PEO honours 13 through 2018 Order of Honour Awards

This year, PEO will induct one Companion, six Officers and six Members into its Order of Honour. The Order is an honorary society that recognizes professional engineers and others who have rendered outstanding service to the engineering profession in Ontario, primarily through the association. The honourees will be recognized at a ceremony on Friday, April 20, held in conjunction with PEO’s annual general meeting in Toronto, Ontario.


Christopher D. Roney, P.Eng., IntPE, BDS, FEC, FCAE, UE, will be inducted as a Companion. He has been an active PEO volunteer for over two decades, serving on Council, and as a Council representative to external organizations. He has been a member and chair of PEO committees and task forces, including the Executive Committee, Elliot Lake Advisory Committee and the Continuing Professional Development, Competency and Quality Assurance Task Force. The hands-on work he has contributed on these committees has led to many strategic and governance policy changes over the years. PEO Council elected Roney to the Engineers Canada board in 2009, and he was later elected president in 2016. He has served on, or chaired, some 14 Engineers Canada national task forces and committees during his time there, in addition to PEO commitments.


John Bray, MASc, P.Eng., FEC, will be inducted as an Officer. As a 17-year volunteer on PEO’s Complaints Committee, Bray has lent both his time and his tremendous professional knowledge to investigating and considering complaints made regarding the actions and conduct of PEO licence and certificate of authorization holders. A civil engineer with almost five decades of senior-level environmental engineering experience in the public and private sectors, his knowledge of civil engineering and regulations concerning water resources in Ontario was invaluable to the committee during his volunteer service from 2001 to 2017. In addition to his 17 years on the Complaints Committee, Bray served as a PEO volunteer over a four-year period on the Code of Ethics Task Force, which was a key period in the modernization of the profession’s overall culture.

David Filer, P.Eng., FEC, will be inducted as an Officer. He has been an active PEO volunteer for over 25 years. Filer began volunteering with PEO when he served on the Employment Practices and Women in Engineering committees. He later joined the Complaints Committee. His knowledge of engineering in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) design and mechanical building services has been extremely valuable to the committee members. Filer has always been willing to share best practices and serve as a mentor to new committee members. Throughout his volunteer career he has always offered to take on extra work when his committees have faced high work volumes and pressure. Regardless of complexity, Filer always treats every file with respect and professionalism.

Santosh Gupta, PhD, ME, P.Eng., FEC, will be inducted as an Officer. Since retirement, he has been serving on PEO Council, several PEO committees, the Scarborough Chapter, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Engineers Canada’s accreditation teams. Within the Scarborough Chapter, Santosh has served as a director, vice chair and chair of the Government Liaison Program Committee. In addition to assisting with chapter activities, he has promoted the value and importance of licensure by delivering seminars and talks on PEO’s licensing process to many organizations. Gupta also served on PEO Council for over 11 years where he fostered a collegial environment, supported OSPE in advocacy initiatives, promoted women in engineering by securing funding for the Women in Engineering Advisory Committee, and supported mentorship programs to help engineering interns and international engineering graduates prepare for licensure. He has also made significant contributions to the Experience Requirements, Discipline, Finance, Audit, Regional Councillors and Awards committees.

Rishi Kumar, P.Eng., PMP, CMC, GSC, FEC, will be inducted as an Officer. He is a dedicated volunteer who supports PEO at both the chapter and committee levels. Since joining the Mississauga Chapter executive, he has worked continuously as chair of the Mentoring Committee to raise its profile and establish a strong link between the chapter and newcomers. His chapter functions also include chairing and serving on the Scholarship, Awards, Mentoring, Privacy and Bylaw, and Environmental committees. Kumar oversees the chapter’s scholarship program for high school students going into undergraduate engineering programs at Ontario universities. He also developed programs that connect experienced licensed professionals with engineering interns. Kumar has also served on PEO’s Experience Requirements, Discipline, and Equity and Diversity committees. As a member of the tribunal panel, he has participated in discipline hearings to help resolve complaints against PEO licence and certificate of authorization holders.

Changiz Sadr, P.Eng., FEC, TOGAF, CISSP, will be inducted as an Officer. He was inducted as a Member in 2011 for his contributions chairing the Willowdale-Thornhill Chapter and service on PEO’s Experience Requirements Committee and the Emerging Disciplines Task Force for Communications Infrastructure Engineering group. A telecommunications engineering graduate of the Telecom Faculty of Tehran, Sadr began volunteering for the profession through the Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects (Mohandes) in 1995. Since joining the Order of Honour, his volunteer service to PEO has expanded to sitting on PEO Council from 2013 to 2017, serving two terms as East Central Region councillor. He also chaired the Regional Councillors Committee from 2015 to 2017. Since 2011, he has served on the Audit, Finance, Discipline and Executive committees. He also served as PEO liaison on the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists’ (OACETT) Council from 2013 to 2017.

Jeanette M. Southwood, P.Eng., FEC, FCAE, LLD (hc), IntPE, will be inducted as an Officer. A long-time volunteer with multiple organizations, Southwood has provided leadership and demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the profession. Her PEO volunteer service started on the Willowdale-Thornhill Chapter executive, where she created and chaired the Government Interface Committee, served as secretary, chaired the Newsletter Committee, and served on the chapter’s Certificate Presentation and Events committees. Later, as chair of PEO’s Awards Committee, she continued to improve the nomination, documentation and selection processes. In the greater engineering community, Southwood has volunteered her time on the University of Toronto department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry board of advisors, Consulting Engineers Ontario Member Services Committee, Ontario Environment Industry Association Board, Canadian Brownfields Network Board, Ryerson University Engineering and Architectural Science Dean’s Advisory Council, and the Energy and Environment Sector Advisory Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence.


Galal Abdelmessih, P.Eng., FEC, PMP, will be inducted as a Member. Abdelmessih has provided leadership as a PEO committee and chapter volunteer, including more than 10 years of service as an Experience Requirements Committee member and as a volunteer with PEO’s Mississauga Chapter. During his years serving the Mississauga Chapter, Abdelmessih led various committees focusing on education, licensure assistance, Government Liaison Program and others. One of his most significant accomplishments was organizing the EIT Committee to deliver events for engineering interns. Regardless of the initiative, he demonstrates leadership by encouraging new volunteers to work with him in organizing events. As a long-time P.Eng., Abdelmessih has a great deal of historical knowledge of the profession and a long-term perspective, always believing in being true to PEO’s core values: accountability, respect, integrity, professionalism and teamwork.

Andrew Dowie, P.Eng., FEC, will be inducted as a Member. Dowie was the first recipient of the G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award, presented in 2010. Since then, he has served the profession by volunteering on the Sterling Award Subcommittee as well as the PEO Windsor-Essex Chapter, which he joined in 2006 and chaired in 2013 and 2014. One of his many chapter volunteer positions included service as Government Liaison Program chair, where he represented his chapter at various galas, conferences and luncheons with politicians. Dowie also worked closely with PEO to create its first annual Candidate College, recruiting politicians to discuss the importance of having engineers run for office and how to run a successful campaign. His notable volunteer activities include serving as a long-time leader with Scouts Canada and serving as a judge at the Windsor Regional Science, Technology and Engineering Fair and the Canada Wide Science Fair in Windsor.

Derek Van Ee, P.Eng., FEC, will be inducted as a Member. For the past 15 years, he has been an active volunteer with PEO’s Lake Ontario Chapter, serving as vice chair, chair and past chair. He has been a steady and guiding force, providing support, history and knowledge, and empowering new board directors and volunteers. He was instrumental in setting up joint PEO and OSPE events to promote engineering. Van Ee is behind many small initiatives that greatly improved his chapter’s function: he developed the chapter website into a useful tool for the executive and members, organized a group email list for chapter executives to communicate and plan events and meetings and created the chapter newsletter template. He also initiated the Durham Popsicle Bridge Competition in 2006 and has grown the event into a signature National Engineering Month event that is jointly hosted by the Lake Ontario Chapter and the OACETT Durham Chapter.

Georg Kralik, P.Eng., FEC, will be inducted as a Member. He has been a long-time volunteer with PEO’s North Toronto and West Toronto chapters, serving as chair, vice chair and committee coordinator, and on chapter committees related to licence presentation ceremonies, women in engineering, the annual Engineering Innovation Forum and the Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) program. He has served as an EIR volunteer to a Grade 8 class at Cedarvale Community School and, as a long-time FIRST Robotics competition judge, Kralik encourages high school students to explore new approaches to solving problems. As vice chair of the chapter’s Women in Engineering Committee, he championed the inclusion of women in the profession. He has served as an exemplary leader and mentor to female students interested in pursuing a career in engineering while supporting and encouraging efforts to increase gender diversity within the profession.

Lisa MacCumber, P.Eng., will be inducted as a Member. MacCumber has volunteered extensively with PEO, OSPE and the engineering profession throughout her career. Her volunteer work with PEO’s Mississauga Chapter—including stints as chair, secretary and director—has fostered networking and community building with engineers and engineering graduates. She has chaired chapter committees with a focus on the environment and women in engineering, served on PEO’s Chapter Leaders Conference Organizing Committee for 2014 and 2015, and has participated on OSPE’s Women in Engineering Advocacy Committee since 2009. Her other commitments to the community include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Engineers Without Borders. As a mentor, she actively recruits female engineers and pairs ideal matches with students’ needs.

Stela Stevandic, P.Eng., FEC, PPM, will be inducted as a Member. For the past 10 years, she has been an active PEO volunteer, supporting PEO’s London Chapter as well as PEO’s Repeal of the Industrial Exception Task Force. Stevandic has started and chaired many committees for the London Chapter, including the Government Liaison Program, Mathletics, and Women in Engineering committees. She also helped organize chapter town hall meetings for 2011 provincial election candidates, created a partnership with the Project Management Institute for local events, and developed a PEO partnership with the London Chamber of Commerce. Stevandic reinstituted a local Mathletics competition in partnership with the Grand River Chapter and Western University, which is now organized on an annual basis. Through these competitions, she raises awareness of professional engineering and encourages young students to consider a career in engineering.