Kitchener man fined $20,000 for use of professional engineer’s seal

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The Ontario Court of Justice has fined a Kitchener man $20,000 for misrepresenting his work as the work of a professional engineer by applying a facsimile of the engineer’s seal to design drawings filed with the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo and fabricating a letter from the engineer which also bore the seal.

Robert Sajkunovic pled guilty on Dec. 9 to six counts of breaching the Professional Engineers Act for applying the seal of a Cambridge engineering practitioner to six drawings. He also pled guilty to one count of breaching the Act for using the title of a professional engineer on a letter submitted to the City of Waterloo with respect to a residential construction project.

Her Worship Jennifer Thompson fined him $2,700 for each use of the seal and $3,800 for the letter claiming to be from the engineer.

Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act to serve and protect the public interest by licensing Ontario’s 85,000 individual practitioners and engineering firms.

Professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names. When retaining the services of an engineer or engineering firm, the public may search the directories of licensed professional engineers and authorized professional engineering companies at peo.on.ca.

Inquiries regarding unlicensed individuals and unauthorized companies may be made to PEO through its enforcement hotline at 416-840-1444 or 1-800-339-3716 ext 1444 or at enforcement@peo.on.ca.

 

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