Friends of Engineering Awards the 2018 – 2019 Co-operative Education Student of the Year Award

Carolyn Geddert, P.Eng. (left) with Katie Moist (centre) and Friends of Engineering Chair, Robyn Koropatnick, P.Eng. (right)

Friends of Engineering (Manitoba) Ltd. has awarded civil engineering student Katie Moist with the 2018-2019 Co-operative Education Student of the Year Award. Katie, and her family, were on hand last evening at the Friends of Engineering Annual General Meeting in the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building where incoming chair Robyn Koropatnick, P.Eng. and Carolyn Geddert, P.Eng.,Director of Co-operative Education and Industrial Internships Program (Co-op/IIP) for the Faculty of Engineering presented her with the award and a $2000 cash prize.

Since coming to the University of Manitoba in 2014, Katie has been an active member of the Faculty of Engineering. Katie has been involved with University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) as their vice-stick communications, vice-stick internal, WESST-CFES representative and the representative with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. She is a committee member with the 30 by 30 Campaign and was chair of the 2019 Western Engineering Competition which had over 200 attendees from across Western Canada.

Katie completed a student work term as an engineering aide at KGS Group in the summer of 2017-18. She received high praise from the firm who described her as a “responsible, hardworking individual” and someone who “demonstrate[d] exemplary capabilities”.

As for Katie, she will be graduating this spring and credits her time in the Faculty and the Co-op/IIP program as central in paving the way for the next chapter in her engineering career.

“The co-op experience has been an invaluable addition to my education, allowing me to bring together everything that I have learned in the classroom and apply it to real life projects. I am honoured to be selected as the Friends of Engineering Cooperative Education Student of the Year, having my employer and professionals recognize the contributions I have made in the industry is a huge compliment.”

U of M engineering teams take home first place at the Western Engineering Competition

46 students represented U of M out of 238 delegates from 13 institutions.

January 28, 2019 — with files from UM Today

Students from the Faculty of Engineering have once again proven themselves at the Western Engineering Competition (WEC). WEC 2019, hosted by the University of Manitoba from Jan. 16-20, 2019, saw teams from across western Canada compete in a variety of challenges to determine who would advance to the national competition. The event was made possible by a number of different sponsors, include Friends of Engineering who donated $4000 towards the competition.  

WEC consists of 8 different competitions: Senior Design, Junior Design, Consulting, Re-Engineering, Innovative Design, Impromptu Debate, Engineering Communications, and Programming. U of M Engineering students took home first place in the Impromptu Debate and Re-engineering competition categories, and U of M Engineering students placed second in the innovative design competition. All three teams will travel to Waterloo in March to compete in the Canadian Engineering Competition.

Meet the student teams:

(L-R) Nicholas Aruiar and Jack Carver: First place for Impromptu Debate

Nicholas Aruiar, a fourth-year electrical engineering student, and Jack Carver, a third-year mechanical engineering student, will represent the Impromptu Debate Team. In teams of two, students debated a topic/resolution from a predetermined position, which they received ahead of the competition. The topics were typically controversial statements about policy that were fueled by an engineering background. This is the second year that U of M students has placed in this category. Aruiar had also been on last years winning team.

(L-R) Michael Rempel Boschman and Emma McTavish: First place for Re-engineering

Third-year mechanical engineering students Michael Rempel Boschman and Emma McTavish will represent the Re-engineering Team. The re-engineering teams were challenged to improve upon a previously existing product or design solution. The team was given two different cases where they had to re-engineer an irrigation system and an ice scraper to be useful year round.  Every year this competition displays a vast amount of creativity as students present their idea with the same functionality as the original in new and exciting ways. The design problem was revealed the morning of the competition and was later critiqued by a panel of judges.

(L-R) Davis McClarty, Matthew Cann and Brooke Giesbrecht: Second place for Innovative design

Three fifth-year mechanical engineering students, Davis McClarty, Matthew Cann and Brooke Giesbrecht are also off to Waterloo, representing U of M in the category of Innovative Design. Innovative design is vastly different from the other competitions as it allows teams to develop a solution to a real-world problem of their choosing prior to coming to WEC. It is then presented to multiple panels of technical and non-technical judges. Competitors set up booths at the venue on the day of evaluation for peers and judges to walk around and critique their solutions.

WEC 2019 not possible without student volunteers

WEC 2019 Executive and Organizing committee

As the host institution, U of M Engineering students stepped up to the plate and delivered a strong, well-organized conference packed with fun events for delegates in addition to the competitions themselves. WEC Chair, Katie Moist, and her team of 19 student volunteers put in countless hours to make this years competition a success.

2019 WEC Chair, Katie Moist

“WEC 2019 embodied the theme of Engineering Changes Lives, a campaign that was started by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba in response to 30 by 30 initiative. Seeing engineers as enablers of change in all aspects of society will only allow the impact engineers are able to make in society grow. WEC 2019 saw impactful and creative solutions to a variety of problems. Without the hard work and dedication from our executive and organizing team, this would not have been possible.”

The 2019 Canadian Engineering Competition takes place at the University of Waterloo from March 1st – 4th.

2019 WEC Executive and Organizing Committee Members

Executive Organizing
Katie Moist, Chair Miranda Ewashko, Marketing
Adam Kriegl, VP Competitions Stephanie Turner, Special Events
Matt Allen, VP Communications Sean Coey, Swag
Daniella Archer, VP Logistics Rémi Durocher, Sponsorship
Zach Grossart, VP Social Shea Hunt, Senior Design
Karlee Moist, VP Finance Hannah McBride, Junior Design
Eric Schillberg, VP Sponsorship Navjot Singh Garcha, Engineering Communications
  Jessie Robertson, Impromptu Debate
  Tim Veldhuis, Innovative Design
  Robin Armstrong, Consulting
  Jasper Arthur, Re-Engineering
  Laura Stoyko, Programming
  Erin Thomas, Hospitality & Banquet

First classes take place in the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building

Stanley Pauley Engineering Building is now open following years of design and construction.

January 14, 2019 — with files from UM Today

A significant milestone in the development of the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building occurred on Monday, January 14, 2019, with the first class of students completing undergraduate electrical engineering laboratories in the new facilities, marking the unofficial opening of the new, 46,100 square-foot facility at the Fort Garry Campus.

This milestone results from the contribution of a large team from across the University, consultants, and contractors. The Stanley Pauley Engineering Building would not be possible without significant support through the Front and Centre Campaign from more than 700 donors, including the foundational commitment of $5 million from the Pauley Family Foundation. Friends of Engineering has also committed $100,000 over 5 years for the project. 

Significant funding was also received from the Federal Government Strategic Infrastructure Fund and the Province of Manitoba. Over the next few months all the various areas of the building will be fully commissioned.

The Stanley Pauley Engineering Building will house a range of teaching and research laboratories, the Price Innovation and Prototype Centre, to support design team project fabrication, new program offices, and student study space.

This new building helps the Faculty of Engineering better support the 57% increase in student enrolment so far this decade, as well as offering enhanced educational and research opportunities to students.

Faculty and Staff Honour Former Dean Douglas Ruth with Laneway

Former Dean Emeritus Doug Ruth unveils a new sign leading into the EITC, officially recognizing the space as Doug Ruth Laneway.

December 19, 2018 — with files from UM Today

As a distinguished graduate of the University, and a core faculty member for more than 30 years, former Dean Emeritus, Dr. Douglas Ruth [B.Sc. (1970), M.Sc. (1972), Ph.D. (1977), P.Eng.] will officially retire at the end of December.

This week, faculty and staff joined Doug in celebrating his years of hard work and dedication to the faculty with a reception in the EITC Atrium – an atrium which he was instrumental in the construction of during his time as Dean. Following remarks from current Dean Jonathan Beddoes, the group gathered outside the EITC where Doug unveiled a new sign titled “Doug Ruth Laneway”, officially recognizing the space in his honour.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized. I plan to stay involved, but I will miss the people.”

Since first starting his career with the faculty in 1987, Dr. Ruth worked in a variety of different roles within the Faculty of Engineering. He was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1999-2010, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering for Design Education. Doug was the second of the University of Manitoba’s three NSERC Chairs in Design Engineering and championed new concepts such as Engineers-in-Residence, and industry-based design courses, both of which have seen tremendous success with students.

Doug credits the success of his time as Dean to the many supports he had: “I’ve always believed that a leader can do nothing, but without a leader, nothing gets done.” said Ruth “So anything that was done, and I was involved in, it was because of the achievement of others.”

Although there are countless instances where he was proud to be a part of the Faculty of Engineering, Doug says that “What I’m most proud of is the students we graduate. We are providing Manitoba, Canada and the world with some of the best engineering graduates on the planet.”


Please join us at the Monday Night H.I.R.E.D

Highway 59 – Perimeter Overpass

Presented by: Don McRitchie, P.Eng.
Team Leader, Capital Projects Branch, Manitoba Infrastructure

February 4, 2019
5:30pm – 6:30pm (followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception)
E3-270 Engineering & Information Technology Complex
Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba

The Highway 59 Interchange project realigns the Perimeter Highway, allowing traffic to flow without interruption across northeast Winnipeg.

The three-year mega project has resulted in:

  • a new interchange at the intersection of Hwy 59 and the Perimeter Highway, Winnipeg’s north Perimeter route
  • realigning the Perimeter Highway, with infrastructure in place to upgrade to six lanes in the future
  • an upgraded intersection at Hwy 59 & 202 with a traffic signal and additional turn lanes
  • a new crossing at the Perimeter Highway at Raleigh Street / Gateway Street to accommodate an active transportation corridor and a dedicated emergency vehicle crossing
  • redirecting Knowles Avenue traffic to the Headmaster Row extension

With approximately 70,000 vehicles passing through this complex intersection every day, this project was the first provincial highway project to include Active Transportation in the design plan from the beginning. The extension of the North East Pioneers Greenway multi-use trail under the Perimeter highway was made a priority and gives Winnipeg residents access to Birds Hill Park and opens up a trail network throughout the city to residents of East St. Paul.

Construction began in July 2015 on the $250-million interchange and was completed in September 2018. Approximately 600 people, including many engineers, worked on the project, for a total of one million hours of work.  The area of concrete pavement used during construction would be enough to completely cover 28 football fields.

Join us to learn more about this impressive engineering project and network with engineering students and professionals!

RSVP not required, but appreciated to or by phone 204-474-7938

Students & Industry Professionals join for evening of networking

Robyn Koropatnick, incoming Chair for Friends of Engineering (left), networking with students at the annual UMES Wine and Cheese event.

On November 26, 2018 the University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) and the Friends of Engineering hosted a networking wine and cheese reception at the HUB sponsored by MacDon for students and working professionals in the field of engineering.

An icebreaker activity provided an opportunity for the students to flex their networking skills and learn more about the engineering community outside the University. For many, it was a chance to learn about what life can become following graduation, the types of work that is available to new grads, and to hear first-hand the many directions an engineering degree can lead.

Third-year mechanical student, Braden Ganetsky, echoed the sentiments of many other students: “Tonight was a great night. I had the chance to meet  people who are working in the engineering field and hear about what they do. It was a great way for us to chat with a large number of people from different organizations, and think more about what I want to do and where I want to go once I graduate.”

For the industry professionals, it was more than just an opportunity to meet and hear from students on their university experience and the field of engineering their pursuing, but also an avenue to provide some advice on how to find employment in their field, what types of opportunities in the current industries climate and offer up some tips on how to make their university experience the most rewarding and fulfilling.

The mechanics of generosity

Gerry Price at the Oct. 25, 2018 event. The Price Scholarships in Engineering are the fifth student awards established by the Price family.

October 26, 2018 — with files from UM Today

When the current Engineering & Information Technology Campus (EITC) was under construction, Gerry Price stepped forward with a generous offer: he would supply all the ventilation equipment required for the project. He joked that when students looked up, he wanted them to see a Price diffuser.

All humour aside, the gesture was characteristic of Gerry Price and his wife Barb’s decades-long support of the U of M which is far-reaching and large in scale, and a gesture that was replicated last night at a reception in EITC.

There, 66 students were celebrated as the first recipients of the inaugural Price Scholarships in Engineering: the Price family’s latest gift of $1 million.

This is not the first time Price [BSc(ME)/70, MSc/72, LLD(Hon)/17] – a member of the President’s Campaign Team – has given back to his alma mater or to the Front and Centre campaign. In 2016, the Price family and Price Industries donated $1.25 million towards teaching and learning spaces, scholarships and ENGAP, Canada’s most successful engineering access program.

Gerry Price (sixth from right in front row) at the Oct. 25, 2018 event celebrating the first recipients of the inaugural Price Scholarships in Engineering.

The Price Scholarships in Engineering are the fifth student awards established by the Price family.

Price has said that money has never been his objective in life but rather a by-product of a successful business. He is happy to grow a legacy measured not by wealth but by how many people have benefitted, and it is clear that he and Barb [BHEc/69, CertEd/70] believe the U of M is beneficial – for students and Manitoba.

In addition to providing financial support for engineering education – which Price has said “teaches you work ethic, persistence and a systemic approach to problem solving” – he has also strengthened the link between the U of M and professional engineers, architects, designers and the business community in Manitoba.

He is a founder of Friends of Engineering, the Partners Program in the Faculty of Architecture and the Associates of the Asper School of Business.

In 2011, Gerry and Barb were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Manitoba Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“To have watched the global rise of the Price Group of Companies is to know that Gerry Price is one of Manitoba’s most successful innovators,” says Jonathan Beddoes, Dean of Engineering and Dean, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. “We are honoured that he has chosen to shape the next generation of innovators here in the Faculty of Engineering through his generous support of our students from the moment they join our faculty through to their final year of education.”

15 Years Strong – IEEQ Welcomes back Alumni to celebrate accomplishments

October 9, 2018 — The Faculty of Engineering was delighted to welcome back alumni from the Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification (IEEQ) Program as part of the 2018 Homecoming Celebrations. The IEEQ Program is a program designed for Internationally-educated engineers as a pathway to be considered academically qualified by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, as part of the process toward a professional Engineering (P.Eng.) license in Manitoba. The evening was to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the program at the faculty, but to also recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the many alumni which the program has seen since its inception in 2003. Joined by Dr. David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba and Dean Dr. Jonathan Beddoes, alumni came together to reflect on their time in the program and collectively celebrate their many notable accomplishments since graduation.

“It’s an honour and privilege to be a part of such a meaningful program. Each alumni of the program is remarkable.” Nusraat Masood, Director, IEEQ Program

The evening program was led by IEEQ Program Director, Nusraat Masood and included congratulations and reflections from past Director Dr. Marcia Friesen, Grant Koropatnick, CEO & Registrar of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and IEEQ program supporter, James Sinnock, Human Resources Advisor at Manitoba Hydro.  Ethel Fernandez (P.B.Dip.Eng., 2013), spoke at length to those gathered about how she felt when she first arrived in Canada and not being qualified to obtain work in her field. Coming from the Philippines, Fernandez praised the IEEQ program and staff for their help and guidance throughout her time at the University. She said both the academic and cultural components of the program changed her life.

Dr. Jonathan Beddoes, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering described the IEEQ program as “imaginative and unique” and also praised the program for allowing new Canadians to obtain work in their field faster upon arrival. He said the stories he heard from alumni were inspiring.

The program’s former Director, Dr. Marcia Friesen said that she has seen continual growth since 2003 when the program was first launched at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Friesen, who was in attendance at the event, said, “It was wonderful to see so many years of IEEQ alumni attend the homecoming and to hear of the exciting developments in their professional lives, their involvements in service to the engineering profession, and to see the community that they’ve developed with one another.  It’s truly a pleasure to have been a part of the program for so many years”

For more information on the IEEQ Program visit us online at

Homecoming Throwback: Civil Engineering 1968

(L-R) Bruce Piercy, Douglas Holmes, Rick McKay and Edward Klemm.

October 2, 2018 — Files from from Heather Olynick at UM Today

The 1960s were an influential time to be young. Hippies and counterculture were in vogue; rock and roll had invaded the airwaves; and the ongoing Vietnam War sparked protests in schools across North America.
In Canada, four young men – Bruce Piercy, Douglas Holmes, Edward Klemm and Rick McKay – were about to graduate from the University of Manitoba to pursue careers in civil engineering.
Last Friday, the four reconnected with others from their class at Homecoming to celebrate their 50th graduation anniversary. UM Today joined them to reminisce about student pressure and social life in the 1960s.
MCKAY: I was always good in math, so I went in for the mathematical end of it. I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into.
KLEMM: I had a cousin that graduated civil engineering three years previous to me finishing high school. Then, during the summer, I got a phone call from a good friend of mine and he said “what are you doing this fall? Going to university?” And I said “Yeah, I guess so.” He says “well, I’m going into civil engineering.” And I said “OK! Sounds good.” I went through school, grade one all the way through, with no problem whatsoever. I wasn’t that concerned about anything.
PIERCY: When I applied to go to university, I applied for architecture. They wouldn’t let me in because my English marks were too low, but they said “we’ll let you in to engineering”. That’s how I ended up in engineering. Thank goodness.
HOLMES: I didn’t know what to take after high school and I thought, “oh an engineer, that sounds good”. I won’t have to work in an office; I’ll work outside. So I wasn’t in it because it was the thing I loved or aspired too. That’s probably why I found it difficult. I went through high school and it wasn’t too tough, but engineering – I had to study a lot. You had to work hard.
HOLMES: It wasn’t as difficult as it is now. You had to have a certain average. I know of a young guy who graduated from St. Paul’s High School last year. I think he was the valedictorian, he won all kinds of awards, had a high grade point average, applied to engineering and didn’t get in. It gives you an idea – it’s really difficult.
MCKAY: Once you were in you’re in. But oh, you had to put time in, for sure.
KLEMM: I missed the lecture on ‘you have to do your assignments’. Because in high school, like Doug, I just breezed through. I didn’t even study for exams, I just passed. Then I get to university, and I thought it’s the same thing. I didn’t do the assignments and they’re worth 50 per cent of your mark or something. I didn’t hand in my first assignment in electrical to professor Halil.
MCKAY: Oh, he would have crucified you.
KLEMM: He says, ‘Ed, what the hell’s the matter with you?’ And I said “I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t come up with the right answer.” And he said “I don’t care. I want to see how you think. Just show me how you think and you’ll get a good mark for it. “You guys don’t remember this, but I became his favourite.
MCKAY: If you say so, Ed.
KLEMM: After one mid-term, we’re all sitting discussing the exam that we had written and he said “Ed stand up.” There was a question on the paper that you could answer two ways. You could answer with a three page answer or with a three line equation. I still remember to this day when I saw the question I thought “that’s worth 20 marks? Three lines?” I got an 86, the highest mark in the room. But he made me stand up and I was so damned embarrassed. We’d drink every Friday night at Champs and he’d always be there.
MCKAY: He hung with the students, yeah.
KLEMM: He’d challenge one of us to an arm wrestle. He had a barrel chest on him and arms like anything.
PIERCY: Oh yeah he was a tough guy.
HOLMES: We had computers.
KLEMM: Well, just. The handheld calculator was just coming out. Remember that? It cost about $890 bucks. And you couldn’t bring it into the lab.
MCKAY: No, they wouldn’t allow it. We were hands on, it was that type of an education. We had slide rules to do our calculations. We would look upon the computer as a tool and even with those you had to program them with punch cards.
PIERCY: And if you screwed up the cards, it wouldn’t work. It was ridiculous, I got turned off it right away.
HOLMES: I was in the same boat. I hadn’t a clue about those computers. I don’t know how I got through that course, frankly.
MCKAY: When I was taking my masters, one of the courses I had to take was structural vibration. We were given a computer program and the solution was an iteration process. But it didn’t converge. Well, I walked into the lab one day and there were stacks of cards and paper wrappers everywhere. Because nobody had told the computer to grab the next number and put it in so it just kept going. They had to shut the system down to stop it because it would have been calculating still. That’s what I remember – if you made one typing error on those cards, that was it.
MCKAY: They had the Gestetners [duplicating machine].
KLEMM: Yeah, but we weren’t allowed to use them.
PIERCY: We had what were called c-jobs.
MCKAY: C-job is the guy that’s now in second year. Because you keep your labs, he gives you his labs so now you have a copy job. A c-job.

Present-day members of civil engineering ’68: (L-R) Doug Holmes, Bruce Piercy, Rick McKay, Ed Klemm.

KLEMM: I think it was just the guys. It was so much fun. It was the same guys in every class.
HOLMES: I don’t know how big the faculty is now but our class was big for its size at the day.
PIERCY: It was, yeah, we had 49.
HOLMES: But it felt more like being on a football team. A football team’s a larger team so you didn’t really know everybody in the class closely but you had groups. You stuck together.
PIERCY: More or less so. You knew something about everybody. I was surprised to read about how many guys were married which I didn’t know about!
HOLMES: And if they weren’t married they were getting married the year we graduated which must be pretty rare nowadays, I imagine.
KLEMM: We were the last class to not have women in it?
MCKAY: Probably. There were definitely women in the faculty behind us. But there were no women in any of the disciplines in our year.
MCKAY: It gets instilled in you right from the start. I can remember first year, first day, when the Engineering band came through the graphics lab. They just grabbed you and you grabbed an instrument and marched. We went out, over to home economics, and they’re doing classes! We went into the rooms and walked around singing. That was day one. So that atmosphere gets ingrained in you right away. You have to understand, it was a different place.
HOLMES: The drinking age was different, too. It was 21.
PIERCY: No, we used to go to St. Charles, straight at the end of Notre Dame.
HOLMES: It was a pretty rough place, and it was old, really old. We found that if you went there in the afternoon and then wanted to come back at 6:30 you’d never get in.
So we all chipped in one night and tipped the manager $5 each. About eight of us come back at 6:00 and he takes us behind the registration desk where there’s a trap door. We go down into this basement that you can’t even stand up in, scurry around, find another trapdoor, and come up in the pub! We got first row seats.
KLEMM: Back in those days, you couldn’t go from one table to another with a beer in your hand. And when you went to the liquor store you had to sign your name and address.
MCKAY: You filled out the green form and you took it up to the counter and someone went and got you the bottle and brought it back to the counter. There was none of this open display stuff. That was the way it worked.
KLEMM: That’s why there were so many bootleggers in those days.
MCKAY: We might have partied a lot, but as a group, we were serious. This was your education. You were going to come out as a PEng. We were serious about it.