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Dream Big 2017 Photo

By Jonathan Velasco

The PEO Grand River Chapter, in cooperation with volunteers from the Civil, Environmental and Geological Engineering Society (CEGES) of the University of Waterloo hosted the screening of an engineering movie called Dream Big on April 15, 2017 at the Landmark Cinemas, Kitchener.

From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. This film was produced by MacGillivray Freeman in partnership with ASCE and presented by Bechtel Corporation.

The screening was attended by chapter members and their K-12 children.  A special thank you to parents for bringing their children to this event. Volunteers engaged the children with the button maker, and of course, encouraged them to consider a career in engineering.

The film was brilliantly made, with lots of attention to details in its production.  The Imax 3D and the digital sound made it so entertaining, engaging and inspiring, not just to the children, but even to us parents. There are heart-warming and tear jerking portions of the movie that will make you feel proud to be an engineer.

This event is by far the best and most vivid way to promote engineering to the youth.  We highly encourage other engineering groups to do the same.



Spring and Golf Season is finally here!

This year's Annual PEO Grand River Chapter - 2017 Golf Tournament will be held Thursday June 15th, 2017 at Guelph Lakes Country Club, Shotgun Start: 12:15 pm.

Download your registration form HERE.


WHERE:              Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club

124 Wellington Rd. (Hwy. 24 north), Guelph, ON, N1H 6H7, (519) 822-4222

WHEN:                 Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ø  Shotgun start: 12:15 pm (if adequate #’s permit)

Ø  Driving range included in golf fee

Ø  Please arrive at least 30 minutes early

Ø  Dress code in effect

Ø  Dinner and prize table at 6:00 (finished around 8:00)

Ø  Registration deadline is June 10.

INCLUDED:          Green fee, golf cart, putting contest, buffet dinner, and at least one trip to prize table (with purchase of golf + dinner).

Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:51

2017 Mathletics Competition Results

Mathletics 2017, Rise up to the Challenge

By Jonathan Velasco, P.Eng

Mathletics 2017 Photo

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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