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Return of the Hearn

23 July 2013
Toronto, Canada

The IET Toronto Network has worked hard to bring the Hearn Lecture series back in 2013.

On 10 August 2013 the prestigious Hearn Lecture will be making a return, to be presented at the University of Toronto, Canada, for the first time since 1998.

Organised by the IET Toronto Local Network, this celebrated event was originally established as a centenary dinner and lecture by the IEE Toronto Branch in 1971 and was renamed the Hearn Lecture in 1976 when IET Honorary Fellow Dr Richard Hearn, one of the key players in the establishment of Ontario Hydro, set up a fund to continue the lecture series.

Featuring a prominent Canadian, the Hearn Lecture was given approximately every three years from the early 1970s until 1998. The IET Toronto Network has worked hard to bring the lecture series back in 2013.

This year’s Hearn Lecture, ‘Strengthening confidence in engineering’, will begin with a short reception followed by the regional finals of the Present Around the World competition. After a formal dinner, the keynote lecture will be given by Mr Kim Allen, CEO of Engineers Canada, the national organisation of the 12 provincial and territorial regulatory associations that license the country's professional engineers. Mr Allen will discuss how the public needs to be confident that engineers practice with competency and integrity. Using specific examples, including those from his own experiences, Mr Allen will demonstrate how the work of Canada’s professional engineers benefits society, and how important it is to raise public recognition. The lecture will examine 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.

Mr Allen has more than 20 years’ experience as a chief executive in the public, private and association sectors. A University of Ottawa electrical engineering graduate, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.

One of Mr Allen’s top priorities is to enhance collaboration between Engineers Canada and its constituent associations, governments and other organisations. He recognises Engineers Canada’s unique opportunity in making a difference for both the profession and society through the development and implementation of innovative policies and programmes. In this way, the re-established Hearn Lecture has the potential to reshape the landscape of professional registration between Canada and the UK.

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