Professional Engineers Ontario

Professional Engineers Ontario

April 30, 2007 08:29 ET

World-renowned Agricultural Engineer Introduced as President of PEO

Attention: City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 30, 2007) - Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing body for professional engineers in the province, installed Walter K. Bilanski, Ph.D., P.Eng., as its 88th President during its annual general meeting on April 28, 2007, at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre. Dr. Bilanski succeeds Patrick J. Quinn, P.Eng., and will lead PEO's 70,000 members and interns and chair its Council in 2007-2008.

A world-renowned agricultural engineer, Dr. Bilanski is the only one to be elected four times as President, having served previously during the 1971-72, 1977-78, and 1998-99 terms.

He says his priorities include reviewing and assessing the academic requirements for licensure as a professional engineer in Ontario to ensure that applicants have received an education that equips them to meet the issues and challenges they will face in the 21st century.

Dr. Bilanksi has also served on several engineering-related bodies, as president and director, including the Canadian Society of Professional Engineers, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE).

A teacher and researcher for 42 years at the University of Guelph, and a professor emeritus of the university, his numerous contributions to agricultural engineering include improved harvesting machinery for grains, fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Bilanski's many awards and distinctions include a doctorate honoris causa from Agricultural University, Lublin (Poland), the Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service from CCPE, several fellowships, and a 10-year membership on the University of Guelph Senate.

He is very active in his community, having served on the Guelph City Council, the St. Joseph Hospital board, the Guelph Committee of Adjustment, and chair for six of his 15 years on the Guelph Planning Board.

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