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Burnside Gives Award for Innovative Drinking Water Solution at PEO Ottawa Chapter Event

On May 31, 2018, an event was held by the Professional Engineers Ontario Ottawa Chapter (PEO Ottawa Chapter) called the PEO Ottawa Chapter 2018 Water Purification Challenge. It was the culmination of a competition organized by the PEO Ottawa Chapter Innovation/Entrepreneurship program team for engineering students and engineers to come up with innovation solutions for point of use drinking water supply systems in developing countries. Burnside’s Norm Looker was pleased to present a financial contribution on behalf of R.J. Burnside International for the winners of the second prize in the competition.

As a firm with more than 20 years of experience working on water supply projects in developing countries, it was encouraging to see engineering students engaged and interested in this important area of work. Based on the presentations made by the seven finalists, Canada is blessed with some bright young people who will serve us proud in the future to help developing countries deal with this critical issue.

Pictured below is Norm Looker (on the left) making the presentation to Thomas Shih, who along with Raphael Kabuuri, came up with a simple but innovative alternative for more sustainable and durable ceramic filters that can be used at the household level to treat poor quality water to make it potable. Thomas and Raphael are engineering students at Carleton University in Ottawa and they were awarded second prize at the event.


PEO Award Presentation Norm Looker

Norm Looker (left) Thomas Shih (right)

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