Category Archives: Activities of Interest

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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Northern Infrastructure Corridor Seminar

On October 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT, the Canadian Academy of Engineering will be presenting a virtual seminar on the concept of a Northern Infrastructure Corridor. The Keynote Speaker will be John McDougall, FCAE, Co-Founder of the C2C2C citizen’s initiative, and former president of the National Research Council. He will talk on developing a national infrastructure corridor in partnership with Indigenous leaders and communities. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Axel Meisen, FCAE; Réal Laporte, FCAE, former president of the James Bay Energy Corporation (SEBJ) and Hydro-Québec Innovation; and Marshall Kern, President of the Bowman Centre for Sustainable Development.

In June, 2017 the Government of Canada Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce published a report titled National Corridor, Enhancing and Facilitating Commerce and Internal Trade. The report “calls for the construction of an east-west corridor through Canada’s northern regions, which would unlock significant economic opportunities”.

The Senate study took as its starting point a 2016 paper from the University of Calgary and the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO) in Québec which took a new look at an idea popularized by Richard Rohmer and presented at the 1969 Mid-Canada Development Conference in Thunder Bay.

Today, faced with the need to create substantial economic growth consistent with a future green, net-zero economy in partnership with Indigenous communities, the Northern Infrastructure Corridor concept has enormous “nation-building” potential. In this seminar John McDougall will outline the concept and lay out first practical steps in achieving this objective and the role that engineering will play in its success.

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This virtual seminar is limited in space and registration is required. Register online here.

How to Change the World | Recovery Canada • August 2020

From 17-21 August, the fully-virtual How to Change the World | Recovery Canada • August 2020 program will be running with 200 engineering, business and interdisciplinary participants from five of Canada’s top universities: McGill University, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, University of Waterloo and York University.

CAE Fellows are invited to engage (virtually) with these participants as Experts. More detail about what it means to be an Expert for the program can be found on the Information for Experts and Partners webpage. (For those interested in learning more about the pedagogy of How to Change the World (HtCtW), and particularly their virtual experiential programs, HtCtW Founder and UCL academic, Dr Jason Blackstock, will be happy to host a roundtable discussion on the topic for participating CAE Experts following the program.)

You can confirm your willingness to contribute as an Expert simply by emailing or by clicking the button on the Information for Experts and Partners webpage.

For your reference, expert sessions will take place during the following times that week:

  • Tuesday 18 August 10.30-12.30 (ET)
  • Wednesday 19 August 08.30-10.30 (ET)
  • Thursday 20 August 10.15-12.45 (ET)
  • Friday 21 August 14.30-19.30 [with breaks] (ET) – for those interested in being a Judge for the final Showcase where participants present their ideas

Professor Honghi Tran honoured by TAPPI

The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, Inc. (TAPPI) has announced that Honghi Tran FCAE has been named winner of the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. Dr. Tran is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto in Canada, and is also the university’s Frank Dottori Chair in Pulp and Paper Engineering and Director of its Pulp & Paper Centre.