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From designing seismic resilient infrastructure, to understanding BC’s unique geological profile, to creating innovative technology and teaching methods, professional engineers and geoscientists continuously work in the public interest; however, their contributions often happen behind-the-scenes.

On Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, Dr. Ali Mihirig, P.Eng. was honoured at the President’s Awards Gala in Kelowna, BC. at the annual Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s conference.

“The President’s Awards are a chance to celebrate the outstanding talent and expertise of engineering and geoscience professionals,” said Ann English, P.Eng., FEC, CEO and Registrar of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

“They also bring focus to the important contributions and impact professional engineers and geoscientists have on the everyday lives of British Columbians,” she said.

Having missed the event Dr. Ali Mihirig, P.Eng. was presented with a Community Service Award at Iqra islamic School on wednesday December 18-2019.

Having arrived in Canada in the early 1980s to complete his M.A.Sc and PhD in electrical engineering at UBC, Dr. Ali Mihirig very quickly earned the respect and recognition by his local community through his involvement with various social and family events.

Ali is well known for his tireless efforts in every aspect of community service, such as helping new immigrants and refugees settling down in Canada, adult and child education, organizing community events for youths and families, mentoring and counselling youths, and delivering empowering lectures to encourage new immigrants and young people and ease their transition into Canadian society.

During his tenure at the BC Muslim Association, he helped new migrants settle into Canadian life and organized fundraising events and family services for refugees from across the world. Ali is a founding member and President of the not-for-profit IQRA Education Society. This society promotes community education services for adults and children and it has been operating full-time certified independent elementary school since 1990.

Ali was appointed to the Libyan transitional government cabinet as the minister of electricity and renewable energy between 2012 and 2014. He also served as the chair of a ministerial committee to negotiate disarming militia groups.

Ali is committed to promoting dialogue between various cultural and religious groups, as well as bringing people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds together, as is evident by his service at home and abroad.