis.   If you are interested in joining the Executive Committee in the future, please speak with one of the Directors. 

* Contact the Executive Team at: Ottawa@peo.on.ca