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.

Listen and learn

As President-Elect I will focus on effective and transparent governance. I believe in building a sustainable future of self-regulation for our profession. To achieve this, it will be critical to work with our members (license holders), chapter representatives, fellow Councillors and professional partners including OSPE, OACETT, CEO, Engineers Canada and many others. Together we can deliver a clear message of engineering leadership while serving and protecting the public interest.

During the past few weeks I have visited chapters around the province and have listened and learned about your experiences as a P.Eng.  I met one of the first graduates of the nuclear engineering program (Brampton chapter), one of the first engineers to work as in computer programming back in 1962 (East Toronto chapter) and one of the engineers who work for the Town of Oakville, where I live (Scarborough chapter). I have also welcomed new license holders to the profession, each with their own story to share.  In each of these conversations, I hear the pride of our profession in your voices.

What is my approach to effective leadership as your future President?  During the campaign period I have scheduled time to visit at least 50% of the chapters, demonstrating my commitment to listening and learning.  I have reached out to past presidents, former members of PEO Council and current PEO committee members to learn from their experience and hear their ideas about moving forward.  We have a strong foundation of success to build on.

My commitment to you is to:

–       Listen and learn

–       Reach out to our engineering partners

–       Engage with the past presidents’ advisory group

–       Work to raise the profile and value of the Ontario

@DARLACAMPBELL #VoteDarlaCampbell. Building the future together.

Working together

I am very proud of the successful PEO and OSPE Government Relations conference that we delivered on Oct 26, 2016.  The theme of the conference was “Engineers Working Together for a Stronger Future“.  The planning subcommittee walked the talk each step of the way, demonstrating that we are stronger when we work together.

At the September GLC meeting, we invited Patrick Sackville, OSPE’s Lead, Policy and Government Relations to speak to the committee and share ideas of how we can work more effectively when we meet with MPPs by working together.  We are actively implementing the joint protocol to make meetings with MPPs more effective.  Whether PEO or OSPE sets up the meeting with the MPP, we invite a rep from the other organization to join us at the meeting and put time on the agenda for their organization to report on their activities, too.  This is progress.  Working together.

ceo-qp-day-2015-ospe-president-and-glp-chairIn the past two years I have been invited to OSPE’s Queen’s Park Reception, representing the GLC.  Here is a picture from 2015 when Karen Chan was President of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).

Also in 2015 I was invited to Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO)’s first Queen’s Park reception where we spoke with many MPPs about Take Your MPP to Work Days.

CEO’s Queen’s Park Reception 2015 (left to right):  Barry Steinberg, P.Eng. (CEO of Consulting Engineers Ontario and past Chair GLC), Teresa Armstrong (MPP London-Fanshawe), Bill Allison, P.Eng. (Director on CEO board and CEO rep on GLC), Andy Manahan (Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario – RCCAO) and Darla Campbell, P.Eng. (Chair, GLC)


One good reason

Why am I running for President-Elect of PEO?  It’s simple.  I am running to give you choice.  You deserve to have highly qualified candidates running for leadership positions on Council.  That’s a sign of a healthy organization, an organization with staying power and the ability to weather the coming storm.

Based on my six years of leadership experience on the Government Liaison Committee, first serving as a committee member and then elected as Chair two years ago, I have closely followed the regulatory issues that are challenging PEO.  So you might say that I have had my finger on the pulse of PEO for the past six years.

Chair of PEO’s Government Liaison Committee

  • Supporting chapters as they host Take Your MPP to Work Days.
  • Working with a great team on my committee: PEO Councillors, GLP Chairs and representatives from CEO, Engineers Canada, OSPE and ESSCO.
  • Delivered successful Joint Government Relations Conference with OSPE on October 26th followed by PEO’s Queen’s Park Reception.

Back to why I am running for President-Elect.  There is a storm coming.  Disruption is the new normal.  To be prepared for the future, we need to change our thinking.  We need to ask different questions.  We need to see the problem from a whole new perspective.

That’s what I bring to PEO.  I bring a whole new perspective, built on:

  • having my finger on the pulse of PEO on the regulatory issues;
  • serving as Chair of a the board of a corporation with assets under management of $165 million; and
  • leading a national organization of business and professional women.

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Representing PEO at Take Your MPP to Work Day at 3M, hosted by London Chapter and joined by MPP Peggy Sattler (London West) and MPP Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe)  – Jan 2016

What I didn’t say


Driving home from the All Candidates Meeting last night I began to think about all the things that I didn’t say…

About PEO – Top 5 List

  • I am prepared to travel to meet all chapters.
  • I am prepared to work with our partners in the engineering sector (and have a track record of doing so already).
  • I have a good working relationship with PEO staff.
  • Proud to be asked by the Registrar to serve again as Chair of Government Liaison Committee (GLC) and this has been approved by Council.
  • Proud of the feedback and survey results from our recent Joint Government Relations conference with OSPE (October 26, 2016).

About My International Experience – Top 5 List

  • I was invited by the Canadian Consulate to speak at a conference in Nagoya, Japan where I highlighted success stories from Canada to a women in business audience, through a translator (June 2001).
  • I have attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City (February 2001).
  • I was elected and served on the international executive of Business and Professional Women (1999 to 2002) before being elected as the Canadian national president (2004 to 2006).
  • I delivered an award winning leadership training course to an international business audience in Melbourne, Australia (2002).
  • I chaired a voting session of the International Congress of Business and Professional Women with an audience of 1,000 in Lucerne, Switzerland (2005).

You can watch the recording of the All Candidates Meeting here to hear what I did say.

Here’s the view from my seat on the panel.