Council Summary February 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 February 9, 2018 meeting.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council continues to proactively regulate the professions through the development of resources for practicing professionals.
Council has approved the Professional Practice Guidelines – Whole Building Energy Modelling for final editorial and legal review prior to publication. These guidelines were developed by the association and the Architectural Institute of BC to set the standard of practice for architects and engineers that provide energy modelling services.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Divisions provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in a particular field or area of interests.
Council has approved an update to several Terms of Reference documents that relate to the Divisions. This includes the General Division Terms of Reference, which is applicable to all 5 divisions and each Division’s specific Terms of Reference. These updates have been made to provide clarity on the relationship between the association and the divisions, update the reporting structure for professional practice related matters and reflect current division operations.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council continues to proactively regulate the professions through updates to our review process for education and experience standards.
Council has approved revisions to the registration policy on Currency of Experience and Non-Accredited Reputable International Programs as well as a new policy on Remote Video Conference Interviews.
Under the updated policy on Currency of Experience, applicants will need to ensure that 2 of their 4 years of experience have occurred in the past 4 years and all of their experience has occurred in the last 7 years.
Programs have been added or removed from the Non-Accredited Reputable International Programs Policy depending on their current status on the International Institutions and Degrees Database and three other international source lists.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC has agreements with a number of Canadian engineering regulators to make its Competency-Based Assessment Framework and online tool nationally available as an online Software-as-a-Service for Competency-Based Assessment on a cost recovery basis. This is an important step towards standardization at a national level. Council received an update on the progress of this project.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC expects to roll out its first project deliverable in April 2018, transitioning Engineers and Geoscientists BC applicants, validators, and assessors to a Pan-Canadian system. At that time, participating regulators may then choose to utilize the Competency-Based Assessment Framework and online tool with full multi-jurisdictional applicant support, but with no multi-jurisdictional administration, no integration to the regulators’ back-end systems, and no French support. Future releases will incrementally increase the functionality available to participating regulators.
Council received an update on the consultation on proposed changes to the Life, Honorary, Honorary Life and Non-Practising Bylaws. To date, members who would have been eligible for Life Membership have been engaged through focus groups, surveys, and via email, and the general membership has been engaged through a survey and webinar. The association has also looked for feedback from the Standing Awards Committee, which is responsible for recommending Honorary Membership recipients, current life and honorary life members, and sister associations.
A report is scheduled to go to Council in April 2018 with the full results of the consultation, and proposed revisions to the bylaws.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC has a responsibility to demonstrate the necessary leadership to maintain the privilege of self-regulation.
Council endorsed the CPD Committee’s assessment that a CPD program will enhance public safety and confidence, as well as support member competence. They also passed a motion to endorse the preliminary program elements identified by the committee that should be considered in the development of a new program, in concert with the association’s other regulatory initiatives.
Council directed staff to work with consultants to support the CPD Committee’s development of a new CPD program. Program development will involve member engagement and consultation.
Council directed staff to evaluate the current status of the 30 by 30 diversity target (that the number of newly licensed engineers who are women be increased to 30 percent by the year 2030) and initiatives, including progress made since the 2013 Women in Engineering and Geoscience Task Force recommendations, and to suggest options within a 6-month period for moving ahead to achieve the goal for 2030.
Council received a presentation about the Truth and Reconciliation Committee Recommendations. Engineers and Geoscientists BC is currently looking into how the recommendations relate to the association’s regulatory role.
Council received a status update on the progress of the Province’s professional reliance review. On October 3, the provincial government announced it would be undertaking a review of the Province’s professional reliance model, assessing the current legislation governing qualified professionals (QPs) in the natural resource sector upon whose professional recommendations the government relies, as well as the role their professional associations play in upholding the public interest. The review began with an audit of 5 professional associations, including Engineers and Geoscientists BC. On November 20, 2017, a team of government auditors visited the association and received information prepared by Engineers and Geoscientists BC staff. A survey on professional reliance was also sent to members on behalf of the Province. A final report is expected to be released in spring 2018.
Council approved the following appointments to Engineers and Geoscientists BC committee, boards, and task forces.
Jeff Holm, P.Eng., FEC, FGC
Joel Kerkhoff, P.Eng.
Michelle Mahovlich, P.Eng./P.Geo.
Neil Nyberg, P.Eng., FEC
Garry Stevenson, P.Eng./P.Geo., FGC
Avy Woo, P.Eng.