January 2018

Vice President's Dinner and AGM with Guest Speakers

Organized by the Richmond/Delta Branch

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–9:00 PM
Location: Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport, Fraser Room, 3233 St. Edward's Drive, Richmond, BC
This is the same hotel with Moxie's Grill.
Presenter: Shahryar Nouraei, P.Eng., PMP
Special Assignment Manager
FortisBC Energy Inc.

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng.,
Vice President
Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Members and Guests who pre-register online: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

EIT/GIT’s who pre-register online: $35.00 + GST = $36.75

Student Members who pre-register online: $25.00  + GST = $26.25

Onsite registration(space permitting, cash only): $45.00 + GST = $47.25

Dinner is included in the price.
Members and non-members are welcome.

Contact: If you have questions, please contact [email protected].
Join us for our Vice President's Dinner and Branch AGM with presentations by the Vice President of Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, and the Special Assignment Manager of FortisBC Energy Inc., Shahryar Nouraei, P.Eng., PMP.

Please read below for full details.

Nuts and Bolts of Innovation

As engineers we are paid to solve problems and think outside the box, but in most instances innovation is in short supply when needed, and sparks when it is least expected! Once properly understood and implemented, innovation can drastically improve how we all live. During this presentation participants will hear about some of the innovation enablers on a personal level, and about the upcoming ISO 50501-Innovation Management System as an innovation platform for organizations.

The Balancing Act

Under its governing legislation, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been given only one duty: “to uphold and protect the public interest with respect to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience.” This singular duty of public protection sets us apart from other organizations, such as voluntary membership associations—but because of our unique combination of regulatory and advocacy functions, the association’s mandate can sometimes be misinterpreted.

Amidst a changing regulatory landscape, both in BC and across the country, the public and government are demonstrating that they expect more from professional regulators. In this environment, it is more important than ever to clarify our role, and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to serving the people of BC.

Join Vice President Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., for a discussion about the association’s role and what it means to be a self-regulating professional body responsible for public safety.


  • 5:30 PM–6:00 PM: Registration and networking
  • 6:00 PM–6:45 PM: Dinner
  • 6:45 PM–7:00 PM: Introduction to the Branch Annual General Meeting 
  • 7:00 PM–7:15 PM: Election of 2017-2018 Branch Executive Committee
  • 7:15 PM–8:15 PM: Presentation on “Nuts and Bolts of Innovation”
  • 8:15 PM–9:00 PM: VP Presentation on “The Balancing Act”

About the Presenters

Shahryar Nouraei, P.Eng., PMP

Special Assignment Manager, FortisBC Energy Inc.

Mr. Shahryar Nouraei, P.Eng., has been working for FortisBC Energy Inc. for the past 7 years. In his current role, as Special Assignment Manager, he provides guidance, oversight, and leadership along with technical direction to ensure alignment of business processes, systems technology, and corporate strategic initiatives. Mr. Nouraei has over two decades of international professional experience, in the fields of quality management and business process improvement in service and manufacturing organizations. He is a member of Standard Council of Canada’s mirror committee ISO/TC 279 – Innovation Management System and holds a master’s degree in IT-Management and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng.

Vice President, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, teaches mechanical engineering at Camosun College, in Victoria, and at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver and is Principal at the Lokhorst Group Ventures Inc. Ms. Tarnai-Lokhorst has served in the education sector in academic and institutional governance, and in Engineers and Geoscientists BC on Council, on the Mentoring, Governance, Audit and Executive Committees, on the ASTTBC Joint Board, as Chair of the APEG Foundation, as well as at the division and branch level for many years. Her industrial experience is primarily in aircraft manufacturing and design.

Ms. Tarnai-Lokhorst received her Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and is soon defending her Doctorate at Royal Roads University in interdisciplinary studies, seeking an educational solution to the gender imbalance currently existing in engineering and geoscience. She is currently Vice President of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.


Guest/ Non-member registration: If you are not a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, you can register online by quickly creating a 'non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account. Thank you and we look forward to having you join us.

Transportation and Parking:

  • Free airport-hotel shuttle
  • Free parking at location
  • 1.3 km walk from Bridgeport SkyTrain station

Dress Code: Dress code is Business Casual.

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To help us predict our catering needs, please register by January 20, 2018. Due to space limitations, registrations will be limited to 85.

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