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Engineers Canada awards recognize exceptional engineers

Three people from B.C. consulting engineering firms among Engineers Canada awards handed out in P.E.I.


Three people from consulting engineering companies in B.C. were among eight “Canada’s exceptional engineers” recognized by Engineers Canada in May.

The annual awards were held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on May 26. Engineers Canada is the umbrella organization of the provincial licensing organizations for professional engineers.

Andrew Mill, P.Eng., a structural engineer and partner with David Nairne and Associates of Vancouver won the Meritorious Award for Professional Service. He specializes in seismic risk assessment and upgrading buildings, and chairs APEGBC’s seismic peer review committee.

Lianna Mah, P.Eng. of Associated Engineering in Vancouver won the Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. She has 29 years of experience consulting in wastewater, water and civil engineering and is vice-president of business development at her company. She has also served “with passion” organizations such as the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering and Science and Technology (CCWEST).

Selena Wilson, P.Eng. of McElhanney Consulting in Vancouver won the Young Engineer Achievement Award. She has led design teams for many projects at the company. Since becoming manager of the Prince Rupert office she has increased the staff from 2 to 12.

She is also involved with young professionals groups, including internationally.

Donald Mavinic, Ph.D., P.Eng., won the Gold Medal Award. He is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of B.C. and considered to be one of the finest researchers in Canada on waterand wastewater treatment. He was instrumental in developing the Pearl Nutrient Recovery Process and has published over 250 papers. In 2012 he was a member of the jury for the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.

The other winners were Marisa E. Sterling, assistant dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto, Nancy Nelson, P.Eng., professor of electronic systms engineering at Conestoga College in Ontario, and André Marchildon, a student at the University of Manitoba. Mark Lowey won the Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering.

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Andrew Mill.

Andrew Mill.

Lianna Mah.

Lianna Mah.

Selena Wilson.

Selena Wilson.

Don Mavinic

Don Mavinic