P.Engs recognized far and wide

The 2017 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards were recently handed out at a gala event. The awards, which celebrate the height of engineering excellence, recognized 20 outstanding projects demonstrating a high quality of engineering, imagination and innovation, as well as providing social, economic and environmental benefits. A joint program of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies–Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine, the awards are the most prestigious mark of recognition for consulting engineers in Canada. COWI North America was honoured with multiple awards, receiving both the Ambassador Award—a special award presented to a project constructed or executed outside of Canada showcasing Canadian engineering expertise—and an Award of Excellence in the transportation category, both for its work on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (Oculus) in New York, New York. COWI was chosen to provide erection and construction engineering services to help realize the complex vision for the Oculus project. Bridge-building techniques were employed to erect the stunning structure, designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, who is known for ambitious designs that push the boundaries of structural engineering. The Oculus, comprised of approximately 12,500 tons of structural steel, forms the entrance to a new multi-billion-dollar transit station, the third largest in the city, serving over 200,000 commuters daily. Travellers make their way bathed in the glow of natural light, filtering through the massive 800,000-square-foot steel and glass structure—which looks much like a bird taking flight from lower Manhattan and has come to represent the resilience of New Yorkers, and the rebuilding of a key public space. COWI received a second Award of Excellence in the transportation category for its work on the Abraham Lincoln Bridge in Louisville, Kentucky. Several Ontario projects were also recognized with Awards of Excellence, including Lazaridis Hall of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON in the building category. Lazaridis Hall is a warm and engaging, wood-clad concrete and steel building with a unique drum-shaped lecture hall utilizing cantilevered girder trusses that lend it a floating quality. It also boasts a freeform structural glass skylight which, at 42 x 21 metres, may be the largest single-layer trussless skylight in Ontario. Engineering services for Lazaridis Hall were provided by VanBoxmeer and Stranges Engineering, and among those honoured were: Richard Stranges P.Eng., Gerardus VanBoxmeer, P.Eng., Lijun Guo, P.Eng., and Bradley Stott, P.Eng. Winning firms Parsons and Harbourside Engineering were both honoured with an Award of Excellence in the transportation category for their work on the Burgoyne Bridge Replacement in St. Catharines, ON. Among those honoured at Parsons for design were: Brent Archibald, P.Eng., Sameh Salib, P.Eng., William Moore, P.Eng., and Nelson Guiot Rubiano, P.Eng. Those recognized at Harbourside Engineering for construction, erection and demolition included: Greg MacDonald, P.Eng., Robert Fraser, P.Eng., Kyle Boudreau, P.Eng., and Nicholas MacEachern, P.Eng. The project, which required the replacement of an aging 100-year-old high-level truss bridge with a landmark arch bridge, maintains a key link in the transportation system of the City of St. Catharines while enhancing the surrounding environment. The key players helped to erect a bridge that is not only a physical enhancement but also one of functionality and safety. Golder Associates was recognized with an Award of Excellence in the environmental remediation category for design and construction oversight on the Barrie Landfill Reclamation and Re-Engineering project—among those honoured were: Paul Dewaele, P.Eng., Frank Barone, P.Eng., Doug Kerr, P.Eng., and Martin Castillo, P.Eng. With the landfill impacting city water resources, remediation was critical. The project, which took seven years to complete, utilized an innovative composite geosynthetic liner, the first such use for a landfill in Ontario, and dealt with challenges relating to limited space, odour control and material management.

The 2017 Canada’s Safest Employers Awards were recently handed out to recognize companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in the promotion of health and safety in the workplace. They included 10 industry-specific categories, from hospitality to mining, with employers judged on a range of occupational health and safety elements. In the manufacturing category, Celestica brought home a Gold Award. With workers on a high-volume production line in its dynamic, fast-paced one-million-square-foot Toronto electronics manufacturing facility, safety is paramount, and a culture of progressive refinement of safety protocols contributed to winning the gold. Cementation Canada won a Gold Award in the mining and natural resources category for putting an emphasis on comprehensive safety programs and quality of safety initiatives. When it comes to ensuring the health and safety of its workforce, the company puts a strong focus on accountability, education and follow-up—with an expectation that everyone take safety seriously. Exemplifying a proactive safety culture worthy of an award, Cementation Canada, which has a goal of zero harm, recently implemented a five-year safety strategy.

Construction industry professionals, including architects, engineers, developers and others, recently came together to celebrate excellence in wood design at the 17th annual Wood WORKS! Awards. The awards honour those who advance the use of wood in all types of construction through design excellence, advocacy and innovation. Ontario Wood WORKS! presented 12 awards, with 10 going to specific projects and two given to professionals for outstanding contributions to the building industry showcasing wood design and construction. Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, promoting and supporting the use of wood in all types of construction. “It is our privilege to celebrate Ontario’s wood design leaders through the Wood Design Award program,” said Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program. “Design professionals who understand the need for sustainable development are specifying wood products for innovative, environmentally responsible construction.” Some of the award-winning projects included: Active House, Centennial Park in Etobicoke, ON, for which structural engineer Quaile Engineering took the Environmental Building Award; Lake House Condominiums in Grimsby, ON earned Tacoma Engineers Inc. the Mid-Rise Wood Design Award; St. David Catholic Elementary School in Sudbury, ON, for which engineers A2S Associates Ltd. took the Institutional Wood Design Award under $10M; McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury, ON, for which engineering firm AECOM took the Institutional Wood Design Award over $10M; Ontario Wood Pavillion in Toronto, ON earned Moses Structural Engineers the Commercial Wood Design Award; Carpenters’ Union Local 1669 Training Centre in Thunder Bay, ON, for which FORM Architecture Engineering took the Northern Ontario Excellence Award; and Lazaridis Hall, Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, ON—adding to its Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards win—earned structural engineer VanBoxmeer and Stranges Engineering Ltd. the Interior Wood Design Award.

University of Windsor professor Andrzej Sobiesiak, P.Eng., recently received international recognition for his outstanding contribution towards advances in the knowledge of combustion processes and technologies with the Dionizy Smolenski Medal from the Polish Academy of Sciences. This is a special honour for Sobiesiak, head of the department of mechanical, automotive and materials engineering, who studied with Professor Smolenski as an undergraduate in Warsaw.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has recognized 12 eminent Canadian scholars and researchers for their outstanding achievements with eight medals and four awards. The RSC is the senior national, bilingual body of distinguished Canadian scholars, humanists, scientists and artists, with a primary objective of promoting learning and research in the arts, humanities and sciences. Included among the recipients is Keith Hipel, P.Eng., department of systems design engineering, University of Waterloo, who received the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal. The RSC also named 70 incoming members in the 2017 cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, representing the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada. Together, the members will address issues of concern to new scholars, artists and scientists with an aim of advancing understanding. Researchers will take advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the college—which boasts gender parity and linguistic and cultural diversity—and strive to overcome disciplinary and academic boundaries in the common pursuit of knowledge. Among the 2017 cohort are: Jan Franklin Adamowski, P.Eng., department of bioresource engineering, McGill University; Joule Bergerson, P.Eng., department of chemical and petroleum engineering, University of Calgary; Frank Gu, P.Eng., department of chemical engineering, University of Waterloo; Zhen (Jane) Wang, P.Eng., department of electrical and computer engineering, University of British Columbia; and Wei Yu, P.Eng., department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Toronto. The RSC also elected 89 new fellows to the Academy of Arts and Humanities, announcing their class of 2017, including one foreign fellow and two specially elected fellows—individuals with diverse backgrounds and disciplines who have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Among those elected to the Academy of Science, Applied Science and Engineering Division: Richard Bathurst, P.Eng., department of civil engineering, Royal Military College of Canada; Reza Iravani, P.Eng., department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Toronto; Milica Radisic, P.Eng., department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, University of Toronto; Bin Wu, P.Eng., department of electrical and computer engineering, Ryerson University; and Weihua Zhuang, P.Eng., department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Waterloo. In addition, Terence Peters, P.Eng., medical imaging, medical biophysics and biomedical engineering, Western University, was elected to the Academy of Science, Life Science Division.

The annual University of Toronto faculty of engineering’s Industry Partner Awards, which recognize key industry collaborations with the faculty, recently honoured Geosyntec with the Small-to-Medium Enterprise Partner Award for its long-term support of the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry.


Three Engineers Canada-Manulife scholarships valued at $12,500 each will be available to support Canadian professional engineers returning to university to further study or research in an engineering field. Additionally, there are three Engineers Canada-TD Insurance Meloche Monnex scholarships, valued at $7,500 each, also available to support Canadian professional engineers returning to university to further study or research, with studies being in a field other than engineering but complementary to the applicant’s engineering practice. The deadline for consideration for the Engineers Canada scholarships is March 1, 2018. For more information, go to engineerscanada.ca/awards-and-honours/scholarship-program.

Nominations open for the 2018 Canada’s Safest Employers Awards on February 1. The awards recognize companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers. For more information, visit www.safestemployers.com.