Organizers' Biographies

Chair CCTC2013 Organizing Committee & Chair Local Arrangements


Prof. Paraschivoiu received a PhD in 1998 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a MASc. and B.Eng. from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He joined Concordia University as an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2003. Formerly, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto where he still holds an Adjunct Professor position. He was promoted to the rank of professor at Concordia University in 2010. His research is focused on developing algorithms for more accurate simulations in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with application to Wind Energy and Hydrogen Storage. Prof. Paraschivoiu directs a large research group in CFD. He has published 33 journal articles and over 40 conference papers in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics. He has held a Concordia University Research Chair Tier II entitled “Simulations for Clean Energy Production and Storage” since June 2006,. Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. Marius Paraschivoiu was president of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).


John Plant

CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee Secretary , Finance Sponsorship and Publicity Committees


Academic: Royal Military College of Canada 65 – 99; Head of Electrical Engineering 67 – 70; Dean of Graduate Studies and Research 70 -84; A/ Dean of the Canadian Forces Military College 70 – 71; Honorary Life Member, Royal Military College Club of Canada; Honorary Member of Class of 99; Professor Emeritus; Honorary D Eng. RMC, 2001. Director, RMCC Foundation 02 – 11, President 05 – 08, Past President 08. Education: RMC 53 – 55; Royal Naval Engineering College, Plymouth, England 56 – 58 and 59 -60; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering MIT 1965; and National Defense College 71. Military: Retired naval Captain; Canada Decoration and bar; Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal; Order of Military Merit. Served in HMCS St Laurent, HMCS Chaudiere and HMCS Outremont . First Submarine Squadron, Royal Navy, Malta 55 – 56 and Canadian Naval Reserve commanding officer, HMCS Cataraqui 75 – 84. Associations: Professional Engineering Association of Ontario (PEO) Citizenship Award; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Centennial and A.G.L. McNaughton medals; Engineering Institute of Canada ‘s (EIC) John B. Stirling Medal. Fellow IEEE, EIC, CSSE & CAE. Post Retirement: Director, International Association of Continuing Education and Training 96-02; Founding Vice-President of Kingston’s Advanced Technology Education Consortium 97-99, President 99-02; Founding Director REDR Canada; Governor St Lawrence College 03 - 09, Vice Chair, Kingston 04 and Board Chair 07 – 09; President, Kingston Branch of the Navy League of Canada 07 - ; Executive Director, Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) 99 - .

Xiaohua Wu

Treasurer CCTC 2013


Professor Xiaohua Wu received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, and did his post-doctoral researches at Stanford University. He is currently Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has an internationally recognized leading fluid mechanics research program focusing in boundary layer, pipe flow, turbo-machine fluid dynamics and wake flow. He holds the Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Aeronautical Fluid Mechanics, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


Dan Meneley

Chair, Plenary Sessions Subcommittee


Dr. Daniel Meneley retired from Atomic Energy of Canada in 2001, and holds the honorific title of Engineer Emeritus.  Before retirement in 2001 he served as AECL’s Chief Engineer for 9 years. He serves as member and Past Chair of the Natural Resources Canada External Advisory Panel to the Generation IV reactor program, in addition to other advisory committees and consultancies. He is an Adjunct Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He recently was appointed as Engineer Emeritus by CANDU Energy Incorporated.

Dan was born and raised in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and graduated with Great Distinction from the U. of S. College of Engineering in Saskatoon in 1958. He earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Reactor Physics) from the University of London in 1963.


David Naylor

Member Organizing Committee, Publicity Committee


David Naylor is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto. Dr. Naylor obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 1992. Following his doctoral studies, he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Heat Transfer Laboratory at Queen’s University. He has also worked for several years as a Nuclear Systems Engineer at Bruce Nuclear Power Development. In 1993, Dr. Naylor joined Ryerson University. His current research interests are in the field of experimental and numerical heat transfer, with a focus on building energy conservation. He has published about 140 articles in refereed journals and conferences, numerous industry technical reports, and is the co-author of a graduate-level textbook on convective heat transfer.


Payam Rahimi

CSME Ontario Region Representative,
CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee Member and Chair, Exhibitions


Dr. Rahimi received a PhD in 2003 from University of Toronto, a M.Sc. from University of Tehran in 1997 and a B.Sc. from Iran University of Science and Technology in 1990.
After graduating from University of Toronto, Dr. Rahimi joined University of Alberta as an Assistance Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in 2004. His research was focused on interfacial transport phenomenon, nano-technology, and sprays. He has published more than 20 journal articles and conference papers during his tenure in University of Alberta. He received Leader’s Opportunity Fund Award (2006) and Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award (2006). In addition, Dr. Rahimi was recognized as an outstanding instructor at University of Alberta, winning Departmental and Faculty Teaching Awards in 2006 and 2008.
Dr. Rahimi joined Ontario Power Generation as a senior technical officer in 2009. He has been responsible for Pipe Wall Thinning, Buried Piping, and Periodic Inspection Programs. He continues to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in University of Toronto and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
Dr. Rahimi’s involvement with Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME) is as representative of Ontario region.


Jon Jennekens

Member CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee


Jon Jennekens, OC, FCAE, FEIC, P. Eng. Member CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee Education: B.Sc. RMC 1954, B.Sc. (Hons) Queens 1956.
Military Service:  June 1, 1954, First Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers,
42 Infantry Field Workshop, RCEME, 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1st Commonwealth Division, UN Forces, Korea June 1954-October 1954.
1 REME/ RAEME/RCEME /RNZEME Infantry Field Workshop, UN Forces, Korea, November 1954-June 1955.
Post Military Service: January 1958 –January 1962, Nuclear Operations, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories.
February 1962-May 1987, Atomic Energy Control Board, staff member (16 years) and president (8 years). DDG International Atomic Energy Agency July 1987- May 1993.
Post Retirement: Member/Chairman Ontario HydroTechnical Advisory Panel on Nuclear Safety, adviser European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, member AECL Research & Development Advisory Panel, Chairman, KEDO Nuclear Safety Advisory Group, Kumho Project, North Korea (1998- 2006), Past President Canadian Society for Senior Engineers.


Cynthia Coles

Member Organizing Committee, Technical Program Committee


Cynthia Coles has been an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, since 2000.
She obtained her Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering, and Doctoral degrees all from McGill University in the areas of structures, water resources and geo-environmental engineering, respectively. Her research has involved metals and arsenic removal by soil materials.
Between undergraduate and graduate studies she supervised construction, mostly on water supply and water treatment projects, in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She has been a long standing member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) and served briefly as Vice Chair of the Geo-Environmental Engineering Division of the CGS. She is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Ken Putt

Member CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee


Prior to starting his consulting practice in management of new technology development, Mr. Putt had 27 years of increasingly senior business leadership experience with Imperial Oil Limited and its Affiliates, the last 14 of which were in positions of executive leadership.
Ken Putt served on assignments in the U.S.A. and Venezuela with Exxon Research and Engineering Co. and represented Imperial Oil on Exxon’s Research Advisory Committees and the AOSTRA University Research Grants Panel.

Subsequent to heading Esso’s Northern Production Operations, Production Research, Information Systems Department and leading Esso’s Calgary Research Center, Mr. Putt consulted to the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program as an Industrial Technology Advisor. Ken Putt is a founding Director, Honourary Member, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient of the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada. Putt is an Independent Director on the Board of Directors and the Board Executive Committee.

Ken was a member of the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Committee on Research Partnerships (CRP), Chaired the Energy Strategic Project Grants (SPG) priority determination panel, was on the Strategic Networks Selection Panel, is a past member of the NSERC Advisory Committee on University Industry (Research) Grants (ACUIG) as well as the NSERC-SSHRC Management of Technological Change Chairs Selection Panel. Ken was appointed to the 2009-10 Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Selection Panel and Ontario MRI Research Foundation Research Excellence ORF-RE Round 4 Bio-Economy and Alternative Energy Panel and Chaired the 2011 OSF-RE 5 Bio-Economy and Alternative Energy Panel. Ken is a Member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation CFI Special Multi-Disciplinary Assessment Committee.

Ken served on the Calgary Science Centre Board of Directors for several years. Putt was an Independent Director of Maxxam Analytics International Corporation for ten years during which he chaired the Human Resources & Compensation Committee, then the Audit Committee.

Ken Putt is a Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Society for Senior Engineers (CSSE). Ken is a recipient of the EIC’s Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal and the John B. Stirling Medal of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Ken is a Past President of the Canadian Society for Engineering Management (CSEM), the EIC, and the CSSE.


H. Douglas Lightfoot

Member CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee


A retired Mechanical Engineer, graduated from the University of British Columbia, in Applied Science in 1952, and received an MBA from Concordia University in 1976. He spent eighteen years with Domtar Inc. at the Research Centre in Senneville, Quebec, working on research, engineering and economic studies of alternate energies as well as a wide variety of projects for the pulp and paper, chemicals and construction materials businesses.

Prior to joining Domtar, he spent a year as Business Analyst and five years as Design Engineer designing, building and starting up chemical plants at Dupont of Canada, Montreal, Quebec. Before that, twelve years of project engineering at Standard Chemical Limited, Beauharnois, Quebec.

He is a retired member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, Professional Engineers of Ontario, and a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He continues to have an active interest in energy and energy related subjects and is a member of the Quebec's Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3), McGill University branch in Montreal, and has been associated there since 1992. He has published technical papers, contributed to published works and has written reports for the Centre on various subjects related to energy.


Member CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee


Recently retired from Environment Canada, Tony received his Bachelor Degree in Applied Science in 1975 from Queen’s University with a specialization in Metallurgical Engineering. He began his career with the Noranda Group of Companies at the Horne Mine’s copper smelting complex.  He soon specialized in air pollution control techniques and was engaged on the acid rain issue when he joined Environment Canada. For the past 12 years or since Canada signed onto the Kyoto Protocol, he contributed to various Federal programs designed to advance innovative technological solutions for greenhouse gas mitigation and environmental sustainability. He is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario and participates on their Environment & Sustainability Committee.


Maike Luiken

Member CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee


Maike Luiken is Dean, Applied Research and Sustainable Development at Lambton College, following two years as Dean of Technology. Prior to this she was Vice-President Research Alliances, National Capital Institute of Telecommunications, Ottawa.

Maike obtained her Staatsexamen, Mathematics, Physics, from the Technical University, Braunschweig, Germany (1979) and her Ph.D., Physics, from the University of Waterloo (1982). She has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching, research and educational administration, community and network building, especially connecting industry partners, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology projects. Maike has worked in both the public and private sectors in Canada, the USA and Germany.

Maike is engaged on numerous Boards and Committees: Sarnia/Lambton Workforce Development Board; Bluewater Sustainability Initiative; previously the SOBIN, the Sarnia/Lambton Chamber and Unmanned Systems Canada Boards. Her areas of expertise include sustainable development, alternative energy technologies, data communications, leadership and management of research projects and on-line learning.


John Dinsmore

Member CCTC 2013 Organizing Committee


John Dinsmore has been active in management throughout his life, serving variously as chairman, C.E.O. or president in electrical equipment, marine and petrochemical companies and in not-for-profit organizations. He has also served as a deputy minister in the Quebec government. As well, during his career, he has been president of the Corporation of Engineers of Quebec (now OIQ), the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (now Engineers Canada), the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Society for Engineering Management and Chief Warden of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens (Iron Ring). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, a diploma in management from the Centre d’études industrielles (Geneva, Switzerland), an honourary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Engineers Canada and the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers. He is a member of PEO and a life member of OIQ.


Technical Program Committee

Bill Adams, (IEEE),  Defence Science Adv. Board;   Chair, Canadian Arctic
Andreas Athienitis, Concordia U.; Chair, Net Zero Energy Buildings & Communities
Diane Bastien, Concordia U.
Grant Clark, (CSChE),  McGill U.; Chair, Modeling, Analysis, & Design
Cynthia Coles, (CGS), Memorial U.; Chair, Education,  Program & Strategy
Bob Dunn, (Engineers Canada);  Chair, Engineering Codes, Standards & Safety
Andrew Fisher, Memorial U.
Nigel Fitzpatrick, (IEEE), Consultant; Chair, Scalable Engineering for Mitigation
Alan Fung,  Ryerson U.                                
Michael Ngadi,  McGill U.                           
Tahir Husain,  Memorial U.                                     
Jon Jennekens, (CSSE)                                           
Jack Jeswiet,  (CSME) Queen's U.                          
Andrew Jones, (CSSE/IEEE);  Chair, Alternative Solutions         
Konstantinos Kapsis, Concordia U.                         
David Lapp, Engineers Canada
Xianguo Li,  (CSME) U. of Waterloo; Chair, Technological & Research Advances                      
Douglas Lightfoot,  (CSSE)  Quebec & Global Environmental; Chair, Miscellaneous Topics of Interest                                 
David Malcolm, Malcolm & Associates;  Chair, Engineering for Adaptation                                 
James McConnach, (IEEE) Consultant; Chair, Extreme Events & Disaster Management            
Ted McKyes, McGill U.                                           
Dan Meneley, (CSSE); Chair,  CCTC2013 Plenary Program Committee                           
Catherine Mulligan, (CGS/CSCE), Concordia U.; Chair, Scalable Engineering for Mitigation    
Jason Na Cheng Hin,  Concordia U.                                   
WilliamO'Brien, Carleton U.                        
Caius Priscu, (CDA),  AMEC; Chair, Risk Management                            
VijayaRaghavan, McGill U.                        
Jean-Guy Rene, (CSSE}; Chair, Cost Benefits & Affordability                            
Ben Rouben,  (CNS)                        
Eric Williams, (CNS), Bruce Power Retired; Chair CCTC2013 Technical Program Committee
Ira  Wolff,  NORAM