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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.  


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.  

5 year recipient

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.    


AGM audience


Sunday, 08 March 2015 20:36

Pre-Health Safety Review (PHSR) seminar

On Janaury 23rd, OACETT GVC put on an information seminar at Conestoga Rovers in Waterloo. The seminar was to talk about the Pre-Health Safety Review required by industrial establishments. The seminar was led by Frank Tomei, a Professional Engineer with over 25 years experience along with Kellie Harrison, who is a retired Ministry of Labour inspector. Over 70 people attended the event. Thanks to CRA for hosting the event in their new meeting room.

PHSR seminar

Friday, 16 January 2015 20:51

2014 PEO Scholarships

PEO Grand River Chapter Scholarships Awarded   

After a rigorous evaluation process, the Grand River chapter of PEO is proud to announce the winners of the first year engineering scholarships for 2014. These scholarships were awarded based on applicants extracurricular activities, community service and desire to become a professional engineer. Thanks to the generous donations from Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. and JMP Engineering Inc., the Grand River chapter of PEO was able to award three scholarships to deserving students beginning study in engineering at Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and University of Guelph. This year, the number of applications received was more than five times the number that was submitted in 2013.

Joyce Zhang, the recipient of the scholarship funded by the Professional Engineers of Ontario, is enrolled at the University of Waterloo in the biomedical engineering program. In high school, Joyce was a top student at her school, graduating in the top 3% of her class. In addition to that, she was a violinist in the Trinity Western University orchestra, president of a school club that tackled gender equality issues, communications director for her school’s Kid’s Help Phone club, her district’s manager for the Wish Youth Network (a non-profit organization that helps terminally ill children), and other activities in the community. Joyce’s desire for challenging work and being able to impact people’s lives are what drew her to study engineering.


The scholarship funded by Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. is awarded to Anne Krueger, a student in the biological engineering program at the University of Guelph. Anne was an avid contributor to her high school and community being a part of numerous councils at school, performing in 7 musical groups, and running cross country and playing field hockey.  But her two contributions she’s most proud of are tutoring fellow students, and volunteering with the Ilderton fall fair, for which this past year she was selected as Fair Ambassador. To Anne, “engineers save the world” is a goal all engineers should strive for. Anne draws inspiration from her agricultural background for her part in saving the world by wanting to address world hunger via plant biotechnology.


Lance Bantoto is the recipient of the scholarship funded by JMP Engineering Inc. Lance has begun in the mechatronics engineering program at the University of Waterloo. During high school, Lance was heavily involved in athletics, playing basketball, volleyball, badminton, track and field and rugby, while also coaching volleyball and refereeing basketball. In addition, he was his school’s magazine’s editor-in-chief, volunteered with his high school’s ESL program and with his high school’s special education program. Furthermore, he has continued his extracurricular activities at the University of Waterloo by joining the Baja SAE design team and Engineers Without Borders. Lance wants to become an engineer to have an impact on a local, national, or even global scale, and has a better appreciation of what it means to be a P.Eng. after having worked in an engineering office.

The Grand River chapter of PEO would like to thank all the applicants; there were many deserving students to pick from. And again, we’d like to thank Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. and JMP Engineering for making the additional scholarships possible this year. The awards will be presented at the Grand River Chapter of PEO’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015.

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