Christian Bellini, P.Eng., FEC
Candidate for Vice-President, PEO
Statement of Intent / PEO 2018
I am honoured and enthusiastic to be running for the position of Vice-President after having served on as a Councillor-at-Large and after many varied years doing volunteer work on numerous committees and task forces at PEO.
Today we find ourselves a in a challenging place when it comes to the regulation of engineering. Recent years have seen enormous changes in how we do engineering, from how we educate to how we work and even to how we recognize engineering in the workplace. Our regulating processes were set up and refined over the years to address the traditional engineering disciplines (mine included) and we do that very well. However changes to how we educate, emerging disciplines in engineering as well as emerging technologies inside or outside of engineering have blurred the lines between work that has to be carried out by Licensed Engineers and those with more generic technical backgrounds. If we do not act to modernize the way we evaluate education and work experience, we risk becoming an organization which only regulates the traditional fields and not new emerging fields of engineering.
Recent experience with our ultimately unsuccessful attempt to remove the industrial exception has shown that governments are more likely to be swayed by loud and effective lobby efforts than by logical arguments. We need a new approach which involves working with all sides - government, industry and engineers - to create a common understanding of the enormous value that licensed engineers can bring to the table. This is my strength - my ability to work within a team to find common ground and build consensus, without compromising basic principles.
Principled and Pragmatic Leadership – Whether it’s managing an engineering project, running a business or sitting at a boardroom table, my greatest strength has always been to find common ground amongst people with varied opinions; to use the best ideas from all sides to develop strategies that have broad support. Intransigence is not a way forward.
An Active Practicing Engineer on
Council – I have been
practicing engineering for over 20 years, starting as an EIT, and now as a
partner in a 45-person structural engineering firm with offices in
Fiscally Smart – Our main responsibility in running the PEO must be to regulate the profession as effectively as possible as well as as cost-effectively as possible, so that money is well spent, and that fees are kept as reasonable as possible. I have considerable experience running and growing a business. While PEO is not a “business” in the traditional sense, it is nonetheless a financial entity that needs to work efficiently.
Regulation by Engineers – Self-Regulation - is Key – Through the Professional Engineers Act, the Government recognizes that the best people to regulate engineering are engineers and they have entrusted us with this duty. A well regulated profession is a strong profession, which is in the public’s interest as well as being in the interest of our member engineers. We must do this by ensuring that engineering plays a central role in protecting the public interest. This should be the underlying consideration in every decision made at Council. We are not serving the profession if we are not continually facilitating our members’ ability to competently practice engineering in a manner that serves the public.
Honours B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering
with an option in Management Sciences,
Blackwell Structural Engineers
Senior Principal / 2014 - Present
Principal / 2008 – 2014
Senior Associate / 2005 – 2008
Associate / 1998 – 2005
EIT / 1995 – 1998
Adjunct Faculty / 2014 - Present
Having worked at this firm for over 20
years, I have helped it grow from two people in 1995 to a firm of over 50 staff
members that provides structural engineering services on a wide range of
projects across many building categories. Many of the projects completed by
Blackwell (previously Blackwell Bowick Partnership Limited and Blackwell
Engineering) have been honoured with awards in both architecture and
engineering, and in my own portfolio I count several projects that have been
awarded the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. Additionally, since 2014
I have taught undergraduate structural design courses at the
Current PEO Service
• Experience Requirements Committee (former Chair, Vice-Chair)
• National Framework Task Force (Vice-Chair)
• Licensing Committee
• Advisory Committee on Volunteers
Past PEO Service
• Overlapping Practices Committee (Chair)
• National Mobility Task Force
• Licensing Affairs Committee (Vice-Chair)
• Competency-Based Project for the Assessment of Engineering Work Experience
– participated in various stages of the development of this initiative
• Canadian Framework for Licensure – participating in this initiative
• Director and President of a student housing cooperative of over 900 students
• Director and Secretary of Kindercircle Daycare,
International Community Service
I helped to form an alliance of four
engineering firms in
I hope that I can count on your support.