Keynote Speakers

Alan Perks

Past President of the CSCE and leader of the CSCE President’s Task Force on Accessibility


Interactive Panel Discussion – “What Lies Ahead?”, June 14th 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Within the theme of the 2018 Conference “Building Tomorrow’s Society”, our distinguished panel will present and discuss several serious, urgent and growing issues for the profession, and for society: a) Sustainability and Climate Change; b) Inclusivity and Social Justice; and c) Accessibility and Universal Design. Panelists will be probing, provocative, questioning, and focus on areas where the profession may be “missing the boat” on key issues, and what may lie ahead if not addressed. Following, what is hoped to be a spirited and lively session; a draft summary, report with observations and recommendations will be circulated to participants for review and eventually submitted to the CSCE Directors. The Panel will be moderated by Alan Perks, a Past President of CSCE, and leader of the CSCE President’s Task force on Accessibility, with 40+ years of Canadian and International experience.

Don Rusnak MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services


Infrastructure Challenges Facing Indigenous Communities, June 15th 8:00am – 9:00am

In 2015, Don Rusnak was elected as the first Indigenous Member of Parliament to represent the riding of Thunder Bay—Rainy River. In this role, he also served as the first chair of the Liberal Indigenous Caucus. In September of 2017 MP Rusnak was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, a new ministry created to ensure a consistent, high quality, and distinctions-based approach to the delivery of services to Indigenous Peoples.

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Don is the proud son of Anishinaabe and Ukrainian parents. He studied Political Science and Integrated Forest Resource Management at Lakehead University, and continued his education at the University of Manitoba and Osgoode Hall, where he studied Law.

Prior to entering politics Don worked at Manitoba Health, helping improve health care delivery for Northern Manitobans. He served as a Crown Prosecutor in Eastern Alberta, where he prosecuted criminal and regulatory offences on behalf of the province, and as the interim Executive Director of Grand Council Treaty 3 in Kenora, where Don worked to improve the finances and function of the organization.

In order to be closer to his family and community, Don returned to Thunder Bay in 2010 and opened a legal practice, focusing on the respectful representation of community members across Northwestern Ontario.

Along with his roles as a Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary, Don is also the Director-at-Large of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Association and Vice Chair of the Canada-Nordic-Baltic Friendship Group.

B.F. Spencer, Jr.

Nathan M. and Anne M. Newmark Endowed Chair of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


State-of-the-Art and Practice for Monitoring of Bridge Infrastructure in the USA, June 15th 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Increased awareness of the economic and social effects of aging, deterioration and extreme events on civil infrastructure has been accompanied by recognition of the need for advanced structural health monitoring and damage detection tools. This paper gives an overview of current state-of-the-art and practice in the field of structural health monitoring technologies in the US, with application to bridge infrastructure. Specifically, this paper reviews various key structural health monitoring technologies, including sensor development, data processing, damage detection algorithms, data analysis and information processing. Challenges and future trends are also put forward in this paper.  The ultimate goal of this paper is to stimulate additional discussion regarding the importance of structural health monitoring in managing bridge infrastructure.

Gaëtan Thomas

President and Chief Executive Officer of NB Power

NB Power Commitment to First Nations’ Engagement: Key to Future Successful Projects and Economic Development, June 16th 8:00am – 9:00am

Serving as President & CEO of NB Power since February 2010, Gaëtan Thomas is a committed industry leader and agent of change, driven by his deep connection to customer and employee grassroots.

His vision for NB Power includes a made-in-New Brunswick smart grid supported by customer-centric technology and a workforce aimed at creating a greener, more sustainable province. This plan is helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lowering costs and keeping customer rates low and stable.

Gaëtan grew up in a tiny Francophone village in northern New Brunswick before earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. A loyal and lifelong employee of the utility, he has worked in all aspects of the business including as Vice President of both Nuclear and Distribution and Customer Service divisions.

In 2015 & 2016, Gaëtan was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Region’s Top 50 CEOs, and was selected as one of the Most Influential Acadians by L’Acadie Nouvelle. He serves as a mentor for the Wallace McCain Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and is a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, an electric vehicle advocacy group Plug ‘n Drive Canada, and The New Brunswick Business Council. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Center World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Gaëtan is married to Karen Thomas and together they are proud parents to four grown daughters, with three having completed degrees in science or engineering and the fourth one aspiring to be a lawyer. He is also an accomplished marathon runner and power skating coach.


Conference Chair – Lloyd Waugh, P.Eng.
Telephone: 506-453-5050

Honorary Chair – John Bliss, P.Eng.

Technical ChairJeff Rankin, P.Eng.

CSCE National – Lois Arkwright

Partnerships – Carol MacQuarrie, P.Eng.


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