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It is with great honor that I serve as your 2016 Chair of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Ottawa Chapter. Ontario professional engineers are part of a community of more than 80,000 PEO licence and certificate holders committed to enhancing the quality of life, safety and well-being of people living in the province. The P.Eng. designation represents high standards of engineering knowledge, experience and professionalism. 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. It is important to note that the PEO operates as a non-profit organization as part of its mandate.

As the largest chapter in Ontario with over 8,500 members, the Ottawa Chapter covers the Ottawa Valley as well as members residing in western Quebec. It is managed by an Executive Committee consisting of five Officers and up to nine Directors, under the authority of the Professional Engineers Act as governed by the Chapter Mandate:

  • to facilitate participation and training of licence holders in the governance, succession planning for PEO leadership, and statutory duties of the profession
  • to work to identify the value of the profession to future licence holders
  • to promote and enhance understanding within society of the self-regulated engineering profession and the importance of licensure
  • to actively participate in PEO’s policy development

Your Chapter's executive members and dedicated volunteers work together to plan, develop and deliver a comprehensive program of events which enable our members and the next generation of engineers to develop their individual skills & knowledge, to network and collaborate with peers, and to act as ambassadors for engineering to the general public. These programs are focused on specific areas of interest including:

  • Education and Outreach events – Student Competitions, Engineering Awareness events, Schools Visits, Student Members, Science Fairs, Student Papers, Engineer-In-Residence liaison
  • Networking events - Seminars, Tours, Professional Development activities, Panel Discussions, Symposiums
  • Support Programs - Government Liaison Program (interacting with MPPs and Civic Leaders), New membership certificate ceremonies (New Members Night) and Mentorship Program for Engineers in Training.

In addition to serving our members and their families, the programs and events run throughout the year are intended to raise awareness of engineering and the issues relevant to the public at large, including infrastructure, innovation, energy, environmental stewardship and many more. All of this is possible only through the vital participation of our dedicated volunteers, who bring their energy and passion to the planning and hosting of such events. I welcome you to join our group of volunteers by contacting me or any of the executives listed on our website.

I am confident that with your support, feedback and active engagement, the Ottawa Chapter will continue to have a positive impact on members' career development & growth, on the engineering profession, and on society at large.

Please contact me anytime at: Sharon Barr, P.Eng.

Please note our new mailing address is:
1554 Carling Avenue, M004, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7M4

If you are looking for information on how to become registered as an Engineer in Ontario, please contact Michael Price, Deputy Registrar Licensing and Registration at Professional Engineers Ontario.

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If you have any questions or comments about this volunteer-run chapter or about this website,
you can contact our Chapter Chair at or send your correspondence to:
Ottawa Chapter Suite 208, 1568 Merivale Road Nepean, Ontario K2G 5Y7