[Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba - Ingenium Conference 2022]

WELCOME TO INGENIUM 2022

From your home, your office, or wherever in the world you may be, join your fellow practitioners as Ingenium 2022 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 2022

Ingenium gives us time to pause our busy lives and help us better ourselves as professionals. As in the previous two years, Ingenium will be virtual which will add to the flexibility in attending sessions. With the increase in content this year, attendees have enhanced opportunities for interaction and more flexible access to the Professional Development Seminars.

We have a great lineup of speakers this year. Jane Helbrecht, our keynote speaker on Thursday, will discuss the future of work. The pandemic certainly taught us how we could work differently and some of those lessons will guide us in how we will work in the future. Anyone who has recently tried to hire an engineer or geoscientist will know that the motivations of future employees have changed, and our organizations will have to keep up.

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.

Allan Silk, P.Eng., FEC
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba President (2021-2022)

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Live Session Schedule

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Daily Live Sessions

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Fostering Innovation in Any Environment Lisa Moretto
Clients deserve not only solid solutions but creative results. To rediscover our ingenuity, we must learn to use our imagination and resist leaving it outside of our professional persona. This interactive session explores innovative thoughts and ideas by discussing elements that comprise innovation.

With an overall focus on creativity in the workplace and how to foster a conducive culture, attendees will explore the components of innovation, identify innovative personality types, and learn Gelb's seven steps for thinking like a genius.
[Lisa Moretto]
Lisa Moretto
Lisa is the President of RGI International, Inc. and has over 25 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.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Manitoba Hydro of the Future Tanis Brako, P.Eng.
Join Manitoba Hydro's Director of Sales, Marketing & Product Development as they explore Manitoba Hydro's strategy to become the utility of the future. Attendees will be given a high-level overview of the strategy, insight into trends in the evolving energy landscape happening both outside and in Manitoba itself, and what Manitoba Hydro are seeing today from customers already adopting new ways of using energy.
[Tanis Brako, P.Eng.]
Tanis Brako, P.Eng.
Tanis Brako is the Director of Sales, Marketing & Product Development at Manitoba Hydro. She began her career as a mechanical engineer with experience in design for HVAC and natural gas pipelines and stations. In 2019, she completed her Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Leadership in Organizations. Most recently, Tanis has been working on the customer side of the business at Manitoba Hydro supporting commercial and industrial customers, leading the strategy for marketing and new product development.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Civility at Work Dr. Lew Bayer and Paul Sparks, P.Eng.
Incivility costs!

If you had a penny for every apology, every minute of telephone tag, every negative impression, and every unnecessary meeting, would you be rich?

Join internationally acclaimed civility expert, Lew Bayer, and her colleague, Paul Sparks, for a practical and thought-provoking presentation exploring the tangible cost of rudeness to business, with a customized spin on the field of engineering and geoscience.

[Dr. Lew Bayer] Dr. Lew Bayer is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and the world's foremost expert on civility. Many years ago, she made a personal and professional commitment to choose civility every day. For more than 20 years she has been internationally recognized as the leading expert on civility at work.

[Paul Sparks, P.Eng.] Paul Sparks, P.Eng. is an electrical engineer who has worked in the steel industry for over ten years. Last year he quit his corporate job to take a mid-life semi-retirement. He has now pivoted his career to work as a consultant, focusing on civility within the engineering and manufacturing sectors.


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
BC's Permit to Practice Audit Program - A Proactive Approach Kelly Dayman, P.L.Eng.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC came under new legislation, The Professional Governance Act, in 2021. Under the new Act, Engineers and Geoscientists BC now regulates firms and issues Permits to Practice. This session will provide an overview of BC's Permit to Practice requirements and focus on its proactive approach to ensuring employers of engineering and geoscience professionals understand and support the individual professional's requirements. A key component of the Permit to Practice program is the auditing of firms.
[Kelly Dayman, P.L.Eng.]
Kelly Dayman, P.L.Eng.
As Associate Director of Regulation of Firms, Kelly Dayman is responsible for the Regulation of Firms Program including the education, support, auditing, practice review of registrant firms, and the organization's advisory groups related to registrant firms.

Kelly is a Professional Licensee Engineering with extensive experience in manufacturing and consulting. Kelly is trained as an ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor and has audited firms across Canada, both for ISO 9001 and OQM compliance. He joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC in 2012 to launch the Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Program and brings the value-added approach of the OQM Program to the regulation of firms.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Retention and Returnship: The Stories Behind The Statistics Lisa Stepnuk, EIT
Women in engineering and geoscience in Manitoba are letting us know about their challenges, about the reasons they leave, the reasons they stay, and the reasons they return. They are sharing with us the stories behind the statistics and making suggestions for lasting systemic change. How will leaders respond?

This session will share some numbers, some stories, and suggestions for systemic change to make engineering a more equitable profession.
[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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation of the Whiteshell Laboratories Nuclear Research Site Brian Wilcox, P.Eng.
Canada and the world have benefited immensely from the peaceful applications of nuclear. Clean energy production and medical diagnostics and treatments have helped millions. The Whiteshell Laboratories near Pinawa, Manitoba, was established in the early 1960s to conduct research on reactor safety, fuel design, waste management, and more. This has produced a legacy site the size of a university campus that contains a multitude of labs, offices, waste storage, and a prototype reactor. Canadian Nuclear Labs is leading the complete decommissioning and remediation of the site. This presentation will describe the $1B closure plan, the challenges it presents, and the progress achieved so far.
[Brian Wilcox, P.Eng.]
Brian Wilcox, P.Eng.
Brian is the Director of Reactor Decommissioning for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. He is a professional engineer and leads the decommissioning projects for two legacy Canadian reactors: NPD and WR-1. This includes the environmental assessment, Indigenous and public engagement, and decommissioning of the facilities. He has led numerous nuclear decommissioning and waste management projects at the Whiteshell Laboratories site in Manitoba and various locations in Ontario. Brian's career has spanned 32 years in technology, engineering, and environmental remediation roles.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Document Reliability: A Key Enabler of Digital Transformation Charles Tremblay
Our work processes have rapidly been transformed by the development of cloud technologies and services. We can now work at any time, from anywhere, on any device. Engineers create and design using powerful software tools and solutions and the practice of engineering has quickly moved into a digital era.

But what about data reliability? What about public safety?

Trusted digital signature certificates, such as the one issued by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and all other provincial and territorial professional engineering associations guarantees the data reliability protecting both licensed professionals and the public as we continue into our digital future.

During this presentation, attendees will learn through examples and studies, how data reliability has changed the practice of engineering in Canada and how it is contributing to the overall reliability of the entire professional ecosystem. The financial and time-saving benefits attributed to digital transformation will be explored, as well as the dramatic impact it has on the environment including the reduction of paper consumption, transportation, as well as shipping and handling.
[Charles Tremblay]
Charles Tremblay
Charles Tremblay has worked for more than 25 years in information technology and cybersecurity and has more than 14 years of service with Notarius. He has seen the development of technologies and standards for document reliability and electronic transactions. He passionately contributes to the dematerialization of documents and transactions, business modernization, and digital transformation. He has also witnessed the digital transformation and its effect on professional practice and impacts on businesses that is enabled by data reliability.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Remember Me: Fighting Alzheimer's with an Engineering Approach Dr. Zahra Moussavi, P.Eng.
Diagnosis of neurodegenerative dementia subtype, in particular Alzheimer's disease, is very challenging especially at its onset. Thanks to the work of engineers such as Dr. Zahra Moussavi, biomedical engineering approaches in this field have been instrumental and technologies targeting neuroplasticity of the brain offer hope for slowing the progression, avoiding further decline, and even reversing the decline. The use of non-pharmaceutical treatments to induce brain neuroplasticity is a relatively young and very fast-growing field that is now being applied to dementia and its subtypes in a research setting.
[Dr. Zahra Moussavi, P.Eng.]
Dr. Zahra Moussavi, P.Eng.
Zahra Moussavi is a professor, a Canada Research Chair, and the founder and former director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Manitoba. Her current research focuses are on medical devices instrumentation and signal analysis for sleep apnea management and Alzheimer's diagnosis and treatment using virtual reality, rTMS, and EVestG technologies. She received the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's 2018 Technical Excellence Award and has been recognized in the Top 100 Canada's Most Powerful Women, Manitoba Distinguished Women in 2014 and IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer in 2014 and 2019. She has published more than 310 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences and has given more than 117 invited seminars including two Tedx Talks and nine keynote speaker seminars at national and international conferences. Aside from her academic work, in her spare time she writes science articles for public and has developed and offered memory fitness programs for the aging population.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Engineers Canada Guideline on Indigenous Consultation and Engagement Gayle Frank, Danilo Caron, EIT, and Dr. Ryan Melsom
Engineers Canada has initiated the development of a guideline for engineers and engineering firms on Indigenous consultation and engagement that will be released in 2023. This guideline and the relationships that have enabled its creation are a tangible way Engineers Canada is seeking to build trust between the engineering profession and Indigenous communities.

This session will highlight Engineers Canada's motivations for developing the guideline and discuss the organization's objectives around increasing Indigenous representation in engineering. Attendees will learn the method used by Urban Systems to bring practitioners and community members together in dialogue, how the input was compiled, and the status of the guideline.

In creating the guideline, the intention was to combine the wealth of engineering knowledge and experience across Canada with the values and teachings of Indigenous Peoples. The interactive portion of the session will include an opportunity for attendees to reflect and comment on the summarized input from contributors and the draft guideline content, and to share stories or experiences from projects they worked on.

The session will be co-facilitated by Urban Systems' project leaders Gayle Frank and Danilo Caron and Engineers Canada's Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board Secretary, Dr. Ryan Melsom.

[Gayle Frank] Growing up as a member of Xwisten (the Smiling People) of the St'at'imc Nation (Lillooet, BC), Gayle Frank understood the power of the stories of how Indigenous communities heal and grow through storytelling, relationship building, and knowledge sharing to overcome recent colonial histories. She has a passion for Truth and Reconciliation and has learned that sharing these stories can promote greater collaboration, respect, and understanding in today's society. Truth and Reconciliation has driven her academic and professional pursuits to date, with an undergraduate degree in First Nations Studies from the Simon Fraser University and Indigenous led Leadership certificates from the Minerva Foundation for Women.

As an Indigenous Community Consultant with Urban Systems, Gayle collaborates with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments to build capacity in communities through developing Reconciliation Principles and Guidelines, land use planning, economic development planning, consultation guideline development, or language revitalization plans. Gayle facilitates challenging conversations, with a conflict management style through an Indigenous lens.

[Danilo Caron, EIT] Danilo Caron, EIT is an Engineer in Training with Urban Systems and a Master of Applied Science student at the University of British Columbia studying construction and project management. With family ties to Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and Castelfranco, Italy, Danilo combines his previous experience as a masonry contractor and journeyman tradesperson with his physics and civil engineering education. He is passionate about how the architecture, engineering, and construction industry can better serve Indigenous communities and this drives his research and professional practice.

[Dr. Ryan Melsom] Dr. Ryan Melsom is Secretary to the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board of Engineers Canada, where he manages the volunteer-based development of projects addressing issues in engineering regulation, admissions, and practice. His current work includes the development of a guideline for engineers and engineering firms on Indigenous consultation and engagement. Ryan holds a PhD in English Languages and Literature from Queen's University.


3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wellness Session
Wellness Session

Thursday, October 27, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Leveraging Open Source Assistive Technology to Increase Accessibility Suzanne Winterflood and Stephen Moyer, EIT
Join this session to learn about the Neil Squire Society and how their innovative program, Makers Making Change, leverages the capacity of community-based makers, disability professionals, and volunteers to develop and deliver affordable open source assistive technologies.

Hear from Winnipeg-based engineering intern, Stephen Moyer, EIT, as he talks about his journey from a young graduate from the University of Manitoba to becoming an integral part of the engineering and outreach team and the impact his work has had on him and his community.

[Suzanne Winterflood] Suzanne Winterflood, originally from London, England, has been at the Neil Squire Society since November 2019 and is the Central Regional Coordinator, Makers Making Change. Passionate about helping her community and those representing minority groups, she combines her knowledge, skills, and experience working in the technology sector to enable people with disabilities to access affordable assistive technology devices to enable them to live and work independently.

[Stephen Moyer, EIT] Stephen Moyer, EIT, graduated from the mechanical engineering program at the University of Manitoba in May 2021. He was drawn to biomechanical design in large part by the opportunity to help others with his skills and knowledge. He started with the Makers Making Change program as a volunteer before securing full time employment in June 2021. He is now actively supporting the Central Region and the wider engineering team at Makers Making Change utilising his design and engineering skills to make a positive impact on people's lives through the provision of assistive technology.


10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Wellness Session
Wellness Session

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Energy Benchmarking, Labelling and Disclosure at the City of Winnipeg Melanie Chatfield, P.Eng., and Janelle Harper
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings, including homes, businesses, institutions, and industrial buildings, currently make up approximately 44% of the total emissions in the City of Winnipeg (second behind the transportation sector). Measurement and verification serve as fundamental actions in the pursuit of improved energy efficiency. With respect to buildings, energy performance can be monitored to assess changes over time, which allows for comparisons to be made within a portfolio or building type. Energy monitoring provides a crucial step in the support of energy efficiency improvement actions and GHG emissions reductions. Measurement is the key to success as you cannot manage what you do not measure.

This presentation will describe the City of Winnipeg's voluntary building energy benchmarking, labelling, and disclosure program (Building Energy Disclosure Project). Launched in 2020, this initiative is aimed at helping Winnipeg's commercial and institutional building owners better understand the energy performance of their buildings, while supporting overall reductions in GHG emissions and energy consumption.

The City of Winnipeg itself measures the performance of a number of City owned buildings through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This session will explain how this helps the City keep track of its energy use and enables it to spot high energy usage buildings or equipment failure, and will explore how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and smart systems have the potential to further enhance operations.

[Melanie Chatfield, P.Eng.] Melanie Chatfield, P.Eng.is an Energy Analyst with the City of Winnipeg. With a background in mechanical engineering, she has over 15 years of high-performance building experience.

Melanie is responsible for the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions at the City. She works with the Municipal Accommodations department to identify opportunities for energy conservation through operational and capital investment methods. With direct knowledge, she understands how energy efficiency education and assistance is essential to building owners, operations and maintenance staff and design consultants.

In addition to Melanie's work as an Energy Manager, she has five years of experience in project management working on various construction projects, including several environmental projects in the UK.

[Janelle Harper] Janelle Harper is a Green Buildings Specialist with the Office of Sustainability at the City of Winnipeg. In this role, Janelle is responsible for the planning, development, delivery, and integration of a wide range of green building systems, programs, and services designed to meet the goals identified in the Winnipeg Climate Action Plan and established community sustainability priorities. She performs technical work that involves the formulation, implementation, and ongoing management of key corporate and community-wide building energy policies, projects, and programs that advance long-term sustainability.

Janelle also has five years of experience in sustainability consulting, where she has worked with stakeholders and project team members to make recommendations through the design and construction process in the pursuit of low carbon and energy efficient buildings, including the achievement of certification in accordance with credible, third-party verified, integrated design-based green building standards such as LEED and Green Globes.


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote The Future of Work Jane Helbrecht
In the wake of the pandemic and the great resignation, people and organizations are reassessing how they work, when they work, and what type of work they want to focus on. Over the coming years, organizations and leaders will be pressed to adjust how they design roles and how they craft employee experiences and work arrangements to retain top talent and meet organizational objectives.

In this interactive keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to dive into how work and workplaces are evolving for both employees and employers. Jane Helbrecht will explore how employees can craft their own meaningful work experiences and how organizations can raise the bar to meet those needs. The world of work is changing and people as well as organizations have an opportunity to ensure they build work experiences and environments that are engaging, energizing, and productive for everyone.
[Jane Helbrecht]
Jane Helbrecht
Jane Helbrecht is currently in a human resources (HR) strategy role with GTY Technology. She has previously worked in various industries in HR roles and prior to GTY was a Partner with Acuity HR Solutions. Jane focuses on building strategic engagement and talent development opportunities to bridge the gap between people, performance, and business objectives, while ensuring leaders and individual contributors have the skills, knowledge, tools, and strengths to maximize performance and have fun while they do it. Jane currently sits on the boards of Prairie Theatre Exchange and the Exchange District Biz.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 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.
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Gather.town
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3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Commercializing Technology Marshall Ring
This session will introduce Manitoba Technology Accelerator (MTA) and the commercialization process used to translate raw ideas into functioning businesses. Designed for entrepreneurs with a scientific or technology-oriented business idea, or early-stage companies, MTA specializes in commercializing technology.
[Marshall Ring]
Marshall Ring
Marshall Ring has been involved in company formation and commercializing early-stage technologies since the late 90s. He is committed to providing executive mentoring and building up Manitoba's business sector. He has great reach into many national markets, service providers, and investors.

Marshall holds a Master's Degree in Natural Resource Management specializing in Community Economic Development. He also holds an undergraduate Honours Degree in Cultural Anthropology.

Friday, October 28, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Manitoba Hydro's Modernized Inflow Forecasting System Shane Wruth, P.Eng.
Manitoba Hydro has implemented a modernized Delft-FEWS inflow forecasting system to incorporate physical processes into energy supply planning and waterway management, where previously they relied on statistical models for the simulation of future basin water supply. Internal hydrology and watershed modelling expertise has been developed along with the Delft-FEWS system, which went live in 2021. The combination of these tools simulates the physical processes of the hydrologic cycle and will better anticipate system inflows under a variety of extreme or unusual conditions and reduce uncertainty with operating the hydraulic system.

The hydrological models were initially setup to evaluate climate change impacts on water supply and to support major construction projects, and they have been further developed and expanded throughout the Nelson Churchill Watershed to support a variety of corporate needs. This modernized system also quality controls the hydrometric and meteorological data with further development planned over the next several years. A data analytics platform has also been implemented to provide better utilization of forecasting data. This presentation will provide an overview of this modernized operational forecasting system at Manitoba Hydro, including the hydrological modelling, forecasting system features and operation, and data analytics.
[Shane Wruth, P.Eng.]
Shane Wruth, P.Eng.
Shane Wruth is a Water Resources Engineer in the Water Resources Department at Manitoba Hydro. He has an M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering and led the modernization of Manitoba Hydro's inflow forecasting system to use physically-based models in an operational Delft-FEWS system. Shane currently leads the Corporation's operational inflow forecasting, hydrological model development, and forecasting system development activities.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Targeting through to Discovery in North Western Ontario Liane Boyer, P.Geo.
This session will review the process of going from initial project targeting through all of the various aspects required to get through to discovery. It will include details about staking claims in Ontario, stakeholder engagement, geophysics, accessing data, modeling, and drill planning.
[Liane Boyer, P.Geo.]
Liane Boyer, P.Geo.
Liane is the President and Chief Geoscientist of Broken Rock Resources Ltd. A private exploration company focused on exploration and discovery in North Western Ontario. Broken Rock holds more than a dozen early stage exploration properties with a portfolio containing Diamond, Au, Ag, Cu, Zn, Ni and PGE projects. In August 2020, Broken Rock optioned the Wishbone and Awkward properties to Panther Mining PLC and together they staked an additional 1,128 claims to cover more than 90% of the Obonga Greenstone Belt. In the fall of 2020, the first two holes into the Wishbone target returned intersections greater than 20m of coarse massive sulphide breccia.

Liane has more than 20 years of mining and exploration industry experience ranging from early stage targeting through to resource estimation on projects in Canada and internationally. As well as being the president of Broken Rock, Liane works as a consultant to the mining industry and teaches geologic modeling and resource estimation courses using Leapfrog and Edge software. Liane holds an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from Queen's University and a Masters Degree in Geology from UBC. Liane is a registered professional geoscientist in Ontario.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Staying Ahead of the Curve: Regulatory Reform in Canada Richard Steinecke
The pace of reform for regulators of professions in Canada is quickening. Separating regulatory functions from member services is now almost universal. Governance reform (smaller Boards, competency-based selection, separating Boards from committees) is fast becoming the new standard. External oversight of regulators is increasing. Transparency of both regulatory functions (e.g., open meetings) and of information about individual registrants is expanding. The definition of the public interest served by regulators is being refined and expanded to include societal values such as equity, diversity and inclusion, environmental protection, and workforce planning. Coordination of regulation with other regulators and stakeholders in the field is expected. Reviews and accountability of regulatory performance is becoming multi-layered. This session will explore the trends and developments and their implications for practitioners.
[Richard Steinecke]
Richard Steinecke
Richard Steinecke practises law exclusively in the area of professional regulation. He is the editor of the widely read Grey Areas newsletter commenting on recent developments in professional regulation. Because of its comprehensive nature, courts and tribunals have cited his book A Complete Guide to the Regulated Health Professions Act dozens of times, even in cases dealing with non-health professions. The book is updated twice a year.

Today he spends most of his professional life teaching, writing, speaking, training, and consulting on professional regulation issues. A life-long learner, Richard reads every Canadian common law court decision on professional regulation he can find and has a Certificate in Risk Management from the University of Toronto. In 2015 he received the Regulatory Excellence award from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and in 2019 he received the Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for the Public Sector from the Ontario Bar Association. Richard is counsel to Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Innovation in Manitoba
The newly introduced Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Innovation Award is intended to recognize engineers or geoscientists who have shown innovation through the advent of new technologies or novel applications of ingenuity through application of a concept or project.

Join this session for an in-depth look at the three projects shortlisted for the 2022 award, including an opportunity for questions with the professionals involved.

On-Demand Sessions

Ingenium Rewind Clean Microgrid Development Mihskakwan James Harper, EIT
This session examines 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 works at NRStor Inc., a Canadian energy storage developer, previously as a Development Analyst and now as a Business Development Manager. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has 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.

Ethics and Technology Lori Marra
Good decisions are ethical decisions and require logic. In this insightful session, attendees will consider ethical theories, the role of reason, and explore how to develop a logical argument. Unlike a legal course, this session will take a philosophical perspective on how and why individuals act, react, and decide what to do, and will aim to understand how two people can make very different decisions based on the same information.
[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 nine 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.

Ingenium Rewind Mind the Gap: Gender and Sexuality in Engineering Rhys Herzberg
With initiatives like Engineers Canada's 30 by 30 gaining momentum and visibility in the field of engineering, the topic of gender diversity is one that we encounter frequently. But what is gender diversity? What are the obstacles faced by gender minorities in the STEM field? Who is being left out of these movements?

This session will explore the language used in discussions on gender diversity, the obstacles faced by gender minorities in the engineering field, and the actions we can all take to impact our professional spaces.

No background experience required - this session will equip you with the language and skills to explore inclusive practices and movements in the STEM field.
[Rhys Herzberg]
Rhys Herzberg
Rhys Herzberg studied at UBC Okanagan as an electrical engineering student with positions throughout various student organizations. They represented Western Canada on the EngiQueers Canada Board of Directors from 2019 to 2021, where they worked to promote inclusivity and accessibility in the engineering profession and in academia. They call on their experiences as a queer youth raised in various prairie communities in order to promote inclusive practices in education, professional development, and engineering as a whole.

Ingenium Rewind Organizational Behaviour from an Engineer's Perspective Kimberly Dodds, P.Eng.
Organizational behaviour is no longer just for the social scientists. This session will help you leverage your soft skills and improve your ability to lead and adapt to the changing demands of the workplace.

As engineers we are promoted into management and executive positions; we often excel in the technical portion of our roles but struggle to capture the softer skills required to lead and organize our teams. People are more idiosyncratic than heat and mass transfer, so how can we leverage our technical skills and approach leadership in a manner that inspires, motivates, and gets the results we are looking for from our teams?
[Kimberly Dodds, P.Eng.]
Kimberly Dodds, P.Eng.
Prior to a move to the Yukon to work for the Yukon Hospital Corporation, Kimberly Dodds was the Director of Tissue Bank Manitoba, a Human Tissue Gift Agency which recovers tissues from authorized donors for transplantation, medical education and scientific research. She is a professional Bioengineer with a Master of Business Administration. Kim has worked across Canada and internationally in both the private and public healthcare sectors in industries ranging from nuclear pharmaceuticals to point-of-care medical diagnostics. In addition to her role at Tissue Bank Manitoba, Kim taught in the Health Services Leadership and Management Program at Red River College.

Ingenium Rewind Overcoming Imposter Phenomenon Dr. Brenda Lee
"How did I ever get this job?"
"It's only a matter of time until they find out I'm not supposed to be here!"
"I am only here on a technicality."
"I am holding my team back..."

Learn more about that inner critic casting a shadow on your professional life: Imposter phenomenon, also often known as imposter syndrome. Learn about who experiences it (hint: most of us!), when and where it occurs, why it can be helpful, and how to harness and overcome it.
[Dr. Brenda Lee]
Dr. Brenda Lee
Dr. Brenda Lee completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) at the University of New Brunswick and completed her pre-doctoral residency at the University of Manitoba. Her doctoral research focused on relationship dynamics and sexuality. She has received national recognition for her research and presentations, including placing as a finalist for the national Canadian 3 Minute Thesis® competition in 2017.

Dr. Lee's clinical work has focused on assessment and treatment of veterans and emergency personnel, with special focus on trauma-focused treatments and life transition post-retirement. In her therapy work, Dr. Lee draws upon Cognitive-Behavioural, Acceptance and Commitment, Mindfulness-Based, and Solution-Focused approaches. Dr. Lee (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Taiwanese-Canadian immigrant, who lives, works, plays, and fosters her relationships in the unceded homelands of the Coast Salish nations, often known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Professional Misconduct - Common Pitfalls Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC
In its work, the Investigation Committee sees trends and recurring themes in the complaints made against practitioners. This presentation will cover some of the trends from recent years, which have led to a finding of professional misconduct against practitioners. The session will explore issues such as conduct unbecoming, temporary structures, and practising outside one's scope of practice.
[Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC]
Michael 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.

The Future is Bright: 2022 Student Achievement Award University of Manitoba Students
The brand new Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Student Achievement Award is intended to recognize undergraduate engineering or geoscience students who have shown excellence in the concept and design of a groundbreaking academic project or thesis. Check out the on-demand library for an in-depth look at some of the projects shortlisted for the 2022 award, presented by University of Manitoba students.

Ingenium Rewind Traditional Indigenous Technology Randy Herrmann, P.Eng., FEC
For many thousands of years Indigenous people in North and South America have not only survived but thrived in the many harsh climates found in the Americas. They have done this by utilizing engineering and technology principles that far pre-date colonization.

Many engineering technologies that we identify as European today actually have their roots in pre-colonial America. In many engineering areas, the Indigenous people of the Americas were as advanced if not more advanced than their European or Asian contemporaries.

Technology and innovation are embedded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being, continue to inspire innovation today, and may be key to sustainable responses to global challenges.
[Randy Herrmann, P.Eng., FEC]
Randy Herrmann, P.Eng., FEC
Randy Herrmann is the Director of the Engineering Access Program (ENGAP) at the University of Manitoba. ENGAP is a support program for Indigenous people who are seeking an engineering degree.

Randy obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1988. He worked for 10 years as a geotechnical consulting engineer and project manager in Ontario before returning to Manitoba to take on the role as the Director of ENGAP.

Conference Registration

Tuesday, October 25 - Friday, October 28, 2022
Online professional development sessions daily between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Exclusive on-demand and live session recordings available for 90 days.

General Public $200 + GST
Association Registrants $125 + GST
Association Students $25 + GST
Lunch Add-On $8 + GST

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Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 13, 2022
Meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.
In-person at the RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, or 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.

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Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Friday, October 14, 2022
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
York Ballroom, RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Individual ticket $65 + GST
Table of 8 $455 + GST

Register for Awards Ceremony

Join fellow practitioners for our lunchtime awards ceremony celebrating the exceptional achievements of local professionals, teams, and companies. This event also offers attendees the opportunity to network with fellow practitioners. This year, music and entertainment will be provided by Big City All Star Band.

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