Favourite Things

Here is a list of a few of my favourite things from the PEO election campaign:

  1. Getting to know the other candidates on the campaign trail.
  2. Visiting PEO chapters across the province.
  3. Talking to professional engineers and hearing their stories.
  4. Noticing the variety in how chapters deliver events like AGMs.
  5. Admiring the leadership at the chapter level.
  6. Being caught using “practise” when I meant to use “practice”.
  7. Meeting new P.Eng.s at licence presentation ceremonies.
  8. Answering questions during the debates and one-on-one.
  9. Hearing ideas and suggestions on how PEO can improve.
  10. Learning that we have more in common than what sets us apart.

A few of my favourite moments.


As engineers, we know the value of measuring and getting feedback.  I recall an assignment in 3rd year university in the transportation class.  We were told to go out and measure the number of cars turning at a specific intersection.  We dutifully counted the number of cars turning in a one hour period and reported back to class.  Only then did we discover that we also needed to know how many cars went straight through the intersection.  Hmmm.  A lesson learned.

Fast forward to the PEO election in 2017 where we are celebrating a significant increase in the voter turnout.  As this was one of my goals in running in this election, it is easy to celebrate the results.  We increased a whopping 50% from last year’s votes, which brings us to the grand total of 16.38% of eligible voters who cast their vote.  What about the 83.62% who went straight through the election and didn’t stop to turn in their ballot?  Congratulations are in order, yes and how do we continue to increase relevancy and voter turnout in future elections?

At the AGM in April, the newly elected councillors will have much success to build on and much to contribute to the future decisions of Council.  Let us not forget that we represent not only those who voted for us, we represent the engineering profession in Ontario.  Our decisions must consider what is best for the profession, how to regulate in the interest of protecting the public, how to improve on what we already know and learn how to do better in the future.  As engineers, we never stop learning.

Building the future together

This election is about choice.  There are many great candidates in this election.  You get to choose who you believe will be the right leader for PEO at this point in history.

Leadership is about listening.  It’s about learning.  It’s about flexibility and about staying the course.  It’s about providing a clear direction for the organization and inspiring others towards that future.

Throughout this campaign I have already achieved my goal of visiting 50% of the chapters.  So far I have visited 18 PEO chapters hosting AGMs, debates, tours and meet and greets.  I have met MPPs and MPs as well as mayors and municipal councillors.  I have met new licence holders and their families, chapter leaders, EITs and P.Eng.s from many different disciplines and areas of practice. As I listen to your stories, I hear pride in your voice.

That’s why I became an engineer.  I chose engineering because it offered a chance to be part of a profession.  Just like you, I work hard each and every day, applying engineering principles to solving problems, making the world a better place.

As your future President, I will work tirelessly and diligently to improve the profile and the value of the P.Eng. in Ontario.

  • We’ll focus on good governance and look for smart ways to modernize what we do as a regulator.
  • We’ll look at areas where a proactive approach can help to encourage and promote the profession.
  • We’ll listen to ideas and suggestions from our licence holders and our engineering partner organizations.

By demonstrating leadership in engineering we can achieve a sustainable future of self-regulation for our profession.

It’s your choice. Building the future together.

#PEOvotes #VoteDarlaCampbell

York chapter hosts debate

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)

  1. What are your thoughts on PEO’s fiscal accountability and transparency?
  2. What approach will you take to engage more with EITs and young professionals?

B. Councillor at Large (Ewald Kuczera, Hamid Batenipour, Lisa MacCumber)

  1. With very low turnout rate at elections, how do you ensure that your constituent’s concerns are heard?
  2. Do you have any plans to improve the communication between PEO and its members?  Please explain.

C. Vice President (Changiz Sadr, Nancy Hill)

  1. 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?
  2. 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)

  1. PEO is considering establishing term limits for all Council positions.  Do you agree?
  2. What do you think of the Industrial Exception, section 12(3)a of the Professional Engineers Act?


Campaign trail

An essential part of leadership is meeting your membership.  I have set a goal to schedule to visit 50% of PEO Chapters during this campaign.  From January 20th to January 28th, I attended the following 8 PEO chapter AGMs:

  1. PEO Brampton (Jan 20th)
  2. PEO Scarborough (Jan 21st)
  3. PEO Toronto East (Jan 24th)
  4. PEO Oakville (Jan 25th)
  5. PEO Etobicoke (Jan 26th)
  6. PEO Peterborough (Jan 27th)
  7. PEO Kingsway (Jan 27th)
  8. PEO Lake Ontario (Jan 28th)

Each chapter’s AGM had a different approach, reflecting on the flavour of the local chapter.  It has been a great experience meeting  P.Eng.s from around the province and listening to their stories, especially welcoming the newly minted P.Eng.s receiving their licence certificates.

Yesterday (Feb 1) I attended PEO Niagara’s chapter tour of the new Niagara Regional Police Station in Niagara Falls (designed to LEEDS Silver).

METRICS:  9 chapters in 13 days (or 25% of PEO chapters).

Thank you to each of the chapters for the important work that you do in your communities, promoting PEO.