The highest distinction of the OIQ - Engineer A. Karel Velan receives the 2014 Grand Prix d'excellence from the Ordre des Ingé

 The highest distinction of the OIQ - Engineer A. Karel Velan receives the 2014  Grand Prix d'excellence from the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec  MONTREAL, May 16, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Engineer A. Karel Velan, founder of  Velan Inc., won the 2014 Grand Prix d'excellence 2014, the highest distinction  awarded by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec to its members. This prize has  been awarded every year since 1991 in recognition of outstanding professional  practice by a Québec engineer. The engineer who receives this prize serves as  a model for the profession and is known and recognized for his or her  visionary qualities, ability to innovative and social commitment.  "This prize recognizes the innovativeness, entrepreneurial spirit and  outstanding character that Mr. Velan has shown throughout his career," said  Stéphane Bilodeau, Eng., Ph.D., President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du  Québec, at the award ceremony held on May 13 in Montreal. "The Ordre des  ingénieurs du Québec is proud to have such a leader as one of its members,"  he added.  In the beginning of the 50s, Mr. Velan founded Velan Engineering Ltd. and  marketed his first product, a steam trap that he designed. This was the first  of many innovative products that would earn this engineer around a dozen  patents. Since then, Velan Engineering has become a world leader in the field  of industrial valves. The firm, which is headquartered in Montreal, currently  employs about 2,000 people at 17 production facilities worldwide.  Its founder generously gives his time and resources to help others. One  example of this is the Maison Olga, a women's' shelter run by the non-profit  organization La rue des Femmes. Mr. Velan is also an astronomy enthusiast and  has published two works in this field. As an inventor and a philanthropist, he  has provided funding to the Astrolab of Mont Mégantic and to the Velan  Astronomy Pavilion in Mont-Tremblant.  Mr. Velan has received many awards and distinctions for his contributions to  the profession, humanitarian causes and business: He was named a Fellow of the  Canadian Society for Senior Engineers in 2013 and a Knight of the National  Order of Québec in 2005; he received the Canada Export Award from Foreign  Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in 1991.  Through its policy on rewarding professional excellence, the OIQ seeks to  recognize the achievements of engineers whose careers offer an example of how  the values of the profession can be fulfilled: competence, responsibility,  ethics, and social commitment. The recipient of this prize is also chosen on  the basis of his or her leadership, know-how and self-management skills.  About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec Founded in 1920, the Ordre des  ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of approximately 60,000 engineering  professionals in all fields, except forest engineering. The mission of the OIQ  is to ensure the protection of the public by supervising the practice of the  profession within the framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the  profession serves the public interest. For more information, go to  APPENDIX  RECIPIENTS OF THE GRAND PRIX D'EXCELLENCE The highest distinction awarded by  the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec            Year           Recipient                        Title                                             (when the file was submitted)     ---                                     ----------------------------         1991  Mr. Camille A. Dagenais,               Eng.                           Former President, SNC Group         ---- -------------------------       ---------------------------         1992 Mr. Roger Nicolet, Eng.         President, Nicolet Chartrand                                                         Knoll         ----      -----------------------   -----------------------------         1993 Mr. Roland Doré, Eng.        President, Canadian Space Agency         ---- ---------------------        --------------------------------         1994 Mr. Roger Blais, Eng.               Professor Emeritus                                                  École Polytechnique     ---                                          -------------------         1995  Ms. Michèle Thibodeau               DeGuire, Eng.                        CEO, Centraide         ---- ----------------------                --------------         1996 Mr. Guy Saint-Pierre, Eng.        President, SNC-Lavalin         ---- --------------------------        ----------------------         1997 Mr. Claude Chamberland, Eng. Executive Vice President, Alcan         ---- ---------------------------- -------------------------------         1998 Mr. Jean-Guy Paquet, Eng.     CEO, National Optics Institute         ---- -------------------------     ------------------------------         1999 Mr. Frank A. Dottori, Eng.          President - Tembec         Tie                           ---                              ---               Ms. Danielle W. Zaïkoff,               Eng.                         Expert Engineer - Hydro-Québec     ---      -------------------------     ------------------------------         2000 Mr. Jean-Guy René, Eng.                 CEO (Peru)                                              Hydro-Québec International     ---                                      --------------------------         2001 Mr. Fassi Kafyeke, Eng.             Department Manager                                                 Advanced Aerodynamics                                                 Department, Bombardier                                                        Aerospace     ---                                        ----------------------         2002 Mr. Élie Saheb, Eng.               CEO, James Bay Energy                                                      Corporation         ----         --------------------      ----------------------         2003 Mr. René Dufour, Eng.        Chair of the Board, Niocan inc.         ---- ---------------------        -------------------------------         2004 Mr. Pierre Bouchard, Eng.         President, STAS-UNIGEC         ---- -------------------------         ----------------------         2005 Mr. André Harvey, Eng.            Former President, Bureau                                               d'audiences publiques sur                                                 l'environnement (BAPE)         ----       ----------------------     -------------------------         2006 Mr. Bernard Lamarre, Eng.         Consultant, SNC-Lavalin         ---- -------------------------         -----------------------         2007 Mr. Martin Roy, Eng.             President, Martin Roy and                                                       Associates         ----         --------------------    --------------------------         2008 Mr. Pierre Desjardins, Eng.     President, Les produits N.C.                                                          ltée         ----  ---------------------------   -----------------------------         2009 Mr. André Bazergui, Eng.               CEO of CRIAQ                                               Professor Emeritus, École                                                     Polytechnique     ---                                      --------------------------         2010 Mr. Wilfrid Morin, Eng.      President and CEO of Teknika HBA         ---- -----------------------      --------------------------------         2011  Mr. Robert Louis Papineau,    CEO of École Polytechnique de               Eng.                                     Montréal         ---- ---------------------------   ------------------------------         2012 Mr. Serge Gendron, Eng.            President, AGF Steel         ---- -----------------------            --------------------         2013  Mr. Pierre-Claude Aïtcin,               Eng.                               Professor Emeritus                                               Université de Sherbrooke     ---                                       ------------------------         2014 Mr. A. Karel Velan, Eng.        Founder of Velan Engineering                                                          Ltd.         ----     ------------------------   -----------------------------    SOURCE  Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec  Aline Vandermeer, Communications Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs  Department, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Tel.: 514 845-6141 or 1 800  461-6141, extension 3253  Image with caption: "From left to right : Mr. Stéphane Bilodeau, Eng.,  President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and Mr. A. Karel VelanEng.,  founder of Velan Inc., at the award ceremony. (CNW Group/Ordre des ingénieurs  du Québec)".  Image available at:  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  CO: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec ST: Quebec NI: ENT WNEWS  
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