Ontario's professional engineers were concerned that the Ontario government did not have them on their radar screen. Several government changes were introduced that encroached on the self-regulatory body’s legislative role and responsibilities. Leveraging its lengthy regulatory history and the broad involvement of professional engineers in society, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) sought ways to improve government understanding of PEO and the value and importance of the professional engineering license.
The Brown & Cohen Solution
Introduced the highly successful Government Liaison Program to over 80,000 engineers in 36 chapters over the last eight years to engage them in the political process and increase their involvement. To this day, there is now a regular column in Engineering Dimensions magazine showing the continuing success of the Government Liaison Program.
Worked with each PEO chapter to develop and implement a strategy to mobilize its grassroots network to better connect with Members of Provincial Parliament so this important stakeholder would understand their issues and relevance at the local level.
Helped guide a special task force charged with confronting the government about the new Building Code Act, which imposed on PEO’s instruments for regulating professional engineers. In 2006/7 worked with PEO to launch a court case that resulted in legislation being overturned and PEO being awarded $75,000 in court costs.
Helped PEO establish new alliances with outside organizations facing common issues to strengthen their position with the government.
Since 2005, organized annual Queen’s Park Day at the Ontario legislature bringing together MPPs and engineers from across the province.
Developed annual Candidate College programs as all-party events to provide the tools needed for engineers to run for political office.
Established the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy to position professional engineers as key resources for Ontario’s decision-makers and generate solutions for a range of technological challenges.
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PEO has rolled out a sophisticated government communications framework that is strengthening its relationship with political and bureaucratic players. They also were able to reverse harmful legislation to their sector.
PEO members are more engaged than ever before with their new Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy through a new Journal of Public Policy Engagement, monthly seminars and an annual policy conference.
PEO set a goal of electing 11 engineers to the 2011 legislature. Eleven ran and three were elected.
*Click here to view a recent presentation to the 2010 National Conference on Women In Engineering in Ottawa.