Introducing PEO Council 2018-2019


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

David 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 Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Brown also sits as a board member for Engineers Canada and is the board representative to the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. He also represents PEO as a board member for the OACETT. Aside from his work at PEO, Brown has volunteered extensively within his community and, in particular, with the United Way, where he was a past chair of the Campaign Committee. He is very happily married to his wonderfully supportive wife, Liza, and they have four amazing children.

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

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 in the biomedical engineering program. Licensed by PEO in 1989, Dony has served on numerous PEO committees before and since his election to Council as councillor-at-large in 2012. In 2016, he was elected as president-elect and served as president of PEO for the 2017-2018 Council year. In addition to his service to PEO, Dony was co-editor-in-chief, Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2008-2011), past member of Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board (2001-2004), and current PEO representative on Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board since 2014. 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.

Nancy Hill, P.Eng., LLB, FEC, FCAE

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 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 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. In 2017, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Hill has worked tirelessly to promote 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 was instrumental in getting Council to approve term limits for all elected

Marisa Sterling, P.Eng., FEC
Vice President

Marisa Sterling is assistant dean, inclusivity and diversity at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. She leads the 50:50 Challenge to be the first engineering school in Canada to reach gender parity. Sterling is a champion of Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 goal, co-creator of Canada’s first online Inclusion Lens: Event Management Tool for an engineering school, and champion of the Engineering Change Lab, a group of innovators and leaders exploring ways to transform Canada’s engineering community to better steward technology to solve society’s challenges. A chemical engineer from the University of Toronto and a member of the Oxford Business Alumni Network, Sterling previously worked in the consumer products industry in R&D and brand management, and for PEO as manager of enforcement. She has written about workplace safety and ethics. Sterling is the elected president of the charity Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education. She created a membership category for PEO chapters and increased by 50 per cent the financial assistance given in annual student scholarships to nurture tomorrow’s engineers. For EIT leadership development, Sterling helped create PEO’s G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award and aids the annual selection. She received the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award in 2015, the Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award for Community Service in 2016, named a Woman of Distinction by the Canadian National Exhibition Association in 2016, made a fellow of Engineers Canada in 2017 and received the Canada 150 Heritage Pin in 2018. In her spare time, Sterling enjoys yoga, travelling and SCUBA diving.

Kelly Reid, P.Eng., IACCM CCMP
Vice president (appointed)

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 and has worked at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Nuclear Safety Solutions Limited, and Ontario Power Generation. 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 and she managed a variety of important contracts for the Darlington refurbishment project. Reid is currently working in quality engineering with her prime role being to increase proficiency (i.e. how to perform work well) in the Darlington Refurbishment Engineering Division. 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 at Oxford University. In 2018, she will present her abstract on engineering proficiency at the International Conference on Quality, Leadership and Management in the Nuclear Industry. 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.

Michael Kwok-Wai Chan, P.Eng., FEC

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. Currently, he serves as vice chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Discipline and Registration committees. 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 was awarded the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Citizenship Award in 2007 and inducted as a Member in PEO’s Order of Honour in 2015 to recognize his contributions to PEO and the profession. This year, he was selected as a recipient of the Canada 150 Medal for outstanding contributions and service to the community.

Ishwar Bhatia, MEngP.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 to start up its municipal group. He has twice volunteered as president of Ottawa’s Civic Institute of Professional Personnel. 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) and was a vice chair of the Chapter Leaders Conference in 2017. Bhatia has served on several discipline panels and obtained certification from the Society of Arbitrators and Regulators. He has been elected as Eastern Region councillor for a two-year term and will serve from 2017-2019.


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, greenhouse gas emissions and 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’s research interests include vehicle powertrain design, vehicle emissions health impacts, compressed air energy storage, deep geothermal energy, thermoacousticsoilsands tailings pond elimination, and remote sensing indicators of urban, crop and ecosystem health and development. 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

(see Executive Committee)

Gregory WowchukP.Eng.

Gregory Wowchuk holds a BASc degree from the University of Windsor and a diploma in electrical technology from the former Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University), reflecting his affinity for both the theoretical and the practical. Along with his engineering education, Wowchuk has taken courses in psychology and effective communication. He won second prize in the 1982 Ontario Engineering Design Competition. Wowchuk began his career with Spar Aerospace Limited, and is currently president of Wheatfield Instrument Corporation Ltd. and a special advisor to Dynamic Solutions Institute of Applied Knowledge Inc. in Detroit. Wowchuk was a lieutenant governor-in-council appointed PEO councillor (1997-2000) and chair of the former Communications Committee (1997-1999). He was also a co-founder of Engineers for Engineers (1997), Ontario Engineers for Democracy on Council (2011) and Ontario Engineers for Grassroots Democracy (2017). He is an ardent supporter of the self-regulation model of our profession and speaks often against bureaucracy and waste. His commitment to grassroots democracy spans several decades. He served as a provincial returning officer (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) from 1998 to 2003 and has co-founded several citizens’ advocacy groups. He was also president of the Etobicoke Historical Society (2004-2007). Wowchuk holds a black belt in Japanese karate and is an aficionado of old cars and enjoys pulling, modifying and rebuilding their engines. Wowchuk views the role of PEO Council primarily as serving the profession, consistent with protecting the public interest. He firmly believes these functions are not mutually exclusive.


Eastern Region Councillors

Ishwar Bhatia, MEngP.Eng.

(see Executive Committee)

Guy Boone, P.Eng., FEC

Guy Boone was re-elected in February 2018 for a second term as Eastern Region councillor, after serving as PEO Ottawa Chapter (oPEO) 2015 chair, and PEO 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, and a safety advisor with SafetyGuy Consulting Inc. Previously, he worked with Alcatel, Nortel and Nemko Canada as a product safety engineer, and as a system safety engineer with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and Alcatel Transportation. Boone is a strong, active advocate for the engineering profession, serving on OSPE’s Chapter Liaison Committee and working within both oPEOand 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, learned engineering societies (IEEE, IET,CIMarE/SNAME, INCOSE, cISSS and SRE Ottawa) and the faculties of engineering at University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Councillor Boone plans to seek public office as Ottawa city councillor.

East Central Region Councillors

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

Thomas Chong earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1973. He became a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2017; fellow of Engineers Canada in 2011; International Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2009; senior member, American Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1977; PEO member in 1976; and Chartered Engineer (Britain) in 1974. Chong was recruited from London, England, by Nortel Canada as a corporate engineering manager in 1976. Since 2008, he has been president of the 4000-member East Asian Network in the Ontario government and currently works as system lead with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Chong won a Gold Medal and Canada Cup 2016 and 2014 in dragon boating. His OPS Ride for Heart team won the Gold Wheel Award in 2015 and 2014. Chong received an Amethyst Award twice, in 2014 and 2009, won the ACE award from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care in 2015 and 2014 and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Since 2009, he has won 15 other major awards. Chong has been a mentor, York University engineering design program since 2008; mentor, Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) since 2008; Knight of Columbus and Lector, St. Agnes Tsao Church since 2011; founding member, Popular Music Club since 2007; and former board member, Legal Aid Ontario Clinic, 2004 to 2009. Chong was vice president (elected) 2014; vice president (appointed) 2013; East Central Region councillor 2006 to 2013; and director, York Chapter, 2000 to 2008; Human Resources Committee, 2015 to present; Audit Committee, 2006 to present; Discipline Committee, 2012 to present; and Government Liaison Program, 2006 to present. Chong has published many technical papers.

Keivan Torabi, PhD, P.Eng.

Keivan Torabi has four chemical engineering degrees: BSc, MSc, MASc and PhD. His diverse educational background includes areas such as computer simulation, polymer characterization, and his PhD thesis was in application of artificial intelligence and machine learning technics, combined with computer vision, for real-time image analysis at the University of Toronto. Torabi was also a seasonal instructor at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University between 2004 and 2007. He has more than 25 years of engineering experience in oil and gas and nuclear power generation. He has worked in the Canadian nuclear industry (CANDU) for the past 19 years with broad experience in different areas, mostly focused on nuclear safety and licensing. Torabi has worked at Ontario Power Generation (Pickering and Darlington nuclear stations) as well as Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Candu Energy (SNC-Lavalin) and AMEC-Foster Wheeler. He is a first-generation immigrant, a talented self-taught artist (in oil painting), an avid tennis player and an executive member of Valley Tennis Club in North York for the past six years. The primary reason for Torabi’s decision to run in the recent PEO elections was to encourage other engineers in the East Central Region to get involved in PEO and participate in the recent PEO policy and strategy discussions that have been happening over the past couple of years, which will have a direct impact on all of us and will affect our career and the way we practise engineering.

Northern Region Councillors

Ramesh Subramanian, PhD, P.Eng., FEC

Ramesh Subramanian received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton in 1994, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of New Brunswick, University of Wisconsin-Madison and McMaster University before joining Laurentian University in Sudbury as assistant professor in January 2002. He was the director of the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University (2010-2016), a member of the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering (including serving as vice chair from 2013-2015 and chair from 2015-2016) and National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (including the Deans Liaison Committee from 2013-2016). He is a fully licensed P.Engin Ontario since 2008 and a new fellow of Engineers Canada with volunteering experience at the Sudbury Chapter (including secretary, vice chair and chair), PEO’s Academic Requirements Committee (since June 2013 and the current vice chair), and Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board visits (since January 2014). Subramanian is committed to the core principles of protecting public safety, engaging PEO membership, modernizing the governance of PEO to remain as a good self-regulator, engaging stakeholders through PEO chapters, advancing PEO’s mission, and seeing increased relevance and value of a P.Englicence to the public, engineers and engineering graduates through improved enforcement, discipline and licensing processes. A passionate grassroots, community-oriented engineering educator and mentor, he would like to see PEO establish successful outreach programs for recruiting and retaining women in engineering and help female engineers seamlessly proceed through the licensure process.

Serge Robert, P.Eng.

Serge Robert was born and raised in Timmins, a mining community located in the heart of northeastern Ontario. Having completed his civil engineering post-secondary studies in the north at Northern College in Porcupine and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Robert started his structural engineering career in Bradford as a truss designer for a leading building component manufacturer. Robert first began his involvement with PEO when he made the move back home to the north 11 years ago to join a local consulting firm. Starting at the chapter level, Robert has enjoyed many years of volunteering, which led to his appointment as Northern Region councillor in 2014-2016. The calling of a father and mid-career professional necessitated a step back for a few years and he is happy to return to the Council table starting in 2018. Now employed in the public utility sector, Robert is excited to bring the Northern Region’s voice to Council.

Western Region Councillors

Lola Mireya Hidalgo, P.Eng., PMP

Lola Mireya Hidalgo is an engineer and proud P.Engwith the Ministry of Transportation’s provincial highways management division. Hidalgo began her career with the MTO Engineering Development Program after graduating from Concordia University in civil engineering. She progressed to more senior roles and now works in the provincial Contract Management Office in St. Catharines, Ontario. 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 her commitment to contribute to improving social infrastructure. She has been actively involved with groups such as Tomorrow Ontario’s Public Service, Project Management Institute, Canadian Red Cross, AIESEC, Engineers Without Borders, Transportation Association of Canada, municipal advisory committees and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Recently she volunteered for Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival and 2017 North American Indigenous Games. She enjoys playing piano, continuous learning, travelling with her supportive husband (who is also a P.Eng.) and meeting new people with diverse opinions. Hidalgo is passionate about giving back to those in her community and is honoured to serve on PEO Council and proud to represent the beautiful Western Region.

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 director, 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.

West Central Region Councilllors

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 was on PEO’s North Bay Chapter board and rose to become chair. For the last three years he has served as West Central Region councillor and has been on the Joint Relations Committee with OSPE 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 and the Discipline Committee and chair of the Regional Councillors 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.

Lisa MacCumberP.Eng.

Lisa MacCumber currently works as a senior engineer in the business transformation branch at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, primarily developing technical requirements for new and amended legislation and regulations related to the environment, recommending business process improvements and writing technical guidance documents. MacCumber has also worked as the team lead in the automotive unit of the advanced manufacturing branch at the Ministry of Economic Development, Training, Research and Employment. Previously, MacCumber worked in the private sector as a project engineer in the automotive industry and rubber industry. She graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor of applied science, chemical engineering degree. MacCumber is a member of PEO, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and the Water Environment Association of Ontario. She has volunteered with PEO at the chapter level in Mississauga, serving as chapter chair and past chair, Women in Engineering Committee chair and Environment Committee chair. She is currently a ministry observer on a PEO practice standard subcommittee. MacCumber was also a member of the Women in Engineering Advisory Committee of OSPE for several years. Her other volunteer interests include working with the Applewood Homeowners Association and Westies in Need dog rescue. In her spare time, she enjoys curling in the Engineer’s Curling League, swimming, pilates, gardening, cooking and baking, and spoiling her West Highland terrier Grady. MacCumber is also married to a wonderfully supportive engineer husband, Chris.

Appointed Councillors

Michael Kwok-Wai Chan, P.Eng., FEC

(see Executive Committee)

Lorne A. Cutler, MBA, P.Eng.

Lorne Cutler graduated with a BASc in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1979. He worked for Dow Chemical for four years in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta before returning to Ivy School of Business at Western University where he completed his MBA in 1985. Cutler joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 1985 where he was responsible for signing loans in excess of $1 billion in India and the countries of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In his capacity as senior advisor, Africa, Europe and Middle East in EDC’s International Business Development Group, Cutler was primarily responsible for country and sector development strategies, relationship management with Canadian banks and exporters interested in the region, and implementation of financing facilities with international financial institutions. Upon early retirement in 2009, Cutler started a consulting firm, LAC & Associates Consulting, focused on the areas of policy analysis and development, training, personal finance, municipal finance, small business consulting, social finance and international business development. For the past several years, Cutler has delivered a Professional Practice Exam training course for internationally trained engineers for OSPE. He received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and Ontario Volunteer Services Awards for his volunteer work with such organizations as Ottawa Community Loan Fund, a micro-finance institution, and Jewish Family Services of Ottawa. For several years, Cutler has also been president of his local community association and treasurer of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations, an umbrella group of Ottawa community associations.

Qadira C. Jackson Kouakou, 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 Toronto 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 KirkbyP.Eng.

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 the 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 two horses, Barney and Rainbow. 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 consultant/businessman (Knowledge E*Volutions Inc.), lawyer (Lew Lederman QC of Ottawa and Toronto) and Canada representative (and Innovation Council member) for Capital Expert Services, LLC of Washington, DC. Over the course of his career, Lederman has worked in most major legal and business sectors, including private practice at Gowling & Henderson (now Gowling WLG) and Fraser & Beatty (now Dentons); and business and government as general counsel and corporate secretary and executive management member, first at the Canadian Payments Association (now Payments Canada) processing then some $11 trillion p.a. (now $50 trillion) and subsequently Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation with revenues then of $500 million p.a. Lederman’s current focus, in addition to work at PEO, includes, in law, governance, regulation and problem-solving generally, and in consulting, potentials in pharma and in artificial intelligence. Lederman’s booklets and papers include Big, Bang, Boom: Adventures in BankingA Declaration of Independence for BoardsShakespeare on Audit Committees, and Watch Out, He Bites: A Zoology of Dangerous Businessmen. Lederman has also served on several boards, including the Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Iretomiwa OlukiyesiP.Eng.

Iretomiwa Olukiyesi’s 25 years of experience in mechanical/manufacturing/production/engineering cuts across various industries, such as construction, automobile and consumer goods. She started her career in manufacturing as a pioneer line manager with Procter and Gamble (Nigeria) Limited where she successfully led technical teams through various stages/cycles from initial installation, execution/implementation to support/maintenance. She was promoted to department manager in the production operations of the company for a couple of years, after which she went to work in the supply chain organization where she consolidated eight warehouses into one central warehouse. Afterwards, she spent time in HR as a talent acquisition manager. She spent nine years with the company before she migrated to Canada. Olukiyesi had a short stint with Daimler Chrysler on a third-party contract as a throughput/efficiency engineer before joining 3M Canada, her current employer, as a senior manufacturing engineer. With 3M Canada, she has worked in various capacities as manufacturing, supply chain supervisor and currently as the lead in outsource manufacturing. Olukiyesi obtained her master’s degree in advanced design, manufacturing and business from the University of Toronto. She is a licensed member of PEO and currently serves as a lieutenant-governor-appointed councillor and as the Council liaison for PEO’s Education Committee. Prior to being appointed to serve on Council, she volunteered for seven years with the London Chapter of PEO as government liaison person, government liaison chair, member of the Education Committee, leader of the women in engineering and as the chapter secretary. She is actively involved as a volunteer with various charities in Canada and abroad. She mentors several people in the community and is happily married, blessed with two loving children.

Nadine Rush, C.E.T.

Nadine Rush graduated from the environmental engineering technology program at Georgian College and is a certified engineering technologist 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 joined 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 reviewing development applications and projects. Rush spent four years as chapter chair of the Georgian Bay Chapter of OACETT. As past chair she continues to be involved in organizing events, encouraging participation and promoting chapter growth. Rush is a member of the OACETT Nominating Committee responsible for candidate interviews and recommendations. She also chaired the local organizing committee for National Engineering Month comprised of members from OACETT Georgian Bay and PEO’s Simcoe-Muskoka Chapter.

Marilyn Spink, P.Eng.

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. Giving back to the engineering profession is also important to Spink via her lieutenant governor appointment to PEO Council and by contributing to several PEO committees and task forces in her role as a PEO councillor. 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 and was honoured to be selected to participate in the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metalurgy’s Distinguished Lecturer program. 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 children.