Council Summary April 2018
Engineers and Geoscientists BC’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 27, 2018 meeting.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC has a policy in place to support a progressive approach in developing professional practice guidelines. Created in 2008 and last amended in 2011, this policy has been revised to reflect updated processes and methodologies. Council approved the revisions which include references to a review and update process for existing guidelines, Professional Practice Committee and other stakeholder input, and climate change.
Council approved updates to Terms of Reference for the Executive Committee, Geoscience Committee, and Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice. Changes to these documents include updates to reflect current practice.
Launched as a pilot in November 2015, the Accredited Employer Member-in-Training (MIT) Program was created to help MITs and their employers meet the shared goal of having MITs become qualified, registered professionals. Association staff work directly with employers to develop a training program that will ensure the organization’s MITs acquire the competencies required for professional licensure.
Council has now approved the program’s full implementation, subject to the Registration Committee’s approval.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Council has approved a pilot process that aims to increase efficiency in Engineering Licence (Eng.L.) application processing while maintaining high standards of entrance to the profession.
Eng.L. applicants can now be identified as meeting a ‘low risk’ candidate profile and proceed through a streamlined version of the application process. Criteria for a ‘low risk’ profile relate to an individual’s experience, education, and references. Criteria for ‘low risk’ applicants differs depending on whether the applicant is part of an engineering faculty or a non-faculty applicant.
Once sufficient data is available, the Registration Committee intends to review the impact of these changes on processing times for Eng.L. applicants.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC endorses Engineers Canada’s goal to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by 2030. To support the association’s efforts towards this goal, Council approved the formal creation of a 30 by 30 group. The group will comprise 30 by 30 Champions appointed to the executive bodies of the association’s branches and divisions, as well as representatives from industry and academic institutions.
Council received updates on the association’s investigation and discipline activities to date this fiscal year.
For the period of November 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, 21 new complaint files were received. During this period, the Discipline Committee received 5 files from the Investigation Committee.
Council approved the operating and capital budget for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The budget includes a fee increase of $35 effective January 1, 2019. This is to account for inflationary increases and employer tax costs, enhancements to critical business functions, and new initiatives included in our Strategic Plan.
Costs include the new employer health payroll tax, enhancements to critical business functions, such as security and privacy compliance, and initiatives such as encouraging the participation of women in the professions.
Council approved proposed rules for the 2018 Annual General Meeting, as well as some administrative enhancements to make it easier for members to submit motions for consideration at the meeting. These enhancements include an online form and information package. Members are encouraged to use the online form to submit motions 30 days in advance of the AGM, but will still be able to submit motions up until 10:00 AM on the day of the meeting under the proposed rules.
Council has created a sub-committee to decide on the inclusion of a Q&A and videos in the Council Election materials. This sub-committee will consist of Council’s four government appointees and the President. The group will determine whether or not to incorporate a candidate Q&A as an ongoing component of the election materials and, if included, what questions to ask. The sub-committee will also discuss the merits of incorporating short videos as a pilot for the 2018 Council Election for the positions of President and Vice President.
At the recommendation of the Standing Awards Committee, Council has approved the development of an initiative to promote and profile organizations that support diversity and the advancement of women in the professions.
This decision is a response to the 2017 AGM Motion 8: “That Council consider developing an award for organizations who support diversity and promote recruitment and advancement of women in engineering and geoscience.”
This initiative aims to support the Engineers Canada goal to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by 2030 by highlighting and sharing best practices in diversity, recruitment, and retention with members and their employers.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC has awarded life memberships under the association’s Bylaw 10 (c.1) for many years. Owing to legal concerns raised about the bylaw, this practice has been discontinued while the matter is under review.
Members were consulted on a suite of proposed amendments to Bylaw 10 (c.1), as well as related bylaws that govern non-practising members, honourary life membership and licensure, and honourary membership. These amendments seek to address the legal concerns raised, as well as gaps identified during the evaluation of this matter.
Council reviewed the bylaws, and the feedback provided by members, at their most recent meeting. Council has asked staff to do further work to evaluate the need for honorary recognition, and to clarify the obligations of members who would be taking on a “non-practising” title. This information will come back to Council in June.
Council approved the following appointments to Engineers and Geoscientists BC committees, boards, and task forces.
Anja Lanz, EIT
Dennis McJunkin, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)
Houman Ghalibafian, P.Eng.
Allison Westin, GIT
Karen Savage, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Julien Fagnan, P.Eng.
Doug Barry, P.Eng.
Ed Casas, P.Eng.
Tomer Curiel, P.Eng.
Margaret Li, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)
Timothy Smith, P.Geo., Eng.L., FGC
Mike Waberski, BCLS
David Wells, JD
Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)
Sabina Russell, P.Eng.