Council Election 2019/2020

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.

Role of the Nominating Committee

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

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

Candidates for Election to Council

The Nominating Committee has selected the following nominees to stand for the 2019 Council election.

Presidential (One to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
L. (Lianna) Mah, P.Eng., FEC Civil Burnaby
T.C. (Tim) Watson, P.Eng. Chemical Vancouver

Vice Presidential (One to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
D.I. (David) Harvey, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC Structural Richmond
L.B. (Larry) Spence, P.Eng. Mechanical Trail

Councillor (Five to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
M.A. (Mark) Adams, P.Eng. Mining North Vancouver
B. (Brian) Dick, Eng.L. Electrical Nanaimo
N.F. (Nathan) Ozog, P.Eng., FEC Electrical Vancouver
C.E. (Christine) Plante, P.Geo. Geology Whitehorse
J.T. (Tom) Tiedje, P.Eng. Electrical Victoria
J.D. (Jeremy) Vincent, P.Geo. Geology Victoria
B.C. (Brent) Ward, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon) Geology Coquitlam
E.J. (Edwin) Zander, Eng.L. Mechanical Abbotsford

Candidate Selection Process

The first set of regulations for the Professional Governance Act took effect on June 1, 2019 and bring into force some of the new requirements pertaining to elections and nominations, specifically a requirement that all candidates standing for election must be approved by the Nominating Committee using a merit-based process. Under the new regulations, nominations by 25 members are no longer permitted.

Having anticipating this change, Council established an advisory group to develop a candidate selection framework 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.

The candidate selection framework included a combination of a gap analysis, a systematic assessment of candidate skills and competencies, diversity considerations, as well as candidate interviews.

Below is a summary of the established merit-based selection process that guided the Nominating Committee’s work.

  1. Confirm criteria and desired skills and competencies for Council positions, and the number of openings available for each position.
  2. Conduct a gap analysis to prioritize desired skills, competencies, and experience for the upcoming year, including consideration of diversity.
  3. 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 competencies, as appropriate.
  4. Finalize list of nominees to stand for election.
Learn more on the Professional Governance Act and requirements pertaining to elections and nominations.

Skills and Experience Sought by the Nominating Committee

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is a large, complex organization that holds legislated responsibilities to the public and to its members. Council sets the strategic direction for the organization, which is supported by more than 80 staff, 1,400 volunteers, and has a budget of over $18 million.

For Council to achieve its goals and meet its fiduciary responsibilities, Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Financial Literacy
  • Risk Management
  • Human Resources
  • Strategy
  • Regulatory Understanding
  • Governance
  • Technical Proficiency

It is not necessary for each member of Council to have experience in each area; as part of its process, the Nominating Committee conducts a gap analysis to identify the skills and experience of continuing councillors and the complementary skills and experience that would bring value to the next Council.

Candidates should also have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience and an interest in the full spectrum of Council issues.

Prospective nominees were required to complete a Prospective Nominee Form, provide a written summary of their interest to serve on Council, detail their experience related to the desired skills and competencies, answer supplementary conflict of interest and declaration questions, provide references, and include a current CV.

Eligibility

All nominees for Council must be members (professional engineers, professional geoscientists or limited licensees) in good standing.

Candidates for the office of President must have served on Council for at least 2 years (as of October 2019) and candidates for the office of Vice-President must have served on Council for 1 year (as of October 2019).

Important Dates

  • 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 12:00 PM.

2019 Nominating Committee

Chair

Caroline Andrewes, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)

Council Appointees

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)

Branch Appointees

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.