Council amends election publicity procedures

514TH MEETING, SEPTEMBER 28, 29, 2017

Council has approved an amended version of the 2018 election publicity procedures as printed in the July/August 2017 issue of Engineering Dimensions.

At its June meeting, Council approved the 2017 Central Election and Search Committee Issues Report, which suggested PEO provide candidates with a more structured template for their bio and platform material in order to present material in a more uniform manner and assist voters in comparing candidates. 

At its September meeting, Council approved the new template as an option for candidates to use. The amended 2018 election publicity procedures will be published on PEO’s website (www.peo.on.ca) and the 2018 Council Elections Guide will be updated to reflect the changes in the publicity procedures.

AGM SUBMISSION APPROVED

At its September meeting, Council directed the Licensing Committee to expand its review of the Engineering Intern Financial Credit Program (FCP) to include refugee international graduates. This was the result of a member submission that was passed at PEO’s 2017 Annual General Meeting.

At its January 2007 meeting, Council approved motions that established the FCP. Under the approved implementation plan, qualified applicants are permitted to register for the FCP and are provided membership for the first year of the Engineering Intern (EIT) program at no cost (PEO waives the $300 P.Eng. application fee and the $75 fee for the first year of registration as an EIT).

Qualified applicants are defined as either graduates of a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board-approved program for up to six months after graduation or internationally trained engineering graduates for up to six months after landing in Ontario. The requirement for proof of citizenship for permanent residency status was based on the 2007 requirements for licensure that a P.Eng. must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Amendments to the Professional Engineers Act in 2010 under the Open for Business Act removed the citizenship and residency requirements for licensure but the qualifications for the FCP were not adjusted.

The Licensing Committee currently has on its meeting agenda a review of the overall FCP based on the changes to the licensing requirements and the overall effectiveness of the program, as well as a request by some Ontario universities to consider extending the FCP to graduates with student visas. 

30 BY 30 ENDORSEMENT

Council has formally endorsed Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 initiative, a commitment to raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers in Canada who are women to 30 per cent—a widely accepted threshold for self-sustaining change—by 2030. Currently, only 14.7 per cent of newly licensed engineers in Ontario are women. 

Engineers Canada confirmed that all provincial and territorial engineering regulators across Canada, except for PEO, have signed on to this goal. PEO didn’t initially endorse the initiative because, unlike other regulators, Ontario has a separate advocacy body, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), and it was agreed that OSPE should take on the champion role, as is appropriate under its mandate of advancing issues of importance to the profession. However, for the 30 by 30 goal to be fully realized, PEO, in its regulatory capacity and as the official constituent association of Engineers Canada, should also formally sanction the initiative.

PEO Council has directed the Executive Committee to work with OSPE to develop a joint action plan and present a draft plan to Council at its February 2018 meeting, and directed the registrar to develop terms of reference, membership, proposed recommendations and a budget for Council approval of a 30 by 30 Task Force to be established for a maximum two-year duration.

PEO/OSPE JOINT POSITION PAPER

Council has approved the PEO-OSPE Joint Position Paper on Mathematics Education Quality in Ontario to present to the Ministry of Education on behalf of engineers in Ontario. Given the persistent decline in math achievements compared to other countries and provinces on international test scores, and in the quality of math education in the province, the position paper, drafted by PEO’s Education Committee, urges the Government of Ontario to form a provincial roundtable comprised of relevant stakeholders, including Ontario’s engineering regulatory and advocacy bodies, to help improve the quality 
of math education for all Ontarians.

APPOINTMENT TO CNEA

At its September meeting, Council appointed Kathryn Woodcock, P.Eng., as a PEO representative to the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA), which governs the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).  

PEO received a formal request from the CNEA for a PEO representative to be appointed to CNEA general membership for a one-year term, however, he or she can serve to a maximum of six terms. All CNEA members are then eligible to apply to participate in the CNE board’s committees and task forces.

Woodcock, a professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University, has volunteered for a number of organizations in the attractions industry.

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