That brilliant idea

Despite the romanticized image of the lone researcher suddenly having a eureka moment after a long day in the lab, the reality is that innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. Great ideas come alive through trial and error, and when groups of passionate people work together to inspire, support and collaborate.

Ontario engineers are no different. They are true team builders—they count their colleagues as friends, draw on their diversity and celebrate wins within the community as if they were their own. Oh, and they innovate like mad. It’s this mix of culture and talent that’s creating some of the best teams for innovative products and processes you’ll find anywhere.

Within the pages of Engineering Dimensions, we’ve featured—time and time again—hardworking and creative professional engineers who are putting their talent to good use, making our daily lives smarter, safer and more stimulating.

What has become a biennial tradition, our innovation issue is one of my favourites because we get to explore all the fascinating research projects and startups that are happening right here in Ontario, talk to the great minds behind the work, and discover the process of how their ideas became reality.

In “Welcoming innovation,” we introduce you to P.Engs who are—with the talent and support of their teams—revolutionizing the technology used for medical drug testing, the development of socially interactive robots for people with dementia, and applications in 3-D forensic mapping for crime scene investigations. Others are transforming our daily lives by improving the reliability of software, incorporating ingenious optimal learning techniques in schools, and developing the notorious future of autonomous cars.

You won’t want to skip our Profile column this issue, where we feature the impressive professional life of military engineer Travis Kelley, P.Eng., who has been able to combine his interest in science and engineering and his desire to help people while carrying out the multitude of roles he’s been assigned to in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Please also take a moment to read the inspiring biographies of the 11 engineers who will be recognized this year with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA). For tickets and more information on the November 18 OPEA gala celebration, please visit

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our 2017 Engineering Dimensions reader survey (congratulations to Logan Robinson, EIT, whose name was drawn for $500 Apple gift card) and our annual call for ideas. Your help is very much appreciated!