• Position: CEO & Registrar
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  • Organization: Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Website: www.peo.on.ca
  • Location: Toronto
  • Term: Permanent; full-time
  • Posting Date:
    May 30, 2022
  • Deadline to Apply:
  • Compensation:

    Established on June 14, 1922, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is the licensing and regulating body for professional engineering in the province of Ontario. PEO operates under the authority of the Professional Engineers Act (the Act) to serve and protect the public interest by setting and upholding high academic, experience and professional practice standards for the engineering profession. Only individuals licensed by PEO are permitted by law to undertake and assume responsibility for engineering work in Ontario. For more information on PEO, visit their website: PEO.ON.CA

    PEO’s governing body is a Council comprising 23 to 32 individuals, including elected professional engineers and appointments made by the office of the Attorney General of Ontario. Council provides the overall direction for the regulator and upholds PEO’s duty to serve and protect the public interest as defined in the Act.

    Visit the Canadian Regulatory Guide to learn more about organizations that protect the public through licensing and professional regulation.


    In 2019 PEO embarked on an ambitious journey of renewal, informed by both a regulatory and organizational review, to transform PEO into a modern regulator that delivers on its statutory mandate, supported by a governance culture that enables it to consistently make decisions that serve and protect the public interest. As a professional, modern regulator, PEO will have:

    • Adopted right-touch regulation principles and applied them to all its work;
    • Professionalized its regulatory practices based on right-touch regulation principles;
    • Focused its resources on delivery of its statutory mandate.

    In advancing its transformation, PEO restructured its operations, enhanced its governance and strategic capabilities, and created a stable foundation to enable future evolution.

    As PEO marks its centenary, this essential foundational work will be invaluable as self-regulation continues to come under scrutiny. Engineering is integral to modern society and as such the regulator will need to address practical issues of access to the profession, inclusivity and emerging disciplines. Equally important will be the need to redefine fundamental concepts surrounding the practice of engineering and defining how to best protect the public interest.

    As PEO’s CEO & Registrar, you will work closely with Council to form a future vision for PEO while continuing to lead and accelerate PEO’s multi-year operational transformation to evolve PEO’s regulatory functions ensuring that they are fully technology-enabled, accessible, secure and defensible, in an increasingly complex stakeholder environment.


    Reports to: Council

    Direct reports: 4 – VP Regulatory Operations, VP organizational Effectiveness, VP Policy & Governance, Executive Assistant

    Total staff: ~120

    Stakeholders: Public, Province, Council, Council Committees, Engineering Associations, PEO Chapters and Members, Volunteers, Staff, Suppliers, Tenants


    The key core outcomes that have been determined for the role listed according to priority which need to be achieved for success in the role are as follows.

    • Foster a Trusting and Collaborative Relationship with Council
    • Forge a constructive and trusting partnership with Council and provide objective, non-partisan advice and decision support on initiatives (including their risks and impacts) strategies, policies and services which balance the current and future needs of PEO. Provide advice to Council to bring clarity to the governing role of Council, and support recommendations backed by thorough, objective research with credible evidence. Trust and discretion over matters pertaining to the Act, Chapters and Licensing, is critical, as is an approach that will assist Council to bridge their differences and achieve consensus. This will require the courage to provide “unvarnished” truth about the implications and impacts of issues and actions.
    • Excel in the Delivery of Services and Programs
    • Develop an integrated multi-year business and fiscal plan, with realistic and resourced priorities clearly identified and ensure that ongoing and emerging strategic imperatives are cascaded down into the organization and operationalized to drive the delivery of efficient and effective services enabled by information systems and applications that are secure and reliable.
    • Ensure that all stakeholders have ready and easy access to the core services of PEO and that these services are delivered in a fair, reliable, efficient, and transparent manner, further enhancing the credibility and relevance of the organization. This will require:
      • Assessment of priorities; allocation and managing of budget to these core priorities, cost containment in non-core areas, enhancing licensing revenue opportunities, and enhancing service delivery.
      • Enhancement and modernization of the licensing application and approval process to eliminate biases, improve applicant experience, and the time to decision.
      • Assessment of core information systems and processes to implement changes to enhance effectiveness and efficiency
    • Develop a Future Vision
      • In collaboration with Council, develop a future vision and strategic plan for PEO that establishes a next-century mandate for PEO around which all stakeholders are aligned. Among the issues to explore are:
        • The definition of engineering
        • Emerging disciplines: who is an engineer?
        • What does protecting the public mean in the context of the modern world?
        • How to connect to the next generation?
    • Drive Organizational Effectiveness
    • Create an aligned, effective and results-focused organizational structure, leadership team approach, and culture that has respectful and collaborative relationships; high professional and ethical standards and adheres to legal regulations. Effective leadership will also require comprehensive process reviews leading to the establishment and adherence to service excellence, accountability, and metrics. KPIs and feedback mechanisms to monitor performance and engagement.
    • Reinforce Value of the Profession
    • Enhance License Holder, Community, Government, and other Stakeholders’ understanding and support for PEO’s legislative mandate. The Registrar will need to resolve the inherent competing interests between PEO as a regulator and the demands and expectations of members of an association.

    Reporting to the Council, the CEO & Registrar’s accountabilities are set out in the Professional Engineers Act, Regulation 941, By-Law No.1. The CEO & Registrar is responsible for delivering on these statutory duties and related priorities set by Council and for overall leadership and management of the regulating body to protect the public interest.

    These responsibilities of the CEO & Registrar will include:

    • The development, council approval process, implementation and execution of policies and procedures necessary to carry out the registrar’s statutory duties
    • Enforcement of standards for the practice of its members and licensees
    • Planning, priority setting and preparing of the strategic plan, in partnership with and approval of council, to ensure consistent direction and measured performance
    • Design of regulatory frameworks informed by input from its regulatory partners and other relevant stakeholders that deliver intended regulatory outcomes
    • Continued professional development, setting standards accompanied by relevant and timely guidance
    • Provision of strong and effective leadership of the operation and staff, setting clear results-oriented goals with realistic and measurable outcomes
    • Effective communications with government, industry and public stakeholder groups trust leading to the development of sound and sustainable policies and active measures to support and enhance public safety** A full job description will be shared with candidates moving forward in the search process. **

    The Registrar must be a Professional Engineer in good standing. In addition, the Registrar should have the following qualifications.

    • Broad management experience at a senior level in a complex, multi-stakeholder organization and/or multi-disciplinary experience with a medium or large enterprise
    • Experience working with a large board or council
    • Knowledge of regulatory frameworks, preferably the Professional Engineers Act and its regulations
    • Experience working in a multi-stakeholder environment including government to be able to serve as chief spokesperson for PEO assuring proper representation to the broader community
    • Experience working with large volunteer groups or in association management would be an asset
    • Demonstrated commitment to ethical conduct and protection of the public interest
    • A champion of transformational change and experience in leading process improvement (including IT systems) and change initiatives
    • Knowledge of technology and ability to incorporate technology into day-to-day activities
    • Be comfortable with diversity and respectful of a wide range of faiths, beliefs, and experiences.
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    In these times, PEO relies on a balance of on-site and virtual team meetings and management practices to support both performance and collaboration. In accordance with their policies and to protect the well-being of employees, individuals entering PEO facilities must be fully vaccinated.

    PEO values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. PEO is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

    If you would like to express your interest in this CEO & Registrar role, please apply via LinkedIn or by email to talent@lm2collective.com, submitting your resume and a cover letter outlining salary expectations by June 30, 2022. If you anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the process, please inform us in your application in confidence.

    We thank all applicants in advance for your interest in our organization and advise that only those candidates selected will be contacted.

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