FRIDAY Morning SeSsion one


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Applying IE Principles to Hurricane Matthew Power Restoration in Grand Bahama

Background: Sean Borden is an Industrial Engineer, graduating from Dalhousie University in 2009. He also holds his Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University (’14). Sean is currently the manager of Transmission & Distribution Capital at Nova Scotia Power. He has experience in utilities with a focus on Operations, Asset Management, Project Management and Power Restoration

Topic Description: In October 2016, Grand Bahama Power was hit by a category 4 hurricane, this presentation will focus on the restoration process and industrial engineer principles deployed to safely and efficiently restore power to the island.  Models were developed to forecast expected infrastructure damage and associated timelines to repair.  Geographic Information Systems were deployed with scheduling heuristics to more efficiently dispatch powerline technician resources.  Linear Programming models had an important role in this restoration effort and had to be modified to account for customer satisfaction as well as minimizing customer outage hours.


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Bringing IOT to Life

Background:  Entrepreneurial Senior Manager and professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in with Communications, Engineering and ICT experience. Extensive experience commercializing products and services for global markets with positive demonstrable results. Hands on experiences ranging from engineering systems, development of communications systems, code development through to marketing, sales and support to customers.

Topic Description:  What is IOT (Internet of Things, just in case) and how can it benefit Industrial Engineers. Real life challenges and case studies of bringing a product from concept through to reality and commercialization.

La gestion du changement / Change Management

Danielle Comeau - BArrington Consulting (French)

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Background: Danielle has received her Industrial Engineering degree from Dalhousie University and is a certified Prosci Change Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in training. Danielle has experience leading and assisting medium to large scale Information Technology projects and enjoys teaching dance in her spare time.

Topic Description: Ensemble, nous allons apprendre une variétés d’outils et méthodes en ce qui concerne la gestion du changement. Ces apprentissages vous aideront à améliorer l’absorption des utilisateurs de votre prochain project.


Why Innovation is a Dirty, Scary Word in Healthcare


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Background: MJ is a disrupter. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in various health policy roles with transformation being at the core of everything she has done. She was the Executive Director of the first legislated Provincial Health Council, the Commissioner of Health Reform in Nova Scotia and an Assistant Deputy Minister with responsibility for everything no one else wanted to be bothered with. For the past 15 years she has been in private practice and has a diverse mix of clients ranging from First Nation communities to government departments. She is a trusted advisor, a keen strategist and passionate advocate for a publicly funded health care system. MJ is also a health columnist for CBC radio and has written extensively to bring health care policy into popular conversation.

Topic Description: A paradox in healthcare is that professions founded on a passion for curiosity are systemically resistant to change. This is partly due to an aversion of risk ('do no harm, and don't get sued'). If we're being honest, it's also due to change being uncomfortable, and the status quo - however unsustainable, or even sub-standard it may be - is very comfortable. There are striking examples of this that will make you on earth can innovation be so hard? Be warned. It will make your head hurt.

House of L(IE)S, the truth about consulting

NADIA DAJANI - Barrington Consulting

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Background: Nadia Dajani graduated from Dalhousie University's Industrial Engineering program in 2010. Nadia is currently a Senior Consultant at Barrington Consulting and has been with the firm since graduation.

Topic Description: As I started to do recruiting, I was amazed by how many new grads wanted a career in consulting but even more amazed at how little they knew about it. What is it? What does it take to be a great consultant? Will I fly first class to Vegas weekly? Join this session and take the IE out of the lies.

Developing underwater communication systems: a design perspective

JEAn-Francois Bousquet - DalhouSie University (FRENCH)

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM 

Background: Jean-Francois graduated from electrical engineering at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal back in 2001, and completed his M.Sc. and PhD at University of Calgary in the field of integrated circuits and wireless communications.  After a short period in industry, mainly at Ciena, he joined Dalhousie University to focus on the development of underwater communication systems to enable ocean activity monitoring.  His lab is currently composed of 2 PhD students and 4 M.Sc. students and the research focus is on acoustic signal processing and its implementation on low-power electronic platforms. 

Topic Description: This talk will focus on the design procedure towards the development of underwater communication systems.  Jean-Francois will explain how he initiates projects with industry partners, how the research is developed in an academic setting, from algorithm development to experimentation.  Further, he will explain the benefits of an applied research environment, in which the students have an occasion to develop new intellectual property, and access the market either as an employee or through new ventures.  



1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Ben Rans (Davis Pier Consulting): Ben Rans is a 2015 Dal IE Grad and is working part-time towards his MASc. He is currently working for Davis Pier, a Halifax based management consulting company. 

Kristyn Reid (Dalhousie University): Kristyn graduated from Dalhousie with an undergraduate in Industrial Engineering in 2015. She started working at Eastlink shortly after as a Customer Solutions Engineer. After working at Eastlink for a little over a year she decided to return to school full-time for a Masters of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering, which she started this September.

Josh Coyle (Barrington Consulting): Josh is a Dal IE grad from 2015. Coming from Ontario, he learned he liked the east coast and sought to find work in Halifax after graduation. He now works for Barrington Consulting, where he is working as a business analyst on an IT implementation project for the province of Nova Scotia.

Grant Fraser (Nova Scotia Power): Grant is a Haligonian who graduated from Dal IE in 2015 and began working with Eastlink as a system designer. Since November 2015, he has been working with Nova Scotia Power as a project manager on steel tower capital projects. 

Kaitlin Miles (Barrington Consulting): Kaitlin is a graduate of Dalhousie's Industrial Engineering program currently working for the Barrington Consulting Group while simultaneously pursuing her Masters of Applied Science. An IISE Conference veteran, Kaitlin attended the 2013, 2014, and 2015 conferences, winning the Technical Paper competition in her final year. Kaitlin enjoys the professional life but secretly still longs to hang out in the IE lab and bang out assignments with her buds. 

housecLEANing 101

Lauren McVeigh - Barrington Consulting

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Background: Dal IE class of 2004. Spent 10 years in NB working with Horizon Health Network. Moved back to NS in 2014, have been working with Barrington Consulting since moving back.

Topic Description: Experience and lessons learned using lean tools in a healthcare environment.

Problèmes de maintenance, fiabilité et de logistique pour des applications de récupération et de remanufacturing.

CLAVER DIALLo - Dalhousie University (FRENCH)

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 

Background: Claver is currently an Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Universite Laval, located in the beautiful Quebec City. He has experience as a Wireline and Testing Field Engineer with Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Claver’s primary research areas include: Maintenance and Reliability Engineering, Closed-Loop Supply Chain, Remanufacturing and Sustainability.

Topic Description: Nous passerons en revue quelques problèmes clés de maintenance, fiabilité et de logistique inversée dans la conception de chaines logistiques inversées et de planification de la production en remanufacturing (ré-usinage).


From Friendly Fire to Stroke Rehabilitation: Improving Human-System Performance


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 

Background: Heather Neyedli is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. She heads the Cognitive and Motor Performance Lab which focuses on how to improve human performance by further understanding cognition, neuroscience and in the context of human-system performance. Previously she was a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. She completed a Ph.D in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and an Masters of Applied Science in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department also at the University of Toronto. 

Topic Description: The presentation will focus on cognitive ergonomics and human factors, specifically how understanding human cognitive limits and abilities can help in system design. There will be a wide range of topics and examples presented that demonstrate the importance of understanding the role of the human in system design. 

Going Digital: Efficient Digital Government Transformation


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 

Background: Kaitlin is a graduate of Dalhousie's Industrial Engineering program currently working for the Barrington Consulting Group while simultaneously pursuing her Masters of Applied Science. An IISE Conference veteran, Kaitlin attended the 2013, 2014, and 2015 conferences, winning the Technical Paper competition in her final year. Kaitlin enjoys the professional life but secretly still longs to hang out in the IE lab and bang out assignments with her buds. 

Topic Description: TBD

Risque et résilience: gérer les incertitudes des grands systèmes


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 

Contexte:  Ronald Pelot est professeur au Département de génie industriel de l'Université Dalhousie depuis 1994. Il a fondé et dirige le Réseau d'enquête sur les activités et les risques maritimes (MARIN), dans le domaine de l'analyse des risques maritimes, y compris la sécurité maritime (accidents), la sécurité des zones côtières et les déversements marins. Il est également Directeur Scientifique Associé du Centre national d'excellence MEOPAR (Observation, prévision et intervention en milieu marin) et le Doyen Adjoint de l'enseignement coopératif. Dans son temps libre, il aime le chant, la lecture et les activités familiales. / 

Description du sujet L'analyse de risque est l'étude de l'incertitude future et comment elle peut affecter un système. La résilience est la capacité d'un système à résister et à se remettre d'une perturbation grave. À mesure que les systèmes deviennent plus complexes et interdépendants, il est de plus en plus important de comprendre et de mettre en œuvre une bonne gestion des risques. Cet exposé donnera un aperçu des concepts de base, avec quelques exemples d'applications aux systèmes industriels.