Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is the provincial association of professional engineers that self- regulates its 69,000 members in the province of Ontario, Canada. Ontario is subdivided into five regions for Council representation, and membership communications. The Northern Region, covers the province north of, and including the Parry Sound District, bounded by Quebec in the east, and Manitoba in the west. This represents over 85% of the province’s geographical area, but less than 4% of PEO’s membership.
For a sense of community, Regional membership is further divided into 37 Chapters. The role of the Chapter system have been defined as follows:
PEO Chapters are the local presence for Professional Engineers Ontario and are tasked with the responsibilities of assisting PEO in meeting the objectives of the PEO organization. The objectives are as follows:
Through local presence and activities, PEO Chapters:
- Facilitate participation and training of licence holders in the governance, succession planning for PEO leadership, and statutory duties of the profession;
- Work to identify the value of the profession to future license holders;
- Promote and enhance the understanding within society of the self regulated engineering profession and the importance of licensure; and
- Actively participate in policy development of the PEO.
The essential purpose of Chapters is Policy and Communications through the following initiatives.
- Enhance a local presence for the engineering profession throughout Ontario.
- Provide an introduction and training for professional engineers who want to participate in the statutory functions of the profession.
- Provide timely and current information to licence holders.
- Provide an active communication link between the membership and Council with regards to:
- PEO Policy Development;
- Succession planning for PEO Leadership; and
- PEO and Chapter Budget planning.
- Provide a forum for the local discussion of professional and civic affairs.
- Enhance the professional development, competency, and social responsibility of professional engineers.
- Serve as an information resource for professional engineers, the public and society.
- Promote public awareness of the engineering profession in the local community.
- Provide a local point of contact for the community to access information on the profession and Engineering.
- Promote participation of licence holders in Chapter activities and PEO committees.
- Promote recognition of individuals or firms for their support of the profession.
The Chapter provides a forum where professional matters may be freely discussed. Although no Chapter may speak for the association, all Chapters are encouraged to generate positive local media coverage for their own activities and events. Individual Chapter members may also comment on technical and professional engineering issues on their own behalf, drawing on their own expertise and experiences. On occasion, a Chapter spokesperson may be designated as a PEO spokesperson on a particular issue of local relevance, and will be provided appropriate support. Requests for comment on PEO policy and operations should be referred to PEO’s communications department.
In addition to fostering communication of PEO issues to and from the membership, Chapters may also enhance public awareness of the profession in the community by undertaking events that are oriented to matters of public concern where factual engineering presentations may aid the public in understanding issues more clearly.