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 September 11, 2015 meeting.
Volunteer Appointments Approved
Council has approved 17 new appointments and 3 re-appointments of APEGBC volunteers. These included appointments on the Board of Examiners, Fairness Panel and Mentoring Committee. To view all of the appointments click the link below.
Professional Geoscience Mobility Agreement Extended
Council has approved an extension of the Professional Geoscience Mobility Agreement. This will allow professional geoscientists registered in BC or Ontario to perform short-term work in either province, so long as they are professionally registered in one of them until October 8, 2018. This approval is subject to agreement by the Council of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. A detailed review of the agreement will be conducted in 2018 in accordance with Clause 23: Periodic Review.
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Retention of Women in the Professions
Council has approved a plan for continuing APEGBC’s work in support of the retention of women in the professions. The plan outlines the next steps for Council in this area, including best practice guidelines, recruitment, data collection and partnerships. The work will include a review of budget considerations for the 2016/2017 fiscal year and also seeks further direction from Council on some specific items.
2014-2017 Strategic Plan Update
Council received information on current progress towards achieving the goals indicated in the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and reviewed the targets for Year 2 of the plan. Significant progress was seen on many Year 1 targets. Council approved all but two of the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets as presented for Year 2 of the Strategic Plan. The two remaining KPIs on demonstrating financial prudency on a consistent basis and increasing the number of women in the professions will be brought back for further discussion at a future Council meeting.
2015 AGM Meeting Rules Approved
Every year the meeting rules for APEGBC’s Annual General Meeting are reviewed by the Governance Committee and presented to Council for approval. Council has approved the proposed 2015 AGM Rules including a change from last year to increase the time members are entitled to speak from two minutes to three.
APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM Special Guest Policy Reviewed
APEGBC has an approved Special Guest Policy that provides parameters for the number of complimentary event tickets offered and expenses covered for all special guests attending the annual conference and AGM. Following a request from the Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (DEGIRS), Council has created a working group of Councillors to review policy and submit recommendations to Council. The review will consider the current provisions for special guests and associated budgetary considerations.
Legislative Implementation Task Force Policies Approved
Council has approved the Policy for Referral of a Complaint File by the Registrar to the Practice Review Committee and the Policy for Closure of a Complaint File by the Registrar. These policies were created in consultation with the Legislative Implementation Task Force and will provide a valuable resource to guide APEGBC’s complaint process. The Policy for Referral of a Complaint File by the Registrar to the Practice Review Committee outlines various subject matter areas and risk factors which should be taken into consideration prior to referring a complaint to the Review Committee. The Policy for Closure of a Complaint File by the Registrar outlines considerations about the nature of the complaint which should be deliberated.
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Limited Licence Bridging Pilot Project Approved
Council has approved a new policy that will provide engineering licensees (Eng.L.) with a clear path to meet APEGBC’s academic requirements and attain a P.Eng. designation. A pilot project to evaluate this policy will be launched and operate until June 2016. A report will be brought to the Registration Committee in August 2016 to review progress and findings.
Looking to Exempt Policy Threshold Decreased to 5 Years
Council has approved changes to lower the experience threshold to 5 years from 7 years in the Policy on Looking Exempt Interviews. This change brings APEGBC into alignment with best practices in Canada.
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Climate Change Update
The Climate Change Report was presented to APEGBC Council by members of the Climate Change Advisory Group. Council reviewed and approved a feedback letter which will be signed by the President and sent to the BC government shortly. This feedback letter is APEGBC's response to the BC Ministry of Environment's Discussion Paper on Climate Leadership Plan. This discussion paper was released for broad consultation with stakeholders and the public. APEGBC's feedback letter highlights the efforts that are underway and planned by APEGBC in relation to climate change.
Relevance and Engagement - APEGBC Programming
APEGBC Council continued to assess the relevance of association programming at their September meeting. APEGBC programs are important to the association’s regulatory role and also serve to deliver value to members. Following their discussion at the September meeting, Council decided to discuss the topic of member engagement at a future meeting.
Successful Audit for 2014/2015
The 2014/2015 audit of the association’s finances was completed without any issues noted and Council approved the financial statements for the year at their September meeting. PriceWaterhouseCoopers reviewed several key areas and found that the financial statements were presented fairly in accordance with Canadian audit standards and under Canadian accounting standards. For more information please contact Jennifer Cho, Director, Finance and Adminstration at [email protected]
or click the link below. The financial statements are published in the 2014/2015 Annual Report.
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Next Steps for Branding Initiative
APEGBC Council has approved two name options to explore further in relation to an updated brand for the association. Although APEGBC’s legal name would remain unchanged, the operating name could be modified as a part of APEGBC’s branding update.