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Thursday, 09 June 2016 20:28

PEO Symposium 2016

PEO Symposium 2016

By Jonathan Velasco

The PEO Grand River Chapter held its 3rd Annual Symposium on June 4th, 2016 at the Royal Brock Hotel and Conference Center in Guelph.  Two technical talks covering the topics of Solar Reflection from Structures and Rare Earth Elements were delivered by Ryan Danks from RWDI and Alireza Shirazi from Hitachi Truck, respectively. The keynote speech, presented by professional and multi-awarded speaker Neil Dunsmore, was titled "Lead Right or Die!" and delivered a leadership message to engineers and project managers.  The Symposium was well received by participants.

Symposium 2016 Speakers

Symposium 2016 speakers(L-R): Neil Dunsomore, Ryan Danks, Alireza Shirazi, (R): Symposium lead: Jonathan Velasco


Building on the momentum from the success of Symposium 2016, the Organizing Committee has started planning for Symposium 2017. To all potential speakers: if you have an interesting research study or technical subject that you would like to share with your colleagues, please contact  To all volunteers: If you would like to volunteer in any capacity to help organize Symposium 2017, please contact


Symposium 2017 Organizing Committee

 Next year’s Symposium 2017 organizing team (L-R): Garan Nalla, Amin Mali, Kevin Poirier, Jonathan Velasco and Samir Dhanvantari. Please contact if you want to join the team.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 22:08

Tour of REEP House for Sustainable Living

Thursday, June 23, 2016 -  6:00pm to 8:00 pm

REEP House for Sustainable Living - 20 Mill Street, Kitchener, ON, N2G 2Y3

Event is open to P.Eng and EIT only (no guests)

Registration is free, however spaces are limited.

Registration Cut-off is June 16, 2016

REEP House has been renovated to showcase energy and water innovations that any home can adopt. Deep retrofits have reduced energy used for space heating and water heating by 86%, reduced costs by 85%, and cut carbon emissions by 54%. You will find working demonstrations of household energy-efficient and water management technologies. Also, see how reclaimed materials and natural landscaping can create unique design features in and outside of the home.

As you walk around REEP House, you will have the chance to put your hands inside walls, analyse the competing data and quality of installed products, learn about the REEP House retrofit design strategy and ask plenty of questions. REEP House is all about helping you find solutions for improving your own home or building.

We explore the significance of insulating and sealing the envelope, look at options for improving the quality of your home's heat and water use, and have a free-flowing discussion of some things we learned during the retrofitting process.

The event will include a full tour of REEP House and its many features, including:

  • Water Management (outdoor) – including discussion of municipal stormwater credits
  • Wise Water Use (indoor)
  • Water Heating
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Insulation, Draft-proofing, Windows, and Doors
  • Lighting and Appliances
  • Green Materials and Heritage

To register visit: 


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