Annual General Meeting - 2020

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When: February 1, 2020 Saturday

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS), 2330 Midland Ave., Scarborough, ON   MAP

Registration: Closed       (Deadline Jan. 28, 2020)


9:00 a.m.    Registration and networking

9:30 a.m.     AGM 2020 - Lin (Victor) Lan, P. Eng., LEED AP:

1. Call the meeting to order
2. Appointment of minute taker
3. Approval of the agenda
4. Approval of 2019 AGM minutes - (Draft Minutes)
5. Welcome address by Chair
6. 2019 Activity Report by Rajendra Gadhvi, P. Eng., Secretary
7. 2019 Financial Report by Javeed Ahmed Khan, Ph.D., P. Eng., Treasurer
8. PEO Volunteers recognition
10. Election for 2020 Board - Conducted by by Murad Hussain,   M. Eng., P. Eng.
 Search Committee Chair
11. Incoming Chair's address
12. Introduction of new Board Members
13. Other business
14. Adjournment of AGM
15. Group picture of the outgoing and incoming Board


10:30 a.m.     Special Presentation:  Artificial Intelligence vs. Engineering Intelligence Presented by Keivan Torabi
11:00 a.m.     PEO Elections - Brief speeches by Candidates

12:00 p.m.     Refreshments

About the Presenter: Keivan Torabi, Ph.KeivanD., P. Eng. is a strong voice on PEO Council for practicing engineers. He is concerned by those companies who take advantage of the Industry Exception in the Professional Engineers Act (PEA). As a result, the great majority of P.Eng. license holders in Ontario do not need their P.Eng. designation to work, and majority of people who are engaged in the practice of engineering in Ontario are not licensed, and even may not have any engineering degree! This situation is unique to engineers, and does not exist in any other regulated profession. Keivan is working on an initiative to eliminate the loopholes in the PEA to better protect public’s interest and make the P.Eng. licence relevant to the careers of all engineers. In 2019, Keivan managed to pass a motion to limit the use of Nuclear industry from the Industrial Exception.

Keivan has a diverse educational background. He has four chemical engineering degrees, B.Sc. (Shiraz), M.Sc. (Sharif), M.A.Sc. (Toronto) and Ph.D. (Toronto). His academic papers have been cited by other researchers globally in areas of Data Mining for polymer processing, simulation and the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to real-time quantitative image analysis. His Ph.D. work in AI was published 15 years ago, when AI was not fad, and AI applications in engineering were mostly unnoticed by universities and industry in Ontario.

He has about 30 years of engineering experience in the fields of Safety, Licensing and Risk Assessment, in Oil & Gas, Nuclear Power Generation and Transportation. He has worked in the Canadian nuclear industry; at Ontario Power Generation (Pickering and Darlington nuclear stations) as well as Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Candu Energy (SNC-Lavalin) and AMEC. Most recently, he has been working on reliability and safety of the latest generation of driverless subway trains at Thales and WSP Canada.

Keivan was also a seasonal instructor at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University for few years after graduation. He is a first-generation immigrant, a self-taught oil-painting artist and an avid tennis player.

Synopsis: While Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for almost 30 years, it has received most of the attention in the past 5 to 10 years. That is primarily due to abundance of inexpensive data in recent years, as well as highly affordable and readily available computational power.

Applications of AI cover a wide range of industries. What started off with applications for gaming and fun, rapidly grew in marketing and advertising business, proving that AI can actually be used to generate wealth. AI applications have also had some success in Engineering field, such as diagnostics, robotics and automation, and there are promising advances in Health Care and Medical fields, such as medical diagnostics and writing prescriptions. However, it is AI application in Security that has taken off, astronomically, in the recent years. Undoubtedly, AI has replaced (or will replace) many humans’ jobs in certain fields, with a much higher accuracy and far less cost. The question for us is: What about Engineering? Can AI replace Engineering Intelligence (EI)?

The AI advances toward applications that are safety-significant and related to process or system “Control” in complex environments have been slow and often controversial. Majority of the AI success stories are the kind of applications that having a false-negative or false-positive in the outcome of the models, would be inconsequential to the public or to the investors (i.e., in terms of human injury or death). For safety-related applications, public trusts EI, more than AI, and prefers engineers’ dependency and reliance on traditional science, analysis, calculations, and experiments to manage the risks. Currently, there is no engineering product that is vital to public safety that relies on AI, and still EI is used to design and build complex systems with highest Safety Integrity Level (SIL).

This raises the question of if AI can ever replace EI, in complex multidisciplinary systems, such as network of driverless subway trains or commercial planes. The speech tries to answer this question by looking at the differences between AI and EI, and how they are utilized in our society, at different levels of decision-making process, and how AI and EI interaction is going to evolve in near future.

Scarborough Chapter Board Election 2020

All officers and executives will be elected at the Annual General Meeting. According with the chapter By-Laws, Section 8, the chapter board consists of:

- Four elected officers – Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary

- The immediate Past Chair – not elected

- Four elected executives.

Follow the link for AGM Notice and slate of nominees

If you are interested in serving the chapter board please email scarborough@peo.on.ca or contact Murad Hussain, P.Eng. before 15th January, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Nomination form is available  now.

Please consult Chapter bylaws for eligibility criteria.

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