Council Summary February 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 February 1, 2019 meeting.

Professional Governance Act Changes Advancing

Council received an update on the newly-introduced Professional Governance Act, which is an outcome of government’s professional reliance review. It consolidates oversight of professional regulators across five professions, and will eventually replace the current Engineers and Geoscientists Act.

While the Act sets out the broad policy framework, it requires the development of supporting, more detailed, regulations before the associated provisions and requirements of the Act can take effect. Government has initiated the development of several regulations to date, with more anticipated in the near future. Given the potential risk to the organization associated with the anticipated volume and pace of change, Council directed that staff communicate this concern to government and recommend that the pace, volume, and sequence of new regulations be readjusted based on the input of the affected regulators to ensure it is sustainable and achievable.

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Professional Governance Act's Impact on the 2019/2020 Council Election

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is actively engaging government to better understand the Professional Governance Act’s impact on the upcoming Council Nominations and Election. The official regulations governing nominations and elections may not be finalized by government until June. This timing means that the September election will need to follow the new nomination procedure and regulations.

The association is continuing to work with government in an effort to seek clarity on this issue and ensure that the Council Nomination and Election process proceeds in accordance with the governments expectations.

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Voting Rights for Members-in-Training Update

Council has directed the Governance Committee to further consider how the Professional Governance Act relates to the issue of voting rights for members-in-training. As part of a recent review of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s nomination and election processes, Council supported extending voting rights to include members-in-training (EITs and GITs) in September.

With the introduction of the Professional Governance Act, there may be other implications relating to these legislative changes. The Governance Committee is scheduled to report back to Council on this issue at the September 2019 Council Meeting.

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Continued Progress on Corporate Practice

Council approved changes to the Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice’s Terms of Reference. The changes provide more detail on Phase 3 of the Task Force’s deliverables, which include developing a business plan to support the introduction of corporate regulation, and consulting with members on how sole practitioners should be included in a corporate regulation model.

For more information on the Task Force’s work to date, and current consultation opportunities visit the association’s website.

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Memorandum of Understanding with ACCEPT

Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the association and the Association of Chinese Canadian Engineering Professionals and Technologists (ACCEPT). Engineers and Geoscientists BC has previously signed agreements with the Bangladeshi Engineers and Applied Scientists in BC (BEASBC), Iranian Engineers of British Columbia Association (IEBCA), Society for Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC (SPEATBC), and the Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of BC (SITEBC). These relationships allow the association to better promote professional practice to engineering and geoscience professionals.

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Concerns Voiced on Bylaw Changes

Council welcomes members of the association to attend the Open sessions of meetings, and has a process in place to enable members to make presentations to Council. Two members attended this meeting to express concerns regarding recently-ratified changes to the Life Membership or Licensure Bylaw. As a result of these changes, the category of Life Membership or Licensure was repealed, and new obligations and a reduced fee for Non-Practising membership were introduced.

Council heard the members’ concerns and thanked them for attending. While they maintained that no change be made to the wording of the current Life Membership or Licensure Bylaw, they re-affirmed their intent to consider further reducing the annual fee for Non-Practising membership in future.

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Volunteer Appointments Approved

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

Discipline Committee

Paul Adams, P.Eng., FEC
Peter Bobrowsky, P.Geo.
Edward Bird, P.Eng.
Juergen Franke, P.Eng.
Bruce Nicholson, P.Eng., FEC
Roz Nielsen, P.Eng.
Ronald Yaworsky, P.Eng.

Fairness Panel

John Watson, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)
Garth Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC

Investigation Committee

Dan Kunimoto, P.Eng.

Standing Awards Committee

Greg Lord, P.Eng.
Dr. Donald Mavinic, P.Eng., FEC
Carol Park, P.Eng.