Toronto-based Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing and regulating body for professional engineers and engineering in the province, has installed Marisa Sterling, P.Eng., FEC, as its 101st president and eighth woman to lead its council during its virtual annual general meeting (AGM) on May 30.
Committed to promoting inclusion and modernization within the engineering profession, Sterling has over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in the engineering field, in both the private and public sectors. She is currently the assistant dean and director of diversity, inclusion and professionalism, at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. Sterling is also helping to find ways to transform the engineering community in the midst of rapid technology advancements and to better serve the people of Ontario, through the Engineering Change Lab.
Sterling previously worked in the consumer products industry in research and development and brand management, and for PEO as manager, enforcement where she led efforts to keep Ontario workers safe by building corporate partnerships towards repealing the industrial exception. Through the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, a charity where she served as president for eight years, she has helped develop student knowledge and skills. Each spring, she helps obligate students and graduates who have the academic requirements for the P.Eng. license and who choose to make a statement of ethics, with an iron ring at the ceremony of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. She has also advanced the leadership development of engineering interns by helping to create PEO’s G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award, named after her late father, who was also a PEO president.
A chemical engineer from the University of Toronto and a member of the Oxford Business Alumni Network, Sterling 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.
At its AGM, PEO also introduced its Council for the 2020-2021 term. The nine women and 16 men on the new Council will govern PEO’s 91,500 license and certificate holders and regulate professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public interest. The new leadership group includes province-wide representation from a wide array of sectors, including the public, business, academe and government. The composition and operation of Council is dictated by Regulation 941 under the Professional Engineers Act. Most councillors are elected by PEO’s licence holders while others are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
PEO’s 2020-2021 Council includes:
Marisa Sterling, P.Eng., FEC President
Christian Bellini, P.Eng., FEC President Elect
Nancy Hill, P.Eng., LLB., FEC, FCAE Past President
Darla Campbell, P.Eng. Vice President (elected)
Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng. Vice President (appointed)
Sandra Ausma, PhD, P.Eng. Councillor-at-Large
Michael Chan, P.Eng., FEC Councillor-at-Large
Leila Notash, PhD, P.Eng., FEC Councillor-at-Large
Ramesh Subramanian, PhD, P.Eng., FEC Northern Region Councillor
Luc Roberge, P.Eng., FEC Northern Region Councillor
Randy Walker, P.Eng., FEC Eastern Region Councillor
Chantal Chiddle, P.Eng., FEC Eastern Region Councillor
Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng. East Central Region Councillor
Peter Cushman, P.Eng. East Central Region Councillor
Warren Turnbull, P.Eng., FEC West Central Region Councillor
Lisa MacCumber, P.Eng., FEC West Central Region Councillor
Wayne Kershaw, P.Eng., FEC Western Region Councillor
Peter Broad, P.Eng., FEC Western Region Councillor
Arjan Arenja, P.Eng., MBA Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Robert Brunet, P.Eng. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Todd Bruyere, P.Eng. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Lorne Cutler, P.Eng., MBA Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Andy Dryland, C.E.T. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Qadira C. Jackson Kouakou, BSW, LLB Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Iretomiwa Olukiyesi, P.Eng. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Sherlock Sung Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Under the authority of the Professional Engineers Act, PEO governs over 91,500 license and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering in Ontario. PEO’s mission is to regulate and advance the practice of engineering to protect the public interest. Its vision is to be the trusted leader in professional self-regulation. Professional engineering safeguards life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare and the environment. Professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names. Holders of limited licenses can be identified by LEL or LET after their names.