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McMaster Engineering community members inducted into Canadian Academy of EngineeringJune 12, 2019

Ten McMaster Engineering-affiliated professionals have been elected to join a prestigious academy that offers key advice on matters of critical importance to Canada.

Nearly a dozen McMaster Engineering-affiliated professionals have joined a cohort of 54 highly accomplished engineers who were inducted as Fellows into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) during a ceremony in Québec City on June 21.

“The CAE comprises Canada’s most accomplished engineers," says Ishwar K. Puri, dean and professor, who was inducted as a Fellow of the CAE in 2017. "There is no professional pleasure more rewarding 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."

“Over our past 32 years, Fellows of Academy have provided insights in the fields of education, infrastructure and innovation, and we are expecting the new Fellows to expand upon these contributions to public policy considerably," says CAE President Eddy Isaacs. "They are engineers from widely varying backgrounds, from Industry, Academe and Government, but they all have in common the demonstrated desire and ability to go beyond the normal practice of engineering and serve as role models in their fields and to their communities.” 

Donna Strickland, a McMaster Engineering alumna, is being awarded with a CAE Honorary Fellowship at a later date.

Last year, eight McMaster Engineering-affiliated professionals joined the CAE, including Catherine Booth, Sean Donnelly, Shaffiq Jaffer, Suzanne Kresta, Ray LaPierre, Joe Liburdi, Angela Pappin and Michael Pley, 

The newest McMaster Engineering-affiliated CAE members include:

Katherine Crewe. 

Katherine Crewe is a Chair with TEC-Canada. She is Lean certified and transformed a manufacturing unit of a multinational pharmaceutical company. As patent holder of a coronary stent, Crewe led the commercialization of the product from animal and clinical trials through its launch. She has also made contributions to society through the increased participation of women in science and engineering. She has been a keynote speaker and participated on diversity and inclusion committees to positively move the needle towards a more inclusive workplace. She founded the MaP's (mentors and peers) program for the Montréal Chapter of Women in Bio. Crewe has a Masters of Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University and is a member of McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board. 

“I am thrilled and honoured at being inducted to the CAE and grateful for the nomination from McMaster," says Crewe. "I look back on 40 years of engineering and most proud of my contributions on diversity and inclusion in the profession.”

 Stephen Elop.

Stephen Elop has made pioneering contributions that have led to the rapid evolution of computing technology, producing advances in foundational tools and technologies for telecommunication networks and the modern Internet. He has demonstrated global leadership in some of the world's largest tech companies, providing consumer and business solutions based on web and cloud-based delivery and operations. His entrepreneurial and business leadership has significantly impacted Canada and the world, as anyone who has used Microsoft Office would attest. Elop is also a philanthropist committed to promoting rigorous STEM-based education and a deep appreciation for the arts. Elop has a Bachelor of Computer Engineering and Management and an honorary Doctorate of Science from McMaster University. He is currently a member of McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board and is the Distinguished Engineering Executive in Residence at the university.

“It is truly a great honour to be invited to be a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering," says Elop. "From my earliest days in the computer labs at McMaster to our work today to shape the future of Mac’s engineering programs, the Canadian engineering community has provided me with a spirit and perspective from which I have benefited as I have worked to contribute around the world.”

 Stephen Howe.

Stephen Howe is a Canadian innovator designing, building and operating advanced broadband fibre, wireless, satellite and media networks. Throughout his career at Bell, and with incumbent and start-up communications companies in Canada and internationally, Howe has led the development and implementation of world-class advances in wireless and wireline communications technologies. His technology leadership at Bell has expanded 4G LTE wireless coverage to 99 per cent of Canadians with a mobile network rated as Canada's fastest and delivered the fastest consumer Internet speeds in the country. Howe now leads the development of 5G in Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. He is a member of McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board.

"It’s an incredible honour to be elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering – a true privilege that recognizes the work of the entire Bell team in driving technology advancements in Canada’s communications industry," says Howe. "At Bell, we have the best networks because we have the best people. Education, preparation and agility are the key factors to success in an environment of rapidly changing technology. My own career path has led me on a journey of constant learning, and it’s the strong foundation I received at McMaster that still guides me as part of the Bell team that is delivering world-class product, service and content innovations. I’m very fortunate to work with – and learn from – the best innovators in the business."

 James Politeski.

James Politeski is recognized for his business leadership and strategic vision in leading the growth and transformation of the North American consumer electronics industry over the past 20 years. He is known for building high performing teams and high growth based cultures. Throughout his career, Politeski has showcased Canadian engineering and design to the world. Leveraging upon his success in leading global corporations, he now promotes Canadian innovation by growing small businesses so that they are able to reach global markets. He is a philanthropist and volunteers on boards to improve the reach and impact of education. Politeski currently sits on McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board and is a Distinguished Engineering Executive in Residence. He holds a Mechanical Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University. 

"I am grateful for the recognition from the Canadian Academy of Engineers and I am equally proud of the support and encouragement that McMaster University Engineering has played in my education and ongoing career," says Politeski. "This recognition is a reminder of the need to give back and support a wonderful profession like engineering. I look forward to being an active fellow."

 Georgie Rose.

Geordie Rose is a pioneer and global thinker in two of the most transformative technologies of our time: quantum computing and artificial general intelligence. Rose has been the founder of three technology companies to commercialize these technologies. He is considered one of the leading strategists in the world on the commercialization of quantum computing with his successful founding of D-Wave, the first company in the world to build a quantum computing system. Rose is working toward the ultimate goal of a future where intelligent machines work together with people. Geordie graduated from McMaster with a Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics in 1994 and earned a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia.

"It's engineers, not politicians, scientists, lawyers or CEOs, who design and build the future," says Rose. "It's a great honour to be recognized by my engineering peers with this election to the CAE. My journey as a builder of things started at McMaster, in the Engineering Physics department, Mac Eng Phys really got me hooked on the idea that things that don't exist, but should, could be designed and built."

 Howard Shearer.

Howard Shearer is nationally recognized for his contributions made at the forefront of nuclear power and energy engineering in Canada. As a business leader, he has worked to make Canada a world leading powerhouse in smart systems and big data by helping build capacity for Canadian innovation in the digital world. His outstanding and selfless service on boards, committees and councils is notable. As one of a few black engineers who is a corporate leader in Canada, Shearer is a role model for the engineering community through his technical work, strategic thinking, business leadership and advocacy. Shearer received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and serves on McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board. 

“It is a privilege and an honour to be inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering," says Shearer. "I owe a debt of gratitude to all those who guided my life’s journey and career, and whose influence helped position me to achieve the goals of this esteemed organization. McMaster’s role in clarifying the obligations of engineers to positively transform society provided the moral compass and technical understanding which will support the contributions I hope to make as I join my fellow CAE members in providing thought leadership and solutions for many issues of critical importance to the future of Engineering and Science in Canada."

 Donna Strickland.

Donna Strickland is the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018, for co-inventing chirped pulse amplification, the method of generating high-intensity, ultrashort optical pulses. She has made pioneering contributions to photonics, laser physics and laser matter interactions over a sustained period of time. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society since 2008 and served as its President in 2013. Dr. Strickland is also a Fellow of SPIE. As its highest honour, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) may bestow the title of “Honorary Fellow” on any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of engineering in Canada, another country or globally. This honour is bestowed on an individual for contributions well above what is expected for a Fellow of the Academy. The Board of the CAE has recently awarded University of Waterloo Professor Donna Strickland with Honorary Fellowship in the CAE. 

 Gina Succi.

Gina Succi's career in engineering spans over three decades in roles from design engineer to Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Westhill Innovation Inc. Westhill Innovation is a designer and manufacturer of sustainable composites for the commercial and recreational transportation industries. For the past twenty years, her focus has been on product development and commercialization, in four vastly different market sectors including steel manufacturing, logistics, mining, and construction industries.  She is recognized for her contributions in integrating impactful design concepts through a focus on technological innovation, operational excellence and customer pull. Gina is an inventor with four issued Canadian and US patents, three pending, and more in the making. She actively counsels and mentors women who are considering engineering as a profession, or in technology and the trades. Gina holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University and currently serves on McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board, and the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Board of Directors.

“I cannot express how much of an honour it is to be named, by my peers, to the Canadian Academy of Engineers," says Succi. "I owe a great deal of gratitude to my family, and my colleagues, both from industry and academia, in many disciplines, who have provided me with the benefit of their experiences, which has translated to a rich learning environment, throughout the years. I am especially grateful to McMaster University for the privilege of a great education, and for their contribution to helping our company Westhill Innovation, pioneer our “Big Idea” in mobile solar transportation for the trucking industry, and to bring it to fruition through engagement and partnering in Research and Development, and Advanced Manufacturing. My pledge on receiving this award is to continue to do our part, to ensure that Canada is at the forefront in commercialization of sustainable technologies in the commercial and recreational transportation industries."

 Robert Tong.

Robert Tong is an exemplar for Canadian innovation in semiconductor-based digital signal processing. Through his career he has provided solutions for energy efficient power management, analog, connectivity, system on chip and custom devices. As an engineer, entrepreneur and business leader, his work has helped overcome unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer and medical applications. Today's high quality digital hearing aids and wireless headsets have become possible because of his engineering solutions. While the products that he has enabled are sold globally, his career, centered in Canada, has led to thriving Canadian companies and jobs. Tong holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Masters of Science from Waterloo University and MBA from Wilfred Laurier University. He is a member of McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Wilfrid Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

“I am honoured to be elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering," says Tong. "In 1977, McMaster University held back doubling its tuition fees for foreign students contrary to what all other universities in Ontario did that year. The lower tuition and an entrance scholarship from McMaster gave me the opportunity to receive a world class engineering education, without which none of what I was able to accomplish in my career would have been possible. I have McMaster and Canada to thank for my fulfilling engineering career, and I look forward to giving back more in the years to come.”

 Carole Wilson.

Carole Wilson is a strategic thinker with a global mindset and entrepreneurial focus who has implemented change nationally and abroad. She has developed stratagems and driven organizational change during a dynamic career in the automotive industry touching on manufacturing, product development, finance, marketing, sales and service. She developed the market equations for all current and future model Lincoln vehicles sold in Canada, successfully launching two new nameplates and three redesigned vehicles. Her philanthropy touches women in engineering at McMaster University. She has volunteered to build homes in Milton, Ontario, Detroit, Michigan and Phuket, Thailand (after the 2004 Tsunami). Wilson earned both her MBA and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management at McMaster University. She is a member of McMaster Engineering's Dean’s Advisory Board. 

“I’m honoured to be recognized by my peers," says Wilson. "I believe strongly that it is every person’s responsibility to make a positive contribution to the world they live in. My pursuit has been to support education and the advancement of women in engineering. Accordingly, it is my pleasure to be a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and make contributions that support both objectives.”