Two PEOPLE Members are induced into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Our PEOPLE Members Dr. Viviane Yargeau and Dr. Kenneth Lee are part of the cohort of fifty-three engineers from across Canada chosen for the illustrious honor. Congratulations!
The Canadian Academy of Engineering is an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987 to serve the nation in matters of engineering concern. It is a registered charity.The Academy comprises over 800 Fellows who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada and around the world. They have demonstrated their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles to advance social, environmental, economic and technical solutions.

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Dr. Viviane Yargeau is a full Professor in Chemical Engineering and an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment. In 2023, she became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University after serving as chair of her department for 5 years.

Over her academic career spanning two decades, Viviane Yargeau has demonstrated remarkable expertise, innovation, and leadership. She has been a driving force behind the protection of water resources, the training of the next generation of engineers, and equitable access to the profession, greatly impacting the engineering community. As a contributor to her profession and prolific researcher and academic leader, Yargeau exemplifies the highest standards of excellence in engineering, consistently pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice. Congratulations, Dr. Yargeau. Well deserved!


Dr. Kenneth Lee was the founding Director of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research (COOGER). He was appointed Chair of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the Behavior and Environmental Impacts of Crude Oil Released into Aqueous Environments.

Dr. Lee is an international leader in the field of oil spill response with 35+ years of research and science management experience. He has led numerous national and international multi-disciplinary research programs for addressing emerging environmental issues. The outcomes have well supported the development and revision of national policies, international standards and governance for the protection of the marine environment. Lee is well recognized for his leadership in the establishment of national and international science agendas. Lee is a highly respected educator. Influenced by his mentorship, many of Lee’s students have also dedicated their lives to combating oil spills. Congratulations to Dr. Lee for the selection as the Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Congratulations, Dr. Lee. Well deserved!


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