November 2014

Seminar for Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists: How to Find a Job in Canada and Prosper

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Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm – Registration & Networking
7:00 pm – Panel Discussion
8:30 pm – Networking
9:00 pm – Closing

Light refreshments will be served. 

Dress code: business casual
Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Please see the 'Full Description' for a list of speakers and their biographies.
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $10 per person
Topic: Seminar for Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists: "How to Find a Job in Canada and Prosper - A Panel Discussion".

The APEGBC Vancouver Branch, in collaboration with the Division for the Advancement of Women in Engineering & Geoscience (DAWEG) and the Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC), is organizing a seminar to discuss issues that are important to international engineers and geoscientists of BC. The main objective of the seminar is to help engineers and geoscientists transition into the Canadian job market and to further advance within the field of engineering and geoscience.

A panel discussion will be held with guest panelists who have excelled in their career and have experience of working in different organizations. The discussions will include and are not limited to:
  • How can internationally trained engineers and geoscientists land jobs in Canada?
  • What do employers look for when hiring internationally trained engineers and/or geoscientists?
  • How can immigrant internationally trained engineers and geoscientists register with APEGBC?
  • How can internationally trained engineers and geoscientists prosper in their jobs?
Master of Ceremonies
Fari Ordubadi, P.Eng.
Cooledge Lighting Inc., Director of Engineering
Fari Ordubadi is a professional engineer with more than 20 years of experience in product development, mainly in renewable and green energies, project management and general management. Fari is currently the Director of Engineering at Cooledge Lighting and has worked at Ballard Power Systems, Day4 Energy, Honeywell Process Systems, Autopro Automations Consultants and steel manufacturing industries in the past.

Fari has received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University ( Then Arya-Mehr University of Technology), Tehran, Iran; M.Sc. in Combustion Engineering from University of California, Berkley;  and a Master of Applied Science in Controls Engineering from University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Panel Speakers
Gerson Neiva, P.Eng.
Opus DaytonKnight, Vice President of Rural Infrastructure

Gerson Neiva, P.Eng., immigrated to Canada in 1995 and holds a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo. He has over 23 years of experience in a wide range of water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Gerson joined Opus DaytonKnight (ODK) in 1995 as a Surveyor Assistant, and rose to become a Senior Project Manager and Shareholder responsible for the planning, design, construction and post-construction phases of municipal infrastructure projects; client liaison; project management; contract administration and business development. He moved to Aboriginal Affairs Canada (AANDC) in 2008. As a Senior District Engineer, he was responsible for the implementation of AANDC’s Capital Program for 39 First Nations in southern B.C., as well as providing technical advice to his clients and peer review on infrastructure projects.In April 2014, Gerson rejoined ODK as Vice President – Rural Infrastructure to provide leadership and the driving of growth within B.C., Alberta and the Yukon. He is also ODK’s Team Leader for First Nations projects.

Gerson was the recipient of the Highest Award for Achievement from the Dale Carnegie Business Group. He is an active member of the BC Water and Wastewater Association and has served as a member of the APEGBC’s panel of interviewers for professional registration. Gerson lives with his wife and two daughters in Maple Ridge.

Terry Calvin
Autopro Automation Consultants, Branch Manager

As Vancouver’s Branch Manager for Autopro Automation Consultants, Terry Calvin is responsible for the delivery of all engineering services to Autopro’s industrial clients in BC.  Prior to taking on this role, from November 2010 to May 2013, Terry was Autopro's Regional Program Manager for the Oilsands based in Fort McMurray.  He started his career as a software developer and joined Simons Consulting Group in 1992.  Terry has lead industrial information technology projects on large greenfield projects such as Alberta Pacific and Kiani Kertas pulpmills, Gold East Paper machine and the Nexen's Long Lake upgrader as well as hundreds of brownfield projects in between.  Having worked in Asia and North America, Terry will be able to share his experiences with both managing foreign trained engineers as well as being the foreign trained worker himself.

Caroline Westra
APEGBC, Manager – Academic & Experience Assessment
Caroline Westra has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Victoria.  She has worked in the Registration Department at APEGBC for over 15 years and one of her primary focuses has been to help internationally trained engineers get registered.

Claudio Arato, P.Eng., FEC
Provectus Engineered Materials Ltd., CTO

Upon graduation from UBC Chemistry in 1988 and Chemical & Biological Engineering in 1991, Claudio Arato started as a commissioning engineer at a $350M BCTMP mill in SK. He has:
  • Led the development of a pilot plant for a nanotech company, Lightyear Technologies, from 1997-2000.
  • Been a founding employee of Lignol Energy, a cellulosic ethanol technology company from 2001-2005. 
  • Developed a detailed commercial rollout plan when he joined Sonoro Energy and was the Director, Engineering, leading all development and technology commercialization, and arranging the sale and privatization of all IP and technology in 2014 to Provectus, licensing its R&D in applications starting with electronic waste, coal fired power generation and mining.
  • Worked as Sr. Engineer with S2GBioChem, a UBC-based cleantech company focused on the commercialization of bio-glycol production based on its proprietary catalytic technology.
Alongside a successful and highly regarded career as a professional engineer, Claudio has served on many APEGBC task forces and committees, been a past 3-term Councillor and sits on the Registration Committee as well as working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a wish granter since 2001.  As recognition of his commitment to engineering, he was made an Engineers Canada Fellow in 2011. He is the recipient of the Community Leadership Award 2013 given by UBC Faculty of Applied Science as well as the 2010 DC Lambert Award and the 2014 Engineers Canada Meritorious Achievement Award.  He supports the UBC CHBE department as a member of its Industrial Advisory Committee for over ten years and has also been an invited lecturer of APSC 450 – Engineering and Ethics.

Dan Barraclough
Creation Technologies LP, People & Culture Development Leader

In a career spanning more than 25 years in the technology sector, Dan has held roles ranging from General Manager to HR Leader.  He has valuable experience hiring and developing foreign-trained professionals and building a company culture that embraces diversity.

Dan is currently People & Culture Development Leader at Creation Technologies, an Electronic Manufacturing Services company headquartered in Burnaby with facilities in Canada, USA, Mexico, and China.  To this role, he brings his insight into leadership development, recruitment and retention strategy, and effective collaboration.

A long-time resident of North Vancouver, Dan’s formal education includes an Engineering degree from Queens University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Dan has been certified to facilitate Franklin-Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and VitalSmarts’ Crucial Conversations.  In addition, he is a certified executive/life coach.

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