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JULY 2019
10JUL

Outstanding Year at the 16th Annual Making Links Engineering Classic

The 16th Annual Making Links Engineering Classic (MLEC) was held on June 20, 2019. Our sold-out tournament hosted 54 teams of golfers who played a challenging round of golf at the Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Steinbach, MB.

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JUNE 2019
7JUN

By-law Review Committee Seeks Input on Draft By-laws

The By-law Review Committee is seeking feedback from members regarding the draft version of the proposed by-law changes for 2019.

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4JUN

Applications Now Open for Sons & Daughters Bursary

The Sons & Daughters Bursary is open to sons and daughters of Association members in good standing, who are enrolled in 1st year engineering or geoscience studies at any CEAB recognized university or college. Applications are accepted from June 1 until September 1.

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MAY 2019
15MAY

Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education Seeks your Input

The Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education is conducting a comprehensive, independent review of our province’s elementary and secondary education system, the first review of its kind in decades. Students, parents, educators, school boards, academics, Indigenous organizations, la francophonie, municipal councils, professional organizations, the business community, and the general public from across Manitoba are invited to participate in this review.

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8MAY

UofM Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program Now Accepting Project Submissions

The University of Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program is now accepting project submissions for the Mechanical and Biosystems final year engineering design courses in 2019-2020. The program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course, commonly referred to as a Capstone Design course.

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2MAY

Environmental Scan Provides Insights

Environmental scan provides insights as to why diversity and gender parity in engineering are important and includes a review of findings and recommendations to address the barriers faced by girls and women from early childhood and all along the engineering pipeline.

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APRIL 2019
24APR

Cdn Academy of Engineering Assembles Thought Leaders to work on the Resilient Infrastructure Project

The Canadian Academy of Engineering assembled Thought Leaders from the professional community, construction industry, academia and three levels of government to begin to work on a national “Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050”.

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17APR

Project Donate 2019 - Engineering a Vital Resource

During the month of March, 64 donors participated in Project Donate to help build a strong, stable inventory to support local patients in need. Thank you to those of you who rolled up their sleeves for Project Donate!

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16APR

New Online Features for City of Winnipeg Occupancy Permits

The City of Winnipeg is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of features for the City’s Permits Online system which revamps the way requests for occupancy are submitted and processed.

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4APR

Abstracts Sought for Association's Annual Conference

The Association is seeking abstracts for presentations at this year's annual conference, Ingenium, taking place on October 17, 2019. Abstracts should be submitted by April 26, 2019.

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MARCH 2019
27MAR

Engaging Members with Future Act Amendments

Two years ago, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba commenced a comprehensive By-law review and updating process for the purpose of renewing the By-laws. In so doing, an opportunity to update The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act through the Manitoba Government was identified, allowing for both strengthening of the provisions of the Act with respect to such items as internal reviews and discipline, and modernizing the Act’s registration processes.

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18MAR

Spaghetti Bridge Competition Smashes Bridges and Fights Hunger

Over a four-day period, more than 800 students competed, building 476 trusses which were tested to breaking point during this year's Spaghetti Bridge Competition.

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1MAR

Certificate of Authorization Renewal Time

Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually. The certificate year is from May 1st to April 30th, each year.

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6MAR

Dream Big: Engineering Our World Challenge to Teachers

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has challenged Manitoba teachers to inspire the next generation of engineers by watching Dream Big: Engineering Our World with their students during the month of March.

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FEBRUARY 2019
28FEB

New Student Chapter at University of Manitoba for LGBTQ2S+ Engineering Students

University of Manitoba's EngiQueers eager to create visibility, space, and a community for LGBTQ2S+ engineering students.

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21FEB

Canadian Blood Services Seeks Engineering Firms For Project Donate

Canadian Blood Services is asking engineering firms to roll up their sleeves to save a life by participating in Project Donate this March.

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11FEB

Information for Plan Submissions & Approvals by Manitoba Health (Water Facilities/Food Handling)

Information for Plan Submissions & Approvals by Manitoba Health Relating to Recreational Water Facilities and Food Handling Establishments in Manitoba

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8FEB

PEGW - Winnipeg Free Press Supplement Opportunity

As part of Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW), the Winnipeg Free Press will publish a special section celebrating and showcasing Manitoba's outstanding engineers and geoscientists.

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JANUARY 2019
30JAN

Association Selected as Finalist for Spirit of Winnipeg Award

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has revealed the finalists for the 10th annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of three finalists for the Wellness and Workplace Culture Award.

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30JAN

2019 Award Nomination Deadline Extended

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Awards has been extended to Monday, February 11. Nominate a colleague today!

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28JAN

Engaging Members with Future By-law and Act Amendments

On January 28, 2019, Council hosted a member engagement session to discuss upcoming changes to the By-laws and the Act. A further session is planned for February 15.

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24JAN

Building opportunities for future Canadian engineers - Immigration Matters

Building opportunities for future Canadian engineers is a unique take on the Gina Cody success story, and the first in the recently launched Immigration Matters video series from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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DECEMBER 2018
6DEC

Dear 2030: Students of Manitoba Ask The Profession To Be Ready

In the spring of 2018, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba launched a marketing campaign to middle and high school students of Manitoba, which saw them send petitions with thousands of signatures to some of the province's largest employers of engineers asking them what they will do to ensure that 30% of newly licensed engineers will be women by 2030, 30 by 30.

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6DEC

Natural Resources Canada Launches Crush It! Challenge for $10 Million Innovation Search

The Government of Canada is looking for game-changing solutions to reduce energy use in Canada’s mining operations and has launched the Crush It! Challenge to offer clean technology innovators with funding for their best ideas.

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NOVEMBER 2018
29NOV

Changes to the Eligibility Definition of Manulife's Insurance Products

Manulife would like to notify practitioners that the eligibility requirements for several of its programs and services have now changed, so that membership in a participating association is only required at the time of application.

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28NOV

2019 Student Writers Scholarship Now Open!

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be accepting submissions for the 2019 Student Writers Scholarship, sponsored by Craig Kelman & Associates, until January 20. Students are encouraged to write an article for The Keystone Professional and be in with the chance to win $500 towards their engineering or geoscience studies!

Read More »
22NOV

Participate in the Fall 2018 Public Review of Codes Canada Publications

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes invites interested parties to take part in the fall 2018 public review of proposed changes to the 2015 editions of Codes Canada publications. The review will run from November 7, 2018 to January 4, 2019.

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21NOV

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program - Call for Letters of Intent (2019/2020)

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) provides funding for targeted, outcome-focused actions and the 2019/2020 Call for Letters of Intent is open until December 4, 2018.

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13NOV

Manitoba’s Top Companies Unite to Tackle Shortage of Women Engineers

The province’s top engineering employers are banding together in a bold effort to help close the most significant diversity gap in engineering – the shortage of women engineers.

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7NOV

Share Your Story

Are you a professional engineer, professional geoscientist, or intern? Why did you decide to become a P.Eng. or P.Geo.? If you’re interested in telling your story, we want to hear from you!

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1NOV

2019 Renewals Now Available Online

Renewals for the 2019 renewal period are now available online at www.EngGeoMB.ca

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OCTOBER 2018
31OCT

Congratulations to Recipients of 2018 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Awards

On Friday, October 19, 2018, eight awards were presented at the Association’s annual Awards Gala Dinner, which took place at the Fort Garry Hotel. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba was honoured to recognize the achievements of these exemplary individuals, teams, and companies who represent the best of engineering and geoscience in Manitoba.

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25OCT

Council Election Results for 2018

The results of the 2018 Council Elections and by-law proposals and petitions vote.

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SEPTEMBER 2018
24SEP

Notice to Members - Election Details Amendment

Notice to members regarding a change to the 2018 Council Election information.

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AUGUST 2018
20AUG

2017-18 CIPWIE Mentorship Program Report

The Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE) has released its review of the 2017/18 Mentorship Program, including results and feedback obtained, and recommendations for future program improvements.

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13AUG

Survey Seeks Mining Professionals

Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, is seeking professional geologists, engineers, and environmental scientists working in the mining industry, to provide input on a Career Path Mapping Survey.

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13AUG

CIPWIE Mentorship Program - Call for Female Protegees and Mentors

The Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE) is currently recruiting female interns (Protegees) and professional members (Mentors)for the 2018-19 CIPWIE Mentorship Program.

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JULY 2018
12JUL

Notice to Practitioners - Disciplinary Hearings

The purpose of this notice is to remind members how the disciplinary process works. The process is detailed in Part 10 (Sections 29 to 55) of the Act and By-law 15 of the Association’s by-laws.

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10JUL

Notice to Practitioners - Annual General Meeting

See this Notice to Practitioners for information about the 2018 Annual General Meeting, as well as nominations for election to Council, which should be received by September 6, 2018.

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5JUL

University of Manitoba Civil Engineering Class of 1968 Reunion

Did you or someone you know graduate from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba in Civil Engineering in 1968? The organizing committee is looking to gauge the level of interest in attending a reunion this fall, to mark the 50th anniversary of graduation.

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5JUL

Geoscience and Canada – Understanding our Earth: The vital role of Canada’s geoscientists

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce the release of “Geoscience and Canada – Understanding our Earth: The vital role of Canada’s geoscientists”. This informative booklet highlights the rich geoscience resources of Canada and the vital contributions of geoscientists to Canadian society.

Read More »
JUNE 2018
29JUN

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service

The Association reminds all private, small municipalities, and non-profit organizations that they must comply with The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service, which is now law in Manitoba, by November 1, 2018.

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28JUN

Canadian Archives of Women in STEM Launches

On June 18, 2018, the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists – Education and Research Institute (INWES–ERI) and Library and Archives Canada launched the Canadian Archives of Women in STEM at the University of Ottawa.

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27JUN

Showcasing Female Engineers for INWED 2018

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and CIPWIE marked International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) by showcasing some of Manitoba's most prominent women in the field.

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25JUN

By-law Review Committee Seeks Member Input

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft wording of the new By-law 4.2.6: Finance Committee.

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7JUN

INWED 2018: Celebrating the Achievements of Women in Engineering

Saturday, June 23, 2018, is International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women in this exciting industry.

Read More »
6JUN

Applications Now Open for Sons & Daughters Bursary

The Sons & Daughters Bursary is open to sons and daughters of Association members in good standing, who are enrolled in 1st year engineering or geoscience studies at any CEAB recognized university or college. Applications are accepted from June 1 until September 1.

Read More »
MAY 2018
28MAY

Local Transportation Engineer Honoured with National Award

Winnipeg transportation engineer, Jeannette Montufar, P.Eng., was presented with Engineers Canada's Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession at a ceremony in Saskatoon on Thursday, May 24.

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23MAY

Association Holds Fourth Annual MLA Reception

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba held its fourth annual MLA Reception providing a platform for Association members to build positive relationships with government officials, and discuss matters relating to the engineering and geoscientific professions.

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22MAY

By-law Review Committee Seeks Member Input

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft wording of the proposed changes to By-law 13 and By-law 15.

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9MAY

Vehicle Technology Centre Inc. Accepting Letters of Interest to its OEM-Supplier Development Program

The Vehicle Technology Centre Inc. (VTC) is accepting letters of interest to its OEM-Supplier Development Program, from Manitoba manufacturers undertaking technology development projects supporting heavy vehicle manufacturing in Manitoba.

Read More »
3MAY

UofM IDEA Program Now Accepting Project Submissions

The University of Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program is now accepting project submissions for the Mechanical and Biosystems final year engineering design courses in 2018-2019. The program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course, commonly referred to as a Capstone Design course.

Read More »
3MAY

“Engineering Changes Lives” - Doubling the Number of Women Entering Engineering by 2030

Over 100 government officials, engineers, and educators were in attendance for a panel discussion exploring the culprits that steer girls away from STEM and nudge women out of the engineering profession, which took place on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Read More »
APRIL 2018
5APR

Association Seeks Input on Centennial Celebrations

Give us your thoughts on projects and activities to mark our upcoming 100 year anniversary and you could win a $100 Best Buy gift card!

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5APR

Applications Now Open for ICAN-WISE Undergraduate Research Award

The ICAN-WISE Scholarship began in the Prairie region of Canada in 2014 in order to help female undergraduate students develop mentoring relationships with women STEM academics. Each year, students are invited to select a mentor of their choice and apply for this scholarship worth $6,000 to embark on a summer of natural sciences research.

Read More »
MARCH 2018
29MAR

Abstracts Sought for Association's Annual Conference

The Association is seeking abstracts for presentations at this year's annual conference, Ingenium, taking place on October 18, 2018. Abstracts should be submitted by April 27, 2018.

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19MAR

University of Manitoba Aero Team Flying High

A team of mechanical engineering students from the University of Manitoba is flying high after winning the international SAE Aero Design competition.

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14MAR

Spaghetti Bridge Competition Smashes Bridges and Records

2018 marked a record year for the annual Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Spaghetti Bridge Competition, with 904 students building 453 trusses which were tested to breaking point during the event, which partnered with Winnipeg Harvest.

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26FEB

Grand Opening of Expanded Association Office

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba officially marked the opening of their expanded office with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by an open house.

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FEBRUARY 2018
13FEB

Geoscientists Canada Names New CEO

Geoscientists Canada has announced that Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, will take over as Chief Executive Officer of Geoscientists Canada on the retirement of the current CEO, Oliver Bonham, P.Geo., FGC, on March 1, 2018.

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8FEB

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program - Call for Letters of Intent

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) provides funding for targeted, outcome-focused actions in the key freshwater priority areas of Nutrient Reduction, Collaborative Governance, and Indigenous Engagement.

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8FEB

Support Services List Now Available Online

Are you experiencing job loss or some other event that has created stress in your life? The Association now has a comprehensive list of Support Services listed on its website, as a reference to help you through stressful events affecting yourself,your worklife, and your personal life.

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7FEB

Canadian Blood Services Seeks Engineering Firms For Project Donate

Canadian Blood Services is asking engineering firms to roll up their sleeves to save a life by participating in Project Donate this March.

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1FEB

Association Expands Office Space

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has expanded its office space at 870 Pembina Highway, to include more private workspaces and four additional meeting rooms. Everyone is welcome to visit the newly-expanded office during the Open House on February 23.

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1FEB

Feedback Sought for Return to Active Practice Guideline

The Association is seeking feedback on the newly developed Return to Active Practice Guideline.

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JANUARY 2018
18FEB

Resources for Future Generations 2018 Abstract Deadline Extended

Resources for Future Generations 2018 Abstract Deadline has been extended to February 12, 2018.

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18JAN

"Engineering Changes Lives" Celebration Huge Success

A celebration to launch the “Engineering Changes Lives” initiative, which aims to achieve the goal that 30% of newly licensed engineers in Manitoba are women by the year 2030, attracted over 120 attendees.

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5JAN

INTRAW Scenarios: The World of Raw Materials in 2050

The INTRAW project consortium is pleased to announce the release of a new brochure presenting three scenarios for the world of raw materials in 2050: “Unlimited Trade”, “Sustainability Alliance” and “National Walls”.

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JULY 2019
10JUL

The 16th Annual Making Links Engineering Classic (MLEC) was held on June 20, 2019. Our sold-out tournament hosted 54 teams of golfers who played a challenging round of golf at the Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Steinbach, MB.

Read More »
JUNE 2019
7JUN

The By-law Review Committee is seeking feedback from members regarding the draft version of the proposed by-law changes for 2019.

Read More »
4JUN

The Sons & Daughters Bursary is open to sons and daughters of Association members in good standing, who are enrolled in 1st year engineering or geoscience studies at any CEAB recognized university or college. Applications are accepted from June 1 until September 1.

Read More »
MAY 2019
15MAY

The Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education is conducting a comprehensive, independent review of our province’s elementary and secondary education system, the first review of its kind in decades. Students, parents, educators, school boards, academics, Indigenous organizations, la francophonie, municipal councils, professional organizations, the business community, and the general public from across Manitoba are invited to participate in this review.

Read More »
8MAY

The University of Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program is now accepting project submissions for the Mechanical and Biosystems final year engineering design courses in 2019-2020. The program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course, commonly referred to as a Capstone Design course.

Read More »
2MAY

Environmental scan provides insights as to why diversity and gender parity in engineering are important and includes a review of findings and recommendations to address the barriers faced by girls and women from early childhood and all along the engineering pipeline.

Read More »
APRIL 2019
24APR

The Canadian Academy of Engineering assembled Thought Leaders from the professional community, construction industry, academia and three levels of government to begin to work on a national “Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050”.

Read More »
17APR

During the month of March, 64 donors participated in Project Donate to help build a strong, stable inventory to support local patients in need. Thank you to those of you who rolled up their sleeves for Project Donate!

Read More »
16APR

The City of Winnipeg is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of features for the City’s Permits Online system which revamps the way requests for occupancy are submitted and processed.

Read More »
4APR

The Association is seeking abstracts for presentations at this year's annual conference, Ingenium, taking place on October 17, 2019. Abstracts should be submitted by April 26, 2019.

Read More »
MARCH 2019
27MAR

Two years ago, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba commenced a comprehensive By-law review and updating process for the purpose of renewing the By-laws. In so doing, an opportunity to update The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act through the Manitoba Government was identified, allowing for both strengthening of the provisions of the Act with respect to such items as internal reviews and discipline, and modernizing the Act’s registration processes.

Read More »
18MAR

Over a four-day period, more than 800 students competed, building 476 trusses which were tested to breaking point during this year's Spaghetti Bridge Competition.

Read More »
1MAR

Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually. The certificate year is from May 1st to April 30th, each year.

Read More »
6MAR

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has challenged Manitoba teachers to inspire the next generation of engineers by watching Dream Big: Engineering Our World with their students during the month of March.

Read More »
FEBRUARY 2019
28FEB

University of Manitoba's EngiQueers eager to create visibility, space, and a community for LGBTQ2S+ engineering students.

Read More »
21FEB

Canadian Blood Services is asking engineering firms to roll up their sleeves to save a life by participating in Project Donate this March.

Read More »
11FEB

Information for Plan Submissions & Approvals by Manitoba Health Relating to Recreational Water Facilities and Food Handling Establishments in Manitoba

Read More »
8FEB

As part of Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW), the Winnipeg Free Press will publish a special section celebrating and showcasing Manitoba's outstanding engineers and geoscientists.

Read More »
JANUARY 2019
30JAN

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has revealed the finalists for the 10th annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of three finalists for the Wellness and Workplace Culture Award.

Read More »
30JAN

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Awards has been extended to Monday, February 11. Nominate a colleague today!

Read More »
28JAN

On January 28, 2019, Council hosted a member engagement session to discuss upcoming changes to the By-laws and the Act. A further session is planned for February 15.

Read More »
24JAN

Building opportunities for future Canadian engineers is a unique take on the Gina Cody success story, and the first in the recently launched Immigration Matters video series from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Read More »
DECEMBER 2018
6DEC

In the spring of 2018, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba launched a marketing campaign to middle and high school students of Manitoba, which saw them send petitions with thousands of signatures to some of the province's largest employers of engineers asking them what they will do to ensure that 30% of newly licensed engineers will be women by 2030, 30 by 30.

Read More »
6DEC

The Government of Canada is looking for game-changing solutions to reduce energy use in Canada’s mining operations and has launched the Crush It! Challenge to offer clean technology innovators with funding for their best ideas.

Read More »
NOVEMBER 2018
29NOV

Manulife would like to notify practitioners that the eligibility requirements for several of its programs and services have now changed, so that membership in a participating association is only required at the time of application.

Read More »
28NOV

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be accepting submissions for the 2019 Student Writers Scholarship, sponsored by Craig Kelman & Associates, until January 20. Students are encouraged to write an article for The Keystone Professional and be in with the chance to win $500 towards their engineering or geoscience studies!

Read More »
22NOV

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes invites interested parties to take part in the fall 2018 public review of proposed changes to the 2015 editions of Codes Canada publications. The review will run from November 7, 2018 to January 4, 2019.

Read More »
21NOV

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) provides funding for targeted, outcome-focused actions and the 2019/2020 Call for Letters of Intent is open until December 4, 2018.

Read More »
13NOV

The province’s top engineering employers are banding together in a bold effort to help close the most significant diversity gap in engineering – the shortage of women engineers.

Read More »
7NOV

Are you a professional engineer, professional geoscientist, or intern? Why did you decide to become a P.Eng. or P.Geo.? If you’re interested in telling your story, we want to hear from you!

Read More »
1NOV

Renewals for the 2019 renewal period are now available online at www.EngGeoMB.ca

Read More »
OCTOBER 2018
31OCT

On Friday, October 19, 2018, eight awards were presented at the Association’s annual Awards Gala Dinner, which took place at the Fort Garry Hotel. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba was honoured to recognize the achievements of these exemplary individuals, teams, and companies who represent the best of engineering and geoscience in Manitoba.

Read More »
25OCT

The results of the 2018 Council Elections and by-law proposals and petitions vote.

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SEPTEMBER 2018
24SEP

Notice to members regarding a change to the 2018 Council Election information.

Read More »
AUGUST 2018
20AUG

The Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE) has released its review of the 2017/18 Mentorship Program, including results and feedback obtained, and recommendations for future program improvements.

Read More »
13AUG

Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, is seeking professional geologists, engineers, and environmental scientists working in the mining industry, to provide input on a Career Path Mapping Survey.

Read More »
13AUG

The Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE) is currently recruiting female interns (Protegees) and professional members (Mentors)for the 2018-19 CIPWIE Mentorship Program.

Read More »
JULY 2018
12JUL

The purpose of this notice is to remind members how the disciplinary process works. The process is detailed in Part 10 (Sections 29 to 55) of the Act and By-law 15 of the Association’s by-laws.

Read More »
10JUL

See this Notice to Practitioners for information about the 2018 Annual General Meeting, as well as nominations for election to Council, which should be received by September 6, 2018.

Read More »
5JUL

Did you or someone you know graduate from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba in Civil Engineering in 1968? The organizing committee is looking to gauge the level of interest in attending a reunion this fall, to mark the 50th anniversary of graduation.

Read More »
5JUL

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce the release of “Geoscience and Canada – Understanding our Earth: The vital role of Canada’s geoscientists”. This informative booklet highlights the rich geoscience resources of Canada and the vital contributions of geoscientists to Canadian society.

Read More »
JUNE 2018
29JUN

The Association reminds all private, small municipalities, and non-profit organizations that they must comply with The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service, which is now law in Manitoba, by November 1, 2018.

Read More »
28JUN

On June 18, 2018, the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists – Education and Research Institute (INWES–ERI) and Library and Archives Canada launched the Canadian Archives of Women in STEM at the University of Ottawa.

Read More »
27JUN

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and CIPWIE marked International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) by showcasing some of Manitoba's most prominent women in the field.

Read More »
25JUN

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft wording of the new By-law 4.2.6: Finance Committee.

Read More »
7JUN

Saturday, June 23, 2018, is International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women in this exciting industry.

Read More »
6JUN

The Sons & Daughters Bursary is open to sons and daughters of Association members in good standing, who are enrolled in 1st year engineering or geoscience studies at any CEAB recognized university or college. Applications are accepted from June 1 until September 1.

Read More »
MAY 2018
28MAY

Winnipeg transportation engineer, Jeannette Montufar, P.Eng., was presented with Engineers Canada's Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession at a ceremony in Saskatoon on Thursday, May 24.

Read More »
23MAY

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba held its fourth annual MLA Reception providing a platform for Association members to build positive relationships with government officials, and discuss matters relating to the engineering and geoscientific professions.

Read More »
22MAY

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft wording of the proposed changes to By-law 13 and By-law 15.

Read More »
9MAY

The Vehicle Technology Centre Inc. (VTC) is accepting letters of interest to its OEM-Supplier Development Program, from Manitoba manufacturers undertaking technology development projects supporting heavy vehicle manufacturing in Manitoba.

Read More »
3MAY

The University of Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program is now accepting project submissions for the Mechanical and Biosystems final year engineering design courses in 2018-2019. The program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course, commonly referred to as a Capstone Design course.

Read More »
3MAY

Over 100 government officials, engineers, and educators were in attendance for a panel discussion exploring the culprits that steer girls away from STEM and nudge women out of the engineering profession, which took place on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Read More »
APRIL 2018
5APR

Give us your thoughts on projects and activities to mark our upcoming 100 year anniversary and you could win a $100 Best Buy gift card!

Read More »
5APR

The ICAN-WISE Scholarship began in the Prairie region of Canada in 2014 in order to help female undergraduate students develop mentoring relationships with women STEM academics. Each year, students are invited to select a mentor of their choice and apply for this scholarship worth $6,000 to embark on a summer of natural sciences research.

Read More »
MARCH 2018
29MAR

The Association is seeking abstracts for presentations at this year's annual conference, Ingenium, taking place on October 18, 2018. Abstracts should be submitted by April 27, 2018.

Read More »
19MAR

A team of mechanical engineering students from the University of Manitoba is flying high after winning the international SAE Aero Design competition.

Read More »
14MAR

2018 marked a record year for the annual Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Spaghetti Bridge Competition, with 904 students building 453 trusses which were tested to breaking point during the event, which partnered with Winnipeg Harvest.

Read More »
26FEB

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba officially marked the opening of their expanded office with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by an open house.

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FEBRUARY 2018
13FEB

Geoscientists Canada has announced that Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, will take over as Chief Executive Officer of Geoscientists Canada on the retirement of the current CEO, Oliver Bonham, P.Geo., FGC, on March 1, 2018.

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8FEB

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) provides funding for targeted, outcome-focused actions in the key freshwater priority areas of Nutrient Reduction, Collaborative Governance, and Indigenous Engagement.

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8FEB

Are you experiencing job loss or some other event that has created stress in your life? The Association now has a comprehensive list of Support Services listed on its website, as a reference to help you through stressful events affecting yourself,your worklife, and your personal life.

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7FEB

Canadian Blood Services is asking engineering firms to roll up their sleeves to save a life by participating in Project Donate this March.

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1FEB

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has expanded its office space at 870 Pembina Highway, to include more private workspaces and four additional meeting rooms. Everyone is welcome to visit the newly-expanded office during the Open House on February 23.

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1FEB

The Association is seeking feedback on the newly developed Return to Active Practice Guideline.

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JANUARY 2018
18FEB

Resources for Future Generations 2018 Abstract Deadline has been extended to February 12, 2018.

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18JAN

A celebration to launch the “Engineering Changes Lives” initiative, which aims to achieve the goal that 30% of newly licensed engineers in Manitoba are women by the year 2030, attracted over 120 attendees.

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5JAN

The INTRAW project consortium is pleased to announce the release of a new brochure presenting three scenarios for the world of raw materials in 2050: “Unlimited Trade”, “Sustainability Alliance” and “National Walls”.

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JUL 10, 2019

Outstanding Year at the 16th Annual Making Links Engineering Classic

The 16th Annual Making Links Engineering Classic (MLEC) was held on June 20, 2019. Our sold-out tournament hosted 216 golfers who played a challenging round of golf at the Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Steinbach, MB. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the competitions and festivities, and the beautiful weather including a short rain shower to cool the golfers off, made it the perfect day to be out on the course.

This year's MLEC raised over $21,000 to go towards the benefit of Manitoba's future engineers at the University of Manitoba. To date, a total of over $238,000 has been raised since 2004.

The Making Links Engineering Classic organizing committee would like to thank all players and sponsors for their generous contribution to the 2019 MLEC tournament, and for the support of the Faculty of Engineering.

Mark your calendars for next year’s 17th Annual Making Links Engineering Classic Tournament on Thursday, June 18, 2020. We are hoping to break the $250,000 mark as we celebrate our centennial anniversary in 2020.

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JUN 07, 2019

By-law Review Committee Seeks Input on Draft By-laws

During 2017 and 2018, the By-law Review Committee in accordance with the multi-year by-law re-write project has worked on three major by-laws; By-law 13: Code of Ethics, By-law 15: Complaints and Discipline, and By-law 17: By-law Changes. During the 2019 year, the committee has reviewed the remainder of the by-laws; By-laws 1 through 12, 14 and 16. After review, the committee is recommending that these by-laws be revised entirely as drafted by legal counsel.

The following version of the proposed by-laws is in draft format and has not been officially approved by either the By-law Review Committee or by Council. As such, the final version for voting is subject to change. The committee has taken the step of releasing this draft early, prior to full internal vetting, in order to give members as much time as possible to become familiar with the proposed changes and to provide feedback to the committee.

Modifications in principle between the existing by-laws and the proposed new by-laws are as follows:
- Adding a definition of ‘good standing’
- Requiring all councillors to be in good standing
- Excluding members who are not in good standing from nominating councillors, voting at Annual General Meetings and elections, and serving on Council committees
- Ensuring the length of the voting periods of by-law changes and Council elections are equal
- Only allowing a professional member to be elected to the Executive Committee
- Having the executive committee report to the council on any actions taken
- Requiring retired members to identify themselves as such
- Eliminating the Life Membership category, and adding a provision for Retired Members to apply to have their dues waived

While drafting the by-laws, legal advised some further changes:
- Clarifying definitions
- Defining the execution of instruments
- Defining the duty of care and protection of Councillors, officers, and others

Your feedback is welcome,
Jonathan Epp, P.Eng.
Chair of the By-law Review Committee

Please send any feedback by Friday, June 21st, 2019 to Danielle Unett, who is acting as staff support to the By-law Review Committee, at DUnett@EngGeoMb.Ca . All feedback received will be forwarded to all members of the committee for consideration.

JUN 04, 2019

Applications Now Open for Sons & Daughters Bursary

The Sons & Daughters Bursary is open to sons and daughters of Association members in good standing, who are enrolled in 1st year engineering or geoscience studies at any CEAB recognized university or college.

Five (5) awards of $1,000 each will be given annually. Bursary recipients will be selected in a random draw immediately following the close of applications.

Applications will only be accepted between June 1 and September 1, 2019.

For further information on this bursary's eligibility criteria, and how to apply, please read the document below in full.

MAY 15, 2019

Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education Seeks your Input

The Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education is conducting a comprehensive, independent review of our province’s elementary and secondary education system, the first review of its kind in decades. Students, parents, educators, school boards, academics, Indigenous organizations, la francophonie, municipal councils, professional organizations, the business community, and the general public from across Manitoba are invited to participate in this review.

The information received will help the Commission develop recommendations for an education system that achieves better outcomes for students and reflects the economic and societal needs of Manitobans, both today and in the future.

Areas of focus for the review include long-term vision, student learning conditions for excellence, more effective teaching, strengthened accountability for student learning, type of governance structure needed for a coordinated and relevant education system, and funding.

You are invited to participate in a public workshop or the online survey before May 30. For more details, visit the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education website below.

MAY 08, 2019

UofM Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program Now Accepting Project Submissions

The University of Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program is now accepting project submissions for the Mechanical and Biosystems final year engineering design courses in 2019-2020.

The UofM IDEA Program is an integral part of the Faculty of Engineering’s approach to developing design-ready engineering graduates. The Program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course, commonly referred to as a Capstone Design course.

As an industry partner, the program would provide you with low-cost exposure to graduating engineering students and increase your company’s presence within the Faculty of Engineering. The student team will design a solution to the project submitted by your company. This can be viewed as an opportunity to move forward on projects that you may not currently have the time or personnel to address.

Projects suitable for the UofM IDEA Program have an appropriate scope, are open-ended and well-defined, and align with the course schedule: September to December for the Mechanical Capstone and September to April for the Biosystems Capstone. Examples of potential projects include component and assembly design, equipment and fixture design, lean manufacturing/process improvement, or designs for employee health and safety.

If you are interested in learning more about how the Program can benefit you and your company, please contact Miriam Mazor, by email at uofmidea@umanitoba.ca or by phone at 204-474-7880.

Application deadline is Friday, July 26, 2019.

MAY 02, 2019

Environmental Scan Provides Insights

In December 2017, the Council of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba approved ongoing initiatives to increase the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by the year 2030. This initiative, commonly referred to as ‘30 by 30’, was introduced to engineering associations across Canada by Engineers Canada.

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s plan for the 30 by 30 initiative has been organized in three stages. A marketing plan was developed, staff was hired, a committee to oversee the initiative was formed and became active. To aid in the development of a strategic plan for the initiative, an environmental scan was initiated as part of the exploration phase of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s 30 by 30 Strategic Plan process.

The scan provides insights as to why diversity and gender parity in engineering are important and includes a review of findings and recommendations to address the barriers faced by girls and women from early childhood and all along the engineering pipeline. The environmental scan is available below.

Relatedly, please see our recommended talking points when speaking to potential engineers, whether during a scheduled classroom presentation or in daily conversations, available below. Our research shows that we may be unintentionally turning people, and disproportionately, girls, away from engineering by the ways in which we talk about the profession. This is one thing we can all begin to do to reach gender parity!

APR 24, 2019

Cdn Academy of Engineering Assembles Thought Leaders to work on the Resilient Infrastructure Project

In March 2019, the Canadian Academy of Engineering assembled Thought Leaders from the professional community, construction industry, academia and three levels of government to begin to work on a national “Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050”, with an aim to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in new and existing buildings and associated community infrastructure.

The final communique from the meeting can be found below.

APR 17, 2019

Project Donate 2019 - Engineering a Vital Resource

During the month of March, 64 donors participated in Project Donate to help build a strong, stable inventory to support local patients in need. Because of your help, Canadian Blood Services was able to reach their collection targets in March and provide a safe, consistent supply of blood to Manitoba hospitals going into the spring.

On behalf of Canadian Blood Services staff, Manitoba hospitals, and patients, we thank you for your commitment to serving our community and making a positive impact in the lives of many!

Special thanks to employees from:

  • AECOM
  • City of Winnipeg
  • Epp Siepman Engineering
  • Hatch
  • KGS Group
  • KNH Sawatzky and Associates
  • Northern Sky Architecture
  • PTI Transformers LP
  • SMS Engineering
  • Stantec
  • Tetra Tech
  • TREK Geotechnical
  • Westeel

We hope that you will join us for Project Donate 2020 to help save lives and rally the community to do the same.


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APR 16, 2019

New Online Features for City of Winnipeg Occupancy Permits

The City of Winnipeg is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of features for the City’s Permits Online system which revamps the way requests for occupancy are submitted and processed.

Moving forward, once a building permit that requires an occupancy permit is issued, the permit applicant will be notified via email of the documents required to obtain occupancy. These documents can now be submitted online directly into the occupancy permit by anyone linked to that permit. Additionally, all registered Permits Online users can view the list of required documents well in advance of occupancy.

The City believes this new process will be more transparent and will reduce the number of denied occupancy requests.

See the linked information for an overview of the key changes.

APR 04, 2019

Abstracts Sought for Association's Annual Conference

From October 16 - 18, 2019, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Ingenium is a premier professional development opportunity for the engineering and geoscience community in Manitoba, with participants representing a cross-section of the 8,200 practitioners who work in the province’s private and public sectors.

On October 17, 2019, Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars will take place. The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practice in those fields.

In particular, we welcome presentations which explore:
• Case studies of successful applications of new strategies or technology in Manitoba
• Resiliency and climate change
• Technical presentations on emerging technologies
• Industry trends
• Competency skills benefitting engineering and geoscience professionals

Please submit a half-page abstract, outlining the presentation proposal, along with the presenter’s name, contact information, and brief biography, to Danielle Wawryk, Communications & Events Coordinator, via email to DWawryk@EngGeoMB.ca. Abstracts must clearly describe the content of the presentation.

Both Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 26, 2019.

Final decisions regarding presentations selected for inclusion in the conference will be made by May 31, 2019.

MAR 27, 2019

Engaging Members with Future Act Amendments

Two years ago, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba commenced a comprehensive By-law review and updating process for the purpose of renewing the By-laws. In so doing, an opportunity to update The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act through the Manitoba Government was identified, allowing for both strengthening of the provisions of the Act with respect to such items as internal reviews and discipline, and modernizing the Act’s registration processes.

On December 10th, 2018 the Association contacted the Manitoba Government requesting legislative changes to the Act. Since December 2018, several steps have taken place that have allowed for the proposed new Act amendments to be created, including but not limited to:
  • Council engagement through a By-law task group;
  • Legal counsel drafting the legislative changes;
  • Holding two member engagement sessions (January 28 and February 15) that provided members with an overview of potential amendments and gave members the opportunity to provide feedback on these changes and to offer further recommendations, and;
  • The submission of the proposed new Act amendments to the government for review and feedback.
Council received the detailed proposed changes at its March 14, 2019 meeting.

The requested amendments to the Act are grouped by the following categories/types:
  1. Administrative Efficiency/Elimination of Interprovincial Barriers
  2. Protection of the Public and Streamlining of Disciplinary Procedures
  3. Name of Association
  4. Miscellaneous Amendments
  5. Changes to Other Acts/Regulations
  6. Coming into Force Date

MAR 18, 2019

Spaghetti Bridge Competition Smashes Bridges and Fights Hunger

New this year, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba brought their annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition into two Winnipeg schools in addition to two days at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre. By bringing the competition into schools, volunteer engineers had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of students about how professional engineers provide many trusted and valuable skills and services that make people’s lives better. Over a four-day period, more than 800 students competed, building 476 trusses which were tested to breaking point during the event. Prizes were awarded to the strongest structures from each grade, and a grade 12 student from John Taylor Collegiate earned this year’s top spot when her truss bore 180 kg of weight before breaking!

“It’s great to see so many students and teachers joining us to build strong entries in support of Winnipeg Harvest. By applying their ingenuity to make the most from simple building materials of spaghetti and glue, these future engineers constructed trusses which held up a load of 14,577.43kg! Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba multiplied this number by $2 and we happily gave a donation of $29,154.86. This will help Winnipeg Harvest in feeding approximately 150 families for a whole year” said Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s CEO & Registrar.

“Students and teachers thank you so much for participating in this amazing event by putting your imagination to work and helping to feed your fellow hungry Manitobans” says Keren Taylor-Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of Winnipeg Harvest. “By donating $2 for every kg of weight sustained by over 470 pasta bridges, you’ve raised over $29,000 to fight hunger and feed hope for families in Manitoba. Thank you to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba for your continued support.”

The Spaghetti Bridge Competition was part of a series of events to celebrate Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW). The celebration is part of National Engineering Month, which takes place across Canada throughout March each year. PEGW also promotes careers in engineering and the geosciences to young people of all ages. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is a public organization charged with the governance and regulation of the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in Manitoba.

[Donation Presentation to Winnipeg Harvest]
Janelle Duerksen, Manitoba Harvest, Tristen Gitzel, P.Eng., FEC, Chair of PEGW Task Group, Ruth Eden, P.Eng., President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, CEO & Registrar of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and Association volunteers.

MAR 01, 2019

Certificate of Authorization Renewal Time

Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization (CofA) to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually. The certificate year is from May 1st to April 30th, each year.

Renewal payments must be received by April 5, 2019, and may be made online.

Renewal notices were mailed at the beginning of March to the Authorized Designate for the company, the person charged with maintaining the company details on file. CofA details are presented through the personal profile of the Authorized Designate after they login. There is no Login for a company itself. Login is not required to process the renewal payment.

MAR 06, 2019

Dream Big: Engineering Our World Challenge to Teachers

In recognition of National Engineering Month, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has challenged Manitoba teachers to inspire the next generation of engineers by watching Dream Big: Engineering Our World with their students during the month of March. Now streaming on Netflix, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

The Association is hoping you can help us spread the word by sharing the challenge with your children's teachers. Teachers are asked to email DWawryk@EngGeoMB.ca to let us what grade they teach and the number of students who watched the movie. Respondents will be entered in a draw for a $100 pizza lunch.

FEB 28, 2019

New Student Chapter at University of Manitoba for LGBTQ2S+ Engineering Students

University of Manitoba EngiQueers is one of 31 groups across Canada who has partnered with EngiQueers Canada and the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) to create visibility, space, and a community for LGBTQ2S+ engineering students through social connection, advocacy and education, and professional development.

EngiQueers Canada (EQ) is providing guidance to instill inclusivity in all CFES activities, and the CFES is supporting EQ in their efforts to create inclusive environments for all engineering students across Canada.

The U of M chapter of EngiQueers is looking for professional role models who are LGBTQ2S+ or allies interested to help their initiatives. If you are interested in providing support to UM EngiQueers to create a more inclusive community for all, complete the EngiQueers Involvement Contact List.

Visit the UM EngiQueers Facebook or Instagram pages for more information.

FEB 21, 2019

Canadian Blood Services Seeks Engineering Firms For Project Donate

Canadian Blood Services is asking engineering firms to roll up their sleeves to save a life by participating in Project Donate this March. Approximately 5000 appointments in Manitoba need to be filled this month to meet the needs of local patients. You can donate at the central Canadian Blood Services clinic on William Ave, or at one of the mobile clinics.

Encourage your workmates to donate with you and Canadian Blood Services will provide LifeBus transportation to and from the clinic on William Ave! To book a group appointment, or a LifeBus shuttle to the Winnipeg Blood Centre, call 204 789-1056 or email groupbookermb@blood.ca

To book an individual donation appointment, download the GiveBlood app or visit www.blood.ca
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FEB 11, 2019

Information for Plan Submissions & Approvals by Manitoba Health (Water Facilities/Food Handling)

The Health Protection Unit of Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living oversees the health permitting of food and recreational water facilities in Manitoba and would like to provide regulatory information that pertains to new construction and renovations of these facilities. Further information on health requirements can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/protection/index.html


Recreational Water Facilities

Throughout Manitoba, the Swimming Pools and Other Water Recreational Facilities Regulation (MR 132/97) requires that engineered stamped drawings to be submitted to the Public Health Inspector for any new or altered public and semi-public water recreational facilities, prior to beginning construction.

The Regulation states:

Registration
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No person shall construct or alter a swimming pool or other water recreational facility without first registering it with the regulating authority by completing and filing a registration form approved by the minister and by submitting the specifications and drawings required by that form.
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Plans and specifications
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Specifications or drawings required to be filed with a registration form under section 3 shall, where specified in the form, bear the seal of a person who is entitled to practice professional engineering in the province pursuant to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act.

4(2) No person shall construct a swimming pool or other water recreational facility that does not meet the requirements of this regulation or conform to the design and specifications submitted to the regulating authority under section 3.

4(3) No person shall set into operation a new or altered swimming pool or other water recreational facility for which a permit is required under this regulation unless the operator provides to a public health inspector
(a) the certificate of a professional engineer certifying that the completed construction or alteration of the pool or facility is in accordance with the design and specifications submitted to the regulating authority under section 3; or
(b) such other information as the inspector may require, if the design and specifications referred to in subsection (1) did not require a professional engineer's seal.


Please note that due to the technical nature involved with recreational water facilities, full size drawings, with the engineer’s stamp should be submitted to prevent delays in approving the plans. Electronic copies submitted for pool construction or alteration plan approvals often lack the clarity of image detail which regularly result in lengthy delays in approving the plans. All engineered drawings must be accompanied by the Application For Construction Or Alteration Of A Recreational Water Facility (link below), as required by Section 3 of the Regulation.

The Application Form was developed to aid engineering and architect companies ensure that all information required for plan approval is included with each plan submission to our department. The checklist located on the application form beneath the information boxes should be used as a guideline for what our department will be looking for during the plan approval process.

Links to the Regulations and all Registration and Application forms for recreational water facilities mentioned above can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/protection/pool.html


Food Handling and Food Service Establishments

All proposals for new construction, renovations to an existing food handling establishment, or conversion of an existing building to be used for a food handling establishment must be reviewed for compliance by a Public Health Inspector prior to the construction, renovation, or reconstruction. Any person(s) constructing, renovating or re-constructing a food handling establishment must first register the proposed food handling establishment with Manitoba Health on the approved form.

All appropriate application forms can be found within each specific Guideline appropriate to the establishment being constructed or renovated.

All plans and specifications and other information pertinent to the review and approval of the application, must be submitted with the registration form found on the last page of the appropriate Guideline, and must be clear, complete and to scale. These plans and specifications do not necessarily require an engineer’s seal, but if a client comes to your company requesting assistance we ask that they be referred to our department for more information.

Links to the Regulations and all Guidelines relating to food establishments can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/protection/food.html


Plan Submissions

The second link below is the pamphlet that provides information on health department requirements and plan submissions for food and recreational water facilities in the Winnipeg Region. The City of Winnipeg no longer provides the plans directly to our provincial health department. Public Health Inspectors from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living only receive a notification email from the City advising that plans have been submitted to them.

To find out where to send plan submissions for swimming pools and other recreational water facilities being constructed or altered outside of the Winnipeg Region, you can contact your area Public Health Inspector, or the general email address for Manitoba Health, Health Protection Unit at healthprotection@gov.mb.ca.

Please contact the department at 204-945-4204 or at healthprotection@gov.mb.ca should you require any other information.

FEB 08, 2019

PEGW - Winnipeg Free Press Supplement Opportunity

As part of Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW), the Winnipeg Free Press will publish a special section celebrating and showcasing Manitoba's outstanding engineers and geoscientists who play such a vital role in the growth and prosperity of our province and our individual quality of life. It will also explore some of the challenging and rewarding opportunities available to those interested in a career in the field of engineering and geoscience.

The Free Press invites you to be a part of this special section with an editorial profile or advertisement about your organization's services, accomplishments, and career opportunities, or to express appreciation for the employees who have contributed to your success. See the supplement guidelines below for more information.

JAN 30, 2019

Association Selected as Finalist for Spirit of Winnipeg Award

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has revealed the finalists for the 10th annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of three finalists for the Wellness and Workplace Culture Award. This category recognizes practices and enabling conditions for improved inclusivity, productivity, skills, health, and satisfaction for employees.

Chosen by volunteer judges drawn from the business community, the Spirit of Winnipeg Award recipients embody the ambitious, innovative, caring spirit of our prairie home. The winners will be revealed at the Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 6, at the Club Regent Event Centre.

Visit the Spirit of Winnipeg Awards webpage for further information about the awards and this year's finalists.

JAN 30, 2019

2019 Award Nomination Deadline Extended

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Awards has been extended to Monday, February 11.

  • Do you work with an exemplary P.Eng. or P.Geo. who is in the early years of their career? Nominate them for the 2019 Early Achievement Award

  • Do you know an outstanding female engineer who is a role model supporting the advancement of women in engineering? Nominate her for the 2019 Judith Weiszmann Women in Engineering Champion Award

  • Has your team achieved greatness in the concept, design, and implementation of a particular project? Nominate them for the 2019 Team Achievement Award

  • Does your employer emphasize and support diversity in the workplace? Nominate them for the 2019 Diversity Employer Award

Help us to recognize and honour these individuals and teams by nominating them for a 2019 award, which are presented at our annual black tie gala dinner in October and highlighted in the Winter issue of The Keystone Professional. Nominations close on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Information about these awards and more, as well as award nomination forms can be found on our website.

JAN 28, 2019

Engaging Members with Future By-law and Act Amendments

On January 28, 2019, Council hosted a member engagement session to discuss upcoming changes to the By-laws and the Act.

The By-laws being reviewed this year, through Phase III of the By-law Re-write Project are By-laws 1-12, 14 and 16. A majority of the changes will be to reduce redundancies with the Act, and to clean up language. Some potential changes include:
  • Adding a definition of "good standing"
  • Adding a requirement for retired members to identify themselves as such (eg. P.Eng (Ret.))
  • Removing the provisional membership category

At the request of government, the Act is also being looked at for potential changes including:
  • Adding an option to create an audit process for the ProDev program
  • Creating an Appeal Board for decisions of the Registration Committee and dismissals by the Investigation Committee
  • Update wording to reflect currently terminology

Members who were unable to attend the engagement session on January 28, are encouraged to join the next session to be held on Friday, February 15 at noon. Further information and online registration can be found below.

JAN 24, 2019

Building opportunities for future Canadian engineers - Immigration Matters

Recognizing the economic, social, and cultural benefits of immigration, the Government of Canada recently announced a plan to gradually increase the number of newcomers Canada will welcome annually over the next 3 years. As a result, immigration will trend toward 1% of Canada’s population in 2020.

Interestingly, research shows that while Canadians support immigration at a national level, they are less likely to see the benefits at the local level. The objective of Immigration Matters is to encourage conversations to highlight the economic, social, and cultural benefits of immigration in communities across Canada.

Immigration Matters combines storytelling and facts to dispel common myths about immigrants, and promote positive engagement between Canadians and newcomers. By sharing and promoting stories of communities enriched by immigration, we want to start a conversation about the importance of immigration at the local level.

The short video 'Building opportunities for future Canadian engineers', which is accessible via the link below, is a unique take on the Gina Cody success story, and the first in the recently launched Immigration Matters video series from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

DEC 06, 2018

Dear 2030: Students of Manitoba Ask The Profession To Be Ready

In the spring of 2018, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba launched a marketing campaign to middle and high school students of Manitoba, which saw them send petitions with thousands of signatures to some of the province's largest employers of engineers asking them what they will do to ensure that 30% of newly licensed engineers will be women by 2030, 30 by 30.

In 2017, just over 21% of newly licensed engineers were women, however, that number has fluctuated above and below 20% from year to year. Overall in Manitoba, 11% of engineers are women. Less than 20% of the applicants to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba are women.

So why talk about the problems we’re facing as a profession with the young women we want to recruit?

To begin with, the problems extend beyond our profession.

The decades of research is clear: the barriers nudging girls and women out of a career path in engineering range from subtle and unconscious to intentional and systemic. They start in toddlerhood and carry on throughout the life span of an engineer. The culprits include parents, teachers, guidance counselors, the media, academia, workplace culture, regulatory authorities, and government. We are all responsible to some degree, sometimes from multiple social locations.

The research also suggests that talking about the barriers helps to inoculate girls and women against them. We are more equipped to address and overcome a barrier if we can see it coming and have the language to identify it.
The petitions led to conversations in classrooms with students, teachers, administrators, superintendents, parents, engineering professionals, and journalists.

Some of the students from École Lansdowne, Darwin School, and John Taylor Collegiate agreed to share their thoughts with us. We’d like to thank them and all of the students who have been signing and speaking about the need for women in engineering, for guiding the conversations and calling for action so that we can reach 30 by 30. You can hear some of their voices in this video.

The employers responded to the petitions by sending representatives to the Manitoba 2030 Coalition Launch event at the Manitoba Legislature on November 13, 2018. The Coalition will work together to address gendered barriers to recruitment, retention and equity to the profession.

30 by 30 is a national initiative and the students of Manitoba are leading the way.


DEC 06, 2018

Natural Resources Canada Launches Crush It! Challenge for $10 Million Innovation Search

The Crush It! Challenge is a $10 million competition looking for the best clean technology solution to reduce the energy used in crushing and grinding rocks in the mining industry.

CHALLENGE HIGHLIGHTS:
• Find clean tech solutions to reduce the amount of energy consumed at the mill by 20 percent or more.
• Present your innovation at #DisruptMining in Toronto in March 2019 — with targeted financial support for selected small-scale innovators.
• Top applicants will receive funding to develop, test and demonstrate their solution for a chance at the $5 million grand prize in March 2021.

YOUR SOLUTION COULD BE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
• A clean technology or process that reduces the energy needed to crush and grind mined material in the mill
• Improvements to the ore feed that reduce how much grinding is required
• Optimization via artificial intelligence, digitization or integrated sensing
• Processing alternatives that would eliminate the need to crush and grind
• A game-changing idea that transforms the entire mining operation

The challenge is open to all!

For more information, visit the Impact Canada website

Application deadline: January 15, 2019

NOV 29, 2018

Changes to the Eligibility Definition of Manulife's Insurance Products

One of the benefits of being registered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is access to competitive rates by certain insurance providers.

One of those providers, Manulife, would like to notify practitioners that the following programs/services now have the requirement that membership in a participating association is only required at the time of application and/or signing up for the service.

Effective September 1, 2018, the eligibility requirement for sponsored programs with Manulife was changed to: membership in a participating association will only be required at time of application for insurance. These programs include:

• Term Life and Accident Insurance
• Disability Income Replacement Protection
• Health and Dental Care
• Business Overhead Insurance
• Retiree Health and Dental Insurance
• Critical Illness

A copy of the FAQ relating to Manulife products is now available on the Insurance page of the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba website for ease of reference.

Here is a list of the additional programs/services with the eligibility change for ease of reference:
• Financial Security Program (Great-West Life)
• Pet Health Insurance (PetSecure)
• Manulife Bank – Manulife One
• Budget Car Rental
• UPS Shipping

Please note that this change is not applicable to:
• Professional Liability Insurance given its nature and tie to professional licensure;
• Home/Auto Insurance program due to its insurance regulatory requirements relating to membership and the ability to discount rates;
• Secondary Professional Liability Insurance program given its nature and tie to professional licensure.

NOV 28, 2018

2019 Student Writers Scholarship Now Open!

Calling all students!

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be accepting submissions for the 2019 Student Writers Scholarship, sponsored by Craig Kelman & Associates, until January 20. Please submit your article and any accompanying photographs or images to GKeatch@EngGeoMB.ca

Write an article for The Keystone Professional and be in with the chance to win $500 towards your engineering or geoscience studies!

Criteria:
• Author must be currently registered as a student with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to be eligible for the Student Writers Scholarship.
• Article must be an original piece of writing related to engineering or geoscience, between 500 and 1000 words.
• Only one article accepted per student.

The winning article(s) will be chosen by The Keystone Professional Committee and featured in a future issue of the magazine. Featured articles are subject to editing for consistency and adherence to the Association style guide. The decision of The Keystone Professional Committee is final.

Further information about all of the Association's scholarships can be found on our Scholarships webpage. Please contact Communications and Events Coordinator Gemma Keatch at GKeatch@EngGeoMB.ca if you have any questions.

NOV 22, 2018

Participate in the Fall 2018 Public Review of Codes Canada Publications

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes invites interested parties to take part in the fall 2018 public review of proposed changes to the 2015 editions of Codes Canada publications. The review will run from November 7, 2018 to January 4, 2019. Visit the Codes Canada webpage for explanations about the proposed changes and for instructions on how to submit comments.

The purpose of the public review is to provide Code users and stakeholders with a detailed look at changes being considered and to seek comments as to whether changes should be approved, altered, or rejected. Following the review, each comment received will be considered and recommendations on the proposed changes will be made by the responsible standing committee. The final changes are subject to approval by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes and will be published by the National Research Council in the 2020 editions of the Codes Canada publications.

Below is a summary of the most significant proposed changes:

As the Canadian population gets older, the demand to accommodate residents who require continuous care is increasing. To address this growing trend, a new home-type care occupancy is proposed in the National Building Code and the National Fire Code. This new occupancy allows more affordable accommodations for residents who require in home-type care without compromising fire and life safety.

The 2018 public review introduces a number of proposed changes that address the growth and transmission of Legionella bacteria in buildings. Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal respiratory illness that is caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. These changes are intended to minimize adverse health effects caused by Legionella and other bacteria.

In some cases, the current Code allows windows to be openable without restriction and may not sufficiently prevent children from falling out. To increase the safety of openable windows, a proposed change adds flexibility to the design of these windows. This simple solution adds protection to windows in houses and aims to ensure safety without compromising other design considerations.

Part 5 of the National Building Code provides general guidance on the intended performance of air barrier systems, but does not provide specific performance criteria, except for individual materials forming part of a larger air barrier system. Changes proposed to Part 5 address air leakage by shifting the focus from materials to the performance of air barrier assemblies. This proposed improvement is intended to provide clarification of known approaches and better reflects current practice.

For further information, contact:
Codes Canada
Email: codes@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Telephone: 1-613-993-9960

NOV 21, 2018

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program - Call for Letters of Intent (2019/2020)

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) provides funding for targeted, outcome-focused actions in the following three key freshwater priority areas:
1. Nutrient Reduction
2. Collaborative Governance
3. Indigenous Engagement

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Program implements a two stage application process:

Stage 1: Letter of Intent: Applicants are asked, using the provided template, to submit a Letter of Intent (maximum 2 pages). Letters of Intent will be reviewed by ECCC against the following criteria:
• The project contributes to at least one of the three freshwater priority areas listed above;
• The requested level of federal funding is between 1/3 and 2/3 of the total project value;
• The start date and end date are clearly stated (must end before March 31, 2022);
• The project takes place in the Canadian portion of the Lake Winnipeg Basin; and
• The submission is from an eligible applicant.

Stage 2: Project Proposal Submission: Once a Letter of Intent is deemed eligible, applicants will be invited to submit a project proposal using the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS), ECCC’s new online application system.

Please refer to the attached Applicant Guide for further program information including eligibility and the application process.

If you are interested in funding through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, please submit a Letter of Intent no later than 11:59p.m., December 4, 2018 (CST).
Applicants may send their submission:
via email: ec.lacwinnipeginfo-lakewinnipeginfo.ec@canada.ca
or via mail to:
Lake Winnipeg Basin Program
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Suite 150, 123 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4W2
(MUST be postmarked on or before December 4, 2018)

An acknowledgment email will be sent to all that submit a Letter of Intent for consideration. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 5 working days of the deadline, please contact us as follows:

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program Contact Information
ec.lacwinnipeginfo-lakewinnipeginfo.ec@canada.ca
1-800-567-1570

Dana Hay
204-983-7040
Dana.hay@canada.ca

Michelle Duval
204-983-1098
Michelle.duval@canada.ca

NOV 13, 2018

Manitoba’s Top Companies Unite to Tackle Shortage of Women Engineers

The province’s top engineering employers are banding together in a bold effort to help close the most significant diversity gap in engineering – the shortage of women engineers.

Some of Manitoba’s largest employers of engineers, including Boeing Canada, Hatch, and Manitoba Hydro, have agreed to join the 30 by 30 Industry Coalition coordinated by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. Each of these employers already has equity initiatives underway, yet are uniting now out of a need to do more. Together, their goal is to ensure that 30 percent of newly licensed engineers are women by the year 2030, or 30 by 30.

Hatch Canada spokesperson, Elise Neufeld, P.Eng., said the company is looking forward to sharing the results of Hatch’s global and regional diversity and inclusion strategies, as well as learning new ways to advance these goals.

“Hatch has recognized there are barriers to women entering engineering in Manitoba. We believe that to be truly innovative and drive positive change in the world, we must draw from the best minds we can find,” said Elise Neufeld, P.Eng., Hydrotechnical Engineer at Hatch. “This requires growth in a diverse and inclusive workforce — one that is successful not regardless of our diversity in gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or creed, but because of it.”

As part of this first-of-its-kind coalition in this province, these firms are committing to work together to share best practices, provide outreach to the public, and hold each other accountable on their progress towards the 30 by 30 goal. Representatives from each company will meet to set goals, share information, and chart progress toward a more equitable and diverse future for engineering.

“The 30 by 30 Industry Coalition represents a real step forward, a real commitment to work collectively on a problem that has many causes and many different solutions,” said Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba President Ruth Eden, P.Eng.

The coalition was launched on November 13 with a public panel discussion at the Manitoba Legislature, featuring coalition representatives as well as Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

[30 by 30 Coalition Launch]
Mary Agnes Welch (left) hosts the panel discussion at the 30 by 30 Industry Coalition Launch, featuring professional engineers from the province (L-R) Dr. Marcia Friesen, P.Eng., FEC, Maria Neufeld, P.Eng., Elise Neufeld, P.Eng., and Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for Status of Women.

NOV 07, 2018

Share Your Story

Are you a professional engineer, professional geoscientist, or intern?
Why did you decide to become a P.Eng. or P.Geo.?
How has your work influenced your community or the world?
As a P.Eng. or P.Geo., what accomplishment are you most proud of?

If you’re interested in telling your story, we want to hear from you.

As part of our spring 2019 campaign, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba wants to engage the public through video about the what, how, and why of our professions.

If you want to take part, here’s what we need from you:
- A very brief write up about what you’d like to say.
- If chosen, we will need you for a 30 - 60 second on-camera interview in December or January (Date/time/location to be determined).

Please email GKeatch@EngGeoMB.ca with your story.

NOV 01, 2018

2019 Renewals Now Available Online

Renewals for the January 1 to December 31, 2019, renewal period for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba are now available online, for all those practitioners who are due for their renewal.

In an effort to reduce wastage and streamline the renewal process, the Association will be sending out renewal notices via email where possible. Receipts will no longer be mailed out, but will instead be available in your online profile after payment is processed. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will no longer be issuing Member/Intern cards on an annual basis.

Further information about the renewal process can be found on the Renewals webpage.

Contact the Association office if you require any assistance at 204-474-2736 or Info@EngGeoMB.ca.

OCT 31, 2018

Congratulations to Recipients of 2018 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Awards

On Friday, October 19, 2018, eight awards were presented at the Association’s annual Awards Gala Dinner, which took place at the Fort Garry Hotel. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba was honoured to recognize the achievements of these exemplary individuals, teams, and companies who represent the best of engineering and geoscience in Manitoba.

Full citations for all the award winners can now be found online at www.EngGeoMB.ca/AwardRecipients.html

2018 Award Winners

Team Achievement Award
The Team Achievement Award recognizes engineering or geoscience excellence in, and major contributions to, the concept, design and implementation of an engineering or geoscience project in Manitoba.
- Presented to MacDon Windrower Design Team

Diversity Employer Award
The Diversity Employer Award recognizes engineering and geoscience employers that have demonstrated, in action and spirit, support for recruiting, training, retaining, fostering respect for, and/or advancement of career opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds. In celebrating these accomplishments, the award has the intended purpose of encouraging involvement of organizations in diversity-related activities, regardless of company size.
- Presented to StandardAero

Intern Award
The Intern Award bestows distinction on those training to be engineers or geoscientists, specifically those demonstrating exceptional work achievement in their early EIT/GIT years who enhance society’s knowledge of our professions.
- Presented to Alexandra Campbell, EIT

Early Achievement Award
The Early Achievement Award bestows distinction on outstanding engineers and geoscientists and recognizes exceptional achievements in the early years of their careers.
- Presented to Dario Schor, P.Eng.

Champion of Engineering Education Award
The Champion of Engineering Education Awards recognizes an outstanding supporter and champion of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.
- Presented to Donald Hatch

Judith Weiszmann Women in Engineering Champion Award
The Judith Weiszmann Women in Engineering Champion Award recognizes a woman who through engineering and career achievements has demonstrated the qualities that enabled Judith Weiszmann to be an outstanding engineer, role model, and influencer of the profession for the advancement and support of women in engineering.
- Presented to Alana Gauthier, P.Eng.

Outstanding Service Award
The Outstanding Service Award recognizes outstanding service rendered to, or on behalf of, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, by a member of the Association.
- Presented to Dawn Nedohin-Macek, P.Eng., FEC

Technical Excellence Award
The Technical Excellence Award recognizes outstanding achievement, including the direct advancement of the engineering or geoscience professions, by an individual member during his or her career.
- Presented to Dr. Zahra Kazem-Moussavi, P.Eng.

In addition to the 2018 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Awards, one Honorary Life Membership was bestowed on Catherine Stewart, P.Eng., FEC during the Recognition Wine & Cheese Reception on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The granting of Honorary Life Membership (By-law Clause 7.1.4) recognizes many years of meritorious service rendered to the Association or the profession.

The Awards Committee thanks all nominators for the exceptional nominations received for the 2018 awards and the Association congratulates all those who received awards and recognitions this year.

OCT 25, 2018

Council Election Results for 2018

Below are the results of the 2018 Council Elections and by-law proposals and petitions.

P.Eng.

There were 895 ballots submitted to elect the following P.Eng. councillors for two year terms:
  • Vaibhav Banthia, P.Eng.
  • Carolyn Geddert, P.Eng.
  • Ian Smallwood, P.Eng.
  • Efrem Teklemariam, P.Eng., FEC
P.Geo.

There were 713 ballots submitted to elect the following P.Geo. councillor for a two year term:
  • Doug Bell, P.Geo., FGC
By-law Proposals and Petitions

There were 848 ballots submitted regarding the proposed By-law changes.

By-law 4.5.6 - Finance Committee Amendments
Result: PASS (For: 721, Against: 55, Abstain: 72)

By-law 13 - Code of Ethics Amendments
Result: PASS (For: 719, Against: 60, Abstain: 69)

By-law 15 - Complaints & Discipline Amendments
Result: PASS (For: 649, Against: 76, Abstain: 123)

By-law 17.5.5 - Determination of Good Faith Amendments
Result: PASS (For: 637, Against: 98, Abstain: 113)

By-law 17.6.x - Consideration and Voting on Proposed By-law Amendments
Result: PASS (For: 645, Against: 86, Abstain: 117)

SEP 24, 2018

Notice to Members - Election Details Amendment

After receiving an interpretation from legal counsel, the vacancies for council positions have been amended to: four (4) professional engineers and one (1) professional geoscientist. This does not affect the nomination process, as all requirements in the Nominating Committee procedures and By-law 3.1.2 were properly administered.

Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC
Secretary

AUG 20, 2018

2017-18 CIPWIE Mentorship Program Report

The Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE) is committed to assisting Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba in achieving the 30 by 30 goal set by Engineers Canada and to supporting the needs of Manitoba’s female engineering cohort. The CIPWIE Mentorship Program supports women during their engineering education and as they progress through their careers. Participants are engaged in a formal mentoring relationship with opportunities to ask questions about the profession and share insights into what it’s like to be an engineer. The Mentorship Program aims to increase the retention of Manitoba’s female engineering talent, while also increasing diversity in the engineering profession.

While mentorship programs do exist within Manitoba’s engineering industry, there were no programs offered specifically for women in engineering or that span all engineering disciplines or industry sectors. To this end, the CIPWIE Mentorship Program was developed in 2015/16. Since then, the program has grown from an initial cohort of 70 participants to 121 participants in the 2017/18 offering. To date, nearly 300 women have participated in the CIPWIE Mentorship Program!

This report provides details on the 2017-18 CIPWIE Mentorship Program, including results and feedback obtained, and recommendations for future program improvements.

AUG 13, 2018

Survey Seeks Mining Professionals

Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, is seeking professional geologists, engineers, and environmental scientists working in the mining industry, to provide input on a Career Path Mapping Survey.

The availability of professionals who are ready to fill pending retirement roles in geology, engineering and environmental sciences does not meet the demand. A concerning gap is being created. As a result, less experienced professionals will be promoted to fill higher level roles, in which they will not necessarily have had the experience, the learned-skills, and behaviours to perform well in these positions.

To ensure the sustainability and quality of mining industry professionals, researchers from the Laurentian University in Canada and James Cook University in Australia are conducting a study to identify the skill, competency, and behavioural gaps felt by mining professionals currently working in geology, engineering, and environmental sciences. The study’s goal is to develop a self-assessment tool to indicate the knowledge and training that they should acquire and partnerships with educational providers to offer hybrid programming that meets the needs of the industry.

Please take the time to have your say by completing the 8-10 minute survey before September 28, 2018.

AUG 13, 2018

CIPWIE Mentorship Program - Call for Female Protegees and Mentors

The Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE) is currently recruiting female interns (Protegees) and professional members (Mentors) for the 2018-19 CIPWIE Mentorship Program. The CIPWIE Mentorship Program runs from September 2018 to March 2019.

The CIPWIE Mentorship Program is aimed at supporting female engineering students and interns by matching them with female professional engineers who are working in a similar engineering field. The program also provides a great opportunity for all participants to expand their professional networks.

The program consists of four mentorship events held between October 2018 and March 2019.

JUL 12, 2018

Notice to Practitioners - Disciplinary Hearings

The purpose of this notice is to remind members how the disciplinary process works. The process is detailed in Part 10 (Sections 29 to 55) of the Act and By-law 15 of the Association’s by-laws.

All matters of investigation and discipline are by peer review – by members looking at the practice of a member. When a member is charged with professional misconduct, it is a decision made by the Investigation Committee. The Committee includes sixteen professional engineers and geoscientists. To further ensure that the public is being protected, there are two lay persons serving on the Investigation Committee. Staff and legal support are also provided to the Committee for the administration of each case.

In all cases, the Investigation Committee seeks input from the investigated member regarding the allegation(s). If the Investigation Committee thinks there is “reasonable and probable grounds” to believe that the member has acted unprofessionally, they will attempt to dialogue with the member to ensure that the member’s point of view is clearly understood.

The Investigation Committee only forwards a charge after making a thorough and serious attempt to understand all sides in the matter. When the Committee forwards a charge, it triggers a quasi-judicial hearing. Disciplinary hearings are under the control of the Discipline Committee, which is also comprised of professional engineers, geoscientists and lay persons. At a disciplinary hearing, there are three parties: Discipline Panel (judge), Investigation Committee (prosecutor) and member (defendant). Both sides are provided full opportunity to present their case before the Discipline Panel. The panel then decides on the basis of evidence and arguments presented by each side during the hearing.

It is only after the disciplinary hearing is completed that a member can be deemed guilty of professional misconduct or cleared of charges.

Prior to any hearing, it is premature to cast judgement on an issue or member. Both sides must be heard and the balance of information must be weighed in a fair and transparent process. The investigation procedures and disciplinary hearing format used by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba achieves this fair and open process.

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba believes in due process and for privacy reasons, cannot comment on any case until after the process is completed.

Grant Koropatnick, PEng, FEC
CEO & Registrar


Some Relevant Facts:
  • In a typical year, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba receives about two dozen complaints from the public.
  • Less than 1% of members are ever investigated.
  • In 2017, 99.6% of members met the requirements of ProDev (the continuing professional development) program.
  • The current membership is 8,318.

JUL 10, 2018

Notice to Practitioners - Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting
The 2018 Annual General Meeting of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

Nominations for Election to Council
There will be four professional engineer positions and one professional geoscientist position to be filled on Council as of October 2018.

Members can be nominated by completing the nomination form which may be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Association office. Each nomination shall be endorsed by the nominee and six nominators. Persons submitting a recommendation are required to obtain the consent of the nominee.

Nominations will be received by the secretary up to the close of business on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

By-law Changes
Proposals for by-law amendments, repeals, or enactments may be submitted by any professional member in writing signed by not fewer than 12 professional members under By-law 17.5.1. Proposals submitted under 17.5.1 must be received by the secretary not less than 60 days before the anniversary of the last previous annual general meeting. The deadline for proposals is August 20, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. All other requirements can be found on the 2018 By-law Proposal Form on the website.

Resolutions
By-law 5.2.4 prescribes that resolutions put forward at an Annual General Meeting must be in writing, signed by the mover and seconder, and received by the Secretary no less than 48 hours prior to the commencement of the meeting. Either the mover or the seconder must be present in person or by distance conferencing at the meeting for the resolution to be considered.

JUL 05, 2018

University of Manitoba Civil Engineering Class of 1968 Reunion

Did you or someone you know graduate from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba in Civil Engineering in 1968?

The organizing committee, comprised of Bruce Piercy, Rick McKay, Doug Holmes, and Ed Klemm, is looking to gauge the level of interest in attending a reunion this fall, during homecoming week (September 24— 30, 2018).

They are proposing to coordinate a series of events, in Winnipeg, as part of the reunion celebration. In order to do that they would appreciate receiving input on the following questions:

1. Are you interested in coming to Winnipeg to celebrate our
2. If so, would you like your partner to attend some or all events?
3. What is your level of interest (1 to 5, 5 indicating most interest) in:
• A dinner event, with cocktail hour (possibly Friday evening)?
• A tour of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights?
• A tour of the Royal Canadian Mint?
• A tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building
• A tour of the faculty (a lot has changed in 50 years)?
• U of M Bison Football game: Bison’s vs. Regina Cougars (Saturday)?
• Homecoming Brunch (Sunday)?

Please contact Bruce at brucepiercy@knet.ca to get involved.

JUL 05, 2018

Geoscience and Canada – Understanding our Earth: The vital role of Canada’s geoscientists

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce the release of “Geoscience and Canada – Understanding our Earth: The vital role of Canada’s geoscientists”. This informative booklet highlights the rich geoscience resources of Canada and the vital contributions of geoscientists to Canadian society.

Human life and progress are underpinned by materials provided by the Earth, and geoscience provides us with the knowledge and understanding to find resources and utilize the Earth sustainably and responsibly, for the benefit of current and future generations. The booklet Geoscience and Canada contains twelve sections, each covering a broad practice area, or an area of interest, concerning geoscience. The publication further includes an introduction; a centre spread, featuring a geological map of Canada overlain by photos and informative statements from geoscientists across Canada; as well as fascinating sidebars about general and Canadian geoscience highlights.

This booklet is a joint publication of Geoscientists Canada and the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (www.cfes-fcst.ca) with financial support from the Canadian Geological Foundation (www.canadiangeologicalfoundation.org), and contributions from professional geoscientists and science writers across Canada.

The English language version of the booklet is available at www.geoscientistscanada.ca. The French language version will be available shortly. An announcement will be released when the French version is posted.

JUN 29, 2018

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service

Nearly one in six Manitobans is disabled by barriers where they work, live, and play. Barriers to accessibility come at an enormous cost – to persons with disabilities, to their family and friends, to their communities, and also to business. By learning how to eliminate barriers, everyone benefits.

Manitoba is committed to becoming an inclusive society. The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) outlines a clear and proactive process to identify, remove, and prevent barriers in key areas of daily living.

The first accessibility standard focuses on customer service. By introducing policies addressing training and communication, the goal is to achieve respectful, barrier-free customer service in all Manitoba organizations (including businesses) that have at least one employee.

There are different timelines for organizations to meet the standard. The Manitoba Government and the public sector have already been required to comply to the new law. Private, small municipalities, and non-profit organizations must comply by November 1, 2018.

To meet the Customer Service Standard, organizations must:

• meet the communication needs of customers, clients or members
• allow assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, walkers and oxygen tanks
• welcome support people, who are there to assist
• welcome people with service animals
• ensure accessibility is maintained as intended (ramps, wide aisles, removal of clutter)
• let customers know when accessible features and services are not available
• invite customers to provide feedback
• train staff on accessible customer service, including reasonable accommodations under The Human Rights Code (Manitoba)
• make public events accessible (large public sector organizations only)

All public sector organizations and private sector organizations with more than 20 employees must document their customer service policy and provide notice that it is available on request.

The Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) has created a Made-in-Manitoba series of six short videos that highlight the importance of making businesses and organizations more accessible to customer with disabilities. SMD is able to provide training that addresses all of the required components of training as outlined by the Accessible Customer Service Standard by using the videos and creating customized content for your business or organization.

JUN 28, 2018

Canadian Archives of Women in STEM Launches

On June 18, 2018, the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists – Education and Research Institute (INWES–ERI) and Library and Archives Canada launched the Canadian Archives of Women in STEM at the University of Ottawa. The event was opened by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, who was followed by presentations by the founders, as well as young women currently involved in STEM research.

With support from Engineers Canada, and other partners, the archiving of materials from women in STEM across Canada represents an important step towards better understanding the role of women making Canadian history. Engineers Canada looks forward to engaging with this project as it grows.

The archives project is looking for Canadian women in STEM to donate their records and research.

For further information about how to donate records to this project, see the uOttawa webpage below.

JUN 27, 2018

Showcasing Female Engineers for INWED 2018

Running up to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on June 23, 2018, the Association's Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE) used social media to showcase some of Manitoba’s most prominent women in the field. Visit our Facebook page for all of the profiles, including Judith Weiszmann, P.Eng., FEC, one of the first female engineers to practise in the province, and Cathy Stewart, the Association's first female president.

On the occasion of INWED, Engineers Canada released two videos profiling women making a difference in their communities through engineering. In the videos, Engineers Canada’s president, Annette Bergeron, MBA, FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., and 2018 engineering graduate Midia Shikh Hassan, urged the engineering community to increase the representation of women in engineering and get to 30 by 30.

JUN 25, 2018

By-law Review Committee Seeks Member Input

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft wording of the new By-law 4.2.6: Finance Committee.

Currently, Council's Executive Committee operates as the Finance Committee. With the introduction of By-law 4.2.6, the Finance Committee would become a separate committee of Council, and would be governed by a term of reference.

Below is the proposed wording for the new by-law, as well as the draft of the terms of reference for the Finance Committee.

If you have any comments, please send them to Danielle Unett at DUnett@EngGeoMB.ca

JUN 07, 2018

INWED 2018: Celebrating the Achievements of Women in Engineering

Saturday, June 23, 2018, is International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women in this exciting industry.

For INWED 2018, Engineers Canada and the 30 by 30 Champions invite Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women engineers, and their contributions to the profession and to broader Canadian society. On Tuesday, June 19, Engineers Canada will begin sharing videos of an engineer and an engineering graduate who are women with the message that engineering can be a fulfilling and exciting career choice for women.

Join the campaign by filming your own short selfie video (as an individual or a group). Tell us why being a woman in engineering is important and post your videos on social media, tagging @EngineersCanada and @EngGeoMB and using the hashtags #INWED2018, #RaisingTheBar, #RaisingProfiles, and #30by30.

JUN 06, 2018

Applications Now Open for Sons & Daughters Bursary

The Sons & Daughters Bursary is open to sons and daughters of Association members in good standing, who are enrolled in 1st year engineering or geoscience studies at any CEAB recognized university or college.

Five (5) awards of $1,000 each will be given annually. Bursary recipients will be selected in a random draw immediately following the close of applications.

Applications will only be accepted between June 1 and September 1, 2018.

For further information on this bursary's eligibility criteria, and how to apply, please read the document below in full.

MAY 28, 2018

Local Transportation Engineer Honoured with National Award

Winnipeg transportation engineer and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba member, Jeannette Montufar, P.Eng., was presented with Engineers Canada's Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession at a ceremony in Saskatoon on Thursday, May 24. The award recognizes engineers who, through their engineering and career achievements, have demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and have established a benchmark of engineering excellence.

Whether it's empowering women in STEM programs at university or developing national guidelines to make crosswalks safer for pedestrians with limited mobility, Jeannette has proven time and again that, with enough vision, accessibility for all is achievable. The civil engineer, who is internationally renowned for her leadership and expertise in the field of transportation engineering, has been a champion of accessibility for women in engineering, supervising and empowering a large proportion of female graduate students and creating a fund to encourage underprivileged women to pursue engineering or science in university. Recently, Jeannette has helped drive Engineering Changes Lives, a bold initiative between the Manitoba provincial government and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba that aims to ensure Manitoba meets the 30 by 30 target set out by Engineers Canada.

MAY 23, 2018

Association Holds Fourth Annual MLA Reception

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba held its fourth annual MLA Reception on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Winnipeg. The reception provides opportunities for the Association members including Council, past presidents and committee chairs to get to know government officials and build positive relationships between one another. Government representatives from federal, provincial, and municipal levels attended the reception this year to show their support for the professional engineers and professional geoscientists of Manitoba.

The reception created a platform for many one-on-one conversations related to the engineering and geoscientific professions including key initiatives of engineering education, increasing representation of women and indigenious professionals, and the need for internationally educated engineers and geoscientists in Manitoba.

Government officials in attendance included Honourable James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlate-Eastman; Honourable Blaine Pederson, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade; Honourable Cliff Cullen, Minister of Crown Services; Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture; Honourable Cameron Frisen, Minister of Finance; Kelly Bindle, MLA for Thompson; Blair Yakimoski, MLA for Transcona, Dennis Smook, MLA for Verendrye; Jon Reye, MLA for St. Norbert; Collen Mayor, MLA for St. Vital; Jeff Browaty, City Councillor, and Shawn Dobson, City Councillor.

MAY 22, 2018

By-law Review Committee Seeks Member Input

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft wording of the proposed changes to By-law 13: Code of Ethics and By-Law 15: Complaints and Discipline.

Continuing with Council's By-law Rewrite project, By-laws 13 and 15 came under review in 2018. The By-law Review Committee, through research and member engagement, developed a set of principles on which to base the proposed draft wording of By-laws 13 and 15 on. The principles were then sent to legal counsel who composed the draft wording.

Below you will find links to the 'Code of Ethics - Draft Wording' and 'Complaints and Discipline - Draft Wording'.

You will also find a link to the 'Guiding Principles' which both drafts were based off of.

Additionally, you will find the 'Code of Ethics - Additional Information' and the 'Complaints and Discipline - Additional Information'. These two documents help to explain the reasoning behind the By-law Review Committees reasons to make changes to these By-laws, as well as outline some of the major changes.

Please forward all comments to Danielle Unett, who is acting as staff support for the committee, at DUnett@EngGeoMB.ca. An online forum, accessible through your member profile, is also available for discussion on the potential by-law changes.

MAY 09, 2018

Vehicle Technology Centre Inc. Accepting Letters of Interest to its OEM-Supplier Development Program

The Vehicle Technology Centre Inc. (VTC) is accepting letters of interest to its OEM-Supplier Development Program, from Manitoba manufacturers undertaking technology development projects supporting heavy vehicle manufacturing in Manitoba.

The VTC is a non-profit organization that supports technological advancement within Manitoba’s heavy vehicle manufacturing industry. The sector includes manufacturers of urban and intercity buses, fire trucks, motor homes, recreational vehicles, trailers, agricultural and mining equipment and related parts and components suppliers. Heavy vehicle manufacturing represents about 11% of Manitoba’s manufacturing workforce and accounts for about $1.5 billion in annual exports.

Through its OEM-Supplier Development Program (OSDP), the VTC supports joint projects by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their Manitoba suppliers, in which the project partners explore technological problems related to heavy vehicle manufacturing in Manitoba. More information on the program is available at the VTC website (www.vtci.ca).

Application to the OSDP is in two stages:
1. submission of a letter of interest
2. projects whose letters of interest are approved in principle will be invited to submit additional information to complete a full project proposal

At this time, the VTC is accepting Letters of Interest from eligible companies. Letters of interest should be a maximum of 3 pages, and should include:
• the project team: lead firm and partner firm(s), brief company backgrounds, contact information
• a brief description of the project, the technological problem being explored and the project’s technological impact to the participating firms
• a preliminary schedule and budget including all potential sources of funding to support the project
• an estimate of the anticipated economic impact of the project

Projects approved in principle will be invited to provide, within six weeks of approval, additional detail to complete a full project proposal. This will include a detailed budget, a comprehensive statement of work identifying tasks and timelines and a list of project personnel.

1. Program criteria
Eligible projects should explore technological solutions in any of the following areas:
• new product designs - with emphasis on emissions reduction, clean technologies, vehicle light-weighting, or smart systems
• advanced processes - with emphasis on design, modeling & simulation and on advanced manufacturing (advanced materials, structures and systems).

Projects must demonstrate a reasonable and manageable level of technical risk or uncertainty.

Eligible applicants will be Manitoba-based manufacturers within the heavy vehicle manufacturing industry with sufficient resources to undertake the proposed project and commercialize the result. Eligible projects will partner at least two eligible Manitoba companies, where at least one of the
partners is an OEM or a tier-one supplier to the sector. While non-Manitoba participation is welcomed, costs associated with non-Manitoba partners are not eligible for program support.

For approved projects, the OSDP may contribute up to 33% of eligible and approved costs, up to a maximum limit, which will be determined based on available funds. Project costs eligible for support include:
• project direct labour and benefits
• project-specific materials
• project-specific overhead
• sub-contracts and consultant costs to non-team members
• specialized project equipment

Note that costs for equipment, tooling and overhead related to production are not eligible for support. Costs arising from business loss projections are also not eligible for support.

Projects in a range of sizes will be considered. The OSDP will consider projects with budgets of a minimum of $30,000. While there is no maximum project size, the maximum support from the OSDP will be subject to availability of funds.

Letters of interest should estimate the project’s anticipated economic impact (e.g. increase in sales and/or exports, import replacement, job creation, new manufacturing investment, operational cost savings, etc.)

Approved projects will be required to submit periodic progress reports during the project (when submitting claims for reimbursement) and a final report on completion, as well as follow-on reports with respect to economic impact. Approved projects must be completed and expenses paid by February 28, 2019. Phased projects may be considered, however the phase undertaken must be complete by February 28, 2019.

2. Submission deadline
Deadline for submission of letters of interest is 4:30 p.m., June 15, 2018. Projects approved in principle will be notified in early July.
NOTE: Submission of a letter of interest does not guarantee nor imply approval or support of a project. Only projects approved in principle will be invited to submit full proposals. Final project approval and support is subject to availability of OSDP funds.
All letters of interest, project proposals and other information received from applicants will be kept confidential by VTC.

3. Transmittal instructions
Letters of interest may be sent to:
Vehicle Technology Centre Inc.
Attn: Nestor Dudych
1050 – 259 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 3P4

or emailed to:
Nestor.Dudych@gov.mb.ca
(Emailed submissions should have the words “OSDP Letter of Interest” in the subject line.)

For questions or additional information, please visit the VTC website or call 204-945-8467.

MAY 03, 2018

UofM IDEA Program Now Accepting Project Submissions

The University of Manitoba Innovative Design for Engineering Applications (IDEA) Program is now accepting project submissions for the Mechanical and Biosystems final year engineering design courses in 2018-2019.

The UofM IDEA Program is an integral part of the Faculty of Engineering’s approach to developing design-ready engineering graduates. The IDEA Program works with industry partners to provide groups of students an opportunity to apply their engineering education in a final-year engineering design course, commonly referred to as a Capstone Design course.

As an industry partner, the program would provide you with low-cost exposure to graduating engineering students and increase your company’s presence within the Faculty of Engineering. The student team will design a solution to the project submitted by your company. This can be viewed as an opportunity to move forward on projects that you may not currently have the time or personnel to address.

Projects suitable for the UofM IDEA Program have an appropriate scope, are open-ended and well-defined, and align with the course schedule: September to December for the Mechanical Capstone and September to April for the Biosystems Capstone. Examples of potential projects include component and assembly design, equipment and fixture design, lean manufacturing/process improvement, or designs for employee health and safety.

If you are interested in learning more about how the Program can benefit you and your company, please contact us by email at uofmidea@umanitoba.ca or by phone at 204-474-7205, or visit the website at umanitoba.ca/engineering/idea.

MAY 03, 2018

“Engineering Changes Lives” - Doubling the Number of Women Entering Engineering by 2030

Only 15 per cent of newly licensed engineers in Manitoba are women – lower than nearly every other professionally-accredited occupation. Gender inequality is the biggest diversity gap facing engineering in Manitoba.

“Girls are an opportunity for all sectors to grow so if engineers want a piece of the pie, they need to fight for it. Girls are awesome, so bring up your game,” said Nusraat Masood, EIT, engineering intern and Director of WISE Kid-Netic Energy, a University of Manitoba program with a mission to attract girls to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. “Currently, health-related fields are doing far better at attracting girls who pursue STEM studies.”

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has a goal: 30 by 30. By 2030, 30 per cent of newly licensed engineers will be women. That’s double the current rate.

The Association knows this goal can’t be met without a significant, long-term commitment and has budgeted an initial $800,000 for the first phase of this initiative, one that’s meant to reach young women who could be the next decade’s graduating class in engineering.

"Council put its support behind Engineering Changes Lives, because it was evident we need to take strong and immediate action, if we were to achieve 30 by 30," said Engineer’s Geoscientists Manitoba President, Jonathan Epp, P.Eng., FEC. "This is a strategic priority for us, because it is in the public's interest to be served by a profession that is representative of the public it seeks to serve."

Minister responsible for Status of Women, Hon. Rochelle Squires, addressed a full room at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Monday. Over 100 government officials, engineers, and educators were in attendance for a panel discussion exploring the culprits that steer girls away from STEM and nudge women out of the engineering profession. Culprits ranging from unconscious gender bias in teaching math and science from a young age and societal gender expectations, to a lack of role models both in the profession and in the media were identified. The engineers on the panel then shared their personal experiences.

Lindsay Melvin, P.Eng., FEC, professional engineer and Past President of the Association recalled: “I didn’t realize there were any culprits until years later when I looked back and said ‘Hey, why did that happen?’ For example, I don't remember if there were any other girls in my high school computer class, but the teacher would often ask me to handout the handouts. I missed verbal instructions and fell so far behind I had to drop out. It was devastating and discouraging and it didn’t set me up well for university when I had to take computer science for my engineering degree.”

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba formally adopted the 30 by 30 goal as a Strategic End for the Association in May 2017, signifying its critical importance to the future of engineering in the province. This new initiative, called “Engineering Changes Lives”, aims to increase both the number of women entering engineering and the retention rate of women working in the field. Sarah Stringer, lead marketing researcher for the campaign, knows there will have to be an understanding of the leaks at all points on the career pipeline: “How do we look at the whole ecosystem and make engineering believe that diversity is not going to lower the bar, or just be a sign of the times, but is going to raise the bar for the province and ultimately for humanity as a whole.”

Included as part of the panel discussion was the launch of an in-school advertising campaign inviting collaboration between Manitoba’s middle school students and the province’s largest engineering employers to address the barriers that keep girls from choosing engineering as a career.

“Prior to joining the university, I worked at a start-up company which was male-dominated. I went on my first maternity leave and found that very difficult and frustrating. My HR was very flustered, which didn’t bode well for me. Companies need to be well-read, well-positioned for a diverse workforce, which includes women, which includes LGBTQ, which includes everyone. They need to keep it welcoming, keep it proper.” said Nusraat Masood.

[Engineering Changes Lives Panel Photo]
Panellists take questions from the audience.
L-R: Sarah Stringer, Juliet Creative, Jonathan Epp, P.Eng., FEC, President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, Lindsay Melvin, P.Eng., FEC, Past President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and Nusraat Masood, EIT, WISE Kid-Netic Energy Program Administrator.

APR 05, 2018

Association Seeks Input on Centennial Celebrations

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba turns 100 in 2020 and we want to celebrate this milestone with you! To help inform the decisions of which projects and activities will take place during our centennial year, the Association's Centennial Task Group needs your help!

Complete this short survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/EngGeoMBCentennial - it will take only four minutes and you could win a $100 Best Buy gift card if you complete it before April 22!

APR 05, 2018

Applications Now Open for ICAN-WISE Undergraduate Research Award

ICAN-WISE is the Integrated Collaborative Academic Network for Women in Science and Engineering, organized by the Prairies Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE-Prairies). The ICAN-WISE Scholarship is an award that is intended to specifically support women mentee-mentor academic research collaboration in the natural sciences or engineering fields.

The award, valued at $6,000, is open to female-identified undergraduate students from participating universities in the Prairie region of Canada. Interested students must select a female mentor / principal investigator with whom they will collaborate on a summer research project from May to August, 2018.

The selection process for these awards puts more emphasis on the nature of the project and mentorship relationship than on academic grades. Research that strengthens Indigenous communities in the Prairies is particularly valued, as are mentorship relationships and projects that are unique or interdisciplinary. Students who have shown involvement in their schools and communities are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is April 24, 2018. You can find additional information on the CWSE-Prairies website.

MAR 29, 2018

Abstracts Sought for Association's Annual Conference

From October 16 - 19, 2018, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Ingenium is a premier professional development opportunity for the engineering and geoscience community in Manitoba, with participants representing a cross-section of the 8,200 practitioners who work in the province’s private and public sectors.

On October 18, 2018, Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars will take place. The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practise in those fields.

In particular, we welcome presentations which explore:
• Case studies of successful applications of new strategies or technology in Manitoba
• Resiliency and climate change
• Technical presentations on emerging technologies
• Industry trends
• Competency skills benefitting engineering and geoscience professionals

Please submit a half-page abstract, outlining the presentation proposal, along with the presenter’s name, contact information, and brief biography, to Gemma Keatch, Communications & Events Coordinator, via email to GKeatch@EngGeoMB.ca Abstracts must clearly describe the content of the presentation.

Both Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 27, 2018.

Final decisions regarding presentations selected for inclusion in the conference will be made by May 30, 2018.

MAR 19, 2018

University of Manitoba Aero Team Flying High

A team of mechanical engineering students from the University of Manitoba is flying high after earning global bragging rights. The students beat out aircraft design teams from around the world at a recent competition in Lakeland, Florida.

"I was just in awe — could not believe it for a while, to be honest with you," said Jasjyot Barmi, who led the University of Manitoba SAE Aero team against 35 other teams from universities all over the world.

The SAE Aero Design is a series of annual competitions that challenge teams from across the world to design, build, and fly fixed-wing radio-controlled aircraft capable of achieving different objectives, such as flying well while carrying as much payload — passengers and cargo — as possible.

The University of Manitoba's winning entry was a 12-pound craft that successfully carried 38 pounds of cargo — tennis balls inside the hollow body.

"We're pretty much replicating the real live airliner but on a much smaller scale. Each passenger gives us points," Barmi said, but noted that in this case, each passenger is represented by a tennis ball.

The competition is popular because it gives engineering students a chance to get out of the classroom to design and build airplanes, Barmi said.

For more information, read the full coverage by CBC below.

MAR 14, 2018

Spaghetti Bridge Competition Smashes Bridges and Records

2018 marked a record year for the annual Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Spaghetti Bridge Competition. Taking place over three consecutive days at Kildonan Place, a record 904 students competed, building 453 trusses which were tested to breaking point during the event. Prizes were awarded to the strongest structures from each grade, and a team of two from grade 3 at École Rivière-Rouge earned this year’s top spot when their truss bore 195 kg of weight before breaking!

"It's great to see so many students and teachers joining us this year to build strong entries in support of Winnipeg Harvest. Participation has really soared this year and we’re so pleased to see these future engineers applying their ingenuity to make the most out of the simple building mateirals of spaghetti and glue. This year's contest entries held up 12,397.6kg!" said Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s CEO & Registrar.

In return for all of the spaghetti that the 2018 participants used to build their bridges, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba donated $2 per kg of load that the bridges held to Winnipeg Harvest, resulting in a $24,795.20 donation.

“Utilizing pasta to construct bridges is a great way to inspire tomorrow’s engineers, while encouraging giving back to those who are hungry,” says Keren Taylor-Hughes, Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest. “By donating $2.00 for every kg of weight sustained by over 450 pasta bridges, they have made a huge difference in the lives of hungry Manitoba families! For every $1 donated, Winnipeg Harvest can distribute $20 worth of food across the province, which means this donation will translate into nearly $500,000 of food going to food banks, soup kitchens and school snack programs. Thank you Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and all the students who participated.”

The Spaghetti Bridge Competition was part of a series of events to celebrate Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW). The celebration is part of National Engineering Month, which takes place across Canada throughout March each year. PEGW also promotes careers in engineering and the geosciences to young people of all ages.

[Donation Presentation to Winnipeg Harvest]
Jonathan Epp, P.Eng., FEC, President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, Keren Taylor-Hughes, Executive Director of Manitoba Harvest, Tristen Gitzel, P.Eng., FEC, Chair of PEGW Task Group, and Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, CEO & Registrar of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

FEB 26, 2018

Grand Opening of Expanded Association Office

Having taken the opportunity for growth in 2017 by expanding its office into newly vacant space on the second floor, the Association marked the official opening of the new space with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, February 23.

Representatives involved in the renovation gathered with councillors, staff, and special guests to mark the occasion in the new Wardrop Boardroom.

In honour of their achievements and their impact on engineering in Manitoba, the four boardrooms on the second floor are named after prominent engineers in the province: Landon, Lyons, Wardrop, and Weiszmann. The Association was privileged to be joined by some of their family and friends for this special occasion.

CEO & Registrar Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, introduced special guests Ann Weiszmann, daughter of the late Judith Weiszmann, P.Eng., FEC, and Terry Wardrop, son of the late Les Wardrop, P.Eng., FEC, who shared fond memories of their parents and their engineering legacies. Along with President Jonathan Epp, P.Eng., FEC, they cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the expanded space.

[Ribbon Cutting]
l-r: Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, Terry Wardrop, Ann Weiszmann, Jonathan Epp, P.Eng., FEC

Following the ceremony, the Association welcomed visitors its new space during an open house afternoon. Over 30 practitioners joined staff for tours of the new facilities.

FEB 13, 2018

Geoscientists Canada Names New CEO

Geoscientists Canada announced today that Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, will take over as Chief Executive Officer of Geoscientists Canada on the retirement of the current CEO, Oliver Bonham, P.Geo., FGC, on March 1, 2018. With effect from February 1, Ms. Waldie is serving as incoming CEO as part of the leadership transition.

For the past five years Ms. Waldie has consulted to the geoscience profession, through her company Waldie Geo-Governance, on matters of governance and geoscience professionalism, as well as acting as business manager to the APGO Education Foundation, and consulting to Geoscientists Canada on a variety of projects. Prior to her consulting work, Ms. Waldie was the Executive Director and Registrar of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) for six years. She began her career as an exploration geoscientist, working for several major and junior mining and exploration companies.

“I am honoured to be given this opportunity to lead Geoscientists Canada into the next chapter of our development; applying my skills to the profession I love to the benefit of our geoscience regulators, geoscience professionals, and the Canadian public.” said Waldie.“I look forward to working with all concerned parties and our international partners as we all strive to achieve excellence in geoscience professionalism.”

The geoscience profession, which encompasses many specialized practice disciplines, currently comprises 14,000 licensed professionals (P.Geo’s) and Geoscientists-in-Training registered at associations across Canada.

With nine constituent association members, Geoscientists Canada is the national organization of the provincial and territorial licensing bodies that regulate the practice of geoscience in Canada.

FEB 08, 2018

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program - Call for Letters of Intent

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) provides funding for targeted, outcome-focused actions in the following three key freshwater priority areas:
1. Nutrient Reduction
2. Collaborative Governance
3. Indigenous Engagement

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Program implements a two stage application process:

Stage 1: Letter of Intent:
Applicants are asked, using the provided template, to submit a Letter of Intent (maximum 2 pages). Letters of Intent will be reviewed by ECCC against the following criteria:
• The project contributes to at least one of the three key freshwater priority areas listed above;
• The requested level of federal funding is between 1/3 and 2/3 of the total project value;
• The maximum amount available for any one project is $600,000;
• The start date and end date are clearly stated (must end before March 31, 2022);
• The project takes place in the Canadian portion of the Lake Winnipeg Basin; and
• The submission is from an eligible applicant.

Stage 2: Project Proposal Submission:
Once a Letter of Intent is deemed eligible, applicants will be invited to submit a project proposal.

Please refer to the Applicant Guide for further program information including eligibility and the application process.

If you are interested in funding through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, please submit a Letter of Intent no later than 11:59p.m., February 21, 2018 (CST).

Applicants may send their submission via email to ec.lacwinnipeginfo-lakewinnipeginfo.ec@canada.ca
or via mail to:
Lake Winnipeg Basin Program
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Suite 150, 123 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4W2
(MUST be postmarked on or before February 21, 2018)

An acknowledgment email will be sent to all that submit a Letter of Intent for consideration. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 5 working days of the deadline, please contact us as follows:

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program Contact Information
ec.lacwinnipeginfo-lakewinnipeginfo.ec@canada.ca
1-800-567-1570

FEB 08, 2018

Support Services List Now Available Online

Are you experiencing job loss or some other event that has created stress in your life? The Association now has a comprehensive list of Support Services listed on its website, as a reference to help you through stressful events affecting yourself,your worklife, and your personal life.

Many professional members in Alberta have experienced job loss due to the economic downturn caused by low oil prices. Although the Manitoba economy is not experiencing the same conditions, you may find the list of support services helpful. Do you need help with any of these?

• Job loss
• Career change
• Change in health
• Mental health
• Death of a family member
• Financial pressure
• Mediating a dispute

In addition to the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba list, contact the Human Resources department at your workplace or EAP (employee assistance program) representative if you have benefits.

FEB 07, 2018

Canadian Blood Services Seeks Engineering Firms For Project Donate

Canadian Blood Services is asking engineering firms to roll up their sleeves to save a life by participating in Project Donate this March. Approximately 5000 appointments in Manitoba need to be filled this month to meet the needs of local patients. You can donate at the central Canadian Blood Services clinic on William Ave, or at one of the mobile clinics taking place in Steinbach, Selkirk, Brandon, Morden, Winkler, and many more Manitoban locations.

All participants should identify themselves as taking part in Project Donate when signing in on arrival at a clinic, as Project Donate donors will be entered in a prize draw to win a $100 Keg gift card!

Encourage your workmates to donate with you and Canadian Blood Services will provide LifeBus transportation to and from the clinic on William Ave! To book a group appointment, or a LifeBus shuttle to the Winnipeg Blood Centre, call 204 789-1056 or email groupbookermb@blood.ca

To book an individual donation appointment, download the GiveBlood app or visit www.blood.ca

FEB 01, 2018

Association Expands Office Space

In 2017, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba took the opportunity for growth by expanding their office into newly vacant space on the second floor, which had been previously occupied by Granite Financial. The Association had been considering options for future office growth and Granite’s move to Donald Street provided a timely opportunity to expand without having to relocate. After renovating the space over the course of several months, the expanded office is now functional and in use.

The Association moved from its previous office at 850A Pembina Highway, to the current location of 870 Pembina Highway in 2009. At that time, there were 5,608 members and 12 staff. As of January 30, 2018, membership had increased to 8,201 and there are currently 19 staff supporting the growing membership and increased program initiatives. Prior to the expansion to the 2nd floor of the building, several staff were located in shared workspaces with no privacy and minimal storage, and a couple of staff members were working out of boardrooms, due to having no permanent work area.

The office expansion allows all staff access to individual office space, while also including room for future growth, and the Investigations Department benefits from additional private storage space. Growing committees, task groups, and chapters are further accommodated with the addition of four boardrooms on the 2nd floor, named after significant engineers in the Association’s history.

The renovations to the second floor updated the décor and functionality of the space while encouraging future floorplan flexibility through the inclusion of an innovative DIRTT wall system, as well as several open-plan areas. A new internal staircase links the two floors and features a modern wall art installation, in keeping with the modern décor of the lower level.

As the Association continues to grow to better support members and the public, more working space is a necessity. This expansion ensures Association staff and members, both present and future, will have room to continue their work with necessary privacy and space.

FEB 01, 2018

Feedback Sought for Return to Active Practice Guideline

The Continuing Competency Committee (CCC) is seeking member feedback on the newly developed Return to Active Practice Guideline. This guideline will help to standardize how Reinstatement and Resumption applications are reviewed. The current draft of the Return to Active Practice guideline has been reviewed by the CCC and the Registration Committee, and can be found through the link below.

If you have any comments or questions about the guideline, please send them to Danielle Unett at DUnett@EngGeoMB.ca

FEB 18, 2018

Resources for Future Generations 2018 Abstract Deadline Extended

Resources for Future Generations (RFG) 2018 is a collaborative, ambitious event that seeks to highlight business, science, and policy. The event will bring together attendees from industry, government, and academia as well as Indigenous peoples, and local communities to discuss some of the most pressing challenges concerning resources and related sustainability issues. The conference will cover many aspects of earth science that underpin our understanding of resources, focused sessions on critical aspects of energy, minerals and water, and a broad program covering societal, policy, Indigenous, community and educational topics.

This is a unique opportunity to participate in a conference focused on a sustainable future. The response to the Call for Abstracts has been excellent, but given conflicts with the holiday season, the Abstract submission deadline has been extended to maximize the opportunity for you to share your research and ideas by submitting an abstract to one of the six themes: Energy, Minerals, Water, the Earth, Resources and Society, and Education.



JAN 18, 2018

"Engineering Changes Lives" Celebration Huge Success

A celebration to launch the “Engineering Changes Lives” initiative, which aims to achieve the goal that 30% of newly licensed engineers in Manitoba are women by the year 2030, was held last night at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, attracting over 120 attendees.

Lindsay Melvin, P.Eng., FEC, was the Association’s sixth female President in 2016 - 2017 and explained what the initial strategies would include: “This initiative is a multi-year program of activities, whose results are to be measured by the number of women participating in engineering. Activities over the immediate years will include a marketing program to share the important message about why engineering changes lives, building partnerships, research, and the development and implementation of strategic plan to be executed over a number of years.”

Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for Status of Women, was the guest speaker representing the Manitoba Government’s endorsement of this initiative: “These opportunities are key to women succeeding in, and remaining in various male-dominated fields including engineering, science, trades, and technologies and I hope that someday we can get rid of that phrase ‘male-dominated fields’, especially when we’re talking about engineering.”

The excitement levels throughout the evening were palpable by guests including engineers, government representatives, and industry professionals, as they are among the stakeholders who are critical to increasing the momentum behind this initiative to make it a reality. Dr. Jeannette Montufar, P.Eng. FEC, Chair of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council and a member of the 30 By 30 Task Group said: “We need to ensure that we take a bold approach with this initiative, as the status quo has not been achieving the desired results. We need to explain what engineering can mean to everyone, but especially to girls. Engineering truly changes lives and I am so proud to be an engineer.”

The new initiative will increase both the number of women entering engineering and the retention rate of women working in the field, as currently, in Manitoba, women represent 15.1% of newly licensed engineers and approximately 9% of all registered engineers.

Ruth Eden, P.Eng., President-Elect of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Water Management and Structures Division for Manitoba Infrastructure commented: “For engineering to be the best profession that it can be, the membership needs to be representative of all society. Our profession needs the best suited candidates to take the necessary training to become professional engineers and continue to solve the problems of tomorrow.”

Chair of the Association’s Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE), Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., noted: "CIPWIE’s grassroots efforts over the past 20 plus years have built a foundation of community building and support, but the Engineering Changes Lives initiative is going to take this to the next level, the level that is required to help us meet the 30 by 30 goal and beyond."

[Engineering Changes Lives Launch Photo]
(L-R) Jonathan Epp, P.Eng. FEC, President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, Lindsay Melvin, P.Eng. FEC, Past President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, Ruth Eden, P.Eng., President-Elect of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for Status of Women, Dr. Jeanette Montufar, P.Eng. FEC, Chair of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council, and Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., Chair of CIPWIE (Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering).

JAN 05, 2018

INTRAW Scenarios: The World of Raw Materials in 2050

The INTRAW project consortium is pleased to announce the release of a new brochure presenting three scenarios for the world of raw materials in 2050.

The EU-funded INTRAW project was launched in 2015 with the aim of mapping best practices and boosting cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and five technologically advanced non-EU countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and the United States).

In a truly cooperative approach, the INTRAW project has elaborated, in a series of workshops run in 2016, three scenarios that describe the world of raw materials in 2050. Given the current uncertainties that global politics have to deal with, scenarios are indeed an excellent means to prepare for the future and to safeguard against developments that are not desirable, but yet still plausible. The final scenarios, named “Unlimited Trade”, “Sustainability Alliance” and “National Walls”, are now available on the INTRAW website and are presented in more detail in a new brochure that can be downloaded via the link below.