Engineers Nova Scotia Annual Conference and AGM 2019

Sep 19, 2019 - Sep 20, 2019

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

The Annual Engineering Conference on Thursday, September 19th will include industry updates, project presentations and skill building sessions at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel with three concurrent streams, the conference has been designed to offer useful information and provide ample time to meet other members. Breakfast and Lunch are included in the cost. Early Conference Registration of $50 will end August 25th.  After August 25th the cost will be $75.  Please register for specific sessions to receive PD hour credit. 

Annual Engineering Conference
Thursday, September 19th, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM   Conference Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM   Welcome

8:55 AM – 9:55 AM (three sessions to choose from)           

  • Transportation Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Renewable Electricity
  • Canada's Ocean Supercluster
  • Employee Engagement: The Employer Value Proposition

10:10 AM – 11:10 AM

  • Update on Nova Scotia's Cap and Trade Program
  • Leveraging the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program in Recruiting & Succession Planning
  • Resilience: More than an Engineering Term

11:25 AM -  12:25 PM

  • Green Construction: Lessons from the Field
  • Maritime Link: Transmitting Renewable Energy
  • Unconscious Bias Training

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM    Lunch & Lieutenant Governor’s Award Presentation

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM     

  • Passive House and the True Cost of Building Ownership
  • Emera ideaHUB: Empowering Atlantic Canada's Innovators
  • Electric Boats: what's happening in 2019

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

  • Canada's First Offshore Natural Gas Development: The Sable Legacy
  • How to Reduce Stress, Increase Focus, Produce More Time and Make More Money
  • Addressing the Data Revolution

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM      Young Professionals Networking Event: Pizza Social/Trivia at the T-Room

 

Friday, September 20th, 2019

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM     Annual Business Meeting Breakfast and Showcase

9:45 AM - 11:30 AM   Annual Business Meeting The Annual General Meeting will include a presentation from Engineers Canada, the incoming President of Engineers Nova Scotia, financial statements, introduction of new Council members and an opportunity for members to ask questions regarding the business of the Association. Registration for this event is required so that we can ensure accuracy when ordering your complimentary breakfast.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Reception and Showcase Join us after the AGM for refreshments and appetizers. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the organizations we partner with on various initiatives.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM   Engineering Awards Luncheon ($40 per person) Join us to celebrate the recipients of our awards below.

Engineering Award - Craig Lake, P.Eng., and Jean Peinsznski, P.Eng.

Young Engineer Award - Michelle MacIntyre, P.Eng.

S.L. Devereaux Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering - Eva Parada, P.Eng.

J.D. Fraser Service Award - Pemberton Cyrus, P.Eng.

Citizenship Award - Dara Woodman, P.Eng.


2:30 PM - 4:00 PM     Young Professionals Committee Panel Discussion: Career Advancement and Development for Young Professionals

6:00 PM - Midnight    F.H. Sexton Gold Medal Dinner and Dance ($60 per person)

Celebrate the recipient of our most distinguished award, the F.H. Sexton Gold Medal.

F.H. Sexton Gold Medal Award- Carl Yates, P.Eng.

Reception will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM and Dinner at 7pm.

Full details and on-line registration for events are available now!  

For information about table bookings for either the Awards Luncheon or the Gold Medal Dinner and Dance, please contact christine@engineersnovascotia.ca

Please Note: Stay informed about all things conference related!  Get the Attendify App in the App Store. Register & search Engineers Nova Scotia

 

AGM to Join. 

Schedule

Sep 19, 2019
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Have you ever wanted to test drive an Electric Vehicle? This is your chance! Clean Nova Scotia will be on hand all day on Thursday, September 19th (requires a booking done at their table) Note th... More

Have you ever wanted to test drive an Electric Vehicle?  This is your chance!

Clean Nova Scotia will be on hand all day on Thursday, September 19th (requires a booking done at their table)

Note the following details about this event below;

  • Information and test drive registration booth to be set up in front of the Nova Scotia Ballroom sign.
  • There will  be two test drive vehicles directly across from the elevators in the parkade with reserved spaces to make a square (easier for folks test driving to drive through spots) – There will be cones in place to block the spaces while people are test driving the cars.
  • Jeremie Bernardin will make a 5 minute announcements sometime during the Conference welcome and breaks to let the attendees know about the Next Ride campaign and test drive set-up.
  • The test drives will be scheduled in 15 minute timeslots and will be available from 8:45am to 5:30pm (officially ending at 5:45pm).
  • The test drive route will be roughly 7-10 minutes depending on traffic (rough visual of route attached). See below for route description:
    • Turn right out of the parkade on to Upper Water Street and then turn right onto Upper Water Street again.
    • Go straight through the lights on to Cornwallis Street and take Cornwallis Street until Gottingen Street and turn right.
    • Take Gottingen Street until North Street and turn right towards the MacDonald Bridge, but keep right to take the ramp merging on to Barrington Street.
    • Take Barrington Street to the first set of lights and left on to Upper Water Street.
    • Take another left onto Upper Water Street to head back to the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront.
    • Turn left into the parkade and park in front of the glass windows directly across from the elevators.

Test Drive Map

 below

8:55 AM - 9:55 AM
Nova Scotia's transportation sector operates almost exclusively on imported fossil fuels leading to carbon emissions and spending money elsewhere. Electric vehicles are now mass produced and availa... More

Nova Scotia's transportation sector operates almost exclusively on imported fossil fuels leading to carbon emissions and spending money elsewhere. Electric vehicles are now mass produced and available. By plugging in to the electricity grid, and transitioning it to renewable energy, we use domestic resources and vastly decrease our carbon emissions. Challenges such as fast-charging vehicles and renewable electricity generation integration will be discussed with an eye to future of the Nova Scotia energy and transportation landscape.

 

Bio:

Lukas Swan is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and the principal investigator at the Dalhousie University Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory. He has 15 years’ experience with energy storage and renewable energy where he focuses his R&D on unique, elegant, and robust solutions to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Lukas has a broad range of experience with major battery chemistries. He has developed, tested, and evaluated an enormous variety of battery packs ranging from hand tools to electric vehicles to freight trains to grid storage to remote islands. He is also a member of CSA and UL committees that have created and published international standards for energy storage systems. Lukas received his PhD and Master’s from Dalhousie University and his Bachelor’s from California Polytechnic. He lives in Cole Harbour with his wife and three young children.

 

 

8:55 AM - 9:55 AM
The Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led collaboration that is helping to build Canadas ocean economy into one of the countrys most significant and sustainable value-creating economic segments. It... More

The Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led collaboration that is helping to build Canada’s ocean economy into one of the country’s most significant and sustainable value-creating economic segments.  It is a national undertaking, spanning multiple ocean sectors, with investment from companies across Canada, partnerships with post-secondary institutions, indigenous groups, and international partners.  The Ocean Supercluster shares its plans for the fall now that it has completed its start-up phase.  

 

Bio:

Susan works at Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and is responsible for the organization’s activities related to collaborative technology development and commercialization projects.  Prior to the Ocean Supercluster, Susan managed collaborative research programs projects for the offshore sector at Petroleum Research NL, was Vice President of Operations for an Atlantic Canadian ocean technology firm, established Mitacs in Newfoundland and Labrador, and was a Prototype Development Manager and a Naval Architect in the US.  Susan has a Bachelor of Naval Architecture & Oceanic Engineering from Memorial University, and a Master of Science in Information Systems and an MBA from University of Washington.

8:55 AM - 9:55 AM
Employer Value Proposition A value proposition is a promise of value. An Employer Value Proposition (EVP) is the employers promise of specific offerings as measured by employees in return for the... More

Employer Value Proposition

A value proposition is a promise of value.  An Employer Value Proposition (EVP) is the employer’s promise of specific offerings as measured by employees in return for the skills and experiences each employee brings to the company.  Join Tanya Sieliakus, Managing Partner, HR pros Inc., a pioneer in EVP work, and learn how she has helped clients and employers build and leverage their EVPs and tangibly improve employee attraction, retention, and motivation.    

This is a learning session and participants will come away with tangible take-a-ways, specifically:

  • What is an EVP;
  • Why you need an EVP;
  • What questions you should be asking to uncover your EVP; and,
  • How to successfully leverage your EVP.

 

Bio:

Tanya Sieliakus, Managing Partner, HR pros Inc., has been referred to as one of the most technically astute and competent human resources and safety consultants in the Maritimes. Tanya is a graduate of Dalhousie University and is an international diversity trainer, HR practitioner and safety auditor.

She is unique insofar as she has extensive experience in all functional areas of human resources management; including recruitment, orientation and onboarding, personnel policy, safety policy and auditing, performance management, training and coaching, succession planning, and organizational design.  Tanya has worked within a wide range of industries as a human resources practitioner and consultant; including engineering, mining and manufacturing, IT, entertainment, construction, government, sales, contact centre, professional services, policing and security, etc.  Tanya is valued for her project management skills as well as her results-oriented and eclectic approach to problem solving.  Tanya may be reached tanya@hr-pros.ca Visit HR pros on FB or at www.hr-pros.ca

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Presenter: Jason Hollett, Executive Director Climate Change, Nova Scotia Environment This session will provide a description of how the cap and trade program Nova Scotia developed works, includi... More

Presenter:  Jason Hollett, Executive Director Climate Change, Nova Scotia Environment

 

This session will provide a description of how the cap and trade program Nova Scotia developed works, including how it was designed to minimize impacts, who is regulated, how the market functions and what is planned next in the development process. It will also offer a comparison of Nova Scotia’s program to the federal backstop and other provincial systems.

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
One of greatest challenges facing the engineering industry in Nova Scotia is the impending exit of the Baby boomers from the labour force.As individual firms develop succession plans, a question th... More

One of greatest challenges facing the engineering industry in Nova Scotia is the impending exit of the Baby boomers from the labour force.  As individual firms develop succession plans, a question they often face is: “how do we meet the next generation of engineers & technologists who are relevant to our business.”  While networking events and mentoring programs help address this, the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program is a simple, time-effective way Nova Scotia engineering firms can meet new engineers with backgrounds of interest. 

Individuals sign up to be “Connectors” and let program staff know the types of backgrounds they would be interested in meeting with.  Program participants (known as Connectees) could be recent grads, experienced foreign-trained engineers or people moving to Nova Scotia from other parts of Canada.  Program Coordinators will reach out to the Connector if they meet a relevant Connectee and the Connector can decide if they would like to meet with them.  If they’re interested, the Connector meets them for a 30 minute “informational meeting” and then connects them with 3 other people in the industry. 

At its core the Connector Program is a networking initiative, however participating individuals and their organizations can contact the Connector Program when they’re looking to hire.  Program staff will help promote their job postings and refer relevant Connectees. 

 

Bio:

Nathan Laird manages the day to day operations of the Halifax Partnership’s award-winning Connector Program, which helps recent grads and newcomers to the city to build their professional networks.  A graduate of Mt. Allison University and the University of New Brunswick, Nathan spent almost 15 years working with Fortune 500 firms in a variety of business development, management and recruiting roles.  With his expertise in recruiting and labour market development, Nathan frequently assists Nova Scotian companies with their talent acquisition challenges. 

 

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Some stress is good for us. Most of us require challenging goals and at least some degree of pressure to fulfil our potential. It is also normal for our stress levels to rise as we cope with situat... More

Some stress is good for us. Most of us require challenging goals and at least some degree of pressure to fulfil our potential. It is also normal for our stress lev­els to rise as we cope with situations that are meaningful to us, especially when we experience periods of uncertainty, setbacks, or long periods of pressure. The concept of resilience is to keep our stress at a level that allows for optimal performance. Too little stress and we can experience decreased attention and interest. Too much stress and we can experience physical and psychological symptoms leading to weakened performance. Research in this area suggests that while some people seem to come by resilience naturally, these behaviours can also be learned. Resilience is not an extraordinary thing but is rather ordinary and can be learned by most anyone. Since the 1970’s, psychological research has not only shown how to distinguish between people who will grow after failure from people that will collapse, but also how to build those skills to grow. Join Darren as he discusses his research and work in the area of resilience and how you can keep your battery charged to live a flourishing life.

Goals for session

ü  Define resilience

o   Defining resilience in today’s terms

o   What are key components to building and sustaining resilience: optimism, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, etc.

o   Learn the foundation of resilience and the tools that need to be in it

o   Participants will do group work and develop a team word wall for resilience

ü  The big three link to resilience sleep, physical activity and your “gut” health

o   How physical activity, sleep and your GUT health are positive coping skills and drive resilience

o   Changing behaviours in the big three

o   Participants will receive up to date information on the big three from leading researchers in the field

ü  How to include mindfulness in your workday to improve resilience and health

o   The mindful hydration study

§  How to put mindfulness into your day easily and without much “thought”

o   Participants will practise on-site and receive take home information and access to webinars on topic

 

Darren Steeves (BED, MSC, CSCS, CEP)

Darren’s purpose is to help as many people and organizations as time will allow. Darren is a professional Exercise Physiologist and has worked in the health and performance field for nearly 25 years. He is the owner of a high-performance consulting company in Halifax He has consulted within corporations, top level executives, Olympic Medalists, World Champion athletes and attended the Rio games as a sport scientist with team Canada.

Darren has a weekly column on resilience in the Chronicle Herald and his most recent book can be found on amazon “Are you ready?”. Darren is an adjunct professor in the school of health and human performance at Dalhousie and has conducted research in sport and resilience. Currently Darren is leading a large-scale project in resilience in university age students. Darren enjoys not only researching but working with high performance athletes, groups and individuals even today.

 

 Darren is on the leading edge with GRIT. Resilience is where it is at. We can’t control what hap­pens in the lives of our employees, but we can ensure they have the skills to get through it. GRIT is quickly becoming one of Dal’s “signature programs” and the results from participants have been outstanding. Word is out and people are starting to look for the next offering.

Janice MacInnis | Manager, Organizational Health

“Darren’s systematic and multidimensional approach to assessing, preparing, monitoring, and developing resiliency in the individuals I work with, is a critical part of the journey for executive coaching or high-performance team development.”

Dr Colin Guthrie, Mental Performance Consulting Group

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM
Presenter: Jessica MacLean, P.Eng., Project Manager, Bird Construction Jessica will review current trends showing up in building construction in Nova Scotia, and highlight exciting recent projects... More

Presenter:  Jessica MacLean, P.Eng., Project Manager, Bird Construction

Jessica will review current trends showing up in building construction in Nova Scotia, and highlight exciting recent projects. Construction practices are always evolving, and this presentation will showcase current means and methods to build more efficiently and sustainably.

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM
Joy Brake and Hung Huynh will be presenting on their role in the oversight in the controls design, testing and integration of the Maritime Link onto the existing AC grids in both provinces. The Ma... More

Joy Brake and Hung Huynh will be presenting on their role in the oversight in the controls design, testing and integration of the Maritime Link onto the existing AC grids in both provinces.

The Maritime Link project included the construction and operation of a new 500 megawatt (MW) (+/- 200 kilovolt) HVDC (high-voltage direct current) line, as well as a 230 kV AC transmission line and associated infrastructure, between Granite Canal, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Woodbine, Nova Scotia. HVDC is the most efficient way to transmit electricity over long distances. The Project also included two 170 km subsea cables across the Cabot Strait, approximately 50 km of overland transmission in Nova Scotia and 300 km of overland transmission on the island of Newfoundland.

The Maritime Link is part of a comprehensive, long-term and sustainable electrical power management strategy to address the growing demand for more renewable energy.

For Nova Scotia, it will create a more diversified portfolio of energy options, reduce dependency on existing commercial-scale carbon-based generation facilities and help meet new government regulations that require 40% renewable energy by 2020.

For the island of Newfoundland, it means that, for the first time in its history, Newfoundland is connected to the North American transmission system.

This alternative electrical transmission route will make the abundance of energy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador more accessible and provide a reliable way to add more renewable energy sources, such as wind.

 

Bios:

Joy Brake, P. Eng., System Control Manager with Nova Scotia Power. Joy is currently responsible for the real time operation of the Nova Scotia Power grid with oversight of the System Operators and outage coordination. Immediately prior to returning to Control Centre Operations at NSPI, Joy finished up a 5 year project with Emera Newfoundland and Labrador as Integration Lead for the Maritime Link.

 

Hung Van Huynh, P. Eng., Sr. Technical Advisor with Nova Scotia Power Inc. Hung immigrated to Canada from Vietnam in 1979 and graduated from Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering. Hung has worked in many technical fields of transmission and distribution at Nova Scotia Power over the past 33 years. Since 2011, Hung has been involved in system studies, factory acceptance testing, field commissioning and operational validation of the Maritime Link HVDC.

 

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM
Bio: April joined the Public Service Commission as Executive Director of People and Culture in late 2017. Prior to joining the PSC, she was a Partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette for 15 y... More

Bio:

April joined the Public Service Commission as Executive Director of People and Culture in late 2017. Prior to joining the PSC, she was a Partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette for 15 years leading their Career and Leadership Solutions practice. April has an Executive MBA degree from Saint Mary's University, Sobey School of Business and is a certified coach.

Currently April serves as a Director on boards of the Halifax Partnership, the IWK Foundation, and the North End Community Health Center. A descendant of Africville, she was a founding board member and served as Chair of the Africville Heritage Trust. 

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Halifax Water needed to find a solution to either rehabilitate (install a liner) or replace an existing 2700mm diameter corrugated steel pipe (CSP) that conveys flows from Sullivans Pond to Dartmou... More

Halifax Water needed to find a solution to either rehabilitate (install a liner) or replace an existing 2700mm diameter corrugated steel pipe (CSP) that conveys flows from Sullivan’s Pond to Dartmouth Cove. Sullivan’s Pond was part of the historic Shubenacadie Canal/ Marine Railway system built in the mid-nineteenth century. The existing CSP was installed after flooding occurred during Hurricane Beth in 1971. CBCL carried out Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modelling, which revealed that rehabilitation would reduce the capacity of the pipe, and with climate change accounted for, the risk of flooding within the community would be significantly increased.


There is a 16 metre drop between Sullivan’s Pond and Dartmouth Cove, over a length of approximately 600 metres. The existing pipe, laid at a relatively steep gradient without fish baffles, has prevented fish passage between Dartmouth Cove and Sullivan’s Pond. Replacement of this pipe provided an opportunity to daylight portions of the former stream and provide fish passage, while safely conveying future storms without increasing flood risks.


The project was designed to enhance the park settings through which it has been constructed, and allowing fish passage and protection from flooding, in a manner that provides a pleasant looking and sounding waterway that is safely approachable by the public.


The presentation will provide a description of the steps that were taken by CBCL to arrive at the finished project. It will include an interesting collection concept sketches, design details, and photographs during and post-construction.

Bios:

Richard (Rick) Giffin, P.Eng is a senior civil engineer and principal of CBCL Limited. He joined the company in 1985. He is a graduate of Acadia University and TUNS (1982). He has over 37 years of experience in civil engineering projects, including municipal development and services, highway design, and heavy civil projects from concept to completion of construction. Rick was CBCL’s project manager and led the detailed design and services during construction phases of the Sullivan’s Pond project. He has been an avid fly-fisherman since childhood, and a supporter of conservation. This project, involving civil engineering and working to restore fish passage to the Shubenacadie River system made the Sullivan’s Pond project particularly fulfilling.

Alex Wilson, M.Eng., P.Eng, is a senior water resources engineer and principal of CBCL Limited. Originally from Luxembourg, he studied in England and France, and worked in Europe and Africa, before coming to Nova Scotia in 2002. He has worked at CBCL since then on all aspects of water resources, promoting the value of hydrodynamic modelling, and building a team of water resources and coastal engineers. Alex led the hydrologic and hydrodynamic modelling as well as the conceptual design for the project. He is always keen to promote nature-based designs, restoration and ecosystem development through the projects he works on. He is still constantly amazed and fascinated by the unique rivers and estuaries around Nova Scotia, which also has, of course, the nicest beaches in the world!​

 

 

The Sullivan’s Pond Storm Water Replacement Project entailed the replacement and upgrading of a major storm drainage system from Sullivan’s Pond in Dartmouth to Halifax Harbour. The system transmits the storm water run off from a large watershed contributing to Sullivan’s Pond and a number of upstream Lakes.It was determined that the replacement would require daylighting, upsizing and a fish passage as dictated by the DFO.

The replacement system was designed to be a combination of cast-place concrete open channel (105m), buried pre-cast box culvert (88m), three-sided open top (with gratings) box culvert (30m) and a pre-cast concrete bridge span (73m). The weights of the pre-cast components which ranged up to 36t required the use of a 300T crane for placement.

The routing of the preexisting pipe passed through two city parks, under busy city Street and through numerous private residential/commercial properties.

The route of the replacement system was placed in the footprint /easement of the existing pipeline thus requiring the by-passing of all flows   to enable construction activities.

To by-pass the flows, a dam was constructed in Sullivan’s Pond and a pumping system of five raft mounted 10in (88hp) submersible pumps were installed upstream of the dam and piped under Ochterloney and Prince Albert Road to a discharge point in the existing 2700mm corrugated steel pipe downstream of the project.

The project scope also included a complete landscaping package and the installation of a new steel pedestrian bridge over the upstream end of the open channel at Sullivan’s Pond Park.

Bio:

Jim Cash, P.Eng. is a senior Project Manager with Dexter Construction in Bedford Nova Scotia and has been involved in a diversity of major projects in his 25 years with the company. Jim is a Civil Engineer having graduated from the technical University of Nova Scotia(1981) and has worked in most areas of the Civil Construction field for the past 38 years, including marine, institutional, buildings, highway, bridge and municipal infrastructure. Some notable projects that Jim has been involved in include the Georgetown Marine Terminal(PEI) reconstruction, the Bridgewater Sewage Treatment Plant, The Bedford Highway Widening Project, the Brooklyn Energy Center, the New grace Maternity Hospital(IWK Health Center), the Ruth Falls Hydro Canal and Headworks reconstruction, the Otter Lake Waste Processing and Residuals Disposal Facility, Bishops Landing Residential Development, the Halifax MacDonald Bridge Third Lane Bridge Approaches, Halifax Harbour Solutions Harbour Clean Up, Sullivan’s Pond Storm Water Daylighting, Queens Marque Development and Wharves. 

 

Peter Maynard, P.Eng., Project Engineer, Halifax Water

 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Passive House buildings are designed and built using physics and economics to make the most efficient, affordable and comfortable buildings possible. Trade information about PH focuses on the build... More

Passive House buildings are designed and built using physics and economics to make the most efficient, affordable and comfortable buildings possible. Trade information about PH focuses on the building science targets and media coverage is frequently about expensive homes of the elite, however the long term economic benefits of Passive House makes this approach an incredibly powerful tool for social and environmental transformation. 

 

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the benefits and technical targets of the Passive House Standard. We will review the construction details and costs of a modest, single family Passive House in PEI built in 2018 and we will compare the home as built with typical details and estimated costs of a code compliant house. Using a tool called SEEFAR, Sustainable Energy Efficient Facility Asset Renewal Assessment, our Passive House energy model findings were linked to a financial model which accounts for all expenses related to building ownership, including up front costs, operating costs and inflation. We will share the results of this study to demonstrate that building to the Passive House Standard is the better long term investment. 

 

 

Bio:

Lorrie Rand is co-founder of Habit Studio, a Halifax based design practice focused on the design of sustainable houses that nurture the senses.  Her work integrates principles from the Passive House Standard and Biophilic Design Principles for exceptional occupant comfort and health.  Lorrie has nearly 20 years experience in residential design and is an enthusiastic collaborator on more complex projects, most recently as part of the design team for the new Halifax Hospice with Anne Sinclair Architect. Lorrie is committed to promoting the Passive House Standard to clients and colleagues as the best route to energy conservation in buildings. Lorrie is a Certified Passive House Designer and has a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from the Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Emera ideaHUB at Dalhousie University is an advanced business incubator that empowers startups and ventures led by students, faculty and alumni to create and build the next generation of world-... More

The Emera ideaHUB at Dalhousie University is an advanced business incubator that empowers startups and ventures led by students, faculty and alumni to create and build the next generation of world-class technology companies. Providing expert programming and guidance, top-of-the-line gear, industry engagement, and modern work spaces to startups and companies that might otherwise struggle to access such supports on their own. By offering a path to commercialization in this traditionally underserved and underfunded segment of the technology market (physical hardware and products), the Emera ideaHUB fills a gap in Nova Scotia’s innovation environment — ensuring that breakthrough discoveries and products don’t end up stuck in the lab. Know-how from engineering faculty and mentorship from successful entrepreneurs helps bridge the gap from lab to market and accelerate the growth of companies engineering innovative physical products. A focus on physical tech-based startups and growth-oriented companies boosts employment, interests international markets and helps improve global competitiveness, translating new ideas into impact.

 

Three resident startups in the Emera ideaHUB engineering products in the areas of med-tech, clean-tech, and deep-technology, will introduce their path to innovation and discuss what it means to create a new product and remain innovative and globally competitive based right here in Atlantic Canada.

 

Scott Hurst, P.Eng., CTO, Prosaris Solutions

A Professional Electrical Engineer, MBA and Project Manager with over 25 years’ experience integrating electronic hardware, software and mechanical systems. A proven leader who possesses an in-depth understanding of stakeholder and business needs, design processes, manufacturing challenges, and the application of Lean Manufacturing concepts to manage the full scope of product life cycles.

 

Dr. Hamed Hanafi, PhD

President, Director of R&D, NovaResp Technologies

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dalhousie University

Hamed is an electrical engineer and holds a PhD in biomedical engineering. His area of expertise is respiratory diagnosis, monitoring and therapy. He is trained in the commercialization of medical devices, has innovated in multiple start-up med-tech companies and holds (or has pending) multiple patents in the field of lung health. Dr. Hanafi founded NovaResp in 2016 with the aim to develop the next generation therapy technology for patients with sleep apnea.

 

Reshmi Puppala, B.Eng, EIT - Engineering Lead, Aurea Technologies

Reshmi graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University, specializing in mechanical and materials engineering. Her specialization allowed her to gain a technical perspective and acquire skills in areas such as 3D modelling, programming, design process, failure analysis, and root cause analysis.  Her interest lies in using her knowledge of engineering to design products and systems that reduce carbon footprint, and Aurea gives her the opportunity to explore this interest by creating a sustainable energy system through their company’s first product the Shine turbine. Reshmi enjoys solving design problems developing all the exciting products that Aurea is planning to launch.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Electric boats are a very important part of the future of marine, particularly in coastal communities. Dr. Molloy will present the work Glas Ocean Electric (GOE) is doing to drive electrification o... More

Electric boats are a very important part of the future of marine, particularly in coastal communities. Dr. Molloy will present the work Glas Ocean Electric (GOE) is doing to drive electrification of small craft. GOE wrote a report for the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association on the state of the art of electric and hybrid boats in 2015 and Dr. Molloy will present and update on that report with news from successful electrification projects around the world and the work GOE has been doing with fishers throughout Nova Scotia. GOE has been collecting data on operational profiles of fishing and tourism boats, measuring emissions and working on plans to introduce electric motors to their working operations. Dr. Molloy will present the work being done on a current conversion project with partners including Nova Scotia Power, Nova Scotia Community College, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, Transport Canada, PBES and others that both demonstrate and drive electrification.

 

Dr. Sue Molloy, Ph.D., P.Eng., Ocean Engineer and academic researcher in Halifax, NS. 

Dr. Molloy is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is President of Glas Ocean Electric and is an active consulting engineer, researcher and adjunct professor of Ocean Engineering. Dr. Molloy specializes in Electric Boats & Ships, Marine Renewable Energy and Sustainable Engineering. Through both Glas Ocean Electric and her consulting company, Dr. Molloy’s current and recent projects have been for clients such as the Canadian Space Agency, Transport Canada and Black Rock Tidal Power.  

Dr. Molloy’s doctoral work focused on ship propulsion and diesel-electric propulsion. Dr. Molloy has produced a number of reports for provincial and federal agencies that address marine testing facilities, tidal power, electric boats and marine noise.  

Dr. Molloy is the former co-chair of the Canada-China track II energy dialogue marine renewable energy subcommittee. She is the international chair for the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) River Turbines Project Team (PT), a Canadian delegate on the Design PT of IEC TC114 Marine Energy and is a former board member of Marine Renewables Canada.  

Dr. Molloy has taught over 20 university courses including sustainable engineering and turbomachines for Dalhousie University, Faculty of Engineering and sustainable industrial design and renewable energy at OCAD University in Toronto. As an adjunct professor at Dalhousie and also in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Molloy is working on a range of tidal power research projects. Dr. Molloy has been publishing regularly in journals and at conferences since 2001, is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ocean Technology and the SUT Journal of Underwater Technology and regularly reviews for Elsevier and IEEE. Dr. Molloy reviews grants for the US Department of Energy and NOAA and is a member of the NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group for Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Molloy’s consulting clients include ocean related SMEs, tidal power project developers, non-profits, academia and government. 

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
The Sable Offshore Energy Project introduced a new, clean, competitively-priced fuel into the energy mix of Nova Scotia and the region. Today, pipeline infrastructure built to support Sable connect... More

The Sable Offshore Energy Project introduced a new, clean, competitively-priced fuel into the energy mix of Nova Scotia and the region. Today, pipeline infrastructure built to support Sable connects the province to North America’s abundant supplies of natural gas. Sable directly employed ~600+ Nova Scotians annually for 20 years, and provided close to 700 student co-op work terms. Over those 20 years the province received nearly $4 billion in payments as a result of Sable, including more than $2 billion in Sable royalties. Above all, Sable showed that Nova Scotia’s offshore can be developed safely and responsibly. 

 

Bio:  

Friedrich Krispin has more than 32 years of upstream petroleum industry experience with ExxonMobil, including onshore and offshore project management and production operations.  Friedrich has carried out assignments in North and South America and the Middle East. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Friedrich speaks English, Spanish and German. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is currently the Sable Asset and Decommissioning Manager for ExxonMobil Canada based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He and Kathryn Krispin have three adult children.

 

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Ever wondered if you could do even better? To get to the next level in your career and financial life? To grow and protect your nest egg AND still enjoy today? Start feeling the ease of financial s... More

Ever wondered if you could do even better? To get to the next level in your career and financial life? To grow and protect your nest egg AND still enjoy today?  Start feeling the ease of financial security so you focus your time and energy on what you want.

Engineers are often described as analytical, detailed orientated, hard working and attempt to master all aspects in their life – from DIY projects at home to self directed investing.   This makes us very busy, often increases stress, and decreases focus on what will make one even more successful in life.     

This presentation will help put it all together.   To balance living a life for today and a life for tomorrow.  A review of what a holistic financial plan actually is, and will cover not only knowing what to do, but how.   If you can focus on what’s truly important – your career, health and relationships with friends/family, your net worth will increase automatically.

 

Bio:  Steve MacLellan, P.Eng

Steve specializes in working with engineers and professionals who want to take their financial lives to the next level.   He loves helping those who want to focus their time and energy on their family, career and community.  

 

Steve was a successful engineer, working out west, but his heart has always been in the Maritimes.  He wanted to raise his children here in the East Coast - to contribute and build the Maritimes so that they could stay and build their lives here.   He saw that the best way to achieve this goal was to change his career to become a financial professional.  He's now, The Financial Engineer.

 

Steve MacLellan, P.Eng

Cell: 902-240-6508

Email: steve@thefinancialengineer.ca

Web : www.thefinancialengineer.ca

Connect with me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/stevemaclellanpeng

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Data is everywhere. Cheap sensors, the Internet of Things (IOT) and several other technologies have increased exponentially the amount of data available to different organizations. Taking advantage... More

Data is everywhere. Cheap sensors, the Internet of Things (IOT) and several other technologies have increased exponentially the amount of data available to different organizations. Taking advantage of these data has become a key goal for many players at different levels and within different types of organizations. Data Science and Big Data methods have turned into key technologies for being able to extract useful information from these data. Data Scientist has frequently been tagged as the job of the future. This presentation will describe some of the challenges this flood of data raises, as well as some solutions that are available.  We will illustrate some of the advantages of Data Science and Big data through concrete examples. Finally, we will present some concrete initiatives at Dalhousie University designed with the goal of turning Nova Scotia into an important player in this data revolution.

 

Bio:

Dr. Luis Torgo is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Spatiotemporal Ocean Data Analytics and a Professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. He also holds appointments at the University of Porto, Portugal and at New York University, USA, where he has been teaching at the Master of Science in Business Analytics since 2014. At Dalhousie University, Dr. Torgo carries out his research in the context of the Institute for Big Data Analytics. His research revolves around the general area of Data Science, with a strong focus on Predictive Analytics for data with spatial, temporal or spatiotemporal dependencies. Recently, he has been focusing his work on modelling rare events, with applications to fraud detection, prediction of extreme values and monitoring activities for anticipating anomalous behavior. Dr. Torgo is also the CEO and one of the founding partners of KNOYDA a company devoted to training and consulting within data science.

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Join the Young Professionals Committee at the T-Room for pizza and trivia, hosted by the legendary Stan and Ben! The cost for the social is $5, which includes pizza and one drink.Registration is r... More

Join the Young Professionals Committee at the T-Room for pizza and trivia, hosted by the legendary Stan and Ben! 

The cost for the social is $5, which includes pizza and one drink. Registration is required for this event.

Sep 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Pre-registration for the Annual Business Meeting is not required but will assist us in ordering breakfast for those who attend. There isno costto attend the Annual Business Meeting. Join us befor... More

Pre-registration for the Annual Business Meeting is not required but will assist us in ordering breakfast for those who attend. 

There is no cost to attend the Annual Business Meeting. 

Join us before the AGM for breakfast and meet some of the students and organizations we support through our Student Affairs Committee.

9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
The Annual General Meeting will include a presentation from Engineers Canada, the incoming President of Engineers Nova Scotia, financial statements, introduction of new Council members and an oppor... More

The Annual General Meeting will include a presentation from Engineers Canada, the incoming President of Engineers Nova Scotia, financial statements, introduction of new Council members and an opportunity for members to ask questions regarding the business of the Association. 

There is no cost to attend this event and registration is not required, however breakfast is provided to those who attend so registration will inform the amount of food ordered. Members who attend will have two PD Participation hours added to their Professional Development Program record. 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
12:30Awards Luncheon ($40/person) Join us to celebrate the recipients of our awards below. Engineering Award - Craig Lake, P.Eng., and Jean Peinsznski, P.Eng. Young Engineer Award - Michelle MacI... More

12:30—Awards Luncheon ($40/person) Join us to celebrate the recipients of our awards below.

Engineering Award - Craig Lake, P.Eng., and Jean Peinsznski, P.Eng.

Young Engineer Award - Michelle MacIntyre, P.Eng.

S.L. Devereaux Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering - Eva Parada, P.Eng.

J.D. Fraser Service Award - Pemberton Cyrus, P.Eng.

Citizenship Award - Dara Woodman, P.Eng.


Tickets are $40/person

Tables are rounds of 8

If you wish to book a table for this event, please contact Christine@engineersnovascotia.ca

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Join the Young Professionals Committee for their annual panel discussion. This years discussion will focus on career development and advancement for Young Professionals. The panelists will be shari... More

Join the Young Professionals Committee for their annual panel discussion. This year’s discussion will focus on career development and advancement for Young Professionals. The panelists will be sharing advice for how to succeed when tackling the topics of salary negotiations, career transitions, and work-life balance. Panelists will be from a wide variety of backgrounds, including a young professional, an engineering manager, and also professionals from the fields of recruitment and human resources. 

There is no cost for this event. 

 

Austin McLennan-Consultant at Meridia Recruitment Solutions

Austin McLennan is a Recruitment Consultant focused in the Atlantic Canadian engineering, construction, and operations sectors.

Known for his relationship development, Austin brings a strong network to this position.  Originally from Edmonton, he was recruited to Halifax to play football with Saint Mary’s University in 2006 and has since made Halifax his home.

Austin’s previous recruitment specialization in engineering, industrial sales and supply chain management paired with his dedication to providing top quality service have enabled him to build a strong reputation that is highly respected amongst Industrial sectors throughout the Atlantic region. 

He holds a B. A, major in Psychology and Certificate in Human Resources Management from Saint Mary’s University. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family and is a committed volunteer with Feed Nova Scotia.

 

Holly N. Sampson-Chemical Engineer at CBCL

 

Holly Sampson, P.Eng., received a B.Sc.Eng., Chemical, in 2009, from the University of New Brunswick, and a M.A.Sc., Civil, in 2016, from Dalhousie University, specializing in water quality and treatment. In 2009, following graduation, Holly returned to Cape Breton to work as a member of the Independent Engineer team on the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project. During this time she gained experience in mine water treatment and the remediation of former mining properties. She joined CBCL Limited in 2013 and has worked on water and wastewater treatment, and municipal infrastructure planning and design projects. Most recently, she has been involved in the preliminary design of number of wastewater treatment plants in CBRM and the completion of a water system master plan for the Glace Bay water distribution system. Currently, Holly is on maternity leave following the birth of her first child, Annika Catherine, in February 2019.

 

 

Marc Skinner, PhD.

Senior Associate, Marine Technical Leader, Canada

 

Marc is a senior marine scientist and biostatistician involved in multiple ecosystem R&D initiatives. As a subject matter expert, Marc advises on and participates in environmental projects throughout North America. On the research side, he focuses on environmental monitoring using the newest technologies including remote sensing and environmental DNA (eDNA).

Currently, Marc and his colleagues are leading a multi-year R&D project on aquatic remote sensing using satellites, sonar, and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to map all three of Canada’s coastlines. Their goal? To increase the efficiency and accuracy of environmental monitoring.

An expert in environmental effects monitoring (EEM), marine ecology, sediment geochemistry, water quality, and remote sensing, Marc also aids marine, freshwater, and wildlife projects with design and data analysis. Outside of work, he serves as a Canadian Forces Army Reserve officer, is an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Graduate Studies, and enjoys time outdoors with his growing family. 

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Celebrate the recipient of our most distinguished award, the F.H. Sexton Gold Medal to be presented to Carl Yates, P.Eng. Reception will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM and Dinner at 7pm. Tickets are $6... More

Celebrate the recipient of our most distinguished award, the F.H. Sexton Gold Medal to be presented to Carl Yates, P.Eng.  Reception will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM and Dinner at 7pm.

Tickets are $60/person
Tables are rounds of 8

If you wish to book a table for this event, please contact Christine@engineersnovascotia.ca