Professional Engineers Ontario

Professional Engineers Ontario

August 10, 2009 14:07 ET

PEO Obtains Order Against Toronto Man and His Company

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2009) - On Friday, August 7, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) obtained an Order against Frank Bellini, requiring that he refrain from engaging in the practice of professional engineering and that both he and his company ARCA Design Inc. (ARCA) refrain from providing professional engineering services to the public and further that they refrain from using an engineering seal. A PEO investigation revealed that Bellini and ARCA had provided engineering drawings and documents to a contractor and the local building department that purported to bear the engineering seals and signatures of two professional engineers, in support of a renovation project to a shoe store in the Ottawa area. The Order was obtained under the Professional Engineers Act in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Toronto.

Bellini and ARCA were also ordered to pay costs to PEO in the amount of $3,000.

Bellini has never held a licence to practise professional engineering and neither he nor ARCA have ever held a certificate of authorization (C of A) in Ontario.

Under the Professional Engineers Act, a public protection statute, only individuals who are licensed by PEO may engage in the practice of professional engineering. Further, only those individuals or entities who hold a C of A from PEO may offer or provide professional engineering services to Ontario public.

The Order was sought after a complaint was received by PEO from two professional engineers who reported that copies of their engineering seals and signatures were placed on electrical and mechanical engineering drawings filed with the local building department in connection with a renovation to an Ottawa area shoe store without their knowledge or consent. The subsequent investigation resulted in PEO obtaining the order.

After reviewing the affidavit evidence filed in support of the Application, The Honourable Mr. Justice Stinson found that both Bellini and ARCA had breached several sections of the Professional Engineers Act and ordered that they refrain from engaging in the practice of professional engineering and from holding themselves out as engaging in the business of providing to the public in Ontario services that are within the practice of professional engineering and from using an engineering seal, unless Bellini obtains a licence and both obtain a Certificate of Authorization from PEO.

Neil J. Perrier of Perrier Law Professional Corporation represented PEO on the application.

Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act to serve and protect the public interest by licensing Ontario's almost 72,000 professional engineers, granting temporary, limited and provisional licences to practise professional engineering, and permitting more than 4,200 firms and individuals to offer engineering services to the public under (Cs of A).

PEO also disciplines professional engineers and firms that fail to maintain the profession's technical and ethical standards, and prosecutes in the Courts those practising professional engineering without a licence.

When retaining the services of an engineer, the public may search the website to verify if an individual is licensed or a company holds a C of A. Complaints regarding unlicensed individuals or companies without a C of A may be made to PEO through its enforcement hotline at 416-224-9582 ext 1444, or 1-800-339-3716 ext 1444.

Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public interest first, professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names. /For further information: Eric Newton, Manager of Litigation
Professional Engineers Ontario
Tel: 416-840-1071, 1-800-339-3716, ext. 1071

Contact Information

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