2019 CAE Annual General Meeting

Entrepreneurship in Optics-Photonics

Technical Symposium & Induction Ceremony of New Fellows

Québec, QC


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AGM Report


This year Dr. Sophie D’Amours, Rectrice of Université Laval hosted the CAE in Québec City for its annual set of meetings. These included a working dinner of the Board to establish a framework for the next strategic planning cycle; the face-to-face meeting of the Board of Directors held each year; the Annual General Meeting open to all Fellows; the Technical Symposium, this year entitled “Entrepreneurship in Optics-Photonics”; the New Fellows Induction Dinner; The Léopold Nadeau Memorial Award for Distinguished Service presented to Dr. André Bazergui; and the closing Keynote speech by Québec entrepreneur and founder of EXFO, Germain Lamonde.

The 2019 CAE Annual Meetings took place on the traditional unceded territory of the Huron-Wendat people.

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Strategic Planning

The Board of Directors held a working dinner on the evening of June 20 to kick-off the strategic planning cycle for 2020 to 2025. President Eddy Isaacs presented a Framework for the plan and a process for developing it. The plan will inform and guide the focus, priorities, growth, decisions and leadership of the CAE in paying tribute to distinguished Canadian engineers and as a trusted source of engineering knowledge leading to advice for policymakers while building on the theme of promoting Canadian engineering excellence. Yves Beauchamp (President-Elect) and Isaacs will be the Strategic Plan Champions.

The previous time a full Strategic plan was developed was for the 2009-2014 time period. It was revisited in 2014 and maintained until now. Robert Crawhall (Executive Director) will be in touch with Board Members and the broader Fellowship regarding the creation of the new plan. The first draft will be tabled at the Board of Directors meeting on November 13, 2019.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors convened at 8:00 am on Friday, June 21. A summary of the Board minutes will be posted on the website shortly. Several important issues were discussed;

  1. The Board thanked Kevin Goheen for eight years of dedicated work on behalf of the Academy and wished him all the best in his new role as CEO of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction. They welcomed Robert Crawhall as the new Executive Director;
  2. The Board was pleased to hear that the number of unpaid Fellows has dropped significantly since the introduction of the new, web-based registration and payment system;
  3. The 2019 budget is tighter than anticipated due to shortfall in revenues that resulted from budgetary challenges for the Council of Canadian Academies;
  4. The Board raised Lifetime Fellowship fees from $3850 to $5390 on the advice of the Finance and Executive Committees. The sudden uptake of lifetime memberships over the past two years (lifetime fees have been available for over 7 years but have not been popular until recently) triggered a financial review. At the lower sum the CAE would not be sustainable with its current business model. The Lifetime Fellowship fee increase is equivalent to changing from 10 years of annual fees to 14 years of annual fees at the current fee rate. This is the same ratio as for the Royal Society of Canada;
  5. The Board reviewed the recommendations of the Fellowship Committee regarding reinstatements and disciplinary actions and ratified the decisions taken by the Executive;
  6. The Honours and Awards Committee tabled their report and congratulated this year’s winners;
  7. The Research Committee received an update on the Low Energy and Resilient Buildings Symposium held on March 22 in Montreal. The attendees proposed solutions that address the three objectives of resilience, deep reductions in GHG emissions, and optimized energy efficiency. The Board confirmed their commitment to proceed to the next phase, a conference in Montreal in 2020;
  8. The International Committee confirmed that Jesse Zhu would be attending the annual CAETS committee meeting held this year in Stockholm. A key objective is to join the US, UK and Chinese Academies of Engineering as a participant in the Global Engineering Grand Challenges.

Annual General Meeting

Forty-four Fellows attended the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the AGM. Draft Minutes of the meeting are available in the Fellows section of the website. President Isaacs started the meeting by asking everybody to stand and recognize the fourteen Fellows who have passed away since the previous AGM.

He then presented the Presidents report in which he highlighted the work of the Fellowship committee who presented 49 Canadian Fellows, 5 International Fellows and 1 Honorary Fellow from a pool of over 140 excellent nominees. He went on to thank all the people who have contributed to the success of the CAE over the past year including Chairs and Members of committees and the heads of the two regional sections in Montreal and Western Canada/Calgary, Yves Beauchamp and Soheil Asgarpour respectively.

Bruce Burton, Treasurer of the CAE, presented the Auditor’s Report for 2018. He then provided the Treasurer’s report including the 2019 budget in which he noted that the 2019 budget, which was before the Fellows, was redone in March after it was notified that the Canadian Council of Academies had to reduce their contribution for 2019/2020.

Bruce also explained the work that went into the decision by the Board to raise lifetime fees as described in the previous section.

It was moved by Bruce Burlton, seconded by Peter Mascher, that Nephin Winter Bingley Charter Professional Accountants be appointed as CAE auditors for 2019.

The Nominating Committee provided a recommended slate of Board Members for 2019/2020. These had been endorsed by the Board of Directors. For Officers: President: Eddy Isaacs; President-Elect: Yves Beauchamp; Secretary-Treasurer: Bruce Burlton; Past President: Douglas Ruth. For Directors-at-Large: Jeannette Montufar (Continuing); Nicole Poirier (Continuing); William Rosehart (Continuing); Kimberly Keating (Continuing); Tony Dawe (Continuing); Heather Kennedy (New); Marc Rosen (New). There being no alternative nominations from the floor, it was moved by Jesse Zhu, seconded by Eddy Isaacs that the slate of officers and directors be approved.

Relative to membership of the Fellowship Committee the following proposal had been received: For Fellowship Committee: Chair Ron Crotogino (New); President; President-Elect. As Members-at-Large: Ray Gosine (Continuing); Soheil Asgarpour (Continuing); Samantha Espley (Continuing); Lynne Cowe-Falls (New). There being no alternative nominations from the floor, it was moved by D. Ruth, seconded by Bruce Burlton and passed.

It was noted, for information purposes only, that Douglas Ruth and Eddy Isaacs would continue on the Council of Canadian Academies Board of Governors. It was also noted that Peter Mascher has been appointed to the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS)

Symposium on Entrepreneurship in Opto-Photonics

Eddy Isaacs introduced the technical session on Entrepreneurship in Opto-Photonics and presented André Zaccarin, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Université Laval, as the moderator of the first session, a panel presentation and discussion on the Opto-Photonic Ecosystem in Québec with panelists:

  • Marie-Christine Ferland, Executive Director, Optonique: Pole for excellence in optics-photonics;
  • Jean Fortin, Acting Director, Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC/RDDC – Valcartier)
  • Alain Chandonnet, President and CEO, National Optics Institute (INO-Québec)
  • Réal Vallée, Director, Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL – Université Laval)

The panel provided a detailed description of the various organizations and roles that have been responsible for the establishment, growth and continued success of Québec and particularly of the Québec City region as a global centre for opto-photonics.

The Technical Session reconvened after lunch with a discussion on Technological Entrepreneurship in Optics-Photonics with Presidents and CEOs of start-up companies in the field of optics, photonics and lasers. The moderator for this session was Prof. Maripier Tremblay, Chair in Educational Leadership and Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at Université Laval. The panelists were:

  • Patrick Sauvageau, President and CEO, Zilia Health, founded in 2012 with the mission of saving the sight and improving the health of millions;
  • Xavier Godmaire, President and CEO, Laserax, a supplier of laser marking and cleaning solutions for automotive, marine and agricultural equipment sectors;
  • Jean Giroux, President and CEO, Telops, a global leader in infrared camera systems;
  • Bruno Schmidt, Founder and CTO, Few-Cycle, founded in 2013 and specializing in ultra-fast lasers;
  • Eric Bergeron, President and CEO, FlyScan Systems, a provider of airborne artificial intelligence and remote sensing solutions for the energy industry.

The panelists described their journeys from deciding to start a company to key opportunities that they were able to take advantage of, where their businesses stand today and where they plan to take them in the future.

For the final portion of the technical session Maripier Tremblay is joined by Sophie Veilleux, Associate Professor, Technological Entrepreneurship at Université Laval. Participants were divided into working groups to address key issues regarding entrepreneurship in Canada. Drawing from the broad expertise of Fellows of the Academy many practical recommendations were made.

Induction of New Fellows

President Isaacs presided as Master of Ceremonies over the induction of New Fellows into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Isaacs presented Professor Sophie D’Amours, Rectrice of Université Laval, Fellow of the CAE and Officer of the Order of Canada. Dr. D’Amours greeted the more than 100 attendees at the Induction Dinner on behalf of the University.

The induction proceedings started with the presentation of the Academy’s highest honor, the title of “Honorary Fellow” to Professor Donna Strickland, Co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for co-inventing chirped pulse amplification, the method of generating high-intensity, ultrashort optical pulses.

Next came the induction of newly-elected Fellows. Thirty-six of the fifty-four new Fellows were present to receive their certificates. President-Elect Yves Beauchamp and Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Burlton introduced each of the new Fellows present.

This year five International Fellows were inducted into the Academy: Victor Castaño, Professor, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Meyya Meyyappan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology, NASA Ames Research Center; Nicholas Peppas, Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin; and Zhong Lin Wang, Regents’ Professor, Hightower Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology

A full list of new Fellows can be found on the Website.

The Léopold Nadeau Memorial Award for Distinguished Service

The Léopold Nadeau Memorial Award for Distinguished Service was established in 2008 to commemorate the exceptional contributions of the late Leopold Nadeau FCAE to the conception and founding of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and his exemplary service as the CAE’s first Executive Director.  This award is rather unique because it is awarded at the sole discretion of the President of the Academy.  André Bazergui, FCAE, was selected for the Léopold Nadeau Award for his work in establishing the Montreal section of the CAE, a group which has served as a role model for other regional sections.

Closing Keynote

The closing keynote address served as an appropriate conclusion to a day of events that celebrated leadership, excellence and innovation in Canadian engineering with a focus on opto-photonics. Germain Lamonde, FCAE, engineer physicist and exceptional inventor, the founder, Executive Chairman and principal craftsman of EXFO, a global leader in the test, service assurance and analytics market provided his personal reflections on what it takes to succeed in a highly competitive economy and how to stay true to one’s values.

Presentations & Event Photos


Induction Ceremony

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