May 22, 2015, Calgary, AB – Engineers Canada is pleased to welcome Digvir Jayas, FCAE, FEIC, FEC, P.Eng., as its president for the 2015–2016 term. In the coming year, Dr. Jayas and the Engineers Canada Board will work with the engineering regulators to advance the profession in the public interest.
Dr. Jayas is currently the University of Manitoba’s Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, served as its president (2005–2006), and has represented the association on the Engineers Canada Board since 2010.
In addition, he has been active on the boards of many organizations, including serving as chair of the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board (2000–2002), and has served as President of the Agriculture Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Canadian Society for Bioengineering, and the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists.
Dr. Jayas held a Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems, and he conducts research related to drying, handling and storing grains and oilseeds and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the agri-food industry. He has authored or co-authored over 800 technical articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books dealing with issues of storing, drying, handling and quality monitoring of grains. He has collaborated with researchers in several countries but has had significant impact on development of efficient grain storage, handling and drying systems in Canada, China, India, Ukraine and USA.
Jayas will be joined by the following members of the Executive Committee: President-Elect Chris Roney, FEC, P.Eng.(PEO); Past-President Dr. Paul Amyotte, FEC, P.Eng., (Engineers Nova Scotia); Darryl Ford, FEC, P.Eng., (APEGNB); Larry Staples, FEC, P.Eng., (APEGA); and Zaki Ghavitian, FIC, ing., (OIQ); Mark W. Flint, P.Eng. (Chief Executive Officer, APEGA), and Engineers Canada’s Chief Executive Officer Kim Allen, FEC, P.Eng. They will be supported by the Engineers Canada staff in Ottawa.
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Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license the country's 280,000 members of the profession. Together, we work to advance the profession in the public interest.
For more information:
William Meyer, Practice Lead, Communications
613-232-2474, ext. 249