I joined PEO in 2010 after spending 20 years as a professional engineer in BC. I quickly became a volunteer on the safety critical software subcommittee of Professional Standards Committee (PSC). After chairing the software subcommittee, I was invited to join PSC and have served that committee as member and chair.
Through my involvement with PSC over the past 6 years, I am an active participant in PEO discussions concerning standards and guidelines and have provided advice to Council on matters related to professional practice and legislative changes that affect engineering practice.
My background includes mechanical and electronic engineering, with emphasis on HVAC and combustion control. I am responsible for the operation and maintenance of $500 million in facility assets and oversee $50 million in capital projects.
- Chair, Professional Standards Committee 2016-17
- National Framework Task Force 2014-16
- Professional Standards Committee 2012-17
- Chair, Safety Critical Software Subcommittee 2011-14
- Chapter Executive, Quinte Chapter of PEO 2011-12
- Safety Critical Software Subcommittee 2010-14
Issue Facing the Profession
I believe that Council has three important priorities:
- to serve and protect public interest
- to ensure that PEO regulates professional engineering in Ontario
- to ensure that PEO licensed members carry out that engineering
The first priority comes straight from the Professional Engineers Act 2.(3) as the principal object of PEO. The second priority relates to the effectiveness of regulation and to continue to be a self-regulated profession. The last priority deals with the value of the professional engineering licence and why engineers choose to be licensed.
Topics such as mobility, public confidence, retaining effective self-governance, and accreditation/licensure of new disciplines pose problems that require resolution in order to maintain the value of the engineering licence and the reputation of professional engineers.
In my opinion. public confidence is one of those challenges where the organization needs to engage all of its members in order to address this issue. CPD is only one part of retaining public confidence, and the whole public confidence issue should be examined in much greater detail, as it impacts on much of the work done by PEO, from enforcement to standards development to licensure.