The Voice of the Engineering Profession in Ontario
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is the voice of the engineering profession in Ontario.
We represent the entire engineering community, including professional engineers, engineering graduates and
students who work or will work in several of the most strategic sectors of Ontario’s economy.
OSPE elevates the profile of the profession by advocating with governments, offering valued member services and
providing opportunities for ongoing learning, networking and community building.
OSPE envisions a diverse and inclusive profession where engineers are bold, courageous and respected leaders who come together to collaborate with government, industry, and academia to seize new opportunities and solve Ontario’s problems with evidence-based, innovative solutions.
OSPE’s mission is to advocate on issues of importance to society and the engineering profession and create opportunities for engineers and engineering graduates to connect, collaborate and contribute as they progress through their careers. We ensure government, media and the public appreciate how critical the engineering profession is to growing Ontario’s economy while protecting the environment and improving the quality of life we enjoy in our province.
We believe engineers are obligated to lead
- Engineers possess powerful analytical and problem-solving skills and must use these to start critical conversations and
tackle tough issues.
We believe engineers must solve problems through collaboration
- We have a positive mindset – we are here to make a difference.
- We embrace curiosity and different perspectives.
- We ask the right questions and provide evidence-based solutions.
We believe the engineering profession must become more equitable, diverse and inclusive in order to thrive
- We believe that engineers can have a larger impact by embracing all aspects of diversity dimensions, including gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, ability, geographic location, and engineering discipline.
We believe that our organization can accelerate the emergence of a more diverse engineering workforce by embodying and exemplifying diversity in all that we do, including through the composition of our Board of Directors.
- Gender parity – while we realize that Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 goal – to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 percent by the year 2030 – is a stepping stone, we support and embrace gender parity in all materials, communications, activities and awards, and activities.
- Inclusion – we seek to build a fully inclusive and equitable engineering community and believe that diversity will result in a better engineering profession.
- We recognize that diversity of technical ability and area of specialty or discipline is important for developing sound policy solutions – we avoid a focus on one area of engineering.
We are guided by factual evidence
- We are a non-partisan organization – we consider all of the facts and make recommendations based on the best interests of society.
- We respect the views of others – the basis of any agreement or disagreement is grounded in fact.