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Canada’s best and brightest engineers awarded top honours


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Congratulations to Larry Seeley, Mary Wells, Veronica Knott, Amy Bilton, G. Ross Peters, Eduardo Maulucci, Jonathan Holzman and FLIR Systems.

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Engineers Canada is recognizing some of Canada’s leading engineers and highlighting their efforts to expand and promote the engineering profession. Eight Canadian engineers will receive top honours.

Congratulations to Larry E. Seeley, Mary A. Wells, Veronica Knott, Amy M. Bilton, G. Ross Peters, Eduardo (Ted) Maulucci, Jonathan F. Holzman and FLIR Systems.

The national organization has been recognizing outstanding Canadian engineers, teams, projects, achievements, and engineering students since 1972. The Engineers Canada Awards highlight professional excellence, as well as the contributions of engineers to their community, and to the safety and well-being of Canadians.

Here are the 2017 Engineers Canada Award Recipients:


Larry E. Seeley, PhD, P.Eng., chair and CEO of Seeley Group, was awarded a Gold Medal. Larry receives his Gold Medal for his exceptional individual achievements and distinction in engineering. His role in the growth of Canada’s mining and metallurgical sector combined with his fostering and promoting new businesses and technologies within the minerals and recycled metals industries worldwide caps his 40-year career.

Three women are being recognized with the Gold Medal Student, Young Engineer, and Women in the Engineering Profession awards. Encouraging more women to join the profession, making it more representative of Canadian society, and ensuring that the profession and those it serves benefit from a range of perspectives and viewpoints are important cornerstones for Engineers Canada.

Mary A. Wells, PhD, P.Eng., takes the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession Award. As professor and inaugural Associate Dean, Outreach, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, Mary is recognized as a significant role model and leader in the Canadian and global engineering community for women.

Veronica Knott is an undergraduate engineering student at UBC and the 2017 Gold Medal Student. Veronica has made significant contributions to the engineering profession through her leadership in inclusivity and diversity engagement while studying engineering at UBC.

Amy M. Bilton, PhD, P.Eng., is the Young Engineer Achievement Award recipient. As a researcher and educator at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Amy’s research is extremely appealing to students because of its significant international development focus, working on technologies geared towards water and energy solutions for the developing world.

G. Ross Peters, PhD, FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service. Professor emeritus and former dean of Memorial University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, Ross is a tireless promoter of engineering education in Canada and around the world. Canadian engineering education and accreditation systems are highly regarded globally largely thanks to the role Ross has played within the international engineering community over his five decades of service.

Eduardo (Ted) Maulucci, P.Eng., is awarded the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service. As president of SmartONE Solutions Inc., Ted not only creates industry-leading solutions in software and smart buildings but also gives generously of his personal time to mentor engineering students, to find funding for academic institutions, and to help entrepreneurs bring their products to market.

Jonathan F. Holzman, PhD, P.Eng., is the recipient of the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education. Jonathan’s an Associate Professor at the UBC Okanagan campus and is known by his students and staff for implementing a number of innovative teaching methods and for taking the time to explain practical applications, often using technology for teaching, including live demonstrations involving lasers.

A team of Laval, Quebec, engineers from FLIR Systems, a leading maker of sensor systems, is the recipient of the National Award for an Engineering Project. The Radar FLIR Ranger R20SS is a radar system used for automatic surveillance applications, making it possible to monitor much wider areas than with cameras, regardless of weather and light conditions.



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