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Discipline Tribunal

The Discipline Committee (DIC) hears and determines allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence against a member of PEO or a holder of a Certificate of Authorization, a temporary licence, a provisional licence or a limited licence.

The DIC’s jurisdiction is triggered upon a decision of the Complaints Committee, Council, or Executive Committee to refer a matter to the DIC for determination. The DIC also hears applications by members or holders who apply for licences or Certificates of Authorization after a prior revocation and suspension. The parties to a discipline proceeding are set out in the Professional Engineers Act.

Incompetence is defined at section 28(3) of the Act, as:

(a) the member or holder has displayed in his or her professional responsibilities a lack of knowledge, skill or judgment or disregard for the welfare of the public of a nature or to an extent that demonstrates the member or holder is unfit to carry out the responsibilities of a professional engineer; or

(b) the member or holder is suffering from a physical or mental condition or disorder of a nature and extent making it desirable in the interests of the public or the member or holder that the member or holder no longer be permitted to engage in the practice of professional engineering or that his or her practice of professional engineering be restricted. 

Pursuant to section 28(3)(b) of the Act, the DIC fulfills a role other than disciplinary in nature; it fulfills roles similar to what is known as a Fitness to Practise Committee within other self-regulated professions. For further information on reporting such a situation that may involve a licensee, contact PEO’s registrar.

2019 Hearing Schedule

Name of Parties

Date/Time of Hearing

PEO v. Rudolph G. Buchanan, P.Eng.

October 30, 31 and November 1, 2019 – 9:30 a.m.

PEO v. Domineco Cugliari, P.Eng. & Construction Control Inc.

December 9, 2019 – 9:30 a.m.

PEO v. James R. Malo, P.Eng. and Form Architecture Engineering

January 13, 14, 15, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

PEO v. James C. Hum, P.Eng.

January 27 and 28, 2020 – 9:30 a.m.

This schedule of the Discipline Committee proceedings is provided for public information and is subject to change.

* All hearings are open to the public, unless the Discipline Committee determines that all or part of the hearing should be closed to the public. The hearings are held at the PEO offices on the 7th floor. Persons wishing to observe the hearings can proceed directly to the 7th floor, and must be seated in the Tribunal hearing room at least 15 minutes before the proceedings commence. Hearings of the Discipline Committee commence at 9:30 a.m.


Discipline Committee Practice Directions

1. Timelines on Release of Discipline Committee Decisions:

At its June 27, 2016 meeting, the Discipline Committee created the following timelines to serve as guidance in order to communicate with stakeholders as to when they can expect to receive a decision on a particular issue in a matter. The Discipline Committee has resolved as a whole to abide by these suggested guidelines. Decisions by the panels can be on the merits of a matter; submissions on sanctions; submissions on publication; or submissions on costs, as the particular matter evolves before the hearing panel. Going forth, the Discipline Committee is committed to strive for 90 days from release of a merits decision, 60 days for penalty/costs decisions, and 60 days for sanctions and publication decisions after receiving final submissions from the parties. The Discipline Panels will attempt to abide by the timelines, but depending on the complexity of a particular matter, panels may deliver decisions on such issues at its sole discretion.

2. Recorded proceedings and Transcripts:
Motion or hearing proceedings before the Tribunal are recorded by an independent Court Reporter.  If a party wishes a partial or complete transcript, these can be ordered directly from the Court reporter in attendance at the proceeding. The name of the Court reporter in attendance is provided to the parties at the beginning of the proceeding. Costs of transcribing the recordings are the party’s responsibility. 


Other References for Parties and Witnesses Appearing Before the Tribunal


Chair of the Discipline Committee
John Vieth, P.Eng.
Email: ChairDisciplineCommittee@peo.on.ca
Fax: 416-224-8168

General Inquiries and any accessibility assistance requests (B):
Sal Guerriero, LLM, P.Eng.
Manager, Tribunal Operations
Tel.: 416-840-1080
Fax: 416-224-8168
Email: sguerriero@peo.on.ca

Members of the Discipline Committee
Consult the roster of Members of the Discipline Committee.

The designation (B) indicates a staff member who communicates in French and English.

The electronic addresses of PEO’s staff and volunteers are provided for inquiring about PEO’s regulatory activities related to the regulation of professional engineers. The staff and volunteers do not wish to and do not consent to receiving unsolicited commercial electronic messages such as advertising or other promotional material.

Last updated: September 2019