Toronto – Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing and regulating body for professional engineers and engineering in the province, installed J. David Adams, P.Eng., MBA, as its 95th president during its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls on April 26, 2014.
Adams is only the second engineer to be elected president three times since the inception of PEO in 1922, having led the association during the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 terms.
He studied arts and science at Carleton University, before earning a BEng in mechanical engineering at McGill University and an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Western Ontario.
Involved extensively in mechanical engineering design and production management, he developed skills in acquisition analysis and business operations. He worked at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Imperial Oil in Alberta’s oil fields, Canadian Industries Ltd., Cockshutt Farm Equipment, Abitibi Power & Paper, and Rio Tinto Zinc Corp. (England). He also held senior positions with Canadian Gypsum and Massey Ferguson Ltd. before acquiring Canada Spool and Bobbin Ltd., and establishing Quality Performance Engineering Corp.
Adams is now president, Maple Leaf Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in lean design and manufacturing processes, infrastructure renewal, wood product manufacturing facilities, sawmill and dry kiln design.
PEO also introduced its council for the 2014-2015 term. The six women and 22 men on the new council will govern PEO’s 82,000 licence and certificate holders and regulate professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public.
The new leadership group includes province-wide representation from a wide array of sectors, including the business community, industry, academe, and government. The composition and operation of council is dictated by Regulation 941 under the Professional Engineers Act. Most councillors are elected by PEO's licence holders. Up to 12 councillors are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, up to five of whom are not professional engineers.