Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

May 04, 2009 12:01 ET

Inaugural OCEPP conference targets tough issues

The Green Energy Act and water safety in Ontario on conference agenda

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - More than 200 engineers, legislators, university professors and students, policy-makers and industry leaders from across the province will meet in Toronto on Friday, May 8 at the first annual Public Policy Conference of the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP). Not only will participants explore the latest advances in engineering and public policy, they will also have an opportunity to help solve some of the most pressing issues facing the province.

The conference is built around the theme Ontario's Innovation Agenda. Topics include: what the Green Energy Act Means for Ontario; beyond the mechanics of climate change policy; policy perspectives in engineering education and research; water safety in Ontario since Walkerton; and how engineers can gain access to the corridors of power. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre (801 Dixon Road).

"There is no better time than now to bring together Ontario's professional engineers, legislators, industry leaders and policy-makers to discuss important public challenges," noted Donald Wallace, the centre's Executive Director. "Engineers need to be taken seriously in public policy discussions and they are more than willing to exercise their social responsibilities with honour and vigour."

The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP for St. Paul's and former federal minister of state for public health, will present the keynote address while the Hon. John Wilkinson, Ontario's minister of research and innovation, will deliver introductory remarks. Dr. Amit Chakma, vice-president, academic and provost of the University of Waterloo and incoming president of the University of Western Ontario, will speak about the increased complexity of policy challenges.

Faculty members from Ontario's top universities, a professor from the University of Maryland, and senior industry and association leaders will help participants explore how to become more engaged in protecting the public interest.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
Founded in 2008, the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is committed to bringing the voice of engineering 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. 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.
/For further information: Donald Wallace, Executive Director, 416-840-1078, dwallace@ocepp.ca; or Catherine Shearer-Kudel, Business Manager, 416-224-1100, ext. 1204, cshearerkudel@ocepp.ca./ IN: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS

Contact Information

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