Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education


The Foundation is governed by a working board of directors elected annually by its members. The directors manage the affairs of the Foundation guided by the principles of fairness, transparency, and accountability to both donors and award recipients. They are assisted by a part-time administrator. Professional Engineers Ontario provides office space for the Foundation within its Toronto headquarters, along with certain other administrative support, as an in-kind contribution.

Annual, Financial and Governance Reports


Marisa Sterling

President & Chair: Marisa Sterling, P.Eng.
Marisa is a chemical engineer who brings governance, community and volunteer experience to the Foundation's goal of championing access to education. She has held management roles in the private sector and with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and is currently Assistant Dean at York University's Lassonde School of Engineering.

Sue Tessier

Vice President: Sue Tessier, P.Eng.
Currently a director of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and a metallurgical engineer with a 34 year career in the mining industry in northern Ontario, Sue brings experience serving on volunteer boards with a focus on fundraising and donations. She is a strong supporter of young students considering engineering as a career.

Maria Iannone

Secretary: Maria Iannone
Maria is an administrative assistant for the enforcement group at Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). With over 35 years of experience working in the government and healthcare, Maria brings a wealth of knowledge in effective execution of programs and fundraising.

Marta Ecsedi

Treasurer: Marta Ecsedi, P.Eng., FEC
Márta is a civil engineer who retired after 31 years in the telecommunications industry. Márta has volunteered for many originations including the University of Toronto, PEO & OSPE, Youth in Motion and Havergal College. Márta was previously on Foundation Board and served as its President. She is pleased to be returning to the Board.

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Rhonda Hall

Rhonda Hall
Currently with PEO, Rhonda has held administrative management positions in licensing and registration with provincial medical regulatory authorities. She also brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the government, educational and corporate sectors, in addition to experience in fundraising events. Rhonda is an avid supporter of youth in education.

Jane Huang

Jane Huang, P.Eng.
A former director of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), Jane is a mechanical engineer and a project manager educated in China, France and Canada. Jane is actively involved in promoting world-class engineering education and building a strong engineering community.

Roger Jones

Roger Jones, P.Eng.
A past Councillor of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), an electrical engineer and retired vice-president engineering from a Toronto-based hi-tech manufacturing company, Roger brings strong oversight of volunteer boards.

Steve Rose

Steven Rose, P.Eng.
Steven Rose is an environmental engineer specializing in contaminated sites and groundwater matters and the Vice President of Malroz Engineering Inc. Also a Board member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Steven serves the profession through committee work with Professional Engineers Ontario, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Alvaro Zico Sarmento

Zico Sarmento
Zico is an information technology professional with an education in software engineering and 19 years experience in managing and implementing technology solutions and technology teams. Zico has implemented technology solutions for several high profile nonprofits including the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society and many more.

Alourdes Sully

Alourdes Sully, P.Eng.
A former past president of the Ontario Society Professional Engineers (OSPE) and chair of a PEO chapter, Alourdes has over 27 years of experience in engineering and management in the telecommunications and energy sectors. Alourdes is a proactive mentor for engineering students.

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Qualifications for Membership

All former and current Professional Engineers Ontario Councillors and staff and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Board members and staff who have demonstrated an interest in the objects of the Foundation are eligible for membership to the Foundation.

Current members of the Foundation include:

  • Kim Allen, P.Eng.
  • Paul Ballantyne, P.Eng.
  • Annette Bergeron, P.Eng.
  • David Brown, P.Eng.
  • Noreen Calderbank, P.Eng.
  • Tracey Caruana, P.Eng
  • Colin Cantlie, P.Eng.
  • Karen Chan, P.Eng.
  • Jeannette Chau, P.Eng.
  • Corneliu Chisu, P.Eng.
  • Bruce Clarida, P.Eng.
  • George Comrie, P.Eng.
  • Peter Cowherd, CMA
  • Chris Cragg, P.Eng.
  • Valerie Davidson, P.Eng.
  • Shelly Deitner, P.Eng.
  • Bob Dony, P.Eng.
  • Bernard Ennis, P.Eng.
  • Roydon Fraser, P.Eng.
  • Diane Freeman, P.Eng.
  • Ravi Gupta, P.Eng.
  • Santosh Gupta, P.Eng.
  • Lola Hidalgo Salgado, P.Eng.
  • Stephen Jack, P.Eng.
  • Matthew Jelavic, P.Eng.
  • Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng.
  • Chetan Mehta, MBA
  • Nadine Miller, P.Eng.
  • Nick Monsour, P.Eng.
  • Clare Morris, P.Eng.
  • Valeria Mueller
  • Gonzalo Pineros, P.Eng
  • Changiz Sadr, P. Eng.
  • Rakesh Shreewastav, P.Eng.
  • Baijul Shukla
  • Marilyn Spink, P.Eng.
  • John Turner, P.Eng.
  • Richard Weldon, P.Eng.
  • Michael Wesa, P.Eng.
  • Rob Willson, P.Eng.
  • Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng., PEO East Toronto Chapter
  • Juwairia Obaid, P.Eng., PEO Mississauga Chapter

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Annual, Financial and Governance Reports

Annual Reports

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