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Excellence recognized at Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Gala

The Professional Engineers Gold Medal, recognizing a conscientious commitment to public service, technical excellence and outstanding professional leadership, was presented to Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., COO of Morrison Hershfield Group Inc.


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Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., COO, Morrison Hershfield (source: opeawards.ca)

Celebrating its 70th year, the  2017 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Gala, co-presented by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), was held Saturday, November 18th at The Toronto Congress Centre.

Engineering professionals specializing in the built environment were well represented at the event with the top award, the Gold Medal, being presented to Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., COO of Morrison Hershfield Group Inc. Karakatsanis has been a career-long volunteer and the only engineer in Canada to have led the provincial regulator (Professional Engineers Ontario), provincial advocacy body (Ontario Society of Professional Engineers) and the national organization (Engineers Canada).

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Nicholas Stark, P.Eng., VP HH Angus (source: opeawards.ca)

Medals for Engineering Excellence also went to Nicholas Stark, P.Eng., chief engineer at HH Angus, a respected authority in healthcare facility design particularly in HVAC design, and Endre (Andrew) Bakos, P.Eng., project manager with Toronto Transit Commission who oversaw the implementation of WiFi in the TTC subway system.

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Max Mantha, P.Eng., EllisDon (source: opeawards.ca)

The Young Engineer award was handed to Max Mantha, P.Eng., vice president, area manager, EllisDon Toronto Civil and Looby Construction. He is a founding member of Young Leaders in lnfrastructure.

A complete list of award winners can be found here.