Community Leadership Award 2013

Arato_ClaudioCongratulations to Claudio Arato, an alumnus of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department, for being awarded the Community Leadership Award 2013 at the 2013 Engineering Excellence Celebration held on April 10th at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The Community Leadership Award 2013 recognized Claudio’s extraordinary commitment toward the betterment of engineering profession and the community at large. In a short speech, Claudio acknowledged the contributions of his parents, wife, mentors and colleagues to the successes of his life. Claudio was accompanied by his family and friends at the event, as well as Dr. Englezos, Head of CHBE.
Upon graduation in 1991, Claudio started as a Water Team Process Engineer commissioning a $350M BCTMP mill in Meadow Lake, SK. He worked on developing a functioning pilot plant for a nanotech materials company, Lightytear Technologies, from 1997-2000. He had been a founding employee of a Lignol Energy, a cellulosic ethanol technology company from 2001-2005. In 2006, he joined Sonoro Energy. Currently, he is the Director, Engineering of that company and thus leading all research, development and commercialization efforts, including rolling out technologies.
Alongside a successful and highly regarded career as a Professional Engineer, Claudio has dedicated more than 10,000 hours as a volunteer. He has served on many task forces and committees of APEGBC. As recognition of his commitment to Engineering Community, he was elected to the Fellowship of Engineers of Canada in 2011.
Beyond his involvement with professional community, he contributed a significant amount of time toward organizing 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships, 2007 Memorial Cup and 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He co-founded the Cascadia Prosperity Forum and has been nominated an outstanding volunteer and ambassador of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Claudio has been supporting the CHBE department as a member of Chemical & Biological Engineering Advisory Committee for over ten years. He has also been contributing as an invited lecturer of APSC 450 – Engineering and Ethics.
Congratulations on this achievement!

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