Council Summary April 2019

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 12, 2019 meeting.

Budget 2019/2020 Approved by Council, Includes Fee Increase

The association operates on a 3-year budget cycle, and at its April meeting, Council reviewed and approved the budget for 2019/2020 and received the 2021 proforma budget.

The budget for the coming year is structured to respond to new expectations, and external and internal pressures, in particular the Professional Governance Act, inflationary increases, Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act, and security-related upgrades, and the cost of multi-year investigation and discipline cases.

The 2019/2020 Budget includes additional contingency, increases to exam and application fees, and a $35 increase to annual membership fees for 2020.

The $35 increase includes a $15 levy to resource the work necessary to transition the association from our existing regulatory framework to the Professional Governance Act. The remainder will resource growing activity in practice guidance and investigation and discipline. The levy is temporary as it is intended to resource our transition to the new regulatory regime under the Professional Governance Act. Implementation and ongoing delivery will be separate.

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Council Approves New Guidelines

Council approved three new guidelines. They provide additional guidance and clarification to professionals working on retaining wall design, conducting assessments of groundwater for pathogens, and watershed assessment and management. These guidelines will be published shortly following legal and editorial review.

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2018 AGM Motion Update: Climate Change Action Plan

The following motion was brought forward at the 2018 Annual General Meeting: “That Council consider undertaking and putting the necessary resources into the development of a comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan that will provide direction on the roles and duties of EGBC’s member [sic] in addressing this issue.”

Climate change is a critical issue to British Columbians that impacts engineering and geoscience professionals working in various sectors. Council confirmed their commitment to this issue and approved a budget increase of $30,000 to support the development and implementation of a climate change action plan for the association.

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Competency-Based Assessment Pilot for Geoscience Applicants

At the direction of Council, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will participate in Geoscientists Canada’s pilot of competency-based assessment for geoscience applicants. This program, which launches on May 1, 2019, will be used to determine whether P.Geo. applicants have met the experience requirements for registration. It is intended to help further standardize licensing requirements nationally and streamline registration for those applying as a P.Geo.

Previously, applicants would submit an extensive report outlining all of their work experience. Under the Competency Based System, applicants, supervisors, and other stakeholders know the specific work experience requirements prior to submitting their application and can better assess their own readiness to apply for professional registration.

All pilot applicants who are assessed and meet the requirements of the Work Experience Competencies will be considered to have met the professional geoscience experience requirements for registration. Applicants also have the option to undergo an experience assessment using the current traditional route if they are unsuccessful through the pilot route.

The pilot will use the same online platform for competency-based assessments as engineering applicants in BC.

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Volunteer Appointments Approved

Council approved the following appointments to Engineers and Geoscientists BC committee, boards, and task forces.

ABCPF/Engineers and Geoscientists BC Joint Practice Board

Jeremy Araki, P.Eng.
Alan Bates, P.Eng.
Jason Olmsted, P.Eng.
Dr. David Wilford, P.Geo.

Board of Examiners

James Atwater, P.Eng.
Dr. Roger Beckie, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Xiaotao Bi, P.Eng.
Dr. David Dreisinger, P.Eng.
Dr. William Dunford, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Sathish Gopalakrishnan, P.Eng.
Dr. Robert Ito, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Gregory 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. Kwang Lo, P.Eng.
Dr. Scott McDougall, P.Eng.
Dr. Ulrich Mayer, P.Eng.
Jon Mikkelsen, P.Eng.
Frank Mucha, P.Eng.
Dr. Stephen O'Leary, P.Eng.
Kevin Orpen, P.Eng.
Robert Parolin, P.Eng., FEC
Dr. Farrokh Sassani, P.Eng.

Discipline Committee

Derek Cooper, P.Eng.
Thomas Morrison, P.Eng.

Engineers Canada Director

Dr. Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC, (Hon.)

Geoscience Committee

Paul Gann, P.Geo.
Dr. Jeff Wilson, P.Geo.

Pacific Northwest Economic Region Representative

Russ Kinghorn, P.Eng., FEC, FGC, (Hon.)

Registration Committee

Kevin Riederer, P.Eng.