2020/2021 Council Election

Engineers and Geoscientists BC holds a Council election annually. This September, there will be an election for 1 President, 1 Vice President, and 5 Councillors. Below you will find more information on the list of nominees standing for election as well as important dates in the election process.

Paper Ballots Discontinued
Due to new circumstances related to COVID-19, paper ballots will be discontinued 1 year earlier than planned. Only electronic voting will be available for the 2020 election.

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Candidates for Election to Council

The Nominating Committee has selected the following nominees to stand for the 2020 Council election.

Presidential (One to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
G.D. (Garth) Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC Geology Burnaby
L.B. (Larry) Spence, P.Eng. Mechanical Trail

Vice Presidential (One to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
M.A. (Mark) Adams, P.Eng. Mining North Vancouver
C.L. (Carol) Park, P.Eng. Biomedical Vancouver

Councillor (Five to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
T.M. (Tomer) Curiel, P.Eng., FEC Mechanical Vancouver
E.A.A (Emmanuel) Domingo, P.Eng., FEC Civil Vancouver
J.B. (James) Kay, P.Eng. Civil Kelowna
M.M. (Michelle) Mahovlich, P.Eng./P.Geo. Geological/Geology Langford
J.L. (Jessica) Steeves, P.Eng. Geological Kamloops
K.P. (Kevin) Turner, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon) Civil Kamloops
B.C. (Brent) Ward, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon) Geology Coquitlam
Further changes to Council composition will be introduced when the Professional Governance Act comes into force in the Fall of 2020. Learn more about the transition requirements under the Professional Governance Act.

Important Dates

Friday, August 21, 2020 To ensure you receive information and instructions about Council voting, please update your contact information at egbc.ca/update-info by August 21, 2020.
Friday, September 4, 2020 Election package and ballots will be available online to all members by this date. Only electronic voting will be available. Paper ballots will not be permitted.
Friday, October 2, 2020 All ballots must be submitted and received by 12:00 PM.

About Paper Ballots

The overwhelming majority of Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrants vote electronically. Council previously had determined that paper ballots would be discontinued in 2021. Due to new circumstances related to COVID-19, paper ballots will be discontinued 1 year earlier than planned. Only electronic voting will be available for the 2020 election.

Role of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is charged with selecting a list of qualified candidates with diverse experience, skills, and expertise that they believe best demonstrate the qualities needed for strong, balanced leadership for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Specifically, the committee sought candidates that have demonstrated skills in leadership, strategy, financial literacy, risk management, human resources, regulatory understanding, governance, and technical proficiency. To fulfil its mandate, the committee sought candidates through a series of Call for Nominations notices sent to registrants, and committee members reached out to potential candidates in regions throughout the province of BC.

Requirements under the Professional Governance Act direct that all candidates standing for election must be approved by the Nominating Committee using a merit-based process.

Nomination Process

The committee’s candidate selection framework included: a gap analysis (i.e., a review of the skills and experience of remaining Councillors); the prioritization of desired skills, competencies, and experience for prospective nominees; diversity considerations; a systematic assessment of candidate skills and competences; and candidate interviews.

To support this process, all prospective nominees were asked to provide: a written summary of their interest to serve on Council; a current CV; details of how their experience related to the desired skills and competencies; responses to supplementary conflict of interest and declaration questions; and three references. Following submission of the required information, all candidates also received a first interview.

Using all of the above information, the Nominating Committee reviewed and assessed all prospective nominees using a rating matrix based on the desired skills and competencies. The committee then shortlisted candidates to advance to a second interview. The second interview was conducted by an interview panel comprised of select members of the Nominating Committee.

2020 Nominating Committee

Role Name
Chair Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)
Registrants Appointed by Council Caroline Andrewes, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)
Ollie Bonham, P.Geo., FGC
John Clague, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon)
Cheryl Nelms, P.Eng.
Bob Stewart, P.Eng. FEC, FGC (Hon)
Registrants Appointed by Branches Syed Ali, P.Eng.
Jillian Cooke, P.Eng.
Tom de Groot, P.Eng. (Retired)
Deyanira Dominguez, P.Eng.
Brent Lyon, P.Eng.
Larry Neufeld, P.Eng.
Stephen O’Leary, P.Eng.
Keith Recsky, P.Eng.