Winter 2009/2010 ThE VOICE O F O N TA R I O ’ S E N G I N E E R S IN S IDE THIS IS S UE : O S P E Turns 10! l Ten Years as The Voice of 2 Engineers in Ontario The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010. See pages 2 and 3 for reflections on the past decade from OSPE President and l Are Non-Competition 4 Chair Annette Bergeron, MBA, P.Eng., and from OSPE’s past elected presidents. Clauses Enforceable? l Public Policy and Advocacy Updates 7 2009 OPEA GALA WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD! CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OSPE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS OPENS JANUARY 4, 2010 Awardees (from left to right) Front row: Lloyd Alexander McCoomb, PhD, P.Eng.; Dwayne R. Shirley, PhD, P.Eng.; J. Moyra J. McDill, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE; Javad Mostaghimi, PhD, P.Eng.; Mohinder Singh Grover, PhD, P.Eng.; Radhey Mohan Mathur, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE; Raymond Joseph Mantha, P.Eng.; Peter B. Sorensen, P.Eng. Back row: Thomas Szirtes, PhD, P.Eng.; Greg J. Evans, PhD, P.Eng.; Nazir P. Kherani, PhD, P.Eng.; Ian Donald Moore, PhD, P.Eng.; Jeff Milligan; John D. Tofflemire, P.Eng.; Edward Arthur McBean, PhD, P.Eng.; Chul B. Caleb Park, PhD, P.Eng. Inset: 2009 Gold Medal Winner Victor Milligan, P.Eng. GREAT LAKES NEED HELP The Great Lakes are in trouble and need our The Ontario Professional Engineers Awards In honour of this year’s theme, “100 Years of help. The Ontario Society of Professional (OPEA) Gala knows no boundaries when it Aviation in Canada”, Canadian astronaut Engineers and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco comes to celebrating the best of the best in Dr. Robert Thirsk, a past OPEA Gold Medal Centre for Engineering and Public Policy at Ontario’s engineering world – including the Award recipient, recorded his congratulatory McMaster University are pleased to present boundaries of earth. A surprise message from video on the International Space Station while the second in a series of one day symposia – space delighted the sold-out crowd at this circling the globe at 27,000 kilometers an Engineering in a Climate of Change: Making year’s celebration, held on November 21 at hour! Dr. Thirsk explained that he would have the Lakes Great, a North American Symposium the Toronto Congress Centre. loved to have been there in person, but the – on April 29, 2010 at the MaRS Discovery commute was a bit diﬃcult. District in Toronto. s s continued on page 4 continued on page 5 T H E V O I C E O F O N T A R I O ' S E N G I N E E R S The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is the Voice of engineers and engineering in Ontario. We advance the professional and economic interests of our members by advocating with 1 governments and offering exemplary continuing education, career advancement and affinity programs. VIEW FROm THE CHAIR I have been a passionate advocate for the continue to work together with PEO to raise profession of engineering for over 15 years, the Voice of our profession. starting with PEO in 1995 and culminating with my election to the OSPE Board of During my tenure, some of our greatest Directors in 2002; then, serving as OSPE accomplishments have been: growth and President and Chair in 2004/2005. stability of our membership; growth of professional development; more career and During this time, I heard accolades from our member services; demand side legislation; members on the great job we are doing but establishing our profile with government, in they want us to raise the profile of our the media, and with all of our stakeholders – profession even further. OSPE has made not only in Ontario but across Canada. Annette Bergeron, MBA, P.Eng. President and Chair 2004/2005, 2009/2010 excellent progress but there is still work to do. The challenges have included really winning With the thousands of member Voices we have over our members because membership is already, we still need more to be heard loud voluntary and distinguishing OSPE from PEO. IT’S BEEN and clear – particularly among students. They are the future. I think that confusion is diminishing. OSPE and PEO are very passionate about engineering and we all want what’s best. That will continue AN AMAZING When I was elected for my second term, I to drive us for the next 10 to 15 years to best promised that I would continue to push our serve the engineers and the public of Ontario. profession forward while serving as an Working together will make our Voice even important memory for our new board. We also louder. I look forward to the next decade! DECADE! have excellent new staﬀ in place and we will 10 YeArS AS The Voice of engineerS in onTArio The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers with OSPE becoming self-funding in January RENEW YOUR (OSPE) celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010. of 2004. MEMBERSHIP The advocacy and member services body for Ontario’s engineers, OSPE was the result of a Since that time, OSPE has made considerable ONLINE AT two-year process to separate regulatory and gains in fulfilling its mandate including: WWW.OSPE.ON.CA! non-regulatory aﬀairs for the profession in the province. A referendum of Professional In Advocacy: Take advantage of OSPE’s fast, easy Engineers Ontario (PEO) members found 80% and secure online membership renewal, support in favour of the separation. OSPE l Qualifications-Based-Selection (QBS) or simply call 416-223-9961 ext. 229 for became a legal entity in April 2000, with l Energy personal service. operations beginning in December that same l Climate Change year. l Clean Water l Brownfields The successful transition to independence l Engineering Labour Market 2 from PEO took place over the next three years, s continued on page 6 O S P E PA S T P R E S I D E N TS In celebration of OSPE turning 10, we asked our past elected presidents to briefly reflect on the last ten years. Robert Goodings, P.Eng., President and Chair 2001/2002 OSPE started out in 1998 as a child of the PEO’s Joint Implementation Committee commissioned to sort out how to create an organization that would be an advocacy voice for professional engineers in Ontario. The result ended up with a clear mandate given by PEO members to create OSPE. The first board members elected in 2001 along with its professional staﬀ and those that followed right up to today have been exemplary in their commitment to be the Voice of Ontario’s Engineers. I see a bright future for OSPE. It is an honour to be associated with them. Catherine Karakatsanis, M.E.Sc., P.Eng. President and Chair 2002/2003 Medicine and law have had advocacy bodies for decades, so PEO members voting to establish a similar organization for engineering knew we had to catch up. I am honoured to have been on OSPE’s first elected board and to be a Past President and Chair. OSPE has done an excellent job of inventing itself and on having a significant impact on advocacy. I encourage PEO members to support OSPE so that in the next 10 years we see OSPE’s further solidification as the voice of engineers in Ontario. Daniel J. Young, M.Eng., P.Eng. President and Chair 2003/2004, 2006/2007 Looking back over the past decade, it’s fulfilling to see how far OSPE has come as the Voice of Ontario’s engineers. But we need more. For OSPE to eﬀectively compete, we need every engineer in Ontario to step up to the plate, join OSPE and add his or her voice to our eﬀorts. While we may not have the resources to be the loudest profession out there, one thing is for sure, the more voices we have, the more we will be heard – and that will help us all. Chris Cragg, M.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng. President and Chair 2005/2006 Looking back, a lot has been accomplished in ten years. OSPE has built a credible voice for Engineers at Queen's Park through representation on such public issues as drinking water, energy, infrastructure, building codes and environment. The government has in turn invested in engineering projects which is crucial for jobs in today's tough economic climate. OSPE has also served members by creating a broad spectrum of support services and continues to seek ways to put the interest of members first. Michael Monette, MBA, EDP, P.Eng. President and Chair 2007/2008, 2008/2009 Nearing the end of the decade OSPE stands proud, volunteers and staﬀ, having established strong relationships based upon integrity with its membership, PEO, Engineers Canada and aﬃliated parties including Government who know The Voice of Ontario’s Engineers. Focus is now outward to address Climate Change, Energy Mix, Sustainability, Innovation, and most fundamentally the well being of our multicultural engineering community who are the economic foundation and innovation engine for the next decade. 3 Are Non Competition Clauses l whether the non-competition clause is overly long or whether it covers too broad a Enforceable? geographical area; and Employment agreements often contain non- l whether a non-solicitation clause would be competition clauses (which prohibit departing suﬃcient to protect the employer’s interests. employees from conducting business with In balancing the rights and obligations of former clients and customers) and non- LEGALEASE solicitation clauses (which prohibit departing employees from enticing customers or other employers and departing employees, Courts have consistently held that, in most employment situations, if a non-solicitation employees away from their former employer). clause can protect an employer's interests, then As a general rule, while non-solicitation clauses a non-competition clause is probably are enforceable in employment agreements, unreasonable and will not be enforceable. non-competition clauses will only be enforceable in exceptional circumstances. The reason for this is that non-competition clauses If you would like additional information or have restrict an employee’s ability to find specific questions, contact Kathy Sutherland employment in their field of work. directly at (613) 567-7824 ext 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org In determining whether a non-competition clause is enforceable, the Court will consider the following: OSPE Members save l whether the employer has “proprietary 7.5% on legal advice interests” worthy of protection, such as long- Kathryn G. Sutherland, P.Eng. standing customer and supplier Barrister and Solicitor relationships; 2009 OPEA GALA (continued from page 1) Continuing with the aviation theme, former This year’s 16 distinguished awardees included astronaut Dr. Bjarni Tryggvason – a friend and engineers from academia, government, and colleague of Dr. Thirsk – gave the keynote the private sector. The Gold Medal recipient address. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of was Victor Milligan, P.Eng., an international powered flight in Canada, Dr. Tryggvason had expert in dam construction and founder of piloted a replica of the Silver Dart in February one of the world’s most successful consulting 2009. engineering firms, Golder Associates. Sadly, Mr. Milligan passed away on March 4, 2009 Co-hosted by the Ontario Society of while vacationing in Mali, West Africa. His Professional Engineers (OSPE) President and award was accepted by his son Jeﬀ Milligan. Chair Annette Bergeron, MBA, P.Eng., and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) President Beyond the award presentations and the Catherine Karakatsanis, M.E.Sc., P.Eng., the speeches, it was an evening of re-uniting with evening’s events also included a past acquaintances and making new friends. congratulatory message from Ontario Premier The evening ended with attendees dancing to Dalton McGuinty, read by Minister of Revenue, the dulcet tones of a live band and a the Honourable John Wilkinson, MPP. wonderful time was enjoyed by all in Dr. Bjarni Tryggvason gives keynote address attendance. 4 The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy at McMaster University continue their quest to collaborate and create greater public awareness of engineering and public policy knowledge. Below are two articles from McMaster – one from a graduate, and one from a current student – describing their experiences at the Centre. Maria Topalovic George Shaparew B. Eng & Mgmt ‘08 President, Innisfil Hydro MEPP Candidate ‘10 After completing graduate degrees in Business and Law, I was looking for another program that would help develop my acumen in sustainability. I’ve The Engineering & Public Policy program has taught me to look at social, chosen the Masters of Engineering and Public Policy program from political and environmental problems in a holistic way in order to McMaster because sustainable development is not only in vogue, it’s social determine sustainable solutions. What I find truly remarkable about the enlightenment. The program provided me the opportunity to do research program so far is that I continue to look at problems in a diﬀerent context in Sustainable Energy, Green Engineering and Emerging Issues, which has every day. It is only in this program that you can find a room full of directly influenced my vocational field. I am presently the President of engineers and scientists discussing the importance of water security in Innisfil Hydro and I have recently been invited to sit on the Strategic developing nations, the eﬀectiveness of policy development on a local, Steering Committee on Performance, Energy Eﬃciency and Renewables national or global scale, and methods of incorporating green engineering for the Canadian Standards Association. This program can help us make principles into a business. I look forward to completing my degree and the a diﬀerence. opportunities that lie ahead. Engineering in GREAT LAKES NEED HELP This year’s event features keynote speakers: John W. Campbell, P. Eng. (continued from page 1) a Climate of Maude Barlow John Campbell is President and Chief Executive Oﬃcer of Waterfront Toronto (formerly known Change Making Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board as the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation). the Lakes Great of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. Join us as we discover how engineers are For more information on Dr. Ian Burton attempting to advance eﬀorts to mitigate, registration and/or sponsorship adapt and build resilience to the eﬀects of a of the Engineering in a Climate of Dr. Ian Burton is Emeritus Professor at the changing climate. The symposium will examine University of Toronto and a Scientist Emeritus the large lakes of the world, including the Change Making the Lakes Great with the Impacts and Adaptation Research Laurentian Great Lakes region that contains Symposium on April 29, 2010 Group of the Meteorological Service of Canada. one-fifth of the world’s supply of surface freshwater. please visit www.ospeclimatechange.ca. 5 Minister of Revenue, the Honourable John Wilkinson, MPP brings a congratulatory (L-R) Catherine Karakatsanis, M.E.Sc., P.Eng., PEO President; Annette Bergeron, MBA, message from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. P.Eng., OSPE President and Chair; Jeanette Southwood, P.Eng. Ontario Professional Engineering Awards Committee Chair 10 Years of The Voice (continued from page 2) In Continuing Education: l Specialized programs and courses designed “With the thousands of member Voices we have specifically for engineers at any stage in In Members Services: their career already, we still need more l Preparatory courses as administered by PEO l Preferred rates on group insurance through l Special courses for Internationally Trained to be heard loud and clear – The Personal Home and Auto Insurance Engineers (ITEs) l Newly introduced Professional Liability particularly among Insurance For more information about what OSPE has l Legal Services accomplished, and continues to accomplish as students. They are the l l Life and Health Insurance Travel and Entertainment the Voice of Ontario’s engineers, please visit our website at www.ospe.on.ca. future. ” Annette Bergeron, MBA, P.Eng. OSPE President and Chair U N I V E R S I T Y U P DAT E S In the second half of 2009, OSPE continued its l McMaster University keynote address at the 2009 National outreach program to Ontario universities, l Queen’s University Conference on Women in Engineering paying particular attention to Career Fairs and l Ryerson University (NCWIE), hosted by the University of Toronto presentations to engineering students as a l University of Guelph and the Canadian Federation of Engineering whole. Presentation topics included l University of Ontario Institute of Technology Students (CFES). information about OSPE as well as strategic l University of Ottawa career planning and “how to get a job after l University of Toronto OSPE also attended the annual PEO Student graduation”. l University of Western Ontario Conference at Queen’s University on l Waterloo University November 28 where Ms. Bergeron gave a Universities visited included: welcoming address to the attendees of the l Carlton University On November 28, Annette Bergeron, MBA, Gala dinner. l Laurentien University P.Eng., OSPE President and Chair, gave a 6 PUbLIC POLICY ANd AdVOCACY UPdATEs EVENTS Energy OSPE released a policy statement on nuclear new residential, commercial and industrial buildings with a gross floor area of over 2,000 square metres. OSPE is working with the city’s Technical Advisory Group to build awareness UPDATE energy following the suspension of the RFP for of the implications of the by-law to engineers a new nuclear facility at Darlington. OSPE in the GTA. • ONTARIO ENGINEERING recognizes that base load nuclear is an COMPETITION important component of Ontario’s energy supply mix and can act to counterbalance Building Code Hosted by the University of Waterloo, the intermittent solar and wind output. January 29-31, 2010 competition features the OSPE submitted feedback to the Ministry of theme “Redefining Engineering”. Visit Economy Municipal Aﬀairs & Housing on proposed www.oec2010.uwaterloo.ca for more information. interim changes to the Building Code Since June 2009, OSPE has reached out to requesting that the Building Code recognize more than 250 members by hosting a series of the qualifications of professional engineers in • NATIONAL ENGINEERING career planning seminars with practical career the same way as those of architects. A more MONTH advice on retraining programs, industry extensive consultation on the Code will take This year’s National Engineering Month features the trends, job search skills and resume writing. place in early 2010. theme “Design the Future” and includes dozens of Career planning seminars will continue in engineering-inspired activities for all ages with 2010. Accessibility Standard events located right across the province – Ontario’s programs will run from February 27 to March 7, 2010. Research & Innovation Throughout 2009 OSPE worked with a Watch for a special Globe & Mail supplement on government-appointed standing committee February 25, 2010.Visit tasked with developing accessibility standards www.engineeringmonth.on.ca for more Public-private partnerships and related for new and extensively renovated buildings. information. themes are discussed in OSPE’s new policy The committee will reconvene in early 2010 to statement on research and innovation, discuss input gathered during the public released in September 2009. 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