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Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:06

2014 Annual General Meeting

Value of Drinking Water Highlights 2014 Annual General Meeting

By Kaoru Yajima, P.Eng.

On February 10, 2014, the PEO Grand River Chapter held its 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Cutten Fields in Guelph.

To kick-off the evening, keynote speaker Mr. Rui De Carvalho, P.Eng., Senior Vice-president of R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited, and recent recipient of the University of Guelph, School of Engineering’s Engineering Medal of Achievement (the highest honour given by the School) reminded all about the value our drinking water and how fortunate Canadians are to have reliable access to this resource.

Using his team’s experiences in the African country of Mozambique, he presented the many challenges to providing adequate drinking water in developing countries, many going beyond the practice of engineering. It was good to hear that a local Canadian firm was using their engineering skills to assist those less fortunate overseas. A copy of his presentation if found here:


 Following the presentation was the presentation of awards and recognition pins. For this year’s PEO engineering scholarship, the award went to Baraa Hamodi. He is a recent graduate of Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo and presently enrolled in the Mechatronics Engineering program at the University of Waterloo (also currently on work tem in Ottawa). He demonstrated outstanding academic, fund-raising and volunteer work making him worthy of this year’s scholarship. Next, volunteer recognition pins were given to Richard Zytner, Ph.D, P.Eng., FEC for 20 years of service, Frank Hull, P.Eng., FEC for 15 years of service, and Kaoru Yajima, P.Eng. for 5 years of service to the profession. Finally, the Chapter welcomed newly licenced engineers to the profession by presenting them with their certificates.

As part of the AGM order of business, the Treasurer presented the 2013 Grand River Chapter financials and the Nominations Chair announced the Grand River Chapter Board Executive members for 2014 Both were unanimously approved by members present.

The AGM concluded with a reminder to all members to vote in this year’s PEO elections.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:14

GRC PEO Scholarship Offer

The Grand River Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is pleased to offer one (1) $1000.00 scholarship to a deserving student:
1. in the first year of an engineering program at the University of Guelph or the University of Waterloo or Conestoga College and
2. who has attended high school in the Grand River Chapter area, defined for this purpose as the counties of Waterloo and Wellington plus parts of Oxford and Halton including the cities of Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo. (Boundary Map on Chapter website)
Preference will be given based upon extracurricular activities, community service and interest in pursuing a career in engineering as a licensed Professional Engineer. Letters from references are also welcome.
Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2013. Download the application (pdf)
Thursday, 04 July 2013 14:38

PEO's Mentorship Program

Grand River Chapter is pleased to announce that it is continuing to participate in PEO’s Mentorship program. This program is designed to link Professional Engineers licensed with PEO with Engineering Interns to provide guidance and support to the interns as they progress towards professional licensure status. PEO believes that mentoring will help equip and prepare new engineers to have a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities and for success in their profession.


The PEO Mentorship Program is not a job finding program. The primary objective of the mentoring program is to help guide engineering interns through the licensing process, develop as professionals and assimilate into the engineering community.


This program session is expected to run from July 2013 to December 2013. Mentors and mentees would be expected to meet at least 2 hours a month over that time period and provide feedback to PEO.


Grand River Chapter is looking for licensed Professional Engineers to act as Mentors and for Engineering Interns interested in registering to be Mentees.


To find out more about the program or to apply to be a mentor or mentee please click here: PEO Mentorship program or contact by E-mail:

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