APEGBC'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 November 27, 2015 meeting.
Volunteer Appointments Approved
Council has approved 47 appointments of APEGBC volunteers. These included appointments on the Geoscience Committee, Organizational Quality Management Committee, and Nominating Committee. To view all of the appointments click the link below.
Motions from the 2015 AGM
Council considered four motions from the 2015 AGM in October, which were carried by members.
That Council consider publishing in the financial reports the total compensation (the sum of salaries and benefits) for all staff who receive over $100,000 per annum, as well as their reimbursed expenses.
Council referred this motion to the Executive Committee for analysis, and directed that a recommendation be delivered to Council by April 2015.
That Council consider the inclusion of territorial acknowledgement in all meetings.
Council referred this motion to the Executive Committee for analysis, and directed that a recommendation be delivered to Council by February 2015.
That Council consider increasing its transparency and accountability to members, whereby all members may access the Association’s website, in an easy and timely way, in order to view all agendas and supporting materials of Council meetings that are deemed “open.”
Council referred this motion to the CEO for analysis, and directed that a recommendation be delivered to Council by February 2015.
That Council consider revising the current voluntary CPD tracking guidelines and the online system to better reflect the simplified tracking as recommended by the CPD Committee.
As this matter is already on the agenda for the CPD Committee, no additional direction from Council is required.
Approval of Budget Guidelines for 2016/2017
Now in the third year of its three-year budgeting process, Council approved guidelines for the creation of APEGBC’s 2016/2017 budget. The guidelines re-emphasize commitment to APEGBC’s Sustainable Financial Management Policy and the application of the Strategic Plan, as well as the intent to strive for no annual professional member fee increase for 2017 and financial self-sustainability on a direct cost basis.
Application Fee Waived for Designated Refugees
The Government of Canada has a target of resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees before March 1, 2016, with 1,900 expected to land in British Columbia. This is in addition to an estimated 20 to 25,000 refugees that are resettled in Canada each year from other countries. It is likely that there will be engineers or geoscientists amongst the refugees arriving in British Columbia and that some may apply for registration in the next year.
APEGBC is considering methods or policies that will allow it to address the unique challenges it may encounter with respect to refugee applicants who have no academic documentation or other conventional means by which to prove their qualifications, or who may not be able to fund their application for professional registration.
In response, Council has approved a motion on the recommendation of the Registration Committee that exempts designated refugees who apply for enrollment, registration or licence from payment of the application (examination of credentials) fee. Designated refugees are those who meet the criteria of “refugee” under the 1951 Geneva Convention or are defined as a “person in need of protection” under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This practice will be revisited in November 2016.
Three New Key Performance Indicators
At Council’s request, staff provided additional Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to measure progress on the Strategic Plan: budgeted surplus/deficit vs. actual surplus/deficit; the percentage of Active Members with practice rights that is female; and the percentage of new registrants (excluding non-resident licensees) that is female. The new KPI were approved.
Council approved the Council/Branch Pairings for 2015/2016. These pairings facilitate communication between the branches and Council by providing the Branch Executives with a connection to Councillors who will act as their liaison concerning Council matters.
Amendment Request for Addressing Public Safety Bylaws
Arising from discussion of the results of the CPD bylaw vote, Council considered the issue of how bylaws are approved and the challenges this can pose to how the association is able to deliver on its mandate. The current ratification model, which requires that all bylaws must be ratified by two-thirds of voting members in order to pass, has the potential to lead to situations in which APEGBC’s ability to deliver on its core mandate is at risk, and leaving it with limited ability to enact change or respond to issues that significantly impact public safety.
After serious consideration, APEGBC Council has decided to request a legislative amendment from government that would enable Council to pass bylaws, without member ratification, on matters related to professional practice and public safety.
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Update on Geoscience Competencies for Registration
In November 2014, Council passed a motion that the Geoscience Competency Profile be adopted in principle as the foundational document that describes entry-to-practice experience requirements for professional geoscientists.
Council received an update regarding discussion and planning by Geoscientists Canada’s Canadian Geoscience Standards Board (CGSB) in regards to the deployment of their Competency Profile for Professional Geoscientists at Entry to Practice.
Geoscientists Canada has submitted a proposal to Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for the funding of three initiatives in the deployment of the Competency Profile: mapping the Competency Profile to the Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements for Professional Registration in Canada; identifying competency-based assessment tools that might be developed; and developing an on-line self-assessment tool for all prospective applicants.
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Labour Market Study Report
APEGBC Council received information about a new Labour Market study conducted in partnership between APEGBC, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - British Columbia, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia, and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table.
The project’s results indicate both a growing demand for and a limited supply of trained engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians over the next decade. Labour market supply challenges for engineers, geoscientists, technologists, and technicians will see more than 31,000 job openings needing to be filled by 2024. An in-depth review of the results has begun, and Council will be considering the broader impacts on the regulation of the professions in BC.
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