Engineers take over Queen’s Park for OSPE’s 9th MPP Reception


On April 25, 2017, #AnEngineerWasHere took over Queen’s Park as OSPE hosted its 9th Lobby Day and MPP Reception. Bringing our Political Action Network (PAN) volunteers and Task Force and Committee members together with elected officials, staffers and leaders from various sectors, the reception celebrates the important relationship between Ontario’s Professional Engineers and Members of Provincial Parliament.

Building on the success of last year’s Queen’s Park Reception, OSPE was pleased to welcome 40 MPPs from all political parties.

Ahead of the reception, a number of OSPE volunteers, OSPE CEO Sandro Perruzza and OSPE President and Chair Michael Monette, P.Eng., were all graciously introduced to the House by their respective MPPs.


In addition, OSPE Policy and Government Relations Lead Patrick Sackville and Senior Research Officer Lee Weissling, met with Ernie Hardeman, MPP (Oxford), PC Critic, Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP (Ottawa–Vanier) at Queen’s Park to discuss OSPE’s forthcoming stormwater management report and the implications for Ontario municipalities.

Left to right: Patrick Sackville, OSPE Policy and Government Relations Lead; Ernie Hardeman, MPP (Oxford), PC Critic, Municipal Affairs and Housing; Lee Weissling, OSPE Senior Research Officer

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Left to right: OSPE’s Lee Weissling; Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP (Ottawa–Vanier); OSPE’s Patrick Sackville

The focus of this year’s reception was the development of resilient and sustainable communities, with the preliminary release of groundbreaking research on Ontario municipal stormwater systems.

OSPE, in partnership with Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO), Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), conducted a study on the condition of stormwater infrastructure and the type of asset management planning being done in municipalities across Ontario. The survey results and subsequent recommendations are intended to guide policymakers and ensure that municipalities continue to enjoy effective and environmentally sustainable infrastructure for years to come.

To formally open the reception, Sandro Perruzza provided greetings. Falling in the midst of National Volunteer Week in Canada, OSPE’s Queen’s Park Reception was the perfect backdrop to thank our dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to OSPE’s many policy papers, reports and submissions, and who keep our elected officials up to date on policy issues that affect the engineering profession.

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Michael Monette, P.Eng., noted that the evening’s sizeable gathering is a testament to the important work OSPE has undertaken to showcase the value proposition that engineers and engineering offer not only to government decision makers, but to society as a whole.

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OSPE was pleased to welcome several representatives from partner organizations including Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

Left to right: Warren Turnbull, P.Eng., The Hon. Kevin Flynn (Oakville), Minister of Labour, Gerard McDonald, P.Eng., PEO Registrar, and Thomas Chong, P.Eng., Past-President Professional Engineers Ontario

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To learn more about the stormwater infrastructure/asset management study and initial recommendations to government, click here.
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Left to right: MPP Lou Rinaldi (Northumberland—Quinte West), MPP Percy Hatfield (Windsor—Tecumseh), OSPE President and Chair Michael Monette, P.Eng., OSPE CEO Sandro Perruzza, and MPP Ernie Hardeman (Oxford).

Throughout the evening, guests were eager to partake in OSPE’s #AnEngineerWasHere campaign by sharing their photos with our vibrant yellow tags on social media.

Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng., OSPE Infrastructure Task Force, MPP Bob Delaney (Mississauga—Streetsville), and Paul Acchione, P.Eng., OSPE Energy Task Force

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Catrina Kronfli, OSPE Policy and Government Relations Lead, and the Hon. David Zimmer (Willowdale), Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

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Ben Hendry, P.Eng., Shannon Pole, EIT, Thomas Chong, P.Eng., Bob Dony, P.Eng., MPP Gila Martow (Thornhill), OSPE CEO Sandro Perruzza, MPP Kathryn McGarry, Warren Turnbull, P.Eng., Angel Serah, and MPP Catherine Fife (Kitchener-Waterloo)

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Jeannette Chau, P.Eng., PEO Manager, Government Liaison Programs, and Karen Chan, P.Eng., OSPE Past-President and Chair

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PAN representative Jerome James, P.Eng., David Carnegie, P.Eng., MPP Sophie Kiwala (Kingston and the Islands), and Blake Keidan, Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs Inc.

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The Hon. Laura Albanese, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and OSPE President and Chair, Michael Monette, P.Eng.

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MPP Vic Fedeli (Nipissing) and OSPE CEO Sandro Perruzza

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MPP Michael Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin), MPP John Fraser (Ottawa South), and OSPE President and Chair Michael Monette, P.Eng.

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MPP Robert Bailey (Sarnia—Lambton) and Shannon Pole, EIT, OSPE Women in Engineering Advocacy Committee (WEAC)

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Patrick Sackville, OSPE Policy and Government Relations Lead, the Hon. Michael Coteau (Don Valley East), Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Tom Markowitz, P.Eng., OSPE Energy Task Force

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Ping Wu, P.Eng., Past President of Professional Engineers Government of Ontario (PEGO) and Valerie Davidson, P.Eng.


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