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Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. . . . voice for the profession. Background. OSPE mandate:. advance the professional & economic interests of engineers; raise awareness of the role of professional engineers; enhance the profession’s image; and

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Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

. . . voice for the profession

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Background

OSPE mandate:

  • advance the professional & economic interests of engineers;
  • raise awareness of the role of professional engineers;
  • enhance the profession’s image; and
  • act as a strong voice on behalf of professional engineers in Ontario.
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Background

What is advocacy?

  • “winning hearts and minds”
  • being heard
  • focus and perseverance
  • the luxury to choose
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Organizational concept

Issues Identification

Board

General Assembly

Annual Members Survey

(all members)

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Governance

OSPE Board of Directors 2001-2

Chair: Robert Goodings, P.Eng.

Vice-Chair

& Secretary: Clare Morris, P.Eng.

Treasurer: Jennifer Moylan, P.Eng.

Directors: Chris Cragg, P.Eng.

Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng.

Cindy Krenosky, P.Eng.

Patrick Quinn, P.Eng.

Christian Snejdar, P.Eng.

Daniel Young, P.Eng.

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Governance

General Assembly

  • November 17th
  • Minimum 76 participants
  • Selected from sectors & geographically
  • Action plans in response to research findings
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General Assembly

Selection process

  • PEO chapters - each to select one participant (38 total)
  • Minimum 38 from OSPE sectors
  • Open to all members
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OSPE Sectors

What are sectors?

  • Occupational/common-interest groups
  • Initially, 4 + 1 non-aligned
  • Members to select primary affiliation
  • May join other sectors too, if desired
  • Purpose: - Identify/debate sector issues
  • - Propose initiatives/action items
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OSPE Sectors

Five sectors

  • Industry – manufacturing & resource
  • Technical services, information technology
  • Public sector
  • Consulting and/or construction
  • Non-aligned
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Member participation

Province-wide participation

  • 5 Regional Congresses / Chapter Leaders’ Conference
  • OSPE & PEO dialogue on province-wide participation
  • Each PEO Chapter to send participant to OSPE’s General Assembly Nov. 17
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Research

Membership survey

  • October 2001 - online survey
  • Subject: issues / “satisfaction” and “expectations”
  • Professional opinion research firm
  • One component of multidimensional public affairs research program
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Programs & Initiatives

Recent developments

  • Career Centre & Coordinator
  • PD course sponsorship (Pre-start reviews)
  • Mobility Task Force (how OSPE can assist members)
  • Safe Water Task Force (esp. demand-side legislation)
  • Affinity program discussions
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Programs & Initiatives (cont’d)

Program transfers

  • Benevolent Fund
  • Engineering Week
  • Engineers are Everyday Heroes
  • Ontario Engineering Competition
  • Member compensation/benefit survey (2002)
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Program transfers

Still to come (further discussion reg’d)

  • Engineering Excellence Awards
  • School outreach/EIR Program
  • Women in Engineering
  • Engineering student initiatives
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Communications

Gradual move to e-communications

  • Multi-faceted approach to communications
  • Steadily enhancing web site
  • New forums popular
  • New-look newsletter (Sept.)
  • Intermittent mass e-mails
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OSPE

Conclusion

  • Tremendous opportunity for Ontario P.Engs.
  • To build awareness & visibility
  • No reason to take a back seat
  • OSPE a tool to make things happen