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McMaster Engineering alumni, friends, and faculty inducted into the Canadian Academy of EngineeringJune 18, 2018

Eight McMaster Engineering-affiliated professionals have been elected by their peers to join a distinguished academy that offers key advice on matters of critical importance to Canada.

They join a cohort of 59 highly accomplished people in the field of engineering who were inducted as Fellows into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) during a ceremony in Calgary on June 18. Fellows are nominated and elected for their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. 

“The CAE comprises Canada’s most accomplished engineers. There is no professional pleasure more rewarding than than engaging daily in the greater good of Canada and the world with outstanding colleagues. Therefore, I am privileged to serve alongside these distinguished engineers,” said Ishwar K. Puri, dean and professor, who was inducted as a Fellow of the CAE in 2017.

McMaster Engineering-affiliated CAE members include:


Catherine Booth

President and Owner

Booth Advisory Inc.

Member, Dean’s Advisory Board

McMaster Engineering

Over her career as a consultant, CIO and board member, Catherine specialized in the management of large-scale, complex, technology-based transformation projects across a diverse range of industries.  

Previously, Catherine was Senior Vice President of I.T. (CIO) for Loblaw Companies Limited and Vice President of Retail I.T. for Canadian Tire Corporation, and spent several years as a Vice President with Capgemini Canada and as a Partner in Ernst & Young Management Consultants.

Catherine has served as a Board Member for various corporate, public and not-for-profit organizations.   Currently Catherine is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board in McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering, where she also spent several years as an Industry Professor teaching project management at the graduate level.   She was named Top 40 Under 40™ in 2003 and one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in 2009. Catherine has a Bachelors Degree in Systems Design Engineering and a Masters Degree in Management Sciences, both from the University of Waterloo.

“I am greatly honoured to be named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and to be joining this esteemed group of individuals who have demonstrated such leadership in the field of engineering.   As a Fellow of the CAE, I look forward to continuing my proud association with McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering as a member of its Dean’s Advisory Board,” Booth said. 


Sean Donnelly

President and CEO

ArcelorMittal Dofasco

McMaster Engineering alumnus

McMaster Engineering alumnus Sean Donnelly leads one of the world’s largest steel and mining companies, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and is known for his contributions to the Canadian steel industry for having made a profound impact on the automotive, construction and manufacturing distribution, energy and packing sectors.

He is also known for enhancing Canada’s competitiveness through his services including in NAFTA. He is recognized for his engineering contributions, and his dedication to his local and regional communities. Donnelly joined Dofasco in 1981 as a Production Engineer in Galvanize after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering.  


Shaffiq Jaffer

Vice President of Corporate Science and Technology Projects

Total S.A. in North America

McMaster Engineering alumnus

Shaffiq Jaffer joined TOTAL SA nine years ago, as the Vice President of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America (NA) with a mission to find and fund novel ideas and technologies that will lead to breakthroughs to meet future energy demand. He is engaged across the research community: academia, startups, and private research companies, focused on building long lasting relationships at the institutional level that creates strong value for TOTAL and its partners. 

Research programs have been established across a broad range of research areas: development of energy resources (unconventional oil and gas, biofuels to photovoltaic), conservation and energy efficiency (digital and shared economy), materials engineering (PV, Catalysts, biomaterials, composites) and innovative production processes (electrification of industrial processes).

Currently, his priority is to help build TOTAL’s largest future research program, focused on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and lead an external scientific advisory board to help guide research priorities.

Prior to TOTAL, Shaffiq worked for P&G and Koch-Glitsch in research and engineering roles.  He was educated in Canada at University of Alberta (BSc) and McMaster University (PhD).

“It is an immense honor to be recognized by the Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. I am very grateful to Professors Philip Wood and Andrew Hrymak who were exemplary mentors and advisors during my studies and thankful for the support of the Chemical Engineering department and Faculty of Engineering  at McMaster University, ” Jaffer said. 


Suzanne Kresta

Dean of the College of Engineering

University of Saskatchewan

McMaster Engineering alumna

Suzanne Kresta joined the University of Saskatchewan on January 1, 2018 as Dean of the College of Engineering after 26 years at the University of Alberta. She holds a BSc from the University of New Brunswick (UNB, 1986), an MSc in Integrated Design of Chemical Plants from the University of Leeds (UK), and a PhD from McMaster University (1992).

Over her career, she has worked in 20 different industrial sectors on turbulent, multiphase mixing problems ranging from drinking water to metal extraction. A number of her papers are used for the design of industrial mixing vessels, and another subset of her papers are highly cited in the academic literature. Several companies have been valued collaborators for over twenty years. Students who have graduated from her research group hold academic positions across Canada and in Europe, and she treasures close relationships with many former undergraduate students.

She has been recognized with a number of national and international awards for her research, teaching, and leadership, including two medals from Engineers Canada, the NAMF Award (AIChE, North American Mixing Forum), and the Senior Moulton Medal (IChemE, UK). She is a co-editor of the Handbook of Industrial Mixing (2005), and chief editor of Advances in Industrial Mixing (2015).

“I am honored by this recognition, and pleased to join a group that has a high level of commitment to building a well grounded technical future for our country.”


 Ray LaPierre

Professor and Chair

Engineering Physics 

McMaster University

Ray LaPierre attended Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Physics in 1992. He then completed his M.Eng. degree in 1994 and Ph.D. degree in 1997 in the Engineering Physics Department at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada).

His graduate work involved development of molecular beam epitaxy of compound semiconductor alloys for laser diodes in telecom applications. Upon completion of his graduate work in 1997, he joined JDS Uniphase (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) where he developed dielectric coatings for wavelength division multiplexing devices. He is currently Professor and Chair in the Engineering Physics Department at McMaster with interests in III-V nanowires, molecular beam epitaxy, and applications in photovoltaics, photodetectors and quantum information processing.

“It is a great honor for me to join the distinguished members of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. The accomplishments of the CAE members are an inspiration to me and all engineers alike to continue our quest of addressing the grand challenges of society and making the future a better place,” LaPierre said.  


Joe Liburdi

President, Liburdi Group of Companies

Dean's Advisory Board Member

McMaster Engineering


After graduation in 1967 from University of Windsor with a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Materials, Joe Liburdi was employed by Westinghouse for twelve years as Manager of Metallurgy.

He was responsible for metallurgical support in the development, design, manufacture and service of gas and steam turbines.In 1979, Liburdi Engineering Limited was established to provide independent support for turbine users. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Liburdi has pioneered the development of life assessment techniques, HIP rejuvenation of superalloys, automated welding of turbine blades, powder metallurgy joining processes, erosion resistant PVD coatings, and CVD coatings for internal/ external oxidation protection. Through continued investment in research and development, the company has become a recognized leader in advanced welding and coating systems for the manufacture and refurbishment of turbine components. The innovative processes and techniques developed by Liburdi have resulted in the awarding of several patents and numerous technical publications. A member of McMaster Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board, Liburdi has a long-standing affiliation with McMaster University. This mutually beneficial relationship is based on a shared regard for the importance of research and development in establishing a strong technical base for the business, while providing challenging opportunities for new graduates.

“Special thanks to Dean Puri, the faculty, and staff of McMaster University for the recognition, support, and access to state of the art equipment and facilities that have enabled a relatively small local company to becomes a world leader in advanced metallurgical and vision based welding technologies for critical aerospace, turbine, and nuclear applications,” Liburdi said.


Angela Pappin

VP Technology


McMaster Engineering alumna

Dean's Advisory Board Member

Angela joined Dofasco in 1988 as Tinplate Products Senior Engineer after graduating from Hamilton’s McMaster University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Angela’s career has encompassed cross-functional appointments including market and product development, engineering, energy management, manufacturing and corporate strategy. Angela is on the McMaster Dean’s Advisory Board for Engineering and is the past Chair of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Metallurgical Committee on Tin Mill Practice.Angela was appointed to the position of Vice President ArcelorMittal Dofasco in 2014. Angela has held various leadership positions including General Manager Metallurgy & Quality and Business Unit Manager Cold Roll and Tin Technology.

“I am very honoured to be recognized and appreciated by my peers in the engineering profession and I would not be in this position without the support I have received through the years from colleagues and mentors. I believe that engineers play a special role, applying science and engineering principles to transform tomorrow. I am looking forward to what the future holds with the application of the many advanced digital capabilities in our discipline and know that McMaster University Engineering will continue to be at the forefront of teaching and growing the next generation of engineers,” Pappin said.  


Michael Pley 

Retired CEO of COM DEV International

McMaster Engineering alumnus

Chair of Dean's Advisory Board

Chair of McMaster Engineering’s Dean’s Advisory Board, Mike Pley is currently supporting technology SMEs and space companies through his management consulting company. COM DEV was one of the leading suppliers to satellite manufacturers and space agencies around the world, having supplied equipment to over 80% of all communication satellites ever launched and many international science and exploration missions. 

Pley graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Management in 1983. He also received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from McMaster in 2017.  

He is an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and chairs its Space and Governance Committees. He was appointed to the Government of Canada’s Space Advisory Board in 2017.  

“I am thrilled to be inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and to have an opportunity to participate in the work of the Canadian Council of Academies. It is an honour to be recognized alongside colleagues that I truly admire,” Pley said. 

The Canadian Academy of Engineering has close ties with similar prestigious academies throughout the world, being an active member of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and as one of three member academies of the Council of Canadian Academies, the other two being the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.