September 23, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. IEEE Young Professionals Toronto in collaboration with IEEE Ryerson Student Branch will be hosting an Engineering Workplace Seminar with distinguished speakers from the Power and Energy Sector.
Speaker: Paul N. Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng.
David Curtis, P.Eng.
Day & Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Sears Atrium – 3rd Floor, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church St., Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Organizer: IEEE Young Professionals Toronto
IEEE Ryerson Student Branch
Abstract: The following topics will be covered in this seminar:
- Competitive engineering market and essential engineering skills.
- What university cannot teach you; the minimum level of knowledge and skills you require to perform engineering work independently, including academic knowledge, sector specific technical knowledge, business specific knowledge, emerging technologies, supervisory and management skills, etc.
- Possible misalignments between the recruitment processes of employers and the job search practices of engineers.
- Why life long learning is critical for your career and life success.
- How to increase your replacement value and consequently your financial security and status.
- How to effectively communicate with your manager.
This event will also include short talks by bright young professionals who are involved in an engineering field, and will be a great opportunity for you to get to know other professionals in the field in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Anyone who is interested to learn more about the field or to expand their professional network is welcome to attend free of charge. Please see below for the event schedule, biographies of our featured speakers, and an invitation for young professionals to participate in the seminar.
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Welcome and Introductions
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Featured Speakers Talks
6:45pm – 7:30pm: Young Professionals Talks and Q&A
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Meet and Mingle – Networking
Paul N. Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Paul has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is a member of ASME, ANS, IEEE and ISA and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul has over 44 years of engineering and management experience in the power generation industry. He worked for 31 years with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its predecessor companies. He is now a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence and Data Analysis Corporation and was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Paul is currently a member of OSPE’s Energy Task Force and CSA Group’s Advisory Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
David Curtis, P.Eng.
David has been working in the electric utility industry in Ontario for over thirty seven years and has recently retired from Hydro One. David began his career working for a small solar energy company in the vanguard of the application of solar energy systems. He then joined Ontario Hydro working in the Nuclear Generating Division. David then transitioned to the Power System Operations area where he was responsible for the short term and later long term integrated resource planning. With the deregulation of the electricity sector, the Ontario Hydro Services Company was created, which subsequently became Hydro One. David’s first role in the new company was in Regulatory Affairs. Then David led business transformation projects in asset management, data management and Research and Development. David next led development of policies and procedures for Asset Management and then provided leadership in Asset Strategy and Engineering Knowledge Management. He has been a Canadian Energy Council Board member, an Electric Power Research Institute Transmission Executive Committee Member and a member of the Institute’s Power Deliver Unit council.