Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Tom Regier
Staff Scientist

Tom Regier is the Staff Scientist on the High Resolution Spherical Grating Monochromator (SGM) beamline at the Canadian Light Source.

Tom grew up on farm north of Laird, SK. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, his Masters in physics in 2003 and his PhD in Physics in 2012, also from the UofS.

After starting out as a Science Associate at the CLS in 2003, Tom became the lead beamline scientist on the SGM beamline in 2009.

Some of Tom’s accomplishments include:

  • Over 75 peer reviewed publications
  • Developed a new method for x-ray characterization of materials
  • Developed new instrumentation for the in-situ x-ray analysis of electrochemical cells
  • On the team that commissioned the first two beamlines at the Canadian Light Source
  • 2008 Canadian Light Source User Advisory Committee User support award
  • Invited speaker at several conferences - Synchrotron Environmental Science in Chicago in 2014, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory in Palo Alto in 2013


Michael J. Monea, President of Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives, SaskPower 
Keynote Speaker

Mr. Monea joined SaskPower in 2008 as Vice-president, Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives for SaskPower and in September 2011 was appointed President of the division.  Prior to his role with SaskPower, Mr. Monea was a senior Vice-president with Canada Capital Energy Corporation. He served as Executive Director of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre at the University of Regina and later was appointed Chairman of the Board.  In 2008 he was appointed to the Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecture program as an expert in enhanced oil recovery.  Early on in his professional career he created his own consulting oil company in 1982, Nautilus Exploration and Associates Ltd., which is still an active Canadian oil and gas company.  Mr. Monea holds professional engineer and geoscientist designations and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Monea’s presentation is on the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project, SaskPower’s flagship CCS initiative. Through the development of the world’s first and largest commercial-scale CCS project of its kind, SaskPower is making a viable technical, environmental and economic case for the continued use of coal. The captured CO2 is transported by pipeline to nearby oil fields in southern Saskatchewan where it is used for enhanced oil recovery.  CO2 not used for enhanced oil recovery is stored in the aquistore injection well at the SaskPower Carbon Storage and Research Centre.  Aquistore is the Petroleum Technology Research Center’s second world-class flagship project, following the International Energy Agency's Greenhouse Gas Weyburn-Midale CO2 monitoring and storage project. 


Ronan Collins
Keynote Speaker

Mr. Ronan Collins is currently the BIM Project Director with InteliBuild. He is an experienced Building Information Modelling (BIM) Project Manager and specializes in the production of detailed and accurate BIM models for the purpose of virtual design and construction co-ordination.  Mr. Collins leads a team of experienced construction professionals and 3D modelling and virtual construction specialists that have collaborated with numerous clients from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.  Intelibuild has worked with clients on such projects as the Marina Star Residential Tower in Dubai, the Qatar Education City Convention Centre, the Disney Park in Hong Kong and the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) West Kowloon High Speed Rail Terminus.

Mr. Collins presentation is on how the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong adapted the use of BIM processes to review design and construction drawings for the West Kowloon High Speed Rail Terminus.  Over 15,500 engineering drawings were assessed and modelled from eight different civil works contracts.  The MTR BIM Process identified and resolved over 10,000 problems across all disciplines and used a web based RFI procedure for raising, responding and tracking the queries.  The BIM process also used 4D techniques for planning the work and reviewing the contract interfaces.


Reg Andres
Keynote Speaker

Key spreaker - Reg Andres

Reg Andres, P.Eng, FCSCE, is Vice President of R.V. Anderson and Associates. He has been directly involved in the planning, design, construction, and management of infrastructure systems. He has also been actively involved in the development of asset management practices and policies, at all levels of government across Canada, with a focus on the planning and development of sustainability and life cycle assessment concepts.

Mr. Andres is also President of CSCE. He chaired the Steering Committee for Canada’s inaugural Infrastructure Report Card published in 2012 and is currently involved in a national discussion group considering the development of a sustainability rating system for infrastructure. 

Implementing a Sustainability Rating System for Infrastructure in Canada

CSCE is creating a policy for a sustainability rating system for infrastructure, and we want you to help us realize this goal.  At the 2015 CSCE Annual Conference, we are hosting a workshop for this exact initiative.  Join us on Friday, May 29th to discuss:

  • How you see sustainability being implemented in society;
  • The challenges and barriers that sustainability faces, and practical solutions;
  • The purpose or role of a sustainability rating system;
  • The components of a sustainability rating system; and
  • How such a rating system may be implemented.

This interactive workshop will integrate education, collaboration in break-out groups, sharing of ideas and solutions, and discussion as a large group.  The results of the workshop will be documented and made available to its participants.

CSCE President Reg Andres will facilitate the discussion that has been organized as part of the Young Professionals Program at the conference.  We highly encourage participation of all of our members.  If you are unable to attend the conference and would like to contribute your thoughts and ideas, please contact Katelyn Frecon at


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