Past Events – 2018


Industry 4.0 Revolution – Smart Automation, February 1, 2018

Event Report – available soon
Presentation slides (pdf)
Event Photos
Additional Event photos by Chun Mei Yuan, EIT


Future City Competition, Durham District School Board & Engineers Canada, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Event report (available soon)
Event photos



Past Events – 2017


West Toronto Chapter Seasonal Soiree & Networking Event

Wed, 20 December 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST


“Increase Your Mental Flexibility” workshop was presented by TECS Toastmasters, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:00 PM

Mental flexibility is the ability to think creatively and adapt quickly to new information. This workshop put participants through several exercises designed to develop better listening, observation and problem solving skills in order to learn ways of approaching situations that allow you to adapt your behaviour so you can achieve the best outcomes.

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Blockchain for Engineers, November 22nd, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Click here for PowerPoint presentation (available soon)


Innovation in Biomedical Engineering: Past, Present & Future, November 7, 2017

The PEO West Toronto Chapter and TECS Toastmasters (Toronto Engineering Club of Speakers) hosted a panel discussion on innovation in biomedical engineering on November 7, 2017

An expert panel, moderated by Toastmaster Jim Chisholm, P.Eng.,  discussed the past, present and future of biomedical engineering innovations.

Click here for summary of discussion. (available soon)

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Click here for the Event Poster. (pdf)


PEO Enforcement & the Use of the Engineering Seal, November 2, 2017.

Seminar held on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Link to Event report (available soon)

Links to presentations:

Enforcement (pdf)

Professional Engineering Practice (pdf)

Use of Seal (pdf)

Link to event photos


The Engineering Investigation into Elliot Lake’s Algo Mall Parking Deck Collapse of June 23, 2012 – Presented Thursday, September 21, 2017

Click here for the full event report (pdf).

Click here for Mr. Saffarini’s presentation on the engineering investigation (pdf)

Click here for the PEO response to the recommendations of the Elliott Lake Commission of Inquiry (pdf)

Click here for photos of the event

NOTE: The following link is provided with permission. Both the OPP (NORR’s client) and the Crown Attorney encouraged the sharing and use of the NORR report and what was learned during the work on site at the Algo Mall as an educational and training tool to engineers.
Click here for the complete Forensic Investigation report on the Algo Mall collapse (pdf)


Call for Volunteers: Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) Program

Are you ready to inspire the next generation of engineers?
Do you enjoy giving presentations in classrooms and showing how cool engineering is through hands-on projects?
Have you considered volunteering for PEO’s Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) program?

Click here to read more


Volunteering Opportunities at U of T for January 2018 Semester

Professor Aimy Bazylak, P.Eng., would like to warmly invite engineers in the West Toronto Chapter to submit a design problem and become a client for a 1st year University of Toronto Engineering “Sustainability Scholars” design team. They are launching a special series of 1st year engineering design projects focused on sustainability through our 1st year Engineering Strategies & Practice (ESP) course – a core 1st year engineering course of 1000 students focused on the role of engineering in society, our relationship with the environment, and the potential and importance of engineering work for people. Click here to read the full story.


Effective Business and Engineering Meetings Workshop, September 5, 7 PM

Presenter, Justin Edenbaum, P.Eng., PE (NY), an engineer and 16-year Toastmaster, has attended and led many meetings. Out of total frustration from sitting through – and maybe leading – too many boring meetings that lacked purpose and control, Justin researched how to conduct meetings properly.

At this seminar, Toastmasters and Engineers learned to lead business meetings that accomplish goals using participant’s time and energy effectively. Steps included meeting preparation with an agenda, conducting a meeting, and preparing meeting notes after the meeting.

Click here to view photos of the event.

Event Report – TECS Workshop Better Meetings


Women in Engineering and Science (WIES) Design Competition, July 8th, 9th & July 15th, 16th, 2017

The WTPEO proudly presented the Fourth Annual WIES Design Competition.

The WIES Design Competition is about helping youth discover the excitement of engineering and science through a fun and collaborative design competition. This year’s competition used the latest technology as participants were challenged to develop a prototype to address complications relating to a sports injury! Through workshops and with the help of engineering and scientist facilitators, youth had the chance to develop and build prototypes that might just help prevent and treat sports injuries experienced by real athletes.

Event pictures.


PEO’s PEAK Program, Thursday, June 22, 2017

On June 22, 2017, Bernard Ennis, P.Eng., PEO’s Director of Policy and Professional Affairs presented a seminar on the new Practice Evaluation And Knowledge (PEAK) program to WTPEO members:

After more than 20 years of trying, PEO has finally come up with a unique voluntary, as opposed to mandatory, PEAK (i.e. Continuing Professional Development) program to provide  PEO with an accurate and up to date regulatory profile of its licence holders that will help meet the public’s ever-increasing demand for accountability among regulators of professions.

Non-practising P. Engs. (including retired P. Engs.) need only complete the Ethics portion of the Questionnaire.  The maximum number of hours is 30 hrs/yr, with most engineers required to complete only 15-20 hrs.  PEO will maintain a 5-yr. rolling record of an engineer’s participation in PEAK which will be visible to the public in the members portal {recorded as: completed, partially completed (e.g. 75%), or not completed}.

The following points are of most  relevance to WTPEO:

Our technical seminars will qualify for PEAK credits.
We may advertise our technical seminars as qualifying for PEAK credits.
Bernard Ennis’s PEAK Information Session  does not qualify as a PEAK credit.
The following continuing knowledge activities, aligned to your Practice will qualify for PEAK credits:  reading technical journals, attending seminars, preparing & giving lectures, mentoring EITs, etc.

If anyone has any questions or comments about the PEAK program, they may send them to <> and Bernard Ennis will  respond to them.

Event pictures

PowerPoint presentation


Transportation Development Plan – City of Mississauga, Thursday, June 1st, 2017

PEO Mississauga Chapter, with participation from neighbouring chapters, presented Transportation Development Plan – City of Mississauga – Get Involved!

Guest Speaker, Geoff Wright, P.Eng., MBA, is the Commissioner of Transportation and Works for the City of Mississauga. Geoff leads one of the City’s largest departments responsible for transit, works operations and maintenance, transportation and infrastructure planning, engineering and construction, enforcement, and the construction of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HRLT) project.


TECS Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence and Engineering, May 16, 2017

The PEO West Toronto Chapter, in partnership with the Toronto Engineering Club of Speakers Toastmasters (TECS) presented a panel discussion on how automation and
artificial intelligence may change the engineering profession.

Click for  Event Report – TECS Panel on Automation

Click for PowerPoint presentation.


WTPEO and MIE Grad Student Association and Alumni Networking Event, Thursday, May 4, 2017

In partnership with Association of Mechanical and Industrial Graduate Students (AMIGAS) and the Department of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) of the University of Toronto, WTPEO presented a networking event to afford practical insights and strategies for job search and career; an opportunity to learn how to create and maintain strong contacts as your navigate your career.

The evening consisted of a keynote speech on “Career Development and Job Search Strategies” after which attendees participated in a panel of their choice.


Chris Twigge-Molecey (MechE PhD 7T2) – Senior Advisor, Hatch
Reza Biglary Makvand (IndE MEng 1T4) – Senior Consultant, Lean & Operational Excellence, CIBC
Scott Jeong (IndE MEng 1T6) – Sr. Manager, Business Intelligence & Info Systems, Scotiabank
Mahdi Tajbakhsh (IndE PhD 0T7) – President at Mypta Developments

Sponsorship from the West Toronto PEO Chapter and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is gratefully acknowledged.


Phase-Down of HFCs and the impact on refrigeration and air conditioning, April 26th, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Youtube video link

Event summary

On October 16th, 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda, nearly 200 nations, including Canada, adopted an Amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances to Deplete the Ozone Layer. In signing the Amendment, the nations agreed to phase-down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) (e.g. R-134A: 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane), which are used predominantly in refrigeration, air-conditioning and foam blowing applications.  HFCs are greenhouse gases that can be hundreds to thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide, the predominant greenhouse gas. HFCs were developed to replace CFCs (e.g. R-12: CCl2F2) and HCFCs (e.g. R-22: CHClF2) which are now being phased-out under the 1989 Montreal Protocol.

Although not widely recognized, the invention of CFC refrigerants in the first half of the 20th century was a disruptive technology that changed the history of the world.

Can we invent a simple replacement for CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs refrigeration and air conditioning systems? As an alternative, can we re-engineer our cooling requirements, or new refrigeration equipment to meet these requirements?

This seminar addressed the engineering challenges/opportunities posed by the phase-out of CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs from refrigeration and air conditioning. Although the phase-out will not occur significantly in Canada for another thirteen years, the need to replace these refrigerants by some other technology will become increasingly important.


Professional Engineering Ontario – West Toronto Chapter
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers – Toronto Chapter
University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry


The speakers addressed the technology of refrigerants, the reasons for the phase-out of HFCs, Canada’s proposed plan to phase-out HFCs, the industry’s response to the Kigali Amendment, and two current alternatives to the use of HFC refrigerants.

Tom Markowitz, P.Eng., PEO West Toronto Chapter Executive
“What is a Refrigerant?”

Nancy Seymour, P.Eng., Environment Canada, Head, Ozone Protection Programs, Gatineau, QC
“Phase-down of HFCs”

James E. Wolf, Presidential Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Washington, DC, USA
“The Industry’s Response to the Kigali Amendment”

Ann-Sophie Hamel-Boisvert, ing jr, Account Manager, Réfrigération Carnot, Trois- Rivières, QC
“Refrigeration with Carbon Dioxide”

Joyce Lee, P.Eng., Enwave Energy Corporation, Vice-President, System Operations and Asset Management, Toronto, ON
“Deep Lake Water Cooling”


TECS OPEN HOUSE, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

About 5 years ago, WTPEO initiated the Toronto Engineering Club of Speakers Toastmaster Club (TECS)  to enable Chapter members, U of T Engineering students and other PEO members to develop their speaking and leadership skills. TECS presented an Open House in  the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Building to show how this unique and exciting speakers club can nurture confidence and foster leadership skills.

If you missed this event, see this website for more information:


Career Management Expert, Heather Stewart, MSc, March 22, 2017.

Heather Stewart, MSc, founder of Eden Park Group, a leading provider of career and leadership coaching and consulting services, explored the question Are You Happy in Your Career?

Attendees were prompted to ask themselves questions like:
Am I happy at work?
How long should I stay in this job?
Should I get a post grad degree?
Is it worth getting my P.Eng?
Why career plan now?
Can a graduate engineer in management consulting get a P.Eng?

The event was held at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 550 University Ave, and was preceded by a tour of the world class research facilities  of iDAPT Labs, world class facilities!


2017 Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7:30 PM

The 2017 AGM was held at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute UC Lecture Theatre, 550 University Ave, Toronto, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 7:30 PM.

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Past Events – 2016


Seasonal Soiree & Networking Event, December 13, 2016

The Chair and Executive hosted members and guests at  the annual Seasonal Soiree & Networking Event at the Provo Food Bar.


Corrosion Protection to Extend the Life of Concrete Structures, November 23, 2016

Click for slide presentation (PDF file)


Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour, November 10, 2016, 6:00 PM


Scientific Research & Experimental Development Claims, September 28, 2016


 WTPEO & TRI WiES Design Competition,  July9, 10, 16 & 17, 2016


Passion and Responsibilities of Forensic Engineering, June 22, 2016


Radiation Effects on Humans: Overcoming Fear of Nuclear Energy – May 25, 2016


Advanced Insulating Concrete Form Design & Construction – April 27, 2016



Past Events  – 2015

WTPEO Eglinton Cross-Town Tunnel construction seminar – October 28, 2015

Click here to see photos of the event
Overview-Eglinton Cross-Town Tunnel construction
West tunnels progress update

Women in Engineering and Science Design Competition – August 2015

Click here to see photos of the event
Report of the event

Annual General Meeting – February 25, 2015

On Feb. 25, 2015 at 7:30PM in Room 244 of the Galbraith Building at the University of Toronto, the West Toronto Chapter of the PEO will conduct its Annual General Meeting. Information will be provided about activities the Chapter did in the past year. An election will be held for the executive board and for Vice Chair of the chapter. In addition Nigel Fung, P.Eng., Director of Mine Planning at McEwen Mining Inc., will give a 30 minute talk on a mining related topic (Mining and the Environment).
Minutes 2014 AGM
Agenda of 2015 AGM
Mining and the Environment – Presentation

Committee Reports

Environment Committee
Engineer-In-Residence Program
FIRST Robotics
License Presentation
Government Liaison Program
Financial Statement
Newsletter Report

Candidate Statements

Tom Markowitz, P.Eng.
Richard Mraz, P.Eng.
Georg Kralik, P.Eng. FEC
Paula Nguyen, EIT
Pat Scanga, P.Eng.
Paul Collier, P.Eng.
Marina Freire
Hilary Whiting, EIT
Derek Michael D’costa, P.Eng., FEC

Annual General Meeting (February – 2015) – Photographs

WTPEO Seminar – Energy and Water Systems for Remote Systems (Oct-2014) – ReportPhotographs

WTPEO Summer BBQ (July-2014) – ReportPhotographs