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The HKIE Council Members for Session 2017/2018

The Council Members for Session 2017/2018 assembled and held their first meeting on Thursday, 20 July 2017. A group photo was taken to commemorate the occasion.

1st row (L to R): Mrs Monica Yuen, Ir James Chiu, Ir Edmund Leung, Ir Dr Greg Wong, Ir Peter Wong, Ir Chan Chi-chiu, Ir Dr Philco Wong, Ir Thomas Chan, Ir Ringo Yu, Ir Dr Yuen Pak-leung, Ir Dr The Hon Lo Wai-kwok,
Ir Raymond Chan, Ir Dr Chan Fuk-cheung, Ir Prof Lau Ching-kwong and Ir Dr Raymond Ho

2nd row (L to R): Mr Nelson Tsang, Ir Cheng Tim, Ir Chan Siu-hung, Ir Francis Kung, Ir Dr Leo Leung, Ir Thomas Lau, Ir Jovian Cheung, Ir Prof Adam Choy, Ir Kong Shui-sun, Ir Jenny Yeung, Ir Wilson Tsang, Ir Lo Pak-cheong, Ir Prof Lam Cheuk-fung, Ir Wong Sek-cheung and Ir Dr Lau Chi-keung

3rd row (L to R): Ir Elvis Au, Ir Ho Sau-chiu, Ir Steven Lai, Ir Victor Lo, Ir Sidney Tong, Ir Dr Joseph Chi, Ir Dr Paul Tsui, Ir Prof Wang Min, Ir Victor Ng, Ir Kenneth Li, Ir Duncan Wong, Ir Prof Louis Lock, Ir Monde Woo

Note: Ir Geoffrey Chan, Ir Richard Chan, Ir Ambrose Chen, Ir Dr Joseph Choi, Ir Prof Choy Kin-kuen, Ir Ho Siu-Kwong, Ir Gilbert Law, Ir Dr Barry Lee, Ir Dr Derrick Pang, Ir Albert Tam, Ir David Tong, Ir Martin Tsoi and Ir Ricky Yim were not available at the photo session. Ir Prof Christopher Chao and Ir Enoch Lam were appointed after the photo session.

Visit to the Qianhai Authority

On 2 August 2017, President Ir Thomas K C Chan, Vice President Ir Dr Yuen Pak-leung and members of the Committee on Mainland Affairs (CMA) attended a meeting with the representatives of the Qianhai Authority in Shenzhen.

This meeting was initiated by the CMA with the objective of obtaining updates from the Qianhai Authority regarding the "Co-operation Arrangement for Trial Implementation of Hong Kong Construction Model in Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen" which was released in February 2016. Apart from introducing the background and role of the Institution to the Qianhai Authority, members also enquired about the status and development of the implementation of the Co-operation Arrangement, and requested the Qianhai Authority to consider facilitating Hong Kong engineering professionals to explore opportunities in Qianhai.

Representatives of the HKIE and the Qianhai Authority

Representatives of the HKIE and the Qianhai Authority

International Engineering Alliance Meetings (IEAM) 2017 and the Seoul Accord General Meeting (SAGM) 2017

The IEAM 2017 was held on 18 - 23 June 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska, the US, and the SAGM 2017 on 24 - 25 June 2017 in Girdwood, Alaska. The Institution sent a delegation to the meetings. Highlights were reported on page 3 of the last issue.

(L to R) Mr Sondes Leung, Dr Jenny Tang, Ir Chan Chi-chiu, Ir Peter Wong, Mrs Monica Yuen, Ir Dr Martin Kwong and Ir Dr Alex Chan

(Front row, L to R) Ir Peter Wong, Dr Jenny Tang, Ir Dr Martin Kwong, (back row, L to R) Ir Chan Chi-chiu and Mrs Monica Yuen at the Washington Accord meeting

Dr Jenny Tang (L) and Ir Dr Chan Chun-leung (R) at the Seoul Accord General Meeting 2017

London Dragon Boat Festival 2017 - Bringing home the silver, at last!
By Mr Yiyan LIU

On 25 June 2017, the HKIE Flying Dragon along with other 43 teams boarded their long, thin boats to race in the 22nd London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at the London Regatta Centre. The festival was organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club and sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), London.

In addition to raising fund for London Chinese charities, this year it also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. There were entertaining shows and a variety of tasty food for the large crowd of multi-national visitors, both young and old.

The Flying Dragon team, captained by Mr Yiyan Liu, comprised young engineers from Transport for London, CH2M, Balfour Beatty, Mott MacDonald, High Speed Two Ltd and engineering students. Most of the team members were new to dragon boating. They only had one practice run before the race. Apart from the racing, the festival also provided opportunities for team members to share experiences with engineers from other disciplines and promote the HKIE's presence in the UK.

At 10:00am, the Flying Dragon took part in their first heat. After a wobbly start, they finished third out of four teams, which put them under tremendous pressure to make it to the semi-finals.

During their debriefing, the team realised that, although individuals were giving their best, the team were not paddling in harmony. Seating was re-arranged, putting the more experienced paddlers in the front, so the following paddlers could have a better reference. Results quickly improved and the team finished sixth in the group stage, second in the semi-final, and made it all the way to the final with seven other teams.

Despite high temperature and feeling pretty tired, but hugely encouraged by the live cheering and support from the HKIE UK Chapter Committee Members, the Flying Dragon came second, just 0.51 second behind the winning team Windy Panda in the final.

The team performed extraordinarily well in the competition, and certainly demonstrated who we represented and showed the spirit of young engineers. When receiving the trophy and medals from Ms Priscilla To, the Director-General of the HKETO, London, the huge grins on the team members� faces were clear testimony to their delight. We will be back next year for the champion!

London Regatta Centre

Audience relaxing and enjoying the show

The team winning the trophy and medals

Ms Priscilla To (front row, right 4th) and Captain of the team Mr Yiyan Liu (front row, right 3rd)

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