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The engineering profession in Ontario is governed through self-regulation, a privilege granted by the provincial government under the Professional Engineers Act. The role of PEO is to provide the trusteeship and leadership of the engineering profession through licensing and development of competent and ethical professional engineers, and to regulate the practice of engineering while maintaining public safety.

Self-regulation means that PEO is governed by elected members of the profession and government appointees, within strict legal parameters. These elected and appointed representatives sit on a governing council that sets policy for licensing practitioners and regulating engineering practice under the Professional Engineers Act. PEO council comprises up to 29 men and women, who include both licensed professional engineers and non-engineers. The non-engineers are government appointed, whereas the licensed engineers may either be elected from the membership or appointed.

This governing council functions like the board of directors of any other non-profit organization. Council is responsible for setting policy and for monitoring and overseeing its implementation by staff. Councilors have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the organization and to practice wise stewardship of its resources.

PEO has a regular staff of about 90 and another 1000 or so volunteers from the membership who participate on committees, task forces and PEO’s 36 chapters. These two groups combine to perform the work of the association.