The Hearn lecture was named after Dr Richard Hearn, one of the key players in the establishment of Ontario Hydro. Dr Hearn became an Honorary Fellow of the Institution in 1960. In 1971, the IEE Toronto Branch established a Centenary Dinner and Lecture and a few years later, Dr Hearn made an endowment to partially fund the lecture.
The Hearn Lecture was then given approximately every three years until 1998 and featured a prominent Canadian. A small group from the IET Toronto Network has worked diligently to bring the lecture series back in 2013.
Mr Allen discussed how the work of Canada's professional engineers benefits society and the importance of public recognition. He examined the broad acceptance of self-regulation, engineering and public policy, global engineering, global mobility, and engineering models and best practices with a focus on public accountability.
Kim Allen, FEC, P.Eng., is chief executive officer of Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial regulatory associations that license the country's professional engineers. One of Mr Allen’s top priorities is to enhance collaboration between Engineers Canada and its constituent associations, governments and other organizations. He recognizes Engineers Canada’s unique opportunity to make a difference for both the profession and society through the development and implementation of innovative policies and programs.
Mr Allen was the chief executive officer and registrar of Professional Engineers Ontario for nearly a decade. He also has twenty-years of accomplishment as a chief executive in the public, private and association sectors. A past member of the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigrations Roundtable; director with Yves Laundry Foundation; and chair of the Licensing and Occupations Bridging Working Group of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Mr Allen currently sits on the boards of the Certified Management Accountants, Ontario Energy Network and the Fairness Commissioner's Advisory Committee.
A University of Ottawa electrical engineering graduate, Mr Allen holds a master of business administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman Business School.
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