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Jennifer Quaglietta named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2023 by WXN

Recognized for challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math roles


TORONTO, October 30, 2023 – Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is pleased to congratulate Jennifer Quaglietta, CEO/Registrar, PEO on being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network (WXN). Jennifer is one of 103 women across Canada being honoured today by WXN for making a transformational difference in their fields and actively shaping a more inclusive future, especially in underrepresented areas.

The BMO STEM Award celebrates the female leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math roles who are challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment. They use their knowledge and skill to improve human life, while paving the way for better representation in accessing and advancing these important sectors.

“On behalf of PEO, I am thrilled to congratulate Jennifer on this well-deserved award, recognizing her visionary leadership, innovation, and contributions to PEO and the engineering profession,” said Roydon Fraser, PEO President. "Jennifer has a deep commitment to protecting the public interest, which can be seen through her remarkable career trajectory leading to her current role as CEO/Registrar at PEO. In this role, she is leading significant changes in regulatory operations through the transformation of licensing processes to align and comply with the Fair Access to Regulated Professional Act as well as launching a new continuing professional development program for licence holders.”

At PEO, Jennifer’s leadership has already made substantial contributions in support of and delivery of PEO’s removal of the Canadian experience requirement for applicants seeking licensure. Jennifer’s leadership, expertise in organizational development and transformation, and agility in light of changing environmental conditions have helped PEO navigate through one of the most unprecedented changes in its 101-year history. Jennifer is passionate about helping organizations advance their commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and she has been instrumental in supporting PEO’s commitment to track and measure the progress of women and applying for and successfully obtaining licensure.

"I am honoured to receive this recognition from Women’s Executive Network," said Jennifer Quaglietta, CEO/Registrar, PEO. “I am receiving this award today on behalf of all women engineers, who have been working hard to break down gender barriers in a profession where women comprise only 13.1 per cent of all licensed engineers in Ontario. This award is a positive step forward for our profession, and I hope it will serve to inspire more women to study engineering and take on leadership roles.”

Throughout her career, Jennifer has been an inspiring agent of change and has leveraged her engineering experience to lead innovative and impactful system-level transformation in numerous industry sectors. Prior to joining PEO, Jennifer served as Vice President of Performance Excellence and Information Services at the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), where she led the transformation of HIROC’s practices, and its thinking to enable a culture of innovation and agility. She has been an ardent advocate for the application of scientific and engineering principles to drive evidence-based change, and has published numerous journal articles and posters for her efforts.

For additional information or interviews: Duff McCutcheon, Manager, Communications, Professional Engineers Ontario, Tel: 416-797-8175, Email: dmccutcheon@peo.on.ca.

About WXN

WXN (Women’s Executive Network), a member-based organization, is North America’s #1 and only organization that meaningfully propels and celebrates the advancement of professional women at all levels, in all sectors, and of all ages. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs for members and partners. WXN operates in Canada and the U.S. For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Sherri Stevens, please contact: Garry Atkinson, Research & Analytics Manager gatkinson@wxnetwork.com

About Professional Engineers Ontario

Under the authority of the Professional Engineers Act, PEO governs over 87,500 licence and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering in Ontario. PEO's mission is to regulate and advance the practice of engineering to protect the public interest. Its vision is to be the trusted leader in professional self-regulation. Professional engineering safeguards life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare and the environment. Professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names. Holders of limited licences can be identified by LEL or LET after their names.