In recognition of International Women in Engineering Day, we want to highlight the importance of the 30 by 30 initiative. Increasing the percentage of newly licensed female engineers to 30 percent by 2030 will require consistent and constant attention to the issues that have caused the gender imbalance in the engineering profession.
Ramadan is an annual Islamic tradition practiced by a number of Morrison Hershfield staff. This year, to honor the Ramadan tradition of increased charity and generosity, one of our colleagues decided to raise awareness about domestic violence by donating to the Muslim Welfare Home, managed by the Muslim Welfare Centre in Whitby, Ontario.
Metro Vancouver has a vision to build a sustainable, livable region. Its Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan aims to minimize waste generation, maximize reuse, recycling and recovery material, recover energy from the waste stream and only then dispose of remaining waste in landfill. Targets suggest reducing the quantity of waste generated per capita to 90% or less of the 2010 volumes and increasing the amount recycled by 80% - all by 2020.
The retrofitted Humber Building NX has become the first retrofit in Canada to be achieve Zero Carbon Building - Design Certification, awarded by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
Engineers Canada has released a series of videos profiling this year’s award recipients. One of those featured is Morrison Hershfield’s COO, Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., who received the prestigious Gold Medal Award in recognition of her remarkable achievements and contributions.
TORONTO, CANADA (May 24, 2019) – Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., received the 2019 Engineers Canada Gold Medal, this country’s top honor among the 295,000 Professional Engineers in Canada, at a ceremony in Québec City. Each year, the Gold Medal may be awarded to a Professional Engineer for “exceptional individual achievement and distinction in a field of engineering”. This includes industry accomplishments, service to the engineering profession and contribution to the community, and sets the bar high for those who follow in their footsteps.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), announced the election of a new chair and vice-chair to lead the TR-14 Structural Standards for Communication and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures Engineering Committee. Morrison Hershfield would like to congratulate the new leadership; Chairman Brian Lanier, Vice-Chairman Dave Hawkins as well as Secretary Christopher Ply. We would also like to acknowledge the leadership of outgoing Chairman: John Erichsen (EET Engineering) and Vice Chairman: Mark Malouf (Malouf Engineering) for their steady and tireless leadership over the last several years. Under John’s leadership, the committee published TIA-222-Rev H in record time; which was an amazing accomplishment!
Morrison Hershfield participated in Canstruction on May 13th at the TD Centre in downtown Toronto. Canstruction is a competition that challenges teams to design and build structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10’x10’x8’ space. Teams compete for the titles of Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Honourable Mention and People's Choice Award. After the exhibition, the structures are deconstructed and all of the cans are donated to Daily Bread Food Bank, the largest provider of food relief in the area.
Morrison Hershfield staff participated in a wonderful day of fun and fitness at the 19th Annual Riverwalk Run, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hosted by the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc., the Riverwalk Run is an annual event to raise funds for improving the surrounding community.
Data center professionals gathered at The National Club in Toronto on May 7th to learn more about improving gender diversity in the data center industry. The breakfast seminar event was co-hosted by Morrison Hershfield and AFCOM, and sponsored by CommScope, EllisDon and Plan Group.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has hosted the Kumvana Gala, for the last four years, to create a forum for industry representatives, student leaders, governments and non-profits to come together, network, exchange ideas and get inspired! It is a celebration of those who are striving to eliminate poverty and inequality – all while enjoying good food, fair trade wine, a silent auction and prizes!
The Northern Virginia Technology Council announced the recipients of the 2019 Virginia Data Center Awards to a standing room only event on Wednesday, April 24th. Morrison Hershfield’s Mike Mosman was a finalist for the Data Center Industry Icon Award which recognizes the person whose substantial contributions to Virginia’s Data Center community over the course of their career have helped advance the industry and underpin the growth, prominence and success of Virginia’s world-leading data center sector.
Virginia is the largest data center market in the world driven by forward thinkers and leaders in the data center community and is filled with many impressive contributors contending for the prestigious award. While the winner of the NVTC Data Center Industry Icon Award was Bill Klein, CEO of Digital Realty, Mike’s accomplishments are also worthy of icon status in our eyes.
The Gordie Howe International Bridge project was recognized by CG/LA Infrastructure with the prestigious 2019 Oracle Project of the Year Award in the Engineering Project category. Representatives from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) accepted the award at the 12th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal, Quebec.