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May, 2018

The focus of the IPE is the support and education of its members. The National Directors hold monthly conference calls to discuss topic of importance to the profession. Topics discussed can relate to specific jurisdictions, regulatory concerns, membership issues, etc. This month’s highlights of the discussion are:
  1. National website renewal – expected roll out by AGM 2018
  2. Tell a friend, bring a friend not IPE but PE to a meeting
  3. IPECC – continuing ed- discussion re second class – multiple choice
  4. SGTUG - Ont
National website renewal – expected roll out by AGM 2018

The National Directors with the assistance of the National Office continue to move forward with plans to renew the National website. A supplier is expected to be chosen by end of June so that there will be sufficient time to have the new site ready for its official launch at the AGM October 27th, 2018. While it may seem simple to get a site set up for a Branch or for personal needs, there is a lot more involved when the security of personal information and site protection is to be considered. Not all website developers or platforms are the same. Several quotes have obtained from across Canada from reputable firms. This will be a big step forward for the IPE.

Tell a friend, bring a friend not IPE but PE to a meeting or event.

Will you be going to an IPE event near you? Consider taking a fellow Power Engineer. It’s not easy to explain what it means to be a member of the IPE, but it may help if they can see for themselves and ask question of other members. Membership will only increase if we as members talk about it and explain why it matters. While you have to pay to renew your certificate of qualification (in most jurisdictions) each year so that you may continue to work inn this profession, membership is strictly voluntary.

Why be a member of the IPE?

  • A unified voice for Power Engineers
  • Promotes public awareness of the role played by the Power Engineer in our increasingly energy dependent economy
  • Scholarships
  • Safety presentations, professional development and tours
  • Job postings
  • Social events
IPECC – continuing ed - discussion re second class – multiple choice

This year the Inter-provincial Power Engineer Curriculum Committee (IPECC) will be meeting June 18-20 in Saskatoon. There will be discussions regarding the overall knowledge of a Power Engineer and how the various elements are broken down and the content divided between the classes. This is so that there is continuous learning of an element as one progresses to wards their First Class. There are also curriculum committee meetings that look at the entire curriculum for each class to ensure that the material covered is up to date. This year, a sub-committee for refrigeration will be presenting a draft curriculum for the “C” class refrigeration operator for recreational facilities. This industry has not had any formalized training material made available on a national level.

At IPECC, the Standardization of Power Engineer Examinations Committee (SOPEEC) makes separate presentations regarding their changes to the syllabi as recommended by IPECC. There is also expected a request for consideration that the 2nd Class exams be changed from a written response to a multiple question system of examination similar to the 4th and 3rd Class currently in use. The request may be as result of the low numbers of Power Engineers challenging the 2nd Class exams and passing them. This proposed change may have long term consequences to the profession. While most 2nd Class Power Engineers in heavy industry may engage with non-technical people in a limited amount, those who do not must still be able to articulate their knowledge clearly. Written answers promote solid understanding of the concepts as these need to be explained in words. The 2nd Class Power Engineer represents 80% of the total knowledge of a Power Engineer (4th = 20% + 3rd =20% + 2nd = 40%). The profession is seeing challenges from industry not understanding the true value (aka knowledge) of a Power Engineer. Communication is the key to this. Being able to explain the technical reasons why, is the best tool a Power Engineer can have. Memorizing facts may be easy in the short term but how will it help the profession in the long term?

Please send us your thoughts to There will be National Directors at IPECC and will relay your thoughts to those in attendance.

IPE Ontario Turbine Users Group (TUG) 20MW - What a success.

It was standing room only at the 1st Small Gas Turbine Users Group (SGTUG). Over 70 managers, Power Engineers, and gas turbine industry representatives were in attendance. There was overwhelming appreciation for the content delivered and those who attended would like to see this happen again next year.

IPE Ontario Area had been approached by CEM Engineering, an engineering firm that specializes in assisting the turbine industry, to be the front for a Turbine Users Group (TUG). In the 90’s, turbines emerged as an economical means to generate power. The technology had progressed to the point that 100MW and larger could be produced with minimal lead time. There were of course both development and implementation challenges of this technology with its integration into the electricity market. A Turbine Users Group was formed as a venue where knowledge and experience could be shared. After a while, the need for this venue faded and it was abandoned.

Today’s turbine market is both very different in its size as well as the technology that is available. Challenges exist today with operating turbines in Ontario that weren’t there 30 years ago. Much of the small turbine market operates “behind the fence” or to reduce the amount of electricity purchased off the grid because of its high cost and the low price for natural gas. Owners of turbines that are 20 MW and under will have a venue where they will be able to learn about how the electricity market is changing with peak days and global adjustments and what changes are on the horizon for the fuel they burn in terms of green house gas emissions and the greening of the fuel delivery system.

The IPE Ontario Area has been consistently developing the image as the representative of the profession for the past 15 years. Projects like the Gathering of Colleges, Education Forum and Power Engineers Round Table have put the IPE in Ontario out front as the public face for the Power Engineer Profession. Last year, a new website was launched that mirrored the image that the IPE Ontario Area has cultivated and will provide the means of effectively communicate to the wide world what the Power Engineer profession is all about. Having a well-respected engineering firm choose our profession to be the front of a forum for better understanding of technology we manage and operate is huge. For more information on the Turbine Users Group, go to


The Institute of Power Engineers promotes our professional values in the workplace.

Mission Statement

To lead the pursuit of excellence with a unified voice for Power Engineers across Canada, we promote the understanding of safety, efficiency and environmental awareness in collaboration with all stakeholders in our industry.


“Our Future Our Profession” Position Statement The IPE supports the Power Engineering profession nationally through engagement with the jurisdictions, commitment to ongoing curriculum development, and promotion of the profession to industry.

Tag Line

Knowledge is Power



IPE National Directors and Executive

Ralf Klopf, President

Blair Saulnier, PE, 1st Vise President (Maritimes Area Director)

Eric Steinson, PE, Past President, York Director (IPE)

Ed Hnytka, PE, Alberta Area Director

Dave Paulin, PE, British Columbia Area Director

William (Bill) Kalinowich,Second Vice-President, Manitoba Area Director

Mitch McNeil, PE, York Director (IPECC)

Pete Chamberland, Ontario Area Director

Allan Whetter, National Secretary Email

Don Purser, Assistant National Secretary

Jude Rankin, PE, Advice in Council

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