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PEO Council 2018-2019

Marisa Sterling, P.Eng., FEC
Vice President

Marisa Sterling is assistant dean, inclusivity and diversity at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. She leads the 50:50 Challenge to be the first engineering school in Canada to reach gender parity. Sterling is a champion of Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 goal, co-creator of Canada’s first online Inclusion Lens: Event Management Tool for an engineering school, and champion of the Engineering Change Lab, a group of innovators and leaders exploring ways to transform Canada’s engineering community to better steward technology to solve society’s challenges. A chemical engineer from the University of Toronto and a member of the Oxford Business Alumni Network, Sterling previously worked in the consumer products industry in R&D and brand management, and for PEO as manager of enforcement. She has written about workplace safety and ethics. Sterling is the elected president of the charity Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education. She created a membership category for PEO chapters and increased by 50 per cent the financial assistance given in annual student scholarships to nurture tomorrow’s engineers. For EIT leadership development, Sterling helped create PEO’s G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award and aids the annual selection. She received the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award in 2015, the Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award for Community Service in 2016, named a Woman of Distinction by the Canadian National Exhibition Association in 2016, made a fellow of Engineers Canada in 2017 and received the Canada 150 Heritage Pin in 2018. In her spare time, Sterling enjoys yoga, travelling and SCUBA diving.