Grand River Chapter

Symposium 2017

Sunday, 19 March 2017 14:05

Symposium 2017 Cancelled

On behalf of the Grand River Chapter PEO, it is with regret that we inform you that Symposium 2017 to be held May 6, 2017, has been cancelled.  This cancellation is due to low registration numbers during the early-bird period which ended this past Wednesday March 15th, 2017.  Thank you to those who expressed interest in this event and an additional thank-you to those who registered.  

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 18:07

PEO and OACETT Symposium 2017

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 The Grand River Chapter PEO and OACETT proudly present the 4th Annual


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Symposium 2017s theme - Innovate, Integrate, Motivate - covers a wide range of innovative topics that can be integrated into your respective disciplines.  Special keynote speeches discuss development strategies and techniques that can be used to advance interpersonal skills.


Technical topics include:

Process safety management,

How the changing environmental landscape will affect you and your company,

Engineering challenges of ION, the Region of Waterloo’s rapid transit system

Auxiliary facility heating with rental boilers,

Challenges of working with contractors, and

Sports Engineering


Registration opens January 16th, 2017.  Key dates, milestones and pricing are as follows:


Key Dates Milestone Pricing
Jan. 16, 2017 Registration Opens
(early-bird pricing)
$129* $129
Mar. 15, 2017 Early-bird Ends $159** $145
Apr. 15, 2017                                  Registration Ends
May 6, 2017                    Symposium 2017
* Early Bird Corporate Discount (5+ attendees): $119 - ends March 15th, 2017
** Regular Corporate Discount (5+ attendees): $149 - ends April 15th, 2017



Join us for an engaging experience as we explore innovation, integration, and motivation.


May 6, 2017

8:30am to 3:00pm


Bingemans Conference Centre

  425 Bingemans Centre Drive Kitchener, ON N2B 3X7

(Click Address for Map)


Register Today.

Proceeds of the Symposium will support a scholarship grant to one deserving first year engineering student from the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo or Conestoga College.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:11

Symposium 2017 Registration is OPEN!

Registration is now OPEN for Symposium 2017!  The Symposium will be held on Saturday, May 6th, 2017.  This year's theme is Innovate, Integrate, Motivate and promises a day packed full of engaging content covering a wide range of innovative topics. 




The day starts with the award-winning Roger Caeser's opening keynote address, where he will teach us how to unlock our inner greatness and "Grab it by the Horns".  Mr. Caesar is a two time finalist in the Toastmasters International World Championships of Public Speaking.  His interesting and fun style make him an exceptional motivational speaker. Mr. Caesar believes in giving back to the community, contributing to youth leadership programs. He is also an entrepreneur with his own transport business.

Following, in the morning session, is your choice of three technical discussions:

  1. The Current State of Process Safety Management in Canada  - presented by Edgar Fernandez.
  2. The Changing Energy Landscape and Sustainability in a Low-Carbon Future - presented by Danny Persaud
  3. Ion Rapid Transit Project and its Engineering Challenges - presented by Josh Graham

After a buffet lunch break, the afternoon session continues, with another choice of three technical discussions:

  1. Implementation of Rentail Boilers for Auxiliary Faciltiy Heating - presented by Gabriel Wooton
  2. The Dark Side of Engineering: Dealing with Contractors - presented by Craig Dubecki
  3. Sports Engineering, Applying Modern Methods to Up your Game - presented by Prof. John McPhee

The day concludes after a Networking Break with a Closing Keynote Address by Gregory C.N. Smith, where we will learn "Igniting Your Personal Power".  Mr. Smith is an award winning speaker, trainer and personal power coach, who has won several prestigious speaking awards.  He has helped people to ignite their passions, chase their dreams and set higher standards in life accross four continents.  Mr. Smith is also a published author, with a book entitled Life's Loudest Secrets.

Limited seats. To avoid disappointments, register today.

Buffet lunch, coffee, tea, soft drinks and light snacks will be provided.  Business casual attire.