January 24th, 2024 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, co-hosted with ELINE, Engaged Learning in Engineering

This year's keynote speaker is Stephen Hamelin, President and CEO at Vortex Aquatic Structures International followed by a TechIdea Pitch Competition

Keynote Speaker & Judge

Profile pic of Stephen Hamelin Stephen Hamelin graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. In 1995, Mr. Hamelin founded Vortex International, a manufacturer of recreation equipment and amusement attractions. It started with the invention of the Splashpad®, an innovative aquatic play solution that redefined city park development and revitalized municipal swimming pools. Today, Vortex’s product line extends to include sustainable water management solutions and water-based attractions for the amusement and leisure markets. Vortex is headquartered in Montreal and has satellite operations in the United States and Europe. The Vortex’s products can be found in city parks, resorts, amusement parks and even cruise ships throughout the globe.

TechIdea Judges

Christina Katsari Profile PictureDr. Christina Katsari, Mitacs Representative at McGill University

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for more than 20 years. Working with over 100 academic institutions, 6,000 companies/ NGOs, hospitals, municipalities and both federal and provincial governments, they build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. With her colleagues Noha Gerges (Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Law, Desautels Faculty of Management, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) and Prisca Bustamante (Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences), Christina (Faculty of Engineering,Schulich School of Music,Dobson Centre,Engine Centre) represents Mitacs at McGill University. Together, they are the official contacts for McGill students and faculty who are interested in Mitacs funding programs. All completed applications are submitted to them, reviewed and then forwarded to the Office of Innovation + Partnerships for final institutional signature and approval. Once the applications are approved, they are officially submitted to Mitacs where they will undergo an external peer review process.

Profile pic of Aleksandr KimAleksandr Kim, Vice-President Academic, Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS)

Aleksandr Kim is a Mechanical Engineering student in McGill and is working as the Vice-President Academic for the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) of McGill. He has a particular interest towards differential geometrical analysis, aerospace, and sustainability in Engineering. He was previously a member of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Academy 2020 cohort.

Q&A Moderator

Profile pic of Majd BoulosMajd Boulos, Co-Chair, ELINE

Majd Boulos is a U1 Mechanical Engineering student at McGill. He is originally from Syria but lived in Montreal for the past few years. With a high interest in machines, energy production, and sustainability, he decided to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also the Co-Chair of ELINE which is a student run committee that aims to improve learning in engineering.


5:00-5:15pm Registration

5:15-5:30pm Welcome Presentations

5:30-6:00pm Keynote plus Q&A

6:00-7:00pm Pitch Competition

7:00-8:00pm Networking Cocktail

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