Keynote Speaker

Emily Nichols

Emily Nichols is a Professional Engineer with more than 15 year experience in manufacturing and Innovation. She has a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Guelph and a M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University. As someone who summarized her masters thesis in Dr. Seuss rhyme, she is a high-energy and inspiring keynote.  

At PDC she will be presenting Manufacturing Wisdom: Leadership Lessons from the Factory Floor. She will be explaining how she discovered the value of her human skills and used them to advance her career, do more and have more fun!  

Crozier Session Speaker

Katherine Rentsch

Katherine Rentsch is a Professional Engineer with over 18 years of experience in consulting, academia and education.  She has a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering for the University of Guelph.  The main focus of her work over her career has been onsite sewage systems.  She is a leader in industry associations and a member of the Building Code Commission, the appeals body for the Ontario Building Code, acting as chair for onsite sewage disputes.   Katherine has 15 years of experience teaching workshops and courses to industry professionals and students. 

At PDC she will be facilitating a session on what it takes to succeed in consulting engineering, and how a sense of humour and a willingness to learn have helped her to become a leader in her field.

Baylis Medical Session Speaker

Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison is a R&D engineering leader and inventor with more than 15 years of experience in the medical device industry.  He has a B. Sc. In Engineering from the University of Guelph, and an M.A.Sc in Biomedical Engineering from Dalhousie University.    As the Director of R&D at Baylis Medical Company, a major focus of Rob’s work is supporting the professional development of engineers and engineering leaders.  His team’s mission is to conceive of and develop medical devices which improve the lives of patients around the world.    


At PDC he will be providing some insight on the ‘life of an R&D engineer’ and other engineering career opportunities in the MedTech industry,  as well as facilitating a discussion on the professional skills and attributes that support success in the field.   

Entrepreneur Session Speaker

Devon Dookram

Devon Dookram is a Business Consultant who began the journey of entrepreneurship in 2015 after graduating with a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guelph. Focusing on the building envelope sector, Devon assists window and door manufacturing companies by increasing throughput and innovating their offerings to find the next best product-market fit.


At PDC, Devon will discuss the type of mindset that is critical to succeed in both business and personal life, the Golden Triangle, and why investing in yourself has the best return!

Graduate Student Session Speaker

Isaac Spotts

Isaac Spotts is a PhD student in environmental engineering at the University of Guelph. He graduated his undergraduate degree and MASc. in biological engineering from the University of Guelph in 2018 and 2019 respectively. His MASc. research involved identifying and developing novel scalable optical architectures for digital microfluidic systems. Isaac Spotts is currently researching novel site remediation techniques using terahertz technologies.

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