2018 EIC AWARDS
The Institute is very happy to announce the winners of its 2018 engineering awards. Five prestigious medals and 20 fellowships were presented at EIC’s Awards Gala held at the Hilton Lac Leamy Hotel on 28 April 2018. The winners’ citations are available further below on this page.
2019 Awards Gala – Reservations
The 2019 Gala will take place on Saturday 30 March 2019 at the HILTON LAC-LEAMY Hotel, 3 Casino Boulevard, Gatineau-Ottawa, QC. The gala is a black-tie optional award ceremony, including a reception (6 PM) followed by a sit-down 4-course dinner banquet (7:30 PM).
Reservations (**Ticket sales/registration will open in early 2019 – Thank you**):
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A limited block of rooms will be held until 28 February 2019 by the Hilton at special rates starting at $195/night under group code “CVG”. The hotel features free parking and is located adjacent to the famous Casino Lac-Leamy.
Dress code: Formal evening or cocktail dress (women) / Black-tie or business attire (men).
Senior Awards of the EIC
The Sir John Kennedy Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding services rendered to the engineering profession, or of noteworthy contributions to the science of engineering, or to the benefit of the Institute. Awarded once every two years.
The Julian C. Smith Medal recognizes achievement in the development of Canada. Up to two medals may be awarded each year.
The K.Y. Lo Medal recognizes significant engineering contributions at the international level. One medal may be awarded annually.
The John B. Stirling Medal is awarded for leadership and distinguished service at the national level within the Institute and/or its Member Societies, by members of these Societies. One medal may be awarded annually.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Medal recognizes many years of leadership and service by members of the Societies within the Institute at the regional, branch and section levels. Since 1990, one medal may be awarded annually.
Up to 20 members of EIC constituent societies are awarded EIC Fellowships by the Council of the Institute in recognition of their excellence in engineering and their services to the profession and to society.
Honorary Memberships are offered to non-members of the Institute and its Member Societies (including non-engineers) elected by the Council of the Institute for having achieved outstanding distinction through service to engineering and the profession of engineering in Canada.
2019 Awards Nominations
Each year, the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) recognizes outstanding engineers amongst the membership of its member societies, both academic and industry based members, at an awards gala.
NOTE: The nomination campaign for 2018 awards is closed. Nominations for 2019 Awards are accepted until end of day/midnight 15 November 2018.
Nominations are reviewed by the HAF committee which makes the award recommendations to the EIC Council. Award nominations must be received by the EIC Office by midnight November 15 of each year in order to be considered for the following spring ceremony.
EIC member Societies are always encouraged to consider nominating their most deserving members in a manner that reflects the diversity of the Canadian engineering community.
2018 EIC Award Winners
The Sir John Kennedy Medal
Established in 1927 to commemorate “great service rendered to engineering” by Sir John Kennedy, a Past President of the EIC, this medal is the most distinguished award of the Institute. It is awarded on a biennial basis. Next possible award will be in 2019.
The Julian C. Smith Medal
Founded in 1939 to perpetuate the name of a Past President of the Institute, the
Julian C. Smith Medal is awarded for “Achievement in the Development of Canada”.
Dr. Brahim Benmokrane
“For his exceptional leadership and contributions to the development of Canada
in the field of FRP-reinforced concrete structures.”
Dr. Edward Arthur McBean
“For his visionary leadership and outstanding contributions to
the development of Canada on water security issues.”
The K. Y. Lo Medal
Established by a former group of students in 1997 to honour Professor K.Y. Lo of the University of Western Ontario,
this medal is awarded in recognition of significant engineering contributions at the international level.
Dr. Delwyn Fredlund
“For his exceptional leadership and engineering contributions to
the theory of unsaturated soil mechanics and worldwide application in geotechnical practice.”
The John B. Stirling Medal
Established in 1987 during the Institute’s centennial year honouring a former president, this medal is awarded in recognition of distinguished service at the national level within the Institute and/or its Members Societies
by members of these societies.
Dr. Catherine Mulligan
“For her exceptional leadership and distinguished service to the profession at the national level”
The Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal
For years of leadership and service to the Institute at the regional branch and section levels.
Dr. Robin Black
“For his excellent leadership, and tireless service to the profession at the regional level”
Fellows of the EIC
The Engineering Institute of Canada normally elects up to twenty engineers annually to the grade of Fellow
for their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. Elected as Fellows in 2017 are:
Mr. Tony Bennett
“For his leadership and contributions to development and advancement
of dam safety practices in Canada and internationally”
Dr. Kevin Biggar
“For his exceptional contributions to geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering
and service to the profession”
Dr. Richard Brachman
“For his academic excellence and outstanding contributions
to the science and practice of buried polymer structures”
Dr. Pavel Cheben
“For his leadership and pioneering contributions to optics and photonics,
including the discovery of a new type of optical waveguide”
Dr. (Xiongbiao) Daniel Chen
“For his exceptional leadership and contributions to the field of bio-fabrication and tissue engineering”
Dr. Mohamed Cheriet
“For his exceptional leadership and contributions
to green information and communication technologies (ICT)”
Mr. Bill Chin
“For his excellence in consulting practice and innovative approaches
to dam engineering and tailings disposal”
Dr. Octavia Adina Dobre
“For her dedication to research, teaching and service and contributions
to the field of signal processing for communications”
Mr. Kimberley John Greenwood
“For his leadership and excellent contributions to the profession of clinical engineering
and healthcare technology management”
Dr. Michel R. Julien
“For his leadership and advancing the state of practice within the mining
and resource development industry in Canada and abroad”
Dr. Robert M. Kenyon
“For his exceptional leadership and contributions to emergency geotechnical engineering
for infrastructure and natural events”
Dr. Faisal Irshad Khan
“For his leadership and outstanding contributions to the fields
of offshore process safety and risk engineering”
Ms. Donna Jean Kilpatrick
“For her excellent leadership, service to the profession and contributions to
the fields of air quality and waste management”
Dr. Anna Teresa Lawniczak
“For her exceptional leadership and advancement of discrete modeling
and simulation methods in engineering applications”
Dr. Brenda McCabe
“For her exceptional academic leadership, contributions to engineering education
and dedicated service to the profession”
Dr. Kent S. Novakowski
“For his leadership and exceptional contributions to the field of
hydrogeology of fractured rock and groundwater engineering”
Dr. Muthukumaran Packirisamy
“For his leadership, and advancement of turbomachines
and micro-electro-mechanical systems in engineering”
Mr. Colin Earl Smith
“For his excellent leadership in the mining industry and
exemplary service to the profession of engineering”
Dr. Shahabaddine Sokhansanj
“For his excellence in teaching and research and development
of engineering solutions for the processing of biomaterials”
Dr. Dharma Wijewickreme
“For his exemplary leadership and contributions to earthquake
and pipeline geotechnical engineering”