Why Engineers Matter - One Engineer’s Story

Wednesday October 12, 2016, 7:30pm


Location: Courtyard by Marriott Markham, 65 Minthom Blvd, Markham, Ontario L3T 7Y9

Fee: $15/pp, light refreshments will be served

Registration: http://peoyork2016engineersmatter.eventbrite.com

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speaker marilyn spinkOur speaker, Marilyn Spink will provide an overview of several key projects and disruptive technologies over her 30+ engineering career. She will share a wide range of her involvement and experiences of executing large, complex engineering projects such as the Nato Military Camp equipment design, steel plant upgrades and modernization in North America and Tunisia, mining backfill plants construction and commissioning in India and the Northwest Territories, and a mega project in Madagascar. Spink will then explain what compelled her to get involved with PEO Council at this stage of her career, and conclude by describing what she has learned in her two years on PEO Council.

In this Why Engineers Matter – One Engineer’s Story interactive presentation, our speaker will discuss and address with your participation:

  • How to lead and manage multidiscipline teams in executing large complex engineering projects?
  • What is “Project Governance” and why it is critical to implement such practices for large complex engineering projects?
  • Why engineers should always have a broad mindset of the definition of “Public Interest”,
  • What roles do PEO and OSPE represent and why having these distinct & separate organizations is beneficial for our engineering profession.
  • What, we as engaged engineers, need to be doing to evolve our profession, in a regulatory focus to remain a strong & relevant, self-regulated profession.

Whether you are an engineer or an engineering intern, this interactive presentation will provide an understanding of high level concepts to be addressed to managing large complex engineering projects in a multidiscipline team setting.
Marilyn Spink began her 30-year engineering career in Northern Ontario’s mining, pulp and paper industries and then moved to steelmaking operations in both the US and Canada. After executing capital projects with Dofasco, she moved to consulting engineering working on large, global complex minerals projects. At Hatch, SNC-Lavalin, Wardrop (now Tetra Tech) and Golder Associates, as a multi-discipline engineering manager and a process engineer at heart, she led and supported teams of professional engineers and designers. She is now mentoring engineers and project managers with Isherwood Geostructural Engineers. She has been a licensed professional engineer (PEO) since 1995, a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) since its inception. In 2014, she was appointed the lieutenant governor appointee to PEO Council. Spink is married to Jamie Gerson, also a professional engineer, who is extremely supportive of all her interests and a wonderful father to their three children. Spink can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friends are welcome and networking encouraged!

Cathy Zheng, P.Eng., CEM
Women in Engineering Lead – PEO York Chapter
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