TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., received the 2019 Engineers Canada Gold
Medal, this country’s top honor among the 295,000 Professional Engineers
in Canada, at a ceremony in Québec City. Each year, the Gold Medal may
be awarded to a Professional Engineer for “exceptional individual
achievement and distinction in a field of engineering”. This includes
industry accomplishments, service to the engineering profession and
contribution to the community, and sets the bar high for those who
follow in their footsteps.
Morrison Hershfield is especially honored by this recognition, as
Catherine is the second leader from the firm to receive this prestigious
award, following the late Art Johns who was presented with the Engineers
Canada Gold Medal in 2004. This is the first time that two leaders of
the same firm have received this honor.
Catherine is Chief Operating Officer and a Board Director of Morrison
Hershfield Group Inc., an employee-owned engineering practice with 23
offices in Canada, the U.S. and India. Catherine is an exemplary
contributor to the industry and the community, and has been breaking new
ground in the engineering profession throughout her career. Catherine’s
engineering work led to her achieving many ‘firsts’ becoming the first
female Shareholder, Board Director, Board Secretary and Executive in
Morrison Hershfield’s 73 year history.
As a champion of women’s issues, Catherine has worked diligently to
address the gender imbalance in the profession. She has encouraged
policies at Morrison Hershfield and in the engineering industry that
have improved the working conditions and opportunities for female
Catherine is also a dedicated volunteer leader engaging engineering
students and young professionals so that they are better equipped to
face the engineering challenges of the future. She has led the national
organization (Engineers Canada), provincial regulator (Professional
Engineers Ontario) and provincial advocacy body (Ontario Society of
Professional Engineers). She remains involved with her alma mater and
sits on Western University’s Board of Governors.
“I can truly say, unequivocally and without reservation, that
Catherine represents the highest ideals of the engineering profession
and humanity in general. She is impeccably professional, intelligent,
ethical, honourable, empathetic, compassionate, charming and wise, and
yet also very humble. There simply aren’t enough positive adjectives in
the English language to fully describe her.” ~ Chris D. Roney,
P.Eng. Roney Engineering and past president of Engineers Canada.
Congratulations Catherine on receiving the 2019 Engineers Canada Gold
Medal Award, and thank you for your outstanding service to our firm, the
engineering profession and society!
About Morrison Hershfield: With over 1,000 employees, Morrison
Hershfield is a multidisciplinary, employee-owned engineering and
management firm that prides itself on contributing to the social
well-being and economic prosperity of the communities it serves.
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