“We as a profession have the opportunity and responsibility to respond to the challenges facing our planet, and we are in the enviable position that a public otherwise worried about the future can trust us – professionals who put the public welfare above all else.”

As COO of Morrison Hershfield, Catherine Karakatsanis is responsible for the technical and operational delivery of all the company’s projects in its 22 North American offices and one in India. She has helped the firm grow from 100 to 1200 employees, while maintaining the company’s collegiality, professionalism, and reputation for technical excellence. Throughout her career, she has also served as a leader and a change-maker in key engineering organizations at the provincial and national levels. As OSPE chair, she guided the organization’s first strategic plan and ushered in key member services. While serving as president of PEO, she successfully led a push for changes to Ontario’s Professional Engineers Act and implemented the Agreement on Internal Trade in response to Bill 175–Labour Mobility Act. Finally, as president of Engineers Canada, she guided the launch of the International Engineering Graduate Roadmap website and led the Board in setting the audacious “30 by 30” goal, which has been adopted by all the regulatory bodies across the country.

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