May 2018

Earthquake Early Warning, Vice President's Visit, and AGM

Hosted by the Victoria Branch

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Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • 5:15 PM–5:45 PM: Registration, no-host bar, and networking
  • 5:45 PM–6:15 PM: Plated dinner
  • 6:15 PM–8:15 PM: Dessert and presentations 
  • 8:15 PM–8:45 PM: Victoria Branch AGM 
Location: The Sticky Wicket Pub (Maple Room), Strathcona Hotel - 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
Entrance to the Sticky Wicket is on Courtney Street. View Map

Parking: Street parking available. Parking also available in the library’s underground parking lot, the Broughton Parkade (entrance on Broughton between Douglas and Blanshard).
Presenter: Bob Crosby
University of Victoria Speakers Bureau

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC
Vice President, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Credit: 6 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $38.10 + GST = $40.00 (includes dinner)

Please indicate at registration your choice of entrée: beef, chicken or vegetarian. Please also specify any major food restrictions. View Menu
Contact: If you have questions, please contact Daphne Sidaway-Wolf at [email protected] or call 250.952.2493 (days) or Marcel Gingras at [email protected] or call 250.589.9015.
Note: Dress code: Business Casual.
Please bring government-issued ID as alcohol will be available at this event.
Join the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Victoria Branch at the renowned Sticky Wicket Pub for networking and dinner, followed by two presentations and a short Branch AGM, at which the 2018/19 Victoria Branch Executive will be selected.

This event is taking place in the Maple Room at the Sticky Wicket. Join engineers, geoscientists, and other attendees for great cuisine, entertaining speakers, and good discussion at one of downtown Victoria’s classic pubs. The Sticky Wicket is a cricket-themed pub with offerings of seasonal west coast fare, cocktails, as well as an array of international, craft, micro, and domestic beers. All are welcome to attend!

Attendees will learn about the University of Victoria’s prototype earthquake prediction system already in place, and planned enhancements from Mr. Bob Crosby, a member of the UVIC Speakers Bureau. Also, Vice President of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, will give a presentation called "The Balancing Act", covering the association’s regulatory and advocacy functions. Finally, association members are invited to participate in electing next year’s Victoria Branch Executive members at the Branch AGM portion of the evening.


Earthquake Early Warning for British Columbia

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada is in a unique position to detect subduction earthquakes through the operation of sensor networks on land and on the seafloor. Mr. Crosby will showcase a prototype earthquake early warning system already in place, and how it will be expanded and enhanced to provide early warning to the residents of southwestern BC.

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.

About the Presenters

Bob Crosby

University of Victoria Speakers Bureau

Bob Crosby was a Software Quality Control Specialist in the Software Engineering Department at Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) for 6 years until 2017. ONC is located at and operated by the University of Victoria. The main observatory at ONC is the NEPTUNE network which is currently the largest and most complex wired undersea observatory network in the world.

Bob was the principal software tester on ONC’s prototype earthquake warning system, and he continues to support the project on a contract basis. Bob has a B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo and a diploma in electronics technology from Algonquin College, along with 40 years’ experience in the electronics and software development industries.

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC

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.


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