TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing and regulating body for professional engineers and engineering in the province, installed George Comrie, MEng, P.Eng., CMC, FEC, as its 97th president during its annual general meeting (AGM) at The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, on April 30.

Mr. Comrie is only the fifth engineer to be twice elected president since the inception of PEO in 1922, having served as president in 2004-2005. During his previous term, he championed integrating a government communications program into the association's ongoing operations to ensure government, PEO licence holders and the public recognize and respect PEO's regulatory mandate, and its members' long and consistent history of protecting the public interest. A passionate advocate for the Canadian model of regulating the engineering profession, he believes in PEO's accountability to its membership, and in strengthening its core regulatory functions.

At its annual general meeting, PEO also introduced its council for the 2016-2017 term. The three women and 22 men on the new council will govern PEO's 85,000 licence and certificate holders and regulate professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public.

The new leadership group includes province-wide representation from a wide array of sectors, including the business community, industry, 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. Up to 12 councillors are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, up to five of whom are not professional engineers.

PEO's 2016-2017 council comprises:
George Comrie, MEng, P.Eng., CMC, FEC President
Bob Dony, PhD, P.Eng., FIET, FEC President-elect
Thomas Chong, MSc, P.Eng., FEC, PMP Past President
Patrick. J. Quinn, PhD, P.Eng., C.Eng., FCAE, FEC Vice President (elected)
David Brown, P.Eng., BDS, C.E.T. Vice President (appointed)
Roydon Fraser, PhD, P.Eng., FEC Councillor-at-Large
Roger Jones, P.Eng., MBA, SMIEEE Councillor-at-Large
Christian Bellini, P.Eng., FEC Councillor-at-Large
Dan Preley, P.Eng. Northern Region Councillor
Michael Wesa, P.Eng. Northern Region Councillor
David Brown, P.Eng., BDS, C.E.T. Eastern Region Councillor
Guy Boone, P.Eng. Eastern Region Councillor
Changiz Sadr, P.Eng., FEC, CTP, CTME, ITILv3 East Central Region Councillor
Noubar Takessian, P.Eng., FEC, BScME, GSC East Central Region Councillor
Warren Turnbull, P.Eng. West Central Region Councillor
Danny Chui, P.Eng., FEC West Central Region Councillor
Ewald Kuczera, MSc, P.Eng. Western Region Councillor
Gary O. Houghton, B.E.Sc., P.Eng., FEC Western Region Councillor
Rakesh K. Shreewastav, P.Eng., AVS, FEC Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Richard J. Hilton, P.Eng. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Vassilios (Bill) Kossta Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Santosh Gupta, PhD, MEng, P.Eng., FEC Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Ishwar Bhatia, MEng., P.Eng., FEC Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Mary Long-Irwin Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Sharon Reid, C.Tech. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Marilyn Spink, P.Eng. Lieutenant Governor Appointee

About Professional Engineers Ontario

Under the authority of the Professional Engineers Act, 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 licences can be identified by LEL after their names.

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David Smith, Manager, Communications
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