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Engineering community mourns the loss of past PEO president

Toronto, ON -- It is with deep sadness that Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) announces the unexpected passing o...


Toronto, ON — It is with deep sadness that Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) announces the unexpected passing of G. Gordon M. Sterling, P.Eng., of Toronto. Mr. Sterling passed away suddenly on January 3, 2007.

Mr. Sterling served in a volunteer capacity with PEO for over 25 years, including as president of the association during the 2001-2002 term. During his presidency, he was a consensus builder who always made himself accessible to visitors, staff and volunteers.

In recognition of his leadership and commitment to the profession’s continuing evolution he was made a Companion of the Professional Engineers Ontario Order of Honour in 2004, the association’s highest distinction, having previously been invested in the Member (1983) and Officer (1994) categories.

A founding member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, the profession’s provincial advocacy organization, Mr. Sterling also helped to guide the national federation of engineering regulators as a PEO director, president-elect, and then president of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers in 2003-2004.

Subsequent to his graduation from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Sterling enjoyed a long and successful career with Bell Canada, where he held management positions in building design, construction and facilities management. He also served as chair of The Office Planners and Users Group.

“Gordon Sterling was a true gentleman, kind hearted, unselfish and a true professional engineer,” commented PEO President Patrick J. Quinn, P.Eng. “His dedication and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.”

PEO is the regulatory body that administers the Professional Engineers Act, by licensing professional engineers, and setting standards for and regulating engineering practice 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.