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Role of the Engineering Profession in the Climate Crisis

Date: 22 February, 2021
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Registration: Please follow this link


The objective of the seminar is to discuss the climate crisis and the role that Engineers and the Engineering Profession can play to mitigate and help in solving this important and urgent issue.

Three highly qualified and experienced professional will be sharing their thoughts on the climate crisis and how the engineering body can be the leader in finding solutions to mitigate the climate crisis issue.

Seminar Description:

Climate change is a global urgent issue and its impact is being felt in the majority parts of the world. Studies and research show that the actual estimate indicates an increase of the temperature by about 2°C by the end of this century. To effectively help in solving this issue, engineers and the engineering profession body have the most important role to play to mitigate the issue and find the best and fastest possible solutions.

Three highly qualified, experienced professional and brilliant speakers “Marilyn Spink, Peter DeVita and David Lapp” will be sharing their thoughts on the climate change crisis in form of a panel discussion. The objective of this online event is to discuss how engineers and engineering body can be the leader in finding solutions to mitigate the climate crisis issue (maybe by developing new guidelines and recommendations for example).

Presenters Bio:

Marilyn Spink

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Marilyn Spink is an award-winning professional engineer, certified sustainability practitioner and an expert in metallurgical & mining processes, having spent over 25 years managing the delivery of complex mine development projects throughout the world. Today, she lends her considerable know how leading an advisory practice, GS Group, serving as a trusted advisor to a wide range of global clients.

Most recently, she completed two three-year term appointments as an Ontario Lieutenant Governor Appointee to Professional Engineers Ontario Council, the largest engineering regulator in Canada with over 85,000 members. She is currently appointed to the Board of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc., a Canadian mineral development company focused on metals and minerals for use in clean energy and new technologies and recognized for its sustainability and environmental stewardship as a “Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leader in Canada”.

Peter DeVita

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Peter is a Professional Engineer with a Master’s degree in Environment and Computer Engineering, and, a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

He is a past President of PEO and helped to create OSPE, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. He has taught energy auditing and teaches about the impact of energy and climate change. Most recently he has become affiliated with the Drawdown Richmond Hill team aimed at helping ordinary Canadians on what they can do to reduce GHGs.

David Lapp

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David is a professional engineer registered in Ontario who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1978. Following a career of nearly 20 years in consulting engineering, David joined Engineers Canada as Director of Professional Affairs in 1997. For the next 23 years, he assumed a variety of roles at Engineers Canada in international affairs, engineering qualifications and practice-related guidelines on infrastructure and climate change, environmental engineering and sustainability issues related to engineering practice.

Between 2007 and 2015, David also served as the Secretary for the World Federation of Engineering Organization’s Committee on Engineering and the Environment for Engineers Canada focusing on climate change, environment and infrastructure issues at the international level. In September 2020, he joined the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) as a part-time Senior Advisor where he worked on PIEVC Program and PIEVC Protocol. David is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In 2018 he was given an Award for Engineering Excellence from Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for his work on climate change and engineering as well as an Engineering Excellence Award from the PEO Ottawa Chapter.

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EAST Toronto PEO Chapter 2021 AGM – January 27, 2021

Dear PEO East Toronto Chapter Member,

You are cordially invited to attend PEO East Toronto Chapter first Virtual Annual General Meeting:Join us virtually via Zoom and see what the Chapter’s all about on January 27, 2021 at 6:30PM

REGISTRATION: Via Eventbrite

Keynote Address:

Peter Tabuns, MPP, Toronto-Danforth (Here attached is his picture)

Peter Tabuns has a long record of change. Winning a by-election in 2006 and re-elections in 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2018 Peter brings fresh new ideas to Queen’s Park on fighting climate change, renewable energy, and job creation.

Peter is leading the change to a new energy economy, in part thanks to his experience as Executive Director of Greenpeace. He also pioneered energy efficiency in Toronto in the 1990s, often working closely with the Carpenters’ Union. For years, Peter has broken down old barriers between unions and environmentalists. He brings people together around new ideas that create good jobs, cut emissions and help us catch up to new energy economies around the world.

Before joining Greenpeace, and increasing its profile, Peter was a City Councillor. At city hall, he helped keep valuable services public and was ahead of his time in championing smoke-free restaurants and bars.

He’s also worked in health care, organizing government relations for the Ontario Nurses Association; and early in life, took an active role in the organizing drive, by the Canadian Labour Congress, to unionize white-collar workers during the 1970’s.



Time Item
6:30 pm 0. Registration, networking
6:35 pm
  1. Call to Order & Introductions                              Chair – Larisse Nana Kouadjo, P.Eng.
  2. Approval of the Agenda
  3. Appointment of Minute Taker
  4. Approval of Minutes of Previous AGM               Secretary: Sara Ayub, EIT

6:40 pm

  1. Committee Reports


5.1.   Government Liaison Program

Committee Chair: Omid , P.Eng.

5.2.   Licensure Assistance Program

Committee Chair: Parvin Marzban, P.Eng.

5.3.   New Member Licence Presentation

Committee Member: Margarita Minceva, EIT

5.4.   Education Outreach Report & Presentation of Scholarship

Committee Chair: James Tait, P.Eng.


6:50 pm
  1. Raffle #1


6:55 6.   Treasurer’s Report 2020                                       Treasurer: Nicholas Burgwin, P.Eng.
7:00 pm Videos – Introduction of East Central Region Councillor CandidatesChristopher Chahine, P.Eng., PMP, SSBBPDavid Kiguel, P.Eng., FECFanny Wong, FEC, P. Eng, LEED AP


7:10 pm 9.   Greetings from PEO Council     East Central Region Councillor – Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng.
7:15 pm
  1. Raffle #2


7:20 pm 10.   Chapter Activity Report                                           Chair – Larisse Nana Kouadjo, P.Eng.
7:25 pm 11. Presentation of Volunteer Recognition PinVice Chair – Nadia Aftab, P.Eng.
7:30 pm

Videos – Introduction of Vice President Candidates

John F. Thompson, P.Eng., CMM III, PMP

Gregory Wowchuk, BASc, Dipl El Tech, P.Eng.

7:35 pm 12. Election of 2020 Chapter Board

                                                                           Election Commissioner Past Chair: John Glover, P.Eng.

7:45 pm

Videos – Introduction of President-Elect Candidates

Darla Campbell, P.Eng., CSR-P

Nick Colucci, P. Eng., BASc, MBA, FEC

Arthur E Sinclair, P.Eng.

7:55 pm 13. Keynote:                                                                Peter Tabuns, MPP, Toronto-Danforth
8:05 pm
  1. Raffle #3
8:10 pm 14. Closing Remarks & Adjournment                             Chair – Larisse Nana Kouadjo, P.Eng.



Board Nominations close January 26, 2021 then Reopen at the AGM:

All East Toronto Chapter Members who either have a P.Eng. or EIT designation are eligible to stand for nomination to the Board of Directors and to vote on all matters at the AGM. A list of names prepared by the Nominating Committee will be submitted to the members. Candidates may be submitted in advance to the Nominating Committee at

The process of advanced nomination shall end on Tuesday, January 26 2021 (one day before virtual AGM). Nominations shall re-open at the AGM and names of additional candidates accepted up to the time of the taking of the vote with the condition that each name be submitted by a mover and a seconder, and accepted by the nominee. Should you have any questions, please email

Webinar – Design Thinking: Progress Amid Uncertainty

Date: 7 May 2020

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Online

Registration: Please follow this link

Seminar Overview:

Innovation thrives in a crisis.

The scale of the impact caused by the current pandemic is staggering. The companies that survive and thrive will necessarily be the most nimble and innovative. Design Thinking is the ideal approach to identifying need, clarifying problems and taking the risk out of innovation.

Learning from the best, and the worst.

Design Thinking reminds us that we don’t know everything and we never will. This sobering realization underpins the two vital instincts Design Thinkers have. They iterate, and they ask.
The World Economic Forum identified three vital skills the world’s leading organizations will need in the world beyond 2020: complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Design Thinking encompasses these skills with a human centered approach to delivering value.
This online workshop will not be a lecture, it will be hands on and interactive. Together we will explore successes and failures at Tesla, SpaceX, Boeing, NASA, and Steelcase. How did they apply Design Thinking instincts, and what price they paid when they didn’t?

Speaker Bio: Tim Hampton, B.Eng.img

Tim Hampton is a director of computing at York University. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering (Carleton) and is the founder of the Design Thinking training company





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National Engineering Month 2020: The Egg Drop Challenge

Date: April 4, 2020

Time: 12:30PM – 4:00PM

Location: Toronto Public Library – S Walter Stewart Library
170 Memorial Park Avenue
Toronto, ON

Register: Please follow this link

EVENT PHOTOS: The photos will be posted here after the event


You are invited to celebrate National Engineering Month by participating in The Egg Drop Challenge! The Egg Drop Challenge is an interactive workshop where you can design and build protection for a falling egg. Each egg will undergo tests to see how far it can drop! Prizes will be awarded.

This event will be staffed by professional engineers and university engineering students who will answer any questions you may have about the engineering profession.

Students grade 2 – 6 and their parents are welcome. Refreshment will be served.

The event is free, but space is limited.


This event is co-sponsored by the S. Walter Stewart Library branch and the East Toronto Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.