2013 York Chapter Engineering Project of the Year Award
The Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) York Chapter Awards Committee, in partnership with the City of Markham1, has issued a Call for Applications for the second annual Engineering Project of the Year Award.
- Award Details
- Competition Description and Deadlines
- Evaluation Criteria
- Prizes and Honours
PEO York Chapter is one of the largest chapters of Professional Engineers of Ontario (the licensing body of professional engineers in Ontario). York Chapter accounts for 10% of the PEO membership, with over 7900 members in York Region. This engineering award provides a platform for York Chapter to build new, or deepen existing, relationships with high tech companies and related businesses in the region.
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 PEO York Chapter and the Applicants. These include, but are not limited to:
- Connect high tech companies to the engineering community
- Create job opportunities for the more than 7900 members in the region and neighbouring communities
- Attract high tech companies to the expertise that resides in the region
- Positive economic growth resulting from job creation and employment opportunities
- Local businesses have a wide public forum in which to market their technical expertise and showcase their engineering successes
- PEO York Chapter raises awareness of the engineering profession and the chapter activities
Award Details (Top)
The awards are presented each year at the PEO York Chapter Annual General Meeting and Certificate Presentation Gala. The awards ceremony for the 2013 competition will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre.
Finalists will be invited to attend the gala. The overall first place winner will also receive the coveted honour of delivering the evening’s keynote address – a summary of the successful project, with the option to present video or other multimedia demonstrations showcasing the organization, the project team and its engineering achievements.
The 2013 Project of the Year Award finalists will be announced on this website, complete with a profile of the projects and organizations.
Competition Description and Deadlines (Top)
Phase I: Abstract Submissions
Phase II: Preliminary Evaluation
Finalists will be selected by the Awards Committee and will be announced in January 2014. 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 6 finalists 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 January 25, 2014.
Phase IV: Overall Engineering Project of the Year Award
Based on an evaluation of the detailed presentations, an overall winner will be selected and announced in February 2014, prior to the awards gala.
Evaluation Criteria (Top)
Projects of all types of engineering (discipline) and size (scale and budget) will be considered equally. All project submissions will be judged for their quality within the following five categories, which will be weighted as indicated below:
- Innovation (15%)
- Technical Merit and Distinction (15%)
- Environmental and/or Social Impact (15%)
- Commercial Viability (15%)
- Impact to York Region (40%)
Prizes and Honours (Top)
The 1st place winner will be invited to present the keynote address at the Awards Gala.
The top 3 winners will each receive the following prizes and recognitions:
- A commemorative plaque or trophy.
- Complimentary business consulting services from KPMG LLP (Canada)2
- A symbolic monetary prize ($1000 for 1st place; $750 for 2nd place; $500 for 3rd place).
- Complimentary invitations for 4 representatives to attend the gala.
The remaining 3 finalists (from the top 6) will each receive the following recognitions:
- A certificate of recognition.
- Complimentary invitations for 2 representatives to attend the gala.
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.
Contestant eligibility is determined based on the candidate business successfully satisfying the following conditions:
- Organization has an operational presence in York Region or a neighbouring community
- The project must be overseen by at least one licensed Professional Engineer
- The project must have been initiated and/or completed within 2013
- The project must be at a substantial stage of completion
- Project details submitted must include only publicly available information3
- Projects that received 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place honours in the previous competition are not eligible for resubmission.
- Projects that were not selected as finalists in the previous competition are eligible for submission, provided all of the above eligibility criteria are met.
Questions and answers that may be beneficial to all applicants will be published to this website.
- The City of Markham is an active supporter of PEO York Chapter and is a strategic partner of the 2013 Award.
- A panel of three experts (audit/tax/advisory) will meet with each finalist to review business ideas, business implication, strategies and related planning.
- 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.
- Contest details and deadlines are subject to change. Modifications to the competition logistics will be posted to this website and/or communicated directly to contest participants.
- The applicant agrees to provide the required information to the PEO York Chapter Awards Committee.
- 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.
- The applicant is required to submit the information with the attached application form. Only complete application forms will be considered.
- The Judging Panel may request the applicant to provide further information as necessary.
- The decision of the Judging Panel is final.
Winners of the 2015 York Chapter
Engineering Project of the Year Award
The 2015 York Chapter Engineering Project of the Year Award had a record amount of applicants and saw many outstanding engineering projects from around the GTA!
Here is a recap of our finalists and winners from each category:
Small Size Company Category (0-50 Employees in the GTA)
Winner: Globe LED Lighting (www.globeledlighting.com/)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Gordon Xiao (Globe LED Lighting Owner), Thomas Chong (PEO President), Matthew Xie
Second Place: Mirus International (www.mirusinternational.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Alex Hoevennars
Third Place: ANJ Engineering Ltd.
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Ahmad Jafrari
Finalist: Marnoch Thermal Power (www.marnochthermalpower.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Ian Marnoch
Finalist: Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Ltd. (www.jensenhughes.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Gordana Tijanic
Medium Size Company Category (51-250 Employees in the GTA)
Winner: Mulvey & Banani International Inc. (www.mbii.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Domenic Bonavota
Second Place: Arup Engineering (www.arup.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Zoran Markovic
Third Place: York Region Transit (www.vivanext.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Stuart Murray (Project Specialist, YRT), Rick Vince (MMM Group), Carolyn Ryall (Design Chief, Infrastructure & Development, YRT), Noeline Chipun (Manager, Finance, YRT), Thomas Chong (PEO President), Matthew Xie (PEO York Chapter POTYA Co-chair)
Finalist: Ecobee Inc. (www.ecobee.com)
Finalist: Ontario Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergnecy Management - Ministry of Community Satefy and Correctional Services (www.ontario.ca/firemarshal)
Large Size Company Category (250+ Employees in the GTA)
Winner: Regional Municipality of York (www.york.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Nick Colarusso (Manager of Engineering, Environmental Services, Capital Planning & Development, York Region), Afshin Naseri (Senior Project Manager, York Region), Denis Poncelet (Sustainable Building Engineer), York Region Representative. Thomas Chong (PEO President), Matthew Xie (PEO York Chapter POTYA Co-chair)
Second Place: Regional Municipality of York (www.york.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Afshin Naseri (Senior Project Manager, York Region), York Region Representative, Thomas Chong (PEO President), Matthew Xie (PEO York Chapter POTYA Co-chair)
Third Place: Hatch Mott MacDonald (www.hatchmott.com)
From left: Elizabeth Daher (PEO York Chapter 2014 Awards Director), Dinuk Athukorala (Mechanical Engineer, Hatch Mott MacDonald), Thomas Chong (PEO President), Matthew Xie (PEO York Chapter POTYA Co-chair)
Finalist: Regional Municipality of York (www.york.ca)
Finalist: City of Mississauga (www.mississauga.ca)
On behalf of all Awards Committee, we would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped organize, advertise, review applications, and judge the final presentations - you help make York Chapter's initiative's possible!
If you know of any outstanding engineering projects in your community, encourage them to apply for 2016's Engineering Project of the Year Award so that we can celebrate their engineering successes together!
Matthew Xie & Fiona Leong
Engineering Project of the Year Award Co-chairs
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