Foundation Board of Directors


Julie Lassonde, B.Sc.
President

 

Ms. Lassonde has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry in senior executive and corporate board roles. She is currently on the Board of GMP Capital Inc., a Toronto-based investment dealer and asset manager with over $28 billion in assets under management. Ms. Lassonde has an extensive philanthropic background. She currently serves as President of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation and is on the Boards of the Royal Ontario Museum, National Gallery of Canada Foundation, York University and the Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation. She holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and an Executive MBA from Brown University and IE Madrid.


Glenna Jefferies
Vice President

Glenna Jefferies is the Grande Prairie Area Manager with Trilogy Energy, an intermediate oil & gas producer in Calgary, AB.  She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and has over 36 years of experience in the petroleum industry with expertise in production, reservoir and exploitation engineering as well as several years of international exposure.  She brings business, management and engineering perspectives to the role.   Glenna continues to be a strong advocate for women in STEM.   She was the inaugural President when the Alberta Women’s Science Network was formed in 1993 and was significantly involved with the formalization of CCWESTT.  She  was the Program Committee Chair for the 2006 CCWESTT conference in Calgary and on the program committee for the 1987 conference also held in Calgary.  Glenna has been a scholarship judge and member of CEMF since 2014.  Glenna has 2 children both of whom are pursuing careers in engineering; she is an avid skier and mountain biker and spends her off days with her husband in Golden, BC.


Deborah Wolfe, P.Eng. FEC
Past President

Deborah Wolfe is the Managing Director of the National Committee on Accreditation and Director Law School Programs for the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. She received a degree in Civil Engineering from Western University and served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a construction engineer before joining Engineers Canada.  Her work there centred on accreditation of Canadian university engineering programs and research into other country's educational systems. Deborah also sits on the Sustainable Membership Committee for Engineers Canada representing CEMF. The mandate of the Committee is to advise the Chief Executive Officer regarding strategies to achieve sustainable membership of the constituent associations that is reflective of Canadian demographics.  Deborah is a former Chair of both the Association of Accreditation Agencies of Canada and the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation.


Ken Che, P.Eng., CMA, CIA
Treasurer

Kenneth (Ken) Che is a professional engineer, an accountant and an internal auditor with over 30 years of experience in the oil, natural gas and nuclear power industry. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Athabasca University. Ken is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), Certified Management Accountants of Alberta (CMA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and Project Management Institute (PMI). From 2001-2006, he was the director and treasurer of the Calgary Youth Orchestra. Ken resides in Toronto and has been employed by TransCanada Corporation since 1981 where he currently is the senior specialist in the Internal Audit Department.


Lynn Burgess
Executive Director

Lynn Burgess is a dedicated, mature executive professional with over 25 years of experience managing and providing leadership to national and international clients. As an Executive Director for the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), National Fieldwork Placement Service (NFPS) and the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC), she has a proven track record of effective management over a large volume of members, with a talent for developing corporate policies and procedures to more efficiently manage a client’s time and resources. Lynn is also the Director of Client Services for the Canadian Evaluation Society, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of evaluation theory and practice. In January 2016, Lynn was appointed the Executive Director for the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation and brings her organizational and leadership skills to the role.

 


Dr. Valerie Davidson, P.Eng.

Valerie Davidson has an inter-disciplinary background that combines engineering and food science. Her professional career includes experience in consulting, manufacturing and academic sectors.  Currently she is a University Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph and continues research activities related to food safety.  

Between 2003 and 2011, Valerie held the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) for Ontario. She established ONWIE (Ontario Network of Women in Engineering), a network that connects all of the schools and faculties of engineering in Ontario.


Monica Danon-Schaffer, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Monica Danon-Schaffer specializes in environmental assessments internationally in Latin America, compliance and waste audits, impact assessments, site remediation; safety transformation leadership coaching; and remediation on local and international projects for the mining, oil & gas and manufacturing sectors. Monica has also worked in the North since 2006. After practising for many years, she returned to university to work on an interdisciplinary PhD. She earned her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia in 2010, preceded by an M.Eng. in Civil/Environmental Engineering at UBC and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

 


Isadora van Riemsdijk, P.Eng

Isadora van Riemsdijk has a B. Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from McGill University. With over 15 years of experience in the production of steel and materials, she is a Senior Research Associate in developing ArcelorMittal Dofasco's Automotive products in Hamilton. Previously, she was a Process Engineer and Supervisor of Quality Assurance at Ivaco Rolling Mills in l'Orignal, Ontario and an engineer at Superior Technical Ceramics in St Albans, Vermont. Isadora shares her passion for the outdoors and for STEM as an active Girl Guide Leader

 

Andrew was appointed to his current role as Vice President Projects in June 2018. In his previous role he led the Results Delivery Office, appointed as Vice President in May 2016 and assuming overall responsibility for the RDO’s operations as COO, RDO by the end of that year. In that role he coordinated the overall integration of the Enbridge-Spectra Energy combination as well as key transformational activities designed to strengthen Enbridge. Preceding the Results Delivery Office, Andrew led the Health, Safety, Environment, Supply Chain, Risk, Compliance, Project Integration and Research and Development teams within Liquids Pipelines where he worked closely with all the operating functions within the business unit. Prior to Liquids Pipelines, Andrew joined Major Projects in 2008 as Director, Procurement, moving his family from Ontario to Edmonton. He ultimately settled in Calgary in 2010 when he became Director, Project Development and later VP, Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Project Services, where he worked closely with Business Development and Project Execution teams to deliver capital growth for Enbridge. Prior to joining the Major Projects group, Andrew was the Director of Business Development for Enbridge Solutions Inc. Andrew began his career with Enbridge when he joined Consumers Gas in 1988 as a Pipeline Inspector while attending the University of Guelph. After nine years and various roles from planning to engineering and finally sales & marketing, Andrew moved to Enbridge Gas New Brunswick. There Andrew worked in successive roles in operations, sales, marketing and ultimately became the General Manager. When not at work, Andrew enjoys spending time in Panorama with his wife Karen and their two children, Audrey & Tom. He is hard-pressed to say whether he enjoys the snowboarding or the mountain biking better.


Bruna Pace, P.Eng

Bruna Pace is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the building and construction field. She is currently Vice President of Dracogen Inc. Previous positions include Senior Building Plans Examiner with the City of Vaughan, Building Plans Examiner with the City of Brampton, and Structural Engineer with MiTek Canada. Mrs. Pace has frequently participated in governmental committees and industry panels regarding Ontario Building Code regulations, including the Toronto Area Chief Building Officials Structural Advisory Committee, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Technical Advisory Committee for Barrier-Free Design, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Panel for Requirements for Outdoor Temporary Stages, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Elliot Lake Building Safety Technical Advisory Panel. Bruna has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. She is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and the Ontario Building Officials Association.