COMMITTEES: Organizers' Biographies

Chair CCTC2015 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).


CCTC 2015 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 - present.


Treasurer CCTC 2015


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).


Chair, Plenary Sessions Subcommittee


Andy Jones P. Eng. FCSSE, remained with AMEC as a senior consultant after retiring as the branch manager of the Stony Plain office. His area of expertise is in the design, construction and operation of utility thermal and hydraulic facilities. He has acted as an expert witness for utility plant construction claims and in fire investigations. He is the Past President of the Canadian Society for Senior Engineers (CSSE) and a past Director of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta.
Andy is a past Governor of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Norquest College. He served as a Session Chairman for CCTC 2013. He is a graduate of Queen’s University.


Chair, Technical Program Committee


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.


Chair, Publicity Committee


Dr. Peter Ozemoyah has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Chicago), and PhD in the same field from the University of Benin. Part of his work was the study of the Effect of Reducing Gases on Polarization of Electrodes. Peter is a PMI certified Project Manager (PMP).

In February 2011, Peter joined Tyne Engineering as Process Engineer and Project Manager. He quickly rose to become the Manager of Projects Department of the Company. Currently, Peter is the Heads the Process Systems Division of the Company. Before joining Tyne Engineering, Peter had worked in other regulated (Pharmaceutical) industries. He was also a Professor at several Universities and Colleges in North America and in Africa.

Peter is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) Peter has also served and is currently serving as member and as chairman of several professional, non-profit, and community Boards. He has also served as Chairman/President of several organizations including a Rotary Club, and the Parents Support Committee of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets of Brampton, Ontario.


Member CCTC 2015 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.


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.


Member CCTC 2015 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.


Member CCTC 2015 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.


Member CCTC 2015 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.


Member CCTC 2015 Organizing Committee

PARVA ALAVI, M.Eng, P.Eng, B.Sc.

Parva is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and has a master degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Leeds, UK. She has over 23 years in the nuclear industry and her background covers comprehensive knowledge of design and testing in various systems of all the CANDU reactors. Through her experience in the nuclear industry, she has expanded her knowledge of nuclear energy and nuclear waste management.

Parva has received 2 performance awards for her exceptional contribution to the success of an international project. She has acquired international experience working with other countries such as Korea and China.
Parva worked with numerous Canadian companies. As project engineer, she was the project lead for systems of CANDU reactor re-tubing projects. Her major responsibilities included leading a team of trades and designers to modify, remove, and install systems of CANDU reactors within budget and on schedule. She coordinated many other tasks between several companies to deliver the best quality work while maintaining a team environment.

Currently, Parva is the chair of Division of Environment & Waste Management at Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) council. She was also a board member of Women in Nuclear (WiN) and the chair of the Toronto chapter of WiN for several years. Parva has been member of organizing committees for a wide range of international conferences.