Nomination and Election Review Task Force

Background

To ensure a fair and effective governance process, Council approved the creation of the Nomination and Election Review Task Force in February 2017.

The task force was directed by Council to:

  • Review and evaluate Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s nomination and election processes,
  • Review the nomination and election processes of other organizations, and
  • Deliver recommendations to Council on whether the association should pursue any changes.

Task Force Members

The task force was composed of the following members:

  • David Wells, JD – Chair
  • Doug Barry, P.Eng.
  • Dr. Ed Casas, P.Eng.
  • Tomer Curiel, P.Eng.
  • Dr. Margaret Li, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
  • Timothy Smith, P.Geo., Eng.L. FGC, FEC (Hon)
  • Mike Waberski, BCLS
  • Dr. Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)

The task force received staff support from Deesh Olychick, Director, Member Services and Julie Killin, Project Coordinator, Member Services.

Guiding Principles

Before commencing its work, the task force agreed to three guiding principles that frame the rationale behind the recommendations presented.

  1. Participation: The nomination process identifies a diverse pool of candidates.
  2. Enabling Success: Candidates understand the mandate and responsibilities of serving on Council, including time commitment.
  3. Transparency: The election process is fair, transparent, and conducted in an impartial manner and members are provided with enough information about candidates to make an informed decision.

Decision-Making Process

To support the review, the task force was provided with research on the practices of the other engineering and geoscience regulators across Canada, as well as the practices of other provincial regulators, such as the Law Society of BC, Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC), the College of Registered Nurses of BC, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Overview of Recommendations

As a result of its review, the task force made 28 recommendations for Council’s consideration. The recommendations support the guiding principles identified by the task force and intend to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Develop a formal process to identify future leaders to ensure sustainability of the organization,
  • Ensure that those participating at the board level have the necessary skills and experience relative to the role,
  • Improve continuity on Council,
  • Improve continuity on the Nominating Committee and ensure that committee members have a good understanding of their role and the role of Council,
  • Ensure that candidates understand the mandate and responsibilities of serving on Council,
  • Ensure that processes are fair and transparent, and
  • Ensure that the election material provided gives enough information about candidates for members to make an informed decision.

Although many of the task force recommendations received Council support, the majority of the recommendations will need to be further considered in the context of the Professional Standards Authority Audit and the Professional Reliance Review. The recommendations of the Professional Reliance Review could have far-reaching implications for the association’s governance processes. The Governance Committee has now been tasked to further review the recommendations in the context of these two reports.

More Information

Read the full Nomination and Election Review Task Force Report.