[Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba - Ingenium Conference 2021] [2021]

WELCOME TO INGENIUM 2021

From your home, your office, or wherever in the world you may be, join your fellow practitioners as Ingenium 2021 goes virtual! Gain valuable professional development hours and get involved with the Association without having to leave your desk.

Message from the President

[President]

Welcome to Ingenium 2021

Ingenium is an opportunity for us to collaborate as fellow professionals to better both ourselves and our professions by coming together to share ideas, learn, and network. Like last year, we are in a virtual format. This provides some added flexibility in attending the sessions. With the increase in content this year, it enhances your opportunities for interaction and enhanced access to the Professional Development Seminars, via your registration fee.

This year's keynote sessions focus on the circular interconnectedness of our relationships, communities, and natural systems. These are topical themes of late and are also very important to the future of our practice. The Tuesday morning keynote, Wahkohtowin: The Interconnectedness of Design and Engineering by Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT, speaks to these important themes from the sacred Indigenous origins of these perspectives. The Wednesday keynote, Hey Siri, Make Me Happier, by Dr. Gillian Mandich, will explore the themes around our own mindsets, especially during these challenging times. Our third keynote on Thursday, by Kirsten Marcia, P.Geo., Inspiring Clean Energy Diversification, Having the Courage to Pivot and Make a Difference will speak to the outlooks of our future in energy. Other sessions speak to important strategic initiatives of the Association, on topics such as climate change and climate resiliency, risk management, and equity and representation. Additional sessions are tied to important professional development topics such as employee engagement, skills in negotiations, Indigenous ethics perspectives, along with various other development opportunities. I encourage you all to attend as many sessions as you are able. With the virtual format there are many opportunities.

On behalf of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, I would like to thank you for taking the time to better both yourself and our professions by attending. Continue to build your skills with an eye toward the future, but let us also continue to recognize, respect, and honour the past. I wish you all the best in your pursuits.

Jason Mann, P.Geo., FGC
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba President (2020-2021)

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 14, 2021
Meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.
Online
Complimentary, Pre-Registration is Required

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association shall be held in the Province of Manitoba on any date after September 10, but prior to October 31, in each year as Council may decide. Interns, professional members, and councillors are entitled to be present; any other person may be admitted by invitation of the President or with the consent of those present who are entitled to vote, as per By-law 13.5.

Nomination to the Public Interest Review Committee will take place under No. 13 - Other Business as per By-law 13.1(d) on the agenda. Both the nominator and nominee must be present at the online meeting.

2021 Agenda and Reports
Past Business Meeting Info

Professional Development Seminars

Live Session Schedule

[Live Schedule]

(PDF Schedule)

Daily Live Sessions

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Wahkohtowin; The Interconnectedness Of Design And Engineering Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT
Join local engineering intern Mihskakwan James Harper for this opening keynote presentation on the parallels of systems level engineering design and the approach of interconnectedness. The keynote will consider where gaps exist in the standard engineering approach versus a holistic and multigenerational perspective. This insightful session will explore the consequences of the traditional engineering method and why the wisdom of Indigenous design is so needed in this time.
[Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT]
Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT
Mihskakwan James Harper is from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 8, Alberta. He is currently a Development Analyst at NRStor Inc., a Canadian energy storage developer. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has recently completed a Master of Science in Renewable Energy from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Ecole Polytechnique, with entrepreneurial training from Esade Business School.

Mihskakwan James is passionate about clean energy futures and meaningful climate action that is led by Indigenous peoples and youth, aligning with his work at SevenGen and Student Energy. He loves his family and his community, now and generations ahead, which inspires him to work on energy storage and renewable energy projects to build a future that is sustainable and empowers all.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Interactive Workshop How To Listen To Your Clients, Customers, And Colleagues Lisa Moretto
Most of us are born with the ability to hear. Unfortunately most of us assume that means we know how to listen. Maybe you've heard the term "active listening", but what does that mean? Listening is a skill and, just like learning to play an instrument or a sport, you need to study the concepts and practise. Very few people take the time or have the opportunity to become better listeners, but developing a reputation as a good listener will enhance your relationships with clients, customers, and colleagues.

In this interactive session, Lisa will explore the five types of listening and provide opportunities to practise techniques for becoming a more professional listener. The session will also consider the difference between hearing and listening so participants can gain a better understanding of how we listen and the barriers to effective listening.
Sponsored by Bockstael Construction
[Lisa Moretto]
Lisa Moretto
Lisa is the President of RGI International, Inc. and has 27 years' experience teaching business and technical communication courses. She has taught at the School of Engineering at the Rochester Institute for Technology and is a Past President of the Rochester Engineering Society, in addition to being a member of IEEE Professional Communication Society. RGI's Manitoba clients include Manitoba Hydro, Richardson International, Health Canada, and several engineering firms.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication and a Master of Science in User Interface Design. She has co-authored four books with Ron Blicq, including Get to the Point!, Guidelines for Report Writing, in addition to Technically Write! with Prentice Hall, and Writing Reports to Get Results with the IEEE Press. She consistently receives positive reviews about her ability to be an engaging and interactive presenter and is a regular annual presenter with the Get to the Point! technical writing course for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. Lisa has worked for IBM and Hewlett-Packard as a professional technical communicator and continues to teach technical professionals that they too are technical communicators.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Networking Hour
Join fellow Ingenium attendees for informal networking, taking place online using the Gather platform. Gather is a proximity-chat platform that mimics real-life mingling, allowing you to walk your avatar around the networking event space and talk to those who are near to you.
[gather.town]
Gather.town
Stay tuned for more details.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Panel How Will Climate Change Affect Your Future Practice?
This session will present the climate change challenges facing engineers and geoscientists and provide an opportunity for attendees to suggest solutions. Attendees will hear how Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia is preparing their practitioners to search for and adopt solutions in their practice that are both adaptive and resilient, including reducing greenhouse gases, and how Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba plans to prepare its practitioners for the future.
Sponsored by Stantec

[Mary Agnes Welch] Mary Agnes Welch is a partner at Probe Research Inc. where she helps associations, non-profit and government clients understand what the public thinks about big policy issues and why. Her work designing public opinion surveys, focus groups, and data-driven research projects has helped clients understand everything from public views on road safety to curbside food waste collection to climate change. Prior to joining Probe in 2016, Mary Agnes was an award-winning political and policy reporter with The Winnipeg Free Press. Mary Agnes earned an honours undergraduate history degree from the University of Alberta and a master's degree from Columbia University's journalism school. Mary Agnes is the chair of the board of the Westminster Housing Society, which builds and manages low-income housing in West Broadway. She also sits on the board of the Exchange District BIZ.

[Curt Hull, P.Eng.] Curt Hull, P.Eng. has been Project Director of Climate Change Connection since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for 25 years managing quality in a global electronics design and manufacturing enterprise. With Climate Change Connection, he works on climate change solutions with groups involved in active transportation, public transportation, sustainable buildings, sustainable energy, and local food and agriculture. He is a consultant with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and works on sustainability projects with Northern Manitoba First Nations communities. Curt is on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Building Manitoba and Climate Reality Project Canada. Most recently, Curt was lead author of "Manitoba's Road to Resilience: A community climate action pathway to a fossil fuel free future".

[Jeff O'Driscoll, P.Eng., IRP] Jeff O'Driscoll, P.Eng., IRP is a leader in assessing climate change resilience on infrastructure and holds the designation of Infrastructure Resiliency Professional (IRP). Jeff is a civil engineer with 30 years' experience in engineering consulting. He was involved in the first project applying the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Engineering Protocol climate risk assessment process developed by Engineers Canada for the City of Portage la Prairie Waterworks Infrastructure. He has worked across Canada and internationally on climate change resilience and knowledge transfer projects. Jeff is the Infrastructure Division Manager for Associated Engineering's Winnipeg office. Jeff is a member of the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Sustainable Development Task Group, an Association of Consulting Engineers of Manitoba Director, an American Waterworks Association Director, a member of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Climate Change Committee, an Associate for the Climate Risk Institute, in addition to chairing Associated Engineering's Climate Change Advisory Group.

[Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng.] Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng., registered with both Engineers and Geoscientists BC and APEGA, possessing over 10 years of experience in environmental regulation and oversight with in-depth understanding of municipal, provincial, and federal regulatory requirements. At Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Harshan manages programs and initiatives that includes provincial and municipal government outreach to address sustainability and climate change adaptation and mitigation in the practice of the professions. He provides staff support for Engineers and Geoscientists BC's Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Groups and plays a key role in supporting the implementation of the BC Association's Climate Change Action Plan.

[Dr. Malcolm Shield, P.Eng.] Dr. Malcolm Shield, P.Eng. is a Project Management Professional with more than 15 years' experience in carbon management and low carbon technology. For six years, Malcolm was the lead advisor to the Mayor and Council of the City of Vancouver and senior management on all matters related to greenhouse gases and emissions reduction. Malcolm has sat on advisory committees for the World Bank, the Province of British Columbia, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Electric Mobility Canada, and UC Davis, California. He brings international perspectives through his work with the C40 initiative to develop evidence-based carbon reduction targets and climate action plans. After two years of leading climate action work through the consulting sector, he recently joined Wesgroup Properties as their Vice President - Sustainability, to lead their low-carbon utility work and environmental social governance planning.

[Trina Semenchuk] Trina Semenchuk is an Environmental Engineer In Training at KGS Group. She is a recent graduate passionate about building sustainable and resilient communities. Trina is on her way to becoming a leader in the sustainability field where she has been a research assistant on the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Project and has assisted in developing the Environment and Climate Change Plan for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. Trina is a recent recipient of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Marie Carter award where she was recognized as an ambassador for women studying engineering.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Carbon Capture, Utilization, And Storage Potential In Canada Marcia Couëslan
Interest in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) has exploded in the last 12 to 18 months in Canada with the advent of the federal carbon tax and Clean Fuel Standard. Large carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters from multiple sectors will be under increasing policy and financial pressure to address their CO2 emissions. The Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) is one of the optimal locations in Canada to pursue CCUS opportunities.

CCUS projects present unique technical and regulatory requirements that go beyond oil and gas projects. Most of the storage capacity in the WCSB lies within deep saline aquifers where relatively little geologic or reservoir characterization has taken place. As a result, a heavy emphasis is put on site characterization. CCUS projects are required to have risk-based measurement, monitoring, and verification (MMV) plans that monitor the development of the CO2 and associated pressure plumes in the storage formation. The MMV plan must monitor the overburden for any indications of out of zone CO2 or brine migration that might endanger groundwater. MMV plans deploy a range of technologies in order to meet regulatory requirements and to manage project risks related to storage. Monitoring data must be integrated and used to calibrate subsurface storage models.
Sponsored by CTTAM
[Marcia Couëslan]
Marcia Couëslan
Marcia Couëslan is originally from Brandon, Manitoba and has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She worked as a Geophysicist for Schlumberger Oilfield Services prior to doing her master's in geophysics at the University of Calgary, where her thesis focused on monitoring the Pembina Cardium CO2 Pilot Project using downhole seismic methods. Marcia spent seven years at Schlumberger Carbon Services where she worked on CCUS projects across North America, including the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project, TransAlta Project Pioneer, and the PTRC Aquistore Project. Since her time at Schlumberger, Marcia worked on the Shell Quest Project in Alberta and for Battelle Memorial Institute on commercial CCUS projects in the United States. Currently, Marcia is the Principal Geophysicist and MMV Lead at Vault 44.01. She is a recognized expert in the design and implementation of risk-based MMV plans for CCS projects.

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fitness Session
Sponsored by Proforma TouchStone

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Interactive Workshop Practical Root Cause Problem Solving Vern Campbell, P.Eng.
Structured, methodical, and practical problem solving, grounded in the scientific method (plan-do-check-adjust), provides the foundation for LEAN, Lean Six Sigma, or any continuous improvement initiative. Broadly deployed, systematic, methodical, and practical problem solving dramatically improves an organization's performance and is the foundation for engaging and developing the potential of its people. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the foundational seven-step problem solving method and provide a strategy for deploying practical problem solving throughout your organization.
Sponsored by Buhler Versatile Inc.
[Vern Campbell, P.Eng.]
Vern Campbell, P.Eng.
Vern Campbell, P.Eng., MBA, is the Principal and Owner of Process Management, a leading Winnipeg-based management consulting firm that specializes in Lean Six Sigma transformations within the context of strategic enterprise improvement. Vern was formerly General Manager of CML Northern Blower where he worked with TSSC (Toyota's consulting subsidiary) to learn and apply TPS to a "job shop" manufacturing environment. Vern is also an Engineer-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba where he teaches Operational Excellence at the Price Faculty of Engineering. Vern is also an Master of Business Administration sessional lecturer in Sustainable Lean Management at the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and frequently guest lectures and presents on the topic of leading business transformations globally.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Risk Management In Engineering: Not Just Another Failure Mode And Effects Analysis! Insights From The Biomedical Field Ian Maclean, P.Eng.
Medical device engineering development teams are required to comply with a formal risk management procedure if they hope to market their devices and support patient diagnosis and treatment. Often teams choose to use ISO 14971:2019 - Application of risk management to medical devices, to meet this requirement, but implementing a risk management procedure is not just a matter of conducting a "simple" failure mode and effects analysis exercise. Using real-life examples and a case study, Ian will help participants clearly grasp the terms and concepts of effective risk management, items that often allude even the most senior teams.
Sponsored by W4 Project Services Inc.
[Ian Maclean, P.Eng.]
Ian Maclean, P.Eng.
While in his first year of engineering studies at the University of Manitoba, Ian attended the opening of the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, named after his great-grandfather. This formative event sparked a wild curiosity for the practice of medicine, and Ian has since meshed his two passions together by serving as the Director of Engineering for Koven Technology Canada, a vascular diagnostics company. Ian has delivered medical technology to the marketplace ever since, and has a passion for medical device innovation. He excels at new product development and has provided successful leadership on a wide range of medical device projects from concept to launch.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Hey Siri, Make Me Happier Dr. Gillian Mandichlunch delivery option
Technology is often a key ingredient to being efficient, effective, and successful, however, the grass is not always greener in cyberspace. Our modern relationship with technology is also making it more difficult to switch off and unplug, which is taking a toll on our energy, draining our happiness, and taxing our mental health.

Join Dr. Gillian Mandich as she examines the ways that technology is changing our behaviour along with the direct and indirect effects of social media and smartphone addiction. Using fresh insights based on the latest research, participants will learn how to effectively leverage technology as a tool to enhance performance, increase well-being, and boost happiness.
Sponsored by Canada Life

Enjoy lunch delivered to your door!
Registrants in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Thompson can opt to have lunch delivered to them for this session for just $5! Limited quantities available, delivery area restrictions apply, more details on the registration page.

[Friends of Engineering]
Lunch sponsored by Friends of Engineering
[Dr. Gillian Mandich]
Photo Credit - Ashley Cooper
Dr. Gillian Mandich
Dr. Gillian Mandich has a PhD from Western University in Health Science and her primary areas of research are happiness and health. She is the founder of The International Happiness Institute of Health Science Research, a Research Associate at The World Database of Happiness based out of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Co-Lead Investigator for The Canadian Happiness At Work Study. She is also a part of the Meant2Prevent research team at SickKids and regularly appears in the media on programs such as The Social, Marilyn Denis, Breakfast Television, The Morning Show, and CBC, in addition to being a top-rated keynote and TEDx speaker.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Pandemic Pivot: Manitoba Manufacturing Case Study Ryan Olson, EIT, Trevor Penner, EIT, and Heather Smart, P.Eng.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, engineering has played a vital role in effective detection, treatment, and the safety of our communities. The team at Winnipeg-based Precision ADM were relied upon by the provincial and federal governments to produce nasopharyngeal swabs and reusable N95 respirators, two products their company did not manufacture before 2020.

Team leads Trevor Penner, EIT, and Ryan Olson, EIT, are joined by the Director of Engineering, Heather Smart, P.Eng., for this fireside chat exploring the challenges and opportunities the company faced and delving into the process of designing and manufacturing critical new medical equipment during a worldwide pandemic.
Sponsored by Buhler Versatile Inc.

[Ryan Olson, EIT] Ryan Olson, EIT is the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Engineering Manager at Precision ADM, a Winnipeg company specializing in metal 3D printing and medical device manufacturing. Ryan has been working as an engineer intern in the 3D-printing industry for over four years, where he has managed projects in the medical, aerospace, and energy sectors. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan led Precision ADM's efforts to design and manufacture a 3D-printed nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 testing. He oversaw the ramp up of a production cell with over 100 SLA printers used to manufacture 6 million swabs for the Canadian Government. Most recently, his team has been focused on helping medical device companies bring new devices to market including 3D-printed orthopedic implants. Before Precision ADM, Ryan worked in variety of roles in the Winnipeg aerospace and HVAC industries.

[Trevor Penner, EIT] Trevor Penner, EIT started his engineering career at Motor Coach Industries where he provided production support and managed several large projects as part of the Sustaining Engineering team. After 2 years he moved to Precision ADM as the Lead Medical Project Manager where he was responsible for the management and engineering of medical projects at the company. In early 2020 Precision ADM saw an opportunity to support the Province of Manitoba as well as Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under a new division called PADM Medical the company offers nasopharyngeal swabs, N95 re-usable respirators, and single-use procedure masks. During this time Trevor transitioned from his role in the additive manufacturing side of the business to grow and lead a team of engineers to develop and deploy N95 re-usable respirators called Precision Air. Trevor continues to work in this capacity as the Engineering Manager for new product development.

[Heather Smart, P.Eng.] Heather Smart, P.Eng., began her engineering career at a small manufacturing company that made engine block heaters for the automotive industry. After two years, she moved to StandardAero where she worked in different mechanical engineering roles supporting the T56 engine, eventually becoming a subject matter expert in component repair. After 13 years in the aerospace industry, Heather left the workforce to earn a master's degree specializing in aerospace superalloys. With newly acquired academic experience, she took on an applied research role at Red River College where she participated in procurement and installation of major capital assets to support collaborative industrial research projects and facilitate commercialization of emerging technologies. Heather gained proficiency in advanced manufacturing during her time at RRC, which prepared her for her current role as Director of Engineering at Precision ADM. She now leads a growing team of engineers performing multiple disciplines to support manufacturing for the medical, aerospace, and energy sectors. Throughout her career, Heather has maintained a dedication to the recruitment and retention of women in engineering, volunteering as a mentor, and serving on committees that coordinate events such as conferences, speaker series, networking, grade school STEM programs, and Girl Guide Engineering Badge Day.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Career Change - From Field To Leader Tafa Gomwe Kennedy, P.Geo.
Most of our leaders in the mining industry began somewhere, usually starting out as a summer student during their undergraduate studies. Today, they make decisions within our companies or are owners of their own world renowned enterprises. Times were different 20 years ago for career advancement in the mining or exploration industry, we hear this all the time. Young professionals today may consider changing careers due to changes in the economic environment or lifestyle. Whatever the reasons may be, it is worth understanding that you are not the first or the only one going through this tough decision. It is part of professional development and growth to be able to thrive through change, be it internal or external. Join in a continuing discussion and share experiences, challenges, and triumphs in changing careers from geologist or engineer to leadership.
Sponsored by The Personal Insurance Company
[Tafa Gomwe Kennedy, P.Geo.]
Tafa Gomwe Kennedy, P.Geo.
Dr. Gomwe is the Director of Mining, Oil, and Gas with the Province of Manitoba and has over 20 years' experience in the exploration and mining industry in South Africa, Tanzania, Quebec, and Ontario. Dr. Gomwe obtained her BSc from Rhodes University, her MSc from Pretoria University, and her PhD from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi.

Tafa has worked as a nickel and PGE deposit geologist in Raglan and Kabanga for Xstrata Nickel and as a consultant geologist in Quebec, which allowed her to roam in and around the Abitibi greenstone belt dealing with gold and base metal deposits. After a time in industry, Dr. Gomwe's call to the public service began with the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development, and Mines in Ontario with the Resident Geologist Program and the Mining Lands Division.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Inspiring Clean Energy Diversification, Having The Courage To Make A Difference Kirsten Marcia, P.Geo.
As a female geologist in the midst of her geology resource career in Saskatchewan, Kirsten contemplated if it was time to try something new during the junior resource industry boom in 2010. She had earned experience in traditional resources and chose to take a risk to develop a brand new renewable energy resource for Canada. Of course, big challenges like launching a new Canadian clean energy resource need money and time to achieve small milestones. It hasn't been easy, and Kirsten was not afraid of change and learned how to pivot and not give up when faced with numerous roadblocks. She learned that what defines a win might require 100 failures and pivots along the way. Listen to Kirsten's story and how she and Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP) are soon to embark on building Canada's first geothermal power plant in southern Saskatchewan with the support of SaskPower, the Federal government, and numerous equity investors.
Sponsored by MLT Aikins LLP
[Kirsten Marcia, P.Geo.]
Kirsten Marcia, P.Geo.
Kirsten Marcia, P.Geo., is both a professional geoscientist and a resource entrepreneur who has participated in the formation and early-stage development of several Saskatchewan resource companies. For the last ten years she has been the pioneer and key driving force behind the development of Canada's soon to be first geothermal power generation site. Kirsten is using her previous experience gained from developing traditional resources to develop an entirely new, clean energy resource for the province of Saskatchewan.

Kirsten has worked in the resource exploration industry for more than 20 years in a number of roles for publicly traded companies - Northern Saskatchewan mapping and prospecting, VP Exploration, International Director of Investor Relations, CEO - while contributing to the exploration and development of resources regarding diamonds, gold, base metals, coal, petroleum, and most recently, renewable energy. As an articulate champion of Canadian innovation, Kirsten has long been an active in the community and regularly speaks about geology, the resource industry and geothermal energy.

Kirsten is the founder, President and CEO of DEEP Earth Energy Production (DEEP). A private company, DEEP focuses on developing geothermal resources to meet Saskatchewan's - and Canada's - increasing energy needs with sustainable, baseload renewable power and industrial heating applications. She is a geology graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and a professional geoscientist registered in the Province of Saskatchewan.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Fitness Session
Sponsored by Dillon Consulting Limited

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Interactive Workshop Unleashing Your Strengths Jane Helbrecht
What are the unique strengths you bring to your work? What does it look like when you are thriving at work? In this session, Jane Helbrecht will dive into how to determine your greatest strengths and unleash them to do your best work and reach your personal or professional goals. Learn to identify your strengths, find your most productive time, and deal with your weaknesses in this interactive session.
Sponsored by Bockstael Construction
[Jane Helbrecht]
Jane Helbrecht
As a Partner with Acuity HR, Jane leads the Training and Leadership Development division. She is a dynamic speaker who delivers training with an approach that focuses not only on knowledge and skills, but also on shifting attitudes and building habits for long term meaningful change. Organizations trust Jane with their leadership development to shift team dynamics so that teams can focus, get work done, and have fun while they do it.

Prior to joining Acuity HR, Jane worked as an HR professional in generalist and manager roles where she developed her expertise in employee relations, coaching, training and development, and employee benefits. Jane has had the opportunity to build and facilitate training programs in several past roles for a variety of industries.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Strengthening Professional Practice By Merging Common Ethical Education And Indigenous Ethics John Desjarlais, P.Eng.
This session explores the practice of engineering through the lens of an Indigenous engineering practitioner and the application of Cree language concept of Mino Pimachisowin - to live a good life. This session begins by highlighting the infrastructural needs of Indigenous communities in Canada and asks if engineering is working in the Indigenous community. The session then seeks to engage how the engineering profession can assist those needs and close the access gap that exists between the profession and Indigenous communities. The focus will not be on process, but on the professional and their engagement with their own ethical practice. The session will elaborate on how the Code of Ethics from the engineering profession is complimented by the cultural values of Indigenous peoples, using Cree as an example. Integrating Indigenous concepts, such as wahkohtowin, mino wichitowin, and tapwewin, into engineering would help to strengthen individual professional practice and improve access for Indigenous people through Indigenization of the profession.
Sponsored by FWS Group of Companies
[John Desjarlais, P.Eng.]
John Desjarlais, P.Eng.
John Desjarlais Jr; Nehinaw (Cree) - Métis from Kaministikominahikoskak (Cumberland House), Saskatchewan with proud ties in Treaty 4. John started his career in 2001 in the mining industry and worked in a variety of roles including environment and safety, maintenance, and reliability engineering management. During this time, he completed an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and a master's in business administration. John now proudly serves as the General Manager of Great Plains Contracting, an industrial construction company whose primary owner is FHQ Developments.

John proudly makes time for community and serves his engineering regulator (APEGS) as President-Elect. John is also involved as either Director or Chair with the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, Canadian Indigenous Advisory Council and Indigenous Resource Network, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. John is currently in the home stretch of completing his Master's in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) through the University of Saskatchewan.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Modern Methods For Estimating Climate Change Impacts On Water Supply In Manitoba Scott Pokorny, EIT, and Hank Venema, P.Eng.
Modeling water supply in the Canadian prairies is considered to be one of the most challenging hydrologic modeling tasks. The prairie province of Manitoba has recently suffered from notable droughts at the southern edge where most of the agricultural activities are conducted. In this presentation, a large scale hydrologic model of the river systems impacting southern Manitoba will be presented along with a discussion about overcoming the various challenges of modeling such a complex hydrologic system. Various modern modelling methods were applied through model optimization, parameter estimation, and through the use of modern datasets. As the climate shifts, agricultural regions are of great interest since they represent an important feature in the Manitoba economy. The model is now applied to high performing climate change datasets to project water budgets into the future.
Sponsored by CTTAM

[Scott Pokorny, EIT] Scott Pokorny, EIT holds a Master's in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He has core expertise in high performance computing for hydrologic, water resources system, and hydraulic system optimization. Scott has worked at the University of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, and KGS Consulting conducting climate change research, uncertainty/risk analysis, hydrologic analysis, and environmental impact assessments. Scott's key project experience includes flood plain mapping for the Churchill River in Newfoundland, drought and flood studies in Manitoba, and river regulation impact assessments in Manitoba. With extensive hydrologic modelling experience on the Assiniboine, Red, and Boyne Rivers, Scott is an expert user of the HEC-HMS hydrologic model.

[Henry David (Hank) Venema, P.Eng.] Henry David (Hank) Venema, P.Eng. is a registered professional engineer in both Manitoba and Ontario. Hank holds a PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has core technical expertise in water resources engineering, hydrology, irrigation, systems optimization, climate resilience, and project economics. Hank has led water resources development, irrigation and hydropower projects in Canada, Africa, and Asia. His Canadian clients have included municipal, provincial, and federal government agencies as well as power utilities and private sector infrastructure investors. Hank has represented Canada on three Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments, including the Special Report on 1.5° warming in 2018. In 2012, a multi-disciplinary team led by Hank received the Sustainia 100 Award for developing one of the world's 100 best sustainability projects, The Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project.


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Networking Hour
Join fellow Ingenium attendees for informal networking, taking place online using the Gather platform. Gather is a proximity-chat platform that mimics real-life mingling, allowing you to walk your avatar around the networking event space and talk to those who are near to you.
[gather.town]
Gather.town
Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, October 29, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Interactive Workshop Key Skills For Creating And Claiming Value In Negotiations Lukas Neville
This session will familiarize attendees with the fundamentals of claiming value (distribution) and creating value (integration) at the negotiation table. It will explore and raise awareness of the specific concerns and challenges faced by women as negotiators and the need for individual and collective action to resolve this challenge. Through its interactive format, participants will have the opportunity for professional networking and peer guidance and mentorship around becoming a more effective negotiator.
Sponsored by Buhler Versatile Inc.
[Lukas Neville]
Lukas Neville
Lukas Neville is an assistant professor of organizational behaviour at the Asper School of Business. Lukas holds a PhD from the Smith School of Business at Queen's University. His research and teaching interests relate to trust, conflict, and negotiation.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Development Of Small Modular Reactors And Pinawa's Proposed Demonstration Remote Community Blair Skinner
The interest in Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to provide a cost-effective, safe, and reliable supply of electricity for remote, off-grid, communities and remote mining operations is growing rapidly worldwide. There are three main streams for SMRs including small reactors (<20 MW) for remote, off-grid communities, small reactors (up to 50 MW) for remote industrial sites such as mine sites, and SMRs in the 100-300 MW range that are intended to replace coal-fired generation. A review of the leading candidates will be presented.

Pinawa is the host of the Whiteshell Laboratories, a nuclear research site ideal for hosting SMR demonstration reactors. Pinawa has a vision for a comprehensive demonstration that will help to encourage remote communities to embrace this technology. The vision includes Pinawa being powered by the SMR and becoming the off-grid Demonstration Remote Community. The plan includes facilities to grow fresh vegetables year round in a harsh climate and other quality of life improvements. The vision also includes a Green Energy Park that will demonstrate the integration of energy from an SMR and renewable energies. This will be appealing to many communities and mining companies who have already begun to invest in renewable energy to reduce GHG emissions.
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[Blair Skinner]
Blair C. Skinner
Blair Skinner has a BSc and MSc in physics. His master's research was conducted at AECL's Whiteshell Laboratories, followed by 14 years as a Research Scientist in Materials Science. Noting that Pinawa was going to change due to the closure of the Whiteshell Laboratories, Blair decided to run for Council in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002. In 2006, he was elected Mayor and has been re-elected to Mayor for three more terms.

Over 23 years, he has been leading the way to developing a new economy for Pinawa and the region surrounding the Whiteshell Laboratories site. With the recent focus on building support for the demonstration of SMRs at Whiteshell Laboratories, he has developed the unique concept of the area becoming the Demonstration Remote Community powered by an SMR that will enable remote, off-grid communities to better visualize how the technology can change their lives for the better.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Employee Engagement - The Myths And The Reality Jane Helbrechtlunch delivery option
The term 'Employee Engagement' is starting to be used as a buzzword and is running the risk of losing its meaning. However, research shows that an engaged workforce and strong workplace culture is a clear competitive advantage. This keynote will focus on how to build and maintain a strong workplace culture and team through discussing the six things that you think impact a strong engaged workplace culture (but don't) and the one thing that does.

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Registrants in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Thompson can opt to have lunch delivered to them for this session for just $5! Limited quantities available, delivery area restrictions apply, more details on the registration page.

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Lunch sponsored by Canada Life
[Jane Helbrecht]
Jane Helbrecht
As a Partner with Acuity HR, Jane leads the Training and Leadership Development division. She is a dynamic speaker who delivers training with an approach that focuses not only on knowledge and skills, but also on shifting attitudes and building habits for long term meaningful change. Organizations trust Jane with their leadership development to shift team dynamics so that teams can focus, get work done, and have fun while they do it.

Prior to joining Acuity HR, Jane worked as an HR professional in generalist and manager roles where she developed her expertise in employee relations, coaching, training and development, and employee benefits. Jane has had the opportunity to build and facilitate training programs in several past roles for a variety of industries.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mass Timber Building Case Studies Jack Keays, P.Eng.
Using mass timber as a construction material is gaining more popularity in the private sector. The interest is driven by the move to more sustainable building practices and potential for panelized construction. This presentation discusses a series of projects, including 1475 Molson Street, Winnipeg [six storey cross laminated timber (CLT) building], 77 Wade Avenue in Toronto (eight storey mass timber and steel high-bred building), and V6 by R Hauz (six storey CLT building), all of which have their challenges and design solutions. Upcoming changes to the National Building Code of Canada, which will allow 12 storey mass timber buildings, will also be discussed.
[Jack Keays, P.Eng.]
Jack Keays, P.Eng.
Jack is an accomplished fire safety engineer and building code consultant based in Winnipeg, with project experience in Canada, Singapore, and the Middle East. Jack has been active in the industry for 14 years and has advanced analytical skills with the ability to recognize and address fire safety challenges. Jack has worked on over 40 mass timber buildings in North America and has been the principal engineer for many of the tall mass timber buildings currently in construction in Canada.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Target Zero: Where The Two Greens Meet Stephanie Chow and Dave Pancoe
The Forks in Winnipeg gets nearly four million visitors a year. That's a lot of garbage, a lot of toilets being flushed, a lot of exhaust from cars, and a lot of expensive power to heat and cool their buildings. They also have an impressive goal: zero garbage, zero water waste, and zero carbon emissions. Join Stephanie Chow and Dave Pancoe from the Forks Renewal Corporation as they discuss reaching operational efficiency through sustainability with Target Zero, the program taking every step to implement innovative and responsible environmental practices that are good for the planet and the bottom line.

[Dave Pancoe] Dave Pancoe as Manager, Operations for the Forks Renewal Corporation, oversees the operations for all The Forks Renewal Corporation's assets.

[Stephanie Chow] Stephanie Chow with a BSc in Geological Sciences from Indiana University and a master's from the University of Calgary, Stephanie now serves as Sustainability Technician for the Forks Renewal Corporation. She is a recognized expert in project management and service delivery, bringing her wealth of experience to The Forks managing their Target Zero Program.


On-Demand Sessions

30 By 30: Three Years In Lisa Stepnuk, EIT
In December 2017, the Council of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba approved an initial two years of funding to increase the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by the year 2030. This initiative, commonly referred to as '30 by 30', was introduced to engineering associations across Canada by Engineers Canada.

Join Lisa Stepnuk, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Director of Equity and Representation, for an insight into progress over the past three years, what effects are being seen, and what is already underway for the future of this initiative.
[Lisa Stepnuk, EIT]
Lisa Stepnuk, EIT
Lisa Stepnuk is the Director of Equity and Representation at Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, where she has worked on the initiative to have 30% of newly licensed engineers be women by 2030, since 2018. Lisa is a graduate of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba. She worked as an engineering intern at Building Alternatives Inc. designing straw bale, timber frame and cordwood residences, and commercial buildings. She also worked in Goose Bay, Labrador and Montreal, Quebec in the environmental engineering field, conducting Phase I site assessments of commercial and industrial sites. Lisa is a mother of three, a community organizer, and a DJ at queer dance parties and drag shows.

Clean Microgrid Development Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT
We will examine the assessment and feasibility of developing a clean microgrid in remote communities through a case study: Northlandia, modelled after the Hamlet of Arviat in Nunavut. The session will include describing clean microgrids, the development process, a technoeconomic study to size/design the system, remote/Arctic specific considerations, reviewing community development and project externalities, equitable and empowering partnerships, and actions for future work.
[Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT]
Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT
Mihskakwan James Harper is from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 8, Alberta. He is currently a Development Analyst at NRStor Inc., a Canadian energy storage developer. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has recently completed a Master of Science in Renewable Energy from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Ecole Polytechnique, with entrepreneurial training from Esade Business School.

Mihskakwan James is passionate about clean energy futures and meaningful climate action that is led by Indigenous peoples and youth, aligning with his work at SevenGen and Student Energy. He loves his family and his community, now and generations ahead, which inspires him to work on energy storage and renewable energy projects to build a future that is sustainable and empowers all.

Designing Your Documents For Readability Lori Marra
Have you ever had to read and reread a report or technical document over and over to understand it? Maybe you thought it was just the writing, but chances are, it wasn't designed with the reader in mind. Designing technical documents (emails, reports, proposals, specifications, and procedures), is a critical element of effective technical communication. In this session, Lori will introduce some basic, often overlooked, yet very effective ways to design your communications for your audiences to ensure they only need to read them once to understand.
Sponsored by Buhler Versatile Inc.
[Lori Marra]
Lori Marra
Lori is a Senior Consultant for RGI International and founder of the Centre for Technical and Engineering Leadership (CTEL). Her career in technical communication and training and leadership spans 38 years. For the last eight years, she has taught technical and professional communication for students in engineering programs at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). While at RIT, Lori designed, wrote, and hosted an RIT EdX online course on Visual Design for technical professionals, which over 1,000 professionals around the world have since taken. Lori has won many writing and design awards for technical manuals, reports, and training programs and is an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication.

How Compentency-Based Assessment Is Changing Admissions Chantelle Cabral and Claudia Shymko
Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) has arrived at Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and it represents a major shift in the admissions process. Join staff from the Admissions department to find out what exactly CBA is, how it works, and the impact it will have on new registrants with the Association.

[Chantelle Cabral] Chantelle Cabral is the Pre-Registration Program Coordinator at Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, where she coordinates the current Pre-Registration program requirements. In addition to the 15 years of service she brings to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, she is also an entrepreneur with background in business and project management.

When Chantelle is not travelling with her family, she is giving back to her community by volunteering. She currently sits on boards and committees for non-profit organizations in her community and fundraises for CancerCare Manitoba.

[Claudia Shymko] Claudia Shymko is the International Assessment Coordinator with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. Claudia helps the internationally trained engineers and geoscientists navigate the licensing process and is friendly, loyal, goal-oriented and dedicated to helping others. In her spare time she enjoys visiting with her family and friends, cooking, cleaning, and spending time outdoors.


Improving Building Health And Efficiency With Data Driven Solutions Dan Loewen, P.Eng.
Commercial buildings contribute to approximately one third of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Older buildings contribute a disproportionately greater percentage of GHG emissions and consume more energy than newer buildings, many of which are expected to have an occupancy lifespan of at least 50 additional years. Buildings old and new traditionally lack data (e.g. temperature, relative humidity, pressure), and the collection and analysis of relevant data is a historically time consuming and manual process which can be cost prohibitive for many building owners.

ioAirFlow is automating building data collection and analysis using wireless, low power, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to improve data resolution and accuracy, while reducing the cost of the manual equivalent. The reporting process is also primarily automated, generating succinct reports allowing building operators and owners to make informed decisions about how to optimize their building's efficiency, improve occupant well being, identify problems, and prioritize retrofits. This presentation will elaborate on the problem and describe how accurate data can contribute to the solution. It will discuss current and potential measurable variables, and the role that multivariate data analysis plays in the future of healthy and efficient buildings, concluding with additional applications of the technology.
[Dan Loewen, P.Eng.]
Dan Loewen, P.Eng.
Dan currently holds the role of Chief Technology Officer at ioAirFlow. He previously worked at Price Industries where he designed, managed, and supported HVAC products from conception to market release and beyond for over four years. Dan was then promoted to a design engineering manager, where he led a team of designers focused on product manufacturability, efficiency, and sustainability. He completed a Master's of Applied Science in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo with a focus on product design, simulation, and experimentation. He holds two bachelor degrees, one in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Manitoba and one in Mechanical Engineering from Lakehead University. Dan is a professional engineer registered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba since 2016.

Manitoba Hydro's Approach To Climate Change Resilience Michael Vieira, P.Eng.
Physical risks resulting from climate change have been on Manitoba Hydro's radar since the 1980s. These risks have the potential to affect our core business in several ways including water supply (generation), infrastructure (transmission, distribution, and generation), and energy demand. Managing shorter-term weather-related risk is familiar territory, however, substantial effort has gone into understanding how these risks may evolve in time with the changing climate. Recently, Manitoba Hydro initiated an internal Climate Change Opportunities Risks and Adaptation Working Group (CCORA) to more holistically assess climate risks and opportunities across the corporation. CCORA is working on an initial risk assessment with a goal to progress adaptation - one of five strategies that shape our response to climate change. Establishment of CCORA has improved internal awareness and connected subject matter experts with resources to obtain climate science information. In addition to advancing adaptation, CCORA has built Manitoba Hydro's internal capacity which has facilitated infrastructure-specific climate change resilience assessments. This presentation will provide an overview of activities underway including our climate change strategies, CCORA, climate adaptation, and infrastructure resilience assessments.
Sponsored by KGS Group
[Michael Vieira, P.Eng.]
Michael Vieira, P.Eng.
Michael Vieira is a Civil Engineer in the Water Resources Department at Manitoba Hydro. Michael joined Manitoba Hydro in 2010 and completed a part-time Master of Science degree in 2016. His graduate research focused on climate change impacts to extreme hydrological events including multi-year droughts. Michael has led technical climate studies for Manitoba Hydro on topics related to hydrology, energy demand, resource planning, infrastructure resilience, and in support of regulatory processes and licensing. Michael collaborates with researchers to improve applicability of climate and hydrological science to the engineering community and to meet Manitoba Hydro's needs.

The Act: Part 10 - Discipline Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC
The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act has 29 sections that provide a general framework for processing complaints. This framework is only the tip of the iceberg, however, when it comes to understanding our investigations and tribunals. Most members review this framework when writing the Professional Practice Test during their internship and never consider these processes again.

This session will provide participants with a chance to peek into the disciplinary system to get an understanding beyond the legalese. Michael Gregoire, Director of Professional Standards, will explain how investigations differ from tribunals through the presentation of several case studies. He will also discuss issues arising from conflicts of interest before previewing potential changes to the system.
[Mike Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC]
Mike Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC
Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, is the Director of Professional Standards at Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, where he has been working for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Association, Mike worked in consulting engineering for five years with a focus on structures and building envelope design and remediation, marrying his academic background in engineering with his undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Architecture. In the spring of 2017, Mike completed his MBA with a focus on leadership and corporate sustainability. As Director of Professional Standards, Mike's role includes the development of practice standards and guidelines, legislation, investigations of complaints against practitioners, the continuing competency program, and compliance with The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act. Outside the office, Mike enjoys spending his time coaching youth soccer and exploring national parks.

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Awards Ceremony

Friday, November 5, 2021
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Online, Complimentary

Register for Awards Ceremony

Join MC Anders Boulanger online for this year's virtual awards ceremony, honouring member achievements and corporate contributions in the fields of engineering and geoscience. Before and after the ceremony, enjoy mingling and networking with fellow attendees in our virtual event space.

Gourmet Picnic Sharing Box Add-On

Attendees in Winnipeg can opt to have a gourmet picnic box delivered to them before the afternoon's awards ceremony for just $20 plus GST!

Designed for two to share, each box features a selection of tea sandwiches, delectable desserts, shortbread cookies, and more, all made by a local bakery. Vegetarian option available. Limited quantities available, delivery restrictions apply.

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