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Saturday, 02 May 2015 16:22

PEO Grand River Chapter Symposium 2015

By:  Jonathan Velasco



Brendon Simon discuss the $818M ION rapid transit project


The PEO Grandriver Chapter successfully conducted its annual symposium last June 13, 2015 at the Royal Brock Hotel and Conference Center in Guelph.  It was participated by 24 members of the profession and some students.  Three speakers shared their technical knowledge and skills to the participants.  Brendon Simon from the Region of Waterloo discussed the topic of Engineering the ION Rapid Transit.  Karim Ibrahim, an expert in building automation and industrial maintenance shared on the topic of Modern Smart Industrial Buildings and concluded by an intensive workshop entitled Flipping the Iceberg by personal power coach and world class speaker Gregory C N Smith.


Positive comments were received from the participants.  It was a morning filled with learning and soft skill development. It was worth the time and money to be in this kind of professional enrichment activity. The education committee, who organized the symposium, is looking forward to a bigger event next year.  Please contact if you want to speak and share your technical expertise to your colleagues.


Waterloo –through collaboration with the University of Waterloo and FIRST Robotics, the Grand River Chapter PEO headed out to the FIRST Robotics Regionals on March 20, 2015 to talk to the many high school competitors about the profession of engineering while at the same time, celebrate National Engineering Month (NEM).

Most students were unaware that it was NEM so it was it was an opportune time to get the message out about what the profession is, how it protects the public, the need for innovation and that people from diverse set of backgrounds form the profession. 

With around 400 attending the FIRST Robotics social, two PEO volunteers spent their evening talking about what engineers do and the future path to become one. Some were in grade 12 and had already submitted their applications to engineering programs – they were eagerly awaiting acceptance results.  But many of the younger students who had yet to make up their minds on their future careers had many questions. With the number of interested students, the two volunteers were quickly overwhelmed. 

It was impressive seeing the high school students come in their groups which were around 20 to 40 strong.  All had excellent team sprit, dressed in team uniforms and some even going that extra step as you can see with the haircuts.

Submitted by K. Yajima, P.Eng. and R. McIntyre, EIT




PEO Grand River Chapter was privileged to participate in the 2015 Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair held at Bingeman’s, Kitchener on April 7, 2015. The Fair is an annual event that brings together the best of the young scientific minds of the region. WWSEF is open to Senior Elementary and High School students from Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Upper Grand District School Board. Grade 7 to 12 home-schooled or students from schools that do not run science fair programs were also invited as individual entries. The WWSEF is supported by the members of the community who encourage the development of our youth along scientific paths.


Approximately 220 projects involving over 300 students from about 30 different public, separate and independent schools in Waterloo Region, The Upper Grand District School Board, and Wellington County. The projects were placed into one of five Divisions – Biotechnology, Earth Science, Engineering Science, Life Science, or Physical Science. Within each of these Divisions the projects were further divided into one of three Categories, according to the grades of the participants – Junior (grades 7 and 8), Intermediate (grades 9 and 10) or Senior (grades 11, and 12). The projects and students were judged according to a national standard by over 120 judges from local schools, universities, colleges, businesses and industries volunteer.


About 70 students from different levels dropped by the Chapter’s booth and they were happy to receive a copy of a PEO booklet written for engineers-to-be and they enjoyed making their fancy buttons using Badge Button Maker Machine. Grand River Chapter of PEO attended to greet the visitors and provide insight into what needed to have the P.Eng. designation as a highest standards of engineering knowledge, experience and professionalism in the country. Additionally, tips and guidance were provided to students at different levels to help explore information regarding the current practice of professional engineering.



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