Council Summary April 2017

APEGBC's Council of elected members and government representatives meets throughout the year to conduct the business of association governance. The following are the highlights of the April 28, 2017 meeting.

Accredited Employer Member-in-Training Program Extended

Council has approved a one year extension of the pilot phase for the Accredited Employer Member-in-Training Program. This program exposes young engineers to the competencies necessary for professional registration and helps create a stronger relationship between employers and the association. Read more>

Expedited Review of Engineers-in-Training

Council has approved a policy update to enable expedited review of graduates of the association’s Accredited Employer MIT Program and Enhanced Member-in-Training Program, both considered low-risk profile applicants due to advanced preparation and guidance in completion of their competency-based assessments. Read more>

P.Tech. to Eng.L. Bridging Strategy

Council has approved a strategy for bridging from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians British Columbia’s Professional Technologist (P.Tech.) to the APEGBC Engineering Licensee (Eng.L.) designations. The strategy outlines that the P.Tech. competency assessment will not be taken into account for Eng.L. applicants as it is not scope-specific, nor is it based on required competencies for APEGBC registration. It specifies that Eng.L. applicants, should complete an APEGBC competency-based assessment that addresses their competence to practise in the proposed limited scope. It also articulates that the possibility of applying for a P.Tech. and Eng.L. at the same time should be explored. Read more>

Competency-Based Assessment for Engineering Licensees (Eng.L.) Pilot

The association is piloting the use of competency-based assessment for Engineering Licensee applicants. Under the pilot program, engineering licensee applicants would be reviewed using a Competency-based Experience Reporting System, currently used for applicants for registration as a professional engineer. This system has helped clarify requirements for candidates and allowed for greater consistency when evaluating competencies and experience. The Eng.L. competency pilot program is scheduled to run from May 2017 through August 2018. Read more>

2017/2018 Budget Approved

Council approved the 2017/2018 operating and capital budget as well as the FY 2019 and FY 2020 proforma budgets. These budgets were prepared according to Council’s 2017/2018 Budget Guidelines. The 2018 budget sees no fee increase to members’ annual licensing fee. Read more>

Task Force Recommends Oversight of Corporate Practice

A review of the issue of corporate practice and regulation in BC has been underway since early 2016. Council received the report of the Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice and approved motions 1) that APEGBC seek regulatory authority over corporate practice; 2) that a corporate regulatory model be developed which demonstrates positive impacts to protect the public interest and the environment, and provides benefit to the regulated organizations and professionals they employ; and 3) that the corporate regulatory model be scaled according to the size and nature of the organization and be administratively efficient.

Council directed that staff work with the advisory task force to review the task force terms of reference as the first step in proceeding with the review’s second phase, which would include recommending a regulatory model for corporate oversight as well as more detailed review of the types of companies and organizations initially identified for regulation in recommendation report, as well as the types of organizations/entities recommended for further study in the report. Read more>

Climate Change Advisory Group Response Regarding AGM Motion

To inform their response to a motion from the 2016 APEGBC AGM, “That Council consider developing a proactive guideline that will require all members to take into consideration options to achieve net zero emissions in their professional practice.” Council sought a response from the Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG).  Based on input from the CCAG, Council confirmed that the current work being carried out under the direction of this group should continue as it meets the intent of the above AGM motion.

This includes:
  1. the development and revision of relevant Professional Practice Guidelines, delivery of relevant continuing professional development events, relevant conference offerings and other events;
  2. the highlighting of members and members’ employers who are developing net zero approaches in their practices; and
  3. the consideration of APEGBC working towards net zero emissions with the initial step being to undertake an audit of office energy use and carbon emissions.
This three tiered approach is meant to support members and raise awareness about climate change adaptation and mitigation. Read more>

Publication of Petitions Update

At the 2016 APEGBC AGM, a motion was brought forward which requested Council to consider implementing a policy of publishing all petition requests that are received by 25 members. After conducting an analysis of the benefits and risks involved with a policy that requires the publication of all member petitions, Council has decided to publish as many petitions as possible but will retain the ability to exercise discretion when it comes to publication. Read more>

Sub-Committee to Review Questions and Answer with Council Candidates

Council has directed a sub-committee to determine whether a Question and Answer section with candidates should be included as a part of the 2017 APEGBC Council Election. The sub-committee will create the questions if they decide there is value in including this information in the election materials. Read more>

Formalized Policy on Guests Presenting at Council Meetings

Council has approved a policy recommended by the Governance Committee on guests appearing before Council. This policy formalizes the process for guests who may be interested in presenting in front of Council. Read more>

Policy Change to Fast Track Enhanced Member-in-Training Program

Council has approved updates to the Policy and Procedure on Academically Qualified Applicant Profiles and Review of Experience. Under the new policy, Accredited Employer Member-in-Training Applicants are recognized as low risk applicants. They can also now use a Registration Mentor, through the association’s Mentoring Program, as a substitute for a current P.Eng. supervisor. Read more>

New Bridging Strategy for Technologists to Receive Eng.L.

Council has approved a new bridging strategy to assist Professional Technologists registered with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC to become registered professionally with APEGBC. This strategy includes the possibility of applying for a P.Tech. designation at the same time as their Eng.L. application. Read more>

Fairness Panel Annual Report

The Registration Fairness Panel provided a report to Council on their activities from March 2016 through February 2017. During that time 18 appeals were referred to the Fairness Panel, two of which were for geoscientists. The Fairness Panel recommended registration in three of the appeals and further action in the case of one appeal. Read more>

Update on Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada

Council received reports from Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada on their recent activities. Read more>

Investigation, Discipline and Enforcement Updates

Council received an update on investigation, discipline and enforcement activities conducted by the association from January 1 – March 31, 2017. During the reporting period, 23 investigation files were opened, 18 investigation files were closed and one discipline file was closed. Enforcement activities, which relates to unauthorized practice of the professions, included opening 21 new cases and closing 30 cases. Read more>

Volunteer Appointments Approved

Council approved the following appointments to APEGBC committees, boards, and task forces. Read more>

Board of Examiners

Jim Atwater, P.Eng.
Dr. Roger Beckie, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Tony Bi, P.Eng.
Dr. Thomas Calvert, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Harold Davis, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. David Dreisinger, P.Eng.
Dr. Bill Dunford, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Steve Feng, P.Eng.
Dr. Satish Gopalakrishnan, P.Eng.
Dr. Oldrich Hungr, P.Eng./P.Geo., FGC
Dr. Robert Ito, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Mr. Greg Johnson, P.Eng.
Dr. Diane Kennedy, P.Eng.
Dr. Philippe Kruchten, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Ezra Kwok, P.Eng.
Dr. Anthony Lau, P.Eng.
Dr. Jim Lim, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Victor Lo, P.Eng.
Dr. Uli Mayer, P.Eng.
Dr. Scott McDougall, P.Eng.
Jon Mikkelsen, P.Eng.
Dr. Sidney Mindess, P.Eng.
Dr. Stephen O’Leary, P.Eng.
Dr. Rimas Pakalnis, P.Eng., FEC
Robert  Parolin, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Farrokh Sassani, P.Eng.
Dr. Siegfried Stiemer, P.Eng.
Mike Thompson, P.Eng., FEC

Building Codes Committee

Emmanuel Domingo, P.Eng.

CEQB (Engineer Canada Qualifications Board)

Dr. Mahmoud Mahmoud, P.Eng., FEC

Experience Review Panel

Charles Liu, P.Eng.
Svetlana Ritter, P.Eng.
Dr. Afzel Suleman, P.Eng.

Geoscience Committee

Antigone Dixon-Warren, P.Geo.
Paul Gann, P.Geo.
Garth Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC
Jeff Wilson, P.Geo.

Nomination and Election Review Task Force

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

Registration Committee

Kevin Riederer, P.Eng.

YVR Board

Kenneth Goosen, P.Eng.