March 2019

Vice President's Dinner with Jerry Dobrovolny, City of Vancouver Engineering Manager

Organized by the Vancouver Branch

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. There will be tickets available at the door (space permitting). For more information, please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM- 7:00 PM: Registration and Networking
7:00 PM-7:10 PM: Opening Remarks by Dr. Nilufar Islam, P. Eng, Vancouver Branch
7:10 PM-8:00 PM: Buffet Dinner
8:10 PM-8:40 PM: Presentation by Jerry Dobrovolny, P.Eng., City of Vancouver 
8:40 PM- 8:50 PM: Presentation by Harlan Kelly, P.Eng., Engineers and Geoscientists BC
8:50 PM- 9:10 PM: Presentation by Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., Engineers and Geoscientists BC
9:10PM -9:30 PM: Closing

Buffet dinner will be served
Dress code: Business casual
Location: The Law Courts Inn, 4th Floor - 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Jerry W. Dobrovolny, P.Eng., MBA
General Manager of Engineering Services, City of Vancouver

Harlan Kelly, P.Eng., P.E.
Vice President, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC
President, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $52.38 + GST = $55.00

Non-Member Price: $52.38 + GST = $55.00

Student Member Price: $42.86 + GST = $45.00
Contact: For more information, please contact [email protected].

Although we will be serving a buffet dinner with an assortment of choices, please email us at [email protected] with "dietary restriction" in the subject line if you have any major food restrictions or allergies.
Note: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by Monday, March 4, 2019.
The Vancouver Branch would like to invite everyone to our upcoming Vice President's Dinner with guest presenters from Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the City of Vancouver. The evening will feature presentations from Jerry Dobrovolny, P.Eng., General Manager of Engineering Services for the City of Vancouver, and Harlan Kelly, P.Eng., Vice President of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. The event will take place in Vancouver at the Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street. This is the same venue where in November 2016; an event was hosted for Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and 200 of his supporters. There will be a buffet dinner for all the attendees especially made for this event.

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The Vancouver Branch is the association’s largest branch with over 8,000 members; and the Vice President’s dinner event is the most distinguished event of the year. In addition to the association's Vice President, this year we also have Jerry W. Dobrovolny, P.Eng., General Manager from Engineering Services, City of Vancouver as a presenter. Therefore, the event will be full of unlimited opportunities to local companies to network and know more about exciting upcoming projects.

Everybody is welcome to attend!

About the Presenters

Jerry W. Dobrovolny, P.Eng., MBA

General Manager of Engineering Services, City of Vancouver

Presentation Title: “Economy, Climate & Public Health – Vancouver’s Ongoing Journey”

Jerry is the General Manager of Engineering Services for the City of Vancouver. With annual budgets totaling over $500 million and 1,900 staff, he is responsible for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of this world-class city's public works infrastructure. Engineering Services is also mandated with a variety of planning and regulatory functions and plays a central role in the day-to-day functioning of the city. As the largest city department, Engineering delivers a complex array of essential public services while implementing an ambitious policy agenda to become the greenest City in the world by 2020.

Jerry received his civil engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and has worked at the city for 30 years. Jerry also served as a City Councillor for the City of New Westminster for 9 years and played professional football in the CFL for 5 years.

Harlan Kelly, P.Eng., P.E.

Vice President, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

Presentation Title: Association Update

Curious about the activities that Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been involved in to support our duty as a regulator in the public interest? Join us to learn more. Engineers and Geoscientists BC Vice President, Harlan Kelly, P.Eng., will talk about current association initiatives and how they’re making an impact on the professions of engineering and geoscience.

H. (Harlan) Kelly, P.Eng., P.E., is a private consultant, previously a Vice President and CEO, with Opus DaytonKnight and Dayton & Knight respectively. In prior years he worked as a private consultant and as a project engineer with McElhanney as well as the GVRD. Harlan has worked in the environmental engineering discipline for water resources including wastewater, drainage, irrigation, and drinking water facilities throughout the province and in North America as well as Japan and New Zealand. He has been an adjunct professor and taught at UBC for over 12 years. He served on Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s council preciously for 6 years where he volunteered on several committees. He was also a past Board Member of BCWWA where he served as President. Harlan has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and Master’s of Engineering from UBC. He has published over 70 papers and received several awards from his peers for his engineering contributions.

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC

President, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

Presentation Title: The Professional Governance Act

Kathy will provide an update Professional Governance Act.

K.V. (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. Dr. 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 Foundation, as well as at the division and branch level for many years. Her industrial experience is primarily in aircraft manufacturing and design. Dr. 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 her Doctorate in Social Sciences from Royal Roads University, which focused on an educational solution to the gender imbalance currently existing in engineering and geoscience. This year marks her term as President on Council.



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