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2003 Order of Honour Recipients

Companion

Peter M. DeVita, P.Eng., York Chapter
 

Peter DeVita, MASc., MBA, P.Eng., president of DeVita Associates, will be invested as a Companion of the Order. DeVita's enthusiastic involvement in PEO and related activities spans more than 10 years. His peers say that his commitment to excellence, forward thinking, and hard work on continuous improvement to the engineering profession have set him apart as a leader.

A PEO member since 1975, DeVita was a Lieutenant Governor-in-Council appointee to PEO Council, Vice President in 1998-1999, President-elect in 1999-2000, President in 2000-2001 and Past President in 2001-2002. He has served on many committees and task forces, including as Chair of PEO's Central Nominating Committee, and the Audit Committee. DeVita helped ensure that PEO Council recognize PEO's responsibility to regulate new disciplines identified as being part of the engineering profession, including software engineering and bioengineering. He served on the Engineering Disciplines Task Group, which put in place a process for PEO to use when recognizing licensure for emerging areas of engineering practice, by defining core bodies of knowledge for software engineering and bioengineering.

DeVita was also instrumental in the creation of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. He served on the board of the Canadian Society for Professional Engineers (CSPE), which worked with PEO to facilitate the formation of OSPE in 2000. In addition, he served as Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) Director from 1998-2003, and CCPE Executive Committee Member from 2000-2001.

 

Members

Paul Ballantyne, P.Eng., Algonquin Chapter

Paul Ballantyne, P.Eng., has served PEO by devoting long hours to the Algonquin Chapter, including chairing the chapter for four years. He serves on PEO's Communications Committee and the Evolution of Engineering Admissions Task Force, and is also active at the regional level. Ballantyne's chapter work has included publishing its newsletter, organizing annual meetings, and technical talks and tours. He has represented the Algonquin Chapter on the organizing committee for the Renfrew County Science Fair, and launched an initiative in which the chapter co-hosts events with other local science, engineering and professional organizations.

J. Don Chambers, P.Eng., Oakville Chapter

Don Chambers, P.Eng., has been invaluable to PEO's Experience Requirements Committee (ERC) through his engineering expertise and well-rounded knowledge. The committee helps the Registrar in determining if a licence applicant's work experience is acceptable for licensing purposes. Chambers' interviewing and team leadership abilities have facilitated the process in which interview panels are often able to reach unanimous decisions after fair and thorough reviews of the facts are presented. He has helped train new ERC members, recruited experts for, and served on, a subcommittee that developed the core body of knowledge used for licensing software practitioners who are not graduates of accredited engineering programs. Since 1999, PEO has licensed several hundred software engineers. Chambers chaired the ERC from 1988 to 1992, and was past-chair until 1998.

Patrick Quinn, P.Eng., Brampton Chapter

Patrick Quinn, P.Eng., FCAE, has provided outstanding leadership to the Ontario engineering profession through active committee involvement and service on PEO Council. He served as West Central Region Councillor in 1996, and was elected Vice President in 1997-1998 and President-elect in 1998-1999. Quinn was PEO President in 1999-2000, and served as Past President the following year. Raising awareness of the need for engineering schools, associations and industry to create supportive environments for women, was one of the areas in which he has worked diligently. Council colleagues recognize Quinn's vision and passion for advancing the profession in society. His committee service includes the Professional Practice, Discipline, Audit, Reconsideration and Central Nominating committees, and the former Consulting Practice Committee.

David Robinson, P.Eng., North Bay Chapter

David Robinson, P.Eng., has served PEO's North Bay Chapter for more than 30 years, chairing the chapter since 2001. In 1971, Robinson and a colleague spearheaded the chapter's first Professional Engineers Day conference, which has since become an annual tradition aimed at raising awareness of PEO and professional engineers in the North Bay area, in Ontario and nationwide. He's been involved in programs that promote science and engineering to schools, including career days, the North Bay Regional Science Fair and bridge-building contests. Robinson's legacy also includes "The Calling", a limited edition photo montage of historical engineering activities in a North Bay setting that the North Bay Chapter worked on as their Millennium project.

Peter Schmidt, P.Eng., Kingston Chapter

Peter Schmidt, P.Eng., is active in the Kingston Chapter, PEO committees, as well as various education outreach initiatives. As treasurer and chair of the chapter's Finance Committee, Schmidt developed software-based tools for use in preparing business and finance documents. He was also instrumental in developing and maintaining a database of active chapter members, and launched licence certificate presentation ceremonies as a formal event. As a member of PEO's Experience Requirements Committee, Schmidt has completed accreditation visits to engineering schools in the Kingston area to help ensure the schools' programs provide the required academic preparation for licensing.

Stephen Tsui, P.Eng., Windsor-Essex Chapter

Stephen Hong Tsui, P.Eng., through his superb organization skills and tireless efforts to promote the profession to young people, has helped PEO's Windsor-Essex Chapter thrive over the last 25 years. Tsui represents the chapter on the organizing committee for the Windsor Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair, winners of which have gone on to win awards at the Canada Wide Science Fair and pursue degrees in science and engineering. The chapter has also presented engineering issues for both chapter members and the general public, including public forums on water quality and conservation issues, helping local citizens become better educated about the role of engineers in water treatment and protection of public health and safety. Tsui also recently revamped the chapter's by-laws to reflect current association policies and the chapter's operations and procedures.