Professional Engineers Ontario

Professional Engineers Ontario

October 21, 2008 08:41 ET

Leader chosen for Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Donald Wallace appointed as Executive Director of new centre that will engage the engineering profession in developing public policy

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2008) - Professional Engineers Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald C. Wallace, PhD, as the Executive Director of the new Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy.

"Donald's success as an organization builder makes him the ideal person to lead this new initiative," said PEO CEO/Registrar Kim Allen, P.Eng. "His experiences working closely with government ministries and agencies on policy, regulatory, and resource issues will prove invaluable as we strive to more fully engage the engineering profession in the development of public policy."

Reporting to the CEO/Registrar, Dr. Wallace will work closely with PEO's President, Council, Government Liaison Program representatives, and staff to engage engineers in:
* researching, developing and commissioning policy papers;
* hosting an annual Engineering and Public Policy Conference;
* establishing and publishing the Journal of Engineering and Public Policy;
* building collaborations to bring engineering expertise to bear on major technical problems; and
* creating a link to university programs related to engineering and public policy.

"Engineers have much to bring to a range of important public policy questions," said Dr. Wallace. "The establishment of the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy represents a wonderful opportunity to reshape engineering education, research, critical inquiry and learning, and to bring engineering talent to bear on public policy debate and formulation."

Most recently, Dr. Wallace was Associate Provost, Policy and Planning, at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where his responsibilities included liaising with a wide variety of government agencies and outside bodies; strategic, operational and financial planning; institutional research; resource allocation and budgeting; staffing; governance and policy development; government and inter-institutional relations; and space and facilities.

Between 1984 and 2002, he held senior positions at York University, including Director, Enrolment Research and Policy Analysis, and Senior Policy Analyst.

He has been active in professional associations, such as the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association, and served on a number of its committees. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of East York Meals on Wheels.

Dr. Wallace holds a PhD in political science.


The creation of the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy was approved by PEO Council at its June 2008 meeting, to better serve and protect the public interest by engaging the engineering profession in developing public policy. The Centre will focus on developing policy papers and related research to bring together the collective learning of engineers to help solve society's technical challenges. It is envisioned the Centre would eventually be entirely independent of PEO, to which PEO and others with an interest would belong, and that it would publish a journal dedicated to the engineering and public policy link.

The Centre is a new facet to PEO's Government Liaison Program (GLP), which was introduced in 2005 to demonstrate how the engineering profession can contribute to policy making for the greater public interest. The goal of the program is to have government view PEO as a partner and understand and support PEO's policy direction, so that it continues to recognize the benefit to Ontario of a self-regulating engineering profession, in particular self-regulation's contribution to maintaining a high level of professionalism among engineers working in the public interest.

Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act by licensing Ontario's 70,000 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.
/For further information: David Smith, Manager, Communications
Tel: 416-840-1068; 800-339-3716, ext.1068

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