The Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Chinese Members Chapter 2020 AGM
The 2020 annual general meeting (AGM) of the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) Chinese Members Chapter was held virtually on Microsoft Teams on January 16th, 2021. The meeting was open for registration for all members of EGM and approximately 40 chapter members were in attendance. The special guests invited to the event were Mr. Jason Mann (P. Geo, President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba), Mr. Grant Koropatnick (P.Eng., FEC. CEO of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba) as well as the event sponsor Shali Zhang from National Bank of Canada.
The meeting started at 6:00 pm. The first guest speaker Mr. Jason Mann was on hand to open the meeting, Mr. Mann briefly concluded EGM’s operation in last year, and then he thanked all the chapter members and volunteers for their contributions to the profession and communities in the past year.
After Mr. Mann’s speech, Shali Zhang, the Branch Manager of the National Bank, greeted all the chapter members and introduced the most current mortgage policies, comparison of various mortgage penalties, and mortgage deal package National Bank of Canada offers to engineers to the chapter members.
At 6:20pm, the keynote speaker Mr. Grant Koropatnick delivered his video speech on the topic of how COVID impacts engineering. In his presentation, Mr. Koropatnic shared some personal experience of how life has changed for individuals, households, workers, and students because of COVID. He also discussed the influences of COVID on the engineering profession in a number of ways including job market situation, reduction in engineer immigrant’s population, as well as technology revolution and usage being accelerated by the pandemic.
At 6:45pm, Jasmine Li, the Chair of EGM Chinese Members Chapter, presented the annual report of the past year. She provided the membership updates, summarized all the chapter events and other achievements in 2020. She acknowledged and appreciated all volunteers and presented the status improvements of some chapter members. She also announced the executive committee members for the period of 2021 - 2022. At the end, the treasurer of the chapter Ms. Jia Chen, delivered the financial report of 2020.
The AGM was continued with group discussions and networking sessions till the formal closure of the event at 7:20pm.
Books Donation for celebrating 100th Anniversary of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba
2020 is the 100th Anniversary of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba since its establishment on March 27, 1920. In order to celebrate this important milestone and recognize contributions from generations of engineers and geoscientists registered with the Association, our chapter celebrated and supported the Centennial Anniversary by making books donations to Whyte ridge elementary school and the IEEQ program with University of Manitoba. In September, we donated 55 STEM books bearing a centennial message as well as the stamps of both the Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba logo and the Chinese Members Chapters logo to Whyte ridge elementary school. It would help bring engineering and science into campus for young students. We believe it is the obligation of engineers and geoscientists to give back to the community and inspire the future generations. We specifically picked some books about female scientists or engineers, to inspire more girls to find the beauty of science and learn how to change the world into a better place with the knowledge of science and engineering. .
Since University of Manitoba has closed the campus due to the pandemic, we will pass the donated books to the IEEQ office in fall 2021.
2020 Fall Virtual Seminar
October 24th， 2020
A joint event between the Chinese and Pakistan Members Chapter of Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba was organized in the form of a virtual seminar with 4 guest speakers from different engineering disciplines. The 2-hour virtual seminar was hosted on Google Meet at 6:00 pm with 29 attendees to learn about engineering.
Uzair Anwar from Standard Aero presented thermal spray coating technologies. In these processes, melted material such as ceramics, plastics is sprayed onto a flat, clean surface. Uzair also outlined both the benefits and risks of those techniques, which could affect the quality, porosity and bond strength on the surface of the substrate as well as the effects on the environment. These coating techniques are used on aircraft gas turbines to provide better corrosion resistance, high thermal resistance and increase component life.
Next, Johnson Aina presented the digitalization of quality inspection using a case study of Motor Coach Industries. He outlined the importance of quality inspection and compared the differences between the traditional and digital ways of quality inspection. He also discussed the drawbacks of traditional quality inspection such as increased time consumption during the inspection and paperwork overload. This would lead to a dispute relating to the separation of kinds of work performed by different operators and decrease work productivity. The benefits of digital quality inspection that Johnson pointed out are the real-time analytics and visualization of the shop floor, which consists of more than 20 production stations. This could also lead to better traceability of the bus hence defects can be identified sooner during manufacturing.
Dustin Thiesen presented the purpose of addressing climate change and promoting collective actions on climate issues to improve mental health. He pointed out that human life ( including the cultural norms, economy, behaviour and ecosystem) worked as a singular system, especially under COVID-19. Currently, the world is in crisis fatigue thus the society stopped caring about climate change that is damaging the ecosystem. The Earth would be unsuitable to populate by 2070 and hence, he strongly recommended all attendees to explore Project Drawdown https://drawdown.org/, a climate change mitigation project initiated by Paul Hawken and Amanda Joy Ravenhill.
Lastly, Onis Sampson from Teshmont Consultant demonstrated the development and implementation of HVDC transmission. He outlined the history of HVDC and the benefits of using HVDC over AC transmission lines from power losses and economic perspectives. He specified that the current distribution systems, due to the skin effect, were not uniform around the conductor and AC resistance was about 2% higher than those with DC resistance at 60 Hz. He also showed the components of HVDC through a case study of Manitoba Bipole III that transformers, valves, filters, reactors and electrode towers were essential building blocks for an HVDC power network.
Job Hunting Seminar
Date: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Oct 3rd, 2020
Location: Online Presentation
The job-hunting seminar was held on the 3rd of Oct 2020 by the EngGeoMB Chinese Chapter Student Committees, aiming to help students, new graduates and new immigrates build up their engineering careers. Two speakers, Mr. Bruce Liu (Electrical Engineer-in-Training of Teshmont Consultants), and Mr. Andy Zhou (Junior Electrical Engineer of Hatch), and a total number of 28 chapter members attended this seminar.
The seminar started at 2:58 pm, and the topic was how job hunting can be more efficient. Through sharing his own job searching experience, Bruce emphasized the importance of connections, resume writing, and interview preparation for future career development. Andy walked through the tips of how to use resources to dig out more potential opportunities; and how to prepare a cover letter, resume, and interview with proper wording, paragraph structures, and formatting.
The seminar was continued with the Q&A section until the formal closure of the event at 4:00 pm.
Masks Donation to Frontline Workers
As our way of sharing the social responsibility and battling COVID-19, the Chapter has made a donation of 10 boxes (50pc each box) of masks to frontline workers from Southeast Personal Care home. Special thanks go to our main sponsor National Bank for the funding support and Ido Media for the label printing support. We have received a thank you message from Glecy Estacio, Resident Care Manager of Southeast Personal Care Home.
Donation for Chinese Engineer Ms. Yanzhen Li
Our member Chinese Engineer Ms. Yanzhen Li passed away on Jan 9, 2020.
Here is Ms. Li's obituary: https://www.ethicaldeathcare.com/li-yanzhen
It is very sad that we lost a great friend Yanzhen, she has answered and helped with lots of questions for our chapter. Lots of our members may work or study with Yanzhen before. We will always remember her kindness and intelligence.
In memory of Yanzhen, the chapter organized a donation event for her family. $870 has been collected from our kind and generous members. The donation has been received by Yanzhan's family on April 12th 2020.
The Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Chinese Members Chapter 2019 AGM
The 2019 annual general meeting (AGM) of the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) Chinese Members Chapter was held on the 18th of Jan 2020. The event was held at CanadInn Fort Garry Ambassador A, 1824 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sixty chapter members attended the meeting. The special guests invited to the event were Dr. Jitendra Paliwal (P.Eng, President of EGM and Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba), Grant Koropatnick (P.Eng, CEO of EGM) as well as the event sponsors and leaders from other EGM chapters.
The meeting started at 5:10 pm with Dr. Jitendra Paliwal’s keynote speech. The topic was about how to register as a professional engineer in Manitoba. During his presentation, Dr. Paliwal introduced the history of EGM and why it was established. He also discussed many special cases regarding how registration could be processed for the candidates who are with different academic and professional backgrounds. The presentation was informative and well receives. After the Aaltas dinner buffet, the meeting continued with the volunteer appreciation ceremony. Volunteers have been a significant part of the success of the previous events organized by the chapter. Their contribution was recognized with certificates and special gifts prepared by the chapter’s executive committee. As the long term sponsor of the chapter, the National Bank is known as the financial institution that provides tailor-made banking solutions for Engineers. Shali Zhang, the Branch Manager of the National Bank, introduced the latest financial products designed specifically for engineers to the chapter members. During the event, Grant Koropatnick sent his warm wishes to the chapter and all the members. He also talked about some upcoming events as a part of EGM’s centennial celebration in 2020. The AGM event sponsor Ling Xu from Freedom Financial sent his greetings to all members as well.
Jasmine Li, the Chair of EGM Chinese Members Chapter, presented the annual report of the past year. She provided the membership updates and reviewed all the chapter events organized in 2019. She also announced a new executive member for the chapter and introduced the upcoming events planned in 2020. Jia Chen, the treasure of the chapter, delivered the financial report of 2019. The AGM was continued with group discussions and networking sessions till the formal closure of the event at 9:00pm.
2019 Technical Tour at MacDon Industries Ltd.
Nov. 7th, 2019
On the 7th November 2019, Chinese Members Chapter of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (the Chapter) was invited to a plant tour at MacDon Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of world-leading high-performance harvesting equipment for over 70 years with the headquarter at 680 Moray St., Winnipeg, Manitoba. A total of nine members participated in the tour. The tour started at 3:00 pm and ended at about 4:30 pm.
With the reputation as The Harvesting Specialists, MacDon products are distributed and supported worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and Germany. MacDon’s relentless pursuit of improvement is driven by the desire to make harvesting easier and more productive for farmers. By working directly with producers and custom harvesters in the toughest real-world conditions, MacDon has always been able to pioneer industry-leading innovations. During the tour, the Chapter group was shown the state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, including bending press, laser cut machines, powder coating lines, and Forklifts and Combilift running in the plant. The Chapter group was also given opportunities to ask questions towards the products and knew a little more about the product development at MacDon and how testing was done on the new generation products. The Chapter group was very excited to see some MacDon’s bestseller engineered products like the combine header FlexDraper® on the assembly line and was impressed by the continuous pursuit of engineers at MacDon to improve the product design through customers’ feedbacks.
2019 Manitoba Marathon
June 16th, 2019
On June 16th, 2019, the relay team sponsored by the EGM Chinese members chapter and realtor Xiao Xiong( Jett) participated in the annual Manitoba Marathon.
The relay team has 5 members. They finished the whole race of a full marathon for only 3-h-29-min-08-sec. The team is the 26th position out of 383 teams, and it is the best achievement since 2016 which is the first year the chapter started sponsoring a relay team. The distance of each leg varies from 7.9 km to 10.5 km, everyone did a great job fighting for our relay team.
2019 Spring Technically Presentation
Time: 5:45pm - 8:00pm May.10th 2019
Location: ROOM E2-330 at Engineering Faculty, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.
On May 10th, the 2019 Spring Technically Presentation (the Second) of Chinese Members Chapter. The event was open to members of Chinese Chapter and public. 41 people were in attendance.
The keynote speakers were Dr. Bin Luo, Senior Hydrologic Engineer of Manitoba infrastructure, Kan Zhong, Electro-Mechanical Designer of Buhler Verastile Inc. and Lana Zhu, Network Study Engineer of System Performance Department of Manitoba Hydro.
The Technically presentation covered three topics including: Surface water management in Manitoba, Mechanical in Electrical, and Work at Manitoba Hydro as a Power System Study Engineer. Before each presentation, background of the speaker was introduced by MC, Dr. Qiuyan Yuan, executive of Chinese Members Chapter and Assistant Professor of University of Manitoba.
Whole session lasted 2 hours. During the presentation, speakers kindly shared their projects and work experiences, at the meantime, attendees also proposed opinions and suggestions.
Date: Mar 2019
A total of nine (9) pieces of creative designing work from 3 participants were received since the launch of the Logo Competition in January 2019. This event aimed to fully exhibited the creativity of the chapter members and set a meaningful and aesthetic logo for the chapter. The chapter executives reviewed all the designs and after two rounds of voting, Mr. Jiawei Yang’s design was finally selected as the official logo for the chapter.
The idea of the design comes from a traditional Chinese wood construction technique called “Mortise and Tenon”, which refers to perfectly interlocked structural joint without the presence of fasteners or nails. This logo is an abstract presentation of this ancient wisdom, symbolizing smooth collaboration between our members, just like how Mortise and Tenon have been working together to support structures for thousands of years. The outer black structure- Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, wraps around the inner red core- Chinese Members Chapter, subtly implying that the future is part of the former.
The Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Chinese Members Chapter 2018 AGM
Date: 21 February 2019
Location: Riverview Garden Restaurant (3564 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg MB)
The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at Riverview Garden Restaurant, 3564 Pembina Hwy in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A total of 44 members participated. The AGM started at 6:00 pm and ended at about 9:30 pm. The special guests invited to the event were Kathleen Clarke (Communications Instructor of IEEQ Program), Ray Sator (Chair, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Pilipino Chapter), Siye Cao (Personal Banking Advisor, National Bank of Canada), and Jason Shang (ACT Realtor).
The AGM started with a welcoming note and the annual activity report presented by the Chapter’s Chairperson, Wing-Keat (Wayne) Wong. Mr. Wong introduced the current executive committee of EGM Chinese Members Chapter and summarized the events held in 2018. He also presented the tentative activities for the upcoming 2019 and introduced the newly launched Chapter’s website. During the AGM, all the past volunteers were acknowledged and their contributions were greatly appreciated. Sue Arongna, the Treasurer of the Chapter, presented the financial report for 2018 and the 2019 budget. New executive committee members were nominated for the term of 2019-2021 with a brief introduction from each nominee. They are Jasmine Li (Chair), Sue Arongna, Steven Wu, Dr. Qiuyan Yuan, Mia Wei, Jia Chen, and Zelin Li. Wing-Keat (Wayne) Wong will serve as the Past Chair of the chapter until 2020.
The Keynote speaker for the event was Ms. Kathleen Clarke. The title of her presentation was “Culture and Communication in the Canadian Workplace”. She talked about the cultural differences in the Canadian workplace with advice of how to reduce misunderstandings using effective communication skills. Ms. Clarke also encouraged the audience to know more about the Canadian history and embrace diversity. The presentations were well received by the audience. The event was followed with a final speech provided by the sponsor, Mr. Siye Cao of National Bank regarding investment under the National Bank and concluded bypassing the new year’s best wishes to all the members.
Technical Tour (New Flyer Inc)
Date: 1 Nov 2018
Location: New Flyer Inc (711 Kernaghan Ave, Winnipeg MB R2C 3T4)
A total of 19 members visited the New Flyer Inc. manufacturing facility situated at 711 Kernaghan Avenue in Winnipeg. It should be noted that the number of visitors has been limited by New Flyer. The purpose of this annual tour is to provide an opportunity for members to have a better understanding of how the New Flyer’s bus production line works. It is understood that New Flyer was first founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1930 with more than 88 years of history. Today, New Flyer is the largest transit bus manufacturer and parts distributor in North America. The layout of the facility is designed to achieve efficient, low carbon emission and low operational costs.
All the visitors were requested to attend a safety briefing before they attended the tour. The safety briefing helps to ensure the safety of attendees prior to entering the facility. During the tour, all visitors were requested to stay in the passage line and requested to wear a pair of safety glasses. During the tour, tour guides from New Flyer introduced the functions of various departments and some on-going projects. Members were also guided through the product line to take a closer look at each assembly. The product line includes welding, stamping, coating, power assembly, etc. It is understood that a few final steps of the bus assemble such as windows, lights, and engines installing are to be completed in the United States. The whole tour took about two (2) hours and ended at around 8:00 pm.
I.P.A.C. Summer Picnic
Date: 18 Aug 2018
Location: Kildonan Park Hawk & Owl shelter
This joint event was organized by the ethnic-based chapters (Indian, Pilipino, Arabian, and Chinese) under Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) in the form of a potluck. The objective of the potluck was to create a multi-cultural networking opportunity for the members and their families to enjoy the beautiful summer, share their authentic cuisines, and embrace the diversity from the engineering community in Manitoba. A total of 65 people that comprise of 35 members, 19 spouses and 11 children from the Chinese Members Chapter attended the event.
The elected president of EGM, Mr. Johnathan A Epp and other event sponsors Mr. Siye Cao of National Bank of Canada and Ms. Jingyi He of ACT Realty were invited to the event. The event kicked off at 12:30 pm started with an ice breaker game, People Bingo, which participants have to fill in the name and obtain the signature of the individual that meet Bingo’s description. Delicious authentic food from different cultures was enjoyed by participants while Mr. Johnathan Epp, Mr. Siye Cao, and Chairmen from each Chapter each gave a short welcoming note.
In addition to People Bingo, they are other games, such as Dodge Ball, Jump Rope, Tug of War, and Water Fill Up Contest were also held during the event. All of the games were much enjoyed by both adults and kids. At the end of each game, prizes were awarded to the winners. The event ended at around 4:30 pm.
The Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Chinese Members Chapter 2017 AGM
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 23 February 2018
Location: Riverview Garden Restaurant (@ 3564 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, MB)
Chinese Members Chapter (Chapter) is commencing the 2017 annual general meeting (AGM). It has been confirmed that the AGM will be held on 23 February 2018 (Friday). During the AGM, the Chapter executives will summarize the 2017 annual activities and present the most updated financial report. We are honored to invite Jonathan A. EPP., President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) and Sharon E. Sankar, Director of Admissions of EGM to be the event keynote speakers. The title of the presentation is "All about Fundamental Engineering (FE)". It should be noted that participation in the event can receive 1 hr professional development hour (PDH).
Plant Tour at Buhler Industries Inc
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm, October 18, 2017
Location: 1260 Clarence Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Chinese Members Chapter (Chapter) has been given an opportunity to visit Buhler Versatile Inc.
2017 Summer Picnic
Date: August 19, 2017
Location: St. Vital Park
EGM Chinese Members Chapter had a joint summer picnic event together with three other ethnic-based (Indian, Philippine, and Arabian) chapters.
Job Recruitment Introduction
Date: May 3, 2017
Location: Room E2-350 in the engineering building of University of Manitoba.
Three presentations were given during the event to share job recruitment experiences and to introduce the Federal's Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) Program. The Chapter were honored to invite Mr. Barry Millen, VP Manitoba/Saskatchewan of the Headhunter, Mr. Wing-Keat Wong, Senior Geotechnical Engineer of Amec Foster Wheeler and Chair of EGM Chinese Members Chapter, and Ms. Echo Duan, Job Search Strategies
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Technology Tour (3D Metal Printing) at PRECISION ADM
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 pm, October 20, 2016
Location: 1595 Buffalo Place, Winnipeg, MB
The Chinese Members Chapter (Chapter) has been given an opportunity to visit Precision ADM, a 3D metal printing facility. Precision ADM Inc. (PADM) is the first start-up company currently wholly owned by the Orthopedic Innovation Centre. PADM was incorporated 11 May 2015 and has since operated out of the OIC facilities. PADM identifies, develops, and manufactures high value components and device applications for the medical, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. The medical industry is moving towards patient specific devices to offer better, more personalized therapies. The aerospace industry is innovating towards lighter and more fuel efficient aircraft while developing new components with reduced, expedited supply chain. Their solution to clients is to provide digital manufacturing design and/or manufacturing solutions to make their products more efficient and functional than those made with conventional manufacturing methods.