Opening Presentation: "Building a Solid Foundation for the Future"
APEGBC Vice President John Clague, P.Geo., FGC, will speak to us and take your questions. His speech will be an update on the APEGBC Council, the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, and a variety of other APEGBC initiatives.
Keynote Presentation: " The Changing Role of the Engineer"
In a world where kids are coding for fun, teenagers are hanging out at Makerspaces, and digital fabrication makes it possible for a 10 year old amputee to build his own robotic hand, what does it mean to be an engineer? As the boundaries blur between disciplines, and more engineers are making art while more artists are using technology, what does the future of engineering look like? And for that matter, where have all the engineering jobs gone? It would seem that architects, industrial designers, and manufacturers are constantly encroaching on the domains that were once dominated by engineers. A combination of digital fabrication, easy access to powerful software, and access to Makerspaces has made it possible for those with no formal engineering background to take on "engineering" tasks previously beyond their reach.
Also, now more than ever, art is playing a powerful role in entrepreneurial innovation. In the words of MIT Media Lab chief, Joi Ito: "Art is the best alibi". Combine all that with the growing awareness of energy resource limitations and sustainability and it becomes clear: now is the time to look to the future and to re-asses the role of the modern engineer. Through examples of his own work and that of his MistyWest, MIT, and eatART Colleagues, Leigh will offer his interpretations of this changing engineering landscape and perhaps provoke the audience to do the same.
Thank you to our sponsors:
John Clague, Ph.D, P.Geo., FGC
APEGBC Vice President
John Clague is Shrum Professor of Science at Simon Fraser University. He was educated at Occidental College (BA, 1967), the University of California Berkeley (MA, 1969), and the University of British Columbia (PhD, 1973). Dr. Clague has worked as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada and at Simon Fraser University, where he is currently the Canada Research Chair in Natural Hazard Research. He is Director of the Centre for Natural Hazard Research at SFU. Dr. Clague has published over 200 papers in 45 different journals on a range of earth science disciplines, including glacial geology, geomorphology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and natural hazards, and has consulted for several private-sector firms and government agencies.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, former President of the Geological Association of Canada, and Past-President of the International Union for Quaternary Research. He is also a recipient of the Geological Society of America Burwell Award, the Royal Society of Canada Bancroft Award, APEGBC’s 2001 and 2005 Innovation Editorial Board Awards, the Geological Association of Canada’s (GAC) 2006 E.R.W Neale Medal, and GAC’s 2007 Logan Medal and 2012 Ambrose Medal.
Leigh Christie, P.Eng.
MistyWest Founder, eatARt Co-Founder
Leigh Christie has worked as an engineer in British Columbia for most of his career, and recently finished his Masters in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT. In 2004, Leigh completed his undergraduate education in Engineering Physics from UBC, where he focused on mechanical and clean-tech engineering. Leigh first became interested in sustainable transportation when he helped lead a team of engineering students to build Western Canada’s first solar powered vehicle at UBC. He then went on to design battery packs and EV components for several automotive startup companies. In addition to his extensive engineering design background, Leigh is best known for co-creating the Mondo Spider, a pure-electric 1,500 lb walking vehicle. This project led Leigh to co-found the eatART Laboratory in Vancouver, BC. Leigh holds three patents on fuel cells and automation devices. Leigh is also the founder of MistyWest Energy and Transport, an engineering and product design company located in Gastown, Vancouver. Through innovation and design, Leigh strives to push technological and cultural boundaries.
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