Former PEO deputy registrar takes over consulting engineers role

Former PEO deputy registrar Bruce Matthews, P.Eng., has been appointed to the chief executive officer position for Ontario’s consulting engineers’ organization.

In a February 2 announcement, Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) Chair Rex Meadley, P.Eng., said Matthews will head up the 200-member organization effective February 26.

Matthews served as deputy registrar of regulatory compliance at PEO until September 2010, before taking on a deputy registrar position at the Real Estate Council of Ontario. He has also worked with the Ontario College of Trades and as an Ontario representative on the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation, an international organization supporting self-regulated professions.

Since leaving PEO, Matthews has added to his knowledge and expertise about effective regulation, and how self-governing professions cope with increasing expectations for accountability, transparency and putting the public interest ahead of members’ interests.

Matthews takes over the position from Barry Steinberg, P.Eng., C.E.T., who left the organization in early February. It’s expected Matthews will continue with the implementation of CEO’s strategic plan, with its focus on advocacy and member engagement. Matthews will also have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the association’s operations.

“Bruce Matthews brings with him a good understanding of the environment within which our members provide services along with impressive leadership skills,” Meadley says. “We look forward to working with him to achieve the vision he has for our association.”

First licensed as a professional engineer in 1990, his engineering experience includes staff and leadership roles at Atomic Energy of Canada, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, BGM Human Factors Engineering and the Ford Motor Company. He holds a bachelor of applied science in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo and a certificate in building science from the University of Toronto.

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the next chief executive officer at CEO,” Matthews told Engineering Dimensions. “I’m fortunate to be taking up the reins of a well-established, strong organization with a clear mandate and well-defined strategy. I look forward to building on the successes of Barry Steinberg and the board of directors to ensure CEO remains at the forefront as it represents member interests and addresses member issues.”

Matthews says his 10 years at PEO in the regulatory compliance sector will be especially useful in his new role with the consulting engineers: “We regularly retained consulting engineering firms from a broad range of engineering disciplines to provide opinions and testimony in support of complaint investigations and discipline prosecutions.”

“I am particularly enthusiastic about taking on this role as it provides an opportunity to shape public policy and the public/government perception of the consulting engineering sector,” Matthews says. “It’s a chance to promote consistency, fairness and reasonableness in procurement processes involving consulting engineers and to manage stakeholder expectations. I see a great opportunity for growth and enhancing the value proposition for member firms.”