TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - At the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy's 2013 conference tomorrow, some of the province's top engineers, policy-makers, thought leaders and other professionals will explore an array of issues crucial to Ontario's prosperity and future.

Steve Paikin from TVOntario will share his thoughts and observations in his keynote address, What keeps Queen's Park awake at night, while Don Lenihan, an internationally known expert on democracy and public engagement, will explore stakeholder engagement and why it is critical to gaining acceptance for ideas.

Among the other topics are the fundamentals of public policy and how policy is formed in government; the public policy aspects of two real case studies-Bill 124 and the repeal of section 12(3)(a) of the Professional Engineers Act; and an interactive "speaking up" session in which various stakeholders will pitch their ideas on the most important engineering regulatory issues.

The conference will be held Friday, May 31 (8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) at St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre (Garden Hall, 16th floor), 150 King St. W., Toronto.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP), the first institute of its kind in Canada, is committed to encouraging Ontario's more than 80,000 professional engineers and engineering interns to become more involved in public policy formation and review. The centre focuses on issues including engineering licensure and regulation, smart infrastructure, tomorrow's energy solutions, and healthy communities. OCEPP was founded by Professional Engineers Ontario in June 2008.

Contact Information:

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
Catherine Shearer-Kudel
Program Manager
416-224-1100, ext. 1204