My Involvement

By voting Sterling for Vice President, you will bring experience, passion and energy to PEO Council. I want to improve the relevance, respect and value of engineering to our global society. 

My experience is broad so I will hit the ground running. It includes 15 years as a chemical engineer working in industry, 8 years working at PEO supporting chapters and enforcement, and 2.5 years as a senior leader at York University.

My record of achievements as a PEO leader are vast. I have worked with political and bureaucratic staff of the Ministry of the Attorney General to draft a new regulation for the Professional Engineers Act; with the Ministry of Consumer and Government Services to streamline the process of issuing Certificates of Authorization; and with the Ministry of Labour and Chief Prevention Officer to share data of industrial accidents and identify ways to close legislation gaps.

My record of community building in engineering is my strength. I helped create the G. Gordon M. Sterling Award for EITs and their leadership development, named for the vision of my father who was a PEO President and Engineers Canada President. I am President of Ontario’s only charitable foundation exclusively to support engineering students and professional engineers. The FFE supports the path to license for engineering students and provides financial assistance to professional engineers in need.

I currently champion an engineering vision of leadership and relevance. I am a champion for the Engineering Change Lab, a national think-tank to prepare the profession for the future technological needs of the public. I also champion the 30by30 initiative to identify barriers to license faced by female-identified applicants.

I would be honoured to have your vote.


Marisa Sterling, P.Eng., FEC

President, Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education (FFE)

Assistant Dean, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University