Ontario is now home to 24 new Engineers. The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Oakville Chapter held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Licence presentation on January 23, 2020 at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club.

PEO is a regulatory body for Engineers. “Engineers solve problems, and I like solving problems.” Mazen AbuOmar said in an interview. He works as a consulting Engineer with LEEN Consulting. Only those licensed by PEO are allowed to work as engineers in Ontario. Abu-Omar likes that Engineers have a way of changing the world. “This is something you’ll be able to benefit the people around you, benefit yourself,” he said. The chapter represents 3400 engineers from all over Halton Region.

Attendees gathered inside a meeting room where the listened to a keynote address from Lucy Casacia, vice president, Smart Solutions at WSP. She spoke about the keys that made her successful, calling them the five c’s: communication, courage, commitment, consistency, and confidence. She ended her speech by encouraging the engineers to dream. “Think Big. Think Bigger than you would let yourself,” she said. Dinner was served during the speech.

24 people were being granted their licenses, including Kai Yu Feng. Feng and his family arrived in Canada in 2002 from China where he’d been an Electrical engineer. I’m excited. It took me time to get my experience, and pass my exams,” he said. It takes four years to do an engineering degree. Yu Feng needed to upgrade his qualifications. “The system here; it’s different,” he explained.

There were two Engineers’ Canada Fellowship pins awarded for 10 years’ service to Parisa Mahdian, and Sohail Naseer. Mahdian is a computer engineer, recently changed to a nuclear engineer. “Both my parents were engineers, so it felt a natural fit,” she said. Naseer is a civil engineer. “This award comes from 10 years of meeting a standard set by Engineers’ Canada.” For more information on PEO visit their website at: www.peo.on.ca

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