Volume 6, No. 2 Membership News, Programs and Activities
Legislate authority of P.Engs in water resources
management, PEO tells Walkerton Inquiry
by Dwight Hamilton media release announcing PEO’s submis-
sion. “Our submission discusses the PEO’s commitment to safe drinking water in Ontario
Professional Engineers Ontario has submit- Professional Engineers Act and the role pro- 1. Increase public health training.
ted to the Walkerton Inquiry its in-depth fessional engineers have in the provision of
examination of a professional engineer’s PEO will promote greater emphasis on public health training, through consultation and discussion with
safe drinking water. PEO is committed to individual Ontario universities, the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering and the Canadian Engineering
role in providing safe water in Ontario. working cooperatively with the govern- Accreditation Board.
PEO has official standing for Part II of the ment of Ontario and other stakeholders to
Inquiry, which is dealing with public policy prevent another tragedy like Walkerton.” 2. Raise awareness of the role of PEO through outreach.
issues surrounding water treatment, distrib- PEO’s submission also recommends PEO will consult with stakeholders to:
ution and management. strengthening provincial regulation of x Identify and reach consensus on what activities require a professional engineer within both the mean-
Forwarded last month, PEO’s submis- water systems by having the Minister of ing and spirit of the Professional Engineers Act. This will include developing clear scopes of practice
sion identifies gaps in the current frame- the Environment use the Ontario Water and responsibilities for professional engineers in these areas.
work of accountability for safe drinking Resources Act to appoint P.Engs as the x Identify the needs and expectations of the public that PEO serves, the users of engineering services, the
water and recommends ways to clarify and directors who issue directors’ orders, direc- broader regulatory community, and licensed practitioners with respect to what activities related to pro-
enhance accountability. The report also viding safe drinking water should be regulated.
tors’ reports, certificates of approval and
commits PEO to undertaking actions other instruments prescribed by the act. During the 2001-2002 Council term, PEO will undertake a communications program on the Professional
aimed at increasing the effectiveness of its Engineers Act, especially as it pertains to the responsibility of professional engineers to protect life, health,
PEO’s submission anticipates that the
recommendations. property and the public welfare.
directors would support municipal engi-
In the submission, PEO offers to work neers or consultants who exercise their 3. Partner with regulatory and non-governmental organizations.
with the province and stakeholders to duty to report public health risks under PEO will work with the provincial government and non-governmental organizations to develop appropriate
examine means of increasing professional section 62 of the act. demand-side legislation to give force of law to the defined scopes of practice and responsibilities for pro-
accountability and expertise in the provi- PEO also recommends that the fessional engineers involved with the provision of safe drinking water.
sion of safe drinking water, through the Attorney General amend the Professional
Professional Engineers Act. The submission Engineers Act to make clear a professional 4. Promote continuing excellence.
highlights the need to refine the definition engineer’s obligation to report public PEO will incorporate feedback from its outreach activities and membership profiling, the users of engineer-
of professional engineering with respect to health risks and to protect the engineer in ing services, the broader regulatory community and licensed practitioners into its Professional Excellence
safe drinking water, stating “the authority such instances of “whistleblowing.” Program (PEP).
and mandate of professional engineers in PEO’s commitments to the Inquiry 5. Provide guidance and advice to practising engineers.
water resources management and in water include:
supply systems need to be made clear in PEO will produce Professional Practice Guidelines relevant to the provision of safe drinking water, such as
guidelines on design approaches and quality assurance methods.
provincial legislation so that PEO can x promoting greater emphasis on public
more effectively regulate the practice of health training for engineers;
Demand-side legislation that increases x consulting with stakeholders on what profiles into the Professional Excellence includes professional engineers with
the participation of engineers in water- waterworks activities require a profes- Program; and extensive experience in water treatment
works operations and management would sional engineer and developing clear and distribution. The committee also
provide greater accountability because of scopes of practice and responsibilities x producing Professional Practice consulted with other expert practitioners.
professional engineers’ duty to public safe- for engineers in these areas; Guidelines on topics like design Council received a draft of the submis-
ty, the submission states. approaches and quality assurance sion at its March 26 meeting, after which
“Professional engineers are bound by a x promoting continuing excellence by methods. the document was published on PEO’s
statutory accountability to the public, incorporating information on stake- website for comment. The full text of
which includes a code of ethics and holder expectations and membership The PEO submission was developed PEO’s submission is available at
requires that they place public welfare practice and professional development by the Environment Committee, which www.peo.on.ca.
above all other interests,” said PEO
President Gordon Sterling, P.Eng., in a
PEO’s recommendations to the Walkerton Commission
1. Refine the definition of engineering in regards to safe drinking water in provincial legislation.
The provincial government and affected stakeholders should work with PEO to define specific activities and areas of prac-
tice that constitute the practice of professional engineering within the meaning and spirit of the Professional Engineers
Act. This should include considering whether current activities and regulations are consistent with PEO’s statutory man-
date, specifically with respect to the evaluation of water supplies and the design of treatment and distribution systems.
IN THIS ISSUE
2 2. Increase professional engineers’ participation in waterworks operations and management.
WEAC News PEO recommends that participation of professional engineers in the operation and management of water treatment
Microsoft agreement works be defined in demand-side legislation, where appropriate, in order to provide greater accountability based on
engineers’ duty to the public welfare.
3 3. Specify roles of engineers through demand-side legislation.
To ensure a higher level of accountability in the quality of Ontario’s drinking water, the provincial government should
York Chapter forum use regulations to clearly define roles and responsibilities for professional engineers in aspects of drinking water supply,
Certificate presentation including design and construction, operation and water resource management. Such demand-side legislation should
reflect the outcome of Recommendations number 1 and 2.
Introducing 2001-2002 Council 4. Strengthen provincial regulation of water systems.
The Minister of the Environment should use section 5 under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) to appoint quali-
6-7 fied professional engineers as directors for the purposes of issuing director’s orders, director’s reports, certificates of
approval and other instruments prescribed under the OWRA.
2001 Annual General Meeting
Directors should support municipal engineers and/or their engineering consultants that exercise their duty to report risks
to public health and safety related to drinking water using section 62 of the OWRA.
Your Say 5. Clarify and enhance duty to report.
The Attorney General should amend the Professional Engineers Act to clarify engineers’ obligations to report and pro-
vide a measure of protection for those who exercise them.
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agreement no. 1404016. Canada Post: PEO believes that for this concept to be effective the engineer must be indemnified and protected from reprisal as a
send address changes to 25 Sheppard result of public notification of such conditions. In this way, the engineer would be provided with protection similar to
Avenue West, Suite 1000, Toronto, that clearly defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, under which an individual has the right to refuse work
ON M2N 6S9 without fear of reprisal by the employer.
by Daniela Iliescu, P.Eng., WEAC member
2001 Future Engineers Initiative Program—
Young women are discovering for three planned projects in x Ryerson Polytechnic University, Club and Girls Recognizing mathematics, science and
the wonders and merits of engi- which girls will have the Faculty of Engineering, Engineering and Technology technology courses in high
neering, science and technology, opportunity to interact with Toronto–Discover Engineering (GREAT), and through work school.
thanks in part to a program dynamic female role models, Summer Camp. Now in its with local Girl Guides and
administered by PEO’s Women gaining a greater appreciation 11th year of operation, the Brownies, this program’s x University of Windsor, Faculty
in Engineering Advisory of engineering and science. camp provides education to objective is to increase female of Education & College of
Committee. Under the Future girls going into grades 11 and participation and confidence Engineering &
Engineers Initiative (FEI) x University of Guelph, 12. Applications are sent to in the areas of science and Science–Engineering T.A.P.
program, now in its third year, Promoting Awareness–Girls in guidance, math and science engineering. Initiative. Professors from the
PEO provides financial support Engineering & Science departments in more than faculty of engineering present
to projects that encourage girls (PAGES)–Creative Encounters 500 high schools in the GTA x McMaster University, Faculty information about engineer-
and women to consider careers with Science. This initiative and surrounding area. of Engineering, ing careers to grade 9 and 10
in engineering through a variety comprises an all-female learn- Hamilton–Venture students, and encourage
of initiatives. ing environment that explores x University of Toronto, Faculty Engineering & female students to participate
The value of each grant robotics, electrical design, of Applied Science & Science/Adventures in in the university’s new engi-
depends on the type and scope chemistry and even nutrition, Engineering–Science Outreach. Engineering Computer neering mentorship program.
of the project. This year, 13 while incorporating fun, orig- This program consists of “in- Programs. Travelling work-
projects will receive financial inality and innovation. class” workshops presented at shops, guest lectures and x University of Waterloo–
support, for a total of $20,000. schools in both northern and summer camps teach chem- Engineering Science Quest.
Future Engineers Initiative southern Ontario, and a istry, biology, physics, geolo- “Saturday Engineering Club
projects will run in the spring x Carleton University, Faculty of
week-long day camp for girls gy, computers and the for Young Women” (a three-
and summer of 2001. in grades 4 to 9 in the GTA. Internet to children in the day conference) promotes
Ventures–Girls Outreach (GO!)
The following recipients are Hamilton area. engineering and science
Project. Girls in grades 7 to 10
approved to receive financial x Queen’s University, Clark Hall, careers to high school girls,
will participate in hands-on
support for their FEI projects: Kingston–Science Quest. This x Scientists in School, Pickering. and an “all girls” week of
workshops covering computer
program offers hands-on engi- Now in its 13th year of oper- camp in August introduces
x University of Ottawa, Faculty programming, animation and
neering and science workshops ation, this program brings young women to the many
of Engineering–Adventures in design, electronics and
in elementary schools in east- enthusiastic scientists into aspects of science, engineer-
Engineering and Science. mechanics during summer ses-
ern Ontario, as well as an on- elementary classrooms to ing and technology.
Funding has been approved sions. campus summer day camp for facilitate hands-on science
children entering grades 4 and engineering workshops. x Deep River Science Academy,
through 8. Both programs aim National Office, Deep River.
to get children to have fun x York Region District School This six-week summer pro-
with learning and learn by Board, Aurora–Spotlight on gram offers high school
having fun. Women in Science and students the chance to work
Technology. Day-long events on research projects, enjoy
x University of Western Ontario, held at Seneca College and recreational activities and
London–Discovery Western. King Campus encourage girls earn two high school credits
Through the creation of Girls in grades 7 and 8 to take while they do it.
Canadian engineers and
Microsoft Corp. agree on
use of “engineer” title
by Sharon Van Ihinger will lead to the belief that [they] may engage in the
practice of professional engineering,” or a seal that
Microsoft Corp. has advised Canadian holders of its would give the same impression. Fines for breach-
MCSE designation not to call themselves engineers ing these sections of the Act can be up to $10,000
or to use the full Microsoft Certified System for a first offense and up to $25,000 for each subse-
Engineer title. The move early in May came after quent offense.
several months of discussions between the engineer- Engineering titles are protected in the Act so the
ing profession and Microsoft. public can be assured that those calling themselves
“We are very pleased by Microsoft’s decision,” “engineers” have met defined academic and experi-
said Marie Lemay, P.Eng., CEO, Canadian Council ence requirements that qualify them to take respon-
of Professional Engineers. Lemay; Neil Windsor, sibility for engineering work affecting public welfare.
P.Eng., executive director and registrar, Association MCSE certification holders were inadvertently
of Professional Engineers, Geologists and breaking the provincial and territorial licensing laws
Geophysicists of Alberta; Claude Lizotte, ing., direc- by using the title “engineer,” and could have been
tor of professional affairs, Order of Engineers of subject to enforcement action by the engineering
Quebec; and PEO Registrar Roger Barker, P.Eng. licensing bodies.
met with Microsoft in Seattle late last year to “We are very pleased to have reached an agree-
explain the issues surrounding the use of the title in ment with the engineering profession and to sup-
Canada, and to ask the corporation to stop referring port it,” said Anne Marie McSweeney, acting direc-
to holders of the MCSE credential as engineers. tor of Microsoft Certification and Skills Assessment.
Provincial and territorial laws protect the public “It opens the door for closer cooperation among all
by restricting the use of the engineering title and organizations in the information technology indus-
the practice of engineering in Canada to licensed try and the engineering profession in Canada. As
professional engineers. In Ontario, the Professional the Microsoft credentials continue to evolve, it is
Engineers Act prohibits use of the title “professional our goal to ensure they maintain the highest level of
engineer” or an abbreviation or variation as an relevance to the industry and represent leaders in
occupational or business title by anyone who does- cutting-edge technology.”
n’t hold a PEO-issued licence. Unlicensed people Microsoft is currently researching alternatives to
also cannot use “a term, title or description that the MCSE.
The Link, June/July ‘01
Environment Committee to consider needed
qualifications for site clean-up engineers
APRIL 21, 2001 MEETING
by Connie Mucklestone Environment Committee “to an interest in having PEO and qualified professionals licensed Councillors elected Eastern
define, in consultation with rele- APGO use their regulatory pow- under provincial legislation” as a Region Councillor Colin
he Ontario govern- vant stakeholders, a scope of prac- ers to create a specialized scope means of providing public assur- Cantlie, P.Eng., as the Vice
ment is prepared to tice and the requisite qualifica- of practice in contaminated site ance in this area. “The resulting President elected from among
consider use of the tions for professional engineers cleanup with defined qualifica- regime would potentially be sim- Council for the 2001-2002 term.
Professional Engineers practising environmental site tions for practitioners (i.e. a spe- ilar to that in British Columbia,” Councillors chose West Central
Act and the Professional remediation work,” for Council’s cialization). This would allow he added. Explaining his support Region Councillor George
Geoscientists Act to identify “qual- approval. Council also asked the PEO to designate professional of the motion, Councillor Tony Comrie, P.Eng., as a Member of
ified persons” to be responsible committee to consult with stake- engineers who are appropriately Cecutti, P.Eng., said: “In the the Executive Committee.
for contaminated site assessment holders on an appropriate certifi- qualified to perform this work. past, PEO has taken the position Council agreed to defer to an
and remediation, Council cation protocol for determining The Environment Committee that it must decide what is engi- upcoming meeting the appoint-
learned at its first meeting of the the qualifications of professional supports this approach, he neering. Now, the government is ment of one other Member to
2001-2002 term. engineers in this area. The APGO added. If PEO is not prepared to prepared to ask us what engi- the Executive Committee, cho-
MOE officials have challenged has undertaken a similar approach create a specialization and set neering is, and to put this in leg- sen from among the Lieutenant
PEO and the Association of and has expressed its willingness qualifications, he said, MOE has islation, instead of telling us. Governor-in-Council appointed
Professional Geoscientists of to work with PEO to ensure that indicated that it is prepared to PEO must take advantage of this Councillors. Council approved
Ontario (APGO) to propose a the two professions can effectively use an external third party to opportunity by jumping in extending the term on the
means to identify “qualified per- protect the public interest. establish and assess the qualifica- quickly and doing what the gov- Executive Committee of LGA
sons” and to ensure that they are As background to his motion tions required beyond being a ernment has asked.” Laurier Proulx, CET, until this
accountable to the public. In tasking the Environment licensed professional engineer. appointment is made.
response to this challenge and to Committee, Councillor Max According to John Gamble, 2001-2002 Executive In a final bit of business con-
proposed amendments to the Perera, P.Eng., said that in a P.Eng., PEO government rela- Committee cerning the 2001-2002 Council
Environmental Protection Act, recent meeting the Ministry of tions manager, the MOE “recog- In a secret ballot conducted as elections, Council also ordered
Council directed the the Environment had expressed nizes the public accountability of part of the Council meeting, the destruction of the ballots.
Consider environment Certificate presentation features business guru
in development, York
Chapter forum told
by Dwight Hamilton
Drawn from the engineering, political, municipal operations, and con-
servation sectors, speakers at a public forum held by PEO’s York
Chapter on May 10 unanimously endorsed a development strategy for
the Oak Ridges Moraine that takes the area’s natural characteristics
The Moraine is known as southern Ontario’s rain barrel, absorbing
precipitation through its permeable sand and gravel to its deep
aquifers. Groundwater from the 160-km-long ridge that runs along
the northern part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) feeds the head-
waters of more than 15 major watersheds. Since the 1980s, Toronto’s
population has advanced northward at an increasing rate and the
Moraine has become a “line in the sand” between property developers
and concerned local citizens.
“Get interested in your neighborhood,” said Mike Colle, MPP for
Eglinton-Lawence, in the opening address. Colle has seen three of his Radio and television commentator Fred Ketchen, chair of the Investor Learning Centre and managing
private member’s bills to stop development on the Moraine defeated. director of ScotiaMcLeod Inc., shares his thoughts on the future of the Canadian economy at a recent
Speakers agreed that land development proposals should take into Penta Chapter certificate presentation held at the Islington Golf Club in Etobicoke. Notwithstanding the
high-tech meltdown in the stock market, Ketchen feels fundamentals are fine and growth should pick up
account local environmental characteristics. Sustainable and economi-
later in the year.
cally successful developments incorporate preservation of the environ-
ment, they said. “Basic scientific principles should underline all activi-
ties and they should revolve around one major principle: that ‘all flows
in the earth must balance for survival—thou shalt not breach the
sacred balance.’ The pre-development balance in a watershed should
be conserved in the post-development conditions,” said Mori
Mortazavi, P.Eng., manager and chief engineer, geo-environmental and
hydrological services, Peto MacCullum Ltd.
Forum speakers also highlighted what they see as a growing public
demand for improved biological diversity in urban settings. Brian
Denny, P.Eng., director, watershed management division, Toronto
Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), presented an overview of
community-driven regeneration projects like the Don Valley
Brickworks. The TRCA’s Living City Campaign was also highlighted
as a new partnership with the corporate sector that aims to put sus-
tainability in the GTA on the political agenda.
Similarly, Leonard Munt, regional forester, Municipality of York,
outlined his municipality’s “Greening Strategy” for increasing the level
of green space in York. Munt told the audience he’s “the man who
fines property owners if they cut their trees without permission.”
Exactly a week after the York Chapter forum, Queen’s Park
imposed a six-month development freeze on the Oak Ridges Moraine
and halted an Ontario Municipal Board hearing on the region. This
was reportedly to give the government time to consult with environ-
mentalists, the development industry, politicians and the local com- The beginning of a new journey: former PEO Vice President, West Central Region Councillor and current
munity to draft a moraine protection policy. Some environmentalists Etobicoke Chapter Executive member Ted Wisz, P.Eng., congratulates a newly minted P.Eng.,one of the
called the government’s actions “unprecedented.” many who received their licence certificates on May 17.
The Link, June/July ‘01
Introducing PEO Council, 2001-2002
G. Gordon M. Sterling, P.Eng. Peter DeVita, MASc, MBA, P.Eng. Richard W. Braddock, P.Eng. Kenneth C. McMartin, P.Eng. Colin Cantlie, P.Eng. George R. Comrie, P.Eng., CDP, CMC W. Laurier Proulx, CET
President Past President President-elect Vice President (Elected) Vice President (Appointed) Member, Executive Committee Member, Executive Committee
Gordon Sterling earned a bachelor’s Peter DeVita has enjoyed a successful Richard Braddock received a bache- Kenneth McMartin is a graduate of Eastern Region Councillor West Central Region Councillor Lieutenant Governor-in-Council Appointee
degree in mechanical engineering and varied career in the sales and mar- lor’s degree in engineering from the Carleton University, where he Colin Cantlie received a BSc degree in George Comrie received a BASc After graduating from the Northern
from the University of Toronto. He is keting of high technology electronic University of London in 1952. He received a bachelor’s degree in engi- engineering physics in 1979 and an degree in 1970 and an MEng degree College of Applied Arts and Technology,
chairman of The Office Planners and products. He is president of DeVita has a wide range of civil engineering neering in 1976, and went on to earn MSc degree is electrical engineering in 1973 from the University of Kirkland Lake, with an honours civil
Users Group, which conducts inter- Associates, specializing in custom- experience, and has spent the last 35 a master’s degree in engineering in in 1983 from Queen’s University. He Toronto. He has held a variety of technology diploma in 1974, Laurier
national conferences on office build- made computers for high-availability, years working on municipal engi- 1982. He has held the position of works for Nortel Networks, in senior positions prior to becoming Proulx gained valuable experience in
ing design. Prior to that, he had a long high performance or industrial sys- neering and land development pro- manager, civil and environmental Ottawa. His expertise includes system president of Data Design Systems Iroquiois Falls and Kirkland Lake
career with Bell Canada, holding positions in project tems with harsh environments. He has both BASc and jects. Braddock joined PEO in 1955, serving on the engineering laboratories with Carleton University’s engineering, software design, techni- Inc. in Mississauga. Comrie joined before moving to Kitchener to work
management, building design and facility management. master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Willowdale-Thornhill Chapter executive for several Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering cal management, software operations, development PEO in 1973 and has been an executive member of for Lingwood Robertson, Architects and Engineers.
Sterling served as an East Central Region Councillor for Toronto, specializing in computer and environmental years, including a year as chapter chair in 1971. He since 1982. Prior to that he was with Morrison process definition (ISO 9000) and technical project the Etobicoke Chapter since 1990, as well as partici- In 1976 he joined the City of Kitchener, working on
four consecutive terms, was a member of the studies, and an MBA from York University, specializ- served as PEO Vice-President (appointed) from Hershfield Burgess and Huggins Ltd., Consulting management for product development in voice tele- pating on many committees. He is also a member of the construction of the Kitchener City Hall from
Willowdale-Thornhill Chapter executive for 25 years, ing in energy economics and marketing. DeVita was 1999-2001 and East Central Region Councillor Engineers. McMartin has been a member of the phony, intelligent networks and carrier networks. the Canadian Society for Professional Engineers, and 1990-93. Today, he is director of the facilities man-
and served as chapter chair. He participates in numer- on the board of the Canadian Society for Professional before being elected PEO’s President-elect. Ottawa Chapter executive since 1988, and served as Cantlie has been a member of PEO since 1983, and is a certificant of both the Institute for Certification for agement division and project manager for the
ous PEO committees, and was inducted as a member Engineers, and served as its president from 1984-86. chapter chair during the 1991-92 term. His other affiliated with other organizations, including the Computer Professionals (CDP) and the Canadian Municipality of Kitchener.
of the Order of the Sons of Martha (now the PEO He has been a PEO member since 1975 and was a PEO activities include membership on the Advisory Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Association of Management Consultants.
Order of Honour) in 1983. He was made an Officer of Lieutenant Governor-in-Council appointee on PEO Committee on Committees, Professional Engineers Cantlie is involved with many community activities,
the Order of Honour in 1994. He also serves on the Council from 1991-97. He was elected Vice President Awards, Finance and Enforcement committees. as well as PEO’s Ottawa Chapter.
board of directors of the Canadian National Exhibition. in 1998 and President-elect in 1999.
Councillors-at-Large Appointed Councillors
Dennis Dixon, BEng, P.Eng. Daniela E. Iliescu, P.Eng. Danny C. Marmora, B.Eng, P.Eng., CET Michael A. Butt, P.Eng. Nick Monsour, P.Eng. ate degrees in civil engineering and business administration
After receiving his engineering degree from Daniela Iliescu received her Diploma of Danny Marmora has served on the executive Michael Butt, P.Eng., is the president of After receiving an Honours BASc in from the University of Toronto. Perera has been a member of
Liverpool University in 1961, Dixon spent Engineering from the University of Bucharest, of the Toronto-Humber Chapter and on Buttcon Limited, a general contractor, mechanical engineering from the University the Transportation Research Board and national highway
four years with Rolls Royce Ltd. He has Romania, Faculty of Electrical Engineering PEO’s Professional Practice Committee. In construction manager and design build of Toronto in 1951, Nick Monsour spent his research panels. He has also served extensively on many PEO
been a PEO member since 1966. He is an and Energetics. The diploma is equivalent to 2000, he became the chapter’s first Vice- contractor located in Toronto. He joined early career working for Babcock-Wilcox & committees, and was appointed to the First Directors board
associate with Jag Mohan & Associates, a Canadian master’s degree. She is head of the Chair of Advocacy. Marmora received an PEO in 1965 and is a member of the Goldie McCulloch. In 1954, he went to of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.
Consulting Engineers. From 1976-88, electrical department, Colt Engineering honours diploma in engineering technology, Canadian Society for Civil Engineers, work for Polysar Ltd. (later Novacor Ltd.)
Dixon was a consulting engineer in the (Ontario) Corporation. Iliescu joined PEO in majoring in machine design from George chairman of the Greater Toronto Airports where he stayed until retirement in 1991. W. Laurier Proulx, CET
United Arab Emirates, and he completed projects in Saudi 1977, is a member of several provincial engineering associa- Brown College in 1991, and went on to receive his engineer- Authority, and is affiliated with several other organizations. He worked as project manger for numerous (See Executive Committee)
Arabia, Oman, Pakistan and several Gulf Islands. He is a tions, and the Toronto Conference Committee for the 2001 ing degree in 1995 from Ryerson Polytechnic University. He Butt graduated with a BASc in civil engineering from the plant additions in Sarnia and Belgium, and was promoted to
member of the Canadian Society for Professional IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference. She was a is working part-time on his Masters of Applied Science in University of Toronto in 1963. His many years of experi- principal engineer. He was a director of the Materials David J.D. Sims, BComm, LLM, QC
Engineers, and is also active in PEO’s Brampton Chapter. Lieutenant Governor-in-Council Appointed Councillor from mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. ence have involved the construction of numerous office, Technology Institute of the Chemical Industry. Monsour has David Sims has extensive municipal,
He was an executive member in 1989, vice-chair from 1992 to 1998 and has participated on the Discipline and commercial, hotel and government projects. also had a long history with PEO Council, serving as administrative, environmental and public
1989-90, and chair in 1990-91, 1996-97 and 1999-2000. Women in Engineering Advisory committees since 1992. President in 1985-86 and Vice President in 1994-95. He has law experience, comprising civil and
Peter R. Frise, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE worked on several committees and was invested as a administrative board litigation before all
Regional Councillors Peter Frise holds bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in mechanical engineering from
Companion of the Order of the Sons of Martha (now Order
of Honour) in 1988.
levels of courts and tribunals. He has also
participated in public inquiries. Sims
Northern Region Councillors River Utilities Environmental Assessment, and is currently Richard H. Weldon, BASc, P.Eng. Queen’s University, and a PhD in mechan- obtained his bachelor and master’s degrees
working at Utilities Kingston. He is active in the Ontario ical engineering from Carlton University. Gul Nawaz, FCA in law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University,
Tony Cecutti, P.Eng. Waterworks Association (OWWA) and in the Water
Richard Weldon received his engineering
In 1993, he received the Society of Gul Nawaz became a chartered accountant and a bachelor degree in commerce from the University of
Tony Cecutti graduated from the University degree from the University of Toronto in
Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). Lucas served Automotive Engineers’ award for contribu- in 1973, and a Fellow Chartered Accountant Toronto. He began his practice in 1964, and since 1973,
of Waterloo in 1986 with a BASc in civil 1987. He is vice president at Carson
on PEO’s Quinte Chapter as chapter chair in 1999-2000, and tions in research, teaching and student in 2000. He is a partner at Nawaz Taub has been a partner in the law firm of Sims, Thomson &
engineering. He is employed by Earth Tech Dunlop Weldon & Associates Ltd., special-
as the education coordinator from 1998-2000. development. Frise is currently Professor and Daimler- Noor & Wasserman Chartered Accountants. Babbs. After being called to the Bar (Ontario) in 1964, he
in Sudbury as a project manager and izing in consulting engineering and build-
Chrysler Canada/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Nawaz has served at the executive level in was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1976, and has been a
designer. He is experienced in planning, ing inspections. He joined PEO in 1987 as
Mechanical Design at the University of Windsor. He has Mississauga community organizations, Certified Civil Litigation Specialist since 1988. He spent
designing and implementing municipal East Central Region Councillors an engineer-in-training, becoming a
been a member of PEO since 1984 and a Certificate of including the Mississauga Arts Council, five years as a public school trustee, and belongs to numer-
infrastructure projects. Cecutti is active in R. Anthony Warner, P.Eng. licensed P.Eng. in 1989. For the past four years, he has been
Authorization holder since 1992. He has volunteered on a Mississauga City Centre Opera, and was past President of the ous professional associations, as well as PEO committees.
many community activities and committees. He has partic- active in the Etobicoke Chapter, holding a variety of posi-
Anthony Warner received a BSc degree from number of CCPE and PEO committees and is currently a Mississauga West federal riding association. He is a member
ipated in PEO activities, including several student outreach tions including chapter chair. Weldon is a member of the
the University of West Indies in 1980 and a Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE); the
member of the Complaints Committee and the Ontario of the Policy Advisory Committees on Finance and Taxation Tom Sivalingham, C.Eng.
campaigns, and was responsible for starting the local PEO MSc degree in 1985 from the joint Hydro Nuclear Task Group. In 2000 he was elected a fellow and Social Services for the provincial government, as well as
Ontario Building Envelope Council; the Ontario Plumbing Tom Sivalingham received his bachelor of
charity golf tournament, as well as advancing a successful MSc/MBA program, Columbia University, of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. other committees. Nawaz is a respected public speaker on tax
Inspectors Association; and the Heating, Refrigeration and engineering degree from the University of
student job shadowing event. Cecutti was a past chair of the New York, and also holds a PEO Certificate and business topics and is active in legislative matters involv-
Air Conditioning Institute of Canada. Ceylon, Sri Lanka. He has continued his
Sudbury Chapter, chair of the START Committee for revi- of Authorization. He practises as a consulting Nancy E. Hill, P.Eng., LLB ing the CA designation. education in Canada through various pro-
talization of the chapter system, and vice-chair of the engineer for the Virtual Engineers Collective.
Western Region Councillors After receiving her engineering degree from fessional development courses, and is a
Regional Councillors Committee (RCC) in 2000. He cur- Warner joined PEO in 1992, and has been active with the Maximus H. Perera, P.Eng., MASc, MBA
the University of Toronto in 1981, Nancy member of the Institution of Civil
rently chairs the RCC. York Chapter since 1997, serving as awards coordinator and J. David Adams, P.Eng. Hill worked as a structural engineer, then Maximus Perera held a variety of positions Engineers in the U.K. He gained extensive
as treasurer. He founded e-Engineer.com, a business-to-busi- David Adams received a BEng degree from went on to obtain her law degree from the with Ontario Ministry of Transportation professional experience around the globe, in Belize, Hong
Bruce E. Clarida, B.Eng, P.Eng. ness company for engineers, and has given presentations on McGill University in 1955 and an MBA University of Ottawa in 1986. Since then she from 1974 until his retirement in 1996, Kong and Sri Lanka, where he worked as quality assurance
After receiving his degree in civil engineering virtual engineering and engineering on the Internet. Warner degree from the University of Western has worked extensively, advising and manag- including senior transportation planner and manager, executive engineer and deputy director. He even-
from Lakehead University in 1980, Bruce won the Quebec Ministry of Industry and Commerce award Ontario in 1958. Since that time, he has ing all aspects of patent, trade mark, indus- head of highway inventory and capital plan- tually settled in Ontario to work as an inspector with PCL
Clarida worked for the National Energy Board for his work on economic development in that province. worked as project engineer, financial planner trial design and copyright law, including the securing, main- ning office. He received the ministry’s Ltd. in Scarborough, until his recent retirement.
of Canada in Ottawa, as senior project engi- and analyst and manager for several large taining and enforcing of intellectual property rights. Hill has Valuable Individual Performer–Outstanding Sivalingham became involved in his community, support-
neer with a firm in Sault Ste. Marie, and is cur- Canadian firms, eventually becoming presi- served on PEO committees, including as chair of the Women Technical Achievement award in 1994. He has a mechanical ing those in need through his work as social worker,
John D. Reid, BASc, P. Eng. dent of Quality Performance Engineering Inc. Adams joined
rently senior civil engineer with Great Lakes in Engineering Advisory Committee, and is a long-time engineering degree from the University of Ceylon and gradu- teacher, and volunteer with various organizations.
Power Limited. He has participated on several John Reid graduated with a degree in mechani- PEO in 1960 and served on the executives of two chapters. He member of the board of directors of the Canadian Coalition
PEO committees and has served on the Algoma Chapter since cal engineering from the Royal Military College is past president of the Rotary Club, and has been a member of Women in Engineering, Science and Technology, and pres- Council Structure
of Canada in 1953, followed by the University of
1991. Clarida is also a member of the Canadian Dam
Association and the Canadian Electrical Association. He has Toronto in 1954, and went on to complete stud-
of Who’s Who in Canada and USA since 1983, and
International Men of Achievement since 1986.
ident of the board of directors of the Women Inventors
Project. She is a partner with Hill & Schumacher.
ies in international management at the Centre President*
worked tirelessly in his community, advising on college curricu- President*
lum and environmental issues. d’Etudes Industrielles in Geneva, Switzerland. Roydon A. Fraser, PhD, P.Eng.
Since becoming a member of PEO in 1957, Kenneth G. Lopez, P.Eng., MASc
Reid has worked on projects in Ontario, British Columbia, After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Ken Lopez graduated from the University
Eastern Region Councillors engineering, Roydon Fraser went on to of Toronto with a BASc in 1955 and an
Labrador, Indonesia, Egypt and the Caribbean Islands. Following President-* Vice*
(elected by members) Vice*
(elected by Council) Past* Councillor(s)*
Colin Cantlie, P.Eng. 30 years as president and co-owner of Napier-Reid Ltd., a water obtain his master’s degree and doctorate in MASc in 1959 in civil engineering, and has Elect President
(elected by members)
(elected by Council)
and wastewater treatment and pumping systems and equipment mechanical and aerospace engineering from been a member of PEO since 1956, serving
(See Executive Committee)
company in Markham, he sold his interest and is now a manager Princeton University. He is an associate pro- on several committees. He retired in 1988 Lieutenant Governor Councillors-at-Large Region Councillors (10)
at VE. Collective Inc. in Markham, continuing his work in this fessor in the mechanical engineering depart- after 30 years with Transport Canada man- Lieutenant Governor
Councillors-at-Large Region Councillors (10)
Allen K. Lucas, P.Eng. ment at the University of Waterloo. Roydon Appointees (12)
Lay Members (5) (3)
East West Western
Central Central (2)
field. He won the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 1980 for his aging the design and construction of multi- P.Eng. (7) Eastern East
(2) West Western
Since receiving his degree in civil engineering contribution to the Pollution Control Association of Ontario. joined PEO in 1991, serving on the executive of the million dollar airport projects. Lopez is active in many
Lay Members (5) (2) Central Central (2) (2)
from the University of Waterloo in 1989, Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter since 1993, and as chapter chair community activities and committees, and was a past
Allen Lucas has worked in the public utilities in 1996. He is the director and co-founder of the Waterloo school trustee; president of the ratepayer’s association; and PEO Committees PEO Chapters
sector. His experience includes water and West Central Region Councillors Region Engineering Design Competition; director of the member of advisory committees for Pearson International 8 legislated, 5 regulated, 15 appointed 38 grouped into 5 regions
PEO Committees PEO Chapters
sewer infrastructure design and manage- Sanford Fleming Foundation; member of the Society of Airport. In 1992, he was awarded the Governor General’s 8 legislated, 5 regulated, 15 appointed 38 grouped into 5 regions
ment. He has worked on projects in the George R. Comrie, P.Eng. Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of
Northwest Territories, managed the Catarqui (See Executive Committee) Engineers, and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. Canadian Confederation, for his outstanding contribution *Executive Committee
to the Etobicoke community.
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“New beginnings” the Join the quest for sustainable development:
AGM luncheon keynote
Tie licence to high standards, sought-after
theme at PEO 2001 AGM by Sharon Van Ihinger
skills to increase value: roundtables
The president of CH2M HILL Canada, one of the largest environmental engi-
neering companies in the world, offered professional engineers a glimpse into Connie Mucklestone non-technical skills, which is the wants to enhance the relevance vance of the P.Eng. licence, neering as a case study. Tracing
Connie Mucklestone Designation Committee, said and that the use of “cookies” no the future of sustainable development, in his luncheon keynote address April result of fundamental organiza- of licensure for employers of which recommends that the the development of software
there is a need for a graduated longer be mandatory on PEO’s 20 during the Strategic Sessions day at PEO’s annual general meeting.
o make the P.Eng. rele- tional changes in all sectors to engineers like Celestica, it must licensing bodies establish “an engineering from craft to engi-
or the first time in its 79 system of licensing. “There are website. In debate of this motion, Drawing on his experience working with businesses, non-governmental vant, meet employer’s more team-based work. Greater imbue the P.Eng. with “a discern- internship program that will be a neering discipline, Voldner pre-
years, PEO welcomed the those, who aren’t competently Communications Committee organizations and government, Nicholas Sonntag defined sustainable develop-
needs by making sure value is also being placed on pro- able skill/capability advantage highly regarded postgraduation dicted that by the year 2020 soft-
Attorney General of practising who need to be caught chair Eric Nejat, P.Eng., pointed ment as a positive synthesis of the environmental, social and economic dimen-
it signifies technical ject and contract management above that possessed by engineer- stage in the training and devel- ware projects will be implement-
Ontario to its Annual up,” he said. Brampton Chapter out that a report by the commit- sions of the development process, and the means by which the sustainability
of civilization is ensured. An active participant in the 1992 United Nations
excellence, proficiency in com- skills and presentation skills. ing graduates,” Armstrong rec- opment of a professional engi- ed by teams with a range of
Business Meeting. David Young chair John Clayton, P.Eng., said tee’s website subcommittee on
Earth Summit, Sonntag said the summit made it clear for him that sustainabil- munications and teamwork, an Familiarity with quality control ommended. It must also create a neer.” The CCPE plan sees skills, some of whose members
addressed the AGM and admin- that while he agrees the C of A redesigning PEO’s website for
ity can “only be achieved if the social dichotomies that characterize our soci- appreciation for the arts and concepts is particularly impor- demand for licensure among the internship programs focusing on will be licensed, some certified
istered the oath of office to fee needs to be rationalized to ease of use had been approved by
eties, and particularly the disparities between rich and poor, can be bridged.” humanities, and a commitment tant in the automotive, chemical, company’s customers. development of in-demand non- and some with no formal recog-
incoming Councillors on April reflect the size of the firm offer- PEO Council on March 26.
Sonntag said the role of the engineer should be changing from technical to professionalism. That’s the aerospace and telecommunica- Taking his audience to the technical and applied engineer- nition but having the necessary
21, 2001 at the Westin Harbour ing or providing engineering ser- Access by members to online
innovator to agent of change in the movement toward a more sustainable message of Strategic Roundtables tions industries, the research year 2020, Norman Ball, director, ing skills through a combination skills. Noting that one-third of
Castle Hotel in Toronto. vices to the public, he disagrees membership data will have to society. Since Rachael Carson’s book Silent Spring warned about the impact of on “The Professional Engineer in showed, and in international Centre for Society, Technology of mentoring, sector-specific all software projects still fail,
Calling his ministry’s experi- with one licensing category. wait until implementation of the the use of hazardous chemicals nearly 40 years ago, environmental concerns 2020” and “Enhancing consulting engineering. and Values, Department of employer guidelines on experi- Voldner said the need to imple-
ence of working with PEO On the vote, the motion was new membership database soft- have become a key focus for business, governments and communities, he said. Relevance of the P.Eng.— Employers reported a lack of Systems Engineering, University ence, courses in key non-techni- ment a recognized licensing
“rewarding,” Young said PEO defeated. ware has been completed, he said. In today’s “take-make-waste model” that draws freely on energy, materi- Possible Responses,” held April practical experience as a key of Waterloo, demonstrated how cal skills and courses in profes- regime remains. At present, he
and the ministry have similar The first of two motions deal- als, and resources under the assumption that they are limitless, engineers
Driving change focus of 20 as part of PEO’s 2001 annual weakness in new graduates, he the value of the P.Eng. might be sional ethics. The CCPE plan said, software engineers are
goals. He said the then recent ing with chapters was moved by must develop new technologies to cut air emissions, treat industrial and
farewell address general meeting. said. O’Grady reported that enhanced if engineers made a also involves establishing licensed in Ontario, British
Throne Speech had highlighted Peter Broad, P.Eng., and second- municipal wastewater, and clean up contaminated soils. Current engineering Addressing Trends in many employers of engineers are conscious effort to integrate the Industry Sector Councils across Columbia and Texas, but each
the government’s commitment to ed by Raj Mathur, P.Eng. In his final address as PEO efforts are often directed toward finding cheaper ways to extract more Engineering Education, Richard aware of licensing bodies’ intern- technical and non-technical. For Canada, to keep the profession jurisdiction has slightly different
“increased accountability and Comprising two parts, on which President, Peter DeVita, P.Eng., resources, not on ways to recycle or use fewer resources, he said, adding: Bonert, P.Eng., University of ship programs, but would like example, he said, if greater num- apprised of industry’s needs and standards, while the software
efficiency, not only within gov- separate votes were held, it asked reflected on change at PEO and “Inner cities with their existing infrastructures are left to decay, while we Toronto Faculty of Applied them made more structured and bers of engineers played more emerging trends, and to involve industry itself is developing its
ernment, but applied to our that chapters be accepted “as a what he sees as the profession’s claim more open lands, adding to our sprawl. We attempt to solve the trans-
Science and Engineering Task rigorous. Support among active roles in journalism helping industry in developing/adminis- own certification regimes.
partners.” fundamental part of PEO,” and obligation “to help drive techno- portation gridlock by adding more highways instead of rethinking our trans-
portation systems.” Nevertheless, Sonntag observed that today, more and
Force on Curriculum Change, employers for licensing varied to translate complex technical tering enhanced EIT programs. Gayle Mackay, RN, director,
Emphasizing the government’s recommended that “at the first logical change.”
more companies around the world are taking on the sustainability challenge, said the task force has concluded depending on the industry, but issues for a non-technical audi- PEO’s draft Strategic Plan, practice and policy, College of
desire to cut red tape for global possible opportunity, perhaps as He said the 1999 opening up
because they have discovered that significant competitive advantages can be that in general the curriculum appeared to have weakened over- ence, the profession would likely reviewed by then President-elect Nurses of Ontario, and Peter
competitiveness, Young said his early as the 2002 budget, deserv- of PEO’s Council and commit-
realized through capturing new markets and financing opportunities, while must be broadened to incorporate all during the past decade, he be discussed more in the media Gordon Sterling, P.Eng., and LeFlair, registrar, Public
ministry is counting on PEO to ing chapters should receive a sig- tees to the public signaled a new
increasing shareholder value and profits. more social science, humanities, said. There is a perception in and have more influence over Registrar Roger Barker, P.Eng., Accountants Council of
advise it where proposed legisla- nificant injection of funds to era, in which licensed practition-
Sonntag cited the forces supporting the sustainable development wave as economics and business commu- some industries that registration public policy, since the media sets also focuses on enhancing rele- Ontario, rounded out the ses-
tive change involves engineering: enable them to operate as pro- ers “now have significantly more including the growing concern about future liability for emissions and/or nications skills. It must increase to ISO standards is an effective the public agenda. vance by enabling PEO to add sion by discussing how relevance
“You know better than we do posed by START.” The Chapter levers to make change” than they clean-up; the need to reduce dependence on resource limited inputs; commu- hands-on experience through pro- substitute for licensing, he However, achieving this future value to the licence by better reg- of licensing is enhanced in their
what changes will impact your Structure and Revitalization had in the past. nity and supplier demands for greater social and environmental responsibility; jects and laboratories to integrate reported. will require a fundamental shift ulating the profession in the professions. In developing its
work.” The Attorney General Team (START) report, endorsed Creation of OSPE marked and new, comprehensive international agreements and conventions. learning, and provide more design Gerry Armstrong, P.Eng., vice in the engineering mindset, Ball public interest, ensuring that the five-year-old competence assur-
concluded by recognizing the Act by chapters at PEO’s 2000 another significant milestone, he Noting that some international engineering associations have adopted courses. The curriculum structure president, quality and customer said, since there are few engineers meaning of the licence is well ance program, which has both
and Regulation changes PEO has AGM, recommended enhancing said. professional codes of conduct or policy statements on sustainability, Sonntag must also be made more flexible satisfaction, Celestica Inc., said in the media, and there is “con- understood, and maintaining voluntary and mandatory
already requested for inclusion in the chapter system through such He explained further that the quoted from the code of the international consulting engineering body called to allow a diverse education and the company’s “degreed engi- siderable scorn in engineering and enhancing standards of aspects, Mackay says the nursing
the next Red Tape Reduction initiatives as regional store front ACDE Task Force report and the FIDIC, which states: “Engineers should provide leadership in achieving sustain- dual degree graduation in a rea- neers” are its “core resource.” schools for the non-technical.” admissions, practice and ethics profession learned that self-
Act, which are intended to offices and paid staff. Both parts resulting legislative changes likely able development that will meet the long-term need of future generations of sonable time. Continuing engi- Celestica is a multinational elec- Even when engineers study through such initiatives as an directed approaches that provide
implement recommendations of of the resolution were carried, coming this fall reflect new trans- all nations without causing major modification to the Earth’s ecosystems.” neering education must be tronics outsourcer, headquartered humanities or arts subjects, he Engineering Internship Training a menu of options and enable
the Admissions, Complaints, after several speakers discussed an parency modes and the desire to He suggested that engineers can play an important part in helping to
strengthened, he said. in Toronto, with 31,000 employ- noted, it is generally in specially program that fills the gap practitioners to learn skills spe-
Discipline and Enforcement Task enhanced regulatory role for create processes free from the design and develop the institutions, planning and decision-making systems
The flexibility of the program ees. The company has engineers designed “for engineers” courses. between knowledge provided in cific to their areas of practice
Force, whose report he called chapters as PEO’s window on perception of bias. “I believe that sustainable development requires through effective management. He said he
believes opportunities in this area will multiply as governments move to modi- would be such that at the end of in every location, about 500 of On graduation, engineering stu- engineering school and skills work best. In discussing the sep-
“compelling and thought-pro- engineering practice throughout as we continue to implement the
fy the system of incentives, regulations and penalties by which they motivate the four-year degree the graduat- them in Ontario. Seventy-five dents are handicapped by this required for practice. The PEO aration of the CA title from the
voking.” Ontario. 66 recommendations approved
the economic behaviour of individuals and corporations. ing student would be either a per cent of its business is the isolation, he said, for there are plan also aims at ensuring that licence in accounting, LeFlair
A second chapter-focused res- by Council from this report, we generalist, a specialist, prepared
Member resolutions In 2002, Sonntag said, world leaders will gather in Johannesburg, South assembly of printed circuit few jobs in today’s economy that PEO operations are efficient, noted that fewer than half those
olution, by Ben Burke and will feel that shift to a strong reg- for full postgraduate studies, or
New beginnings, or at least Africa, for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, at which boards for long-term customers don’t require the interaction of effective, and transparent, and who hold the CA designation
Saleem Haq, also carried. It asked ulatory focus,” said DeVita. with enough additional credits to
change to PEO’s current way of they’ll review past successes and failures, and focus on future prospects. He that are mostly much larger than people with many skills from that Ontario society is served by are licensed to practise public
PEO to enter into negotiations To be responsive and relevant said he believes engineers are uniquely positioned to take action because they acquire a second degree within 12
doing things, was also at the it is, and the company is heavily diverse professions. Engineering global engineering. accounting, but all have quali-
with the Ontario Society of to society, DeVita said, PEO must “possess the predictive tools to see this impending problem,” as well as “the to 18 months, he said.
heart of six resolutions from registered to ISO 9001 and 9002 licensing bodies can help initiate Peter Voldner, P.Eng., princi- fied for the licence through their
Professional Engineers (OSPE) be open to the world around it. technological tools and creativity to solve it.” Research consultant John
PEO members, which dealt with quality standards, Armstrong change, Ball said, by changing pal, Peregrine Software Inc., and admission to the Institute of
“with a view to having a common Because new science drives new Sonntag concluded by suggesting that the world has two simple choices. O’Grady reported on the find-
the Certificate of Authorization said. Because they are the com- their requirements for licensing executive member, Software Chartered Accountants of
chapter system for both organiza- engineering, and the rate of scien- “The first choice,” he said, “is to do what we have always done: tinker with ings of industry focus group
(C of A) program, the chapter pany’s value proposition, he said, and accreditation procedures for Engineering Standards Ontario. The licence in
tions,” if a majority of chapters tific discovery is unprecedented, the current production-consumption model hoping to make incremental reac- research, done on behalf of the
system, fees for retired members, Celestica’s engineers must main- engineering programs. Committee, Institute of accounting, he said, is simply
representing a majority of PEO he said, the engineering profes- tive changes while navigating from crisis to crisis. The second and far better Canadian Council of
and the PEO website and tain the currency of their skills Electrical and Electronics the permit that holds CAs prac-
members agreed and if PEO pro- sion can expect to grow rapidly in choice is, I believe, to take the next natural step and use our vision and tools Professional Engineers as part of Enhancing relevance
Members Forum. Resolutions through continuous learning. Engineers, discussed how the tising public accounting respon-
vided and funded a regulatory the future. “But just like the dis- to proactively move away from this impending crisis and into a new industrial its multi-year Engineering Work
carried at the AGM are referred However, licensure is not a criti- Marie Lemay, P.Eng., CEO, engineering profession can main- sible to the Public Accountants
role for chapters. covery of fire, and our inventions age of sustainable development. I urge you to join me, and a growing con-
to Council for consideration. in Canada research project. He cal factor in Celestica’s Canadian Council of tain relevance by responding to Council for their work in this
Retired professional engineers to control it, there is a potential stituency in the engineering profession, in this quest.”
Noting that “the cost of the said the research shows an hiring/promotion decisions. Professional Engineers, highlight- emerging areas of practice, using area, and that prevents others
as a resource for the chapters was for both harm and well-being,” increasing value being placed on ed CCPE’s plan to enhance rele-
Certificate of Authorization for If the engineering profession the experience of software engi- from doing this work.
recognized by a motion brought DeVita said. And therein lies the
sole practitioners seems exces- by Tim Kirkby, P.Eng., and Guy challenge. The engineering profes-
sive,” the first resolution, from R. Cuerrier, P.Eng., which asked sion has to advise government
Michael Hogan, P.Eng., and that membership fees for retired and industry leaders to ensure
Cassandra Roads, P.Eng., called
on PEO to “reduce the annual
members be waived. At present, that the public derives benefits at Technologist licensing, specializations common themes at provincial roundtable
retired members pay $40 annual- the least amount of risk. “If there
fee, for sole practitioners only, to ly. In debate, Eastern Region is anything that has become crys-
$20/year, with an initial applica- Connie Mucklestone Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), said The Order of Engineers of Quebec is also no longer doing it all, In common with PEO, CCPE has been examining the relevance
Councillor Colin Cantlie, P.Eng., tal clear to me from the govern- APEGBC is also considering a licensing regime for technologists as a result of the creation of the Quebec Engineer Service of the licensed profession and reviewing its Strategic Plan to ensure
tion fee of $40.” Hogan with- pointed out that in waiving the ment ministers and politicians I
ur issues are your issues,” President Dan Hogan, P.Eng., Association under its Act. (PEO is examining licensure of technologists, as part of Corporation, said Zaki Ghavitian, ing., vice president, Order of currency, Noel Cleland, P.Eng., than CCPE Chair, reported. The past
drew this resolution in favour of fee for “membership,” PEO have met, it’s that they want our of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan a larger study of whether the public interest would be enhanced by Engineers of Quebec (OIQ). The member services previously provided year has seen great change at CCPE, he said, with the appointment
a second C of A resolution from would actually be giving individ- advice. Others are not going to (APEGS), observed at the National/Provincial Roundtable April 21 at PEO regulating allied applied science practitioners under the by OIQ have been transferred to the new services corporation, he of Marie Lemay, P.Eng., as its Chief Executive Officer last July.
Ben Burke, P.Eng., and Saleem uals who have declared they no say where the skills of an engi- PEO’s 2001 annual general meeting. Speakers representing licensing bodies from Professional Engineers Act or through some other mechanism.) said, and OIQ has a new Strategic Plan and Vision that focuses on CCPE’s proposed programs to enhance relevance are long-term, he
Haq, P.Eng., which asked PEO longer practise engineering a neer are mandatory. That is up seven provinces, the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) and the In his remarks, Bremner also noted the trend toward specialist eliminating inadequate engineering practice in Quebec and enhanc- noted, and the effects of some initiatives may be 20 years in the
to “recognize that it is sufficient licence to practise engineering. to us to do.” Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) noted many common issues of certifications in B.C. beyond the P.Eng. licence, with the first such ing OIQ’s proactive supervision of engineers in industry. OIQ has future.
to have one licence category for Separating the ability to continue
New beginnings concern and areas of activity, including trends toward specialist certifications and specialty emerging about 20 years ago with the Building Code been attempting to revise its governing legislation for almost eight Ensuring the profession’s future is also the focus of student and
all engineers and as soon as prac- using the P.Eng. title, which regulation of technologists, concerns with the relevance of the P.Eng. licence and Professional designation, which was introduced by the City of years, Ghavitian reported, but it is now difficult to predict the out- Engineer-in-Training programs highlighted at the roundtable by New
tical, but in not more than three retirees want, from the licence to Gordon Sterling, P.Eng., PEO’s licensing bodies, and such activities as the introduction of student and EIT pro- Vancouver and subsequently turned over to APEGBC to administer. come of the Act revision, because the Quebec government is revis- Brunswick, Quebec, and Manitoba. PEO has also recently introduced
months from the date of this practise engineering, which they 2001-2002 President, closed the grams, strategic planning, and revisions to their governing legislation. Jeremy Cook, P.Eng., then Chair and CEO, OSPE, also cited the ing the whole system of professional regulation in the province. a Student Membership Program and is enhancing its Engineering
meeting, reduce the cost of the no longer need, would eliminate 2001 business meeting by briefly Sue Eviston, P.Eng., president, Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists trend toward government-driven specialization as among the issues of A new Act that will bring geoscientists into the Association of Internship Training program. Although APEGGA registers almost all
Certificate of Authorization to this contradiction, he said. On outlining his priorities for the and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), said its recently introduced Registered importance in Ontario. “The government is becoming increasingly anx- Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) recently passed first the graduating engineering students from its two universities,
$1, and that of Designated the vote, however, the resolution next year. Topping the list is Professional Technologist (Engineering) licence “is proving very successful” with 20 ious to put in place certifications in safety-critical areas,” he said. “Will reading, President Ron Gilkie, P.Eng., reported. New Acts bringing in Alberta’s Eviston reported, keeping them within the profession is
Consulting Engineer to $1.” was carried. completion and approval by RPT(Eng)s registered, 60 more waiting for registration and the potential for about this replace the P.Eng.? It is obvious that the profession needs a voice geoscientists were also passed relatively recently in New Brunswick, proving to be more difficult. “The relevance of the licence seems to
Burke said the resolution pro- The final member resolution, Council of PEO’s strategic plan, 300 in total. The program, which ended about 10 years of conflict between APEGGA for it at the table.” He said that in its first year, OSPE has provided an reported President Sherry Sparks, P.Eng., and Manitoba, said Executive hinge on employers,” she said. “If they don’t value the P.Eng., peo-
posed $1 a year fees for the which was also carried, called on which focuses on improving reg- and the Alberta Society of Technologists (ASET) involves ASET recommending quali- engineering perspective to the Walkerton Inquiry, and on a revised reg- Director/Registrar Dave Ennis, P.Eng. The Manitoba Act revision also ple won’t keep it.”
superfluous licence and designa- PEO to redesign its website ulation in engineering to serve fied members to be licenced by APEGGA in defined scopes of practice, which APEG- ulation for Prestart Health and Safety Reviews under the Occupational introduced a Certificate of Authorization for firms offering professional While the roundtable reflected commonality among the associa-
tion in the knowledge that the Members Forum to enable dis- the public interest and enhance GA works with them to define. The new licence, which obliges registered technolo- Health and Safety Act, proposed changes to the Limitation Act, and hir- engineering services to the public and mandatory professional liability tions, it was also noted that PEO often voices different views from the
Act change to eliminate them cussion threads to be more visible PEO’s relevance. gists to work under APEGGA’s code of ethics and to APEGGA standards of practice, ing decisions of the Ottawa Transition Board. “PEO is limited in what it insurance. However, it has proven impossible for some practitioners to other provinces and CCPE. However, Nova Scotia’s Ron Gilkie said
would take time to effect. and accessible. It also asked that Sterling also said he wants to has added value to ASET’s designation, and enhanced public protection, she said. can do to serve its members, he said. “OSPE isn’t. It is time for any be insured, at any price, Ennis reported, so APEGM is looking for the PEO’s “often disparate views” have caused him to think harder about
Arguing another viewpoint, members be allowed to view, and work cooperatively with OSPE John Bremner, P.Eng., executive director/registrar, Association of Professional who still hold it to give up the notion that PEO can do it all.” government to amend the legislation to relax this requirement. the issues. ”We need this,” he said.
however, Larry Pond, P.Eng., make corrections and additions and with the Canadian Council
chair, Consulting Engineer to, their membership data online, of Professional Engineers.
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Energy for all would have much less environ- Power Satellite. This proposal Electronic Systems magazine, Feb. unscrupulous activities passed
In his letter “A world without mental impact. Fusion has been consists of a satellite that collects 2000, “Space Solar Power off as engineering work by peo-
oil?” (October/November 2000 demonstrated on a small scale in sunlight on large solar panels. Development” by Henry Oman. ple who aren’t qualified? I, for
issue, p. 5), J.G. Carkner points plasmas in equipment called The resulting electricity would be one, am happy to pay the mem-
Tokamak, including one at converted to microwave power Seeing the forest for the bership fee even if I do it, as
out the very real problems caused trees
by the eventual exhaustion of oil Hydro Quebec. It will require a and beamed down to collector Ms. Toffolo puts it, for the “sole
reserves, and says “engineers massive development for it to antennas on the ground. This was In the letter “Final Straw” privilege of belonging to the
must lead the way.” He mentions become a practical major source studied by NASA a number of (February/March 2001 issue profession.”
hybrid gas/electric cars, which of energy. The International years ago and found not to be p. 10), Robyn Toffolo said she Apparently, the last straw for
will help to reduce the consump- Thermonuclear Experimental economically feasible. However, will not renew her membership Ms. Toffolo was the announced
tion of oil, as will fuel cells. Reactor (ITER) is a joint propos- recent improvements in solar cell in response to a PEO fee fee increase to form an advoca-
Conversion to natural gas al to develop a full scale efficiency and expected reduc- increase. She should bear in cy group. If she doesn’t want to
does require considerable capital Tokamak by Europe, Japan, the tions in the cost of launching mind that similar professional help fund the activities of an
investment, though pipelines can US and the USSR. The USSR equipment into space may make associations have much higher organization whose goal is to
be converted to carry natural gas effort has vanished, and the US the solar power satellite a practi- annual dues than (the old) increase the image, and there-
with very little change except to pulled out to concentrate on cal source of power.* $130 plus GST; some are over fore potentially the fees com-
pumping equipment. However, implosion equipment using mas- These last two proposals do $1,000. $139.10 is $12/month. manded by its members, then
sources of natural gas will also sive lasers. Canada is part of the not involve continuous con- Surely the many roles and activ- perhaps she can volunteer her
reach exhaustion. There are enor- European consortium. ITER is sumption of oil or gas, nor gen- ities of the association can be time to the group. If not, then
mous coal reserves that could be in the planning stage so far. eration of greenhouse gases, and justified against that low rate! If she is right to leave. But she
used for feedstock for plastics. When built, it would be the pro- deserve the support of engineers. anyone isn’t sure how much should try to see the forest for
Coal consists mostly of carbon. totype for practical sources of PEO does for us, just take a the trees.
T.W.R. East, P.Eng.
The objection to the use of coal, electrical energy. look at the website. How much
Waterloo, ON Gerard Gransaull, P.Eng.
oil or gas for energy is the release One other solution that would do you value the role of defend-
of carbon dioxide, a major green- also be pollution free is the Solar *Reference: IEEE Aerospace and ing the public from some of the
Sources of energy other than
hydrocarbons that come to mind
are wind, solar, tidal, geothermal
and the remaining untapped
waterfalls. So far, they have not
taken over a substantial share of
the energy market, and may not
be able to.
Nuclear fission plants using
uranium, such as the CANDU
reactor, are very capital-intensive,
and produce highly radioactive
byproducts whose disposal is dif-
ficult. If the latter problem and
the “bad press” can be overcome,
they could substitute for substan-
tial amounts of oil or gas used
for electricity generation.
Nuclear fusion plants, which
convert hydrogen to helium,
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