Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

March 29, 2010 09:46 ET

OCEPP, Professional Engineers Ontario welcome new affiliate

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2010) - The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) are very pleased to enter into a formal affiliation with the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI), effective April 1, 2010. The institute is a part-time masters-level engineering program offered jointly by five Ontario universities: McMaster, Queen's, Toronto, Waterloo and Western. The M.Eng. program is specifically designed to address professional development needs and interests of practising engineers.

"Our centre has forged strong connections to Ontario universities, policy-makers, and other key organizations and professionals," notes Dr. Donald Wallace, executive director of the centre. "The new affiliation with the institute will most certainly strengthen these connections and promote awareness of our centre and its work. ADMI represents a fabulous collaboration between industry and academe. Now, there will be an opportunity to lend further support from the engineering profession."

"PEO is proud to welcome ADMI to our recently purchased head office building," says PEO CEO/Registrar Kim Allen, P.Eng. "We see ADMI as a 'friend of the family' and its presence will greatly enhance synergies between engineering organizations."

Since the program's creation in 2001, ADMI has enabled more than 300 practising engineers to earn an M.Eng. degree from one of the five ADMI partner universities while continuing to fulfill their professional and personal responsibilities. Not only does the program enable students to choose from courses offered by all five partnering universities, its flexible part-time structure and modular course format allow students to create a customized program that best fits their personal and professional needs without the requirement to attend courses at a university campus on a regular evening basis, as is the case with typical part-time M.Eng. programs.

More than 140 engineers are enrolled in the program, which offers a number of unique advantages, notes ADMI executive director David Heaslip. "Case studies and other course work are built around practical engineering examples. Even courses on finance, marketing and international business are presented in an engineering context, and engineers can relate much more readily to them."

"I had the opportunity to meet excellent people from various industries and exchange valuable information," says program graduate Dorel Muth, P.Eng. "The professors were very supportive, encouraging an open exchange of ideas and promoting dialogue."

Prior to ADMI's affiliation with OCEPP, its administrative home was with the Ontario Centres of Excellence in Mississauga. ADMI is joining Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Centre of Engineering and Public Policy at their new offices at Yonge and Sheppard.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is the only institute of its kind in Canada and it is committed to bringing the voice of Ontario's 79,000 professional engineers and interns into public policy and to helping safeguard the public interest. The centre focuses on specific areas of research including smart infrastructure, tomorrow's energy solutions, healthy communities, and a new generation of engineering talent. OCEPP publishes The Journal of Policy Engagement six times a year. As well, the centre actively reaches out to members of the engineering profession, the academic community, policy-makers, opinion leaders and others interested in advancing the public interest. OCEPP was founded in June 2008.

About Professional Engineers Ontario
Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act by licensing Ontario's 73,000 professional engineers, granting temporary, limited and provisional licences to practise professional engineering, and authorizing businesses to provide engineering services to the public. It sets standards for and regulates engineering in Ontario so that the public interest is served and protected. Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public first, licensed professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names. Limited engineering licensees can be identified by the LEL after their names.

/For further information: Donald Wallace, Executive Director, 416-840-1078, dwallace@ocepp.ca; Catherine Shearer-Kudel, Business Manager, 416-224-1100, ext. 1204, cshearerkudel@ocepp.ca; or David Heaslip, Executive Director, Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute, 647-259-2261, dheaslip@admicanada.com.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Donald Wallace, Executive Director, Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
    Primary Phone: 416-840-1078
    E-mail: dwallace@ocepp.ca