Former PEO president takes on Engineers Canada role

The latest president of Engineers Canada has the distinction of being one of only two engineers to have former PEO president and former Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) president on their resumé.

Annette Bergeron, P.Eng., FEC, was inducted as the 76th president of Engineers Canada on May 26 following Engineers Canada’s annual meeting of members in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Bergeron served as the sixth female president of PEO in 2013-2014. She is also a two-time past president and chair of the advocacy association (2004-2005 and 2009-2010). As well, Bergeron was recognized in 2013 and again in 2014 as among the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada.

Bergeron is the 14th former PEO president elected to the Engineers Canada presidency. Others since 2002 to hold both roles include Gord Sterling, P.Eng., FEC, Ken McMartin, P.Eng., FEC, and Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., FEC. Karakatsanis is the only other engineer to have led PEO, OSPE and Engineers Canada.

Bergeron has served as a PEO director on the Engineers Canada board since 2016.

The new Engineers Canada leader said these are “pivotal times” for engineering regulation in Canada. Speaking at PEO’s annual general meeting on April 21, Bergeron emphasized the strong links between the national association and the provincial/territorial engineering organizations. “Right now, we are focused on giving more purposeful shape to the work done by Engineers Canada for each of the regulators,” she said. “In the area of regulatory excellence, Engineers Canada is here to support [PEO] and the other groups across the country. Together, we can position the engineering profession in Canada as a world leader in innovation and high standards.”

In her addresses to other engineering regulators in April and May, Bergeron has emphasized the Engineers Canada role in monitoring best practices across the country and sharing them with smaller regulators who might not have the same resources as Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta. She has also cited the national association’s work in promoting the engineering profession among government leaders, policy makers and the public.

“Nationwide collaboration is no small accomplishment,” Bergeron said, “and I am looking forward to spearheading this initiative from strategy to implementation.”

Bergeron takes over from Past President Russ Kinghorn, P.Eng., FEC, principal at Kinghorn Systems Engineering and a former president and senior executive at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

In a May 15 interview with Engineering Dimensions, Bergeron said a full agenda lies ahead. “As [Engineers Canada] president, I am excited about our new strategic plan and revamped purposes to better serve our owners, the regulators,” she said. “Right away we’ll get down to work creating new performance measures, the operational plan, and executing the plan.” Bergeron graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with a bachelor of science degree (metallurgical engineering), and from York University’s Schulich School of Business with an MBA in strategic management and entrepreneurship and is currently principal of Bergeron Consulting. She was also a key member of a PEO task force that recently developed the Ontario regulator’s Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program.