Letting George do it (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

So how do you like us so far? Last issue in this space, we talked about the launch of the Engineering Dimensions website (engineeringdimensions.ca) and its role as an engaging supplement to the existing print and digital editions.

Whether you prefer your PEO news in print or electronic format, we strongly recommend that you check out the Engineering Dimensions web edition and let us know what you think.

If it’s the month of July on the calendar, then it’s new president profile time in the PEO universe. President George Comrie, P.Eng., FEC, took over from outgoing President Thomas Chong, P.Eng., FEC, at PEO’s annual general meeting in April, and made a firm commitment to stay true to the regulator’s core objectives.

Comrie last served as president in 2004-2005, so it is interesting to read his musings on the engineering regulatory landscape 12 years ago, and take note of what has changed and what has remained the same.

It’s not by coincidence that a George Comrie profile appears in the same issue as our main feature presentation on PEO’s licensing process. For several years, Comrie was chair of the Licensing Process Task Force (LPTF) and currently chairs the Licensing Committee. So, the new president takes more than passing interest in what the regulator is doing to maintain the integrity of the licensing system, while ensuring the process is fair, consistent, transparent and accountable.

We’ve heard you prefer charts, diagrams and flow charts to banks of text, so we hope you will appreciate our visual representation of how a P.Eng. licence application proceeds from first application to newly licensed P.Eng.

Finally, this will be the last issue of Engineering Dimensions that involves Connie Mucklestone as publisher and director of communications. After 38 years with PEO, Connie is taking a much deserved early retirement. Come our September/October issue, David Smith, PEO’s current manager of communications, and a PEO communications staffer for the past 13 years, will be at the helm.

As PEO Registrar Gerard McDonald, P.Eng., noted to staff recently: “For most of us, Connie, in addition to her regular duties, is our resident PEO historian and archivist, and her institutional knowledge and guidance will be sorely missed. While we are saddened that Connie will be leaving us, we are heartened that she is doing so to spend more time with her husband, Bruce, who has also recently retired. I know you will all wish to join me in thanking Connie for her contribution to PEO over the years.”

All the best, Connie, and thanks for all your efforts over the last 38 years.