Council Election 2019/2020
The new Professional Governance Act introduces broad changes to the nomination, election, and composition of Council. These changes will be introduced in stages, beginning with the 2019/2020 Council election.
||How is it Changing?
||When is it Effective?
||A new merit-based nomination process will be established; only those candidates approved through this process are eligible to stand for election.
Nomination by 25 members is no longer permitted under the new Act.
|2019/2020 Council election
||12 members in total. Of these, 11 will be voting members:
The Immediate Past President will be a non-voting member.
- four government-appointed laypersons
- five Councillors
- one Vice President
- one President
|To be determined; not effective for 2019/2020
||Councillors: three years
President and Vice President: up to three years.
|To be determined; not effective for 2019/2020
||Councillors: six years in one position, and 12 years in total.
||To be determined; not effective for 2019/2020
While the Professional Governance Act specifies these new requirements, there are a number of additional details, which will be provided through supporting regulations.
Phase 1 of the implementation of the Professional Governance Act will focus on the merit-based principles for nomination committees to follow for the selection of candidates.
This means that for 2019 election, new merit-based selection principles will guide the Nominating Committee’s work and this Fall, there will be an election for 1 President, 1 Vice President, and 5 Councillors.
The term of office for Councillors will remain a 2-year term and the terms of office for President and Vice President will remain a 1-year term for the 2019 election.
The Professional Governance Act directs that a councillor must be nominated by a committee that has the purpose of nominating or selecting members for election. With the release of supporting regulation this Spring, section 25 (1), section 124, and section 118 (2) (g) (iv) of the Professional Governance Act will come into force, making Association Bylaw 3 (e) Nomination by 25 members inconsistent with the new Act and therefore, invalid. Commencing this year, all nominations for election will be made by the association’s Nominating Committee.
Nomination by 25 members will no longer be permissible under the new Act and will not be accepted for the 2019 election.
Council established an advisory group to develop a candidate selection process that would meet the new criteria within the Professional Governance Act and the supporting regulation. A Council subcommittee of its four public appointees and the immediate past president approved the new candidate selection framework.
Below is a summary of the established merit-based selection process that will guide the Nominating Committee’s work.
- Confirm criteria and desired skills and competencies for Council positions, and the number of openings available for each position.
- Conduct a gap analysis to prioritize desired skills, competencies, and experience for the upcoming year, including consideration of diversity, such as discipline, gender, and regional.
- Assess the qualifications of potential nominees using a rating matrix based on the desired skills and competencies, as well as interviews and reference checks, to confirm experience and competences, as appropriate.
- Finalize list of nominees to stand for election.
The Nominating Committee will nominate at least one more than the number of vacancies per position.
The Nominating Committee is currently developing its list of nominees for the positions of President, Vice President, and Councillors and is actively seeking expressions of interest.
To apply, prospective nominees must complete the Prospective Nominee Form and will be asked to provide the following:
- Written summary of their interest to serve on Council (up to 250 words)
- Current CV
- Details of their experience related to the desired skills and competencies in 2–3 sentences for each applicable area (maximum 100 words)
- Answer supplementary conflict of interest and declaration questions
- Three References
Completed forms, along with a current CV are to be sent by email to the Nominating Committee Chair, Caroline Andrewes, P.Eng., at [email protected] by 5 PM on April 8, 2019.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion as part of its nomination process; allowing the organization to benefit from all available talent in support of good board governance. All professional members and limited licensees are encouraged to consider this opportunity.
The Nominating Committee reserves the right the extend the Call for Nominations.
Before applying, interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about the role of Council, qualifications, eligibility, and the time commitment involved to serve.
- Monday, April 8, 2019
Nominations forms must be received at the association office by 5 PM.
- Friday, July 12, 2019
Nominees’ Statement of Candidacy must be received at the association office by 5 PM. Nominees for President and Vice President will be invited to submit a candidate video to be presented alongside the election material available to members.
- Friday, September 6, 2019
Election package and ballots will be available online to all members by this date. Paper ballots available upon request.
- Friday, October 4, 2019
All ballots must be submitted and received by 12 PM.
Those elected will take office at the close of the Annual General Meeting on October 19, 2019.
The Nominating Committee conducts an extensive search to find candidates that it believes can successfully fulfill the role of a member of Council. The Nominating Committee ensures that a list of qualified nominees is put forward for election to Council that will achieve the goals of strong and balanced leadership for the association.
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 immediate past president.
Caroline Andrewes, P.Eng.
Garth Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC
Mahmoud Mahmoud, P.Eng., FEC
Karen Savage, P.Eng., FEC
Bob Stewart, P.Eng. FEC, FGC (Hon)
Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)
Vadim Airiants, P.Eng.
Stella Chiu, P.Eng.
Eric Constantinescu, P.Eng.
Peter Coxon, P.Eng.
Dr. Hamid Ghanbari, P.Eng.
Paul Meyer, P.Eng., FEC
Barbara Thomas, P.Eng.
Jeremy Zandbergen, P.Eng.
Questions on the nomination process can be directed to Deesh Olychick, Director, Corporate Governance and Strategy at [email protected].