Professional Development Seminars

In celebration of the Chapter's 10th year anniversary, we have prepared 10 Professional Development seminars for this year.  Details of the seminars will be added every month. 

The Professional Development seminars are spearheaded and championed by Norman Padilla, EIT.

Virtual Team Meeting

ProDev 1.0 : Organizational Behaviour from an Engineer's Perspective
May 29, 2021 , 1:30PM

Organizational Behavior is no longer just for the social scientists. This session will help you leverage your soft skills and improve your ability to lead and adapt to the changing demands of the workplace. As engineers we are prompted into management and executive positions, we often excel in the technical portion of our roles but struggle to capture the softer skills required to lead and organize our teams. People are more idiosyncratic than heat and mass transfer, how can we leverage our technical skills and approach leadership in a manner that inspires, motivates and gets the results we are looking for from our teams. This presentation provides some early career leadership tips, presented through an engineering lens.

Our Speaker:

Kimberly Dodds is the Director of Manitoba's Eye and Tissue Bank, a Human Tissue Gift Agency which recovers tissues from authorized donors for transplantation, medical education and scientific research. She is a professional Bioengineer with a Master of Business Administration. Kim has worked across Canada and internationally in both the private and public healthcare sectors in industries ranging from nuclear pharmaceuticals to point-of-care medical diagnostics. In addition to her role at Tissue Bank Manitoba, Kim teaches in the Health Services Leadership and Management Program at Red River College. When not working to save and heal lives through the gift of tissue donation, she can be found trekking and paddling the wilds and rivers around the world.

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Kimberly Dodds, P.Eng., MBA, CTBS
Director, Manitoba's Eye and Tissue Bank

ProDev 2.0 : Become a Visionary Leader of Change for Your Team
May 29, 2021 , 2:30 PM (1 hour)

We are in an era of “new change”. We can feel the impacts of change in every area of our lives. In fact, the constant and inevitable change that we currently experience continues to turn our future into a dynamic one. However, we have the potential to pre-determine our future by leading the change that we like to see in the world. Our societies have serious deficiencies in real leadership, with the assumption that having corporate, positional, political, or social authority implies leadership. Join Dele Ola to explore the roles of a real leader and add to your skills on how to become a visionary leader of change for your team.

Our Speaker:

Dr. Dele Ola, P.Eng. is the Director of the Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing (TACAM) at Red River College. He has a background in metallurgy and aerospace materials, having earned both M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba. In his work role, Dele serves as a major point of contact for applied research, technical services, and contract training for Manitoba's aerospace and manufacturing community. Earlier in his career, Dele worked for Accenture–a global Fortune 500 Company–in the management consulting industry, contributing expertise in enterprise systems integration and technology consulting. Dele is the author of the book “Be a Change Agent: Leadership in a Time of Exponential Change”, released in December 2020. In his book, Dele provides leaders at all levels a framework for honing their change leadership skills in order to become nimble and predetermine their response to change in these unprecedented times.

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Dr. Dele Ola, P.Eng.
Director, Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing

ProDev 3.0: Understanding Landslides: Runout Velocity, Travel Distance, and Deposition Depth
June 26, 2021 , 10:00 AM (1 hour)

This presentation provides an overview of runout analysis to predict the motion of rainfall-induced and earthquake-induced landslides. Runout analysis determines landslide velocity, travel distance, deposition depth, and impact forces on structures along the path. These information are key in landside risk assessment and mitigation design, especially in cases involving extremely rapid, flowlike landslides, such as debris flow and avalanche. The goal of landslide risk assessment and mitigation is to minimize, if not avoid, numerous deaths and significant damages to infrastructure and environment. A method of runout analysis developed in Canada is applied to a notable landslide in the Philippines.

Our Speaker:

Dr. Marolo Alfaro is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include geosynthetics for civil engineering applications, ground improvement techniques, hydroelectric earth fill dams, reinforced soil structures, pile foundations, stabilization of natural and engineered slopes, and frozen ground engineering. He has published widely in technical journals and in conference proceedings, receiving awards for his research work. He received the 2019 Geosynthetics Award given by the Canadian Geotechnical Society in recognition for outstanding technical contribution to the applications of geosynthetics in civil, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering in Canada and internationally. He has coauthored a book and published two book chapters. Marolo worked as a geotechnical engineering consultant on a broad variety of infrastructure projects. He has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Geotechnical Research Board for 2020-2022 and as Chair for 2023-2025. He served as Vice-President of the International Geosynthetics Society - North American Chapter, Member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and Canadian representative to the Committee on Ground Improvement of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He is a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

 

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Dr. Marolo Alfaro, P.Eng.
Professor, University of Manitoba
Dept. of Civil Engineering

ProDev 4.0 : Power Transformers Procurement
June 26, 2021 , 11:00 AM (1 hour)

In a nutshell, Power transformers play a vital role in power system delivery every part of the world. Its primary function is to either step-up or to step-down voltage levels. Electric utilities have done creative ways to generate power (remote locations), then transmit over long distances (800km and up) and finally distribute to different cities and municipalities. These also paved the way to maintain power system stability, provide reliability and export surplus power to neighboring utilities and country.

The presentation will be mainly focused in 4 areas:

  • Specifications

  • Tendering/procurement

  • Manufacturing

  • Shipping
     

Our Speaker:
(1988)            Received BS EE degree from (NEUST) Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

(1990)             Passed the EE board exams (Philippines)

(1988 – 1995) Employed with LRT1 (Metro Inc), American Wire and Cable, BCPI (Philippines)

(1995)             Emigrated to Canada

(1999 – 2001) Received Electrical Engineering Technology diploma from RRC (Winnipeg)

(2001)             Began Employment with Manitoba Hydro (Electrical Technologist/Technician)

(2009 – 2013) Completed APEGM special or “in-lieu” courses thru University of Manitoba while working FT at MH

(2014)             Passed PPE, Received P.Eng.

(Present)       Professional Engineer at Manitoba Hydro. Previous rotations within MH as an Engineer includes System Planning Engineer, Capital Planning Engineer, Power Quality Engineer and Apparatus Quality Engineer (present).

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Rodel Hernandez, P.Eng.
Apparatus Quality Engineer, Manitoba Hydro

ProDev 5.0 : Powering the Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles: A Polytechnique Perspective
July 24, 2021 , 10:00 AM (1 hour)

In Canada, the transportation sector is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Passenger transportation alone makes up 53% of emissions. Canadians and Americans also drive the world’s most polluting cars and trucks, emitting 60 tonnes of climate pollution over their lifespan. If Canadians continue to drive internal combustion engine vehicles that rely on fossil fuels, we as a country will fail to meet our climate targets to help reduce the worst effects of climate change.

The good news is that there are alternatives. Electric and alternative fuel vehicles for personal and commercial use are rapidly entering the market. The presentation will provide a general overview of the Canadian EV landscape and some particular activities and unique facilities supporting EV demonstration and applied research at Red River College.

Our Speaker:
Jose “Jojo” Delos Reyes has a B.S. Information Technology from the Manuel Enverga S. University in the Philippines. He also completed an Advanced Diploma in Technology Management (2010) and a certificate in Project Management (2015) from Red River College (RRC). 
Before coming to Canada, Jojo worked for more than a decade at a multi-national company – Intel Corporation, with solid experience in process and equipment engineering, new product introduction, test hardware development, and project management.

Jojo joined RRC’s Research Partnerships and Innovation department in 2010 as an intern and became the Research Manager in 2013. He supported applied research and development activities related to sustainable infrastructure, alternative energy demonstration and testing (i.e., parabolic solar trough, vertical axis wind turbine), and cold-weather testing of electric vehicles. His role in the department has evolved over the years. He is currently leading a small research team working on applied research and development activities related to connected and zero-emission vehicle technologies, applied research services, performance testing using RRCs climatic chamber with a built-in dynamometer (Motivelab), and program administration support on heavy equipment vehicle GHG emissions reduction. In addition, he also supports all research grant applications as the liaison between RRC and the funding agencies.

 

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Jose “Jojo” Delos Reyes
Research Program Manager, Red River College

ProDev 6.0 : Becoming an Energy Advisor
July 24, 2021 , 11:00 AM (1 hour)

Residential buildings contribute about 17% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. The climate pollution from buildings comes from burning of fossil fuels for our heating, cooling, and domestic water needs. We need to act to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this, we need to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by 2050. Energy advisors play an important role in the fight against climate change by performing home energy evaluation and providing recommendations to improve the energy efficiency and indoor air quality. This presentation will narrate the steps and requirements on how to become a certified energy advisor.

Our Speaker:
Norman is the founder of Mr. Peg Property Inspections and has been personally trained by former US Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project to serve as a volunteer Climate Reality Leader. Norman graduated BS Civil Engineering in University of the Philippines Diliman and is currently practicing residential building energy modelling, energy efficiency, and net-zero energy design. Norman also sits as current director of the Sustainable Building Manitoba that advocates sustainable and fossil-fuel-free green buildings. Outside of work and family, he trains and competes in Ironman triathlons and ultramarathons on plant-based nutrition to reduce food carbon footprint.

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Norman A. Garcia, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C
Director, Sustainable Building Manitoba
Founder, Mr. Peg Property Inspections

ProDev 7.0 : SAFE WORK Certified
July 31 2021 , 10:00 AM (1 hour)

SAFE Work Certified is Manitoba's safety and health certification standard that helps make workplaces safer and provides a financial reward to employers that take proactive steps to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.


Certifying Partners are an employer's first point of contact for questions relating to safety and health certification, including SAFE Work Certified.


SAFE Work Certified is built around the safety essentials of leadership commitment, hazard identification and risk control, and worker participation. By meeting this standard, employers that obtain SAFE Work Certified for their organization can experience benefits such as:
•    lower WCB premiums over time
•    improved employee engagement
•    assistance in meeting legal safety requirements.

Our Speaker:

Michael Chua is presently the Prevention Consultant, SAFE Work Manitoba with the following designations:

  • Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health - Alabama, US

  • Mechanical Engineer - Philippines

  • Master Plumber - Philippines

  • National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (Nebosh IDip OHS) - UK

  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) - Canada

  • ISO 45001:2008 Internal Auditor - International

  • National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) - Canada

  • SAFE Work Certified Auditor (SWCA) - Manitoba, Canada

 

Michael’s work experiences are listed below:

  • Health and Safety Manager, Lotus Construction

o    September 2015 – October 2016

o    Winnipeg, Canada

  • Sr. Health and Safety Inspector, Qatar Petroleum

o    Aug 2010 - Feb. 2015

o    Qatar

  • Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Engineer, Rutledge (offshore/onshore oil and gas)

o    August 2007 - August 2010

o    Singapore

  • 2.5. Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Engineer, Total Safety (offshore/onshore oil and gas)

o    October 2005 - July 2007

o    Qatar

 

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Michael Chua
Prevention Consultant, SAFE Work Manitoba

ProDev 8.0 : Partnerships that Add Value: How to Harness 
the Innovation Expertise at Red River College

July 31, 2021 , 11:00 AM (1 hour)

In this event, you will learn about College Applied Research and the capabilities, expertise and assets already invested to support the local industry in becoming more competitive. Think about partnership between your company / organization and a team of competent scientists, engineers, and researchers to solve problems or implement something innovative. 

The presenter will discuss the leading-edge technologies at the Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing and show you how to access the best of research, services and training resources from Red River College. The College has a record of accomplishment in conducting applied research and has become a national leader in research and innovation. You will learn about some of the completed collaborative work with industry, including the benefits of working with the College.
 

Our Speaker:

Dr. Dele Ola, P.Eng. is the Director of the Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing (TACAM) at Red River College. He has a background in metallurgy and aerospace materials, having earned both M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba. In his work role, Dele serves as a major point of contact for applied research, technical services, and contract training for Manitoba's aerospace and manufacturing community. Earlier in his career, Dele worked for Accenture–a global Fortune 500 Company–in the management consulting industry, contributing expertise in enterprise systems integration and technology consulting. Dele is the author of the book “Be a Change Agent: Leadership in a Time of Exponential Change”, released in December 2020. In his book, Dele provides leaders at all levels a framework for honing their change leadership skills in order to become nimble and predetermine their response to change in these unprecedented times.

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Dr. Dele Ola, P.Eng.
Director, Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing