Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups

As a member-driven organization, OSPE relies on the energy and commitment of volunteers to support our programs and activities. Below is a list of all OSPE committees. If you are a member of OSPE and are interested in volunteering for a committee, please contact us at ambassador@ospe.on.ca for more information.

Committees

The Audit and Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Board that makes recommendations on policies affecting the Society's finances and oversees the audit of its annual financial statements. The committee recommends the appointment of auditors for approval by members at the Annual General Meeting, establishes policies and recommendations for Society funds, and reviews the annual draft audited financial statements prior to distribution to the membership. The committee is chaired by the Treasurer and includes two additional members of the Board of Directors.

Chair
Réjeanne Aimey, P.Eng., OSPE Treasurer

Members
Ron Clifton, P.Eng.
Emily Thorn Corthay, P.Eng.
Mark Woodhouse (OSPE staff contact)

Chair
Tibor Turi, P.Eng.

Members
Angela Wojtyla, P.Eng.
Jerome James, P.Eng.
Jim Chisholm, P.Eng.
Valeria Mueller (OSPE staff contact)

Chair
Matthew Jelavic, P.Eng.

Members
Jim Chisholm, P.Eng.
Daniel Young, P.Eng.
Valeria Mueller (OSPE Staff Contact)

Representative
Sandro Perruzza, OSPE CEO

OSPE’s Engineering Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee works to provide leadership on matters related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and the elimination of discrimination in Ontario’s engineering profession.

The formation of OSPE’s EDI Committee serves to complement and broaden existing efforts to support the creation of a diverse and progressive engineering profession, specifically activities undertaken by the Society’s Women in Engineering Advocacy Committee (WEAC) to support women in engineering.

OSPE’s new EDI Committee will focus on other groups that are underrepresented in engineering, including based on education, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, and special ability. Taking a more comprehensive approach will enable OSPE’s advocacy to better represent the diversity of all members, thereby addressing the first and second goals of its Strategic Plan (create member value and raise public awareness).

The Committee will be formed to bring OSPE’s advocacy around diversity in the engineering profession up to speed, and in alignment with, the steps taken by the private sector as well as partner organizations (i.e., Professional Engineers Ontario and Engineers Canada) to address diversity in engineering.

Chair
Réjeanne Aimey, P.Eng.

Members
Vanessa Raponi
Karen Chan, P.Eng.
Janelle Hinds
Jerome James, P.Eng.
Manraj Pannu, P.Eng.
Andrea Carmona (OSPE Staff Contact)

The Executive Committee is a standing committee of the Board that acts as an operational advisory committee to the Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Committee does not set policy, but rather facilitates the activities of the Board and acts on behalf of the Board when required to do so. The Executive Committee is comprised of OSPE's Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Past Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. The Chief Executive Officer is an ex officio non-voting member of the Committee.

Chair
Jonathan Hack, P.Eng., OSPE President and Chair

Members
Tibor Turi, P.Eng., OSPE Vice Chair
Réjeanne Aimey, P.Eng., OSPE Treasurer
Shelly Deitner, P.Eng., OSPE Secretary 
Christina Visser, P.Eng., OSPE Director
Sandro Perruzza, OSPE CEO
Valeria Mueller (OSPE Staff Contact)

The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education provides scholarships to encourage students to pursue careers in the engineering profession. The Foundation makes funds available to each engineering school in Ontario, which awards the scholarships according to criteria established by the Foundation. The Foundation also includes the Professional Engineers Benevolent Fund, which provides temporary financial assistance to professional engineers and their families in extenuating circumstances. Both the scholarship program and the Benevolent Fund are financed through donations from Ontario professional engineers. To find out more about the Foundation or make a donation, visit the Professional Engineers Foundation for Education website or call (416) 223-9961, extension 222.

Representatives
Matthew Jelavic, P.Eng.
Shelly Deitner, P.Eng. 
Valeria Mueller (OSPE Staff Contact)

Chair
Anita Sparre, C.E.T.

Members
Ian Shaw, P.Eng.
Frank Lasowski, P.Eng.
Gary Moore, P.Eng.
Ron Schekenberger, P.Eng.
Steven Kizlan, P.Eng.
Sandro Perrruzza, OSPE CEO
Valeria Mueller (OSPE Staff Contact)

The Human Resources Committee provides oversight to OSPE's compensation structure and philosophy. The Committee is chaired by the OSPE Chairperson and includes two additional members of the Board of Directors.

Chair
Jonathan Hack, P.Eng., OSPE President and Chair

Members
Tibor Turi, P.Eng.
Shelly Deitner, P.Eng.
Valeria Mueller (OSPE Staff Contact) 

Representatives
Jonathan Hack, P.Eng., OSPE President and Chair
Tibor Turi, P.Eng., OSPE Vice Chair
Réjeanne Aimey, P.Eng., OSPE Treasurer
Christina Visser, P.Eng., OSPE Director
Sandro Perruzza, OSPE CEO
Valeria Mueller (OSPE Staff Contact)

As a member-interest organization, OSPE is committed to meeting the needs of member engineers across Ontario. The Membership Advisory Committee works with the Manager, Marketing and Membership Development to identify those needs and provide programming that promotes the interests of our members. The committee provides input and advice on the development and implementation of recruitment, renewal and retention programs, student membership programs, services for members, and value-added affinity programs. The committee is chaired by a member of the Board and includes two to four additional Professional Members.

Chair
Sandro Perruzza, OSPE CEO

Members
Jonathan Hack, P.Eng., OSPE President and Chair
Vinayak Dixit
Shahan Shaikh
Eman Al-Ali
Behrooz Abbaszadeh, EIT
Lawrence Chen, P.Eng.
David Carnegie, P.Eng.
Natasha Reid (OSPE Staff Contact)

The Nominations Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of candidates for OSPE's annual Board elections. This committee is chaired by a Board member who is not up for re-election and includes two additional Professional Members of OSPE (who may also be Board members not up for re-election). Election candidates may be nominated by members at large or by the Nominations Committee. It is up to this Committee to ensure that the confirmed slate of candidates meet all criteria set our by OSPE bylaws, including adequate regional and sector representation.

Chair
Laura Yu, P.Eng.

Members
Isi Caulder
Wes Leewis, P.Eng.
Grant Walsom, P.Eng.
Kevin Wright, P.Eng.
Valeria Mueller (OSPE Staff Contact)

Representatives
Ron Clifton, P.Eng.
M. Clare Mooris, P.Eng.
Baijul Shukla (OSPE Staff Contact)

Representative
Jerome James, P.Eng.

The core objective of the Women in Engineering Advocacy Committee (WEAC) is to work toward the creation of a more progressive and diverse engineering profession by encouraging the full participation of women in the profession. WEAC encourages more Ontario women to study engineering at the post-secondary level; to consider engineering as a career and to pursue licensure as professional engineers; and to take on leadership roles in the workplace and within the governance structure of the engineering profession. WEAC advances its advocacy agenda by engaging the engineering profession, government, educators, affinity organizations and other stakeholders.

Chair
Shelly Deitner, P.Eng.

Members
Valerie Davidson, P.Eng.
Urszula Adach, P.Eng.
Shannon Pole, EIT
Syeda Anjum
Nigel Fung, P. Eng.
Anna Gkalimani, EIT
Paula Hutchison
Leila Kheradpir, P.Eng.
Racheal Saunder
Tiffany Joseph
Elizabeth Pietratonio, P.Eng.
Andrea Carmona (OSPE staff contact)

Task Forces and Working Groups

Engineers have a significant role to play in helping Ontario meet its energy challenges. The Energy Task Force responds to the changing energy landscape in the province with public policy advice supporting the interests of professional engineers in the sector. It advocates for a safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and affordable energy supply for Ontario by speaking with governments, stakeholders and members to influence the government's energy agenda. The Task Force also examines provincial government plans for the production and delivery of alternative energy and identifies opportunities to partner with government on the implementation of those plans.

Chair
Emily Thorn Corthay, P.Eng.

Members
Antonio Antonopoulos
Steve Pepper, P. Eng.
Handan Tezel, P.Eng.
Frank Lasowski, P.Eng.
Pappur Shankar, P.Eng.
Rhonda Wright Hilbig, P.Eng.
Mehdi Hazrati
Vinayak Dixit
Anita Eisakhani
Paul Acchione, P.Eng.
Andrea Carmona (OSPE staff contact)
Stuart Atkinson (OSPE staff contact)

The Environment Task Force is responsible for identifying and bringing an engineering perspective to environmental issues. The Task Force creates awareness of engineers' interests in environmental issues, especially climate change, with the intent to influence public policy development and to ensure stewardship that reflects the values of the profession. It also aims to create awareness of the value of engineers in providing advice and design expertise for all stakeholders on environmental issues.

Chair
Jerome James, P.Eng.

Members
Yannick Trottier, P.Eng.
Alex Carciumaru, P.Eng.
Jim Chisholm, P.Eng.
Christos Daikopoulous
Paula Hutchison
Tom Markowitz, P.Eng.
Stéphane Venne
Pauline Watson, P.Eng.
Jeffrey Lee, P.Eng.
Frederik Becker, P.Eng.
Carl Bodimeade, P.Eng.
Andrea Carmona (OSPE Staff Contact)
Stuart Atkinson (OSPE staff contact)

The purpose of the Task Force is to profile the important contributions engineers make to the infrastructure sector; to encourage procurement of domestic technology and local intellectual property; and to monitor relevant legislation and regulation to support a safe, reliable and affordable design and construction industry for Ontario. The Task Force is charged with identifying opportunities to strengthen Ontario's design and construction systems and to promote engineers as essential contributors in infrastructure public policy development.

Chair
Mehemed Delibasic, P.Eng.

Members
George Crouch, EIT
Robert Muir, P.Eng.
Asim Masaud, P.Eng.
Justin Mohammed
Yetunde Olapeju Oni
Sanya Yaghooby Namin
Scott Hubbard, P.Eng.
Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng.
John Morgan, P.Eng.
Andrea Carmona (OSPE staff contact)
Stuart Atkinson (OSPE staff contact)

Professional engineers are leaders in research and innovation in all industry sectors in Ontario, yet engineering achievements often go unrecognized by government and the general public. The mandate of the Research & Innovation Task Force is to highlight and advance engineering innovation. The Task Force is charged with identifying and communicating funding opportunities that will support OSPE members as they develop, commercialize, and market engineering technology.

Chair
Tibor Turi, P.Eng.

Members
Laura Yu, P.Eng.
Eric Blaise
Duncan Stewart
Réjeanne Aimey, P.Eng.
Manraj Pannu, P.Eng.
Isi Caulder
Harvey Shi
Emanuel Corthay, EIT
Mukul Asthana, P.Eng.
Wes Leewis, P.Eng.
Kevin Wright, P.Eng.
Andrea Carmona (OSPE staff contact)