Professional Engineers Ontario

Professional Engineers Ontario

November 26, 2007 08:42 ET

Ontario Engineer Honoured for Global Contributions to Profession

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2007) - Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing and regulating body for engineers in the province, is pleased to announce that Past President Patrick J. Quinn, Ph.D., P.Eng., has been conferred with the Dublin Institute of Technology's Award of Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa, at the annual Graduation Ceremony of the Faculty of Engineering in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Quinn was cited on November 24 for his outstanding personal achievements as an engineer and as a model representative of the engineering profession. He is scheduled to deliver the inaugural lecture, "Shaping public policy: the engineer in public planning and decision making," at today's dedication of the Institute's Michael O'Donnell Theatre.

Born in Ireland and educated at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dr. Quinn came to Canada in 1956 and later was a founding partner in the Canadian consulting firm Quinn Dressel Associates, which established a national and international presence as the structural consultants on landmark buildings, including the Royal Bank Plaza, Toronto; Scotia Plaza, Toronto; the Princess Margaret Cancer Hospital, Toronto; the CBC Broadcast Centre, Toronto; the Elf Aquitaine headquarters building, Paris; and the Shanghai Stock Exchange building.

Drawn to more active involvement in engineering governance, he lobbied publicly for engineering schools, associations and industry to create more supportive environments for women and for a more effective public response to violence against women, in response to the December 1989 murders of 14 women, most of them engineering students, at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

In 1999 and again in 2006, he was elected president of PEO, where he led a precedent-setting court case victory against the Government of Ontario concerning PEO's jurisdiction under the Professional Engineers Act, and has actively promoted the role of the engineer in public policy.

Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act by licensing Ontario's 70,000 professional engineers and by granting temporary, limited and provisional licences to practise professional engineering. It also authorizes the 5000 businesses holding certificates of authorization to provide engineering services to the public. PEO 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.
/For further information: David Smith, Manager, Communications
Tel: 416-840-1068; 800-339-3716, ext.1068

Contact Information

  • David Smith, Manager, Communications, Professional Engineers Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-840-1068
    Toll-Free: 800-339-3716