Jayas appointed president of Engineers Canada
Engineers Canada today announced Digvir S. Jayas, , FCAE, FEIC, FEC, P.Eng., the University of Manitoba’s Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor, as its new President. Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license the country’s 280,000 members of the profession.
“On behalf of the University of Manitoba community, congratulations to Dr. Jayas on this well-deserved appointment,” says Dr. David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. “Dr. Jayas is a brilliant and accomplished engineer and researcher with a seemingly tireless commitment to service. I have no doubt that he will lead Engineers Canada with distinction.”
Jayas is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Engineers Canada and is a professional engineer. The appointment is for 2015/2016.
“I look forward to and am deeply committed to serving the noble profession of engineering and thank the membership of Engineers Canada for this privilege,” said Jayas. “I will be focusing my attention on encouraging, listening and respecting differing views on issues to build consensus and arrive at decisions to advance the profession.”
Engineering is a self-regulated profession. Engineers Canada exists to support the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies. Together, they work to advance the profession in the public interest.
Engineers Canada has national position statements on key issues relating to the public interest, including infrastructure, labour mobility and regulating the profession.
The core national and international work of Engineers Canada includes: standards, accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs, development of professional practice and qualifications guidelines, facilitation of international and interprovincial labour mobility, tracking of labour market trends and promotion of diversity in the engineering profession.
Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.