APEGA Registrar & CEO Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), putting him among the boldest and brightest of Canada’s professional engineers.
“As a proud, professional engineer, I am honoured to be recognized by my profession. I am humbled by the appreciation of my peers and pleased to join some of Canada’s most respected professional engineers in the CAE fellowship, and I am thankful to those who nominated me and supported my induction,” says Mr. Nagendran.
Fellows of the CAE are part of a select group of elite professional engineers, having achieved one of their profession’s highest honours. Professional engineers cannot apply for consideration—each fellow is nominated by three current fellows. Simply doing great work is not enough to gain acceptance. Fellowship guidelines mandate that accomplishments rise above and beyond what would normally be considered a successful career.
For Mr. Nagendran, it means he can add another initialism, FCAE, to a string of post-nominal letters that attest to his accomplishments in a celebrated technical and regulatory career. For the record, his name with all the post-nominal letters is Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., QEP, BCEE, FCAE, FEC, FGC (Hon.).
In addition to earning him various national and international awards, Mr. Nagendran’s long and distinguished environmental engineering career includes several exceptional highlights:
- In 1989, he was a Canadian advisor on a project to set environmental standards, train local staff, and establish a clean river program in Indonesia. By the time he left the country nine months later, 613 industries had signed on to enhance their wastewater treatment systems and the program had been formally established by Indonesia’s national environment and population minister.
- In 1990, he was instrumental in combining eight environmental acts into one, called the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Now, almost 30 years later, it is still the current environmental legislation in Alberta.
- And in 2014, he was invited by the Canadian Council of Academies to work with 11 other experts from Canada and the United States to provide a report to the Government of Canada on the potential for new technologies to reduce the environmental impacts of oil sands development.
The CAE is a non-profit and self-governing organization that provides a channel to discuss and act on national engineering issues. It works in close cooperation with other senior academies in Canada and internationally. Along with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, it is a founding member of the Council of Canadian Academies, The CAE is also a member of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, which includes some 26 similar national bodies around the world.
Mr. Nagendran was among 55 new inductees announced in June. Watch for stories here and in The PEG on the other Alberta inductees, or click the green button below to read about them on the CAE site.