OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012 - (Page 2)
MESSAGE FROM YOuR ChAIR
Since I was first elected to OSPE’s Board of Directors in 2007, I have been very pleased to take on increasing levels of responsibility. I am now honoured to serve as your president and chair and delighted to be addressing you in The Voice. As I write this message, we have just welcomed our new CEO, Mark Dietrich, to the OSPE team. Mark comes to us with extensive experience in executive leadership, innovative strategies and corporate growth. We are grateful to our Acting CEO, Danny Young, P.Eng., for keeping OSPE running seamlessly in the absence of a permanent leader. We wish Danny all the best, as he finally gets to enjoy his retirement. I know Mark is as excited as I am about the many goals we hope to achieve on your behalf in the year ahead. Among our many objectives, building membership is the top priority. Without the support of members like you, OSPE would not be able to promote the profession and deliver valued services, including ongoing professional development. As you will see in our feature on Page 12, education for engineers is a major topic of discussion in Ontario. Schools across the province are evolving to build more business, communication and other non-technical skills into their curricula. For those who have long since graduated from engineering, OSPE provides lifelong opportunities to build skills like these through new course offerings. Another key priority for OSPE in the coming months will be seeing Bill 15: An Act Respecting the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers through to Third Reading in the
Ontario Legislature. While PEO has raised some concerns about our Bill, which passed Second Reading in May this year, OSPE remains very committed to working together to alleviate these concerns and move forward. Indeed fostering strong working relationships with our counterparts at PEO is a bigger objective for your OSPE Board this year. We are separate organizations with distinct mandates. But we share a drive to strengthen the engineering profession. I, for one, am passionate about maintaining our spirit of collaboration and mutual respect. One of the greatest examples of OSPE’s long-time collaboration with PEO is the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Gala. With the Gala taking place next month, our feature in this issue of The Voice is sure to start building excitement about this highly anticipated event. In my years with OSPE, I have been inspired by my fellow members — their enthusiasm and their commitment to the profession. I encourage you to join the discussion, too. Follow OSPE on Twitter. Join us on LinkedIn. Start a group or blog on the OSPE website. OSPE is your organization. As your chair, I look forward to engaging with you this year.
Nadine Miller, M.Eng., P.Eng. President and Chair
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012
OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012
A Great Day on the Green
Don’t Miss the 65th OPEA Gala
Engaging Tomorrow’s Engineers
The Business End of Engineering
Profile: Pierre Lassonde, P.Eng.
Continuing Professional Development: Mandatory or Not?
PAN Expands Outreach to Ottawa
You’ve just had an auto accident. Now what?
Ask the Expert: Facing a Complaint
Keep Yourself Covered
What’s 2 + 2? Depends Who’s Answering!
Custom-built Learning for Engineers
OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012