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18 Oct

Witold Kinsner

Witold Kinsner is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McMaster University in 1974, and became Assistant Professor at McMaster University and later at McGill University. He was a co-founder and Director of Research of the Industrial Applications of Microelectronics Centre from 1979 to 1987. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM), as well as a member of other societies.

Since 1971, he has been very active at all the IEEE levels, including IEEE International, Region 7 (IEEE Canada), Society, Council, Section, Chapter, and Student Branch. He has organized many conferences, and has been on numerous editorial boards of journals and magazines. In 2013, Dr. Kinsner was elected IEEE Canada President Elect 2014-15 and IEEE R7 Director Elect 2014-15. He was IEEE Canada President 2016-17 and IEEE R7 Director/Delegate 2016-17, and he is now its Past President 2018-19. In 2017, he was elected IEEE Vice President of Educational Activities Board for 2018, and re-elected for 2019. 

He has been involved in research on cognitive systems, computational intelligence, robust real-time computing engines, and computer memories. Applications include biomedical, industrial monitoring and controls, aerospace, and space. He has authored and co-authored over 780 publications in the above areas, as well as supervised over 79 Master’s and Doctorate graduate students, over 200 undergraduate final-year thesis/capstone project students, and mentored over 35 summer research students. He has received a number of awards.

18 Oct

Michael (Mike) L. Morris

Michael (Mike) L. Morris, PEng MBA
Chief Operations Officer Nautel Ltd.

Mike has over 25 years of senior management experience in the Telecom, IT Services and Electrical/Electronics Manufacturing sectors.  As Chief Operating Officer at Nautel, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s broadcasting equipment and navigation-aid businesses and he plays a key role in the development and execution of strategies to grow the business into new sectors. Nautel is the world’s largest manufacturer of broadcast radio transmitters, having been founded 50 years ago in Hackett’s Cove Nova Scotia. Today the company employs more than 230 people in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bangor, Maine and Cornwall, Ontario. In addition to the broadcast transmitters business Nautel is a significant player in navigation beacons, SONAR, eLORAN and other special purpose radio transmitters.

Prior to joining Nautel Mike held leadership roles at Seaforth Energy, Cobham Tracking & Locating, Aliant, and Andersen Consulting. At Seaforth Energy Mike was President & CEO having led the development of the business to pursue local opportunities in renewable energy and ultimately to the sale of the company to its largest competitor.  Within the Cobham organization Mike was initially the President of Orion Electronics which was the North American leader in covert tracking solutions for law enforcement. That role evolved over time, becoming responsible for all of Cobham’s business units in the law enforcement surveillance sector.

18 Oct

Murray MacDonald

Murray MacDonald has 40 years of experience in Telecom Power System Design and Engineering Management with several multinational companies. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. (EE) degrees from Queen’s University, is a registered member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and is an active senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). For several years Murray has been the London Section Champion for IEEE’s Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) doing pre-university education outreach and he is currently the Chair of the Region 7 TISP Committee.
18 Oct

Mahsa Bataghva

Mahsa Bataghva received her M.E.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, in 2017. In the same year, she joined Robarts research institute at Western University to pursue her Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering. Beside her research activities, Mahsa is an active volunteer and a leader in the IEEE community. She serves as a voting committee member of the IEEE Women In Engineering, global and as a Chair of the IEEE WIE London section affinity group. Mahsa has also volunteered in many subcommittees and for various projects conducted by WIE.
18 Oct

Dirk Werle

Dirk Werle is a managing partner with Ærde Environmental Research in Halifax, Canada. His professional career as a geographer focused on innovative applications of Earth observation satellites for mapping and managing natural resources and for monitoring marine and terrestrial environments. He has worked as an advisor for government and non-governmental organizations and chaired Canada’s National Remote Sensing Working Group for the Environment. He served as Officer and President of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society from 1999 to 2007. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of the International Ocean Institute-Canada. He has been a member of the IEEE since 1986 nd is currently serving as chair of the IEEE’s Canadian Atlantic Section.
16 Oct

Sarah Roberge

LCdr Sarah Roberge is a Marine Systems Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Over a 20 year career, she has fulfilled numerous roles both in ships and ashore. Most recently, she was the Head of the Engineering Department on HMCS HALIFAX, where she led a team of approximately 60 technicians at sea and advised the Commanding Officer on technical issues, damage control capability and environmental concerns. She is currently responsible for enabling the testing and installation of new technologies in all Royal Canadian Naval vessels on the East Coast. LCdr Sarah Roberge studied Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada and has learned many positive life lessons balancing leadership at sea with leadership at home.


16 Oct

Tara Willis

Biography LCol Tara Willis, MEng, MDS

Commanding OfficerLCol Tara Willis enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1999 at 17 years old, and headed to the Royal Military College. She spent her summer training in Trenton, Shearwater and Comox, and upon graduation from the AERE officer basic course, was posted to 12 Air Maintenance Squadron in Shearwater.

During her first tour, she spent time in Engineering and Projects, Aircraft Maintenance and Support Organization, Flight Safety, and lead the planning for the transition from the Sea King to Cyclone helicopter maintenance at 12 Wing. She was then posted to PMO MHP in Ottawa, where she was the lead for the Performance Based Accountability system, Materiel, Tool Control and Support and Test Equipment, and the Reliability and Maintainability of the Cyclone helicopter.

Upon promotion to Major, she was assigned as the CH148 Aircraft Engineering Officer and Deputy Weapon System Manager within DGAEPM and became the first Cyclone Senior Design Engineer (SDE). She then returned to 12 Air Maintenance Squadron, where she served as AMO, CAMEO and DCO, before rotating into 12 Wing Operations as the Operations Support Commander – leading the Intelligence, imaging, A5 Future Plans, Electronic Sensor Support, Technical Problem and Projects and Operational Liaison and Acceptance sections.

She would tell you that the highlight of her career so far was a Peacekeeping tour with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in 2016, where she was employed as a Military Liaison Officer. Upon her return to Canada, she was employed as the Deputy Wing Operations officer for 12 Wing; until her posting to Ottawa where she was the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Programme, LGen Lanthier. LCol Willis assumed Command of 12 Air Maintenance Squadron on 5 July 2018.

LCol Willis holds an Honours Bachelors of Science in Physics and Space Science, with a minor in Psychology from the Royal Military College; a Masters of Engineering in Space Operations from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and a Masters of Defence Studies. She is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program from the Canadian Forces College.

LCol Willis married her college sweetheart, LCdr Mark Willis 15 years ago. They have 3 children: Émilie, Katherine and Jacob; 12, 9 and 8 years old.

Biographie Lcol Tara Willis, Meng, MDS

Lcol Tara Willis s’est enrôlée dans les Forces Armées Canadiennes en 1999 à 17 ans, se dirigeant vers le Collège Militaire Royal du Canada à Kingston. Elle a passé ses étés d’entraînement à Trenton, Shearwater et Comox, et après avoir gradué du cours d’ingénierie aérospatiale, a été mutée à la 12e Escadron de Maintenance à Shearwater.

Pendant sa première affectation, elle a été employée au sein de la section d’ingénierie et de projets, dans la section de support à la maintenance, sureté des vols, et dirigea l’équipe de planification de la transition entre les aéronefs Sea King et Cyclone pour la 12e Escadre. Mutée à Ottawa, elle était ensuite responsable pour le système de gestion de la performance, du matériel, de l’équipement de support au sein du bureau de projet pour l’hélicoptère maritime.

Après sa promotion au grade de major, elle a été assignée comme officier d’ingénierie et Gestionnaire du Système d’armes pour le CH148, et devint la première ingénieure de conception de l’hélicoptère Cyclone. De retour à la 12e Escadron de Maintenance à Shearwater, elle servit en tant qu’officier de maintenance des aéronefs à la première et deuxième ligne et Commandant-Adjoint d’Escadron avant de transférer aux opérations d’Escadre en tant qu’officier de support aux opérations.

Elle vous dirait que le point culminant de sa carrière jusqu’à maintenant était un tour en maintien de la paix au sein de la mission des nations unis au Sud Soudan en 2016 en tant qu’officier de liaison militaire. De retour au Canada, elle a été employée comme officier des opérations adjoint de la 12e Escadre, jusqu’à son affectation à Ottawa comme chef de cabinet du Chef de Programme, LGen Lanthier. Lcol Willis pris le Commandement de la 12e Escadron de Maintenance le 5 juillet 2018.

Le Lcol Willis est bachelière en science, avec spécialisations en physique et sciences spatiales, et une mineure en psychologie du Collège Militaire Royal du Canada; maître en ingénierie des opérations spatiales de l’Université du Colorado à Colorado Springs; et maître d’études de la défense. Elle est graduée du programme de commandement et opérations interarmées du Collège des Forces Canadiennes.

Lcol Willis a rencontré son époux, le capt(c) Mark Willis, au collège militaire. Ils ont 3 enfants; Émilie, Katherine et Jacob; 12, 9 et 8 ans.

07 Oct

Karyn Hemsworth

Karyn Hemsworth is the Student Success Coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering. Her focus is on helping students find the connections they need to achieve success in Dalhousie’s Engineering program. Karyn joined the Faculty of Engineering and the DPMG in the Fall of 2014 as part of a pilot project and was made a permanent member of the team in the Summer of 2015. 

Karyn works closely with the members of the Diploma in Engineering Student Society (DES) to keep connected to student needs and has implemented various initiatives such as Early Alert System, a Peer Mentorship Program and Supplemental Instruction. She has also worked to strengthen connections between the Faculty of Engineering and Student Services, the International Centre, and the Centre for Learning and Teaching. 

Karyn holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA’12) from Dalhousie’s School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Hons’06) from Mount Saint Vincent University. She has two daughters and has been a coach for Halifax County United Soccer Club for many years. When she is not on the soccer field, she enjoys camping at Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, where she and her family help to protect Blandings Turtle nests. She lives in the Timberlea area with her husband Glen, cat, Pinot Noir and dachshund, Peter.

07 Oct

Denise Callahan

Denise Callahan is an English as an Additional Language Instructor at ISANS.  She facilitates a course for internationally-educated engineers called Orientation and Communication Skills for Engineers which is recognized by Engineers Nova Scotia to fulfill the one-year Canadian experience requirement for professional licensure. She is a member of the Internationally Educated Engineers Technicians and Technologists Multi-stakeholder Working Group. Prior to moving to Nova Scotia and joining ISANS in 2017, Denise taught academic English, research skills, and communication skills at universities in Thailand, China, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and New Zealand. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching and a Bachelor of Commerce. She considers herself an educator and lifelong learner.
07 Oct

Donna Safatli

Donna Safatli – Hue is Head of Employment Specialists with the Employment and Bridging team at ISANS. She supports and works closely with highly skilled clients in various professional backgrounds, such as Engineers, who are seeking substantive employment.

Donna also fills in as the Coordinator of Internationally Educated Engineers (IEE) bridging program placing these engineers with employers for a 3-month work-based competency assessment. These placements create an opportunity for internationally educated engineers to demonstrate their competencies with local engineering firms, obtaining local references, and building their local networks. Donna was also coordinator of a project funded by the Status of Women, entitled, Moving Up: Underemployed Professional Immigrant Women. This is a project designed to help employers to identify the potential of immigrant female employees through their hiring, retention and promotional practices. Donna has worked alongside representatives of Engineers Nova Scotia and the Engineers Canada and Equitable Participation Committee contributing to the success of the project. Donna is passionate about women and their attachment to the labour market and worked in the field of settlement and integration for 10 years. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. with a research focus on the recruitment, settlement, integration and retention of newcomers to Atlantic Canada.