Maud Cohen, Eng., President of the OIQ, praised the accomplishments of the 2011 recipients and congratulated them on their university careers and their commitment. “The quality of our future engineers is exceptional, the commitment of these students is equalled only by their enthusiasm and excellent results,” declared Ms. Cohen.
The first Student Award of Merit, worth $7,500, was awarded to Martine Bouin. A biomedical engineering student at the École Polytechnique, Martine Blouin stands out for the quality of her university record and her outstanding involvement in the community. She has received several scholarships and earned a grade point average of 4.1 out 4.3. Motivated by the social and human aspects of the profession, she participated in international cooperation fieldwork in Ecuador and Nicaragua. In addition, she freely gives her time to organize business and hospital visits for her fellow biomedical engineering students.
The second Student Award of Merit, worth $5,000, was awarded to Jonathan Verrett. This chemical and environmental engineering student at McGill University achieved a near-perfect grade point average of 3.97 out of 4. Involved in a number of social activities, he acts as Vice President of Finance of the McGill chapter of Engineers Without Borders and contributed to a 250% increase in its funding between 2009 and 2010. Jonathan Verrett also uses his time to tutor his fellow students and work as a student researcher at his university.
The third Student Award of Merit, worth $3,000, was awarded to Pierre-Luc Paradis, a mechanical engineering student at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. This recipient earned a near-perfect grade point average of 4.29 out of 4.3 and freely uses his knowledge to serve the community. He enthusiastically participated in a humanitarian aid project in Rwanda, which consisted in creating a water pump system. A spokesperson for the 2011 Québec Entrepreneurship Contest, he also plays an active role in promoting engineering at his university.
The Student Awards of Merit reward engineering student members of the OIQ Student Section for their outstanding academic results at a Québec university and their extraordinary commitment to social, community and extracurricular activities.
The Student Section has more than 4,200 students across Québec who have accumulated 30 or more credits in their bachelor of engineering program. More than 14,500 engineering students have become members since its creation in 1996.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of more than 60,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest engineering.
The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the public by supervising the practice of the profession within the framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves the public interest.