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OSPE attends Ontario Business
Advisory Council discussion with the
Honourable John Yakabuski, Minister
of Natural Resources and Forestry
OSPE discussed the necessary steps
required and precautions needed to be
put in place to successfully access and
develop Ontario's natural resources,
while effectively protecting the
environment.
Engineers provide submission to
Ontario Privacy Commissioner
consultation on Artificial Intelligence.
Engineers play a key role in the
development, implementation, and use
of artificial intelligence technology.
They are well positioned to ensure that
this promising technology is put to
good use, establish Canada as a leader
in this field, and protect the public
interest. Given the ambiguities
surrounding the use of a new
technology, the engineering community
supports the Office of the Privacy
Commissioner's study of the impact of
AI on Personal Information Protection
and Electronic Documents Act
(PIPEDA).
Engineers host research and
innovation roundtable on Remotely
Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with
key leaders in industry and academia.
At the event, OSPE releases its
Growing the Drone Industry report, and
discusses regulation, public perception,
and industry outlook with panel of
subject matter experts.
OSPE attends roundtable discussion
with Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of
Children and Women's Issues. OSPE
participates in a discussion on how the
government can support the
advancement of women in engineering.
Engineers pose questions regarding
how government will generate
accountability towards a more
equitable and inclusive engineering
and STEM sector.

April
OSPE assembles COVID-19 Economic
Recovery Working Group to propose
concrete, and actionable
recommendations on ways that OSPE
can assist the Ontario and federal
governments to achieve short, medium
and long-term economic recovery.

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OSPE leads the development of a
" COVID-19 Infrastructure Working
Group " with the Ministries of
Infrastructure, Labour & Skills
Development, Municipal Affairs &
Housing, Transportation, and the
Attorney General's Office. OSPE, with
representatives from the Construction &
Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO), and
other industry and labour partners are
working to establish new health and
safety protocols to protect workers on
infrastructure projects, as well as work
through the contractual obligations
resulting from project delays and
disruptions.

May
OSPE provides submission for
Pre-Start Health and Safety Review in
Factories Consultation. OSPE agrees
with the current requirement that
professional engineers conduct
Pre-Start Health and Safety reviews, in
relation to items one to seven. We
believe that only qualified professional
engineers possess the technical
knowledge to provide this oversight
and protect public safety.
OSPE hosts annual All Committees
Meeting (ACM) to set the strategic
direction of all OSPE Task Forces and
Committees and discuss how to pivot
activities to adapt to the new realities
created by COVID-19.
OSPE sends letters to both the
Ontario and federal governments
outlining immediate actions needed
for the economic recovery of the
province and nation because of the
COVID-19 crisis. The immediate action
letters are phase one of a three phased
approach proposed by engineers to
ensure that Ontario and Canada make
strategic investments that provide a
sustainable benefit for diverse, future
generations by ensuring a targeted
focus on building sustainability,
investing in talent development and
retention, and fostering innovation.

June
OSPE sends letters to both the
Ontario and federal governments
outlining short-term actions needed
for the economic recovery of the
province and nation because of the
COVID-19 crisis. The short-term action
letters provide recommendations for
investments required to sustain the initial
economic growth in Phase 1. These
measures should support technologies
that drive efficiencies and reflect the work
force reality post COVID-19.

OSPE responds to the Ministry of the
Environment, Conservation and Park's
consultation ERO 019-1340 Updating
Ontario's Water Quantity
Management Framework, highlighting
the importance of including priorities of
water use in regulation.
OSPE speaks to the Policy Director at
the Office of the Minister of Natural
Resources Canada about the
importance of investing in Ontario's
mining Industry.
OSPE speaks to Policy Analysts at the
Office of the Minister of Innovation,
Science, and Industry Canada. OSPE
calls on the federal government to
create a dedicated fund to support
Ontario businesses in Research and
Development (R&D).
Engineers write to the Hon. Greg
Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern
Development and Mines calling on the
government to reform the province's
electricity system.
Engineers coordinate mental health
webinar with expert Diane Harrison to
provide members with tools to build
resilience during the new realities
created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

July
OSPE presents to the Standing
Committee on Finance and Economic
Affairs regarding: The Study of the
recommendations relating to the
Economic and Fiscal Update Act,
2020 and the impacts of the COVID-19
crisis on certain sectors of the
economy (Infrastructure). OSPE calls on
the provincial government to support the
engineering community if it wishes to
capitalize on their economic recovery
efforts. It also stresses the importance for
new funding allocations to provide a
sustainable benefit for diverse, future
generations by ensuring a targeted focus
on sustainable infrastructure, talent
development and retention, and
fostering innovation.
OSPE meets with the Assistant Deputy
Minister for the Ministry of Energy,
Northern Development and Mines to
discuss the electricity file. Energy Task
Force members discussed OSPE's Retail
Electricity Price Reform report and the
opportunities it presents for the province.



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