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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