2019 EIC AWARDS
The Engineering Institute of Canada is pleased to announce the winning recipients of its 2019 senior engineering awards and fellowship inductees. The senior awards of the EIC are the highest distinctions made by the Institute and are awarded to deserving members of its 12 constituent societies.
Six truly exceptional engineers were presented with EIC’s engineering medals in recognition of their outstanding achievements and service to the engineering profession. In addition, 20 engineers were inducted as EIC Fellows for their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. You may view a full list of 2019 winners by scrolling down this web page. The official news release may also be downloaded:
2020 Awards Gala – Reservations
The 2020 Gala will take place at the HILTON LAC-LEAMY Hotel, 3 Casino Boulevard, Gatineau-Ottawa, QC. The exact date is yet to be announced. 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/Sponsorships (**Seat sales/registration will open in December 2019**):
Gala tickets and sponsorships may be purchased by credit card or PayPal account. Please select an item below and click Add to Cart to proceed to the PayPal-secured online payment portal. After confirming desired quantity, click “PayPal check-out” or simply “check out” (if paying by credit card). Alternately, you may purchase tickets by mailing a cheque made out to the EIC FUND to EIC’s office (see address at bottom of this page).
(1) Once you have reserved/purchased tickets, please e-mail a note to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying the full name and any dietary restriction of guest(s) for whom tickets have been purchased. This will complete and confirm the registrations. No physical ticket needs to be shipped to you.
A limited block of rooms will be held by the Hilton at special rates. 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.
2020 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 2019 awards is closed. Nominations for 2020 Awards will be accepted until end of day/midnight 15 November 2019.
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 Constituent Societies are always encouraged to consider nominating their most deserving members in a manner that reflects the diversity of the Canadian engineering community.
Previous EIC Award Winners
Previous award winners are listed by category and may be found by navigating to submenus listed under Honours and Awards, or by clicking on the following titles:
2019 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.
Dr. Suzanne Lacasse
“For her remarkable scientific and professional contributions
to the engineering field of offshore geoscience and geotechnics.”
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. Jacques Locat
“For his exceptional contributions to the development of Canada
in the field of landslides geoscience.”
Dr. Heather L. MacLean
“For her outstanding contributions to the development of Canada related to
sustainability and life cycle assessment of transportation systems.”
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. Digvir S. Jayas
“For his outstanding leadership and worldwide contributions
to the theory and practice of stored-grain ecosystems.”
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 Constituent Societies by members of these societies.
Dr. Doug Stead
“For his exceptional educational leadership and distinguished service
to the engineering profession at the national level.”
The Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal
For years of leadership and service to the Institute and/or its Constituent Societies at the regional branch and section levels.
Dr. Kevin Biggar
“For his exceptional contributions to practice, research and education
in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.”
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 2019 are:
Dr. Robert Andrews
“For his exceptional contributions to the advancement of drinking water treatment
in Canada and internationally.”
Dr. Alagan Anpalagan
“For his exceptional contributions to wireless communications and networking technologies.”
Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen
“For his outstanding contributions worldwide to the modelling
and simulation of petroleum reservoirs.”
Dr. Phillip Choi
“For his exceptional contributions to polymer science and engineering
and molecular simulation”
Dr. Jean Côté
“For his exceptional contributions to the field of thermal behavior of infrastructures
located in cold climatic conditions.”
Mr. Gary J. Follett
“For his exceptional leadership and contributions to
Canadian welding engineering and the profession.”
Dr. Bill Gentles
“For his outstanding contributions to biomedical/clinical engineering in Canada and abroad.”
Dr. Andrew K.S. Jardine
“For his exceptional contributions to the theory and practice of
engineering asset management worldwide.”
Dr. Fakhreddine Karray
“For his exceptional leadership and contributions to the fields of intelligent systems
and operational artificial intelligence.”
Dr. Craig Lake
“For his exceptional leadership and contributions to geotechnical
and geo-environmental engineering in Canada.”
Dr. Pierre Léger
“For his exceptional contributions to the theory and practice of dam
and earthquake engineering in Canada and abroad.”
Mr. Guy Mailhot
“For his outstanding leadership and contributions to the design, inspection,
evaluation and rehabilitation of bridges.”
Dr. Yuri Muzychka
“For his exceptional contributions to the fields of heat transfer, thermodynamics
and fluid mechanics in mechanical engineering.”
Dr. Jeffrey A. Packer
“For his exceptional contributions to the field of tubular steel structures
and the advancement of tubular constructions.”
Dr. Stavroula Pantazopoulou
“For her exceptional contributions to the design and earthquake retrofitting
of reinforced concrete structures.”
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Dr. Yang Shi
“For his exceptional contributions to mechatronics and networked/distributed control systems.”
Dr. Uttandaram (U.T.) Sundararaj
“For his leadership and exceptional contributions to modeling of polymer processes
and the synthesis of nanocomposites.”
Dr. Brian William Surgenor
“For his leadership in education and exceptional contributions to mechatronics engineering.”
Dr. Laurence Tianruo Yang
“For his exceptional contributions to cloud computing, embedded and ubiquitous computing
and big data analytics.”
Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu
“For his pioneering work on wireless and mobile communications theory,
systems, and networks.”