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.


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

Kenneth (Ken) Che is a professional engineer, an accountant and an internal auditor with over 40 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).  Ken resides in Toronto and has been retired since 2020 after a long career with TC Energy, including positions in engineering, project management,  accounting & financial reporting, information management, internal audit, and various international assignments.


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 the General Manager for the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and Chartered Institute of Housing Canada, 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.


Isadora van Riemsdijk, P.Eng

Isadora van Riemsdijk has a B. Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering with a minors in Materials Science from McGill University. With over 20 years of experience in the production of steel and materials, she currently leads the development of new grades of automotive steels at ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton and is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee.  She is a long standing member of the professional Engineers of Ontario and the Ontario Society for Professional Engineers.  Isadora shares her passion for the outdoors and for STEM with the Girl Guides of Canada.

Andrew Harrington

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.