York Chapter

 

2016 York Chapter

Engineering Project of the Year Award

 

PEO York Chapter is one of the largest chapters of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), with over 8000 members in York Region and accounting for 10% of PEO's membership!  With such a large engineering presence in the community, the Engineering Project of the Year Award acts as York Chapter's platform to build new, or deepen existing, relationships with high-tech companies and related businesses in the region, and ultimately highlight the engineering profession in our community!

The awards are presented each year at the PEO York Chapter Annual General Meeting and Certificate Presentation Ceremony. The awards ceremony for the 2016 competition will be held in the month of February 2017 (actual date TBD) at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre; the finalists and runner-ups will be invited to attend the gala. The overall first place winner from each category will also receive the coveted honour of delivering a presentation on their successful project as part of the evening’s address, with the option to present video or other multimedia demonstrations showcasing the organization, the project team and its engineering achievements.

The 2016 Project of the Year Award finalists will be announced on this website.

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The objective of this competition is to recognize the contribution, both to the engineering profession and to the local community, by an organization that has undertaken or completed an outstanding project of a technical nature within the past year.

The benefits of participating in this competition are significant for both the Applicants and the engineering profession in York Chapter. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Connecting high-tech companies to their local engineering community and potential community partners
  • Educating engineering experts about local high-tech companies, connecting key talents and businesses
  • Creating positive economic growth through executing technological innovation and resulting in job creation and employment opportunities through technological innovation
  • Local businesses have a wide public forum in which to market their technical expertise and showcase their engineering successes
  • Raises public awareness of the engineering profession and the highlight current York Chapter activities

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Phase I: Abstract Submissions
The deadline for submissions is 12:00 pm (noon) EST on Friday January 20, 2017 (updated Jan 11, 2017). To submit your abstract, download and complete the application file and submit via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Phase II: Preliminary Evaluation
Finalists will be selected by the Awards Committee and will be announced on Monday January 23, 2017 (updated Jan 11, 2017). The selections will be made based on the strength of each application in its ability to satisfy the evaluation criteria detailed below.

Phase III: Preparation of Final Submission
The top finalists from each category will each prepare and deliver a short presentation that illustrates the project highlights. Further details about the nature of the presentation will be communicated when the finalists are announced.
The presentations will be delivered to a panel of judges on Saturday January 28, 2017.

Phase IV: Overall Engineering Project of the Year Award
Based on an evaluation of the detailed presentations, the winner for each category will be selected and announced by Monday January 30, 2017.

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Project Categorization:
Projects of all types of engineering (discipline) will be considered equally. Projects will be sorted by company size and placed into comparison with other projects in that project group. Company size will be determined by the total number of employees in the company's office(s) in the GTA and York Region. The sizing break down is as indicated below:

  • Small Size Company: 1 - 50 employees
  • Medium Size Company: 51 - 250 employees
  • Large Size Company: 251+ employees

*Note: Applicants will be able to select their company size in the application form, however, PEO York Chapter reserves the right to make changes to the sizing and sizing category.  Any change to an applicants competition category will be communicationed within 1 week of the application submission deadline.

Evaluation Categories:
All project submissions will be judged for their quality within the following four categories, which will be weighted as indicated below:

  1. Innovation, Technical Merit and Distinction (25%)
  2. Sustainability (25%)
  3. Commercial Viability (20%)
  4. Impact to York Region & Neighbouring Communities (30%)

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The 1st place winner from each category will be invited give a 10 minute presentation on their winning project at the Awards Gala.

Additionally, each 1st place winner will receive the following prizes and recognitions:

  • A commemorative plaque or trophy
  • Complimentary invitations for 2 representatives to attend the gala.
  • The option of either a complimentary free table at the Awards Gala for 8 OR a gift card of equivalent value to a restaurant of their choice to celebrate with members of their project team. 
  • A promotional article of their winning project on the Awards section of PEO York Chapter website.

The 1st runner-up in each category will receive the following prizes and recognitions:

  • A commerative plaque or trophy
  • Complimentary invitation for 1 representatives to attend the gala (option to purchase additional tickets is available)

All finalists will be invited to display an informative booth at the gala, showcasing their projects and/or other company achievements, and presenting marketing information.

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Contestant eligibility is determined based on the candidate business successfully satisfying the following conditions:

  1. Organization has an operational presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or York Region
  2. The project must be overseen by at least one licensed Professional Engineer
  3. The project must have been initiated and/or completed within 2016
  4. The project must be at a substantial stage of completion
  5. Project details submitted must include only publicly available information1
  6. Projects that received 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place honours in previous year's competition are not eligible for resubmission.
  7. Projects that were not selected as finalists in the previous competition are eligible for submission, provided all of the above eligibility criteria are met.

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If you are a PEO York Chapter member then we have a special promotion just for you! Be one of the first 5 York Chapter members who submit an eligible application for this award or refers a project which results in an eligible application, then you will receive a $100 gift card to a restaurant/store of your choice! Just have your name and PEO membership number shown in the referral section of the application form - it's that simple!

Disclaimer: PEO York Chapter's Awards Committee will review each submitted application eligible for this request and will determine the first 5 eligible applications based on the date and time stamps of the received email submissions on the York Chapter email server. Projects submitted for this gift card incentive must meet the eligibility criterion listed in the eligibility section and must have a contribution to the engineering profession and the local community. PEO staff and Chapter executives are not eligible for this incentive. PEO York Chapter’s Awards Committee reserves the right to review and reject incomplete and/or irrelevant applications, limit the number of prizes eligible for an individual, and cancel this incentive at any time without notice.

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Please direct any questions relating to the competition to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions and answers that may be beneficial to all applicants will be published to this website.

Q and A

The total number of applicants  will not be known prior to the application deadline. All eligible entries will be considered.
Projects selected as finalists may be profiled on the PEO York Chapter website. All finalists will be invited to the awards gala, which is attended by PEO York Chapter members and various dignitaries including PEO council members, OSPE representatives, and local MPs and/or MPPs.
Please review the application form. You will need to disclose enough information to complete the required fields. If selected as a finalist, you will be asked to prepare a presentation with additional detail about your project. Please ensure that any information you provide is internally reviewed and approved for public release. If your project is of a proprietary nature and cannot be described without revealing sensitive information, you may wish not to apply.
The PEO York Chapter Awards Committee will strive for consistency in communication wherever possible. You will be contacted by one of the members of the steering committee (Chair Fiona Leong). The official contact for the committee is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
There is no application fee. You must only invest your time for the preparation of the abstract and, if applicable, the final presentation.
A product or system demonstration is not a requirement and may not be feasible depending on the nature of the project. However, where appropriate, demonstrations (or prototypes, etc) are most welcome as part of the final presentation.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Notes:

  1. Submission of project details implies express consent to publish any and all information in a public forum. PEO York chapter is not responsible for the safeguarding of information once it has been received. It is suggested that applicant organizations conduct a thorough review of all application materials prior to submission to address any commercial or proprietary issues related to the release of information.
  2. Contest details and deadlines are subject to change. Modifications to the competition schedule and/or logistics will be posted to this website and/or communicated directly to contest participants.
  3. The applicant agrees to provide the required information to the PEO York Chapter Awards Committee.
  4. The applicant hereby authorizes the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) York Chapter Association of its sponsors and partners to use, release and retain the applicant(s) name(s), non-financial information, photographs, video recordings, and audio recordings of the applicant(s) in connection with the promotion, administration or evaluation of this award without any compensation to the applicant.
  5. The applicant is required to submit the information with the attached application form. Only complete application forms will be considered.
  6. The Judging Panel may request the applicant to provide further information as necessary.
  7. The decision of the Judging Panel is final.