With the successful conclusion of the 46th Annual General Meeting on the evening of 28 June 2021, may I invite readers to join me in welcoming the new members to the Council, who will collectively direct and manage institutional affairs in the coming Sessions, setting sail on our voyage of change.
Earlier, we have advised that under the leadership of our incoming President, Ir Edwin Chung, a roadmap for change will be developed so as to equip the Institution to meet the challenges ahead. I am now pleased to announce that a management consultant has been engaged to kick start the work. The process will be overseen by a steering committee set up under the auspices of the President. Before embarking any major changes, your opinion does matter. To this end, a survey engaging all members will be conducted in the coming months. In order to have more direct feedback from you, a series of workshops and focus group meetings will also be arranged later this year. We look forward to listening frank and genuine thoughts from members as these will form the basis of the work ahead of us. Our key mission in the year ahead will be exhausting all means to provide value-added service to members and support them in their pursuit of professional development.
In the meantime, we have been taking steps to bring about improvements in our routine service to members. In its last meeting in May 2021, the Council approved the use of electronic tools for training logbooks and written exercises. If you have participated in the voting for the Council Election on 28 June, you should also have witnessed the efficiency and effectiveness that the e-registration system has brought to us. We are also seizing every chance to reduce our carbon footprint to contribute to a more sustainable world. Following the Transactions online from the March 2021 issue, the Hong Kong Engineer has now come to its last printed edition after 40 years. Members are encouraged to go digital and continue enjoying the browsing through the journal online.
Digitalisation is another major area in which we are gaining momentum. To keep all our initiatives moving along the right track, a monitoring committee also under the steer of the President has been formed to oversee the initiation and implementation of various digitalisation measures that are in the pipeline.
The past Session concluded auspiciously with the successful organisation of the HKIE Innovation Expo. We were delighted to see experts and gifted innovators across sectors coming together on this platform to exchange views and discuss future collaboration. With this achievement, the Enginpreneurs Hub started by Immediate Past President Ir Prof P L Yuen will continue to run the core programmes of the Hub to support members in realising their innovative ideas.
There is nothing permanent except change and now it is the time to embrace it. The Institution is committed to change what it is necessary to offer members the most needed support in their pursuit of both professional and personal growth. It is to this end that we ask for your understanding and active participation.
The HKIE Annual Grand Ceremony cum Award Presentation
The HKIE Annual Grand Ceremony cum Award Presentation was held on 4 June 2021 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 200 members and guests attended the event.
The Institution was honoured to have the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, as our principal guest and Mr Henry H L Fan, Chairman of the Hospital Authority, as our guest of honour for the evening.
Four engineering awards “HKIE Honorary Fellow”, “HKIE Gold Medal”, “The President's Award” and “Young Engineer of the Year Award” was conferred on Ir Prof C F Lee, Ir Prof Norman W M Ko, Ir David C H Chang and Ir Ivy Y L Leung respectively during this special occasion. Details of the event can be found on pp 43-44 and awardees' story can be found on pp 13-34 of the journal.
The HKIE Innovation Expo
Echoing the theme of Session 2020/2021 “Believing is Seeing - Innovation for Transformation”, the Institution organised “The HKIE Innovation Expo” (the Expo) along the theme “Engineering into Future” on 12 and 13 June 2021. The Expo was held at the CIC-Zero Carbon Park and broadcasted live online. You can now view the Expo and the events via the Expo’s virtual platform at http://www.hkie-innoexpo.hk until 31 August 2021. The event report will come in the next issue.
Education and Careers Expo 2021
The Institution will participate in the Education and Careers Expo 2021 organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 15 to 18 July 2021. Members are welcome to come and visit our booth (5F-C23) at the Expo to show your support.
International Women in Engineering Day 2021
Every year, 23 June marks the International Women in Engineering Day. This is a day for raising the profile of women in engineering and inspiring future generations of female engineering talent to enter the profession. To celebrate this important event and encourage more women and especially younger ones to learn more about engineering as a career, the HKIE Task Force on Women in Engineering organised a webinar on 23 June 2021. The event was well received by HKIE members, engineering students and counterparts in the industry. More details of the event will be reported in the next issue of the Journal.