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Future Perspectives of Engineering Education and the Impact of the Pandemic – Symposium 2

Co-Chairs, Jesse Zhu and Clayton Byers
(12:00-3:00 pm, July 26, 2021)

The Canadian Academy of Engineering, in partnership with Western University, is organizing a “Global Conference on Engineering Education – Challenges and Opportunities”. This conference consists of a series of symposia, held online, over a six month period, organized with different parties. The first symposium, “Future Perspectives of Engineering Education and the Impact of the Pandemic”, was held during the AGM of the Canadian Academy of Engineering on June 15 and this is the second symposium.

This Symposium at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) on July 26 will focus on the future of our engineering classrooms with a perspective from the lessons we’ve learned throughout the pandemic. This session builds on last year’s ASEE webinar series on “Emerging Insights: Navigating Remote Instruction” and seeks to build off the experiences of a number of those panelists. This three-hour session within the 2021 ASEE Annual Meeting will focus on a few major themes to discuss how we can move forward in our classrooms. Experts have been invited to present in these themes, which will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

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International Women in Engineering Day 2021

The Canadian Academy of Engineers will spend June 23rd, 2021 celebrating International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) amongst other professionals and associations across the world. As an organization, we strive to encourage the concept of engineering as a career for all, as well as celebrate all that women have contributed to the world of engineering.

We are honoured to stand with our #EngineeringHeroes – women in engineering, who recognise a problem, then dare to be part of the solution. To understand how we are contributing to this campaign, we have asked some of our Fellows to explain what this day means to them.

Visit the International Women in Engineering Day website for additional information. #INWED2021

Jeanette M. Southwood, FCAE, FEC, LL.D. (h.c.), P.Eng. – Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, Engineers Canada – Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators licensing Canada’s more than 300,000 members of the engineering profession. Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 goal aims to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 per cent by the year 2030. To help collect data to track the progress in numbers of women as they advance from being engineering students to becoming licensed as engineers, Engineers Canada developed a 30 by 30 scorecard that includes several strategic indicators. According to the UNESCO Report ‘Cracking the Code’, “Internationally comparable data are also needed on a larger scale to ensure evidence-informed planning and policymaking, as well as further documentation of the effectiveness and impact of interventions.” Engineers Canada is working with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations to help develop a scorecard that could be used in a global context.

Catherine Karakatsanis, M.E.Sc., P.Eng., ICD.D, FCAE – Chief Operating Officer, Morrison Hershfield – As a practicing Professional Engineer, I join the world on International Women in Engineering Day to celebrate women as Engineering Heroes! In much of the world women are a small minority of the profession, yet they survive, and thrive, and produce amazing work every day for the betterment of everyone – Heroic Work.

Our planet is at risk on so many fronts, and the world is relying on Engineers to tackle the many complex challenges and opportunities we face. To do that effectively, we need the best minds from among us, and that means doing the necessary to ensure that more women join and stay in the profession. The future for women in engineering is very exciting. A greater balance between the number of men and women will enrich the profession and will provide many more women with incredibly satisfying and rewarding careers.

Future Perspectives of Engineering Education and the Impact of the Pandemic

The Canadian Academy of Engineering, in partnership with Western University, is holding a Symposium on “Future Perspectives of Engineering Education and the Impact of the Pandemic”, on June 15, 2021, as part of a Global Conference on Engineering Education – Challenges and Opportunities.

While the world is going through unprecedented changes and rapid developments, the method of engineering education has not seen much change.  We have seen the developments in AI, 5G and other technologies, the increasingly inter-disciplinary nature of the engineering profession, and the use of hybrid virtual collaboration tools.  There is an opportunity for more fundamental and revolutionary changes in Engineering Education, and the current pandemic seems to have provided the catalyst for faster changes.

The half-day Symposium will feature 3 panel discussions and presentations from 9 world experts on Engineering Education, to discuss the Future Perspectives of Engineering Education and the Impact of the Pandemic, in view of the Challenges and Opportunities of Engineering Education.

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Net-Zero Webinar – Nuclear Fission and Fusion: Widening the Path to Net-Zero

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021 the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), in Collaboration with Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) will be hosting its third Net-Zero webinar, titled Nuclear Fission and Fusion: Widening the Path to Net-Zero.

The webinar will be held from 10:00 a.m. MT to 12:00 p.m. MT. The two-hour long webinar will begin with presentations by speakers Ali Siddiqui, Axel Meisen, and Philip Hildebrandt.

Axel will discuss the challenges and opportunities towards commercialization of fusion technologies, and applications in meeting the net-zero target by 2050. Philip will present his views on the application of existing and emerging nuclear technologies in meeting the net-zero target by 2050. Given the fact the SMR will have a higher per unit energy cost than the large nuclear reactors, Ali will discuss the application of SMR in meeting the net-zero target.

After all presentations, there will be a panel session moderated by Soheil Asgarpour to answer questions from the audience. The focus of this webinar is to discuss the potential of nuclear fission and fusion technologies in providing, safe, secure, clean, economic, and modern solutions to be part of the path in meeting the net-zero target by 2050.

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The presenters:

Axel Meisen, C.M., Ph.D., P.Eng, EurIng., FCAE, FCIC, FIEI

Axel advises boards and senior management in Canada and abroad on strategy development and implementation of major initiatives with long-term time horizons.  Examples are projects on Bitumen Beyond Combustion (a recent project focused on making non-combustion products from oilsands bitumen), Solid Waste Management in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia, and Environmental Technology and Management in Saudi Arabia.

Axel held the inaugural Chair in Foresight at the Alberta Research Council, after serving as president of Memorial University of Newfoundland, president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and dean of Applied Science and professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of British Columbia.  He chairs the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Research, Innovation and Technology (GRRIT) Advisory Council in Edmonton and recently became the Interim President of the Fusion Energy Council of Canada.  He is a Member of the Order of Canada, past President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a CAE Fellow.

Axel has Bachelor, Master, and doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, California Institute of Technology, and McGill University, respectively.

Philip Hildebrandt

Philip Hildebrandt is Special Assistant to the Laboratory Director, Idaho National Laboratory for Major Projects, Industry and Regulatory Strategy. He has over 50 years of experience in the nuclear and power generating industries. His experience has been gained through a wide range of engineering and management assignments in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and in commercial nuclear power plants. This experience has included senior management roles and consultation to commercial power generating companies and utilities, and government and government contractors in the recovery/restart, performance improvement, project management and engineering management of reactor facilities and other nuclear/chemical facilities. Mr. Hildebrandt has worked closely with senior and executive management within power generating companies and utilities, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Commerce. As a consultant to the Laboratory Director of the Idaho National Laboratory, Mr. Hildebrandt provides assistance in the development of major projects, industry liaison and regulatory strategy. He is participating in development of a multi-decade strategy for the future of nuclear energy that includes recommendations for rebuilding the U.S. nuclear industrial infrastructure and positioning U.S. industry to continue to be a leader in the global nuclear energy marketplace. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a graduate of the Bettis Reactor Engineering School in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and has completed graduate studies in electrical engineering at George Washington University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Ohio.

Ali Siddiqui

Mr. Ali Siddiqui is the Head of Directorate (acting) for the Advanced Reactors Directorate at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

Mr. Siddiqui has a range of management and leadership experienced gained though roles including leading CNL’s thermalhydraulics experiments and analysis group, corporate manager supporting the executive team in the office of the CEO over the period spanning AECL-CNL restructuring and in program management roles with oversight over a diverse range of research including the nuclear fuel and small modular reactors (SMRs).  His current accountabilities as the acting Head of Directorate for the Advanced Reactors Directorate includes leadership of over 150 scientists and technologists, management and oversight of a diverse set of advanced reactors related federal and commercial research projects, strategic planning, development of new S&T opportunities and support for the SMR siting project at CNL.  He currently represents CNL and Canada on a number of domestic and international working groups and committees.  Mr. Siddiqui has over a decade of experience in a range of roles in the nuclear industry, holds a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and is an alumni of the World Nuclear University.


Soheil Asgarpour, Ph.D, FCAE, FCIM, FCSSE, P.Eng.

A Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM), Dr. Asgarpour has over 35 years of diversified technical, business, and operations experience in the oil and gas industry, marked by providing strong leadership to several profit and not-for-profit organizations. Soheil has served Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) as president since 2007. Prior to joining PTAC, Soheil successfully led the overall management of the Crown’s oil sands interests in his position as Business Leader of Oil Sands for the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE). Prior to working for the Department of Energy, he held executive positions with mid- and large-size oil and gas companies. Soheil earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He completed the Western Executive Program at the Western Business School of the University of Western Ontario and the Leadership Program at Yale University.

He has served the Petroleum Recovery Institute (PRI) as First Vice Chairman, CIM as President, the Petroleum Society of CIM (PSC) as Chairman, CAE as President-Elect, and the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations, Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), CIM, PRI, PSC, CAE, and the Council of Canadian Academies as a Director. He is a life member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a member of the CIM, Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (CSSE), CAE, APEGA, and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

To view presentations and videos of the first two webinars dedicated to net-zero emissions, please click here.

Choosing Canada’s Automotive Future

We invite you to join us at 12 p.m. on March 25, 2021, for Choosing Canada’s Automotive Future – an interactive webinar hosted by the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a founding member of the Council of Canadian Academies.

Jeannette Montufar, FCAE, Founding Partner and CEO, MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd. and Chair of the Expert Panel on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Shared Mobility will present the findings from CCA’s latest report, Choosing Canada’s Automotive Future. The presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion. The Expert panelists will discuss the potential impact of autonomous vehicles and shared mobility on industry, communities and people in Canada. The webinar will conclude with an audience Q&A moderated by Eric M. Meslin PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies.

Choosing Canada’s Automotive Future identifies potential impacts of CASE vehicles on industry, privacy and cybersecurity, urban planning, the environment, and the safety and well-being of people in Canada. It provides a set of findings and conclusions that can help shape the future of how these vehicles operate in Canada.

This webinar is free but registration is required. The webinar will be recorded and will be available in both official languages post-event.

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Jeanette Montufar, FCAE
Founding Partner and CEO, MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd.

Sarah Wells, PhD
Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)

Carole Wilson, FCAE
Automotive Marketing and Sales Executive


Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)

Canadian Academy of Engineering Oceans Seminar

On March 23rd, 2021 at 12:00 pm EDT, a virtual seminar on the topic of Net Zero and Industrial Activity in Canada’s Oceans will be hosted by the Canadian Academy of Engineering and National Engineering Month. The seminar will be 90-minutes long and begin with presentations by speakers Dr. Susan Molloy, Ms. Kendra MacDonald, Dr. Peter Noble and Dr. Neil Bose. After each presentation there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask the speaker questions. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with all speakers, which will be moderated by Ms. Jennifer Williams.

The focus of this panel will be on industrial activities in Canada’s oceans and opportunities to work toward net-zero carbon emissions. The ocean is experiencing significant impacts as a result of climate change and all sectors of the economy are challenged to achieve net-zero emissions from their operations. This panel will explore ocean industries from the perspective of reducing direct carbon emissions from operations, reductions in supply chain emissions and reductions in energy supply emissions.

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Dr. Susan Molloy, President of Glas Ocean Electric
Ms. Kendra MacDonald, CEO of the Ocean Supercluster
Dr. Peter Noble, FCAE, Noble Associates Inc.
Dr. Neil Bose, FCAE, Vice-President (Research), Memorial University


Ms. Jennifer Williams, FCAE, President of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Maintaining Canada’s Economic Prosperity while Achieving Net-Zero by 2050

Join us for the first in a series of net-zero emissions webinars

Maintaining Canada’s Economic Prosperity while Achieving Net-Zero by 2050

Hosted by the Canadian Academy for Engineering, in collaboration with PTAC, we invite you to join us for the first webinar in a series dedicated to net-zero emissions. Expert panelists will discuss the common challenges Canadians face with meeting this target, and how collaboration and innovation can get us closer to achieving it.


  • Eddy Isaacs, former CEO of Alberta Innovates – Energy & Environment Solutions
  • Oskar Sigvaldason, Director, Energy Council of Canada

Save your seat!This timely online event will provide an overview of the current situation and look into the future of achieving this target.

  • DATE: January 28, 2021
  • TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

Post-event videos will be made public for those who cannot attend.


GG Recognizes CAE Fellows’ Excellence

Several CAE Fellows have been recognized by the Governor General as new appointments to the Order of Canada.  These appointments highlight the outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Congratulations to the CAE Fellows receiving these prestigious awards:

Members (C.M.):

  • Cristina Amon – For her contributions to the advancement of the field of engineering and to research and innovation across Canada.
  • Yves Beauchamp – For expanding the École de technologie supérieure and Montréal’s Quartier de l’innovation, and for his devotion to post-secondary education.
  • Hoda ElMaraghy – For her contributions to the field of mechanical engineering, notably for her work in advancing manufacturing systems in Canada and abroad.
  • Jagmohan Humar – For his contributions to structural engineering, for his commitment to education, and for his long-standing service as a community leader.
  • David P. Wilkinson – For his contributions to electrochemical science and engineering, particularly the ongoing development of fuel cell technology.

Read more about the recipients and the awards here.

The Second Richard Marceau Energy Symposium and IEEE Electric Power and Energy Conference

On November 12, 2020 from 14:05 to 16:00 MST, the Bowman Centre for Sustainable Development and the Canadian Academy of Engineering will co-host The Second Richard Marceau Energy Symposium in partnership with the IEEE Electric Power and Energy Conference (EPEC 2020). The conference is formally being held in Edmonton although it is being given virtually. Our President, Yves Beauchamp, will be paying homage to Richard who passed away in 2016 having twice been elected as President of the Academy. The Richard Marceau symposium is free and the IEEE is offering reduced rates for the rest of the conference to CAE fellows.

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If you are a CAE fellow, please reach out to to receive information on how to register at a discounted rate.

Roadmap to Resilient Ultra-Low Energy Buildings Symposium

On Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:30 am EDT, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) will be cohosting with the Concordia Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies the CAE Roadmap to Resilient Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050 Montreal Symposium. This webinar is the next step of the plan announced by the CAE to work on a Canadian roadmap for resilient buildings with an aim to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in new and existing buildings and associated community infrastructure.

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