Creative innovation a popular theme at North Bay Chapter event

The positive disruption brought on by innovators dominated discussion January 26 at the annual Professional Engineers’ Day Symposium in North Bay, Ontario.

Organized by PEO’s North Bay Chapter and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), the event will soon mark its half-century of engineering and technology exhibition.

The theme for the 2018 symposium was “innovation and mavericks.”

Karin Pratte, P.Eng., vice chair of the North Bay Chapter and head of the symposium organizing committee, says nearly 100 engineers, technicians and technologists took in this year’s event.

“Innovators and mavericks were well represented in the presentations by companies such as Cementation, Hardline Solutions and Metric Aid,” Pratte told Engineering Dimensions. “Cementation discussed its award-winning injection hoisting technology and speaker Alun Price Jones, named ‘the innovator’ in CIM Magazine’s 2017 Names to Know, spoke of his brilliant idea and how it is now becoming a reality.”

Cementation’s injection hoisting system incorporates several existing technologies to move ore from deep mine excavations to the surface using a continuous, slurry-filled pipeline loop.

In addition to the Cementation exhibit, there were presentations surrounding entrepreneurship and funding opportunities, which tied in nicely with the theme, Pratte adds.

CIM Magazine, published by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, focuses primarily on trends and technology in the extraction industry.

David Jackowski, P.Eng., current chair of the North Bay Chapter, served as host and emcee for some of the day’s activities.

Among the guests bringing greetings were MP Anthony Rota (Nipissing-Timiskaming), North Bay Mayor Al McDonald, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers President and Chair Jonathan Hack, P.Eng., OACETT President-elect Kim Pickett, C.E.T., and PEO President-elect David Brown, P.Eng., BDS, C.E.T.

Outgoing PEO Registrar Gerard McDonald, P.Eng., also attended the symposium and made a brief presentation on the engineering regulator’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.

“Overall it was a very successful event for the local chapter,” Pratte says.