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PEO elects first president from a visible minority

April 28, 2015  By CCE

Thomas Chong, MSc, P.Eng., president of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for 2015-2016.

Thomas Chong, MSc, P.Eng., president of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for 2015-2016.

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) appointed Thomas Chong, P.Eng. as its 96th president during its annual general meeting on Saturday, April 25 in Toronto.
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.
He came to Canada in 1976, having been recruited from London, England, by Northern Telecom Canada as a corporate engineering manager. He has been president of a 4,000-member network since 2008 and currently works as a senior system lead with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
Chong succeeds J. David Adams, P.Eng. as president of PEO.
At its annual general meeting, held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 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.

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2 Comments » for PEO elects first president from a visible minority
  1. cyus says:

    It is just amazing Multiculturalism is growing in PEO. Congrats to all Canadian engineers who their main worrisome is the progress of Canada. we have potential to be in a better place among the advanced countries.

  2. Marcus says:

    cyus,… “Multiculturalism is growing”? Strange word choice; sounds like you’re presuming to know the exact culture that the new president practices, which clearly is not explicitly described in the article. I’m sure you actually meant to state something more accurate such as, “non-European multi-ethnicity is growing”. Regardless, in Professional Engineering, it is not appropriate to promote (“amazing”) the ethnicity—or race—of any individual or base decisions on such criteria. “Advanced countries”?—That can be quite offensive. I’m really surprised your comment was posted.

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