Keynote Luncheon: Thursday, January 17

Kevin Chief

Vice President of Business Council of Manitoba

Born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, he has considerable public sector and community experience. He spent six years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, representing Point Douglas, and previously worked in the field of education.

Kevin and his wife Melanie have three young sons: Hayden, Kellan, and Daxton.  He is also known as a high steppin’ square dancer as part of the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers.

Kevin draws on his personal and professional experiences from growing up as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg’s North End, to his work in the community, education, and business fields.  As a former member of the Legislative Assembly and Minister in the Manitoba Government, he is able to share stories of seeing potential and possibility, overcoming barriers, and creating opportunities out of challenges.

Through examining universal values such as talent, generosity and vulnerability, he can inspire a conversation about how a variety of groups from businesses to unions, media, universities, community, and churches can build successful relationships by fostering a path of reconciliation. That is a path to building healthy, strong and resilient partnerships.

Gala Keynote: Saturday, January 19

Dr. Jeannette Montufar, P.Eng.

Founding Partner & CEO - MORR Transportation Consulting

Dr. Jeannette Montufar is a successful entrepreneur who is well-recognized internationally as a trailblazer in transportation engineering. For nearly fifteen years she was a professor in civil engineering at the University of Manitoba, during which time she published over 200 technical papers and reports on various topics associated with transportation engineering and planning.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Montufar is founding partner and CEO of MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd., a highly-specialized transportation engineering and technology firm located in Winnipeg. She is also co-founder of TRAINFO Corp., a Winnipeg-based transportation technology start-up.

Dr. Montufar has served on several national and international engineering boards and has received over 15 national and international awards for her contributions to transportation engineering and her community, including a YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Winnipeg) and Engineers Canada 2018 Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. Because of her outstanding performance in the engineering profession and her continued commitment to the empowerment of women over the years, particularly in Science and Engineering, she was appointed by the current provincial government as Chair of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council from 2017 to 2018 to represent the issues and concerns of Manitoba women. During her tenure on the Council, and working as a special advisor to the Minister for the Status of Women, she championed the creation of the “Engineering Changes Lives” initiative – a partnership between the provincial government and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to achieve Engineers Canada 30 by 30 goal in Manitoba.

Dr. Montufar is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Engineers Canada.

SESSION TOPIC – Engineering Changes Lives: The New Narrative

This session discusses the new ‘Engineering Changes Lives’ initiative and what we as engineers can do to increase gender diversity in the profession.