The OIQ: regulating and upholding Quebec’s engineering professionals for over a century
Since 2016, Kathy Baig, Eng., MBA, ASC, has been President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ), the organization that oversees and supports approximately 65,000 engineering professionals in Québec. Under her leadership, the OIQ developed and implemented the ENG2020 Plan and the ENG 20-25 Plan to become the reference for public protection within Québec’s professional system. The outstanding efforts she has made to restore confidence in the engineering profession in the aftermath of the Charbonneau Commission have not gone unnoticed.
Her accomplishments have been recognized by the École de technologie supérieure (honorary doctorate), by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Québec (Mercury Award for her leadership), by Engineers Canada (Fellow), the national organization of Canada’s 12 engineering regulators, and by the Canadian Academy of Engineering (Fellow). She also received a Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award during the 2019 edition of this prestigious national awards program.
Kathy Baig makes a significant contribution as a member of the boards of directors of Via Rail Canada, the National Optics Institute (INO), Engineers Canada, and Maison Saint-Gabriel.
Before being elected President of the OIQ, Kathy Baig enjoyed an engineering career of over 10 years with multinational corporations (IBM, Johnson & Johnson), an SME (Pyrogenesis) and Aéroports Montréal (ADM), the airport authority that operates and develops two international airports in the Greater Montreal Area.
Kathy Baig has a degree in chemical engineering (Polytechnique Montréal) and in business administration (HEC Montréal). She also holds a corporate governance certification from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés at Université Laval.