Introducing PEO council 2017-2018


Bob Dony, PhD, P.Eng., FIEE, FEC

Bob Dony holds BASc and MASc degrees in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from McMaster University. He is an associate professor in the School of Engineering, University of Guelph. Licensed by PEO in 1989, Dony was a member of PEO’s Emerging Disciplines Task Group (1997-2002) and Evolution of Engineering Admissions Task Force (2000-2005) and of Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board (2001-2004). From 2008 to 2011, Dony was co-editor-in-chief, Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is currently a member (since 1998) and past chair (2011-2012) of the Academic Requirements Committee, a member (since 2012) and past chair (2012-2015) of the Legislation Committee, and PEO’s representative on Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board since 2014. He previously served two terms (2012-2016) as councillor-at-large and one year as vice president (appointed) at PEO before his election as president-elect in 2016. PEO has a responsibility to the people of Ontario to regulate the profession with diligence and transparency, and with a diversity of voices brought to the table, at all levels within the association, that reflects the society whose safety we are entrusted to safeguard.

David W. Brown, P.Eng., BDS, C.E.T., MCSCE

Dave Brown is both a senior managing partner and practising structural engineer with TaskForce Engineering Inc., a Belleville-based design-build firm that specializes in the ICI construction sector. He is a founding partner of TaskForce and holds a diploma in civil engineering technology from St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology and a bachelor of applied science in civil engineering from Queen’s University. Brown is a member of PEO, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. Brown also sits as a board member for Engineers Canada and is the board representative to the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Aside from his work at PEO, Brown has volunteered extensively within his community and, in particular, with the United Way, where he was chair of the 2013 Campaign Committee. He is very happily married to his wonderfully supportive wife, Liza, and between them have four amazing children.

George Comrie, MEng, P.Eng., CMC, FEC
Past president

George Comrie holds BASc and MEng degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, and has had a successful career as a software/systems engineer, management consultant, entrepreneur and business manager. As a volunteer for the profession, he is a long-time executive member of PEO’s Etobicoke Chapter; chair of the Licensing and Human Resources committees; vice chair of the Emerging Disciplines Task Force; and a director of Engineers Canada. He was PEO president in 2004-2005, and is a past president of the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education. The founder of PEO’s Engineer-in-Residence and Government Liaison programs, he was invested as an Officer in the Order of the Sons of Martha in 1982 and a Companion of PEO’s Order of Honour in 2007 to recognize his contributions to PEO. A passionate advocate for our Canadian model of professional self-regulation, Comrie believes in PEO’s accountability to its membership, and in strengthening its core regulatory functions. He also serves as a municipal councillor in the Municipality of Whitestone, Ontario.

Nancy Hill, P.Eng., LLB, FEC, FCAE
Vice president (elected)

Nancy Hill is a professional engineer, lawyer, patent agent and trademark agent. She is a founding partner of the award-winning firm Hill & Schumacher. For over 25 years Hill has been managing intellectual property rights for clients worldwide, including from many universities across Canada. Considered an expert in her field, Hill’s area of focus is in robotics, structural steel, healthcare and green energy, with many of her clients going on to win prestigious awards for their innovations. As a sought-after speaker on intellectual property rights, Hill has given talks at the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Certified General Accountants of Ontario, as well as many PEO chapters. She also has over 20 years of experience volunteering with PEO, including as past chair of the Complaints Committee, past chair of the Awards Committee, and past chair of the Women in Engineering Advisory Committee, and was invested in 2008 as a Companion in the Order of Honour. In 2014, she was recognized for her influence on the engineering profession in Canada by being inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Hill has worked tirelessly to affect positive change within PEO, and was instrumental in amending the Professional Engineers Act to include harassment as part of the definition of professional misconduct. As vice chair of the Council Term Limits Task Force, Hill and the task force will be recommending changes to institute a governance framework for renewal and succession planning.

Marilyn Spink, P.Eng.
Vice president (appointed)

Marilyn Spink’s 30-year engineering career began in northern Ontario’s mining and pulp and paper industries and then moved to steelmaking operations in both the US and Canada. After executing capital projects with Dofasco, she moved into the consulting engineering EPCM world, working on large, complex mining and minerals projects around the world. At Hatch, SNC-Lavalin, Wardrop (now Tetra Tech) and Golder Associates, as a multi-discipline engineering manager and a process engineer at heart, she led and supported teams of professional engineers and designers. She is now mentoring engineers and project managers with Isherwood Geostructural Engineers. Giving back to the engineering profession is also important to Spink via her appointment as a lieutenant governor-appointed councillor to PEO and by contributing to several committees and task forces. She has been a licensed professional engineer (PEO) since 1995, is a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) since 2000, the year OSPE was created, and a long-time member of several mining industry associations. Her long-term goals are to build board/directorship experience to feed her strong interest in corporate governance and to ensure the voice of engineering is heard at the boardroom table. Spink is married to Jamie Gerson, also a professional engineer, who is extremely supportive of all her interests and a wonderful father to their three boys.

Christian Bellini, P.Eng., FEC

Christian Bellini began his engineering career in 1995 at a small structural engineering firm called Blackwell. Today, he is a principal at the same firm, now 50 strong with offices in Toronto, Waterloo, Victoria and Halifax and an international portfolio of projects. A key characteristic of the firm is a high level of engineering engagement at all levels, which allows him to carry out engineering design on a daily basis in addition to his administrative duties. His volunteer career at PEO began in 2005 when he joined the Experience Requirements Committee (ERC), serving in later years as vice chair and chair. In 2012, he chaired the Overlapping Practices Committee, which successfully developed an approach to deal with perceived scope overlap between engineering and natural science. In addition to the ERC, he now serves on the Licensing Committee, the Finance Committee, the Legislation Committee and the Advisory Committee on Volunteers. He has contributed to various Engineers Canada initiatives, holding the position of vice chair on Engineers Canada’s Licensing Affairs Committee and having served on PEO’s National Framework Task Force, which was struck to provide PEO feedback to Engineers Canada on their Canadian Framework for Licensure project, and participated in Engineers Canada’s competency-based experience assessment project. On an academic front, Bellini has taught structures courses at the University of Waterloo and Laurentian University. He is also frequently invited as a guest critic at Architecture Studio Reviews at University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Dalhousie University.

Warren Turnbull, P.Eng.

Warren Turnbull is a retired executive with over 33 years of engineering and senior sales management experience. He holds a BASc from the University of Waterloo. Turnbull led many multi-disciplinary teams related to instrumentation, product design, maintenance, marketing and sales. Turnbull moved from successful assignments in engineering, customer technical and product development to senior marketing and sales roles at DuPont Canada Inc., Continental Group of Canada Ltd., Fabrene Inc., Flexia Corporation and Intertape Polymer Group. Turnbull now provides technical sales and distribution management. Turnbull was on PEO’s North Bay Chapter board and rose to become chair. For the last two years he has served as West Central Region councillorand has been on the OSPE-PEO Joint Relations Committee for two years, vice chair and chair of the Chapter Leaders Conference committee, a member of the (CP)2 Task Force, member and chair of the Volunteer Leadership Conference Planning Committee, a member of the Finance Committee, the Discipline Committee and the Government Liaison Committee. For the previous five years, he held positions on the Oakville Chapter executive, including event coordinator and chair, chapter chair for two years and past chair. Turnbull led implementation of Oakville’s first all-day symposium, “The Future of Energy in Ontario,” which resulted in an ongoing partnership with the Oakville Chamber for future events. The chapter also partnered with local businesses and the town to encourage innovation in Oakville and Halton. Turnbull served on the Glen Abbey Residents Association board and was president for two terms. He chaired the Group Homes Advisory Committee for Oakville.


Christian Bellini, P.Eng., FEC

(see Executive Committee)

Roydon Fraser, PhD, P.Eng., FEC

Roydon Fraser received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Queen’s University, and his master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He is a professor in the mechanical and mechatronics engineering department at the University of Waterloo. He joined PEO in 1991, serving on the executive of the Grand River Chapter (formerly the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph-Cambridge chapters) starting in 1993, and chairing the chapter in 1996. Fraser supervises the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT), which competes internationally in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs), such as the current EcoCar 3 Competition, with the goal of offering unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to engineering students. He received the 2014 National Science Foundation Outstanding Long Term Faculty Advisor Award. Over a multi-year design and build cycle, UWAFT achieves reduced fuel consumption, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced tailpipe emissions, all while maintaining consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility and safety. UWAFT is proud to have built the world’s first, student-built, fuel-cell vehicle to complete successfully all of AVTC’s production vehicle tests. Fraser continues to lead the organization of Explorations, an evening where the University of Waterloo’s faculty of engineering is open to hundreds of grades 6, 7 and 8 students to see and explore the wonders of engineering. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and is a lifetime member of the Sandford Fleming Foundation. He serves on PEO’s Academic Requirements and Discipline committees, both since 1999.

Kelly Reid, P.Eng., IACCM CCMP

Kelly Reid graduated first division from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton with a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering, nuclear and power plant option. She has over 20 years of nuclear engineering experience. She has worked at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Nuclear Safety Solutions Limited (NSS), and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Her primary technical focus has been thermal hydraulic safety analysis. At Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, Reid provided technical support to assess and manage nuclear safety risks. In 2004, she was recognized with a Chief Nuclear Officer award for dedication and commitment. She was responsible for a large portion of the Integrated Safety Review to support the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station Refurbishment. More recently, she managed a variety of important contracts for the Darlington refurbishment project. Reid is currently project management and oversight for the Low and Intermediate Waste Deep Geologic Repository project as that project transitions into its next phase. In 2003, Reid represented her colleagues during the successful negotiation of the first NSS-Society collective agreement. In 2009, she attended the World Nuclear University Summer Institute (WNU-SI) at Oxford University. In 2018, she will represent OPG at the next International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Joint Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management. She and her engineer husband Scott love to travel and take mini-adventures, such as dog sledding, gliding, hot air ballooning, or whatever else takes their fancy. At home in Ajax they dote on their cat. 



Guy Boone, P.Eng., FEC

Guy Boone was elected in February 2016 as an Eastern Region councillor, after serving as the PEO Ottawa Chapter (oPEO) 2015 chair and the oPEO Government Liaison Program (GLP) 2013 and 2014 committee chair. Boone joined the Ottawa Chapter executive in 2008 after serving as PEO Algonquin Chapter vice chair. As a public safety engineer for certification of products, machines and systems, Boone has had first-hand experience protecting the public and influencing safety designs and practices on a daily basis. He is an electrical engineering graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), and a safety advisor with SafetyGuy Consulting Inc. He has worked with Alcatel, Nortel and Nemko Canada as a product safety engineer, and as a system safety engineer with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) and Alcatel Transportation. Boone is a strong, active advocate for the engineering profession, serving on OSPE’s Chapter Liaison Committee and working within both oPEO and OSPE to initiate and develop unique programs to support the engineering profession in the greater Ottawa region. These included joint social and technical seminars, engineering employment events (OSPE E3), joint GLP/PAN meetings with MPPs, and the 2015 launch of the oPEO/OSPE Engineering Innovation Ecosystem program. Boone is a tireless advocate for services engineers need and supports co-operation among PEO, OSPE, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), learned engineering societies (IEEE, IET, CIMarE/SNAME, INCOSE, cISSS and SRE Ottawa) and the faculties of engineering at University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Ishwar Bhatia, MEng, P.Eng.

Ishwar Bhatia completed his BEng in 1970, and his MEng (civil engineering) at Dalhousie University in 1972. After starting in consulting with McNeely and Northland Engineering, he joined the City of Ottawa in 1974 as head of sewer maintenance. For 30 years after joining the city, eventually taking on the role of senior project leader in infrastructure, Bhatia supervised project managers, oversaw environmental assessments, hired consultants, and managed multi-million-dollar complex construction projects. From 2009 to 2011, he once again joined the consulting engineering industry with GENIVAR in order to start up its municipal group. He has twice volunteered as president of Ottawa’s Civic Institute of Professional Personnel (CIPP). Bhatia served on PEO council from December 2008 until June 2016 as a lieutenant governor-appointed councillor under three different attorneys general. He served on the Executive, Audit (chair), Finance (vice chair), Discipline and Government Liaison committees, and 40 Sheppard Task Force (chair). Bhatia has served on several discipline panels. He has been elected as the Eastern Region councillor for a two-year term and will serve from 2017-2019. 


Noubar Takessian, P.Eng., FEC

Noubar Takessian received his BSc in mechanical engineering in 1972. He worked extensively in the Middle East and Europe before moving to Canada in 1985. He obtained his P.Eng. licence in 1987 and has been working in mechanical engineering services for buildings since. He has been a holder of a Certificate of Authorization from PEO for many years. Currently, Takessian is the chief mechanical engineer and senior project manager involved in the design and construction of mechanical services for commercial and industrial buildings. He has been a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) since 1983 and a life member since 2013. Takessian volunteered on the board of trustees for Holy Trinity Church Saturday School from 1995 to 1998. He volunteered for York Condominium Corporation YCC433—for a 25-storey condominium building—from 1988 to 2004, and as president of the board of directors during the last four years. Takessian has volunteered extensively for PEO. He joined PEO’s Willowdale Thornhill Chapter in 1997. He has been continuously serving PEO since, serving all executive positions in his local chapter, including chapter chair from 2004 to 2008. He continued with the chapter executive in an advisory and consulting role and was vice chair from 2014 to 2016. He left the chapter executive after being elected regional councillor in 2016. Takessian received his FEC designation in 2010. He was made a member of PEO’s Order of Honour in 2013. He has been on PEO council and various other committees, like Regional Councillors Committee and Volunteer Leadership Conference Planning Committee, since 2016.

Thomas Chong, MSc, P.Eng., FEC, PMP

Thomas Chong earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1973. He became fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering 2017, fellow of Engineers Canada 2011; International Project Management Professional 2009; senior member, American Institute of Industrial Engineers 1977; PEO member 1976; and Chartered Engineer 1974. Chong was recruited from London, England, by Nortel Canada as a corporate engineering manager in 1976. He has been president of a 4000-member network since 2008, and currently works as system lead with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Chong won Gold Medal and Canada Cup 2016 and 2014 in dragon boating. He received Amethyst Award twice, in 2014 and 2009. He won the ACE award from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care in 2015 and 2014. Chong received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Since 2009, he has also won 15 other major awards. Chong helped York University’s engineering program receive accreditation in 2007. Chong has been a mentor, York University engineering design program since 2008; mentor, Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) since 2008; Knights of Columbus and Lector, St. Agnes Tsao Church since 2011; founding member, Popular Music Club since 2007; former board member, Legal Aid Ontario Clinic, 2004 to 2009. Chong was president 2015, vice president (elected) 2014; vice president (appointed) 2013; East Central Region councillor 2006 to 2013; and director, York Chapter, 2000 to 2008; current member of Human Resources, Audit and Discipline committees, and Government Liaison Program. Chong has published many technical papers.


Michael Wesa, P.Eng., FEC

Michael Wesa received his BASc degree (MechEng) from the University of Waterloo (co-op) in 1974, was registered in 1976, and is also a member of OSPE. The son of an engineer, Wesa attended local chapter functions with his Dad before graduation, and since 1980 has served on the Lakehead Chapter executive. Wesa is proud Lakehead Chapter hosted the 2017 PEO AGM in Thunder Bay. Having previously served as a Northern Region councillor from 1992 to 1996, and 2011 to 2015, Wesa also contributed to numerous PEO committees—Executive, Finance, Regional Councillors, OSPE Joint Relations, and CLC planning—and various task forces. He has served on the Discipline Committee since 1992. Wesa was inducted into the Order of Honour in 2008. Wesa’s engineering career included service in the forestry industry, three consulting firms, and Hydro One electrical utility. His technical expertise includes HVAC, power transmission, material handling, diesel generation, and mechanical building services. Retirement in 2012 affords more time for travel, and other local volunteer activities (minor hockey, symphony orchestra, church treasurer). Wesa recently traced his ancestral roots to 1665 in the Rheinland-Pfalz, DE, through historical research of the region, and is now turning travel into journeys of discovery. Other interests include classical music, musical theatre, computing, and learning Deutsch for his new grandson. Although retired from squash and tennis, he can still hike and bicycle. Married in 1975, Wesa and wife Arlien raised two sons and a daughter.

Dan Preley, P.Eng.

Dan Preley was born and raised in Thunder Bay. He received a bachelor of civil engineering degree from Lakehead University in 1981 and has completed several advanced alternative dispute resolution courses with the University of Windsor. He was employed by R.V. Anderson Consulting Engineers, Wardrop Consulting Engineers, Public Works Canada and Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation. Preley is currently a senior project engineer and regional value engineering coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. He was a board member with the Canadian Society of Value Engineering and the Cross Country Ski National Development Centre. Preley has been a PEO member since 1983 and is an associate value specialist with the Society of American Value Engineering. Since joining the PEO Lakehead Chapter executive in 2004, he has served as the chair, past chair, vice chair and treasurer. He was the PEO Northern Region councillor from 2015-2017 and a member of the PEO Audit Committee from 2016-2017. His PEO priorities are implementing the strategic plan, ensuring that significantly more engineering graduates become P.Engs, and strengthening our relationship with the provincial government to protect our self-regulatory status. He supports council term limits and reducing the size of council. Preley is an avid cross country skier, hiker, cyclist and sea kayaker.


Danny Chui, P.Eng., FEC

Engineer Danny Chui has been in the position of manager, capital works for Toronto’s Exhibition Place since 1991. He was involved in the construction of the Enercare Centre, Ricoh Coliseum, BMO Field and Beanfield Centre. He undertook many innovative projects, such as photovoltaic, tri-generation, geothermal, green/white roofs and back pressure steam turbine. He received a certificate of appreciation from Exhibition Place for completing the project on time and within budget of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund’s $27.3 million program in 18 months. Chui was first elected to PEO council as West Central Region councillor for four consecutive terms from 1995 to 2002. He was again elected in 2012 and now begins to serve his third consecutive term, the 13th year on council. He was elected by council this March to serve as Engineers Canada director for a three-year term effective the 2017 AGM. While on council, he has served as Executive Committee member, appointed vice president, Finance Committee chair, Audit Committee chair and Regional Councillors Committee vice chair. He was invested as Member of the Order of Honour in 2002 and fellow of Engineers Canada in 2009. He received a 15-Year and 25-Year Volunteer Service Awards from the Ontario Ministry of Citizen and Immigration as well as from PEO. Chui is a past member of APEGGA, ASCE, AAET and OACETT, and served once on the Mississauga Public Library board. He has been on the board of directors of the Ontario Construction User Council for over 20 years and is now their appointed executive director.

Warren Turnbull, P.Eng.

(see Executive Committee) 


Gary Houghton, P.Eng., FEC

Gary Houghton graduated from Western University with a bachelor of engineering science. He has been a professional engineer since 1979. Houghton has spent over 30 years in consulting, working primarily on environmental projects in water and wastewater. He had the opportunity to plan and design several significant water treatment, transmission and distribution projects in southwestern Ontario. He is currently manager of engineering for Norfolk County, overseeing planning and capital projects in water, wastewater, roads, bridges and stormwater. He has been a member of the PEO Enforcement Committee since 2000, and given the designation fellow of Engineers Canada. He assisted in the founding of the London Chapter of Consulting Engineers of Ontario. He has been a member of the Ontario Water Works Association (a section of AWWA) board for several years, serving as president in 2015-2016. He is an NFPA and Ontario Fire Marshal certified firefighter with additional NFPA certification in water rescue, and is an active firefighter with Central Elgin Fire Rescue. Pastimes include restoring, driving and riding old cars and motorcycles.

Lola Mireya Hidalgo, P.Eng., PMP

Lola Hidalgo is an engineer and proud P.Eng. with the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) provincial highways management division. Hidalgo began her career with the MTO Engineering Development Program after graduating in 2007 from Concordia University in civil engineering. She progressed to more senior roles and now works in the provincial construction and engineering section of the Contract Management Office in St. Catharines. Hidalgo has gained diverse engineering experience, including working in Latin America, Asia, and over five different Canadian cities in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has recent experience in the transportation infrastructure construction, engineering, maintenance, 3P and policy areas. Hidalgo was raised in Montreal and is now a proud resident of Burlington, Ontario. She has a long history of serving her local communities and chose the engineering profession as it allowed her to pursue this commitment. She has been actively involved with groups such as the Tomorrow Ontario Public Servants, Project Management Institute, Canadian Red Cross, Government of Ontario’s Women in Engineering, AIESEC, Engineers Without Borders, Women in Engineering and Science Design Competition, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Jane Goodall Institute, Young Chambers of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Canada, amongst others. She also enjoys playing piano, learning new languages, and travelling with her supportive husband (who is also an engineer). Hidalgo believes in public service and is honoured to serve on PEO council.


Michael Kwok-Wai Chan, P.Eng.

Michael Chan is a former manager of chapters with PEO, a project manager with SHL Systemhouse and a regional director with Olivetti Canada Limited. As PEO chapter manager for eight years, Chan helped develop PEO’s Government Liaison Program (GLP) and associated chapter GLP committees. He established principled administrative processes to effect the requisite changes with an emphasis on fairness and transparency. His efforts led to many significant improvements and advancements in the chapter system. After retiring from PEO, Chan began volunteering for the association. He joined the executive of the Willowdale/Thornhill Chapter where he helped improve the chapter’s business plans, activity reports and operations. He also invigorated the chapter’s government relations efforts while chairing its GLP committee for two years. Chan also served on PEO’s Advisory Committee on Volunteers, including three years as chair. Besides his volunteer commitments with PEO, Chan has served as a member and past president of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals, and a past co-chair of the Chinese Community Liaison Committee of Toronto Police Services 42 Division. He is currently a vice president of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

Richard J. Hilton, P.Eng.

Richard Hilton worked for over 30 years in the Canadian mining industry, mostly in the environment, health and safety (EHS) area. In his job, he travelled to many parts of the world to deal with operational and governmental issues. He has been on the cusp of the development of forward-thinking EHS programs and legislation. Hilton retired from full-time work in 2005. He is now a part-time consultant in environment, health and safety.

Qadira C. Jackson Koukaou, BA, BSW, LLB

Qadira Kouakou is the principal lawyer at Jaxon Law Professional Corporation, practising in the areas of wills, estates, corporate and real estate law. Kouakou holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, a bachelor of social work degree and a certificate in dispute resolution from York University, and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Windsor. She articled with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and was previously a social worker with experience at the Children’s Aid Society, Toronto District Catholic School Board, Woman Abuse Council of Ontario and “Wholistic” Child and Family Services. Kouakou’s community involvement includes serving as an executive board member with the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Black Pearls Community Services and serving on the Equity Advisory Group and as a community liaison for the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Tim Kirkby, P.Eng., FEC

Tim Kirkby is a former owner and principal with TFK Engineering, project officer of a branding project for Service Canada, executive corporate advisor with the director general of Public Works Canada, and team technical designer of the Universal Classification System with Treasury Board of Canada. His community involvement includes serving as president of the United Way for the City of Cornwall, chair of the National Applied Science and Engineering Group of the Professional Institute of Public Service and previously as a member of the board of governors for St. Lawrence Community College, Cornwall General Hospital and vice chair of the Township of South Glengarry Economic Development Committee. Kirkby holds a bachelor of engineering degree in civil engineering from Lakehead University. He lives in Summerstown, Ontario with his wife Sue and three horses, Barney, Rainbow and Sally. Originally from Gananoque and growing up on Howe Island has influenced his appreciation of waterfront communities. Realizing a lifetime goal to join council is celebrated and respected. Thank you to all friends and supporters!

Lew Lederman, QC

Lew Lederman is a businessman, lawyer, Canada representative of Capital Expert Services, LLC (Washington DC) and CEO of Knowledge E*Volutions Inc. Over the course of his career, he has worked in most major legal and business sectors, including private practice at Gowling & Henderson and as general counsel at both the Canadian Payments Association and the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. Lederman has authored several books, including Big, Bang, Boom: Adventures in Banking, Winning’s Ways: A Common-Sense Psychology of Successful Governance, and Watch Out…He Bites: A Zoology of Dangerous Businessmen. He has also served on several boards, including the Council of Ontario College of Pharmacists, the International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Iretomiwa Olukiyesi, P.Eng.

Iretomiwa Olukiyesi’s 25 years of experience in engineering cuts across various industries. She had nine years of management experience with Procter & Gamble Nigeria before migrating to Canada. She later joined 3M Canada as a senior engineer and currently is a supply chain supervisor. She obtained her first degree in mechanical engineering in Nigeria and her master’s degree in advanced design and manufacturing from University of Toronto. As a licensed member of PEO, she currently serves with the London Chapter. She mentors new immigrants and young engineers in her community. She is happily married and blessed with two loving

Nadine Rush, C.E.T.

Nadine Rush graduated from the environmental engineering technology program at Georgian College and is a certified engineering technologist (C.E.T.) with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Rush’s career began while working for a family-run mechanical engineering business that specialized in fluid power. She then moved on to an engineering consulting firm and was involved with various infrastructure and environmental projects. Her career continues within the City of Barrie’s engineering department as a development services technologist. As chair of the Georgian Bay Chapter of OACETT, Rush is directly involved with organizing various events to promote the growth of the chapter. Recently, she was an evaluator on the OACETT Abstract Selection Committee reviewing and selecting technical presenters for the OACETT annual general meeting and technical conference. The Georgian Bay Chapter of OACETT and PEO’s Simcoe-Muskoka Chapter have partnered to organize events and activities contributing to the overall success of National Engineering Month.

Marilyn Spink, P.Eng.

(see Executive Committee)