Council Summary November 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 November 23, 2018 meeting.

Professional Governance Act Implications for Council Election Process

The Professional Governance Act, recently passed by the BC Government, will restructure governance oversight, standards, and processes for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. One of the first processes likely to be impacted by this new legislation will be the association’s Council nomination and election process. The new Act contains provisions for the composition of Council, terms for a Councillor, term limits, and a merit-based nomination process. Government has indicated that the supporting regulations will be released in early Spring, which means that the 2019 election, and all subsequent elections will need to adhere to these regulations. Council created an advisory group to examine the implications and next steps for the 2019 election process that will present its recommendations to a Council subcommittee for review. In order to avoid any potential for a perceived conflict of interest, Council has delegated the decision on how to move forward with the 2019 election, the transitional requirements and the candidate selection process framework to a Sub-committee of Council consisting of the association’s four public appointees and the Immediate Past President.

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AGM Motion on Climate Action Plan

The following motion was brought forward at the AGM in October: “That Council consider undertaking and putting the necessary resources into the development of a comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan that will provide direction on the roles and duties of EGBC’s member [sic] in addressing this issue.”

At its November meeting, Council directed staff to consult the Climate Change Advisory Subcommittee and the Division of Environmental Professionals and prepare a report for Council ahead of the 2019/2020 budget deliberations.

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Annual Conference and AGM Sustainability Initiatives

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s conference and AGM hosts on average of 800 delegates from around the province every year. At its meeting, Council received a report on sustainability initiatives for this annual event. Initiatives for 2018 included the introduction of a mobile app and condensed version of the delegate booklet as a means to reduce the amount of materials printed. Conference processes also considered the use of digital platforms to minimize paper use, as well as locally-sourced environmentally friendly products. Venue selection also took into account the venue’s own green initiatives and accessibility.

This year, the Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG) was engaged to provide feedback and recommendations on how the association could reduce its carbon footprint for conference and use carbon offsets as a sponsorship opportunity. The CCAG worked with a greenhouse gas estimating firm to develop guidelines for carbon offsets, and staff will be considering this in developing a sponsorship opportunity as a pilot project for the 2019 conference.

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Pilot for Competency Based Assessment of Engineering Licensees

Council approved an extension of the pilot program for competency-based assessment of engineering licensees to June 2019. The extension will allow for the gathering of more data to inform future decisions related to the evaluation of engineering licensees.

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Budget Guidelines Approved

Council approved guidelines for the creation of the association’s 2019/2020 budget. This budget is the third in a 3-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 effective regulation of the professions as directed by government.

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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.
Patricia Chong, P.Eng.
David Chwaklinski, P.Eng.
Mike Currie, P.Eng.
Dr. Michael Davies, P.Eng./P.Geo.
Catherine Fritter, P.Eng.
Adrian Gygax, P.Eng., Struct.Eng.
Scott Martin, P.Eng.
David Melville, P.Geo.
Ed Miska, P.Eng.
Dirk Nyland, P.Eng.
Julius Pataky, P.Eng.
Greg Scott, P.Eng.
Colin Smith, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Gary Webster, P.Eng.
Selena Wilson, P.Eng.

Board of Examiners

Dr. Ewelina Holuszko, P.Eng.

CPD Committee

Mark Adams, P.Eng.
Ted Fuller, P.Eng./P.Geo.

Discipline Committee

Rajib Ahsan, P.Eng.
Chris Arthur, P.Eng.
Jaswinder Bansal, P.Eng.
Frank Denton, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
John Hawthorne, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Colin Smith, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Editorial Advisory Committee

Elizabeth Brown, P.Eng.
Roger Ord, P.Eng.
Matthew Zieleman, EIT

Geoscience Committee

Delbert Ferguson, P.Geo., Eng.L.

Investigation Committee

Lindsay Bottomer, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)
Jeffrey Corbett, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
Clinton Low, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
Andy Mill, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
Mehrdad Roozbahani, P.Eng., FEC
Gregory Smith, P.Eng., Struct.Eng.

Nominating Committee

Garth Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC
Mahmoud Mahmoud, P.Eng., FEC
Karen Savage, P.Eng., FEC
Robert Stewart, P.Eng.

Practice Review Committee

Vijay Kallur, P.Eng., FEC

Registration Committee

Shiloh Carlson, P.Eng.
Martin Fandrich, P.Eng.
David Harvey, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
Nathan Ozog, P.Eng.