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Past events in review

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

PEO Mentorship Program

By Matt Irvine, P.Eng.

Last spring Grand River Chapter launched our inaugural Mentorship Program. We did so hoping that we would receive interest from at least eight mentors and eight mentees; we ended up with a total of 40 EITs and P.Engs registering in the program. After such a successful first round concluded in December at the Mentorship Appreciation Dinner, we are now preparing to roll out the second round of the Mentorship Program shortly.

As a reminder, this program is designed to link licensed Professional Engineers with Engineering Interns to provide guidance and support to interns as they progress toward their professional engineer licence. Mentors/mentees are expected to meet for at least two hours each month and the meetings can be held in person, or by phone/email/Skype – whatever works for the mentor/mentee pair.

The program feedback from both mentors and mentees has been overwhelmingly positive, so if you feel that this program is something you would like to learn more about, please don't hesitate to contact me directly. Otherwise, watch for an email blast in the coming weeks with specific instructions on how to register for the next round of our Mentorship Program.

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

Government Liaison Program (GLP)

By Gabriel Tse, P.Eng.

Participants at the first Western Region GLP Academy held in Hamilton

Participants at the first Western Region GLP Academy held in Hamilton

The first GLP academy was held in Hamilton in January 2011. The keynote speaker was the honourable Greg Sorbara. This first-ever academy in the Western Region was well attended. Representing the Grand River Chapter were Gabe Tse and Harmail Basi. GR GLP is growing.

This is an exciting time to join us and make your voice heard. Be part of a team to work on policies that are dear to your hearts. GLP committee members work diligently and closely with all six MPPs in our area. You have the opportunity to learn, participate and contribute to the issues that affect your daily lives and your professional practice.

Gabriel Tse, P.Eng., with Michael Chan, MPP at GLP

Gabriel Tse, P.Eng., with Michael Chan, MPP

We are growing beyond being just a team meeting with our MPPs on a regular basis to working with our elected members on private members’ bills. Challenge the thinking process, and instill new ideas to help our members in their research. Talk to our GLP committee members to learn more, to explore and experience the excitement.

We are planning for the second annual Western Region GLP academy. Stay tuned to this news column for update information.

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

UW Engineering Hosts 2013 AGM

by Kaoru Yajima, P.Eng

On February 11, the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering played host to the PEO Grand River Chapter’s 2013 Annual General Meeting. Our keynote speaker was Professor Teertstra, P.Eng., of the University of Waterloo who gave a presentation on the new E5 engineering building on campus. The building’s purpose was to provide space to facilitate as many 4th year engineering projects as they could, for example the Midnight Sun, Mini-Baja and the Concrete Toboggan to name a few. It was also nice to hear that the design of the building had input from 4th year students. Some of the student teams were on hand to showcase their impressive projects and the Chapter wishes them good luck as they compete in Provincial and National Competitions.

While seeing the new building and the projects was great, the AGM also had its order of business to deal with.

We helped welcome the most recent newly licensed engineers to the profession by presenting them their certificates – turned out it was good incentive for those 4th year students watching. We also awarded two first year PEO engineering student scholarship prizes, both to students at the University of Guelph (see related article). On behalf of the PEO head office, we also presented a 10-year volunteer recognition award to Amanda Froese, P.Eng., for her volunteer contributions to the profession. Congratulations to all.

Last but not least, we swore in the new Chapter Board Executive. These volunteers will serve on the Board for the next year and they will be spending their personal time to help promote the profession of engineering within the chapter boundaries.

If you would more information on the proceedings please feel free to contact us through our website.