What’s New at the Academy

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.

Register online at https://epec2020.ieee.ca/registration/

If you are a CAE fellow, please reach out to cae-admin@cae-acg.ca 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.

Click here to view the agenda.

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.

Click here to view the panel of speakers.

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 recovery@htctw.org 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

International Women in Engineering Day 2020

The Canadian Academy of Engineers will spend June 23rd, 2020 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 women in engineering careers, who continue to #ShapeTheWorld. To understand how we are contributing to this campaign, we have asked our board members to explain what this day means to them.

On June 23, join us in celebrating and continuing this conversation on our Twitter page and LinkedIn page. Visit the International Women in Engineering Day website for additional information. #INWED2020

Marc A. Rosen

“To me, it’s as simple as A + B = C.

A: Women can make great engineers and many women engineers have made great engineering contributions in the past.

B: Despite decades of efforts, women remain underrepresented in engineering, depriving society of many potential benefits and achievements.

C: We need more women in engineering, for equity and to realize the full benefits of engineering.”

Yves Beauchamp – CAE President

“This day is a reminder that parity between men and women is far from being achieved and that we must constantly push our efforts forward in order to attract and maintain the largest possible number of women within the engineering profession”

Heather Kennedy 

“In a word, the inclusion of women in engineering has meant freedom. Freedom to use all of one’s brain, freedom to help with and/or provide for your family, freedom to invent, to teach, to learn, to lead, to have power and to use it wisely and to escape from some mandated role that has no bearing on one’s abilities or desires. Freedom to take equal opportunities and shape them your own way. In return, I know that for the engineering profession it has made us all better and the world a better place. With all of society’s bright minds working on the issues and problems of our era, how can the solutions not be better, more timely and more relevant? With all perspectives available how can leadership not be better? The historical engineer I most admire is Elsie McGill, one of many early female engineers who made significant contributions while dealing with the personal side of her profession. The challenge today is to keep creating the opportunities, to educate that engineering is so much more than motors and mines and for leadership to reflect the success of an inclusive and integrated profession.”

Reinhold Crotogino

“I graduated from UBC in 1996, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, along with almost 1000 other engineering graduates. We had a remarkable classmate, Marlene Gosling, who was the first woman to have earned an Engineering Degree at UBC for several decades. At a time when there were very few women engineers in Canada and when much of Canadian society believed that women were not properly wired for this career choice, Marlene gave her classmates valuable insights into women in engineering, that we would carry with us throughout our professional careers. She was just as competent as the rest of us. She just wanted to be an engineer, have a fair opportunity to practice this profession, get appropriately compensated and have fair opportunities for advancement. Overcoming many obstacles, she achieved her goals with a successful career as an engineer for nearly 50 years. She was highly respected by her colleagues as an engineer and as a woman who affected subtle positive changes in the working atmosphere wherever she went. Sadly, Marlene died in June 2016, shortly before our 50th class reunion.

I have had the opportunity to work with many women engineers throughout my career. I have seen Marlene’s aspirations reflected in most of them. That is not surprising. After all, those are the aspirations of most engineers, but as a man, I simply took them for granted. We have moved a long way towards a more equitable and gender-neutral engineering profession, thanks in large part to the outstanding examples set by so many remarkable women engineers over the past 50 years. Women are still underrepresented in our profession. I don’t know what the appropriate representation should be. We won’t know until all girls going through our school system today see this as a legitimate career choice. We must all participate in achieving this goal.”

Nicole A. Poirier

“Women make up more than half of the Canadian population but are significantly underrepresented in the engineering profession.  In Canada, about 20% of first year engineering students are women, although only around 12% of practicing licensed engineers are women.  A recent poll reveals that half of Canadians cannot name a woman engineer or scientist, despite the numerous and important contributions they have made and continue to make.  I am familiar with a great many exceptional female engineers, but in honor of INWED2020 (INternational Women in Engineering Day 2020 taking place annually on 23 June), I could think of none other better to celebrate than CAE Honorary Fellow Julie Payette, a most distinguished Canadian female engineer and astronaut, now referred to as Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada.

In addition to the 28 honorary doctorates she was awarded, Payette holds engineering degrees from McGill University (Bachelor of Electrical Engineering) and the University of Toronto (Master of Applied Science in Computer Engineering) and is able to converse in six languages.  She joined the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in 1992 as a member of the Canadian Astronaut Corps, completed two spaceflights, logged more than 25 days in space, served as capsule communicator at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston, and from 2000 to 2007 acted as CSA’s Chief Astronaut.  She also holds a commercial pilot’s license, was invested into the Order of Canada in 2010, and is a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec.

In addition to her numerous corporate and board appointments, on July 13, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Queen Elizabeth II approved the appointment of Payette as the next governor general of Canada, a role which she still assumes today.  Her personal motto, PER ASPERA AD ASTRA (Through hardship to the stars), refers to her belief in the abilities of people everywhere to achieve their potential and make discoveries for a better world through determination, co-operation and healthy living. 

This is a most inspiring motto for all, engineer or not and male or female.  All persons have the opportunity to make their contributions to Canada’s prosperity and wellbeing.  Payette’s career path is a testament to the idea that with perseverance and determination, no barriers are insurmountable even for female engineers.”

Raymond Gosine

“When I returned to Canada in 1992 from the UK, I took up an academic position at the UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Department Head at the time of my hiring and during my stay at UBC was Dr. Martha Salcudean. Martha, who passed away about a year ago, was an expert in the field of heat transfer and fluid dynamics. She was an outstanding Department Head and I believe was the first female to hold such a position in Canada.

Martha’s life in Romania before coming to Canada was difficult for most of us to even imagine. She was a Holocaust survivor who spent time in a concentration camp.

I came to know Martha as a world-class academic and leader in her field of research, a tireless advocate for research in British Columbia, Canada and beyond, and an entrepreneurial innovator. She taught me much about the value of partnerships between university, industry and government, and she was far ahead of her time in her thinking about this aspect of life in an engineering school. Perhaps most significantly for me and many others, Martha was a wonderful professional and personal mentor who remained a mentor throughout my career and who stood apart from anyone else that I have ever had the opportunity to work for.

While never seeking out honours or glory, Martha was recognized for her contributions, including several honorary degrees and fellowships, including FCAE. Martha epitomized the very best in Canadian engineering and the very best in human beings. When I think of the outstanding contribution of women to engineering, I think of Martha.”

Fifty-two new Fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Ottawa – (15 June 2020) – President Yves Beauchamp welcomed 50 new elected Fellows and two new International Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Engineering on 15 June 2020. Due to the complications with the COVID-19 pandemic, new Fellows were welcomed virtually, in conjunction with the Academy’s 2020 Annual General Meeting.

The official Induction Dinner for 2020 Fellows has been postponed and will take place at the 2021 Annual General Meeting and Symposium in Halifax, NS.

To view our official press release, click here.

2020 CAE Scholarship Winners Announced

The Canadian Academy of Engineering is pleased to announce the winners of its 2020 national scholarship competitions.

The winner of the 2020 CAE Bruce Aubin SAE Aerospace Design Award is Ms. Megan Holmes, a Mechatronic Systems Engineering student at Simon Fraser University.  She is recognized for her work on the 1U cube satellite that is due to go into low earth orbit in Q2 2021.

The winner of the 2020 CAE William G. Belfry SAE Award is Mr. Ben Sprenger, a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Toronto. He is recognized for his work on Formula-E racing.

To view our official press release, click here.

International responses to COVID-19

The following resources were produced by Academies around the globe. The list is by no means exhaustive, but showcases examples of what the engineering community is doing to fight COVID-19.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with the International Partnerships team at the Royal Academy of Engineering for more information.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

Catalogue of useful technological interventions

The Chinese Academy of Engineering

Key learnings from hospitals on the front lines of combating COVID-19

COVID-19 Knowledge Centre

Protocols on Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment

The German Academy of Engineering Sciences

Coronavirus Pandemic: Statistical Concepts and their Limits

Breaking Infection Dynamics, Bringing Society Back to Normal

Coronavirus Crisis: Keeping the Economy Running, Securing Basic Services, Maintaining Innovative Capacity

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

Junior Academy Competition based on the initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences to reduce anxiety in youth

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Coronavirus Resources Collection

Crisis Standards of Care Collection

December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019: 30 years ago 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique’s engineering school in the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. To commemorate this tragic event and to promote the outstanding work of female engineers across Canada, Engineering Deans Canada invited each of the Canadian engineering schools that offered an accredited engineering program in 1989 to put forward the story of an engineering alumna who graduated within three years of the massacre (1986-1992), and whose career exemplifies the value that women bring to the engineering profession and to society.

Read more here.

CAE News for the week of 24 June

On a weekly basis, the CAE compiles news of interest to the organization and its members, and makes it publicly available on our website. The CAE works to highlight emerging issues in which engineering has a role as well as promote recognition of engineering excellence and innovation.

Happy Canada Day from CAE

From everyone at CAE, we wish you a happy and safe Canada Day!

Guelph honours women in STEM with downtown banners

New banners on some downtown Guelph streetlights are honouring the work of women in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. The Downtown Guelph Business Association says the project was inspired by Donna Strickland, FCAE, the University of Waterloo professor who was one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.

For more information, click here.

Physicist Wang wins Einstein World Award of Science

The Albert Einstein World Award of Science announced its winner, Zhong Lin Wang, FCAE. The chair and regents professor of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Zhong Lin Wang has become the first Chinese-American scientist to win this award. Wang was awarded for his “pioneering and seminal contributions to the discovery, innovation and implementation of nanogenerators and self-powered systems,” said the World Cultural Council (WCC), the organization that gives out the award.

For more information, click here.

Ottawa tasks trailblazing female officer to lead extended training mission in Iraq

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan, FCAE, will be promoted to major-general and take over the command of the NATO training mission in Iraq until November 2020. Congrats Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan!

For more information, click here.

G.H. Duggan Medal of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME)

Congratulations to Daolun Chen, FCAE, who was recently presented with the 2019 G.H. Duggan Medal. “The G.H. Duggan Medal was established in 1935 to honour Dr. G.H. Duggan who was president of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in 1916. It is awarded annually for the best paper dealing with the use of advanced materials for structural or mechanical purposes. (revised 1983).”

For more information, click here.

Fellows named to the Order of Canada

We are pleased to report that two of our Fellows have been mentioned in the most recent honours list:

Elizabeth Cannon, O.C., Calgary, Alberta

For her remarkable contributions to science, technology and academia in Canada, notably as an engineer and university administrator.

Lotfollah Shafai, O.C., Winnipeg, Manitoba

For his fundamental contributions to the fields of electromagnetics and antenna and satellite development, which have led to renowned advancements in the telecommunications industry.

To see the full list, click here.

2019 National Order of Quebec Recipients

Congratulations to Pierre Lassonde, FCAE, who was promoted to Grands officiers in the National Order of Quebec.

See the full list of recipients here.

CAE Annual General Meeting 2019

On 21 June, CAE held its Annual General Meeting, Technical Symposium and Induction of new Fellows in Quebec City. The Focus of the Technical Symposium was Entrepreneurship in Optics-Photonics. Delegates heard from professionals and entrepreneurs in the Optical and Photonic Ecosystem including:

  • Marie-Christine Ferland, Optonique
  • Jean Fortin, Defense Research and Development Canada (RDDC – Valcartier)
  • Alain Chandonnet, National Optics Institute (INOQuébec)
  • Réal Vallée, Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL – Université Laval)
  • Patrick Sauvageau, President and CEO, Zilia Health
  • Xavier Godmaire, Laserax
  • Jean Giroux, Telops
  • Bruno Schmidt, Few-Cycle Inc.
  • Eric Bergeron, FlyScan Systems Inc
  • Maripier Tremblay, Université Laval
  • Sophie Veilleux, Université Laval

We want to thank our moderators for the Technical Symposium: André Zacarrin, Université Laval and Maripier Tremblay, Université Laval.

Fifty-four Fellows and one Honorary Fellow were inducted during the Induction dinner that evening. You can find the full list of 2019 Fellow inductees here.

Guests heard from Sophie D’Amours, FCAE, of Université Laval and received the Keynote address from Germain Lamonde, FCAE, of EXFO.

André Bazergui, FCAE, was presented with the Leopold Nadeau Memorial Award from CAE President Eddy Isaacs. This award is presented to acknowledge and celebrate truly extraordinary efforts made by a Fellow to further the objective of the Academy.

Several external news releases have been prepared on behalf of our new Fellow inductees. We would be happy to share any others we may not have received. Please forward to cae-admin@cae-acg.ca.

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

Carleton University

Concordia University

McMaster University

Queen’s University

Simon Fraser University

The University of Texas at Austin

University of Manitoba

University of Saskatchewan

University of Toronto

University of Waterloo

University of Windsor

Western University

Thank you to our 2019 CAE Annual General Meeting Sponsors!


Council of Canadian Academies

McGill University

McMaster University


Polytechnique Montréal

Queen’s University

Schulich School of Engineering – University of Calgary

Univeristé Laval

University of British Columbia

University of Toronto

University of Waterloo


University of Alberta

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