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How professional engineers can aid Tsunami relief efforts

Toronto, ON -- Two leading professional engineering groups in Ontario -- the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) a...


January 17, 2005
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Two leading professional engineering groups in Ontario — the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) — are calling on their members to offer their expertise as well as financial resources to help those dealing with the aftermath of the disaster.

"We’ve already witnessed an outpouring of generosity, with some of Ontario’s engineers expressing a willingness to share their time and expertise and many others making significant monetary contributions," said Annette Bergeron, MBA, P.Eng., president and chair of OSPE. "We are urging all our professionals to continue offering to help with the relief efforts in Asia."

OSPE and PEO have been advising members as to how they can volunteer their time and experience and make donations to relief organizations. The professional bodies are specifically encouraging Ontario engineers to make their contributions through RedR Canada, which is coordinating the involvement of engineers and other skilled relief workers to help agencies operating on the front lines in the affected countries, as well as providing financial assistance to the areas in most need.

RedR Canada ( is a branch of the Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief (, a worldwide organization that works with NGOs to provide engineering expertise to support disaster relief.


"Engineers possess valuable knowledge and skills in everything from conducting needs assessments to implementing water and sanitary engineering projects, and helping provide logistical support for reconstruction," said George R. Comrie, P.Eng., CMC, president of PEO. "They can play a valuable role in rebuilding the infrastructure that has been lost as a result of these unprecedented events."

Professional Engineers Ontario ( administers the Professional Engineers Act by licensing professional engineers, and setting standards for and regulating engineering in Ontario so that the public interest is served and protected. Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public interest first, licensed professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names.

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers ( is the voice of engineers and the engineering profession in Ontario. OSPE works to advance the professional and economic interests of the province’s 65,000 plus engineers by advocating with governments and by offering professional development and valued member services.