Foundation Board of Directors

Julie Lassonde, B.Sc.


Julie Lassonde has over 17 years of experience in a variety of financial, advisory and engineering settings, including investment banking with Macquarie Bank Ltd., Australia and the U.S. in addition to working as a civil engineer with SNC-Lavalin.  She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Queen's University.. She has held executive and senior executive positions with Alexis Minerals Corporation, Garson Gold Corp., Shear Diamonds Ltd., Southampton Ventures Inc., St. Eugene Mining Corp., and Takara Resources Inc.  Julie is a seasoned board member with experience on the boards of Alexis Minerals Corporation, Bison Gold Exploration Inc., Garson Gold Corp., Halo Resources Ltd., MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd., Shear Diamonds Ltd and Premier Royalty Inc. She is a sought-after speaker and has been a member of the Campaign for Queen's University Engineering committee and a member of the Advisory Board for Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. 

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

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.

Suzelle Barrington, Ph.D., ing.

Suzelle Barrington was born in Winchester, Ontario and raised on a dairy farm in eastern Ontario. She is married with three children — her husband is a dairy and cash crop producer in Eastern Quebec. She is currently an Affiliated Professor for the Department of Buildings, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, besides working full time as a consultant in Environmental Engineering for Consumaj Inc., St Hyacinthe, Quebec. She also holds an International Research Chair with l'Université européenne de Bretagne (2010-2012) where she has successfully initiated several research projects bringing together 4 research institutions. Suzelle was the first woman in Canada and the fifth in the world to obtain a PhD in agricultural engineering. She is the 2005 recipient of the award for Support of Women in the Engineering Profession.

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.

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.

Marcia Friesen, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Marcia Friesen has a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering and a Master of Education degree.  She is the Director of the Internationally-Educated Engineers Qualification Program (IEEQ) and Associate Professor in the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education at the University of Manitoba.  Her research interests include culture and identity in the engineering profession and curriculum design in engineering education.  Marcia has also developed an extensive research portfolio in agent-based modeling and simulation of infection spread and other healthcare applications, and is developing mHealth apps for Smartphones and tablets.  She is a Past-President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.

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

Kathryn Sutherland, FEC, P.Eng., LL.B.
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs

Engineers Canada

Kathryn Sutherland is the Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Engineers Canada where she leads a team of professionals with portfolios in assessments, accreditation, standards, Canadian Framework for Licensure, mobility, regulating the practice and legal and governance. Kathryn received both her B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering) and her Baccalaureate of Laws from the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining Engineer Canada in 2013 Kathryn provided legal services to clients across Ontario. Kathryn is an active volunteer in the engineering community and is the chair of the Registration Committee and Fees Mediation Committee at PEO. She also sits as a member of PEO’s National Framework Task Force.