About the Chapter
The Mississauga Chapter is home to almost 10,000 Professional Engineers and EITs.
Professional Engineers Ontario, or PEO, is the regulatory body that licenses professional engineers in Ontario. PEO sets standards for and regulates the practice of professional engineering in the province.
Under the Professional Engineers Act, PEO has the mandate to serve and protect the public interest where the practice of engineering is concerned. PEO enforces compliance with the Act so that only those with a licence may practice engineering or advertise their engineering services. The association also disciplines engineers and companies that fail to maintain the profession’s standards.
We do not have an office as we are a local organization made up of volunteers to run events for registered Engineering Interns (EIT) and Professional Engineers (P. Eng.) of Mississauga. We are an essential part of PEO and some of the things we do include PEAK seminars, technical tours, networking, social events, conferences, and new P. Eng. licence presentation ceremonies.
In order to become an EIT, go to http://peo.on.ca/ and submit an application. If you’re within 6 months of graduation the application fee is waived. See the website for full details. Once you’re an EIT in the area, you’ll start getting our emails about events and you can always check in at this website.
Professional Engineers Ontario fulfills the same role the College of Physicians and Surgeons does for physicians and the Law Society of Upper Canada for lawyers.
Through the Professional Engineers Act, Professional Engineers Ontario governs licence and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public.
It fulfills the same role for engineers as the College of Physicians and Surgeons for doctors or the Law Society of Upper Canada for lawyers.
A Message from the Chair
Dear Mississauga Chapter members:
I am Brett Chmiel, chair of the Mississauga chapter for 2016. I have been with the chapter for more than 8 years. I have served as Education Committee chair and Licence Presentation Committee chair. In those roles, I brought new ideas and energy to existing programs. This included a more structured and organized event for the Mathletics and Bridge Building Challenge held for grade school students each year. I introduced a formal meal and biography introduction for licence recipients at the Licence Presentation Ceremony.
Going forward, I am working to increase involvement by chapter members in our events. This includes technical seminars that should be of interest to a wider audience. The greatest benefit of the chapter is the access it gives members to each other. Chapter events are an opportunity to meet engineers in your field and learn more about other companies and industries.
Finally, if you have an idea for a chapter event please contact me.
I also encourage members to be more active in the governance of PEO and I am interested in how you think we can make this happen.
Brett Chmiel, P.Eng.
The following executive board was elected at Annual General Meeting on February 21, 2017.
|Brett Chmiel, P.Eng.||
|Juwairia Obaid, P.Eng.||
|Saif Rehman, P.Eng.||
|Lisa MacCumber, P.Eng.||
|Artemy Kirnichansky, P.Eng.||
|Feras Sheitt, EIT||
LAP and EIT Committee Chair
|Galal Abdelmessih, P.Eng.||
Communication Committee Chair
|Harsharan Hujan, P.Eng.||
|Jordan DeMello, EIT||
|Karanjeet Singh, P.Eng.||
GLP Committee Chair
|Katherine Diep, EIT||
Innovation Committee Chair
|Khaled El-Rahi, P.Eng||
Environmental Committee Chair
|Pappur Shankar, P.Eng.||
Award and Nomination Committee Vice Chair
|Renan Orquiza, P.Eng.|
|Rishi Kumar, P.Eng.||
Scholarship Committee Chair
|Syed Saad Mohsin Ali, EIT||
Education Committee Chair
|Weijing Ma, P.Eng.|
2017 Executive Board Members:
From Right to Left: Galal, Saif, Jordan, Lisa, Feras, Art, Sari, Renan, Hasan, Syed, Karanjeet, Rishi, Jozef(Guest), Khaled, Juwairia, Pappur, Brett, Katherine Absent: Harsharan
Photographer: Weijing (Guest)
PEO’s core values are intended to inform the behaviour of its members, staff, and volunteer leaders in their everyday activities and interactions.
The Purposes of PEO Chapters
PEO chapters perform a wide variety of functions including organizing licence certificate ceremonies, hosting technical seminars and social events; providing a forum for members to exchange knowledge and ideas; and offering professional networking opportunities.
PEO chapters aim to:
- 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 licence holders;
- promote and enhance understanding within society of the self-regulated engineering profession and the importance of licensure; and
- actively participate in PEO’s policy development.
PEO chapters also engage the youth in discovering the joys of math, science and engineering through education outreach programs and local events throughout the year, including those associated with National Engineering Month.
PEO licence holders and EITs are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous opportunities provided by their local chapter by attending events or even volunteering.
Roles & Responsibilities
Chapter members must adhere to the regulations and policies set forth by Professional Engineers Ontario, including but not limited to:
- The Professional Engineers Act;
- The Code of Ethics;
- The Equity and Diversity Policy; and
- The Anti-Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy
Board members must adhere to the Mississauga Chapter By-Law, which is available here.
Board members are expected to attend a minimum of eight (8) out of ten (10) board meetings in the year. Attendance may be in person or via teleconference. Non-attendance at board meetings must be notified to the Chapter Chair at least one week in advance of the meeting date.
On average, board members spend approximately 50–100 hours to fulfill their executive roles. Board members must contribute to board activities throughout the year. Areas of contribution include, but are not necessarily limited to, event planning, event execution, administrative tasks and/or communication activities.
Board members must run events within the approved budget, and submit financial reports within one (1) month of the date of the event.