Grand River Chapter
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The Grand River Chapter PEO invites P.Engs and EITs to join us on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 9 - 11 am at Bingeman's Conference Center, Berkley Room, in Kitchener, for an interactive presentation regarding Threats to Our Engineering Profession.  

Registration is $10.  Light refresements will be served. Register for your tickets HERE.

Our speaker, Marilyn Spink, P.Eng., will discuss and address the following with your participation, so please bring your questions!

  • "Project Governance" and why it is critical Engineer's voices are heard in high level decision making to successfully execute large complex engineering projects

  • Why Engineers should always have a broad mindset of the definition of "Public Interest".

  • Clarification of the roles of the PEO and OSPE and why having these distinct & seperate organizations is beneficial to our engineering profession.

  • What we, as engaged Engineers, can do to evolve our profession, focusing on our regulatory mandate, so we can remain a strong & relevant, self-regulated profession.

Marilyn Spink, P.Eng, leads this engaging presentation through review of several key projects and disruptive technologies she has been directly involved with over her 30+ years engineering career. She will share a wide range of her experiences executing large, complex engineering projects such as steel plant upgrades in North America and Tunisia, mining backfill plants in India and the Northwest Territories including a mega project in Madagascar. Spink will then explain what compelled her to get involved with PEO Council at this stage of her career, and share with you some of what she has learned in 3 years on PEO Council - especially what she wish she had known about PEO earlier in her career! You will be encouraged to participate throughout her presentation as she facilitates a critical discussion on the current threats to our Engineering Profession and solicit your ideas on what we as Engineers can be doing to remain a strong self-regulated profession.

 Whether you are a P.Eng. or an EIT, this interactive presentation will provide an understanding of several current threats to the engineering profession and provide an open forum for all to “brainstorm” actions Engineers can take so we remain a strong self-regulated profession to “Own Our Future” or it may be owned by others.

Registration is $10.  Light Refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Register for your tickets HERE.


Deserving Students Receive Engineering Scholarship

By Jonathan Velasco

2016 Scholarship Winners


Christmas Break 2016 was exciting for three of the many applicants for the PEO Grand River Chapter annual scholarship grants.  When Jonathan Sun (University of Waterloo), Allison Chow (University of Waterloo) and Loreta Chan (University of Guelph) came back to school after the holidays, they discovered they were the winners of the 2016 Engineering Scholarships offered by PEO Grand River Chapter, and through corporate sponsorship from Hitachi Truck Manufacturing, and JMP Engineering.

Jonathan Sun received the $1000 PEO Scholarship; Allison Chow received the $1000 JMP Engineering Grant, while Loreta Chan received the $1500 Hitachi Truck Manufacturing Grant, which is offered exclusively to University of Guelph students.  Both JMP Engineering and Hitachi Truck Manufacturing have been generous sponsors for many years.

The judges from the PEO Grand River Chapter board all admitted that this year’s applicants were very competitive and entries were very difficult to score.  These scholarships are offered to first year students enrolled at the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo or Conestoga College, and who are enrolled in an accredited engineering program.   All applicants submitted an essay describing their extra-curricular activities, their community involvement, and most importantly, reasons why they want to become a Professional Engineer.  PEO Grand River Chapter will continue to recognize exemplary students who will one day become leaders in the engineering profession. The scholarship committee will continue to search for corporate sponsors in order to recognize as many deserving engineering students as possible.

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