P.Engs honoured with national awards

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s faculties of energy systems and nuclear science, and engineering and applied science, recently honoured esteemed and distinguished engineering leader Jeanette Southwood, P.Eng., FEC, LLD, conferring upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Southwood, vice president, strategy and partnerships, Engineers Canada, has a long history of being recognized for exceptional achievement, setting the pace early in her career by winning an Ontario Professional Engineers Award in the Young Engineer category in 1997 and then again in 2015 in the Engineering Excellence category. Further exemplifying her service to the community, she worked as a PEO volunteer, serving as a committee chair and chapter director from 1993 to 2014. Southwood is a recipient of the Province of Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities Award and the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. She was honoured as one of Canada’s Clean50 for her work as a sustainability influencer, and named one of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In August, Southwood was recognized by the Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as part of their Women of Innovation initiative, highlighting her contribution as a driving force for positive change and role model for women in engineering. Southwood’s reputation as a well-respected leader, visionary and mentor makes her a powerful force in the engineering community and a natural choice to receive this honour.

Bert Wasmund, PhD, P.Eng., executive director at Hatch Ltd., has been named as a Member of the Order of Canada. Wasmund was chosen for this honour, one of the most prestigious appointments in Canada, in recognition of his role as a leader in engineering and a distinguished career that includes the receipt of several noted awards, like the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards’ Gold Medal in 2012 and the Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence in 2005. In 2011, Wasmund was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in recognition of his exceptional work in the mining and metallurgical industry, and he received the Metallurgy and Materials Society’s Airey Award, the most prestigious award for Canadian metallurgy, in 1998. Well-known as a philanthropist, he has put noteworthy endowment scholarships in place at both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. A pioneer in the industry, Wasmund has developed patents that have revolutionized the industry. His forward-thinking contributions to the environmental progress of Canada’s mining and metals industry are renowned. Wasmund’s dedication as a philanthropist and mentor, continued flair for innovation, and track record of exceptional achievement has earned him a well-deserved reputation for excellence in his field, aptly culminating in receiving this, the highest honour our nation can bestow 
on a civilian.

In August, the 2017 Schulich Leaders were announced. Fifty exceptional students were chosen to receive the award—of those, 25 were awarded $100,000 each for engineering. The Schulich Leader Scholarships, the largest of their kind available to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students, are awarded annually to top students across Canada. The following 11 Ontario engineering students were among those honoured: Aidan Aird, University of Toronto, engineering; Sam Crawford, McMaster University, engineering; Mickey Dang, University of Waterloo, systems design engineering, co-op; Joshua Guinness, McMaster University, engineering; Laure Halabi, Queen’s University, engineering; Andres Lombo, University of Toronto, engineering science; Emma Lozhkin, University of Waterloo, computer engineering, co-op; Susie O’Brien, University of Ottawa, chemical engineering; Johann Sapim, Queen’s University, engineering; Joy Shah, Western University, software engineering; and Nathan Stachow, York University, geomatics engineering. Additional information is available at www.schulichleaders.com.


The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is set to offer a new annual award and scholarships, in partnership with SAE Foundation Canada, to top engineering students across Canada. The CAE Bruce Aubin SAE Aerospace Design Award is valued at $800, while the CAE William G. Belfry Memorial SAE Scholarships are worth $2,000. The award and scholarships coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, recognizing the crucial role aerospace, automotive and transportation design engineering play in building Canada’s future. The deadline for submission of applications is March 20, 2018, with the winners announced on May 15, 2018. Additional information is available at www.cae-acg.ca/projects/scholarships.