Lily Lake Solar Farm Tour
On Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 at 1pm, about 35 members enjoyed a tour and presentation of the Lily Lake Solar Farm located on 394 Lily Lake Road, Peterborough, ON.
The tour included walking near the main substation and through a few rows of the array with a view of a mockup solar module in the garage area so the group can see the effects of shading on a module.
Event organizer: Rishi Poddar.
2018 Peterborough Regional Health Centre Laboratory Tour
The PRHC Laboratory is ISO 15189 Plus certified. This certification is a 4 year certification with a mid-cycle assessment. PHRC Laboratory received a 100% compliance with their mid-cycle assessment in May 2018.
The PRHC Laboratory provides services for PRHC, Haliburton Highlands Health Services, Anatomical Pathology and Microbiology services for Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay and Northumberland Hills Hospital in Coburg, as well as Anatomical Pathology services for Campbellford Memorial Hospital. PRHC Laboratory performed over 1.75 million tests in 2017 to aid in diagnosis and treatments.
There are approximately 110 staff members that make up the Laboratory team of Doctors (Pathologists) , Technologists, Pathologists Assistants, Technicians, Clerical and Administrative staff.
The Laboratory consists of Multiple specialty areas including Specimen Procurement – primarily blood collection, to ensure that appropriate sample identification, collection, preservation, anticoagulants, are completed.
The Core Lab operating 24/7/365 consisting of
Hematology – whole blood analysis for complete blood counts and how that is completed and coagulation testing.
Chemistry – Analysis of blood and urine for various chemical analytes, hormones, drugs , and other proteins.
Transfusion Medicine – This area is responsible for the distribution of blood and blood products that are received from Canadian Blood Services ( your donation) to appropriate recipient who require transfusion of blood, platelets, and blood components.
Anatomical Pathology and Cytology – analysis of tissue and or cells removed in surgery to determine a diagnosis ( eg cancer ) and provide information to influence treatment processes in the cancer center
Microbiology – Testing of infected areas swab and fluids, tissues to determine causative agents and appropriate antibiotics for use
The PRHC Laboratory is using technology and engineered solutions to perform and automate many testing procedures to enhance efficiencies, reliabilities and reduce wait time for results which lead to better patient outcomes. Some of this technology was developed right here in Peterborough!
Event organizer: Nanda Affonso
2017 Peterborough WW Treatment Plant Tours
We offered tours to the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Nov 2 and Nov 9, 2017. A total of 23 people attended, combined. Some of returning members who attended the Water tour in September. The tour included a visit to the lab on site but mostly we were outdoors looking at the process. Please refer to this link for the Organizer’s summary report. Event organizer: Nanda Affonso
2017 Peterborough Engineering Symposium (PES)
Another very successful Symposium, lead by PEO and supported by IEEE, and OACETT. The topic was: LOCAL INOVATION DRIVING SUCCESS. Please refer to this link for the Organizer’s summary report.
Tour of Peterborough Water Treatment Plant, Sep 2017, report
Please refer to this organizers report for the Organizer’s summary report. Two tours took place in September 2017 with a total of 32 participants. Due to high interest, the follow up to this is the tour to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Event organizer: Nanda Affonso
Tour of BRYSTON, Nov & Dec 2016, report
There was so much interested in visiting BRYSTON that we organized three tours! Please refer to this link
for the Organizer’s summary report. Event organizer: Sean Dunne.
2016 Peterborough Engineering Symposium (PES), reports
Another very successful Symposium, jointly organized by executives of local Chapters of PEO, IEEE, and OACETT. The topic was: THE INTERNET OF THINGS. Please refer here to the Organizer’s summary report: PES 2016-10-22 Helder Pinheiro. Additionally, refer her for the IEEE’s report: 2016 IEEE-PEO ACETT Symposium-3.
Tour of Saint Mary’s Cement Plant, Oct 2016, report
Organizer’s summary report: Saint Marys Cement Plant Visit-2.
Tour of ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel, Sep 29, 2016, report
Please refer her for the Organizer’s summary report: Tour of ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel.
Engineering Month, March 2016, report
Organizers summary report:2016 Engineering Month Challenge Final Report. Thank you to those who participated and who volunteered to make this event possible!
Engineering Symposium and tour of the Peterborough Airport, October 17, 2015
Presented by OACETT, PEO and IEEE, this year, our Symposium investigated “Aerospace and Beyond”. There were tours provided of several areas of the Peterborough Airport followed by presentations by keynote speakers which covered the following topics:
• Parliamentary Secretary Lou Rinaldi,
• Mr Trent Gervais on the “Peterborough Airport Expansion”
• Mr. Gary Wood on “Flying Colours Corp.”
• Mr. Marcelo Sarkis on “Aerospace and Patents – A Quick Fly-By”
• Prof. Lynn McMullen on “the Seneca School of Aviation”
• D. Yury Shvedkov on “Free Flight Model Aviation”
• Mr. Alex Pearson on “Unmanned Aerial Surveying”
Picture of 2015 Engineering Symposium Speakers, from Left to Right: Peterborough Airport Manager Trent Gervais, Seneca College Chair of the School of Aviation Lynne McMullen, Flying Colours Corp. Representative Gary Wood, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing MPP (Northumberland-Quinte West) Lou Rinaldi, Senior Patent Agent Marcelo Sarkis, AG UAV founder Alex Pearson, and Dr. Yury Shvedkov, Canadian National Free Flight Model Airplanes Team Representative.
Seminar on SR&ED refunds, October 13, 2015
BeneFACT Consulting Group provided an interactive information seminar on the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program.
We had Ajay Sinha to describe the benefits and process of making an SR&ED claim.
Substantial refunds available
What R&D activities qualify?
What assistance is available?
Mr. Sinha is Director – New Business Development with BeneFACT Consulting Group.
Ajay has over 25 years top-flight management experience consulting and directing manufacturing, production, industrial, and R&D operations in North America. He is highly skilled in operations and business development of SR&ED program. He is a pioneer in the design and delivery of innovative change management programs that have generated millions of dollars in cost savings through redesign and internal operating, production and business process. Ajay is an expert in facilitating change in a workplace to support re-engineering initiatives and meet organizational operating, financial, quality and safety objectives.
To conclude the seminar, Charles Kidd, P.Eng, FEC, retired CRA technical auditor and well known to the PEO Peterborough Chapter provided some observations regarding the SR&ED program.
Tour of St. Mary’s Cement facility in Bowmanville, October 8, 2015
The Peterborough Chapters of PEO, IEE and OACETT joined to visit the St. Mary’s Cement facility in Bowmanville. The group went through a presentation and a site tour.
For a full report on this event, please review this document: stmarys2015
April 2015: Engineering Licensing Tutorial
Back by popular demand! We organized another successful Tutorial on the process of becoming a licensed Professional Engineer. Once again we had the full support of PEO who sent 2 speakers to go through the licensing program. For a full report on this event, please review this document: EIT Event Write up revised
March 2015 Beer Tasting Event
The Peterborough Chapter organized a Beer Tasting Event at Smithworks Brewery on March 25th, 2015. The event was well attended by 35 members and guests. Attendees got a tutorial on beer making, types of ingredients and where they come from, water processing; including a tour of the brewery. Event organizer: Nanda Affonso
2015 Engineering Challenge (March)
Please review the following document for a summary of this successful event! 2015 Engineering Month Challenge Final Report
November 2014 Engineering Symposium: Forensics Engineering
The PEO Chapter of PEO along with the local Chapters of OACETT and IEEE organized another successful Engineering Symposium.
Please review this document outlining a summary of the event with a picture of the Speakers: Peterborough Engineering Symposium 2014 – Follow up
4th line Theater Wounded Soldiers Saturday Aug 23, 2014
This event was very successful last year so we did it again! The event was well attended.
On November 29th the Peterborough Chapter of PEO, the Peterborough Section of IEEE and the Peterborough Chapter of OACETT presented a very successful 2013 Engineering Symposium in the Auditorium of Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in downtown Peterborough on “Advancing Healthcare through Engineering”. This year’s committee chair was Sean Dunne, P. Eng., IEEE.
Picture attached (by Luc Matteau).
Left to Right: David Ames, Ahmed Younis, Dick Crawford, Jeff Leal, Elna Luckham, Doug Edmunson, Peter Thomas, Colin Davis, Sean Dunne.
Keynote speaker, Peterborough MPP, the Hon. Jeff Leal, outlined the many health and economic benefits of health related businesses and services in Ontario. The Ontario Health Quality Council brings together diverse groups to accelerate innovation. Ontario is 3rd in North America for pharmaceuticals. Advances in health care though engineering are vital for our economy and for our health care system.
Dick Crawford of Pka Softtouch Corp. in Lakefield described the Micro-needle. This has a 31 gauge 2 mm deep needle which to reach the nerve endings. Drugs are injected into interstitial fluid just below the skin. They are absorbed more quickly. The needle is never visible and there is no pain. The cartridges are used once and disposable.
Ahmed Younis of Westmount Pharmacy discussed the 3 degree of freedom and 5 degree of freedom robots use at their store, Westmount Pharmacy, to prepare blister packs for clients. Ahmed is recent graduate and is very interested in smart apps which assist in providing health by monitoring symptoms.
Peter Thomas and Doug Edmondson of Isagenix discussed extending life with natural product derivatives that may help reduce aging. Telomerase treatment helps maintain the length of the telemores and may help reduce aging. Isagenix markets a whole range of products and regimes to meet this end.
Colin Davis made an impromptu presentation on Cardiomed, Lindsay Company which focuses primarily on rod dialysis and open heart surgery devices. Cardiomed assumes their product will be copied. Innovation keeps them ahead.
Elna Luckham from the Biointerfaces Institute which opened at McMaster University in April 2013 spoke on the theme “Where materials meets biology”. They work on prognostics and medical devices and train the next generation. They study Opthalmic biomaterials – drug delivery though contact lenses and materials for contact lenses. Another area is Paper detection – like litmus paper – may be used on site to test for heavy metals or E Coli. They look for materials that repel pathogens and detect antibiotic resistant bacteria. Studies are underway for home cholesterol tests, improved contact lenses, and the rapid design of new surfaces. They can test thousands of materials at once analyse the data and made it available for commercialization.
Greg Halsihan and Jill De Grood with Alberta Health Services spoke via Skype. They work on the W21 team (Ward of the 21st Century). This is a multidisciplinary project to evaluate heath technology and environment at the South Health Campus, Calgary. They work on room design for hospitals, ambulance design, and electronic medical records. One example was using RFID to track instruments in the hospital. A second example was selecting automated dispensing cabinets.
David Ames of the Peterborough Regional Health Center (PRHC) looked at developments currently in progress at PRHC and said that there is an exciting future for health care. One of the major inhibitors is the extremely long regulatory process. It takes 17 years for technology to be adopted in Canada (for example stents). Angioplasty failed 30% of the time within 6 months before stents were introduced. Biotech, genomics info-tech will make a big impact. Nanotech, chips, electronics, micro fluids, etc., will be used. Minimally invasive surgery is becoming the norm. Spider Silk with glass beads creates a material that helps re-grow human bones. The antibiotic era is over. Old diseases are back. With SARS or flu, patients need help with breathing. Other discussion topics included:
- Trauma pod – remote surgery in ambulance. Used in the USA
- Birmingham hip – high carbide cobalt chrome. 98 pc better wear resistance. Metal on metal with some reactions.
- DaVinci robot for surgeons. Good for micro surgery. Takes the shake of a doctors hands out of the procedure.
- Ultrasound non invasive uterine fibroid removal. Gastric banding. 1 hour surgery. Inflate band to prevent eating as much. Cures type II diabetes instantly.
- Needle free injection – high pressure injection.
- Molecular diagnosis and treatment effectiveness. Test the reaction to chemo. Takes a month to see if tumor shrinks. Blood test looks for cancer cells. Fine tune the chemo mix.
- MaRSExcite Program. Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation. Partnership of government, healthcare system, academia, clinicians and industry.
- Strategic Plan Canadian health care has none. It is provincially regulated.
- Need. Faster implementation of better health technologies. There is a need for a better process of consultation, evaluation, regulatory adoption (incl. fee schedule revision), and patient use.
The location (Market Hall Performing Center) worked out very well. Lunch and snacks were catered.
More then 50 people attended including a number from outside the engineering community.
Click here for the presentations on this event.
PEO President Annette Bergeron, P.Eng. (front row, third from left) was a guest speaker at the PEO Eastern Region GLP Academy and Congress on October 19. Lloyd Gorling, P.Eng. (centre, back row) attended for the Peterborough Chapter.
Also in the photo are (front row, from left to right) PEO Manager of Student and Government Liaison Programs Jeannette Chau, P.Eng., Vice President Thomas Chong, P.Eng., PEO Councillor Ishwar Bhatia, P.Eng., Eastern Region Councillor Dave Brown, P.Eng., and Upper Canada Chapter GLP Chair Jeff Neilson, P.Eng., In the back row (from left to right) are Algonquin Chapter GLP Chair Ken Serdula, P.Eng., Government Liaison Committee member Doug Hatfield, P.Eng., Thousand Island Chapter GLP Chair Graham Houze, P.Eng., Upper Canada Chapter Acting Chair Tim Kirkby, P.Eng., Thousand Islands Chapter Chair Ray Linseman, P.Eng., Peterborough Chapter GLP Rep Lloyd Gorling, P.Eng., Ottawa Chapter Treasurer Joe Podrebarac, P.Eng., Kingston Chapter Chair Doug Hamilton, P.Eng., and Ottawa Chapter GLP Chair Guy Boone, P.Eng. Peterborough Chapter participates in Government-Liaison-Program Academy
The PEO established the Government Liaison Program (GLP) so that government, PEO members, and the public continue to recognize, support and respect PEO’s regulatory mandate; in particular, its contributions to maintaining the highest level of professionalism among engineers working in the public interest. To support the GLP a number of training sessions, known as GLP Academies, are held throughout the Province for members participating in the GLP.
Government Liaison Training Sessions
- The nature/scope of the program
- Tips on building relationships with MPPs
- Updates on current issues impacting the role of PEO and the self-regulating profession
- Updates on PEO messaging and positions
On October 19, the Peterborough Chapter participated in the GLP Academy for the Eastern Region of PEO hosted by the Thousand Islands Chapter. Our Chapter was represented by Chapter executive member Lloyd Gorling, P.Eng. (retired). Keynote addresses were given by Steve Clark, MPP (Leeds-Grenville), and by PEO President Annette Bergeron, P. Eng.
Of particular interest was the Candidate College presentation by Howard Brown, President, Brown & Cohen Communications and Public Affairs. Mr Brown supports PEO’s public relations and in particular PEO’s government relations. The PEO would like to see more PEO members elected to Provincial Parliament and has developed resources to assist members with the entire process of running for elected office. Any member (including EIT) interested in running for election to Provincial Parliament or for municipal/school-board office may contact the Chapter GLP Chair, Charles Kidd, P.Eng., or the Chapter Chair Clarence Klassen, P.Eng.
The PEO GLP office can be reached at: Contacts can be found on the PEO website at http://www.peo.on.ca/index.php/ci_id/26718/la_id/1.htm
and resources can be accessed at: Government Liaison Program http://www.peo.on.ca/index.php?ci_id=26717&la_id=1 or GLP Resources for Chapters http://www.peo.on.ca/index.php/ci_id/26722/la_id/1.htm
Members of OACETT, IEEE and PEO Peterborough Chapters and their immediate family members enjoyed an evening at the 4th Line Theatre production of The Real McCoy, on Friday August 23, 2013. A total of 34 members attended the event which was at a reduced cost. For other performances, check out the website http://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/
Engineering Challenge: March 5, 2013
Engineering month (March) was celebrated in Peterborough at the Envirude Centre. Student from different age groups had a great time designing a catapult with the provided tools. Click here for the news coverage on this event.
The Peterborough Chapter Annual General Meeting took place on February 21, 2013 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. The event was well attended. Seven Professional Engineering Certificates were presented.
The Peterborough Chapter co-hosted on November 17 the Engineering Symposium with IEEE and OACETT at the Fleming College in Lindsay. This year’s topic was Environmental Engineering. The event was well attended by working and retired engineers, college students and professors.
On October 17 the Peterborough Chapter organized another Beer Tasting Event at St Veronus in Peterborough. The event was well attended and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Event organizer: Nanda Affonso
2012 PEO Education Outreach Conference report by Dan Manns, P. Eng Trip Report – 2012 PEO Education Outreach Conference – Dan Manns.
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