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MARCH 2021
1MAR

National Engineering and Geoscience Month - Winnipeg Free Press Supplement

As part of National Engineering and Geoscience Week Month, the Association partnered with the Winnipeg Free Press to publish a special section celebrating and showcasing Manitoba's outstanding engineers and geoscientists.

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FEBRUARY 2021
9FEB

Centennial Videos Series

As we approach the end of our Centennial year, join us in the celebration as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba.

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9FEB

Ingenium 2021 Call for Abstracts

The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practise in those fields, for consideration for inclusion in Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars, taking place in October 2021.

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8FEB

Call for Member By-law Proposals

In accordance with By-law 16.2 Member By-law Proposals, Council is seeking requests for by-law amendments, repeals, or enactments.

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3FEB

Geoscientists Canada Celebrates 25 Yrs of Service to the Regulated Practice of Geoscience in Canada

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce the organization is celebrating 25 years of service to public protection and the practice of professional geoscience.

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JANUARY 2021
20JAN

Looking Back Through Our Century: July 1956

Join the Association as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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20JAN

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program - Call for Letters of Intent (2021/2022)

Environment and Climate Change Canada is seeking Letters of Intent for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.

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DECEMBER 2020
16DEC

BRACE Program - Climate Resiliency Capacity Building for Manitoba Decision Makers is Coming Soon!

Do you want to learn more about how to incorporate Climate Resiliency into Infrastructure design?! Well look no further, the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program is coming soon!

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16DEC

Looking Back Through Our Century: December 2003

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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9DEC

NOTICE Under the Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act & the Association’s Discipline By-law

This is notice that on November 10, 2020, Mr. N.A. Garcia, P.Eng. consented to the registration of a conviction and issuance of a reprimand on a charge of professional misconduct or unskilled practice in accordance with section 35(1)(f) of The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act.

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9DEC

2020 Updates from the Department of Equity and Representation

To achieve Strategic Ends 5.1 and 5.2, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is working to understand, track, and effectively address the reasons for the significant underrepresentation of Indigenous people and women in our professions. Lear about the progress made by the Department of Equity and Representation in 2020 towards achieving the ends.

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9DEC

Looking Back Through Our Century: December 2009

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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2DEC

Practice Note - Safeguarding Intellectual Property

The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members related to safeguarding intellectual property.

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2DEC

Looking Back Through Our Century: December 2008

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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NOVEMBER 2020
25NOV

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 2016

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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18NOV

2021 Renewals Now Available Online

Renewals for the 2021 renewal period are now available online at www.EngGeoMB.ca

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18NOV

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 1904

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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12NOV

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 1952

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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6NOV

Request for Proposals – Governance Review

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified consultant to design and conduct a review of all aspects of the Association’s governance.

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4NOV

Arab Members Chapter Now Accepting Applications for Student Bursaries

The Arab Members Chapter is pleased to announce a bursary for engineering and geoscience students in the Province of Manitoba. Two bursaries of $500 each will be presented to the successful candidates on the Chapter’s birthday on January 19, 2021.

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4NOV

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2021 Student Writers Scholarship

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be accepting submissions for the 2021 Student Writers Scholarship, sponsored by Craig Kelman & Associates, until January 20, 2021.

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4NOV

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 1921

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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OCTOBER 2020
28OCT

Looking Back Through Our Century: October 2011

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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21OCT

Computer Drive for Distance Learning

The Association is hosting a computer drive to provide students with access to technology and learning in this unprecedented time. Find out how you can help.

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21OCT

Looking Back Through Our Century: October 2012

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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21OCT

City of Winnipeg Launches Digital Development Permit Services

The City of Winnipeg has launched digital development permit services. Applications will now be reviewed and issued electronically.

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14OCT

Looking Back Through Our Century: October 1968

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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7OCT

Looking Back Through Our Century: October 1956

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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2OCT

Geoscience Practice Guidelines Catalogue

Geoscientists Canada Professional Practice Committee has recently completed its work on the Geoscience Practice Guidelines Catalogue. The documents noted in the catalogue link directly to the source material, in most cases the provincial or territorial regulator.

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2OCT

Continuing Competency Committee Modifies ProDev Reporting Targets for 2020

Continuing Competency Committee agreed to modify the targets of the ProDev program for the 2020 calendar year.

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SEPTEMBER 2020
29SEP

Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2013

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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25SEP

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Statement on COVID-19

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is committed to the health and well-being of its employees, practitioners, and members of the public whom we serve. The Association will continue to closely monitor updates from Manitoba Health and other national and local entities regarding COVID-19.

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23SEP

Request for Proposals - Strategic Planning Consultant

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a Strategic Planning Consultant who will work with the Association in the research, development, and writing of a comprehensive and focused action plan.

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23SEP

Looking Back Through Our Century: September 1920

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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22SEP

Student Renewals Now Open

Student renewals are now open for undergraduate students attending the University of Manitoba or Brandon University for the 2020-2021 year.

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16SEP

Ingenium Conference Goes Virtual - Registration is Now Open

This year's Ingenium Professional Development Seminars will be hosted completely virtually, allowing attendees to join the event without even leaving home.

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16SEP

Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2015

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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10SEP

Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2014

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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2SEP

Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2002

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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AUGUST 2020
27AUG

2020/21 Women in Engineering & Geoscience Mentorship Program – Call for Female Mentors and Protegees

Learn more about the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program and how you can register to be a mentor or protégée.

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19AUG

Looking Back Through Our Century: August 1920

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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5AUG

Looking Back Through Our Century: August 1931

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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JULY 2020
17JUL

Habitat for Humanity Build Days

As the Association celebrates 100 years in Manitoba, the Centennial Outreach Task Group invited practitioners to join us in giving back to our community through two Build Days with Habitat for Humanity.

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17JUL

Looking Back Through Our Century: July 1993

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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16JUL

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Looking for something fun to do this summer? How about a joining us for a scavenger hunt?

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3JUL

NOTICE Under the Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act & the Association’s Discipline By-law

This is notice that on June 29, 2020 Mr. S.M. Petrovich, P.Eng. consented to the registration of a conviction and issuance on a charge of professional misconduct or unskilled practice in accordance with section 35(1)(f) of The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act.

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JUNE 2020
28JUN

Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1998

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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24JUN

Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1998

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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17JUN

Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1999

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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17JUN

Sons & Daughters Bursary Applications Bursary Draw

The Association is now accepting applications for the Sons & Daughters Bursary. The 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 Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) recognized university or college.

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10JUN

Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1962

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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3JUN

Looking Back Through Our Century: 1937

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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3JUN

Anniversary of Reclaiming Power & Place: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women & Girls

Please take the time on this important anniversary to read the Calls for Justice and the related research in the report and commit to integrating these into your professional practice and workplace culture. Commit to listening, learning, and supporting Indigenous people, who are the experts on their own future.

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MAY 2020
28MAY

Province Launches Online Tool to Help Match Employers and Students for Jobs

The Manitoba government has launched Student Jobs MB, a new online tool dedicated to matching students looking for job opportunities to employers with workforce needs throughout the province.

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27MAY

Looking Back Through Our Century: May 2018

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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20MAY

Looking Back Through Our Century: May 1965

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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13MAY

Looking Back Through Our Century: 1960

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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6MAY

Looking Back Through Our Century: May 1997

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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5MAY

By-law Review Committee Seeking Input on Draft By-law Proposal

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft proposal related to categories of membership.

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5MAY

By-law Review Committee Seeks Input on Member Proposed By-law

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the by-law proposal made by members under By-law 16.2.

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APRIL 2020
29APR

Looking Back Through Our Century: 1960

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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22APR

Looking Back Through Our Century: April 1962

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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20APR

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19

To help support our practitioners during this time, we have provided answers to common questions we’ve received related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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15APR

Looking Back Through Our Century: April 1969

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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9APR

Looking Back Through Our Century: April 8, 2012

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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9APR

Help us promote the Girl Power campaign!

Help us share this initiative by directing the high school students in your life to our Girl Power campaign website to solve an equation for a free t-shirt.

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2APR

Looking Back Through Our Century: April 3, 1929

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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MARCH 2020
27MAR

Happy 100th Birthday Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba!

We're celebrating 100 years in 2020! Highlighting a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba!

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25MAR

Fighting Hunger by Putting Engineering Skills to the Test

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.

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25MAR

Looking Back Through Our Century: March 1920

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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19MAR

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Statement on COVID-19

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is committed to the health and well-being of its employees, practitioners, and members of the public whom we serve. The Association has been closely monitoring updates from Manitoba Health and other national and local entities in regard to COVID-19.

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18MAR

Looking Back Through Our Century: March 2007

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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12MAR

Looking Back Through Our Century: March 1959 to 1968

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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12MAR

Ingenium 2020 - Call for Abstracts

From October 14 - 16, 2020, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Ingeniumis 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.

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11MAR

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Public Awareness Campaign - My Story

In late February, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba launched the My Story campaign. This campaign was designed to connect with members and other Manitobans with engaging and real stories about engineers, by engineers. Shot in 2019, several local engineers volunteered their time and told their personal stories on video which were then edited down to 2-3 minute vignettes.

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4MAR

National Engineering and Geoscience Month

Help inspire the next generation of engineers and geoscientists by helping highlight the role that engineers and geoscientists play in society and the diversity of voices, experiences, and interests that compose the engineering and geoscience professions.

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4MAR

Plan 2050: Winnipeg Metropolitan Regional Growth Management and Development Plan Seeks Input

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Regional (WMR) is comprised of eighteen municipalities centered around Manitoba’s capital – The City of Winnipeg. The WMR is committed to build better communities, increasing the competitive advantage, and ensuring resources are used in the best way possible.

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4MAR

Girl Power campaign

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2020, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is launching its Girl Power campaign to students in grade 9 and up throughout the province.

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4MAR

Looking Back Through Our Century: March 1995

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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3MAR

Certificate of Authorization Renewals Are Now Open

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

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FEBRUARY 2020
27FEB

Looking Back Through Our Century: 1941

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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20FEB

Looking Back Through Our Century: February 1956

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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19FEB

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

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.

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13FEB

Looking Back Through Our Century: February 1999

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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10FEB

Call for Member By-law Proposals

In accordance with By-law 16.2 Member By-law Proposals, Council is seeking requests for by-law amendments, repeals, or enactments

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4FEB

Looking Back Through Our Century: February 1956

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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JANUARY 2020
31JAN

Substainability Industry Town Hall held at the University of Manitoba

Sustainability Industry Town Hall was held at the University of Manitoba. The event was organized by University of Manitoba Efficient and Renewable Hub (UMEARTH) University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES).

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30JAN

2020 Public Review of National Model Codes

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites you to take part in the winter 2020 public review from January 13 to March 13, 2020.

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30JAN

Centennial Give Back - I Love to Read Month

As part of our Centennial Celebrations, we are inviting our members to give back to the community by contacting their local school to offer their services to read to a classroom during the month of February to celebrate I Love to Read Month.

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30JAN

New Practice Note – Solar Panel Installations

The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who have been tasked with reviewing the structural design of installing solar panels on buildings.

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30JAN

New Practice Note – Site Photographs and Privacy

The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who conduct inspections on private property.

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30JAN

Looking Back Through Our Century: January 1957

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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23JAN

Third Annual Curling Funspiel

January 22, 2020, marked the third Curling Funspiel in the Association’s Sport Committee’s current revival of an old tradition. There were 16 teams gathered at St. Vital Curling Club, in search of a fun afternoon, prizes, and their name on the trophy.

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23JAN

Looking Back Through Our Century: January 1921

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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16JAN

Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program Panel Discussion

The Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program is in it’s 5th year. The 2019-2020 year has over 165 engineering and geoscience professionals, interns, and students participating in four events that include presentations and networking activities.

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16JAN

Looking Back Through Our Century: January 1923

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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9JAN

We're celebrating 100 years in 2020!

Throughout 2020, we will highlight important achievements at many different events, activities, and locations throughout Manitoba.

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9JAN

Update from the Manitoba 2030 Coalition

Learn more about how several Coalition employers have expanded or created internal initiatives to address gendered barriers to recruitment, retention, and equity in the profession.

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DECEMBER 2019
16DEC

Gender Equity in the Workplace

Wondering how your workplace can ensure it is using best practices to achieve gender equity?

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5DEC

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember and continue to mourn the 14 women - engineering students - who were murdered at the École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic taking of their lives and all that they would have contributed to their communities and to the world.

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2DEC

News from the Department of Equity and Representation

As we approach the end of our two year Engineering Changes Lives special project, we are pleased to share that the Department of Equity and Representation will be officially operational in January 2020.

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MARCH 2021
1MAR

As part of National Engineering and Geoscience Week Month, the Association partnered with the Winnipeg Free Press to publish a special section celebrating and showcasing Manitoba's outstanding engineers and geoscientists.

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FEBRUARY 2021
9FEB

As we approach the end of our Centennial year, join us in the celebration as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba.

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9FEB

The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practise in those fields, for consideration for inclusion in Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars, taking place in October 2021.

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8FEB

In accordance with By-law 16.2 Member By-law Proposals, Council is seeking requests for by-law amendments, repeals, or enactments.

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3FEB

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce the organization is celebrating 25 years of service to public protection and the practice of professional geoscience.

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JANUARY 2021
20JAN

Join the Association as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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20JAN

Environment and Climate Change Canada is seeking Letters of Intent for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.

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DECEMBER 2020
16DEC

Do you want to learn more about how to incorporate Climate Resiliency into Infrastructure design?! Well look no further, the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program is coming soon!

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16DEC

Join the Association throughout 2020 as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. Follow us as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

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9DEC

This is notice that on November 10, 2020, Mr. N.A. Garcia, P.Eng. consented to the registration of a conviction and issuance of a reprimand on a charge of professional misconduct or unskilled practice in accordance with section 35(1)(f) of The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act.

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9DEC

To achieve Strategic Ends 5.1 and 5.2, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is working to understand, track, and effectively address the reasons for the significant underrepresentation of Indigenous people and women in our professions. Lear about the progress made by the Department of Equity and Representation in 2020 towards achieving the ends.

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9DEC

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2DEC

The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members related to safeguarding intellectual property.

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2DEC

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NOVEMBER 2020
25NOV

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18NOV

Renewals for the 2021 renewal period are now available online at www.EngGeoMB.ca

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18NOV

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12NOV

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6NOV

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified consultant to design and conduct a review of all aspects of the Association’s governance.

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4NOV

The Arab Members Chapter is pleased to announce a bursary for engineering and geoscience students in the Province of Manitoba. Two bursaries of $500 each will be presented to the successful candidates on the Chapter’s birthday on January 19, 2021.

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4NOV

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be accepting submissions for the 2021 Student Writers Scholarship, sponsored by Craig Kelman & Associates, until January 20, 2021.

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4NOV

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OCTOBER 2020
28OCT

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21OCT

The Association is hosting a computer drive to provide students with access to technology and learning in this unprecedented time. Find out how you can help.

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21OCT

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21OCT

The City of Winnipeg has launched digital development permit services. Applications will now be reviewed and issued electronically.

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14OCT

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7OCT

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2OCT

Geoscientists Canada Professional Practice Committee has recently completed its work on the Geoscience Practice Guidelines Catalogue. The documents noted in the catalogue link directly to the source material, in most cases the provincial or territorial regulator.

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2OCT

Continuing Competency Committee agreed to modify the targets of the ProDev program for the 2020 calendar year.

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SEPTEMBER 2020
29SEP

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25SEP

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is committed to the health and well-being of its employees, practitioners, and members of the public whom we serve. The Association will continue to closely monitor updates from Manitoba Health and other national and local entities regarding COVID-19.

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23SEP

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a Strategic Planning Consultant who will work with the Association in the research, development, and writing of a comprehensive and focused action plan.

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23SEP

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22SEP

Student renewals are now open for undergraduate students attending the University of Manitoba or Brandon University for the 2020-2021 year.

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16SEP

This year's Ingenium Professional Development Seminars will be hosted completely virtually, allowing attendees to join the event without even leaving home.

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16SEP

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10SEP

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2SEP

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AUGUST 2020
27AUG

Learn more about the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program and how you can register to be a mentor or protégée.

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19AUG

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5AUG

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JULY 2020
17JUL

As the Association celebrates 100 years in Manitoba, the Centennial Outreach Task Group invited practitioners to join us in giving back to our community through two Build Days with Habitat for Humanity.

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17JUL

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16JUL

Looking for something fun to do this summer? How about a joining us for a scavenger hunt?

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3JUL

This is notice that on June 29, 2020 Mr. S.M. Petrovich, P.Eng. consented to the registration of a conviction and issuance on a charge of professional misconduct or unskilled practice in accordance with section 35(1)(f) of The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act.

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JUNE 2020
28JUN

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24JUN

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17JUN

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17JUN

The Association is now accepting applications for the Sons & Daughters Bursary. The 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 Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) recognized university or college.

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10JUN

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3JUN

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3JUN

Please take the time on this important anniversary to read the Calls for Justice and the related research in the report and commit to integrating these into your professional practice and workplace culture. Commit to listening, learning, and supporting Indigenous people, who are the experts on their own future.

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MAY 2020
28MAY

The Manitoba government has launched Student Jobs MB, a new online tool dedicated to matching students looking for job opportunities to employers with workforce needs throughout the province.

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27MAY

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20MAY

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13MAY

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6MAY

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5MAY

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the draft proposal related to categories of membership.

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5MAY

The By-law Review Committee is seeking member input on the by-law proposal made by members under By-law 16.2.

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APRIL 2020
29APR

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22APR

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20APR

To help support our practitioners during this time, we have provided answers to common questions we’ve received related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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15APR

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9APR

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9APR

Help us share this initiative by directing the high school students in your life to our Girl Power campaign website to solve an equation for a free t-shirt.

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2APR

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MARCH 2020
27MAR

We're celebrating 100 years in 2020! Highlighting a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba!

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25MAR

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.

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25MAR

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19MAR

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is committed to the health and well-being of its employees, practitioners, and members of the public whom we serve. The Association has been closely monitoring updates from Manitoba Health and other national and local entities in regard to COVID-19.

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18MAR

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12MAR

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12MAR

From October 14 - 16, 2020, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Ingeniumis 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.

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11MAR

In late February, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba launched the My Story campaign. This campaign was designed to connect with members and other Manitobans with engaging and real stories about engineers, by engineers. Shot in 2019, several local engineers volunteered their time and told their personal stories on video which were then edited down to 2-3 minute vignettes.

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4MAR

Help inspire the next generation of engineers and geoscientists by helping highlight the role that engineers and geoscientists play in society and the diversity of voices, experiences, and interests that compose the engineering and geoscience professions.

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4MAR

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Regional (WMR) is comprised of eighteen municipalities centered around Manitoba’s capital – The City of Winnipeg. The WMR is committed to build better communities, increasing the competitive advantage, and ensuring resources are used in the best way possible.

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4MAR

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2020, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is launching its Girl Power campaign to students in grade 9 and up throughout the province.

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4MAR

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3MAR

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

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FEBRUARY 2020
27FEB

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20FEB

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19FEB

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.

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13FEB

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10FEB

In accordance with By-law 16.2 Member By-law Proposals, Council is seeking requests for by-law amendments, repeals, or enactments

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4FEB

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JANUARY 2020
31JAN

Sustainability Industry Town Hall was held at the University of Manitoba. The event was organized by University of Manitoba Efficient and Renewable Hub (UMEARTH) University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES).

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30JAN

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites you to take part in the winter 2020 public review from January 13 to March 13, 2020.

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30JAN

As part of our Centennial Celebrations, we are inviting our members to give back to the community by contacting their local school to offer their services to read to a classroom during the month of February to celebrate I Love to Read Month.

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30JAN

The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who have been tasked with reviewing the structural design of installing solar panels on buildings.

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30JAN

The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who conduct inspections on private property.

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30JAN

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23JAN

January 22, 2020, marked the third Curling Funspiel in the Association’s Sport Committee’s current revival of an old tradition. There were 16 teams gathered at St. Vital Curling Club, in search of a fun afternoon, prizes, and their name on the trophy.

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23JAN

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16JAN

The Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program is in it’s 5th year. The 2019-2020 year has over 165 engineering and geoscience professionals, interns, and students participating in four events that include presentations and networking activities.

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16JAN

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9JAN

Throughout 2020, we will highlight important achievements at many different events, activities, and locations throughout Manitoba.

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9JAN

Learn more about how several Coalition employers have expanded or created internal initiatives to address gendered barriers to recruitment, retention, and equity in the profession.

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DECEMBER 2019
16DEC

Wondering how your workplace can ensure it is using best practices to achieve gender equity?

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5DEC

On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember and continue to mourn the 14 women - engineering students - who were murdered at the École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic taking of their lives and all that they would have contributed to their communities and to the world.

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2DEC

As we approach the end of our two year Engineering Changes Lives special project, we are pleased to share that the Department of Equity and Representation will be officially operational in January 2020.

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MAR 01, 2021

National Engineering and Geoscience Month - Winnipeg Free Press Supplement

March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month, Canada's largest celebration of engineering and geoscience!

As part of National Engineering and Geoscience Week Month, the Association partnered with the Winnipeg Free Press to publish a special section celebrating and showcasing Manitoba's outstanding engineers and geoscientists.

Click on the link below to read the following articles:
  • The Girl Power Campaign: She Used to Be a Girl Like Me
  • Girl Power - Inspire Girls to Change the World as Engineers and Geoscientists
  • 30 By 30 Initiative
  • Engineering Matters - An interview with Dean Marcia Friesen, P.Eng., FEC.
  • Change Can Be Good: National Engineering and Geoscience Month Activities Go Online
  • The Day in the Life of an Engineer

For more information on professional development events and online activities taking place during National Engineering and Geoscience Month see our event calendar via the link below.

FEB 09, 2021

Centennial Videos Series

As we approach the end of our Centennial year, watch these videos to recognize and celebrate this important milestone for our professions as we highlight how 100 years of the life's work and community initiatives of engineers and geoscientists have made life work better in Manitoba.

We encourage you to share these videos with family and friends to help them understand the important work that you do.

[Centennial 2020]
Centennial 2020


[Centennial 2020]
Trailblazers


[Centennial 2020]
Cornerstone Projects


[Centennial 2020]
Futuristic Innovation


[Centennial 2020]
Educators


[Centennial 2020]
Social Impact

FEB 09, 2021

Ingenium 2021 Call for Abstracts

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, in a virtual format in October 2021. Ingenium is a premier professional development opportunity for the engineering and geoscience community in Manitoba, with participants representing a cross-section of the over 8,000 practitioners who work in the province’s private and public sectors.

The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practise in those fields, for consideration for inclusion in Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars.

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, 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 30, 2021. Final decisions regarding presentations selected for inclusion in the conference will be made by in June.

FEB 08, 2021

Call for Member By-law Proposals

In accordance with By-law 16.2 Member By-law Proposals, Council is seeking requests for by-law amendments, repeals, or enactments.

Each proposal submitted in response to this notice:
  1. must be received by the secretary no more than 30 days after the date of such notice;
  2. may include the text of any proposed amendment or new by-law;
  3. shall include a written statement outlining the purpose of such proposed by-law and the reasons why the proposed by-law is required and may include such other information as the proponent considers necessary or desirable; and
  4. shall include the full name, and mailing address of the mover and seconder of such proposed by-law.

The Secretary is not required to accept any by-law proposal that does not comply with these statements, but shall give notice to the mover and seconder of the proposal of the refusal, and the reasons for such refusal, within 10 days of receiving the proposal.

Please submit all proposals to the Secretary at GKoropatnick@EngGeoMB.ca by March 10, 2021.

The current by-laws can be found on the Association website.

FEB 03, 2021

Geoscientists Canada Celebrates 25 Yrs of Service to the Regulated Practice of Geoscience in Canada

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce the organization is celebrating 25 years of service to public protection and the practice of professional geoscience.

Over the course of 2021, watch Geoscientists Canada’s social media posts for more information on the organization, available resources, member regulators, and Canada’s accomplished professional geoscientists.

Please help us raise awareness about this important development for the profession of geoscience through your organization’s various networks and channels.

Read Geoscientists Canada's press release below.

JAN 20, 2021

Looking Back Through Our Century: July 1956

With our renewal period well underway, we wanted to share a poem from 1956 when the Association took to humour to remind members to pay their dues. Most of you have already renewed for 2021, but if you haven’t yet, please do so before you are no longer in good standing and your name is removed from the Association's register as a member.

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

From the Manitoba Professional Engineer July 1956:

[When Dues are Due]

JAN 20, 2021

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program - Call for Letters of Intent (2021/2022)

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) is seeking Letters of Intent for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP). They provide funding for targeted, outcome-focused actions that address at least one of the following LWBP priorities:

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 template included with the Applicant Guide, to submit a Letter of Intent (maximum 2 pages). Letters of Intent will be reviewed by ECCC against the following criteria:

• The Letter of Intent does not exceed two pages;
• The project contributes to at least one of the three LWBP priorities;
• 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 Applicant Guide below 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 11:59 p.m. (CST), February 5, 2021.

DEC 16, 2020

BRACE Program - Climate Resiliency Capacity Building for Manitoba Decision Makers is Coming Soon!

Do you want to learn more about how to incorporate Climate Resiliency into Infrastructure design?! Well look no further, the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program is coming soon!

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Manitoba Government, is working to achieve the objectives of the BRACE Program. Our project team will help design a comprehensive training course to enable engineers and other infrastructure decision-makers to integrate climate resiliency into their designs and practice.

The BRACE Program is intended to improve the capacity of practitioners to access and apply knowledge and tools on climate change adaptation in their work.

Click the link below to read the BRACE article in the Winter issue of The Keystone Professional for more information on the program!

DEC 16, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: December 2003

On New Year’s Eve of 2003, Esplanade Riel, Winnipeg’s new pedestrian bridge, opened to foot traffic. The pedestrian bridge was part of the $72 million, Provencher Twin Bridges project, which included a new four-lane divided vehicular bridge as well as new roadways and sidewalks.

Beginning in 1998, The City of Winnipeg, Wardrop Engineering Inc., and community stakeholders partnered in a comprehensive public consultation process that considered repair/replace alternatives for the ageing Provencher Bridge, circa 1916.

Guiding the process were requirements that the new vision for the bridge be: technically sound; cost-effective; environmentally responsible; reflect the needs of the adjacent communities and the city at large, and be understood and accepted by most of those affected.

Detailed design of the Esplanade Riel began early in 2002 and construction commenced in the fall of 2002. Working together with the contractor, the City and Wardrop overcame significant challenges during construction to ensure the project was completed on schedule in the fall of 2003.

A world-class addition to Winnipeg’s skyline, Esplanade Riel re-established the alignment of the city’s historic grand boulevard - Provencher on the east and Broadway on the west. The city’s new landmark is a demonstration of world-class engineering performed by Manitoba-trained engineers and is a tribute to the quality of the education and professionalism of all the engineers involved.

To learn more about this award-winning bridge and its structural design, see the links below.

DEC 09, 2020

NOTICE Under the Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act & the Association’s Discipline By-law

This is notice that on November 10, 2020, Mr. N.A. Garcia, P.Eng. consented to the registration of a conviction and issuance of a reprimand on a charge of professional misconduct or unskilled practice in accordance with section 35(1)(f) of The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act. The conviction arises out of Mr. Garcia’s issuance of a certification letter for the inspection of a private residence and detached garage in rural Manitoba.

In the course of his involvement in this project Mr. Garcia:
  • Certified the foundation and structural systems were functional and did not pose life and safety hazards, with full knowledge that a structural assessment had not been performed, and with full knowledge that this did not meet the requirements of the RM to have a Structural Engineer review the structures; and
  • Made statements in this letter that fell outside his area of professional practice and competency.
In addition to the reprimand, Mr. Garcia:
  1. is restricted from practising structural engineering until he satisfies the Association that he is competent do so,
  2. is required to take and pass an ethics course within six months;
  3. is required to write to the RM and the homeowner retracting the Letter of Certification;
  4. must refund in full the fees paid by the homeowner for the inspection and corresponding report; and
  5. must complete an additional 30 Formal Activity Hours and 30 Informal Activity hours.
Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC
CEO & Registrar

DEC 09, 2020

2020 Updates from the Department of Equity and Representation

To achieve Strategic Ends 5.1 and 5.2, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is working to understand, track, and effectively address the reasons for the significant underrepresentation of Indigenous people and women in our professions. Read below to learn about the progress made by the Department of Equity and Representation in 2020 towards achieving the ends.

E-5.1 is guided by the work of the Indigenous Professionals Initiative Coordinator, Nicole Everett (a member of the Berens River First Nation, with roots also in the Long Plain First Nation and Swan Lake First Nation). Working closely with the Director of the Department, the Coordinator has focused on the following:
  • Building the membership of the Indigenous Professionals Initiative Committee (IPIC) to include members who can provide guidance in the areas of education, student support, traditional knowledge, along with engineers and geoscientists already working in the industry to guide the direction of End E-5.1; and

  • Determining future priorities by developing an environmental scan and strategic operational/action plan for the Initiative;

  • Maintaining and tracking metrics on the number of Indigenous professionals working in engineering and the geosciences, enrollment rates for secondary pre-requisite requirements for admission to engineering and geosciences programs, the number of students enrolled in post-secondary programs, and graduation rates for the environmental scan to support the Initiative;

  • Developing partnerships and collaboration opportunities to increase Indigenous representation in engineering and the geosciences through engagement with local Indigenous organizations and representatives from community groups;

  • Developing ways to support Indigenous student participation in existing programs such as Engineering Access Program (ENGAP)at the University of Manitoba and the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation) designed to encourage and support engineering and geoscience fields of study; and

  • Increasing the Association and industry commitment and understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action (#92), the Calls to Justice (#13.1 to #13.5) for Extractive and Development Industries from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), along with understanding on the history of colonization and marginalization of Indigenous peoples; duty to consult, Indigenous engagement, and reconciliation; and traditional knowledge and its link to engineering and geoscience. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba recognizes that the link between resource extraction projects and violence against Indigenous women is a serious problem that demands attention, and the importance of all resource-extraction and development industries to consider the safety and security of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people (Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual) “at all stages of project planning, assessment, implementation, management, and monitoring”.

  • The Association has retained a Strategic Planning Consultant who will work with the Association in the research, development, and writing of a comprehensive action plan. This could include the development of recommendations, policy change, and/or professional development delivered on behalf of the Association based on the MMIWG Calls for Justice that will be survivor led, family centered, and community directed.

The Association’s 30 by 30 Strategic End 5.2

The 30 by 30 Strategic Plan, available on our website, focused on the following tactics for the 2019-2020 year: complete metric baseline, set targets; build out intersectional understanding; develop communications plan; develop/launch bias interrupter campaign; establish an education sub-committee
  • Further data to inform the strategic plan was obtained from Manitoba Education, looking at the 2017 binary gender breakdown of course credits obtained in high school science courses. The data from that year shows grade 11 and 12 high school physics to be the first drop off point for women toward careers in engineering and geoscience with percentages of women falling below 50% (as low as 40%) compared to chemistry which showed the percentage of women above 50% and surpassing 60% for grade 11 chemistry.

  • Additionally, further available binary gender and Indigenous declaration data was collected from the universities. Binary gender and Indigenous declaration data was also sourced from the Engineers Geoscience Manitoba database to expand the understanding of application, enrolment, and attrition rates via the Internationally Educated Assessment Program and Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board graduate pathways by gender.

  • The online portion of the Girl Power campaign was launched at the beginning of March 2020 prior to course selection for the 2020 academic year. The campaign features four women at various stages of their careers, a student, an EIT, a professional geoscientist, and a professional engineer who do work across a broad range of disciplines. The campaign is designed to inspire girls to consider their futures in engineering and geoscience, inform them of the pre-requisites needed and make the link to the importance of their high school curriculum. The campaign allows students of all genders to earn a t-shirt using their problem-solving skills in physics, chemistry, and math questions from the Manitoba grade 9 curriculum to trace a path from where they are to where they could go.

  • Content for webpages and a social media strategy were developed to both inspire and equip teachers, students, parents, practitioners, and employers to recruit, retain, and promote women in engineering and geoscience. www.enggeomb.ca/DismantlingBias.html

  • The 2020-2021 Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program is in its sixth year, with a record 190 participating students, interns, and mentors. The administration of the program is transitioning from being solely volunteer-based from the former Committee for Increasing the Participation of Women in Engineering (CIPWIE), toward a volunteer member-directed and staff-supported program.

  • The Engineering Changes Lives Education sub-committee led by co-chairs Dr. Lilian Pozzer of the U of M Faculty of Education and Jamie Evans, Vice-Principal at École Salisbury Morse Place in the River East Transcona School Division has decided on two foci: 1) to map existing programs and 2) to produce and disseminate content for educators to recognize and interrupt gender and racial bias in STEAM (science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics) education and curriculum.

  • The Manitoba 2030 Coalition met twice in October 2020 to discuss COVID-19 related challenges and opportunities for achieving gender equity in the professions (i.e., flexible and work from home arrangements and leave transitions).

  • In partnership with the Department of Operations of the Association, the second round of My Story videos were curated and produced to feature Indigenous practitioners, women and non-binary practitioners in the professions. Stay tuned for the launch in January 2021.

  • The Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) 2020 Conference hosted by the Association pivoted to a successful online speaker series held over the month of November with hundreds of attendees from across the country.
We’ve made progress in 2020 towards achieving our ends, thank you to our many committee members, stakeholders, and champions. We look forward to pushing forward in 2021.

DEC 09, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: December 2009

After four years of construction and at a cost of about $300 million, the Winnipeg Water Treatment Plant began sending treated water to the city on the evening of December 9, 2009.

Located at the Deacon Reservoir, the plant is a state-of-the-art, modern facility designed for performance, safety, and environmental sustainability which is expected to last about 75 years with normal upkeep and maintenance.

The Winnipeg Water and Waste Department provided an insert with the March 2010 water and sewer bill “Announcing our best tap water ever! Winnipeg’s new water treatment plant started up on December 9, 2009. The treatment facility is 12,000 sq. m in size (about the footprint of the MTS Centre). The water passes through six treatment stages, including filtration, ozonation, and two types of disinfection.”

Since the treatment plant began operating, Winnipeg's drinking water is of a higher quality than the drinking water guidelines set out by Health Canada, is clearer, and smells and tastes better all year.

See the City of Winnipeg link below to learn more about the water treatment plant.

DEC 02, 2020

Practice Note - Safeguarding Intellectual Property

Concern has been raised to the attention of the Investigation Committee regarding the use of designs or design elements by engineering firms who did not create them. This practice note will outline the concept of copyright and the less-familiar moral rights in engineering design and discuss the importance of establishing contractual terms to address these matters between designers and clients.

Intellectual property rights are governed in Canada by the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42), which establishes the grounds for ownership and transfer of ownership of copyright. Copyright itself is unique from other elements of intellectual property protected by Canadian law, namely: patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies.1

Note that some specialized questions of the Copyright Act have not been broadly explored in Canadian law and thus have limited precedent.

The practice note on safeguarding intellectual property is available via the link below.

DEC 02, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: December 2008

In December 2008, Manitoba Hydro Place (MPH) would welcome its first employees. Located in Winnipeg and officially opened in September 2009, it was the first LEED Platinum office tower in Canada and among the most efficient office towers in North America.

By using an integrated design process, building energy use was minimized for Manitoba’s climate. Consuming 88 kWh/m2, Manitoba Hydro Place uses 60% less energy than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings and 73% less energy than the standard office tower in Winnipeg.

MHP houses two thousand employees on 21 floors. Unique attributes of this building include North America’s largest solar chimney providing 100% fresh air at all times, Manitoba’s largest geothermal heating and cooling system, and the world’s first “reversed” double façade optimized for a cold climate.

To learn more about Manitoba Hydro’s head office, visit the Heritage Committee Wiki via the link below.

NOV 25, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 2016

In November 2016, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba launched its first major public awareness campaign with a series of television, radio and movie theatre commercials, billboard, bus and transit shelter advertisements, print ads and social media content all designed to position professional engineering and geoscience as vibrant, diverse, rewarding, ethical, and equitable careers.

The campaign was designed and developed to help the public quickly grasp the incredible multitude of things that have been made smarter, safer, healthier, and better in their environment because a professional engineer or geoscientist was there.

The work to build this public awareness campaign got underway well in advance of its launch in 2016 when the Association updated its name to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to make it easier to recall and more relevant.

Read more about this media campaign and more recent ones via the link below.

NOV 18, 2020

2021 Renewals Now Available Online

Renewals for the January 1 to December 31, 2021, 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 sends out renewal notices via e-mail where possible. Receipts will no longer be mailed out, but will instead be available in your online profile after payment is processed.

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

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

NOV 18, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 1904

In November 1904, the Union Bank Tower opened and became Winnipeg’s first skyscraper. The 10-storey building began construction in 1903 and at the time of its opening, the top floor of Union Bank was the second-highest in the British Empire, one metre below London’s tallest building. It had the largest and fastest elevator in Western Canada and was the first building in Canada to introduce the modern concept of a general contractor to oversee construction.

The building was initially built for Union Bank and eventually became their head office. The Royal Bank of Canada took over the Union Bank in 1925 and operated out of the Union Bank Tower until 1992. At that time, the Royal Bank moved out of the building to a new location at James Avenue and Main Street. The building sat vacant for the next 18 years before being renovated, repurposed, and opened as the Paterson Globalfoods Institute of Red River College in 2013. It was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1996.

The land on which the building sits was originally part of the bed of Brown’s Creek, which ran from the Red River across Main Street approximately between the Union Bank Tower and City Hall. For a time, there existed a bridge on Main Street to aid in its crossing. It appears that buildings in the area witnessed sinking foundations and settling in the early 1890s as a result. The Union Bank Tower must have experienced the same problems, and in 1917 the bank spent $35,000 on 21 caissons down to bedrock to shore up the foundation.

However, this does not seem to be the final step in the stabilization of the foundation. In 1921, when the building immediately to the south was partially demolished and converted into an annex for the tower, additional work on the basement walls of the tower may have been completed. It has been suggested that when this conversion work was progressing, a horizontal section of the stone wall of the tower was removed and 400 to 600 specially designed jacks were placed in it. The entire building was then raised by these jacks, which were then cemented into place. No description of this work could be found in local newspaper accounts or in the columns of local or regional trade magazines or journals.

Notwithstanding the above issues, more recent engineering studies state that the tower is in excellent structural condition and has remained relatively stable for several decades.

NOV 12, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 1952

In November 1952, Nestor Mudry, whose application number was 1000, was admitted by Council to membership in this Association. Four years later, 500 more applications were received, and on October 9, 1956, application number 1500 was submitted to the Association.

Today, the Association counts almost 8,700 current practitioners and has received well over 20,000 applications since 1921.

As for Mr. Mudry, he’s had an active life since becoming our 1000th member. Read the articles in the links below to find out what he’s been up to since he retired.

NOV 06, 2020

Request for Proposals – Governance Review

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified consultant to design and conduct a review of all aspects of the Association’s governance.

The request for proposals for a Governance Review Consultant can be viewed via the link below.

We encourage practitioners to circulate the RFP within their networks to assist in advertising this initiative.

Proposals are due on Monday, November 30, 2020

NOV 04, 2020

Arab Members Chapter Now Accepting Applications for Student Bursaries

The Arab Members Chapter is pleased to announce a bursary for engineering and geoscience students in the Province of Manitoba. Two bursaries of $500 each will be presented to the successful candidates on the Chapter’s birthday on January 19, 2021.

Eligibility:

1. Candidate must be a member of the Arab Members Chapter. To become a member, complete the application form via the link below.

2. Candidate shall be a full-time student in any undergraduate engineering or geoscience program in the Province of Manitoba

3. Once awarded, winners are not eligible to apply for another bursary from the Arab Members Chapter under this category.

4. Previous winners of the Arab Members Chapter bursary are not eligible to apply.

Requirements:

1. Application form
2. Proof of registration in a full time undergraduate engineering or geoscience program in Manitoba

Proof of an active student loan is considered an asset.

Process:

1. Fill the online application via the below link.
2. Send the required documents Contact@aegm.ca
3. Executive Committee of the Chapter will assess the applications for eligibility.
4. Deadline to submit the applications is December 15, 2020.
5. Successful candidates will be contacted and shall be able to be present on the ceremony day.

As the safety and well-being of their members and friends are priorities of the Arab Members Chapter, it is expected that the 2021 bursaries award presentation will be virtual. Further information will be provided at a later date.

NOV 04, 2020

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2021 Student Writers Scholarship

Calling all students!

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be accepting submissions for the 2021 Student Writers Scholarship, sponsored by Craig Kelman & Associates, until January 20, 2021.

Write an article for The Keystone Professional for your 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.

NOV 04, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: November 1921

The Association adopted its first Code of Ethics on November 1, 1921, which was revised April 6, 1935, and September 23, 1959. It would subsequently be rewritten and adopted on February 28, 1968, and revised on April 13, 1992, May 9, 2000, and October 19, 2018.

The Code of Ethics ensures that practitioners apply their specialized knowledge and skill at all times in the public interest, with honesty, integrity and honour, and conduct themselves in a spirit of fairness and tolerance when dealing with fellow professionals. As a general guide, the Code of Ethics outlines the spirit of Association member's professionalism. Failure to follow this code may be considered unskilled practice, professional misconduct, or both.

To learn more about the Code of Ethics and how it’s changed over the years, read “Ethics – The Time Factor” on page 50 of the Centennial Issue of The Keystone Professional.

OCT 28, 2020

Looking Back Through Our Century: October 2011

When it first opened its doors to welcome travellers on October 30, 2011, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport was Canada’s newest and greenest airport.

Winnipeg's main airport terminal was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and Stantec. The terminal's design was inspired by the City of Winnipeg's distinctive landscape and the province of Manitoba's vast prairies and sky. It was the first airport terminal in Canada to be LEED-certified for its environmentally friendly concept, design, construction and operation. The terminal was constructed in two phases, with construction beginning in 2007 at a cost of $585-million.

On October 31, 2011, the Winnipeg Airports Authority was honoured as a recipient of the 2011 Airports Going Green award. This prestigious award, handed out by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), recognizes the value of each project, as well as the project sponsors' outstanding leadership in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry.

OCT 21, 2020

Computer Drive for Distance Learning

With more schools needing to turn to distance learning due to COVID-19, many students without a computer at home are facing problems to maintain their learning. The Association would like to help by hosting a computer drive to provide students with access to technology and learning in this unprecedented time.

How can you help?

  • Donations of used equipment
  • Volunteer to help refurbish equipment
  • Financial donations to assist with shipping

    We will be partnering with a provincial Indigenous learning organization to determine distribution and eligibility. Stay tuned for more information as the program develops.

    If you or your company would like to participate in this important initiative, contact Nicole Everett, Indigenous Professionals Initiative Coordinator via the link below.
  • OCT 21, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: October 2012

    During October 23-26, 2012, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba held the first Ingenium Conference. Since 2012, the Association has held an Ingenium Conference every year and provided hundreds of professional development hours to our practitioners.

    Here were some of the sessions back in 2012:

  • Do Engineers 'Rule the World'? Should They?
  • Women in Engineering: Moving Manitoba into the Future
  • Moving Human Rights & Equality Forward in the Workplace
  • Winnipeg Transportation Master Plan
  • ABC's of P.Eng.
  • Meeting Skills
  • Managing Conflict
  • Communication Skills

    Were you in attendance in 2012? What are some of your favourite Ingenium presentations over the years? Are there any speakers that stood out?

    This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ingenium Task Group had to pivot from our normal in-person format and to a virtual format. While we missed seeing everyone face-to-face, the virtual format allowed us to offer over 15 hours of professional development for registrants to attend without even leaving home. The four-day format also meant that attendees didn’t have to choose between concurrent topics and any missed sessions would be accessible via our On-Demand Library for future viewing.

    Didn’t register for this year’s Ingenium Professional Development Seminars but wish you had? It’s not too late, visit the Ingenium website to sign-up for access to the Ingenium On-Demand Library where all sessions will be available to watch until January 17, 2021.
  • OCT 21, 2020

    City of Winnipeg Launches Digital Development Permit Services

    Effective October 13, 2020, the City of Winnipeg has launched digital development permit services. Applications received on or after this date will be reviewed and issued electronically.

    To submit a digital development permit application:
    • Review the digital submission requirements,
    • Email your PDF application and supporting documentation to ppd-permit@winnipeg.ca,
    • If requested, submit additional information via Permits Online,
    • Once approved, you will receive your permit via email along with a link to a ZIP file to download your approved supporting documentation.
    Note: This additional service is for development permits that are applied for independently of building permits. If your development permit is being processed as part of your building permit application, there is no change to service levels as these applications are already reviewed and issued electronically.

    Visit the Digital Permit Applications webpage for more information.

    OCT 14, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: October 1968

    It was almost 60 years ago that on October 6, 1962, that then Premier of Manitoba Duff Roblin and federal Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources Walter Dinsdale climbed atop of a giant bulldozer and stripped the first sod off the prairie to begin construction of the Red River Floodway. At a cost of 63-million dollars, the Red River Floodway would officially open on October 11, 1968.

    It took years of investigation, negotiation, planning, and designing before the six-year construction period began. The Floodway represents millions of man-hours on the drawing boards, at planning discussions, and at financial negotiations. At the peak of construction itself, in July of 1965, there were 1,000 men working on the project, a project 30 percent greater in earth-moving magnitude than the Canadian section of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and 40 percent as great as the Panama Canal.

    At 47 km long, the Floodway has prevented over $40 billion in cumulative flood damage. For its outstanding engineering achievement both in terms of function and impact, the Floodway was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2000,

    To learn more about the Red River Floodway, see the links below.

    Source: Heritage Society Wiki and Manitoba Government

    OCT 07, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: October 1956

    On October 27, 1956, Manitoba highway engineers moved the Assiniboine river. By making the river flow under a bridge they built on dry land, a substantial saving was claimed due to not having to straddle the river during construction.

    To learn more about this "engineering stunt", read the article below:

    [Engineers Move River]Engineers Move River, Winnipeg Tribune, October 29, 1956

    We'd love to hear about your projects, past or present! Send your "engineering stunts" to Communications Coordinator, Danielle Wawryk.

    OCT 02, 2020

    Geoscience Practice Guidelines Catalogue

    Geoscientists Canada Professional Practice Committee has recently completed its work on the Geoscience Practice Guidelines Catalogue. The documents noted in the catalogue link directly to the source material, in most cases the provincial or territorial regulator.

    This resource is designed to support both the professional geoscience practitioner and the Canadian geoscience regulators. The professional geoscience practitioner will be able to utilize the catalogue during their daily practice, which will help the practitioner to ensure they are utilizing best practices and following their regulator’s guidance or standards. Where guidance or standards on a particular topic may not be available from their regulator, the practitioner will be able to review guidance or standards from other Canadian geoscience regulators to facilitate their decisions and professional obligations.

    Regulators will be able to refer to available guidance documents from across Canada to:
    • facilitate creation or updating of their own guidelines or standards,
    • assist with identifying any gaps in professional geoscience guidance, and
    • facilitate a nationally coordinated approach to the production of geoscience guidance documentation.
    Geoscientists Canada will maintain the catalogue and hopes that our members will find this new resource to be a valuable tool in the effective regulation and practice of professional geoscience.

    The searchable catalogue is available on the Geoscientists Canada website via the link below.

    Questions, comments, and revisions pertaining to the catalogue can be addressed to Andrea Waldie, CEO Geoscientists Canada, via the contact information below.

    OCT 02, 2020

    Continuing Competency Committee Modifies ProDev Reporting Targets for 2020

    At its meeting this week, the Continuing Competency Committee agreed to modify the targets of the ProDev program for the 2020 calendar year. These reductions are being made in recognition of the impact that COVID health measures have had on the accessibility of professional development activities.

    For all practitioners, the target number of categories in 2020 will be two (2) instead of the standard three (3) categories. In addition, the overall target number of hours for all practitioners will be reduced to 225 for any reporting period that includes the 2020 calendar year. These reductions will be applied automatically to all member profiles in the coming weeks.

    The Continuing Competency Committee also wishes to remind practitioners that they can submit applications for abatement for reasons of unemployment, as is always the case.

    For more information on ProDev Reporting Program, see the link below.

    SEP 29, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2013

    Cascade, Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE), is a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) multi-mission satellite operated by the University of Calgary. The mission development and operations from launch to February 2018 was funded through CSA and the Technology Partnerships Canada program.

    CASSIOPE was launched on September 29, 2013, on the first flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle. It was the first Canadian hybrid satellite to carry a dual mission in the fields of telecommunications and scientific research. The main objectives were to gather information to better understand the science of space weather, while verifying high-speed communications concepts through the use of advanced space technologies.

    Magellan Aerospace Winnipeg was contracted in 2005 to build the MAC-200 bus for CASSIOPE (previously Magellan Aerospace Corporation had built the MAC-100 bus for the SCISAT-1 satellite mission). The MAC-200 is a generic satellite bus intended to be used for multiple SmallSat missions.

    The bus is responsible for powering the spacecraft, thermal management, attitude determination and control, and communications with the ground via S-band. Magellan designed and built the Command and Data Handling units (C&DH) for the bus, which are the onboard primary and redundant computers that run the bus flight software. Magellan also helped develop the GAP instrument in the ePOP payload, as well as the deployable ePOP antenna booms.

    [CASSIOPE]
    Source: Heritage Wiki

    To learn more about CASSIOPE, see the links below.

    SEP 25, 2020

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Statement on COVID-19

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is committed to the health and well-being of its employees, practitioners, and members of the public whom we serve. The Association will continue to closely monitor updates from Manitoba Health and other national and local entities regarding COVID-19.

    As of September 21, the Association office at 870 Pembina Hwy is open to visitors during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Guests are limited to the reception area and are required to wear a mask. We also ask that guests use hand sanitizer upon entry to the Association office.

    Note that most Association staff are still working from home and continue to be available via e-mail and telephone. For general questions, please contact us via email at Info@EngGeoMB.ca or call (204) 474-2736.

    Stay up to date on COVID-19 related news by visiting the Province of Manitoba website. Additional resources related to your well-being can also be found in the Support Services section of our website. Information on the Economic Response Plan announced by the Government of Canada to help stabilize the economy and help Canadians affected by the impacts of this challenging period can be found below.

    SEP 23, 2020

    Request for Proposals - Strategic Planning Consultant

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a Strategic Planning Consultant who will work with the Association in the research, development, and writing of a comprehensive and focused action plan. This will include the development of recommendations, policy change, and/or professional development for the Association based on the MMIWG Calls to Justice for Extractive and Development Industries that is survivor-led, family-centred and, community-directed.

    The Request for Proposals for a Strategic Planning Consultant can be viewed via the link below.

    We encourage practitioners to circulate the RFP within their networks to assist in advertising this initiative.

    Proposals are due on Friday, October 16, 2020.

    SEP 23, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: September 1920

    The first General Meeting of the Association was held on September 27, 1920, in the Engineering Building of the University of Manitoba located at the corner of Portage Avenue and Sherbrook Street, in the City of Winnipeg, with the Provisional Chairman, W. M. Scott, presiding. Seventy-one registered professional engineers and five non-registered engineers were present. The By-laws as prepared by the Provisional Council were reviewed and adopted, or amended and adopted, clause by clause.

    The presiding officer then called for nominations of members for the first Council of the Association, to consist of seven members, the four receiving the highest number of votes to act until the Annual General Meeting in 1922, and the other three elected until the Annual General Meeting of 1921. In that year and subsequent alternate years, three members and in 1922 and subsequent alternate years, four members have been elected to Council for a term of two years.

    In all, seventeen were nominated and upon report of the scrutineers, M. A. Lyons, P. Burke-Gaffney, G. L. Guy and J. G. LeGrand were elected to serve until 1922, and A. W. Smith, D. A. Ross and W. P. Brereton until 1921.

    As had become the established custom, the members elected to Council retired from the meeting to elect, from their number, the officers of the Association. Upon their return, they reported that the first regular officers were:

    M. A. Lyons, President
    J. G. LeGrand, Vice-President
    G. L. Guy, Secretary and Registrar

    who with P. Burke-Gaffney, A. W. Smith, D. A. Ross and W. P. Brereton comprised the first Council of the Association. With the setting up of this Council, the Association began the business of administering the new act.

    Note that the custom of the members of the Council retiring from the meeting to elect the officers ended in 1991. Since then the President-Elect, i.e., the person who takes over in a year, is still elected by and from the Council. However, it is done in an open meeting of the Council.

    SEP 22, 2020

    Student Renewals Now Open

    Student renewals are now open for undergraduate students attending the University of Manitoba or Brandon University for the 2020-2021 year. The current year is set to expire on September 30, 2020.

    To renew, log into your personal profile via the link below.

    If you have forgotten your Association ID, please email the Student Coordinator. If you have recently graduated, please look into applying for the Pre-Registration/Intern Program.

    SEP 16, 2020

    Ingenium Conference Goes Virtual - Registration is Now Open

    This year's Ingenium Professional Development Seminars will be hosted completely virtually, allowing attendees to join the event without even leaving home. While we will miss seeing you in-person this year, the online platform offers a variety of benefits to participants including:
    • Access Anywhere: Whether you live in Winnipeg, rural Manitoba, in another province, or even in another country, you can join us this year! All you need is a computer with an internet connection and to convert our scheduled start times from CDT to your time zone.

    • Set Your Schedule: With a combination of exclusive on-demand sessions as well as live sessions running across several days, you choose when to tune in. Can't catch your favourite session live? Check out our on-demand library after the event, where all sessions will be ready to be revisited at your leisure.

    • Maximum Learning: No need to choose between topics or miss out on any sessions this year! You get access to all the sessions for one flat fee.

    For information on all of the sessions on offer this year and to register to attend, check out the Ingenium website.

    SEP 16, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2015

    After changing the Association acronym from APEM to APEGM when the geoscientists joined the Association in 1998, there was an increasing realization that the combination of letters was not meaningful to the public and it did not convey what the Association was about. By September 2015, the Association resolved its own identity crisis by adopting Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba as its working name.

    Since the original logo incorporated the old acronym, a change of logo occurred as well. The new logo presents strong bolded lines representing the letters E and G, the two first letters of the professions the Association represents. The lines appear bar-like, with the initial three reaching out horizontally, placed one above the other like building blocks, each an example of a bar set and raised.

    As we celebrate our Centennial year, let’s proudly use Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba so the public is clear who our Association represents.

    SEP 10, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2014

    When the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) opened in September 2014, it was the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration, and future of human rights. The Museum has received national and international recognition across many fields of activity, including accessible and inclusive design, architecture, communications, construction, cultural leadership, education, and financial management.

    In 2000, Israel Asper began to imagine a world-class human rights centre for Canada. A few short years later, in April 2003, plans for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights were announced by Asper and his supporters.

    On December 19, 2008, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at The Forks, followed by the beginning of construction in April 2009. In September 2012, the last of 1,669 custom-cut pieces of glass is installed and work on the base building is completed a few months later.

    To learn more about the building process, history, and awards see the links below.

    Source: Canadian Museum for Human Rights website

    SEP 02, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: September 2002

    On September 5, 2002, the Golden Boy was re-installed on the Legislative Building dome after a seven-month repair which cost approximately $1.0 million. The project, which earned Dillon Consulting an Award of Excellence from Canadian Consulting Engineer, was an extremely challenging project involving more than 10 sub-consultants and test labs, and 10 contractors.

    The Golden Boy was in place for the official opening of the Legislative Building in 1920. Except for the seven months in 2002, when workers lowered the Golden Boy from the dome for repair and refurbishing, he has stood proud as a symbol for all Manitobans.

    To learn more about the project and the Golden Boy, see the links below.

    [The Golden Boy]
    The Golden Boy
    Source: Province of Manitoba

    AUG 27, 2020

    2020/21 Women in Engineering & Geoscience Mentorship Program – Call for Female Mentors and Protegees

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has established a formalized mentorship program for women to support the 30 by 30 goal which aims to have women account for 30% of newly licensed engineers by the year 2030. The Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program, which follows the upcoming academic year, groups engineering or geoscience students with an intern (EIT or GIT), and a licensed professional member (P.Eng. or P.Geo.) to engage in a formal mentoring relationship. This unique program will provide you with opportunities to network with other engineers and geoscientists, hone your mentorship skills, and ultimately, create a community of women in engineering and geoscience in Manitoba.

    To comply with COVID-19 protocols limiting large gatherings, this year’s program will operate in an online format. This has the added benefit of allowing us to include women living and working throughout the province in the program.

    If you would like to learn more about the program or would like to register as a mentor or protégée, please visit our webpage via the link below.

    To learn more about the program and the expectations, join us for an optional online Mentorship Program Orientation Session on Thursday, September 23 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Zoom. You will receive a meeting invite upon completion of your registration, however, if you would like to attend the orientation session prior to registering for the program, please email Kathryn Atamanchuk.

    If you have any questions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact Kathryn Atamanchuk or Lisa Stepnuk.

    AUG 19, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: August 1920

    On Monday, August 23, 1920, the Provisional Secretary was empowered to obtain and open a register for the registration of members. The application form and certificate of registration were based on the ones used by The Association of Professional Engineers of New Brunswick, with alterations to suit the requirements of the Manitoba Act, which were adopted as official stationery of the Association.

    The first membership application was received on September 1, 1920, from Gilbert Beebe McColl, a graduate of the University of Manitoba, who worked as a Dominion Land Surveyor and Civil Engineer until retirement in 1947.

    What was the Provisional Council?
    On April 9, 1920, the Provisional Council convened, and W. M. Scott and G. L. Guy were elected Chairman and Secretary, respectively. The Provisional Council, as enacted, was to provide the register called for by the Act, to enter therein the names of those entitled to registration and to call, within six months of the coming into force of the Act, the first General Meeting of the Association for those purposes or any other organization purposes of the Association. This Provisional Council was to have the powers conferred by the Act on Council of the Association. These powers were to cease on the election of the regular Council of the Association.

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    Association's First Register and Application for Registration

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    Gilbert Bebee McColl's Application for Registration

    AUG 05, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: August 1931

    Fondly and respectfully described by the engineers who designed and built Winnipeg River’s mightiest generating station, Seven Sisters, the largest producer of electricity on the river, was completed in August 1931.

    Seven Sisters was built in 2 stages. The first stage began in July 1929 and with the building of the powerhouse. In August 1931, it was completed and its 3 turbine generators produced a total of 75 megawatts. The second stage began after World War II in 1948. In 1952, the sixth and final unit went into service. It has an average annual generation of 990 million kilowatt-hours.

    The Seven Sisters generating station is located on the Winnipeg River, about 70 km east of Winnipeg.
    • Capacity 165 megawatts;
    • Construction started in 1929 and completed in 1952;
    • Transmission lines: 115 kilovolts to Winnipeg;
    • 115 kV to Whiteshell area and Kenora, Ontario;
    • Powerhouse 128 metres long; Waterfall drop 18.6 metres;
    • 2 spillway gates.
    Watch a short video on the history and development of the Seven Sisters generating station via the link below.

    JUL 17, 2020

    Habitat for Humanity Build Days

    As the Association celebrates 100 years in Manitoba, the Centennial Outreach Task Group invited practitioners to join us in giving back to our community through two Build Days with Habitat for Humanity. On July 15 and 16, over 50 volunteers and Association staff rolled up their sleeves to work together on Habitat's first ever condo development site.

    Habitat homes are truly the homes that love built. They are constructed almost entirely by caring volunteers, with the support of dedicated, skilled Habitat for Humanity Manitoba staff. While all Build Days are crucially important to the success of Habitat’s program, these Build Days were particularly significant as the site on Templeton Ave in Amber Trails was the first to reopen in Canada post-lockdown, our volunteers being the first that Habitat welcomed anywhere in the country since March. It takes many caring hands to build a Habitat home, the enthusiasm, positive attitudes, and work ethic of our volunteers kicked this project off successfully. We are truly grateful to the volunteers who gave their time for such a worthy cause.

    Read more about the initiative in the Winnipeg Free Press article below.

    [G.K. and J.P. July 16, 2020]
    CEO & Registrar Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC and President Jitendra Paliwal, P.Eng., FEC

    [July 15, 2020]Day One Volunteers

    [July 16, 2020]Day Two Volunteers

    JUL 17, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: July 1993

    Over the past 100 years, thousands of volunteers have worked tirelessly on committees and events in our mostly volunteer run association, which is the reality of participating in a self-regulated profession. As practitioners, volunteer service is a requirement to be eligible for professional registration however many of our practitioners have always gone above and beyond what is required.

    In the summer of 1993, many Manitobans became familiar with Habitat for Humanity when former US President Jimmy Carter came to Winnipeg to support the building of 19 homes for low income families to own. Our Association members were among the seven hundred volunteers who picked up hammers and saws for the official launch of the Habitat for Humanity project in Winnipeg. This is just one of the many events where our volunteers have given their time to make life work better in Manitoba.

    Did you know?
    • Habitat for Humanity Canada was organized in 1985 with its first Habitat home built in Winkler, Manitoba.
    • In 1987 the first Habitat Canadian affiliate was started in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    • Habitat Canada was the first national Habitat organization outside the United States.
    • In 1991, the first ever ReStore was launched in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    • Habitat also hosted the first international Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in 1993 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Waterloo, Ontario.
    To learn more about the Jimmy Carter Habitat Build, Habitat for Humanity, and for more volunteer opportunities for our practitioners, see the links below.

    [Habitat Build 1993]

    Don Osman, P.Eng(Ret), FEC; Bill McDonald, P.Eng(Ret),FEC; Bob Stokes, P.Eng(Ret), FEC; John Friesen, P.Eng.; and Glenn Morris (deceased) at the Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity Build in 1993.

    JUL 16, 2020

    Summer Scavenger Hunt

    Looking for something fun to do this summer? How about joining us for a scavenger hunt? The scavenger hunt is designed to inspire Manitobans of all ages to think about the engineering and geoscience activities and projects all around us that affect our day-to-day lives, habits, communities, the earth and waterways, and all of their inhabitants.

    We have provided you with a list of items related to engineering and geoscience which can be found in most locations across the province. See the instructions and list below and get started.

    Prizes are available to all residents of Manitoba therefore share with friends and family to get them learning about engineering and geoscience in Manitoba!

    JUL 03, 2020

    NOTICE Under the Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act & the Association’s Discipline By-law

    This is notice that on June 29, 2020 Mr. S.M. Petrovich, P.Eng. consented to the registration of a conviction and issuance on a charge of professional misconduct or unskilled practice in accordance with section 35(1)(f) of The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act.

    Mr. Petrovich was the subject of an order, dated April 6, 2020, by The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (Engineers Geoscientists British Columbia), regarding his involvement in the project for a property located in Edgewater, British Columbia. Specifically, Mr. Petrovich:
      1. failed to design screw piles for new deck piles at the property located in Edgewater, British Columbia (the “Property”), in or around April 2016 (the “Piles”), to the reasonable standard expected of a professional engineer, by failing to:

      1. assess on-site soil conditions adequately or at all;
      2. obtain sufficient information about the Property to conduct a proper analysis of factors that might have, and did, affect the Piles;
      3. sufficiently document the design for the Piles;
      4. provide the qualifications for the design to the installer; and
      5. provide a design drawing to the installer.

      2. signed and affixed his seal to a letter dated April 14, 2016 regarding “Screw Pile Inspection/Compliance” for the Property (the “Assurance Letter”), that stated “a detailed inspection was completed by a professional civil engineer for the screw pile installed at [the Property]” on April 7, 2016, when he knew neither he nor a professional civil engineer under his supervision had done a site visit to inspect the Piles on that day or at all, and he knew or ought to have known that the wording of the Assurance Letter was misleading.
      3. failed to conduct a site visit at the Property in a reasonable amount of time after being made aware of issues arising with the Piles by the Property owner in or around June 2017.
      4. failed to make field review notes when making a site visit on or around December 26, 2017.
    Having received Mr. Petrovich’s consent, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s Investigation Committee has registered a conviction and imposed the following penalties:
    • his licence with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be suspended until July 17, 2020;
    • he will make reasonable arrangements for the orderly transfer of his ongoing professional engineering project files to other professional engineers;
    • the Investigation Committee will review the Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia’s General Practice review and if the outcome of the review is unacceptable, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba reserves the right to conduct their own review;
    • within six months from the acceptance of this penalty proposal, he will provide the Association with written notice that he has completed and passed the Professional Practice Examination;
    • in the event that he fails to comply with any of the terms of this penalty proposal, his membership in the Association will be suspended until every default has been remedied in accordance with the terms of this penalty proposal; and
    • the full text or a summary of this proposed conviction and order will be published by the Association in print and electronic publications including on the Association’s website.
    Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC
    CEO & Registrar

    JUN 28, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1998

    In the wake of the Bre-X scandal (learn more about the scandal on page 14 of the Centennial Issue of The Keystone Professional), the financial services industry acted on a national basis to develop new “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects within Canada” (a.k.a. National Instrument 43-101) and the associated definition of a qualified person (think “professional geoscientist”). However, it was left to the provincial governments to begin the regulation and the determination of who would be deemed qualified. Some provinces created a new provincial association to register and regulate professional scientists. Others, such as Manitoba, chose to expand an existing engineering association to cover the new to-be-registered professionals.

    And so on June 28, 1998, The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act assented in the Manitoba legislature. At the time, this meant that:
    • In Manitoba, one association would regulate both professions, while parallel academic and work experience admissions criteria would be developed for the professions of geology, geophysics, and geochemistry.
      Parallel associations would spring up, or existing associations would re-invent themselves, in most other provinces and territories.

    • It would be become a legal requirement to be registered as a P.Geo., to practice geoscience in Canada. At the national level, the parallel to Engineers Canada would be Geoscience Canada.

    • Back in 1998, everyone would have to get used to saying APEGM (a-peg-um), instead of APEM (a-pem) which was eventually changed to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba in 2015.
      One quarterly publication would be served up to both professions and The Manitoba Professional Engineer would become The Keystone Professional in June 1999.
    Read more about the transition from APEM to APEGM in the President's Message from the August 1998 The Manitoba Professional Engineer.

    JUN 24, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1998

    Some of our younger practitioners have always had the ability to look up information on the Internet, however many of us can recall a time when we couldn't ask Google. It took 407 hours of effort and 25.6 megabytes of storage on a hard disk to bring APEM's website to completion. On June 26, 1998, the Association's first website would be available for general use.

    See below to read the article from the August 1998 The Manitoba Professional Engineer to learn about the process from the volunteer mastermind behind the website.

    Curious to see that the first site looked like? An archived version is available below. We've come a long ways over the years. Enjoy the visit to the past!

    JUN 17, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1999

    The first issue of The Keystone Professional was published in June 1999. Since then, our committee of volunteers has supported the Association in publishing over forty issues. Do you know why the name was changed and where it came from?

    Once The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act passed in the Manitoba legislature in June 1998 and the Association began administering the professional registration of geoscientists as well as engineers, changing its name to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, the title of The Manitoba Professional Engineer for our publication would no longer do. A new name was indeed needed. Suggestions were sought from the membership. As it turned out, two members – Harold Larsen, P.Eng. and Brian Stimpson, P.Eng. – suggested the name “Keystone”, finally adopted as The Keystone Professional by then-Executive Director and Registrar, Dave Ennis, P.Eng.

    The name has geographical (of the “The Keystone Province”), engineering (the keystone being the stone at the apex of an arch, the design element upon which that whole civil structure depends), geoscientific (of stone), and professional symbolism. That name packs a punch! Perhaps it is unsurprising that Mr. Larsen and Dr. Stimpson were both geological engineers, each having a foot in both worlds.

    To learn more about the Association's publications which began in 1956 in the Centennial issue of The Keystone Professional.

    JUN 17, 2020

    Sons & Daughters Bursary Applications Bursary Draw

    The Association is now accepting applications for the Sons & Daughters Bursary. The 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 Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (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 are accepted between June 1 and September 1, 2020.

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

    JUN 10, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: June 1962

    Black Brant rockets are “classics” and still soar into the skies nearly six decades after the first test launch at the Churchill rocket range in September 1959.

    Black Brant development initially started through the Canadian Forces and the government, with the National Research Council and the Department of National Defence doing research on matters such as exploring the upper atmosphere, probing the origin of auroras, and developing rocket technology.

    Originally built by Bristol, Magellan Aerospace’s Winnipeg division is a pioneer in Canada’s space industry and has been designing and manufacturing Black Brant sounding rockets for almost 60 years with the first launch taking place on June 15, 1962 at the National Air and Space Administration’s (NASA) Wallops Island Test Range on the coast of Virginia.

    The Black Brant is a solid propellant rocket system available in single or multistage configurations and is one of the most successful sounding rockets ever built. Black Brant rockets carry instrumentation into suborbital flight to take measurements and perform scientific experiments. To date, more than 1,000 Black Brant rockets have been launched from every continent other than Antarctica.

    To learn more about this sounding rocket named after the Canada Goose species, see the articles below.

    JUN 03, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: 1937

    Memorable Manitobans: John Godfrey Sullivan (1863-1938)

    Born at Bushnell’s Basin, New York on January 11, 1863, John was educated at Fairport High School and Cornell University, graduating from the latter in 1883 with a degree in civil engineering.

    His first job was with the Great Northern Railway at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He came to Canada in 1893 and worked for a year with the Alberta Railway and Coal Company. After working for other railways for six years, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1900 and rose through the ranks, successively serving as Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer of Western Lines, Chief Engineer for the Western Division, and finally Chief Engineer for Canada. He designed the Connaught Tunnel through the Canadian Rockies. From 1905 to 1907, he was Assistant Chief Engineer for construction of the Panama Canal.

    Following his retirement from the CPR in 1918, he worked as a consulting engineer in partnership with Theodore Kipp and William G. Chace until 1928, during which time he served as Chair of the Sullivan Drainage Commission (1919-1921). He was a Winnipeg city alderman from 1920 to 1927.

    In recognition of his noteworthy contributions to the field of engineering, he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba in 1937, the first engineer to receive an honorary degree from the University, and was also awarded the Sir John Kennedy Gold Medal by the Engineering Institute of Canada the same year.

    He died at his Winnipeg home on August 7, 1938, and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

    Throughout 2020, the Association we will be highlighting how engineering has made life better for Manitobans as we celebrates our Centennial. Recognition is to be given to the individuals that changed the history of Manitoba through considerable achievements and innovative thinking. Read about our Manitoba Trailblazers in this year's issues of The Keystone Professional..

    Would like to suggest as a Manitoba Trailblazer? Submit their name and/or story below.

    JUN 03, 2020

    Anniversary of Reclaiming Power & Place: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women & Girls

    It has been one year since the release of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls Report.

    The Final Report is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts, and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries, and all Canadians.

    Section 13 of the Calls for Justice as provided below outlines five calls for the Extractive and Development Industries where many engineers and geoscientists practice. Take the time on this important anniversary to read the Calls for Justice and the related research in the report and integrate them into your professional practice and workplace culture. Commit to listening, learning, and supporting Indigenous people, who are the experts on their own future.

    At Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, we have made a commitment to building a more equitable industry - one that welcomes and supports practitioners from all backgrounds, sexual orientations, cultures, and abilities. Our mission is to create a more inclusive and representative engineering and geoscience workforce, one that represents the diversity of Manitoba.

    To be fully effective as engineers and geoscientists, we need the perspectives of people from many different identities, backgrounds, and cultures to create solutions that work for everyone. Practitioners in the field must reflect the public we serve. When we lack proper representation, we are missing out on many of the experiences and imagination it takes to solve the most pressing problems facing our communities.

    As a practitioner, we need you to be an advocate for change within your organization, and act as an ally to people of different backgrounds and experiences within the field. Your voice is vital in building an industry that attracts new practitioners from many diverse backgrounds and allows current employees to thrive.

    As employers, you are an integral part of effecting change. As industry leaders, you have the power to ensure all employees can thrive within our fields, and to create an inclusive industry that welcomes and supports employees of all backgrounds. Nurturing and fostering an environment of diversity is now more important than ever. We need the perspectives of many types of people to solve problems that face our societies, and to fulfill our role as protectors of the public.

    It is now time for us to take bold action and work toward a more equitable, representative engineering and geoscience community, one that reflects the public we serve.

    We invite you to read more by visiting our Equity and Representation webpages.

    Section 13 - Extractive and Development Industries

    13.1 We call upon all resource-extraction and development industries to consider the safety and security of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, as well as their equitable benefit from development, at all stages of project planning, assessment, implementation, management, and monitoring.

    13.2 We call upon all governments and bodies mandated to evaluate, approve, and/or monitor development projects to complete gender-based socio-economic impact assessments on all proposed projects as part of their decision making and ongoing monitoring of projects. Project proposals must include provisions and plans to mitigate risks and impacts identified in the impact assessments prior to being approved.

    13.3 We call upon all parties involved in the negotiations of impact-benefit agreements related to resource-extraction and development projects to include provisions that address the impacts of projects on the safety and security of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. Provisions must also be included to ensure that Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA people equitably benefit from the projects.

    13.4 We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to fund further inquiries and studies in order to better understand the relationship between resource extraction and other development projects and violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. At a minimum, we support the call of Indigenous women and leaders for a public inquiry into the sexual violence and racism at hydroelectric projects in northern Manitoba.

    13.5 We call upon resource-extraction and development industries and all governments and service providers to anticipate and recognize increased demand on social infrastructure because of development projects and resource extraction, and for mitigation measures to be identified as part of the planning and approval process. Social infrastructure must be expanded and service capacity built to meet the anticipated needs of the host communities in advance of the start of projects. This includes but is not limited to ensuring that policing, social services, and health services are adequately staffed and resourced.

    MAY 28, 2020

    Province Launches Online Tool to Help Match Employers and Students for Jobs

    The Manitoba government has launched Student Jobs MB, a new online tool dedicated to matching students looking for job opportunities to employers with workforce needs throughout the province.

    Student Jobs MB is simple and free to use, allowing students to be matched with and to apply for multiple jobs with the click of a button. The technology is safe and secure, and designed to protect user privacy. Private-sector employers, not-for-profit organizations, and governments are able to post jobs and connect directly with students. This tool expedites the hiring process and will encourage student summer employment.

    Student Jobs MB will be the primary source used by the province to connect students with government employment opportunities offered through the Student Temporary Employment Program, the Conservation Green Team, and Urban/Hometown Green Team partners.

    This new tool will complement the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, which was launched on April 24 as a key response to the economic impact of the pandemic. The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program supports employers in hiring high school and post-secondary students by making $120 million available for an hourly $7 wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student. The program is open to students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period from May 1 to Sept. 4. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students.

    More information on student and youth employment opportunities can be found at the links below.

    MAY 27, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: May 2018

    Renamed in May 2018, the Northern Manitoba Chapter was formally known as the Thompson Chapter, which was the Association's first chapter, constituted in September of 1993.

    Over one hundred of our practitioners live and/or work north of the 53rd parallel in Manitoba. The chapter's objectives are to encourage and facilitate the study, discussion and exchange of ideas and information among the members on all questions of interest as engineers, geoscientists, and citizens.

    You are invited to affiliate with the Northern Manitoba Chapter, or any of the Association's chapters through your online member profile.

    Affiliation with a chapter is not exclusively based on ethnicity or location. Anyone can join any chapter for mutual support, networking, and special events. Choose a chapter and get involved today!

    To learn more about the Northern Manitoba Chapter and the other Association Members Chapters, visit see the links below.

    MAY 20, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: May 1965

    May 1965 saw the last log drive on the Winnipeg River. These log drives, held annually for 25 years, were often 31 miles long, taking 10 days to complete and requiring the help of waters stored on Cat Lake and Bear Lake to push the logs down the Bear River to the Pine Falls Mill. By the mid-60s, cutting had progressed well past the river systems and ice roads were now more economical for transporting winter stockpiles of logs via tractor trains and trucks to the mill.

    The presence of a pulp mill in Manitoba created winter employment for thousands of Manitobans. Pulpwood was cut all over Manitoba and shipped to the Pine Falls plant. In The Pas area, independent lumbering companies sold their pulp to Pine Falls until 1967, when the Churchill Forest Industries plant opened in the region. To settlers on marginal land, the pulp industry offered an opportunity to supplement their meager earnings from their farms. In the 1930s, a good pulpwood cutter, using an axe and a narrow blade Swede saw, could cut two and one-half cords per day, as well as pile the brush from the trees for burning. His pay was $2.25 per cord and he was charged $1.00 for his board in the camp.

    In the 90 years of its existence, the Pine Falls Mill was a great boon to the economy of Manitoba, like all resource-based industry towns it suffered with the impact of the economy on the need for its products. However, John Duncan McArthur deserves credit for ignoring the advice of the Provincial Forestry department in the 1920s and forging ahead with a paper mill.

    MAY 13, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: 1960

    In 1960, the Association set up an Awards Committee to give recognition to outstanding engineers. The earliest known recognition award handed out was in 1963 to A.E. MacDonald, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

    Since then the Association has regularly handed out awards to recognize outstanding achievements to Manitoba's most worthy engineers and geoscientists for their contributions to our professions and society.

    Over the years, our awards have expanded to eight categories, where we accept nominations for the following awards.
    • Team Achievement Award
    • Diversity Employer Award
    • Intern Award
    • Early Achievement Award
    • Judith Weiszmann Women in Engineering Champion Award
    • Outstanding Service Award
    • Leadership Award
    • Technical Excellence Award
    To learn more about award criteria and past recipients, see the links below.

    MAY 06, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: May 1997

    In early May of 1997, Manitobans were recovering from the Flood of the Century, the most severe flood since 1826. Occurring in April and May, the Red River flood reached throughout the Red River Valley, affecting the cities of Winnipeg, Fargo, and Grand Forks. Total damages for the Red River region were US$3.5 billion. In Manitoba, it caused 28,000 people to be evacuated and $500 million in damage to property and infrastructure.

    On May 1, the Red River would crest at 24.5’. At the flood's peak in Canada on May 4, the Red River occupied an area of 1,840 km2 with more than 2,560 km2 of land underwater, which earned it the nickname "Red Sea".

    By May 7, the City of Winnipeg allowed over 9,000 residents, representing 3,000 homes, to return home and sandbag production ended.

    Every spring, Manitobans brace for the flood season; levels are monitored and we hope that the Red River Floodway will be divert the water away from Winnipeg. To learn more about the Red River Floodway, see the news story below.

    MAY 05, 2020

    By-law Review Committee Seeking Input on Draft By-law Proposal

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Council has been advised by legal counsel that the non-practising status for the "Retired Members" category (established in by-law) is inconsistent with the Act. The inconsistency is as follows:
    • The Act allows Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to register individuals or companies. The explicit, limited list of registrants is:

      1. members,
      2. specified scope of practice licensees,
      3. interns,
      4. holders of Certificates of Authorization, and
      5. temporary licensees; and

    • The Act defines members as: "a natural person who holds a valid and subsisting certificate of registration, entitling them to practice professional engineering or professional geoscience within the province";

      BUT

    • The by-laws create categories of members that prevent certain classes from practising (i.e. those in the "Retired Member" category).
      Legal Counsel has therefore advised that Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba eliminate the current "Retired Member" category.
    Legal Counsel has therefore advised that Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba eliminate the current "Retired Member" category.

    Over the past months, the By-law Review Committee in accordance with By-law 16 has engaged with members through various engagement sessions and focus groups, to come up with the principles to follow while making changes to bring the by-laws in line with the Act.
    1. To address the identified inconsistency
    2. To ensure that members who are unemployed (e.g. retired) can pay reduced dues
    3. To recognize long-standing members
    4. To ensure that all practising members comply with professional development reporting
      1. a. While recognizing that long-standing members who are unemployed should have reduced targets

    Following these principles, a draft of the proposed changes was prepared by legal counsel.

    The following version of the proposed by-laws is in draft format and has not been officially approved by Council. As such, the final version for voting may be 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.

    Members are encouraged to read through the draft proposal found below and offer comments through the Online Members Forum, which can be accessed by logging into your online profile.

    Additional comments may also be sent by email to Danielle Unett, Standards Coordinator, who is acting as staff support, at DUnett@EngGeoMB.ca.

    Comments will be accepted between Tuesday, May 5, 2020 and Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

    MAY 05, 2020

    By-law Review Committee Seeks Input on Member Proposed By-law

    In accordance with By-law 16.4.4, Council is seeking input from members on a by-law proposal made by members under By-law 16.2.

    The entirety of the proposal can be found below. Members are encouraged to read through the proposal and offer comments through the Online Members Forum, which can be accessed by logging into your online profile.

    Additional comments may also be sent by email to Danielle Unett, Standards Coordinator, who is acting as staff support, at DUnett@EngGeoMB.ca.

    Comments will be accepted between Tuesday, May 5, 2020 and Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

    APR 29, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: 1960

    When the Grosvenor House Apartment Building was built in 1960, it was the tallest all-precast concrete building in Canada. Located at 811 Grosvenor Avenue in Winnipeg, Grosvenor House is an eight-story apartment building with a precast concrete frame and floor system.

    Grosvenor House was originally designed as cast-in-place concrete. In 1960, the precast concrete industry was emerging in Manitoba. The City of Winnipeg building permitting authority had just accepted precast concrete as a building system, and an alternate to the original cast-in-place design. An alternate design was prepared in precast, with assistance from engineer Laurence Cazaly. The innovation of the project highlighted the versatility, economy, use of local products, and potential of precast concrete for the building industry of Manitoba at a time when development was vital to the province.

    Over the years, acceptance of precast prestressed concrete was higher per capita in Winnipeg than anywhere in Canada. Today, precast buildings in Canada have now topped over 50 floors such as La Tour des Canadiens in Montreal.

    APR 22, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: April 1962

    In the late 1950s, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) was planning an aggressive expansion of their experimental reactor designs and their existing research site, Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) outside of Ottawa was nearing the saturation point and too small for expansion. A quick survey indicated that three provinces were lacking federal research facilities: Newfoundland, Alberta, and Manitoba. Newfoundland, it was felt was not an option at the time, having joined Canada less than ten years previously in 1949. Alberta had no need of atomic energy, blessed as it was with abundant oil and gas. So, it would be Manitoba.

    In November 1959, then AECL president J.L. Gray reported to the AECL board that a site on the Winnipeg River near the Seven Sisters Generating Station appeared to be suitable, along with a report from the federal government's housing agency that a new town site could be developed nearby.

    The agreement was approved by Cabinet on July 21, 1960 and the Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment (WNRE; later renamed Whiteshell Laboratories) was born. A design would be ready for the start of the construction season in April 1962.

    Whiteshell Laboratories was Canada’s second nuclear science research and development laboratory and the first facility of its kind in western Canada. In 1963, it was established as a research laboratory, with a focus on the largest organically cooled, heavy water moderated nuclear reactor in the world, the WR-1.

    In 1998, AECL decided to close Whiteshell Laboratories. In of 2017, many of the original facilities were shut down, but work on WR-1 was ongoing. Today, the site is being decommissioned by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories with a view to protecting the environment. The site is planned to be entirely decommissioned by 2027.

    Through its years of operation, the people of the Whiteshell Laboratories made significant contributions to the science and engineering knowledge of Canada’s nuclear industry.

    APR 20, 2020

    Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19

    To help support our practitioners during this time, we have provided answers to common questions we’ve received related to the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for a list of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba recommends that practitioners stay apprised of daily updates from the Province of Manitoba to stay current on health and safety measures that may impact the practice of professional engineering and geoscience. The information provided is only general advice. As the COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly evolving situation and that each individual situation is different, it is recommended that practitioners consult with health, government, and legal authorities as required.

    Should you have additional questions related to practising during these unprecedented times, please email us via the link below.

    APR 15, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: April 1969

    In April of 1969, Judith Weiszmann, P.Eng, FEC was one of the first female engineers registered to practice in the Province of Manitoba. She graduated with a diploma in Structural Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary on March 25, 1954.

    Despite significant barriers and skepticism near the beginning of her career, Judith eventually overcame all of them and went on to pioneer a successful 40-year long career as a structural engineer in a male dominated profession, paving the professional path for other women in the engineering profession. In the process she completed over 450 projects involving industrial, commercial, municipal, and residential buildings.

    When she received the Association’s Award of Merit in 1995, Judith was the only woman principal in a major Winnipeg engineering firm. In 2016, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba introduced the Judith Weiszmann Women in Engineering Champion Award in her honour. The award is intended to recognize 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.

    Judith passed away in 2014 at the age of 84.

    Learn more about Judith Weiszman and other women in Manitoba’s engineering history, in our Centennial edition of The Keystone Professional.

    APR 09, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: April 8, 2012

    The Southwest Transitway, Winnipeg’s bus rapid transit dedicated roadway commenced operation on April 8, 2012. The first section was constructed parallel to the railway tracks running southwest from Queen Elizabeth Way at The Forks to Pembina Highway at Jubilee Avenue.

    Starting April 12, 2020, BLUE, the city’s 11-kilometre Southwest Transitway, will provide frequent, reliable, high-speed service from downtown to the neighbourhoods of southwest Winnipeg, including the University of Manitoba and St. Norbert.

    Since most are working from home these days, fewer passengers will be riding BLUE when it opens however you can take a virtual ride from Pembina and Jubilee to U of M via the link below.

    APR 09, 2020

    Help us promote the Girl Power campaign!

    With school being out, students in grade 9 and up may appreciate an extra reminder about where their math, physics and chemistry studies can get them.

    Students can learn about four Manitoba women making a difference in our communities and around the world with their inspiring work.

    The Girl Power campaign is part of the Association’s efforts to increase the number of women in our professions, however, students of all genders can solve a question related to the grade 9 math and science curriculum to receive a free t-shirt. The shirts come with hang tags indicating the high school pre-requisites needed to apply to Manitoba engineering and geoscience programs.

    Help us share this initiative by directing the high school students in your life to our Girl Power campaign website to solve an equation for a free t-shirt.

    Do the students in your life already have a t-shirt? Ask if they’re willing to take a photo of the shirt (with them in it or not!) and post it to their social media with the hashtag #girlpoweristheanswer. No pressure!

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    APR 02, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: April 3, 1929

    On April 3, 1929, the last spike was driven at Churchill, and with the completion of port facilities in 1931, the Hudson Bay Railway was officially declared open. Construction of the railway was a victory for prairie farmers in their long campaign for a rail outlet to the sea on Hudson Bay.

    Begun in 1911 but suspended during the First World War, the railway construction required innovative methods of building and maintaining rail lines over muskeg and permafrost. Aside from Canadian and American workers, immigrants from Russia, Scandinavia, and Eastern and Western Europe were employed in the construction of the line. Some 3,000 labourers, living in crowded camps and enduring bitter cold and insects, used picks, shovels and wheelbarrows to build roadbed and bridges, and lay the track.

    The railway provided an alternative route for exporting Prairie grain, encouraged mining and hydro-electric development, and gave travellers an unforgettable experience of Manitoba’s north.

    Today, the work of these railway builders is remembered and continues to serve as an enduring recognition to Manitoba’s northern potential.

    MAR 27, 2020

    Happy 100th Birthday Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba!

    While we had originally planned to celebrate this special day by hosting you in our office, current events have made that impossible but there's no reason why we can't celebrate together from afar.

    Our CEO & Registrar, Grant Koropatnick, has a special message to share with you.



    Join us in the celebration! Here are some options how you can participate to show your pride in being part of an association that's 100-years old!

    • Check-in to our Virtual Birthday Party on Facebook and share a message, picture, video, or even a meme.
    • Share this video or post your own video, message, picture, or meme on your social media. Be sure to tag us @EngGeoMB on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use the hashtag #EngGeoMBCentennial2020.
    • E-mail your message, picture or video to DWawryk@EngGeoMB.ca and we'll post it for you.

    Have fun and get creative! Posts with our #EngGeoMBCentennial2020 hashtag will earn an entry into our ongoing contest for two complimentary tickets to our Centennial Recognition Gala. A lucky winner will be drawn on June 30, 2020.

    Planning is still underway for our Centennial Year - stay informed by visiting our Centennial Event Calendar and follow us on social media as we highlight a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba!

    MAR 25, 2020

    Fighting Hunger by Putting Engineering Skills to the Test

    During the first week of March, over one thousand students from Winnipeg and surrounding areas put their engineering skills to the test in the 25th annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 constructed a bridge truss made only of spaghetti and glue and hoped their entry would hold the most weight. The builders of the strongest truss in each grade level and overall categories won a cash prize. Students didn’t only have to build one of the strongest trusses to win as school groups with 10 or more participants were eligible to receive a pizza party for their class – we all know how much kids like pizza! This year’s top spot was awarded to a grade 5 team from Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School which bore 176.30 kg of weight before breaking!

    Students aren’t the only people who benefit from the competition. Since 2010, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has donated over $207,000 to Winnipeg Harvest, enabling them to distribute over 4 million kilograms of food to families in Manitoba. “We’re thrilled to have so many students and teachers join 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 14,036.70 kg! We multiplied this number by $2 and happily gave a donation of $28,073.40.” said Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s CEO & Registrar.

    “We’re overjoyed to be the charity of choice for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba who have organized the Spaghetti Bridge event for 25 years” says Keren Taylor-Hughes, CEO, Winnipeg Harvest. “The event engages students to build bridges that connect people and communities, demonstrating the huge impact that we can have when we all work together. A big thank you to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and all participants for their continued and significant support. You are Harvest Heroes.”

    This year, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba expanded the competition and brought their annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition into four Winnipeg schools in addition to the final competition held at Kildonan Place. 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 everyone’s lives better.

    Tristen Gitzel, Committee Chair for the event, says the idea for the week’s activities is to showcase elements of engineering that are easy for young Manitobans to grasp. “With doctors, lawyers, and dentists, the general public interacts with them and they understand what they do, but engineering is more behind the scenes of society so we’re trying to make people better understand our profession,” he says.

    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.

    Stay tuned for more information about the history of the Spaghetti Bridge Competition in our upcoming Spring 2020 edition of The Keystone Professional. Check out Tristen Gitzel's article 25 Years and Counting for Spaghetti Engineering on page 40.

    MAR 25, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: March 1920

    On March 27 our Association turns 100 years old! But to understand how the Association was created, we must go way back to 1896 when the Manitoba Civil Engineer's Act was passed by the Manitoba Legislature. The first form of engineering governance in Canada, it restricted the practice of engineering in Manitoba to certain persons who were members of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (the predecessor to the Engineering Institute of Canada). It turned out that the Act lacked the "administrative machinery" to enforce the restriction and as a result it was repealed in 1913.

    Following the Great War (1914-1918), as the developments in Western Canada continued a greatly accelerated pace, there was no law in place that governed the practice of engineering. There were several societies or associations across the country, like the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, but their mandates were to facilitate continuing education and professional development and promote standards of education and training in the engineering community. The EIC branches across the country began to look into what steps needed to be undertaken to define engineering, and to set legal standards of qualifications for the safe practice of engineering, so that legal status could be provided to those who were registered to practice.

    The problem was that the Dominion Government of Canada (as it was known at the time) did not possess authority to pass legislation of this nature until after there were enabling Acts on the statute books of each of the provinces. So, Manitoba members of the EIC, working in concert with their colleagues across the country, submitted a framework of the required enabling Act at a session of the 1920 Legislative of the Province of Manitoba.

    The group of engineers presented a petition praying for the incorporation of “The Association of Professional Engineers”. The Government of the day decided to sponsor a Public Bill, framed in such a way that it conformed very closely to the draft submitted with the petition. As a result, "An Act respecting the engineering profession" was passed and assented on March 27, 1920. "The Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Manitoba" became a body, politic and corporate, with perpetual succession and common seal (Chapter 38, Statutes of Manitoba, 1920).The Act conferred on the Association the power to make by-laws for management and administration, defined the practice of professional engineering and set out clearly who might practice as a professional engineer. It provided that each registered professional engineer shall have an impression seal and named a Provisional Council of the Association to set up the organization.

    Our first Association President was M.A. Lyons and at this time, 168 engineers were registered with the Association. Today, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has 8,185 practitioners registered.

    Stay tuned for more information about the history of the Association, see Doug Strang’s article Evolution and Revolution – from APEM to APEGM to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba on page 40 of our upcoming Spring 2020 edition of The Keystone Professional.

    MAR 19, 2020

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Statement on COVID-19

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is committed to the health and well-being of its employees, practitioners, and members of the public whom we serve. The Association has been closely monitoring updates from Manitoba Health and other national and local entities in regard to COVID-19.

    The Association has implemented a "No Visitors" policy at 870 Pembina Hwy. All committee and task group meetings will be held remotely until further notice. Please contact the chair of your committee or task group directly for more information. Staff remain available via email and telephone. For general questions, please contact us via email at Info@EngGeoMB.ca or call (204)-474-2736. All upcoming member-facing events and activities are cancelled or postponed. More information can be found on our event calendar.

    Stay up to date on COVID-19 related news by visiting the Province of Manitoba website. Additional resources related to your well-being can also be found in the Support Services section of our website. Information on the Economic Response Plan announced by Government of Canada to help stabilize the economy and help Canadians affected by the impacts of this challenging period can be found below.

    MAR 18, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: March 2007

    It was an exciting day in March 2007 when crews hit the mother lode at the Lalor site. The Lalor crew had intersected zinc – an immense amount of zinc that generated interest at the highest levels of Hudbay.

    The key to the Lalor discovery had been a type of prospecting known as remote sensing. In a 2012 article, the Globe and Mail’s Paul Brent noted this technique lets prospectors “find deposits at increasing depths without physically drilling into the earth but rather by measuring underground electromagnetic properties either from the ground or from the air.”

    Hudbay had “used a combination of high-powered transmit loops and extremely long remote sensing periods to peer deep into the earth” to first identify the deposit, Brent wrote.

    As Alan Vowles, then the principal geophysicist for Hudbay’s exploration department, told Brent, “We were able to image the ore body where we wouldn’t have been able to with previous technologies.”

    After the discovery hole of March 2007, optimism around Lalor continued to swell. Not only was the deposit rich in zinc, geologists learned, but it also contained a vast volume of gold – enough to support a mine on its own – along with copper and silver.

    Indeed Lalor had become one of the most significant discoveries ever made in the Flin Flon-Greenstone Belt – and considering the region’s fabled mining history, that was saying something.

    On the morning of October 8, 2009, Hudbay executives countered a gloomy recession-era mining atmosphere in spectacular fashion by approving $85 million to begin development of the Lalor mine.

    MAR 12, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: March 1959 to 1968

    In March of 1959, then-Premier Duff Roblin told the Manitoba Legislature the government was prepared to build a 30-mile-long floodway around Winnipeg as soon as the necessary engineering and construction plans could be completed.

    The federal and Manitoba governments reached agreement on how this huge project should be financed. The federal government provided 58.5% of the 63.2-million-dollar cost.

    Overall planning, design, and supervision of construction was carried out by the Water Control and Conservation Branch of the Manitoba government working with the Advisory Floodway Board.

    On October 6, 1962, the big construction job was started. At the time, excavation of the floodway channel was the second largest earth moving project in the world (second only to the Panama Canal and larger than the Suez Canal project). The floodway was finished on schedule in March of 1968. Since it's opening, the floodway has prevented tens of billions of dollars in flood damage for Winnipeg.

    As signs of spring are upon us and the winter snow begins to melt, we are grateful to then-Premier Roblin, who spearheaded the development of the Red River floodway (a.k.a. Duff’s Ditch), one of the most significant flood protection measures in Manitoba which protects the City of Winnipeg.

    MAR 12, 2020

    Ingenium 2020 - Call for Abstracts

    From October 14 - 16, 2020, 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 14 and 15, 2020, Ingenium's Professional Development Seminars will take place. The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations and workshops on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practice in those fields.

    In particular, we welcome presentations and workshops 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 or workshop 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 or workshop.

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

    Deadline for submissions extended to Monday, May 4, 2020.

    Final decisions regarding presentations selected for inclusion in the conference will be made by early June.

    MAR 11, 2020

    Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Public Awareness Campaign - My Story

    In late February, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba launched the My Story campaign. This campaign was designed to connect with members and other Manitobans with engaging and real stories about engineers, by engineers. Shot in 2019, several local engineers volunteered their time and told their personal stories on video which were then edited down to 2-3 minute vignettes. These stories highlighted their reasons for becoming an engineer, the obstacles they had to overcome to reach their goals, and the impact their work makes on the world around them.

    As engineers, we all see the difference we make in our community and to those who live here. We have the benefit of understanding how much time, energy and creativity goes into designing a solution that will solve a problem we collectively share. While the general public gets to experience the solutions first hand, they rarely get to see or hear about how these solutions were created, what challenges were faced and vanquished and how many times an idea was attempted before it succeeded. Our stories are stories of exploration and discovery, they are stories of invention, and they are stories of the human capacity for accomplishing great things. These are stories that need to be shared and they are stories that need to be heard.

    The My Story campaign is currently running on the backs of buses, television, radio, and online. Watch the eight member videos as well as a longer compilation video at MyStory.EngGeoMB.ca. The response to the campaign thus far has been overwhelmingly positive and we appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received.

    Share your own stories and add your voice to the campaign, using the hashtag #MyStoryEngGeoMB.

    MAR 04, 2020

    National Engineering and Geoscience Month

    The month of March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month. Help inspire the next generation of engineers and geoscientists by helping highlight the role that engineers and geoscientists play in society and the diversity of voices, experiences, and interests that compose the engineering and geoscience professions.

    Participate in #NEGM2020 on social media and share your engineering and geoscience story:

    Engineers and geoscientists: post a short video or photo explaining why you became an engineer/geoscientist, or what you love most about being an engineer/geoscientist.

    Engineering/geoscience organizations and companies: profile the engineers/geoscientists in your organization, celebrate the role they play, and/or showcase the engineering/geoscience work that they’re doing and its impact on society.

    Engineering/geoscience students: post a short video or photo explaining why you want to be an engineer/geoscientist.

    Educators: Post photos of your classroom STEM activities. Share why your students want to be engineers/geoscientists.

    Everyone: add the National Engineering and Geoscience Month frame to your Facebook profile picture.

    More information about how to participate in National Engineering and Geoscience Month at events or on social media can be found in the National Engineering Month toolkit below.

    MAR 04, 2020

    Plan 2050: Winnipeg Metropolitan Regional Growth Management and Development Plan Seeks Input

    The Winnipeg Metropolitan Regional (WMR) is comprised of eighteen municipalities centered around Manitoba’s capital – The City of Winnipeg. The WMR is committed to build better communities, increasing the competitive advantage, and ensuring resources are used in the best way possible.

    In 2019, the WMR was identified as a strategic partner in the Province of Manitoba’s Economic Growth Action Plan which has mandated WMR to coordinate economic development across the region and develop a strategy to coordinate land use and servicing in the region.

    As a result, the WMR has been working to develop a Regional Growth Management and Servicing Plan to 2050 with the intention of setting a proper foundation for our communities to thrive while increasing our economic competitiveness.

    With the strategic collaboration with Doctor Robert Murry, one of the North American’s leading authorities on public policy, the report for the Benefit of All was released after extensive research and consultation, which identifies key themes that should lead the development of Regional Growth Management and Servicing Plan.

    • Balancing progress with local autonomy
    • Future regional plan much account for urban/rural dynamics
    • A need for flexibility as plans develop
    • Balance the quest for efficiencies with good, quality planning
    • The need to find a pathway to consistent processes and systems
    • The need to de-politicize regional planning processes
    • Municipal and provincial relations
    • Lack of common vision and acceptance by regional collaborators
    • Urban vs. rural dynamics; and
    • Lack of accountability mechanisms

    A series of consultations with member municipalities and stakeholders are being conducted throughout the month of February, 2020. Stakeholders from business, industry, government, and civil society are being asked and provided input to build Winnipeg Metropolitan Regional Growth Management and Development Plan in the following areas:

    • Integration of Land and Infrastructure
    • Strategic Infrastructure
    • Coordinated Service Delivery
    • Stewardship of Natural Land and Water
    • Resource Management
    • Investment in Green Infrastructure
    • Resource Management
    • Investment in Green Infrastructure
    • Competitive Economy
    • Collaborative Governance, and

    Stakeholder Engagement with Various Sectors and Disciplines and the Timelines
    • January- June 2020
    - Research and consult on plan components, policy development
    • Summer 2020
    - Refine content
    • Fall 2020
    - Report on what was heard, develop draft plan
    • January 2021
    - Final Plan
    • 2020+
    - Implementation of plan through conformity, action, and review

    WMR wants to hear from you. Take the survey below to share your input.

    Contact Winnipeg Metropolitan Region if you want to share your feedback, suggestions or questions at the email below.

    MAR 04, 2020

    Girl Power campaign

    In recognition of International Women’s Day 2020, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is launching its Girl Power campaign to students in grade 9 and up throughout the province.

    Students can solve a question related to the grade 9 math and science curriculum to receive a free t-shirt. The shirts come with hang tags indicating the high school pre-requisites needed to apply to Manitoba engineering and geoscience programs.

    A first in-person pop-up was held on Wednesday, March 4 at Bruce Middle School in conjunction with the 2020 Spaghetti Bridge Competition. Students from Gimli High School were the first students to receive the t-shirts.

    Help us share this initiative by directing the high school students in your life to the Girl Power campaign website to solve an equation for a free t-shirt.

    MAR 04, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: March 1995

    Since 1995, the Spaghetti Bridge Competition has attracted thousands of students around the province to put their engineering skills to the test.

    Between 2010 and 2019, the Association has donated thousands of dollars to Winnipeg Harvest to offset the loss of edible spaghetti – a total of $179,000. Because of Winnipeg Harvest’s buying power with other suppliers, this financial donation translates to 3.5 million pounds of food for families in Manitoba in the last decade. As we celebrate 25 years of the competition this week during Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW), we are well on our way to breaking $200,000 in support of Winnipeg Harvest when the competition wraps up on Saturday, March 7 at Kildonan Place.

    Learn more about the Spaghetti Bridge Competition in our Centennial Issue of The Keystone Professional coming to your inbox or mailbox soon.

    For daily updates and photos, check out our Spaghetti Bridge Facebook Page.

    MAR 03, 2020

    Certificate of Authorization Renewals Are Now Open

    Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually.

    Certificates of Authorization are currently renewing for the period May 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021. Renewal notices have been mailed to the listed authorized designate.

    All companies who hold a Certificate of Authorization must submit their renewal payment by April 3 or complete a cancellation form. Renewal payments may be made online via the link below.

    FEB 27, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: 1941

    In 1941, the Engineers Wives Club consisted of 130 members who met once a week. In order to help support those impacted by the war, the Club began sewing various articles of clothing and blankets. In all, there were approximately 50 members working hard at sewing and turned over to the Refugee Department of the Red Cross; 11 afghans, 60 sweaters, 136 pairs of pajamas, three quilts, and 550 yards of flannelette were purchased. All of this was self-financed by members, and if required they would hold teas to help raise funds.

    Our members, family, and friends have given back to the community throughout our history and continue to do so today by volunteering their time on various committees and organizations. As we head into March, Association members will be donating their time, funds, and blood to Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Harvest, and Canadian Blood Services.

    Check out our event calendar to find out how you can get involved too!

    Source: Heritage Committee

    FEB 20, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: February 1956

    In February of 1956, the Association's first president M.A. Lyons, was honored in Toronto when he was made the first honorary life member of the Manitoba Association of Professional Engineers.

    On February 23, 2018, the Association hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expansion to the second floor where a boardroom was named after our first president from 1920 as well as other Manitoba Engineering Trailblazers.

    FEB 19, 2020

    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 2020-2021.

    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 course (four months for Mechanical and eight months for Biosystems), 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 in 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 a small 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 employee health and safety.

    Professional engineers within the faculty are available as resources to the students, including UofM IDEA Program Director, Mr. Vern Campbell; Mechanical Engineering professor, Dr. Paul Labossiere; and Biosystems Engineering professor, Dr. Danny Mann. Additionally, several professional engineers employed by the faculty, Engineers in Residence, are available to provide project support to the students.

    If you are interested in learning more about how the Program can benefit you and your company, please contact Abby Koch, via the email below or by phone at 204-474-7205.

    Application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020.

    FEB 13, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: February 1999

    The very first The Manitoba Professional Engineer was published in July of 1956. In this issue, it was noted that "The success of this venture depends on the interest and assitance offered by members of the Association."

    The Manitoba Professional Engineer would continue to be published bi-monthly until February 1999 with a name change to The Bulletin between October 1976 and December 1985.

    In June of 1999, our current publication The Keystone Professional would launch it's first issue.

    After 64 years of continuous publication, we'd have to agree that there is in fact been interest from our members as well as hundreds of hours voluntereed by our committee members to make our publications a success.

    To learn more about the evolution of our publications and the history of the Association, be sure to read the Spring issue of the The Keystone Professional published in March which will be dedicated to our Centennial.

    FEB 10, 2020

    Call for Member By-law Proposals

    In accordance with By-law 16.2 Member By-law Proposals, Council is seeking requests for by-law amendments, repeals, or enactments.

    Each proposal submitted in response to this notice:
    1. must be received by the secretary no more than 30 days after the date of such notice;
    2. may include the text of any proposed amendment or new by-law;
    3. shall include a written statement outlining the purpose of such proposed by-law and the reasons why the proposed by-law is required and may include such other information as the proponent considers necessary or desirable; and
    4. shall include the full name, and mailing address of the mover and seconder of such proposed by-law.

    The secretary is not required to accept any by-law proposal that does not comply with these statements, but shall give notice to the mover and seconder of the proposal of the refusal, and the reasons for such refusal, within 10 days of receiving the proposal.

    Please submit all proposals to the secretary at GKoropatnick@EngGeoMB.ca by March 11, 2020.

    The current by-laws can be found on the Association website.

    FEB 04, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: February 1956

    Following ten years of mining exploration in the region, a major ore body was discovered on February 4, 1956, and a year later Thompson was founded. Named after INCO's chairman, John F. Thompson, the new townsite was designed as a "planned community" following an agreement between the Government of Manitoba and INCO Limited.

    Five year later, on March 25, 1961, INCO formally opened the first integrated nickel mining-smelting-refining plant in the Western Hemisphere in Thompson and the second largest nickel-producing operation in the world, after INCO's Sudbury operations.

    JAN 31, 2020

    Substainability Industry Town Hall held at the University of Manitoba

    On Thursday, January 30, 2020, a Sustainability Industry Town Hall was held at the University of Manitoba. The event was organized by the University of Manitoba Efficient and Renewable Hub (UMEARTH) and the University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES). Participants had a chance to hear from industry experts in a panel discussion for their take on real-world sustainability practices.

    The panel discussion related to the current hot topics of climate change with an emphasis on the design implication for engineers, architects, planners, and other infrastructure professionals. The panelists presented how they have incorporated climate change adaptation and resiliency considerations into their professional practice. The audience of about 40 participants was engaged and asked many questions.

    [Photos!] Panel Members:

    Jeff O’Driscoll, P.Eng., Infrastructure Division Manager at Associated Engineering and member of the Association’s Sustainable Development Task Group

    Curt Hall, P.Eng., Project Director of Climate Change Connection and member of the Association’s Sustainable Development Task Group

    Marten Duhoux, partner at ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior where he leads the company’s sustainability effort

    Melanie Chatfield, P.Eng., mechanical engineer in the High-Performance Building section of STANTEC projects

    All four members of the panel also serve on the Association’s BRACE (Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise) Working Group.


    JAN 30, 2020

    2020 Public Review of National Model Codes

    Final public review of proposed changes to the 2015 editions of the National Building, Fire, and Plumbing Codes and the National Energy Code for Buildings to be held from January 13 to March 13, 2020

    The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites you to take part in the winter 2020 public review from January 13 to March 13, 2020.

    The purpose of the public review is to provide users of the model codes and stakeholders with a detailed look at the changes being considered and to seek comments as to whether proposed changes should proceed as proposed, or be edited, revised or withdrawn. The responsible standing committee will consider each comment in its recommendations on the proposed changes. The final changes are subject to approval by the CCBFC and will be published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in the 2020 editions of the Codes Canada publications.

    This final public review of the 2015 code cycle focuses on changes being proposed to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code (NBC), the National Fire Code (NFC),the National Plumbing Codes (NPC), the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) and updates to referenced standards.

    Free electronic access to Codes!
    The NRC now offers free access to the electronic formats of the National Model Codes, as well as the provincial codes published by the NRC. Paper copies of the Codes, along with other supporting documents including the Guides, are available at a reduced cost. To access the free electronic documents or to order the printed format, place your order online through the NRC Virtual Store.

    For further information, contact Anne Gribbon, Secretary to the CCBFC CCBFCSecretary-SecretaireCCCBPI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

    JAN 30, 2020

    Centennial Give Back - I Love to Read Month

    As part of our Centennial Celebrations, we are inviting our members to give back to the community by contacting their local school to offer their services to read to a classroom during the month of February to celebrate I Love to Read Month.

    I Love to Read Month is a month long celebration that is held each year to encourage reading, writing, and sharing in the joy of literacy.

    This year’s theme is “Books for a Better World." The theme encourages readers to start taking steps towards creating a better world for everyone which works well with our Centennial Celebrations where we will be highlighting a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba.

    JAN 30, 2020

    New Practice Note – Solar Panel Installations

    The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who have been tasked with reviewing the structural design of installing solar panels on buildings. Of particular note is the consideration of loading distribution and connections to existing structural elements.

    JAN 30, 2020

    New Practice Note – Site Photographs and Privacy

    The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who conduct inspections on private property. Practitioners are reminded to consider privacy legislation prior to taking photographs or making recordings while on-site.

    JAN 30, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: January 1957

    In January of 1957, the Manitoba government announced a pay hike to ease the shortage of engineers in the province. Salary schedules were under revision in a move to hold present engineering staff and to attract others to fill posts in the highways branch that had been vacant for many months.

    According to the article in The Winnipeg Tribune from January 26, 1957, the starting rate offered by the provincial government to young engineers without experience in the civic service ranged from $3,840 to $4,200 per year.

    A recruiting effort was also underway in Britain to get engineers to come to Manitoba.

    Our province and Association have a long history of welcoming engineers from around the world.

    Read the full articles from The Winnipeg Tribune below.

    JAN 23, 2020

    Third Annual Curling Funspiel

    January 22, 2020, marked the third Curling Funspiel in the Association’s Sport Committee’s current revival of an old tradition. There were 16 teams gathered at St. Vital Curling Club, in search of a fun afternoon, prizes, and their name on the trophy.

    Using a cumulative high-value scoring system, all teams had the chance to score big, from the seasoned league players to the non-curlers who were trying the game for the very first time. Teams played five two-end games and individuals could also participate in the Draw to the Button competition which was won by Michelle Wadelius.

    Congratulations to the team from WSP Group, who quickly emerged at the top of the pack, and fiercely defended their spot to win 27 points ahead of the second place team.

    A special mention goes out to the Price Industries team for winning our first "Best Costume" category.

    The Sports Committee would like to thank all participants for joining this year’s Funspiel and helping to raise over $4,000 to support geoscience students at the University of Manitoba.

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
    • Canada Life
    • FWS Group
    • SMS Engineering
    • KGS Group
    • TREK Geotechnical
    • Proforma Touchstone

    JAN 23, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: January 1921

    The Council of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Manitoba authorised at the first Annual General Meeting on January 21, 1921, to appoint a Standing Committee to deal with a University of Manitoba scholarship and any other matters affecting the engineering undergraduates of the University.

    The Association's support and relationship with the University of Manitoba is deeply rooted in our history.

    JAN 16, 2020

    Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program Panel Discussion

    On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program held it’s third event of the year. Nusraat Masood, EIT, Neemee Batstone, P.Eng., FEC, and Shane Mailey P.Eng., FEC, were panelists for a discussion on Mentorship, Coaching, and Sponsorship. The audience was engaged, asking many questions.

    The Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program is in it’s 5th year. The 2019-2020 year has over 165 engineering and geoscience professionals, interns, and students participating in four events that include presentations and networking activities.

    The program is co-funded by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, the NSERC CWSE Prairie Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Friends of Engineering, and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and is coordinated by Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., Danielle Salem, P.Eng., Jessica Adelman, GIT, Morgann Becket, EIT, Ali Campbell, P.Eng., and Lisa Stepnuk.

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    From left to right: Moderator and Mentorship Program Committee member, Danielle Salem, Panelists Shane Mailey, Neemee Batstone, and Nusraat Masood

    JAN 16, 2020

    Looking Back Through Our Century: January 1923

    The Great Falls Generating Station was built by WERCo. and opened on January 4, 1923. Located on the Winnipeg River, the generating station pioneered a number of new design features that have since become common practice in power plant development.

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    Today, Great Falls is Manitoba Hydro’s headquarters for all four of its Winnipeg River generating stations.

    JAN 09, 2020

    We're celebrating 100 years in 2020!

    The Centennial Task Group was formed to plan ways to recognise and celebrate this important milestone for our profession. The main objective is to highlight how 100 years of engineering and geoscience regulation has made life work better in Manitoba.

    Throughout 2020, we will highlight important achievements at many different events, activities, and locations throughout Manitoba. These include:

    • Professional Development Sessions and Tours;
    • Networking, Sporting, Family, and Cultural Outreach Events;
    • Give Back Opportunities;
    • New Bursaries and Scholarships for Students;
    • Special Chapter Events and Activities;
    • And Much More!
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter as we share interesting facts and tidbits about engineering and geoscience milestones, projects, people, and the Association from the last 100 years.

    Watch for more information through special event notices, our events calendar, and on the website at EngGeoMB.ca/Centennial.

    JAN 09, 2020

    Update from the Manitoba 2030 Coalition

    As a response to the petitions sent from the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Dear 2030 marketing campaign in Spring 2018, multiple organisations came together to address gendered barriers to recruitment, retention, and equity in the profession resulting in the creation of the Manitoba 2030 Coalition.

    Since November 2018, the Manitoba 2030 Coalition has met quarterly to determine how their organizations can retain experienced team members as well as improve their recruitment of candidates by reducing systemic and personal gender bias and thus optimising their work environments for women in engineering.

    Just over one year in, several Coalition employers have expanded or created internal initiatives and have agreed to share their activities with our membership.

    Internally, Manitoba Hydro is evaluating what they do well and where they can improve. Maria Neufeld, Transmission Asset Management Department Manager and chair of Manitoba Hydro’s 30 by 30 Committee shared the following about their progress: “We are developing an action plan for Manitoba Hydro, in support of the provincial and federal 30 by 30 initiatives, specifically targeting what a workplace can do to support diversity in engineering and geoscience. We’ve run focus groups hear from our Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba members, piloted reverse mentoring between executive and junior engineers, and are working on a dashboard to evaluate metrics around our gender diversity. For Manitoba Hydro, it’s not about getting to 30 percent and then stopping. Manitoba Hydro is committed to having a workforce that represents the diversity of the people we serve”.

    Additionally, Shane Mailey, Vice-President of Transmission and Corporate Chief Engineer at Manitoba Hydro and Coalition co-chair recognises the importance of commitment of senior leadership to create change and reap the benefits: “Women are under-represented in professional and leadership positions in the engineering fields. I believe it will be a benefit to all Manitobans to see greater participation of women in these roles. In support of increasing the participation of women in engineering, Manitoba Hydro supports the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s 30 by 30 initiative by actively participating on the Engineering Changes Lives Provincial Steering Committee, the Manitoba 2030 Coalition, and by volunteering as mentors in the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program”.

    KGS Group has established the Technical Women of KGS Task Force to identify the steps the organisation can take to improve recruitment and retention of technical women. The membership of the Task Force is expected to change over time due to the long-term nature of the initiative, and endeavors to maintain representation from senior management, human resources, and engineering, geoscience, and technical women at varying levels of seniority. The group has held monthly events including an inaugural event to introduce members of the Task Force and give the background and intent of the initiative, selected Ted Talk viewings followed by an open discussion. The events were well attended and showed strong interest from employees and senior management.

    Standard Aero has a Women in Engineering Committee, a sub-committee of their Winnipeg Employment Equity Committee, that offers networking and peer support in a male dominated field and facilitates company representation in volunteering in different opportunities throughout the province. The committee will collaborate with StandardAero’s Employment Equity committees across Canada.

    Charleson Engineering, a small firm, is actively looking to recruit women by offering the work-life balance possibilities such as job sharing, flex time, part-time work arrangements, banked overtime, and ability to control the number of hours worked per week as well as the option of contract or casual consulting, if preferred.

    “It is important for employers to commit resources to creating professional environments where women can thrive. This Coalition aims to be instrumental in assisting industry in understanding how to make positive changes that create a more inclusive workplace culture. We hope that, together, we can begin to provide young women more examples of successful women in engineering,” says Manitoba 2030 Coalition chair, Gabriela Bokhaut, Project Coordinator at PCL Construction.

    The Manitoba 2030 Coalition includes representatives from PCL Construction, Manitoba Hydro, Standard Aero, Boeing, Hatch, AECOM, Dillon Consulting, KGS Group, Stantec, Crosier Kilgour, MCI, the Province of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba, Red River College, Charleson Engineering, the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies, and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

    DEC 16, 2019

    Gender Equity in the Workplace

    Wondering how your workplace can ensure it is using best practices to achieve gender equity? The Behavioural Insights Team, a global social purpose company with offices around the world, has produced an evidence-based "What Works" guide to gender equity best practices in the workplace.

    Practices are classified into three categories:
    • Effective
    • Promising
    • Mixed Results
    To learn more, read the Actions to Close the Gap the Pay Gap article below.

    DEC 05, 2019

    National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember and continue to mourn the 14 women - engineering students - who were murdered at the École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic taking of their lives and all that they would have contributed to their communities and to the world.

    To commemorate this tragic event and to promote the outstanding work of female engineers across Canada, Engineering Deans Canada invited each of the Canadian engineering schools that offered an accredited engineering program in 1989 to put forward the story of an engineering alumna who graduated within three years of the massacre (1986-1992), and whose career exemplifies the value that women bring to the engineering profession and to society. Read the profiles of the 30 women by visiting the link below.

    The Association’s Past President, Ruth Eden, is one of the women profiled. She will be sharing her reflections at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering’s commemoration event tomorrow. See our event calendar for more information.

    We also take time to reflect on the continued phenomenon of gender-based violence in our society. The Manitoba Women's Advisory Council reported in 2018 that Manitoba has the highest rates of police-reported sexual assault in the country, women in the province earn less than their male peers across every sector and are under-represented in the trades and leadership roles. The Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls revealed that “persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people".

    We recognize that gender-based violence and misogyny prevents women from fully enjoying their lives and fulfilling their potential and dreams. We recognize the disproportionate violence and harm caused to Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people, Black women, women with precarious immigration status, transgender, lesbian, bisexual and intersex women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. We commit to taking action to end gender-based violence by listening to survivors, speaking out against misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and poverty. We commit to creating a culture of respect and dignity in which everyone can flourish.

    DEC 02, 2019

    News from the Department of Equity and Representation

    As we approach the end of our two year Engineering Changes Lives special project, we are pleased to share that the Department of Equity and Representation will be officially operational in January 2020. We will continue the efforts to increase the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by 2030. Currently, the annual percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women fluctuates around 20%.

    The first two years of this special project have been spent conducting research to identify systemic gender bias all along the career course of a potential or actual practitioner, from early childhood, through grade school, post-secondary education, and into workplaces. We've learned from the many, many volunteer champions -women in engineering and geoscience and their allies - who have been working to address these biases for years and decades. Over the last two years, we have brought together stakeholders to identify what roles Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba may be able to fulfill with dedicated resources and strategic planning to achieve our strategic end that our membership represent the public for whom engineers and geoscientists work to protect, serve, design, and problem solve.

    Here are some of the strategic plan tactics that have been completed or are underway:

    • Identifying the culprits/influencers such as societal culture, media, parents, educators, peers, faculties, workplace culture, regulatory authorities along the career course of a potential or actual practitioner via a market analysis;
    • Establishment of a Provincial Steering Committee with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure both intersectoral and intersectional approaches to barriers by gender, race, sexuality, immigration status, ability, and socio-economic status;
    • Completion of an environmental scan to identify social, economic, technological, political and legal context, and trends which may offer evidence for short- and long-term decision making to reach our goal by 2030 (30 by 30);
    • Development of a strategic plan with prioritisation of tactics by the Provincial Steering committee;
    • Establishing a metric baseline and annual tracking protocols;
    • Identifying and engaging stakeholders;
    • Developing and executing marketing campaigns to students, teachers, and employers;
    • Development of webpages and social media strategy to inspire and equip students, parents, teachers, practitioners, and employers with current best practices to address bias and discrimination. We look forward to launching our new webpages soon!
    • Establishment of the Manitoba 2030 Industry Coalition with representation from Manitoba's largest employers of engineers strategising to recruit, retain, and promote women in the professions;
    • Delivery of professional development to practitioners (Importance of Diversity for Protection of the Public and Improving Outcomes, Strategies to Address Microaggressions, and Enterprising Women: A Company of One's Own);
    • Delivery of professional development to teachers (Addressing Gender Bias in STEM Education at the Science Teachers Association of Manitoba SAGE Professional Development Day);
    • Submission of environmental scan and associated statement supporting the continuation and expansion of resourced interventions to gender and cultural bias to the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education;
    • Establishment of an education sub-committee to increase awareness and address gender and cultural bias in Kindergarten to grade 12 teaching (see Environmental Scan) with a focus on engineering and geoscience pre-requisites;
    • Increased staff support to the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Mentorship Program, MCWESTT, and CCWESTT events;
    • Applying a gender lens to outreach activities and materials to students via career fairs, science symposiums, classroom presentations, Spaghetti Bridge competition, and UMES outreach events;
    • Advising on applying a 30 by 30 lens to established and ongoing Association marketing campaigns;
    • Participation in Engineers Canada 30 by 30 conference calls and in-person meetings to grow the national campaign and networks and to share resources and strategies;
    • Identifying and liaising with consultants specialising in organisational change.
    Key strategic plan tactics that have yet to be assessed and developed:
    • Establishment and encouragement of Association and employer hosted intern support networks
    • Development of returnship and re-skilling programs after extended leaves from practice;
    • Potential expanded survey of membership.
    Additional funding through increased member dues will yield approximately $350K to fund these efforts. Roughly 40% of these additional funds will pay for staff salaries, benefits, and contributions. Approximately 55% will pay for strategic planning and marketing consulting, marketing campaign development, media purchase, and soliciting sponsors to implement effective marketing campaigns. The remaining 5% will go towards logistical costs of meetings and outreach events.

    We'd like to thank all of the champions who continue to dedicate time, resources, and energy to reach gender equity in the professions. We look forward to walking alongside you to advance this movement you have set in motion.

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