Council Summary June 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 June 21, 2019 meeting.

Professional Governance Act Update

Council received an update on ongoing work and new developments related to the Professional Governance Act, including the first set of regulations and the appointment of the Superintendent of Professional Governance.

Staff provided an update on progress to evaluate the changes to the regulatory framework, and associated changes to the activities, policies, and procedures for the organization. A formal plan will be implemented once further detail is provided by the Superintendent related to the schedule and scope of the anticipated regulatory changes.

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Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice Completes Final Phase of Consultation; Recommendations Approved

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice brought forward a report on the third phase of its work to review how the association should regulate organizations that offer engineering or geoscience products or services. This phase included consultation with sole practitioners on the appropriate level of oversight for sole practitioners within the association’s framework for corporate regulation, as well as the development of a business plan that will support the association’s delivery of corporate regulation.

This marked the final phase of the task force’s work, and the conclusion of a detailed 4-year review of how practice by organizations should be regulated in BC as a means of enhancing public protection.

Council approved several motions that will enable the continuation of this work as Engineers and Geoscientists BC works with government to align its corporate regulatory program with the Professional Governance Act.

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Three Guidelines Approved

Council approved one new guideline and updates to two current guidelines to support the proactive regulation of the professions. These guidelines provide clarification to professionals working on building enclosures, Letters of Assurance requirements for Part 9 buildings not using prescriptive elements of Part 9 and geotechnical engineering services.

The guidelines will be published following editorial and legal review.

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Dates Selected for Upcoming Annual General Meetings

Council approved dates for the next three Annual General Meetings of Engineers and Geoscientists BC:

  • October 19, 2019 at 8:30 AM at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna.
  • October 17, 2020 at 8:30 AM at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria.
  • October 30, 2021 at 8:30 AM at the Whistler Conference Centre in Whistler.

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Volunteer Appointments Approved

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

2019/2020 Council Election Scrutineers

Frank Denton, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), Chief Scrutineer
Kathleen Kompauer, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Margaret Li, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Board of Examiners

Dr. Kevin Oldknow, P.Eng.
Dr. Susan Nesbit, P.Eng.
Dr. Steve Helle, P.Eng.
Dr. Jianbing Li, P.Eng.
Dr. Jie Liang, P.Eng.
Dr. Thomas Gulliver, P.Eng.
Dr. Thomas Tannert, P.Eng.
Dr. Yang Shi, P.Eng.

CPD Committee

Dr. Steven Kuan, P.Eng.

Discipline Committee

Emily Cheung, P.Eng., FEC

Editorial Advisory Committee

Dr. Iqbal Bhuiyan, P.Eng.
Karen Chan, P.Eng.
Dr. Thomas George, P.Eng.

Geoscience Committee

Gilles Dessureau, P.Geo.

Investigation Committee

Douglas Nicol, P.Eng.

Standing Awards Committee

Sabina Russell, P.Eng.