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Waterloo –through collaboration with the University of Waterloo and FIRST Robotics, the Grand River Chapter PEO headed out to the FIRST Robotics Regionals on March 20, 2015 to talk to the many high school competitors about the profession of engineering while at the same time, celebrate National Engineering Month (NEM).

Most students were unaware that it was NEM so it was it was an opportune time to get the message out about what the profession is, how it protects the public, the need for innovation and that people from diverse set of backgrounds form the profession. 

With around 400 attending the FIRST Robotics social, two PEO volunteers spent their evening talking about what engineers do and the future path to become one. Some were in grade 12 and had already submitted their applications to engineering programs – they were eagerly awaiting acceptance results.  But many of the younger students who had yet to make up their minds on their future careers had many questions. With the number of interested students, the two volunteers were quickly overwhelmed. 

It was impressive seeing the high school students come in their groups which were around 20 to 40 strong.  All had excellent team sprit, dressed in team uniforms and some even going that extra step as you can see with the haircuts.

Submitted by K. Yajima, P.Eng. and R. McIntyre, EIT

 

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 20:48

2015 Chapter AGM Report

By Kaoru Yajima, P.Eng

 

On Monday, February 9, 2015, the Grand River Chapter held its Annual General Meeting in the main hall of the Hilton Garden Inn in Cambridge.

David Kroetsch, President & CEO of Aeryon Labs in Waterloo started the AGM with an interesting presentation of their small unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) which are used for military, public safety and commercial applications. Located in Waterloo, AeryonLabs teams with business partners from around the globe to provide unique solutions to complex, time-consuming or dangerous problems out in the field.  

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David Kroetsch, President of Aeryon Labs demonstrating their commercial drone.  

 

Kent Percival, P.Eng., Chapter Treasurer presented the Chapter finances for FY 2014 and they wereunanimously approved by all present. 

The nomination committee led by Dr. R. Zytner, Ph.D., P.Eng., FEC, announced the names of the 2015 Chapter Board members which was also unanimously approved by all present.

The next order of business was recognition of PEO volunteers and new P.Eng. licenserecipients. PEO Western Region Councillor Ewald Kuczera, MSc., P.Eng. drove through the snowy roads from Niagara Region to present this year’s PEO volunteers to be recognized. Two volunteers were recognized this year, Ryan Spencer, P.Eng. and Syed Gilani, P.Eng, both surpassing the 5-year milestone.  

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PEO Western Region Councillor Kuczera recognizing Ryan Spencer, P.Eng. for 5 years of volunteer service

 

Next, Richard Pinder, P.Eng. presentedthe P.Eng. licences to each new engineer – congratulations to all recipients!   

To close the AGM, PEO Councillor-at–Large Bob Dony, Ph.D., P.Eng., FIET, FEC, provided some closing thoughts about the meaning of the P.Eng. licence and the role professional engineers play in the Province of Ontario. We look forward to see all again at the 2016 AGM next February.    

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AGM audience

 

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