Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship

In December 2006, a young, gifted unmanned vehicles engineer working with CDL Systems named Mark Cuss passed away after a courageous 22 month battle with cancer. At the time of his death, Mark was only 27 years old. However, during his short time he had made significant accomplishments both in his personal life and in his professional life.

In response to the untimely death of this talented young engineer, a scholarship fund has been established in his name, administered by Unmanned Systems Canada in his memory.

The Mark Cuss Memorial Scholarship has been set up to:

  • Honour the memory of Mark Cuss by encouraging the interest of those in the field of unmanned vehicles and furthering the field to which Mark himself made significant contributions in a short time;
  • Help those interested in unmanned vehicle technology assume the financial burden of post-secondary education;
  • Encourage and facilitate students to develop and communicate concepts related to unmanned vehicle technology.
  • This scholarship is for undergraduate studies at any recognized Canadian University or DeVry Institute located within Canada.
  • It is a cash scholarship to be awarded to the winner upon proof of enrollment in a qualifying institution.

It is a cash scholarship to be awarded to the winner upon proof of enrollment in a qualifying institution.  The amount of the scholarship will be $2500, awarded annually

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is September 21st, and more information can be found here:

2017 CEMF Award Winners Announced!

The winners of the 2017 CEMF Awards cycle have been decided! Visit the Ambassadors page to view all the winners. We would like to thank all students who submitted entries this year.

Why Engineers Matter – One Engineer’s Story | An interactive presentation hosted by Professional Engineers Ontario

Our speaker, Marilyn Spink will provide an overview of several key projects and disruptive technologies over her 30+ engineering career. She will share a wide range of her involvement and experiences of executing large, complex minerals/metallurgical projects such as the Ambatovy Nickely Laterite Mega Project in Madagascar, steel plant upgrades and modernization in North America and Tunisia, mining backfill plants construction and commissioning in India and the Northwest Territories, and even Nato Military Camp equipment design!. Spink will then explain what compelled her to get involved with PEO Council at this stage of her career, and conclude by describing what she has learned in her two years on PEO Council.

Join us for an interactive presentation on Why Engineers Matter – your participation is key to the quality of the discussion:

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Location: Glenerin Inn, Evans Room,
1695 The Collegeway, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 3S7
Administration: $7.  Click here to register.


1. Refreshments will be served

2. Friends are welcome and networking encouraged!

3. Seating is limited. If you are unable to attend, we would appreciate if you could notify us several days in advance. This would allow us to accommodate someone from the waiting list.

Contact: Brett A. Chmiel, P.Eng at

Visit the PEO website at for more details.

Platform Developer Position at TouchTunes

Platform Developer   (Docker, NoSQL, MySQL, Git, bash, AWS, etc.)

Do you enjoy wielding the power to create, scale up, down, in and out compute clusters in the cloud? Are you a technical puppet master able to automate and extend build systems? Do you think not using a button on a web browser to deploy an entire compute cluster is so 2010? Are you an entrepreneurial spirit with strong closing abilities? Do you dream of containerization and virtualization systems and think the cloud is not big enough for the software you help deploy? Do you dream of building your army of automated robots to find bugs in the matrix?


Then TouchTunes may be looking for you!

TouchTunes is the largest in-venue interactive music and entertainment platform, featured in over 71,000 bars and restaurants across North America and Europe. Our network supports a growing portfolio of location-based digital solutions that encourage social interactions through shared experiences. 

TouchTunes is looking for a Platform Developer skilled in developing microservices and the platform it runs on to work in our Services Platform Division.

The Platform Developer, with architects, production leads, technical leads, software developers, and IT staff will analyze, maintain, develop and create the microservices infrastructures, microservices and microservice ETL services that power all of TouchTunes products.



  • Maintain, operate, and evolve our microservices infrastructure: The microservices infrastructure is composed of Docker containers running under MESOS. This system runs all of our next generation APIs, servers and backend data crunching services.
  • Maintain and create ETL microservices: We need data. Data for the client application features (jukebox, mobile, back office products), we need data for analytics. We constantly need to expand our suite of Python based ETL services
  • Create and maintain tools and applications to enhance our ability to rapidly develop on, monitor, and operate our microservices infrastructure
  • Help enforce the "continuous integration" paradigm for every development team
  • Support various development and operations groups by providing them a standardized process, from code push to deployment to operation.


Required Qualifications:

  • 5 + years of experience with a D.E.C. or BAC in computer science or engineering
  • Experience developing applications with MySQL and NoSQL backing stores
  • In-depth knowledge of Git, understanding of branching techniques and best practices
  • Excellent knowledge of Linux and how distributions are made and built.
  • Excellent knowledge of containerization technologies (Docker)
  • Excellent knowledge of clustering technologies and proxies.
  • Excellent software development and scripting skills (bash)
  • Knowledge of Amazon AWS services and management systems.


Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Essential - Self-motivated, able to work without direct supervision
  • Experience in medium to large development group, especially in respect to source code management



  • Experience with developing applications in Oracle is a plus
  • Software development and scripting skills using Java and Python is a plus
  • Knowledge of Puppet deployment and configuration automation system is a plus
  • Knowledge of Jenkins and Gerrit is a plus
  • Some knowledge of other containerization technologies like LXC and Jails is a plus.
  • Bilingualism (written and spoken)


Work Requirements:

  • Authorized to work in Canada

Click here to visit the TouchTunes website.

December 6 marks the 27th anniversary of the massacre at Polytechnique Montreal

Polytechnique Montréal says it has planned a simple commemoration for the 27th anniversary of Canada's worst mass shooting.

On this day in 1989, 14 women were shot and killed at the engineering school by a gunman professing to hate feminists.

The school says it wants the event marking the anniversary to have a more personal touch this year.

In a ceremony this morning, staff members placed 14 white roses at the memorial plaque on the south west side of campus.

Flags at the school will also be lowered to half-mast, from dawn until dusk.

In another ceremony at the Mount Royal chalet later today, 14 beams of light will shine, one by one, into the night sky.

The event starts at 5 p.m. The lights will stay on until 10 p.m.

Click here to read the full article on CBC's website.

Valerie Davidson, CEMF board member, has recieved the Citizenship Award from Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers Ontario!

CEMF would like to congratulate Valerie Davidson, a CEMF board member, on receiving the prestigious Citizenship Award from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers Ontario!

Visit their 2016 awards website here: 

Women also help shape the engineering industry

Women in the engineering industry shared their views on the equality of men and women in the engineering industry at the Women in Engineering roundtable at engineering company Gibb’s head office in Woodmead.

The event was to commemorate women who are successful in niche careers within the engineering sector. As part of the Wits 17th Annual Women in Business Conference, in celebration of Women’s Month, Gibb – considered one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms– was commended for its gender equity in training and equal pay.

The panel was made up of young engineering women who are currently charting successful careers in the industry and included geoscientist in Gibb’s Dams Hydropower and Underground Works Sector, Monique Wainstein; technical executive, Teboho Mofokeng and civil engineer in the Transportation Services Sector, Siza Ndimande.

Wainstein spoke on the topic, Investing in tomorrow’s engineers and closing the gender gap, and touched on the vast opportunities she received from the firm to develop and advance her career, including her current role that gives her the opportunity to lead and manage a team of six professionals.

Click here to read the full article from Four Ways Review.

The Reason So Many Women Leave Engineering Has Nothing to Do With Kids

Engineering has a woman problem—one that starts early and snowballs over time.

To begin with, few women choose the engineering track in college: Only 20% of engineering students are female. And even those who do get the degree are relatively unlikely to go on to work in the field. Indeed, one study found that nearly 40% of women who study the discipline either quit or never actually take an engineering job. The result? About 87% of engineers in the U.S. are men.

While it’s easy to blame that attrition on other oft-cited reasons women leave the workforce (i.e. having children), a group of researchers who conducted a longitudinal study of engineering students during college and five years afterwards found that many women leave the industry for one simple reason: sexism. The research, which began in 2003, relied on a combination of students’ surveys, interviews, and monthly diaries...

To read the full article, click here.

Why do women leave engineering?

Women who go to college intending to become engineers stay in the profession less often than men. Why is this? While multiple reasons have been offered in the past, a new study co-authored by an MIT sociologist develops a novel explanation: The negative group dynamics women tend to experience during team-based work projects makes the profession less appealing.

More specifically, the study finds, women often feel marginalized, especially during internships, other summer work opportunities, or team-based educational activities. In those situations, gender dynamics seem to generate more opportunities for men to work on the most challenging problems, while women tend to be assigned routine tasks or simple managerial duties.

Click here to read the full article on MIT's news website.

Regina students win global contest on energy efficiency

Three graduates of the University of Regina Faculty of Engineering are the first Canadian students to win a global design contest. 

The competition was put on by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). According to its website, "the ASHRAE Student Design Competition recognizes outstanding student design projects, encourages undergraduate students to become involved in the profession, promotes teamwork, and allows students to apply their knowledge of practical design." 

Click here to view the full article on CBC.