THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Co-Chair

Grace Ly

Grace is currently a second-year Biological Engineering Student at the University of Guelph. She has been to several National and Provincial conferences and is excited to run an internal conference here at the School of Engineering. She has a great passion for helping others succeed, whether it’s volunteering or teaching others new skills. She was on the Organizing Committee for the Ontario Engineering Competition and is also involved in Guelph’s Engineering Society. Planning PDC, she hopes to help students learn the skills to get their foot in the door and build their networks.  Outside of school, you can find her watching food videos or jamming it out in the dance studio.  

Co-Chair

Daniel Igra

Daniel is currently in his 4th year of Mechanical Engineering and has completed co-op work terms in this field. Daniel has been a competition lead for both Guelph and Ontario Engineering Competitions. He is also the current 4th Year Mechanical Engineering Representative as well as the President Elect for Guelph’s Engineering Society. He looks forward to seeing a successful Professional Development Conference. In his free time, you can find Daniel designing patches are listening to those fancy vinyl records. 

VP Finance

Andrew Shepherd

Andrew is currently in his 4th year of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. He is currently the Special Events Coordinator of the Guelph Engineering society and is Vice President of Finance on the PDC executive committee. Outside of school, he is an avid long-distance runner, volleyball and hockey player (and Leafs fan of course). In his free time, Andrew loves to travel and play electric guitar (acoustic is okay too). 

VP Logistics

Vanessa Cristini

Vanessa is currently in her 4th year of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. She serves as the Arts Officer on the Guelph Engineering Society and is also your Vice President of Logistics on the PDC executive committee! She has attended PDC in previous years and is excited to be part of the strong team that gets to organize another fantastic conference. If you don’t find her in Thornbrough listening to the “Chill Hits” playlist on Spotify, she’s either hitting the ice for some intramural hockey, at Brass Taps dominating trivia night, or in her kitchen baking slightly above-average cupcakes.  

VP Marketing

Lucas Capicotto

Lucas is currently in his 3rd year of Computer Engineering at the University of Guelph. Lucas is presently a VP of Academic Affair's Candidate for Guelph's Engineering Society. His biggest goal for the Professional Development Conference is for the people who showed up to enjoy it and want to come again. His hobbies mainly include playing soccer, continually getting to know new people, and always having a good time with them. 

Volunteer Coordinator

Qianying Mao

Qianying (or Alice!) is a second year Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Guelph. She has been a multiple time participant, as well as a volunteer for the Ontario Engineering Competition, and has been a speaker in conferences in China. She believes Professional Development is an important cornerstone in student’s lives as they begin the challenge of finding their perfect career and hopes to make a real difference through this year’s PDC. When she’s got time off, you can most often find her sketching or waiting impatiently for Animal Crossing New Horizons. 

EngSoc President

Catherine Dang

EngSoc VP Operations

Elena Wong

Elena is in her fourth year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guelph. She is currently the Vice President of Operations of the Guelph Engineering Society, as well as President of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers Guelph Chapter. In her spare time, Elena loves music, both listening and performing, and art (painting with acrylics is her favorite). Be sure to talk to Elena about travelling or aerospace, she’ll be happy to go on for hours! 

Catherine is in her 4th year of Biological engineering. After serving 4 years on the Engineering Society and attending a dozen internal and external engineering conferences, she is now acting as the Advisor for the Professional Development Conference. Talk to her about education, advocacy, books, music and of course, personal development! If the whole engineering thing doesn’t work out, she’ll likely end up pursuing a future of becoming a calligraphy master. 

Graphic Designer

Kristen Cimolai

Kristen is currently in her second year of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. The Professional Development Conference will be the first university conference she will attend in her academic career, and she is excited to be able to make a meaningful contribution to the team! She is looking forward to using her skills to help other students in kickstarting their professional career and gaining new invaluable skills in a creative way. If you get a chance to talk to Kristen, ask her for her famous brownie recipe, or ask to see her sketchbook! 

Website Designer

Jon Ervy Torculas

Jon is in his 2nd year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guelph. He has been a Graphic Designer at the M&T Graphics Factory for a semester and has looked to applying his graphic design fundamentals to web design. He is eager to put his web design skills and experience to use in order to help the Professional Development Conference team! When he’s got nothing better to do such as updating this website, he’s usually just playing a video game or listening to music while napping. 

EWB Financial and Logistics Executive

Mackenzie Miller

Mackenzie is a 4th year Biomedical Engineering Co-op student at the University of Guelph. She has been a part of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) for the past 4 years and is currently the Financial and Logistics Executive for the Guelph Chapter. She has attended several conferences through EWB and has also helped to organize conferences in the past such as South Western Ontario Retreat. She is extremely excited to collaborate with Engineering Society in helping to organize this event. In contributing to PDC she hopes to help students make connections with alumni and other professionals who can help build their career. During free time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog and doing face masks.  

EWB President

Elise Pind

Elise is a fourth-year Environmental Engineering Co-op Student at the University of Guelph. She is currently the President of the Engineers Without Borders Guelph Chapter. With 4 years of experience with EWB, she has attended 4 National Conferences hosted by EWB and was part of the team who organized a very successful conference for the EWB Chapters in South Western Ontario in the Fall of 2018. She is excited to be collaborating with the Engineering Society to present PDC 2020 and looks forward to a very successful event. In her free time, she is at Cheers & Gears rehearsing for the show on March 28th! 

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