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Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:51

2017 Mathletics Competition Results

Mathletics 2017, Rise up to the Challenge

By Jonathan Velasco, P.Eng

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Mathletics 2017 participants cheered at the conclusion of the competition on March 25, 2017 held in Conestoga College of Engineering.


The PEO Grand River Chapter organized this year's Mathletics competition to promote the importance of mathematics and engineering amongst Elementary School students in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.  Questions were focused on the relevance of engineering in practical life designed to enrich the knowledge of the young minds.  It is an exciting time-bound competition composed of two rounds, an easy and a difficult round, for both the juniors (grades 5 & 6) and seniors (grades 7 & 8). 


The popular event was held at the Engineering Building of Conestoga College with the participation of 70 students from different Kitchener-Waterloo elementary schools.  Saturday, March 25th was a rainy spring morning, but the atmosphere inside the lecture hall was energetically hot and filled with excitement.


The competition started at 8:30 am and ended at 12:00 pm. Junior category winners were  Abdulrahman Elswefy, in first place, Quinn Tasch in second place and Dana Yuan in third place. Senior category winners were Andy Dong, Nate MacLeod,  and Kaitlyn Pereira, in first, second and third place respectively.  Scores can be found here.


The event was organized by PEO Grand River chapter volunteers and engineering students from Conestoga College. The Dean of the College of Engineering, Julia Biedermann, graced the event with her welcoming remarks. Dean Julia Biedermann, Ph.D., P.Eng. also offers a congratulatory message to the winners and all the Mathletics competitors (PDF).


The search for the next Mathletics champion continuous, and the organizers encourage fellow engineers to help support and promote the competition to families and friends. If you are interested in volunteering and helping to promote the engineering profession to young people, please contact the education committee chair at 


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The Grand River Chapter PEO EIT Committee hosted a socializing event on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Bad Axe Throwing in Kitchener.  The event was a great opportunity to meet and newtwork with Grand River Chapter EITs and try Axe Throwing.  Axe Throwing at its simplest is like darts,... but with an axe.

The event featured three hours of axe throwing, and an introduction with a trained instructor.  Dinner (pizza) and drinks were also provided.  Members from Grand River Chapter PEO were on hand to talk about what the PEO has to offer EITs.

Thanks to all who came out.  A fun night was had by all! 


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.


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