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 
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
        ----      -----------------------   -----------------------------
        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
    ---                                        ----------------------
        2002 Mr. Élie Saheb, Eng.               CEO, James Bay Energy
        ----         --------------------      ----------------------
        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
        ----         --------------------    --------------------------
        2008 Mr. Pierre Desjardins, Eng.     President, Les produits N.C.
        ----  ---------------------------   -----------------------------
        2009 Mr. André Bazergui, Eng.               CEO of CRIAQ
                                              Professor Emeritus, École
    ---                                      --------------------------
        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
        ----     ------------------------   -----------------------------

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 
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