Council Election 2018/2019
The Nominating Committee has now commenced work to develop its list of nominees for the positions of President, Vice-President and Councillors for the 2018/2019 Council election. The Committee is seeking referrals or expressions of interest for its list of nominees.
Election packages, including the candidate statements will be made available to all members in September when voting opens, and the election count will take place on October 5, 2018.
Those elected will take office at the Annual General Meeting on October 20, 2018.
Professional engineers, professional geoscientists, and licensees in good standing are eligible for candidacy as Councillor. Under Bylaw 3(b), Nominating Committee candidates for the office of President must have served on Council for at least two years and candidates for the office of Vice-President must have served one year. Previous experience on Council is not required for those nominated by 25 members.
Councillors are generally elected for a two-year term. The President and Vice-President are elected for a one-year term though the President will serve a subsequent year on Council as the Past President.
There are two ways candidates can be nominated:
- Nominating Committee Candidates: The Nominating Committee conducts an extensive search to find candidates that it believes can successfully fulfill the role of a member of Council. The Committee selects its candidates for nomination based on qualifications, experience and expertise (see below for details).
Members are encouraged to submit referrals or expressions of interest to the Nominating Committee Chair, Bob Stewart, P.Eng. at: [email protected].
Referrals and expressions of interest for nomination by the Nominating Committee must be received by Thursday, February 22, 2018.
- Nomination by 25 Members: Members can also submit nominations for President, Vice-President, or Councillors with the support of 25 members in good standing, directly to the Registrar. Nominations made by 25 members require a nomination form which clearly identifies the members making the nomination (full name, member ID) along with their signature. This should accompany the written consent of the nominee. The completed form must be received by the Registrar no later than Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM.
Service on Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Council is a significant contribution to the public and the professions. Members who make this commitment do so with the understanding that this role’s primary function is to serve the public through the dutiful administration of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act (the Act). Members of Council have a fiduciary duty to Engineers and Geoscientists BC and must carry out in good faith the duties prescribed to them through the Act and the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Bylaws.
Council members are expected to adhere to the Association’s Code of Ethics and Council Governance policies, and to sign an Oath or Affirmation of Office to demonstrate that the requirements of the role and the commitment expected are understood.
All nominees for Council must be members (P.Eng., P.Geo., or limited licensees) in good standing.
The Nominating Committee selects candidates for its list that it believes have the skills sets required to successfully oversee a large, complex organization with legislated responsibilities to the public and the professions. Ideally, candidates will have experience with:
- Governance processes and structures
- Developing strategy and strategic planning
- Non-profit financial monitoring and budgeting
- Leadership and management
- Public speaking
Candidates should also have a minimum of five years of professional experience and an interest in the full spectrum of Council issues.
Service on Council requires a significant time commitment including attendance at five full day Council meetings a year, three to four half day workshops, a two day planning session, six to eight committee meetings a year that are two to four hours in length and attendance at the annual general meeting and conference. Meetings are held during normal work hours. Candidates should confirm with their employers that they can take time away from the office to undertake these duties as attendance at these meetings is considered mandatory. Council members are also expected to attend a number of engagement activities with stakeholders throughout the year.
Council meeting dates for the 2018/2019 Council year are:
- October 20, 2018
- November 23, 2018
- February 8, 2019
- April 26, 2019
- June 14, 2019
- September 13, 2019
The Nominating Committee ensures that a list of nominees is put forward for election in consideration of criteria vital to strong and balanced leadership of the association. This includes management and professional practice experience, financial fluency, diversity and more.
The Nominating Committee is composed of eight professional members or licensees representing Engineers and Geoscientists BC regional branches and five professional members or licensees appointed by Council. It is chaired by the current past president.
- Emily Cheung, P.Eng., FEC
- Frank Denton, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
- Jeffrey Holm, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
- Timothy Smith, P.Geo., Eng.L., FGC, FEC (Hon.)
- Selena Wilson, P.Eng.
- Vadim Airiants, P.Eng.
- Stella Chiu, P.Eng.
- Eric Constantinescu, P.Eng.
- Dr. Hamid Ghanbari, P.Eng.
- Gregory Reid, P.Eng./P.Geo., FEC, FGC
- Ashita Anand Sanghera, P.Eng.
- Barbara Thomas, P.Eng.
- Jeremy Zandbergen, P.Eng.