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PEO Grand River Chapter was privileged to participate in the 2015 Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair held at Bingeman’s, Kitchener on April 7, 2015. The Fair is an annual event that brings together the best of the young scientific minds of the region. WWSEF is open to Senior Elementary and High School students from Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Upper Grand District School Board. Grade 7 to 12 home-schooled or students from schools that do not run science fair programs were also invited as individual entries. The WWSEF is supported by the members of the community who encourage the development of our youth along scientific paths.


Approximately 220 projects involving over 300 students from about 30 different public, separate and independent schools in Waterloo Region, The Upper Grand District School Board, and Wellington County. The projects were placed into one of five Divisions – Biotechnology, Earth Science, Engineering Science, Life Science, or Physical Science. Within each of these Divisions the projects were further divided into one of three Categories, according to the grades of the participants – Junior (grades 7 and 8), Intermediate (grades 9 and 10) or Senior (grades 11, and 12). The projects and students were judged according to a national standard by over 120 judges from local schools, universities, colleges, businesses and industries volunteer.


About 70 students from different levels dropped by the Chapter’s booth and they were happy to receive a copy of a PEO booklet written for engineers-to-be and they enjoyed making their fancy buttons using Badge Button Maker Machine. Grand River Chapter of PEO attended to greet the visitors and provide insight into what needed to have the P.Eng. designation as a highest standards of engineering knowledge, experience and professionalism in the country. Additionally, tips and guidance were provided to students at different levels to help explore information regarding the current practice of professional engineering.



Tuesday, 10 March 2015 18:38

May Executive Meeting 2015

The next Exectuive Meeting is on May11th at 6:00 pm.

Please contact Matt Irvine,, for additional information.

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


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