5:45-10:30pm • November 19, 2016
International Centre
Conference Centre, Orion Ballroom
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON

The Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) Gala is the province's most prestigious and anticipated engineering event of the year. Proudly co-presented by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), this annual gala brings industry innovators, business leaders and policy makers together to celebrate and be inspired by engineering excellence and achievement.

Engineering and Innovation

The theme of this year's OPEA Gala is Engineering and Innovation. Engineers make a substantial contribution to the economic growth of Ontario through their work as innovators and entrepreneurs, and play an important role in shaping the technological advances that keep our society moving forward. We hope you'll continue to be a part of this important event.


John Moore

Master of Ceremonies

Born and raised in Montreal, John Moore arrived in Toronto in 2003 to take over the afternoon show on NEWSTALK 1010 but was already a regular contributor to the morning show since 1999 – the show he currently hosts. Moore in the Morning, the informative morning show airs Monday to Friday 5:30AM – 9AM. John holds a degree in Communications from Concordia University and graduated from the School of Community and Public Affairs. He cut his teeth as a hard news reporter and anchor in the 1980s before moving into entertainment and arts reporting which involved fewer separatist rallies and more free wine. His movie reviews and freewheeling entertainment commentaries were a staple for years on several Montreal stations, NEWSTALK 1010 and Global Television. John was one of the founders of the award winning On the Spot Improv and spent years playing reporters and evil lawyers in film and television. He worked as a director and reporter at the French language CBC for two years before they decided his accent wasn't nearly as cute as everyone had thought. Moore also writes regularly for The National Post.

John Molloy

Keynote Speaker

John Molloy has been widely recognized for his contributions to the technology transfer landscape across Canada. He served as the President & CEO of PARTEQ Innovations, the technology commercialization organization at Queen's University, for 22 years.

He pioneered the creation of startup companies as a means of adding value to university discoveries, and he nurtured a generation of high-tech entrepreneurs at a time when support for such activities at universities was nonexistent.

In 2009 his vision for Canada's first national, collaborative, sector-specific commercialization centre was realized when PARTEQ became the first university-based technology transfer office to be awarded a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, namely GreenCentre Canada. His leadership led to the formation of 48 companies based on Queen's research, with more than $1.7 billion invested to date in those companies. At the same time, PARTEQ's activities returned more than $33 million to the university and its inventors.

Mr. Molloy has received the Queen's Distinguished Service Award, including Honorary Life Member status on University Council, the Kingston Technology Council's Champion Award, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) AUTM Canada Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the technology transfer community and he has been inducted into Kingston's Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Molloy is the currently Managing Director of Southeastern Ontario Angel Network (SOAN) and Chairman of the Regional Innovation Centre, Launch Lab. He is also Executive Chairman of ABcann Medicinals Inc and sits on the board of a number of other technology companies.


Professional Engineers Gold Medal

Larry Seeley, M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Chair and Chief Executive Officer,
Seeley Group

Through a spectacular commitment to research, pursuit of innovative technologies and strong entrepreneurial skills, Dr. Larry Seeley has become an internationally recognized leader in developing successful mining and metallurgical processes, and profitable Canadian businesses.

In 1971, Dr. Seeley began a 24-year career with Falconbridge Limited in Sudbury taking on several research and operational roles to enhance the recovery of nickel, copper and cobalt; and to improve the environmental impact of these operations by reducing emissions and restoring mining sites to greenfield conditions. In 1992, he took on the newly created role of vice president of environmental services, where he developed and implemented both environmental and safety accountability frameworks for every role within the organization. He also fostered remediation of approximately 100 Falconbridge properties across Canada and oversaw the creation of the company's first annual Public Environmental Report.

In 1995, he facilitated the management buyout of Lakefield Research Limited from Falconbridge and led its growth from 120 employees to over 1000 employees, and its evolution into the premier research and development facility for the mining industry with Canadian and international operations, serving nearly 50 per cent of all projects relating to the development of metal and mineral extraction processes worldwide. This, in part, led to his selection as a recipient of an Engineering Medal in the Entrepreneurship category at the 2003 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards gala.

Dr. Seeley and management sold Lakefield Research to SGS in 2002 and, two years later, he left to become president of start-up company Recapture Metals Limited, which would become a significant producer and recycler of gallium, a rare metal used in electronics, with facilities in Ontario, the United States and Germany. In 2009, Seeley negotiated its sale to Neo Material Technologies Inc., where he became vice president of corporate development.

In 2012, Dr. Seeley formed Seeley Group Ltd., which facilitates investments and development in commercial real estate, solar energy production, mining exploration and protein production from canola.

Throughout these endeavours, Dr. Seeley has maintained a keen interest in mentoring young engineers and developing the profession through his volunteer and financial support of numerous cultural, professional and educational institutions. These include the Canadian Metallurgical Society, the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Cambrian College and Science North.

Dr. Seeley has received numerous other awards such as Fellow and Past President's Memorial Medal of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; Honoree Life Member of Science North; Silver Medal of the Canadian Metallurgical Society; Industrial Practice Award of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers; induction into the Engineering Hall of Distinction at the University of Toronto; International Award of the Society of Chemical Industry; Governor Emeritus of Trent University; and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Engineering Medals

Engineering Excellence

George J. Anders, Ph.D., P.Eng.
President, Anders Consulting; Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

The contributions of George Anders to power engineering are recognized worldwide with the results of his work influencing today's standards and applied in practical applications in industry.

As a Canadian representative and a long-time co-convener of a working group of the International Electrotechnical Commission–the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology–Dr. Anders helps develop new computational techniques and new standards for power cable ampacity computations. He also discovered practical applications to power system planning and operations issues through numerous Canadian Electrical Association-sponsored projects on cable ampacity computations. A series of highly successful computer programs were developed as a result and have since become de facto industry standards for power cable rating calculations, in use by more than 1,000 institutions in 50 countries on five continents.

Dr. Anders also established new mathematical models and computer programs for power system modeling and reliability evaluation during 37 years with Ontario Hydro and its successor companies. During this time, he led several large projects related to predicting the remaining life of equipment; modeling maintenance activities and their impact on system reliability; selecting the best maintenance intervals for scheduled repairs; and developing methods to rank the most important lines and substations in high-voltage transmission networks. Several dynamic rating systems, whose software was designed by Dr. Anders, are used by major utilities across Canada and the United States.

His work with power cables also led to the development of novel techniques for dielectric fluid leak detection in pipe-type cables. These methods use a very small amount of measured information and employ artificial intelligence algorithms and probabilistic networks for decision making to achieve high detection capabilities for various rates of leaks, including those as small as 15 litres per hour. Several installations of the system are now being tested in North America.

The author of three books and over 90 published papers in several international journals, Dr. Anders is passionate about advancing power engineering and continues to influence the profession as a Professor at Lodz University of Technology and as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is a recipient of the 2016 IEEE Halperin Award in Transmission and Distribution for his contributions to the development of power cable rating methods.

Engineering Excellence

Vaughn Betz, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Already a pioneer in the modernization of programmable chip technologies as his career was just beginning, Dr. Vaughn Betz has since revolutionized their use to allow engineers to rapidly create new hardware systems and realize their design visions.

While pursuing his PhD degree in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T), Dr. Betz's doctoral research established a new architecture and design method for field programmable gate arrays (FPGSs), a major class of computer chips that can be completely reprogrammed in the field. This unique characteristic enables creation of custom computer chips for a wide range of purposes, such as Internet routers for faster communications and MRIs for more accurate medical diagnostics, or entirely new products.

To further FPGA architecture research, Dr. Betz a created a packing, placement and routing tool and methodology, known as Versatile Place and Route (VPR), which is now legendary in the FPGA field for being flexible, robust and accurate for area modelling and timing analysis. Today, VPR is the world's most commonly used toolset for modelling new FPGA ideas, downloaded by more than 180 companies and more than 1100 universities.

To commercialize his research, Dr. Betz co-founded Right Track CAD Corporation in 1998. Within two years the company grew to 10 engineers and over $2 million in annual revenue. In 2000, the company was acquired by Altera Corporation, a Fortune 1000 semiconductor company, to obtain exclusive access to its technology. Dr. Betz continued his work at Altera, with his group modifying VPR to support Altera FPGAs. The team also improved FPGA architecture development, which was used to design radically different generations of Altera FPGAs. Dr. Betz played a key role in the design of these new chips, as well as the algorithms needed to support them. The chips have generated more than $10 billion in revenue for the company and the technology is used by tens of thousands of engineers worldwide.

In 2011, Dr. Betz returned to U of T to lead an array of research projects as Associate Professor of Electrical and Computing Engineering, while continuing to improve algorithms and design software to make FPGAs smaller, cheaper, faster and more efficient.

Dr. Betz has published 65 papers in refereed journals and conferences, and holds 93 U.S. patents in the areas of FPGA architecture and computer-aided design.

Engineering Excellence

John T.W. Yeow, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor, Systems Design Engineering; Canada Research Chair in Micro/Nano Devices, University of Waterloo President, ArtSensing Inc.

As one of Canada's foremost researchers in microsystems and nanodevices, John Yeow is pioneering miniature devices and sensors that serve as building blocks for powerful medical instruments in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Dr. Yeow was the first to develop a three-dimensional (3D) micromachine-based optical coherent tomographic (OCT) imaging system, which acquired the first 3D-OCT images of the central nervous system of a fruit fly. This technology enables the use of a miniaturized catheter for the early diagnosis of cancer in human cavities too small to access by existing methods.

He also developed a carbon nanotube field emitter design that generates the highest current to date. This patented technology paves the way for the next generation of computed tomography (CT) architecture consisting of multiple beam x-ray sources. The new CT represents a significant breakthrough in many aspects of screening, diagnosis and therapy, and is capable of ultra-fast scanning and high-resolution imaging while decreasing the radiation dose delivered to target tissues, thereby reducing radiation-related risks to patients.

Since receiving his first grant of $20,000 in 2004, Dr. Yeow has helped attract more than $8 million in research and capital funding from a variety of sources, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institute for Health Research and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, as well as research hospitals such as Princess Margaret.

A charismatic researcher, he supervises one of the largest and most productive nanotechnology groups in Canada, attracting some of the brightest young minds to his laboratory. Dr. Yeow and his students collaborated with a company in India to develop a lab-on-a-chip device for the rapid, inexpensive biodiagnosis of disease pathogens in human blood samples. Such devices will be deployed in developing nations as a part of a portable pathogen detection system.

An innovator with an entrepreneurial spirit, Dr. Yeow founded ARTsensing Inc., a high-tech company specializing in nanotechnology-based sensors and instruments, to commercialize technology developed in his lab.

Dr. Yeow's commitment to the profession extends to volunteer service on PEO's Emerging Disciplines Task Force on Nanotechnology Engineering, from 2009 to 2014, and the Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) since 2010. As a member of the ARC, he helps to evaluate the qualifications of international engineering graduates seeking licensure in Ontario. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Nanotechnology magazine.

Research and Development

J. Stewart Aitchison, B.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Toronto

Stewart Aitchison has earned a remarkable reputation as an innovative researcher and entrepreneur through his internationally recognized work in non-linear optics, nano-photonics and lab-on-a-chip technology.

Dr. Aitchison's recent research has increasingly focused on developing lab-on-a-chip technologies, which will have a major impact on health outcomes in developing countries, and wider applications in the diagnosis of infectious diseases. His research team developed a point-of-care HIV monitoring system that can produce test results in 10 to 15 minutes and will support healthcare in under-resourced regions of the world. In 2009, he co-founded ChipCare Corporation to commercialize this technology and within six years had secured $7 million in funding to develop the system. The company now employs 14 people and is field testing its final instrument. This project was recognized with the University of Toronto Inventor of the Year award in 2012 and the Canadian Business magazine Innovation Award in 2010.

Since 2013, he has served as the associate scientific director for the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS). The network is the first, and only, Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence and funds collaborative research between the two countries in the areas of safe infrastructure, clean water and public health. The network has supported researchers who have provided clean water solutions to First Nations communities, deployed new road technologies in India and developed new portable health care solutions.

In addition to his own research and partnerships, Dr. Aitchison has made significant contributions to engineering research and development through the University of Toronto. From 2004 to 2007, and from 2010 to 2011, he served as director of the school's Emerging Communications Technology Institute, an open research facility currently supporting the research of approximately 125 graduate students working in nanotechnologies. There, he successfully raised $12 million of infrastructure support to establish a state-of-the-art electron beam lithography system for the facility. He has also been the Nortel Chair in Emerging Technology in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering since 2001, and was Vice Dean, Research for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering from 2007 to 2012, where he oversaw a 45 per cent increase in federal funding and a 75 per cent increase in major partnership funding.

Research and Development

Susan Louise Tighe, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Norman W. McLeod Professor of Sustainable Pavement Engineering, Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Recognized globally as a leading authority on pavement composition and performance, Dr. Susan Tighe has made profound and tangible contributions to both fundamental research and industry practice.

Dr. Tighe established a comprehensive research program that spans fundamental materials science to experimental performance evaluation through to implementation of innovative materials and designs on roads and airfields in Canada and abroad. Her practical research findings are used by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, municipalities and companies across the province to reduce costs, improve performance and cut waste.

As a founding member of the world-class Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology at the University of Waterloo, the first academic concrete pavement research program in Ontario, Dr. Tighe and her research team have been at the forefront of innovation in the industry and have directly influenced pavement management processes. Their work includes developing the first design guide for pervious concrete, considered Canada's principal document on efficient pavement infrastructure design protocols, standards and specifications. The team also developed methods to recycle materials that are typically landfilled into usable concrete and were the first to use nanotechnology in jointed plain concrete pavements to reduce the noise of high-volume highways.

Dr. Tighe has also influenced pavement management around the world, assisting governments in Chile, New Zealand, India, Australia, Africa and the United States in pavement design guidelines and collaborating with local industries. She is the only Canadian to sit on the Expert Task Force that informs the U.S. government on long-term pavement performance programs and is president-elect of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering with her term as president commencing in 2017.

The recipient of an Engineering Medal in the Young Engineer category in 2004, Dr. Tighe has established a network of government and industry partners who have provided nearly $20 million to support her research. This support expedites the transfer of specifications, standards and design guidelines developed in her lab to practitioners and other stakeholders, and offers training opportunities for her in-demand research team, who gain access to state-of-the-art resources.

Dr. Tighe has received other prestigious awards during her career, including the 2014 Inaugural Class, New College of Scholars, Royal Society of Canada; the 2014 Academic Merit Award from the Transportation Association of Canada; the 2010 En-hui Yang Research Innovation Award in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo; and Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2006 in recognition of her leadership in the transportation sector.

Young Engineer

Ebrahim Bagheri, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering,
Ryerson University

Ebrahim Bagheri is revolutionizing the way computers interpret user-generated content and how information is shared and interpreted.

Dr. Bagheri's work equips software engineers and data scientists with new, cutting-edge tools and techniques that aim to take machines from being storage devices that support human data analysis to systems that can make sense of user-generated content themselves.

The Denote software platform created by Dr. Bagheri and his research team in the Laboratory for Systems, Software and Semantics at Ryerson University recognizes positive and negative emotions in user-generated content and provides insights about the underlying meaning of social data. He is also developing software that can analyze patterns in social media posts to identify emerging trends among different communities as well as predict potential issues of concern. Once finished, his software will be able to analyze large quantities of social media communications to determine a person's inclinations and future needs.

The multi-faceted framework he is building analyzes social media by collectively considering social interactions, temporal behaviour and semantics. By developing techniques that simultaneously consider all of these aspects together, Dr. Bagheri has forged new ground that will enable entirely new methods of interpreting social data. The impact of this work is almost as big as the data itself, with applications in such areas as emergency response and management, public engagement, policy making and customer care.

His groundbreaking work is sought after by both government and industry partners, and he is one of the most successful researchers at Ryerson in terms of industry partnerships, securing over $3 million in the past three years.

Dr. Bagheri also contributed to the well-publicized hitchBot initiative in which Ryerson researchers created a robot that could hitchhike across Canada without any help from its creators. It successfully carried out the mission in 18 rides spanning less than one month. Dr. Bagheri provided the knowledge and reasoning capabilities of hitchBOT by incorporating semantic interpretation and disambiguation methods, which enabled hitchBOT to make contextual sense of the information it took in from the external environment.

In 2016, Dr. Bagheri was appointed Canada Research Chair in Software and Semantic Computing, cementing his status as a leader in the emerging field of semantics-enabled data analytics.

Young Engineer

Lin Tan, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

In six short years, Lin Tan has already proven herself an ingenious researcher poised to rank among the elite in the field of software engineering.

Her research focuses on improving software dependability, addressing the software bug problem at every stage of a bug's life-cycle by creating techniques to avoid, predict, prevent and fix bugs. Her work reduces the cost of software development and the impact and frequency of bug-induced software failures such as crashes, breaches of security and performance degradation.

Dr. Tan has pioneered a new branch of research that leverages various forms of software text for software bug detection in source code and code comments. Her iComment and Document-Assisted Symbolic Execution (DASE) tools are innovations that enable dramatically more effective, accurate and efficient bug detection through automated analysis of code comments and documentation. She has cleverly extended these (and other) tools to analyze a broad range of software text types, topics and programming languages for a variety of new purposes.

Dr. Tan has built an impressive research portfolio, securing more than $1.3 million in research funding from provincial and federal sources, and substantial contributions from industry. Leading companies including Google and IBM are key partners in her research and also support internship and full-time jobs for many of her students, a testament to the outstanding training environment she has created. She has trained over 60 graduate and undergraduate students in the last six years, many of whom have held prestigious scholarships and awards.

Citizenship Award

Valerie Davidson, B.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
University Professor Emerita, School of Engineering,
University of Guelph

For more than three decades, Valerie Davidson has been an exceptional citizen within the engineering community and a dedicated champion of diversity in the profession.

During her career, Dr. Davidson developed groundbreaking, fundamentals-based, engineering models of complex food processing systems. The first PhD graduate of the University of Toronto's Canadian Food Engineering Research Program, she went on to serve as a professor at the University of Guelph's School of Engineering from 1988 to 2012, where she pioneered many of the food engineering research and teaching programs. Since retiring, she has been a consultant to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, using the tools of her university research to help local authorities in developing countries create policies to more safely manage food.

A passionate advocate for creating a more inclusive profession, Dr. Davidson served as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Ontario region Chair for Women in Science and Engineering from 2003 to 2011. Under her leadership, the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) was launched, connecting all 16 engineering schools and faculties across Ontario. Through this collaboration, ONWiE has created outreach programs for girls in elementary and high school with an interest in engineering; young women studying engineering; and those looking to advance within the profession. ONWiE's flagship program, Go ENG Girl, is a province-wide, one-day event for girls in grades 7-10 and their parents, during which they visit university campuses to learn about engineering from students and professors. Since its inception in 2005, close to 10,000 girls and 7,000 parents have participated and the success of the program led to its expansion to British Columbia and Alberta in 2015. More than 56,000 girls and women participated in programs that were initiated during Davidson's term as an NSERC Chair.

Dr. Davidson has also advocated for the profession through the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), where she served several terms on the board of directors, as well as on several of its committees, including the Women in Engineering Advisory Committee (WEAC). She is still an active volunteer with WEAC and plays a key role in the Status of Women Canada-funded project, "Engineering Professional Success", a two-year pilot mentorship program launched in January 2015 by OSPE and PEO for women in the early stages of their engineering careers.

Citizenship Award

Eduardo (Ted) Maulucci, B.Sc., MBA, P.Eng.
Chief Information Officer, Tridel Corporation

Leadership, innovation and a commitment to giving back to society have been the backbone of Ted Maulucci's distinguished career.

As chief information officer for the Tridel Group of Companies, Maulucci has created industry-leading solutions in software and smart buildings that have advanced the broader real estate technology sector. His leadership in this area has set the standard for other software companies.

He has leveraged his high profile in the IT sector to assist university and college engineering programs gain access to industry resources, such as financial support for student projects and in-kind contributions from industry for research. At the University of Toronto, he worked with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to create an Information Architecture Chair position and has been a member of the department's Industry Advisory Board since 2010. He has similarly volunteered his time to serve on the George Brown College Advisory Board, where he helps align the school's programs and projects with industry needs.

Committed to advancing social innovation through unique partnerships and collaborations, Maulucci co-founded One Million Acts of Innovation in 2010, a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing Canada's global innovation ranking by partnering with business, government and post-secondary students. The organization develops, participates and delivers innovative programs with a focus on youth skills and employment, led by a global network of senior and seasoned experts in multiple fields including business, culture, technology and leadership.

He also applies his decades of engineering and business experience as chief entrepreneur-in-residence at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, where he works with young engineers and researchers to develop and commercialize solutions to common problems that significantly affect people with disabilities, older people and their caregivers. This work has led to changes in consumer and industrial safety standards and new technology to make communication, sleeping, eating, walking, driving and interacting with the world easier and safer.

Recognized as a mentor, coach and champion for internationally educated professionals seeking to enter the workforce, Maulucci also devotes his professional and personal time to serve as an advisory board member on the Information and Communications Technology Council's (ICTC) bridge training program for newcomers. The Coach to Career program he developed for the ICTC has a 90 per cent success rate employing new Canadians in their chosen professions.


The evening's photography was generously sponsored by
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation



The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers Ontario gratefully acknowledge
2016 Awards Gala sponsors and corporate table hosts for their generous support.

Gala Sponsors

Corporate Table Hosts

Hamilton-Halton Engineering Week • Hatch • Hydro One Inc. • Morrison Hershfield Ontario Network of Women in Engineering • Ryerson University, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science's • SGS Canada Inc. • Sheridan College, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology Status of Women Canada • Tridel • uOttawa Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering • University of Toronto, The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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