Christian Bellini, P.Eng., FEC
Director, Engineers Canada
Candidate for Vice-President,
I am a practicing
structural engineer. As a Partner at my
firm Blackwell, which I have helped grow from 2 people to over 60, I split my
time between doing engineering design and running the firm I have a strong
foundation in both engineering and business.
I also serve on the Board of Engineers Canada. I have spent the last 15 years volunteering
extensively for PEO and most recently served a term on PEO Council. 23 years of project based work has helped me
develop a strong ability to pragmatically lead teams, finding common ground and
building consensus without compromising basic principles.
I am running for to
serve as Vice President because I am passionate about engineering regulation
and - in particular - about maintaining and advancing PEOs self-regulation
model. We have been rightly granted
legislative authority to regulate engineering in Ontario - as engineers we are
best qualified to do this. However, we
need not look far to see very real risks to our self-regulation. Recent events in Quebec and BC demonstrate
that we cannot take this responsibility for granted. We must be constantly re-evaluating and
improving how we regulate the profession to serve the people of Ontario. The engineering landscape has changed
significantly in the last two decades - from how we educate, work and recognize
engineering in the workplace. We must
commit to modernizing our governance, our licensing requirements and our
processes in a way that enhances our role, maintains high standards and allows
licensed engineers to do their jobs improving peoples lives and growing the
economy of Ontario and Canada. If
elected, I intend to build on the current Governance Review and set this
process in motion. Completing this work
thoroughly and thoughtfully will take more than the length of one term of
office, so we must lay the groundwork now.
So what made me decide to run for Council
again? As an organization PEO faces some
current significant challenges and I believe my extensive regulatory and
business experience will be valuable in leading the way to the future. Some of the challenges are:
- A need to ensure that all engineering practitioners, regardless of
their field or type of practice, are licensed. While enforcement will always be an
important tool, increasing the real and perceived value of licensure will
have the biggest impact.
- Modernizing our licensing process to encourage more engineering
practitioners to follow through on licensure.
- Protecting our self-regulatory mandate by pursuing external
regulatory and governance reviews and acting on them to ensure that our
service to the people of Ontario is at the cutting edge of engineering
- Working collaboratively with EC, OSPE, CEO and our other partner
organizations to ensure that we do not mix our mandates, but cover all
aspects of engineering in Ontario and Canada.
B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering with an option in Management Sciences, University
of Waterloo, 1994.
Principal / 2014-Present
Associate / 20052008
Adjunct Faculty /
worked at this firm for 24 years, I have helped it grow from two people in 1995 to a
firm of over 60 staff members that provides
structural engineering services on a wide range of projects across many
building categories. Many of the projects completed by Blackwell 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 Generals Medals in Architecture. Additionally, since 2014 I have
taught undergraduate structural design courses at the University of
Waterloo. I am also frequently a guest
critic at Architecture Studio Reviews at the University of Toronto, Ryerson
University and Dalhousie University.
Experience Requirements Committee (former Chair, Vice-Chair)
30x30 Task-Force (Vice-Chair)
Advisory Committee on Volunteers (former Vice-Chair)
Past PEO Service
Legislation Committee (Chair)
Consulting Engineer Designation Committee
National Framework Task-Force (Vice-Chair)
Overlapping Practices Committee (Chair)
National Mobility Task-Force
Director, Engineers Canada Board
Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board
Licensing Affairs Committee (Vice-Chair)
Competency-Based Project for the Assessment of Engineering Work
participated in various
stages of the development of this initiative
Canadian Framework for Licensure participating in this
Director and President of a student housing cooperative of over
Director and Secretary of Kindercircle
International Community Service
helped to form an alliance of four engineering firms in Toronto to supply 18
months of pro-bono engineering services to re-build schools in Haiti after the
earthquake. The work of the alliance included design to Canadian building codes
and standards, a presence on site during construction in an advisory role and
training of local engineers to continue with the programme.
This project won a Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award, an Association of
Consulting Engineers of Canada Award and a Wood Design Award.
I hope that I can count on your support.