Thank you to PEO York chapter for hosting the All Candidates Debate on February 4, 2017. I understand this is a “first” for a chapter. By how professionally the event ran, from start to finish, you couldn’t have guessed that this well oiled machine was on its maiden run. Congratulations to the moderator, Alice Chow, P.Eng., who facilitated a fair and respectful debate for the 13 participating candidates. Thank you to the attendees who asked great questions in the open Q&A session. I feel even more confident in the future of our profession in Ontario!
Questions for the Candidates
A. East Central Regional Councillor Candidates (all 5 candidates)
- What are your thoughts on PEO’s fiscal accountability and transparency?
- What approach will you take to engage more with EITs and young professionals?
B. Councillor at Large (Ewald Kuczera, Hamid Batenipour, Lisa MacCumber)
- With very low turnout rate at elections, how do you ensure that your constituent’s concerns are heard?
- Do you have any plans to improve the communication between PEO and its members? Please explain.
C. Vice President (Changiz Sadr, Nancy Hill)
- Based on an OSPE report, only 30% of engineering graduates in Ontario are working in jobs that require an engineering degree. What actions should be taken, if any, to alleviate the situation?
- What do you see as the benefits and drawbacks of the Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program to our profession?
D. President-Elect (David Brown, Darla Campbell, Peter DeVita)
- PEO is considering establishing term limits for all Council positions. Do you agree?
- What do you think of the Industrial Exception, section 12(3)a of the Professional Engineers Act?