Journalist and Engineers Showcase Engineering Achievement

YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's engineering 
profession will once again celebrate excellence in engineering during its 
annual Engineers Canada Awards Gala, held at the Weledeh Catholic School in 
Yellowknife. The event marks the inaugural year for an award for excellence in 
engineering journalism. 
Tyler Irving will take home the medal for his article, "Nature's 
Industrialists" published in Canadian Chemical News, on the use of advanced 
research in biotechnology to create "forest biorefineries." Irving's article 
uses accessible language to describe a critical yet complex technology for 
Canada's future chemical manufacturing from renewable resources. 
"We are so pleased to recognize the important role the media plays in making 
engineering accessible to Canadians," said Catherine Karakatsanis, FEC, FCAE, 
P.Eng., president of Engineers Canada. 
Also honoured this evening will be Elizabeth Cannon, FEC, P.Eng., who will 
receive the prestigious Gold Medal Award. Currently president of University of 
Calgary, Cannon is a former dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. Her 
research and teaching in the area of satellite navigation for land, air and 
marine applications have garnered Cannon an impressive international 
reputation as a leading engineer in the area of satellite navigation. 
"In addition to her research, Elizabeth Cannon is a passionate advocate for 
the importance of higher education in fostering the talents of young 
engineers," said Karakatsanis. "She and all the 2013 award recipients are 
leaders in their respective fields and in the profession. The recipients 
exemplify how positive contributions across the profession have an impact on 
communities, the environment and future generations." 
We are pleased that Ziya Tong, co-host of Discovery Channel's Daily Planet, 
will once again be our special host of the awards gala. 
The 2013 Engineers Canada Award recipients are: 

    --  Gold Medal Award - Elizabeth Cannon, FEC, P.Eng.
    --  Young Engineer Achievement Award - Goldie Nejat, Ph.D., P.Eng.
    --  Meritorious Service Award for Community Service - Mohinder S.
        Grover, FEC, Ph.D., P.Eng.
    --  Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service - M.G. (Ron)
        Britton, FEC, FCAE, P.Eng.
    --  Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession -
        Josephine Hill, P.Eng.
    --  Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering - Tyler Irving
    --  Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education - Arindom Sen,
    --  National Award for an Engineering Project or Achievement - BC
        Place Revitalization

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The Engineers Canada Awards are sponsored by Manulife Financial, TD Insurance 
Meloche Monnex, ENCON and the Great-West Life Assurance Company. Engineers 
Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial 
associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license 
the country's more than 250,000 members of the engineering profession.

William Meyer, Manager, Communications, Engineers Canada Tel: 613-232-2474, 
ext. 249

SOURCE: Engineers Canada

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