Chong is the first member of a visible minority to be elected president since the inception of PEO in 1922. He earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1973. He became a fellow of Engineers Canada in 2011; International Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2009; senior member, American Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1977; Professional Engineers Ontario member in 1976; and a Chartered Engineer (Britain) in 1974. Chong was recruited from London, England, by Northern Telecom Canada as a corporate engineering manager in 1976. He has been president of a 4000-member network since 2008 and currently works as a senior system lead with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
At its annual general meeting, PEO also introduced its council for the 2015-2016 term. The four women and 22 men on the new council will govern PEO’s 83,000 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.
PEO’s 2015-2016 council comprises:
Thomas Chong, MSc, P.Eng., FEC, PMP President
J. David Adams, P.Eng., MBA, FEC Past President
George Comrie, MEng, P.Eng., CMC, FEC President-elect
Patrick. J. Quinn, PhD, P.Eng., C.Eng., FCAE, FEC Vice President (elected)
Bob Dony, PhD, P.Eng., FIET, FEC Vice President (appointed)
Bob Dony, PhD, P.Eng., FIET, FEC Councillor-at-Large
Roydon Fraser, PhD, P.Eng., FEC Councillor-at-Large
Roger Jones, P.Eng., MBA, SMIEEE Councillor-at-Large
Serge Robert, P.Eng. Northern Region Councillor
Dan Preley, P.Eng. Northern Region Councillor
Charles M. Kidd, P.Eng., FEC Eastern Region Councillor
David Brown, P.Eng., BDS, C.E.T. Eastern Region Councillor
Nick P. Colucci, P.Eng., MBA, FEC East Central Region Councillor
Changiz Sadr, P.Eng., FEC, CTP, CTME, ITILv3 East Central Region Councillor
Danny Chui, P.Eng., FEC West Central Region Councillor
Warren Turnbull, P.Eng. West Central Region Councillor
Len C. King, P.Eng., FEC Western Region Councillor
Ewald Kuczera, MSc, P.Eng. Western Region Councillor
Ishwar Bhatia, MEng., P.Eng., FEC Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Santosh Gupta, PhD, MEng, P.Eng., FEC Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Richard J. Hilton, P.Eng. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Rebecca Huang, LLB, MBA Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Vassilios (Bill) Kossta Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Mary Long-Irwin Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Sharon Reid, C.Tech. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Rakesh K. Shreewastav, P.Eng., AVS, FEC Lieutenant Governor Appointee
Marilyn Spink, P.Eng. Lieutenant Governor Appointee
About Professional Engineers Ontario
Through the Professional Engineers Act, PEO governs over 83,000 licence and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public. Professional engineering safeguards life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare and the environment. Professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names.
For more information, visit www.peo.on.ca.