Province adding 18 new engineering seats, new engineering hybrid pathway at U of M

Premier Selinger looks on as Friends Past-Chair, John Bockstael speaks to the demand of engineers in Manitoba.
Premier Selinger looks on as Friends Past-Chair, John Bockstael speaks to the demand of engineers in Manitoba.

Young Manitobans who want to become professional engineers will soon have more opportunities to enter the faculty of engineering thanks to $500,000 in new funding from the province that will create 18 new seats and a new hybrid pathway between the University of Manitoba and other Manitoba post-secondary institutions, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

“Civil, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineers are in demand in our province and increasing the number of engineering graduates is necessary to create more good jobs and keep our economy growing,” Premier Selinger said.

The University of Manitoba is the only institution in the province to offer accredited engineering degrees and is currently operating at or above capacity.

“The faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba is in high-demand – attracting the best and brightest students from Manitoba and beyond,” said Dr. David T. Barnard, president and vice-chancellor.  “This investment ultimately will enable us to graduate more engineers, responding to a real and pressing need in our province.”

Undergraduate engineering enrolment has increased by 48 per cent at the U of M since 2008, Barnard noted.

The new hybrid engineering pathway will be introduced over several academic years through collaborative efforts between the University of Manitoba and Red River College (RRC) and other post-secondary institutions, supporting increased credit transfer and recognition of prior experience for those students.

“Red River College is proud of the quality of its graduates and we welcome opportunities for them to further their education as a result of this pathway program with the University of Manitoba,” said Paul Vogt, president and CEO, Red River College.  “When you combine the experience our students receive from both institutions, it’s a recipe for success that will have a considerable benefit to many industries here in Manitoba.”

Once fully established, this new hybrid pathway will transition between 10 and 15 hybrid engineering students annually from RRC and other post-secondary institutions to U of M engineering degree programs.

“Engineers provide services that drive our economy,” said John Bockstael, president and CEO, Bockstael Construction, and graduate of the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba.  “It’s important that we provide opportunities for our students to receive a first-rate education in their home province where they can then build careers and contribute to our economy.”

2015 Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year Award winners

Walter Czyrnyj, Dean Beddoes, Marc de Rocquigny, Lynda Peto
Walter Czyrnyj, Dean Beddoes, Marc de Rocquigny, Lynda Peto

This morning, Friends of Engineering Chair, Walter Czyrnyj, P.Eng., presented the Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year awards to two outstanding engineering students.

The award not only requires the student to be in good academic standing, but this student must demonstrate personal and professional development received as a result of a co-op placement, make an outstanding contribution to the workplace while on a work term and advance the promotion of the CoOp/IIP to fellow students and professionals.

This year we had several very strong submissions for this award, which consists of a certificate of achievement and a $2,000 cash prize. In fact, we had two that were so good, the Board of the Friends of Engineering agreed that we needed to create an Honourable Mention category for the second place finisher. This second place finisher had such a positive co-op work experience at Standard Aero that he won their Standard Aero sponsorship award when his term came to a close. He was invited to maintain employment in a part-time capacity after returning to classes and represented Standard Aero at their Career Fair booth. The certificate of achievement as this year’s Honourable Mention of the CoOp/IIP Student of the Year was awarded to Josh Kimelman.

This year’s winner of the Friends of Engineering CoOp/IIP Student of the Year award is graduating after completing three different co-op work terms with two different employers, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, and Ledcor. These positions took him to Portage la Prairie and Notre Dame, Manitoba as well as Fort McMurray and Edmonton, Alberta. His experience in northern Alberta allowed him to work alongside the project management team to construct some of the largest mining infrastructure in the world. Upon his return to the U of M, he volunteered to promote the CoOp/IIP at new student orientation, and to be a campus ambassador for Ledcor. The 2015 Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year is Marc de Rocquigny.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding engineering students!

The full list of 2015 nominees:

Marc de Rocquigny – Civil Engineering
Josh Kimelman – Mechanical Engineering
Daryn Freier – Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Finley – Mechanical Engineering
Ajay Gill – Electrical Engineering
Philip Pearson – Mechanical (Aerospace) Engineering
Julian Sigurdson – Civil Engineering
Eric St.Onge – Computer Engineering

Friends Member wins Outstanding Service Award

Mr. Allan Ball, P. Eng., FEC, graduated from Red River College with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1974, and worked in the consulting and control businesses for a number of years before enrolling in APEGM’s examination program in 1982. After completing 16 exams or their equivalents and submitting a thesis, Allan obtained his professional status in 1990.  During these eight years, he spent virtually every year attending one or more engineering courses at the University of Manitoba.

Upon registration with APEGM, Allan became a member of the Communications Committee and was active on that committee until 1997, during which time he wrote numerous articles for the Keystone Professional. During the 1990s, Allan was active on ad-hoc committees dealing with the issues of electronic seals and guidelines for the use of the seal.  Between 1997 and 2001, he was a member of council and in 2001 was appointed Council representative on the Investigation Committee.  In 2006, he accepted the Chair position of the Investigation Committee, and with that role has also been part of the association’s Nominations Committee.

Allan has been involved with the ACEC – Manitoba Chapter, sitting on the industrial liaison committee in the late 1990s and currently serving on the Energy Committee. For the past eight years, Allan has also sat on, and served as interim chair of, the Mechanical Engineering Technology Advisory Board at Red River College, providing industry input to the College’s Mechanical Department. During the last two years, he has been a member of the Friends of Engineering.

Allan is a senior Project Manager and Associate at Hatch Ltd, a prominent Winnipeg engineering consulting firm. His career at Hatch has spanned 18 years during which time he has held the positions of Mechanical Department Head, Engineering Manager, and Quality Lead.

In the community, Allan has been deeply involved in the operation of his local church, having served in roles such as Board Chair, Trustee member, Trustee Chair, Property Development Taskforce Chair, sound technician, as well as providing project management and safe practice direction for church work projects.

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba was pleased to recognize continuing meritorious professional service by presenting the 2014 Outstanding Service Award to Mr. Allan Ball, P.Eng., on October 24th at a gala event held at the Hotel Fort Garry.

WISE Girls Make Their Move

On International Women's Day (March 8th) the Friends of Engineering was pleased to sponsor a special outreach event that inspired, celebrated and promoted women in engineering. Make Your Move, a unique outreach event presented by WISE-Kidnetic Energy, invited young women in grades 8-9 who have demonstrated leadership in their community, academics or athletics to a day of fun and challenges at the Faculty of Engineering. The girls, divided into teams, were each assigned a female engineer as a mentor and participated in design/build/test challenges meant to encourage teamwork, creativity and ingenuity.

Friends of Engineering Reverse Career Fair

All members of Friends are invited to attend the Faculty of Engineering's first Reverse Career Fair on Monday, January 20th, 2014. Unlike most career fairs where your company has to pay to talk to students who may or may not be engineering students and who may or may not visit your both, the Reverse Career Fair is FREE, features over 100 engineering students (and ONLY engineering students) who are marketing themselves to YOU! This special event is being held Monday, January 20th at 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room on the Second Floor of University Centre. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to

Friends of Engineering Board Members Win Big at APEGM Awards

Congratulations to three of our board members for winning major awards at the recent APEGM Awards event on October 25th. Mr. Walter Czyrnyj, P.Eng., (Magellan Aerospace) was part of the Magellan Aerospace team that won the Team Achievement Award for the CASSIOPE Satellite, Dr. Don Whitmore, P.Eng., (Vector Group) won the Champion of Engineering Education Award, and Dr. Gerry Price, P.Eng., was given the Leadership Award. We are fortunate to have all three of these exceptional individuals serve on the board of the Friends of Engineering!

Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award winner – Dr. Ron Britton, P.Eng.

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Britton, P.Eng., Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba, on receiving the Meritorious Service Award from Engineers Canada.  The award video can be viewed here: