Members of the ChemE Community Receive Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

Two members of our ChemE community have been recognized by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards. Anthony (Tony) Pasteris, President of Minerva Canada (a valued partner to the Department and Faculty in safety education), received the Citizenship Award. University Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME) is this year’s recipient of the Gold Medal, Ontario’s most prestigious engineering honour. The Ontario Professional Engineers Awards recognize engineering excellence and community service.

Throughout his career, Tony Pasteris has developed and taught various Safety, Health and Environment training programs around the world. In 2006, he was appointed President of Minerva Canada, a not-for-profit organization which promotes the integration of occupational health and safety into the curricula of Canadian engineering schools. Over the past seven years, Mr. Pasteris has significantly grown this organization and created a network of partner schools (including U of T) and faculty members committed to creating a safety education curriculum for Ontario universities. 

University Professor Michael Sefton is a pioneer in tissue engineering and a leader in biomaterials, biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine. He was the first to recognize the importance of combining living cells with synthetic polymers to create artificial organs and tissues. A former President of the U.S. Society for Biomaterials, Professor Sefton has been a leader in his profession and in the academic community. As Director of IBBME from 1999-2005, he led its development into one of the best institutes of its kind in North America. His many honours include the Killam Prize in Engineering and Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada. 

“I am delighted that OSPE and PEO have recognized these outstanding members of our community for their accomplishments, their leadership and their service”, said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “On behalf of the Faculty I offer my heartfelt congratulations and my thanks for their exemplary contributions to the engineering profession.”  

The Ontario Professional Engineers Awards recipients will be honoured at a gala at the Toronto Congress Centre on November 23, 2013.

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