Former PEO presidents receive special awards for decades of service

At the annual meeting luncheon, two special awards were presented for extraordinarily long volunteer service to the engineering profession.

Nicholas Monsour, P.Eng., FEC, was presented an award for 50 years of continuous service to the profession. At 90, he remains an active volunteer. After becoming licensed in 1956, Monsour participated in the chapter system and then on council as a Western Region councillor, second vice president and first vice president. He became PEO president in 1984. Through the years, Monsour has contributed his time and expertise to many PEO committees and, in 1988, was invested as a Companion (the highest honour) in the Order of the Sons of Martha (now the Order of Honour). In 1994, he was elected to council again as vice president and served as an LGA on council from 1999 to 2005.

Walter Bilanski, P.Eng., FEC, received an award at PEO’s annual general meeting luncheon for 45 years of volunteer service to the profession. Bilanski is a four-time PEO president (1971, 1977, 1998 and 2007)–the first person ever to serve in the role four times. Bilanski was honoured for his commitment to creating a more inclusive, accessible profession and championing enhancements to the education requirements for licensure. He was also recognized for his role in establishing the province’s engineer advocacy body, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. Bilanski retired from volunteer service in May 2011.