Council Summary November 2017

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 November 24, 2017 meeting.

2017 AGM Motions

Council considered the motions put forward at the association’s Annual General Meeting in October and approved a plan of action to address the successful motions at future Council meetings.

Motion 4

That Council consider taking the necessary policy and procedural steps to develop a timely plan of action that achieves the objectives under:

  • Engineers Canada’s policy of 30 by 30 which is aimed at enhancing women’s engagement in the engineering profession, and
  • Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines which are aimed at improving inclusivity and respect in engineering and geoscience work places.

The plan of action may include but not be limited to:

  1. Appointment of a special committee;
  2. Approval of designated line-budget item;
  3. Targeting of major public/private employers of professional engineers/geoscientists in a public awareness program of the need and possible benefits of the action plan.

Council directed Member Services staff to report on this motion and include information on the status of the previous Women in Engineering and Geoscience Task Force recommendations, current initiatives underway, and the current budget allocation in support of diversity initiatives.

Motion 5

That Council consider:

  1. Establishing a Task Force in collaboration with the assembly of BC First Nations to review the recommendations contained within the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) report with the intent of determining how Engineers and Geoscientists BC can help to facilitate the recommendations within the mandate of the Act as well as within the context of the Code of Ethics.
  2. Develop guidelines for members to ensure that professional conduct and professional services performed and delivered by members are consistent with the recommendations of the TRC report and/or help to facilitate the intent of the recommendations.

Council referred the motion to the Professional Practice Committee for consideration and proposed recommendations.

Motion 6

That Council give consideration to creating a task force to prepare a guidance document for the provincial government to establish tolerable levels of landslide risk with respect to residential development within BC.

Council will give consideration to creating a task force to prepare a guidance document for the provincial government to establish tolerable levels of landslide risk for residential development in BC.

Motion 7

That Council consider advocating to have the Act changed to allow Members-in-Training to vote.

Council referred this motion to the Nomination and Election Review Task Force. The task force will report back to council in early 2018.

Motion 8

That Council consider developing an award for organizations who support diversity and promote recruitment and advancement of women in engineering and geoscience. This motion supports the 30 by 30 initiative.

Council referred this motion to the Standing Awards Committee. The committee will report back to council in early 2018.

Motion 9

That Council consider reading the names of the deceased members at the AGM.

Council directed Member Services staff to review this practice and provide a report to Council in early 2018.

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Budget Guidelines and Expense Policy Approved

Council approved guidelines for the creation of the association’s 2018/2019 budget and amended the Expense Reimbursement Policy. This budget will be the second in a three-year budgeting cycle that aligns with the 2017–2020 Strategic Plan. The budget guidelines emphasize Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s commitment to sustainable financial management and providing professional development options on guidelines to members.

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Seismic Design of Bridges Guideline Approved

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council continues to proactively regulate professional engineering and professional geoscience in BC through the development of practice guidance resources.

Council approved the Professional Practice Guidelines – Performance Based Seismic Design of Bridges in BC for final editorial and legal review prior to publication. Once published, these guidelines will provide engineering professionals with more information on how to apply the requirements of the CAN/CSA-S6-14 Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and BC Ministry of Transportation Supplement to their work.

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Revised Letters of Assurance Endorsed for City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is taking revised Letters of Assurance to City Council for approval. The revisions made to the Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL) letters of assurance are specific to addressing the new energy requirements in the VBBL. Letters of Assurance require the formal endorsement by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the Architectural Institute of BC.

Council endorsed revised Vancouver Building By-Law Letters of Assurance.

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Voter Turnout by Branch Added to Council Election Activities

Council has decided to continue to publish voter turnout by Branch as a standing item for inclusion in the association’s election process. The publication of voter turnout information by branch was received positively by the membership as a part of the 2017/2018 Council Election process.

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Engaging With Association Past Presidents

Council considered past practices for engaging and involving the association’s past presidents. Council will continue to host an annual dinner with past presidents and exercise the option to arrange separate meetings when issues arise that require further engagement with this key group of stakeholders.

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Update on Eng.L. to P.Eng. Bridging Pilot Program

Council received an update on the Eng.L. to P.Eng. Pilot Bridging Program. To date, 13 engineering licensees have applied to the bridging program since its launch in 2016.

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Enforcement, Investigation and Discipline Update

Council received updates on the association’s enforcement, investigation and discipline activities to date this fiscal year.

Enforcement Update

During the reporting period, 37 new enforcement files were opened, and 21 files were closed. The number of new file openings during the reporting period was relatively high. This increase in new file openings is in part due to increased efforts undertaken by the LEC Department to proactively identify enforcement targets.

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Investigation and Discipline Update

For the period between July 1 and October 31, 2017, 17 complaint files were received. During this period, the Discipline Committee received 6 files from the Investigation Committee.

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Climate Change Survey: Results and Next Steps

Council received an update on the Climate Change Survey results and their impact on the future activities of the association’s Climate Change Advisory Group.

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Update on Accreditation Board Activities

Council received an update on the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) activities.

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Regulatory Audit

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council directed staff engage the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) of the United Kingdom to undertake an audit of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act to identify any gaps or barriers to the association functioning as an effective regulator; and the association’s Governance model to determine strengths and weaknesses in regards to the association’s ability to conduct our mandate under the Act. A review of compliance and performance is to follow once staff resources are available.

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Volunteer Appointments Approved

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

Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice

Don Burns, P.Eng.
David Chwaklinski, P.Eng.
Patricia Chong, P.Eng.
Mike Currie, P.Eng.
Michael Davies, P.Eng./P.Geo.
Catherine Fritter, P.Eng.
Karl Gygax, P.Eng., Struct.Eng.
Scott Martin, P.Eng.
David Melville, P.Geo.
Andrew Mill, P.Eng., Struct.Eng.
Eduards Miska, P.Eng.
Dirk Nyland, P.Eng.
Julius Pataky, P.Eng.
Greg Scott, P.Eng.
Colin Smith, P.Eng.
Gary Webster, P.Eng.
Selena Wilson, P.Eng.

Board of Examiners

Colin Bradley, P.Eng.    
Christopher McKesson, P.Eng.

Council 30 by 30 Champion

Susan Hayes, P.Eng.

CPD Committee

Suky Cheema, CPA, CA

Discipline Committee

Upal Atukorala, P.Eng.

Geoscience Committee

Bryan Brassington, P.Geo.
Bruce Downing, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)
Edward Hickin, P.Geo.
David Jenkins, P.Geo.
Garth Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC
Jules Lajoie, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
John Perry, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)
James Robertson, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)
Glen Singleton, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)

Investigation Committee

Sharon Goddard, P.Eng.
Alan Rampton, FGC, FCA   

Nominating Committee

Emily Cheung, P.Eng., FEC
Frank Denton, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Jeff Holm, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Tim Smith, P.Geo., Eng.L., FGC
Selena Wilson, P.Eng.

Registration Committee

Philippe Kruchten, P.Eng., FEC
Claudio Arato, P.Eng., FEC
Walter Brazier, P.Eng., FEC
Glenn Pellegrin, P.Eng., FEC

Standing Awards Committee

Pamela De Mark, P.Geo.