Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Handout - Repeal of Industrial Exception to Licence

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Event Review

by Parvez Akhtar, EIT

"Ontario is always been a great place for business. Entrepreneurs could operate business in this invest friendly province with comfort. And qualified people have been practicing Professional Engineering in the manufacturing sectors for long.

Bill68, Ontario’s Open for business initiative became law on October 25, 2010. This law made some significant changes to the Professional Engineers Act. Repeal of the Industrial Exception to licence is one of the changes.

On June 29, 2011 Marisa Sterling, P.Eng. – Manager, Industrial Exception Repeal, Professional Engineers Ontario delivered her presentation to a good number of engineers. Most of them are professionals and serving for Ontarians in different capacities.

She explained what was practiced in the manufacturing sectors and what type of changes will be there after the new legislation is enforced. The presentation went so well that everyone was hold enthralled. Everyone was aware of this law, but during the presentation it appeared a good number of personnel were obscured in different explanations. The presenter was thorough on the subject, and could explain the queries of her audience.

Marisa stayed back for a while after her presentation, to talk to some participants, who wanted to know more about the subject.

After this educative stride, members of the Scarborough chapter will be benefited and some of the members and industrialist will be able to set the steps to abide by this new law.


Comments by participants

Hi Marisa:

Thanks for such a good presentation. I particularly admire your unique style which keeps the audience focused on the subject and makes the rather "abstract" stuff so easy to understand. Keep up the good work. We wish you the best.

Santosh K. Gupta, Ph.D., M.E., P. Eng., F.E.C.
Councillor - Lt. Governor Appointee
Professional Engineers Ontario, Toronto


Dear Marisa Sterling,

I really enjoyed your presentation on June 29, at Agincourt Library on Industrial Exception. It is an important move towards provincial harmonization and educating businesses about the role of Professional Engineering.

The handout ‘Repeal of Industrial Exception to Licence’ would be useful for some of my colleagues and friends who could not attend your presentation and to some of the business owners for enhancing their understanding of the matter.

Kind regards,

Irfan Syed Ali, P. Eng

ars power design limited


Hi Marisa,

Please accept my sincere thanks for being flexible to make yourself available for this presentation. You were ready to come any day during the whole month but we could arrange the seminar on 29th.

The presentation went so well which could hold the audience spellbound. And I believe this education would help the concerned personnel to set their modus operandi.

Thanks again for being generous with Scarborough chapter, we look forward to have your gracious gesture in future.

Parvez Akhtar, EIT


Seminar Evaluation


To register for this event click here. Registration closes on June 28.

When 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. - June 29, 2011 - Wednesday
Where Agincourt Library Auditorium
155 Bonis Ave, M1T 3W6
Major intersection: Sheppard Ave E./Kennedy
Public transit: subway, bus # 43
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Registration Parvez Akhtar email:
First come first served. Priority will be given to Scarborough Chapter members, then other PEO members, guests and friends.

Registration Form - Click to download, save and send as attachment to above email address.

Cost Sponsored by Scarborough Chapter
Scarborough Chapter members: No charge
PEO members: Free
Guests and others: Free
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

What is Industrial Exception?

Bill 68, Ontario’s Open for Business initiative which became law by the Ontario Legislature on October 25, 2010, includes the most significant changes to the Professional Engineers Act since 1984. Prominent among these changes is the repeal of the “Industrial Exception” to licence.
What this means is that an employee who does professional engineering in relation to machinery or equipment used to produce a product, will soon need to be a licensed professional engineer. Some examples of professional engineering work may include composing the layout of process equipment, evaluating equipment specifications, designing fixtures or advising on maintenance and quality plans or lockout procedures.
PEO is leading the communication initiative in partnership with industry and the Ontario government to make this change as seamless as possible. Come out and learn more about the details of the change and how it may involve you and/or your employer or business.

The Presenter

Marisa Sterling, P.Eng. - Manager, Industrial Exception Repeal

Professional Engineers Ontario

marisaMarisa Sterling is currently manager of PEO’s industrial exception repeal efforts, with a mandate to broadly educate the manufacturing industry in Ontario about the pending repeal of the industrial exception and to gain voluntary compliance from industry through the transition period. The repeal of the industrial exception was one of 66 amendments made to the Professional Engineers Act on October 25, 2010, to reduce inter-provincial/territorial trade barriers and to improve workplace safety in Ontario.

Marisa Sterling is also PEO’s Enforcement Officer. In this position, Ms Sterling has a mandate to proactively promote public and member awareness of the licensing requirements for the practice of professional engineering and the title protection provisions of the Professional Engineers Act, in order to proactively serve and protect the public interest. She has previously served as Chapter Coordinator, supporting a network of 36 chapters and 75,000 engineers across Ontario and Advisor to PEO’s Education Committee where she managed a $300,000 grant for PEO with the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Marisa formerly worked in the consumer products industry for 15 years moving from research and development to manufacturing, followed by supply chain management and procurement, and finally to customer marketing management and brand management. She demonstrated her strong leadership in these roles with proven competencies in change management and portfolio management over $90 million.

Marisa is an inspiring public speaker and dedicated community supporter. She has been President and Area Governor of a Toastmasters International Club, President of her Condominium Corporation and Keynote Speaker to female students about careers in engineering. She is currently a Director for the Canadian National Exhibition and former Chair of its Youth Advisory Group, Director for the Anglican-United Refugee Alliance, a private refugee sponsorship facilitator, Director of the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, Member of University of Toronto Engineering’s Awards Committee and Member of the G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award committee, an award inspired by the vision of her late father, a PEO President.

Marisa has obtained a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and subsequently her professional engineer license in Ontario. Dedicated to a strong collaborator-based leadership, Marisa is also passionate about yoga, travelling, and affording women and youth a political voice.