Council Summary September 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 September 8, 2017 meeting.

Political Neutrality Policy

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has a policy of political neutrality which confirms that as an organization created by government legislation to serve the public interest it is inappropriate for the association to support political parties or partisan activities. The updated policy provides additional clarity regarding the activities in which Engineers and Geoscientists BC will not engage.

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Updates to registration policies

Policy on Non-accredited Reputable International Programs

Engineers and Geoscientists BC maintains a list of Non-Accredited Reputable International Programs to facilitate review of academic qualifications for applicants who attended non-accredited institutions. Council approved amending the criteria for institutions to qualify for this list.

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Competency-Based Reporting of Engineering Experience

A final date of July 1, 2019 was approved for transition of all engineering applicants to the competency-based assessment method for experience review, regardless of status of application and reporting route.

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Policy on Currency of Experience

To qualify for registration an applicant must show that his or her engineering or geoscience experience is sufficiently current to demonstrate competency with present-day Canadian codes, legislation, technical standards, safety and regulations. Council approved a policy that qualifies that two of the four years of experience are to have occurred in the last four years and that all four years of experience are to have occurred in the last seven years. This policy applies to those who apply for registration after September 8, 2017.

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Professional Practice Guidelines

Council approved the Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Flood Assessment in a Changing Climate (Version 2.0) and the Quality Management Guideline - Use of the Seal (Version 2.0) for final editorial and legal review, prior to publication. Council also endorsed the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines (Third Edition) and Seismic Performance Analyser 1 (Version 3.0) For Use on Low Rise Buildings in BC.

Council endorsed the revisions to the Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code for final editorial and legal review.

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Policy on Bylaw Consultation

This policy was revised to better articulate that consultation with stakeholders occurs prior to final decision by Council on proposed bylaws, and that decisions regarding the consultation process are the responsibility of Council rather than the Executive Committee.

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Strategic Plan Update for 2014-2017

Council received its final report on the outcomes achieved related to the strategic plan for 2014-2017. Extensive detail relating to this year’s activities are presented in the association’s annual report.

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Registration Admissions Report

Council received a report on registration activity for the most recent reporting period.

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Enforcement, Investigation, and Discipline Reports

Council received reports on enforcement, investigation and discipline activities for the reporting period.

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Audited Financial Statements

Council accepted the report of the Audit Committee and approved the financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. Council also reviewed the reserve funds available and set the General Operating Fund target to be a minimum of three months of operating expenses starting in fiscal year 2017/2018.

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Granting of Life Memberships on Hold

Concerns have been raised with Engineers and Geoscientists BC that the Life Member Bylaw 10(c.1). is discriminatory based on age. In light of this allegation, Council has decided to stop awarding life membership until the issue has been examined in detail. More information on this matter can be found under the News articles.

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Regulating for the Future: Modernizing Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Processes

Council decided to engage the Professional Standards Authority to perform an audit of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s processes. It is expected that this review will provide recommendations on areas where the organization can improve as guided by their Standards of Good Regulation.

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Volunteer Appointments Approved

Council approved the following appointments to APEGBC committees, boards, and task forces.

2017/2018 Council Election, Alternate Scrutineer

Paul Blanchard, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Board of examiners

Dr. Thomas Aaron Gulliver, P.Eng.
Dr. Steve Istvan Stuart Jaszki Helle, P.Eng.
Dr. Jianbing Li, P.Eng.
Dr. Jie Liang, P.Eng.
Dr. Susan Elisabeth Nesbit, P.Eng.
Dr. Kevin David Oldknow, P.Eng.
Dr. Yang Shi, P.Eng.
Dr. Thomas Tannert, P.Eng.

Discipline Committee

David Ricketts, P.Eng., FEC

Editorial Board

Dr. Iqbal Bhuiyan, P.Eng.

Fairness Panel

Phil Sunderland, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Geoscience Committee

Shiloh Carlson, P.Eng.

Investigation Committee

Allan Dakin, P.Eng., FEC

Standing Awards Committee

Dr. James McEwen, P.Eng.
Cheryl Nelms, P.Eng.

Sustainability Committee

Kerly Acosta Hitchcock, P.Eng.
Nelson Lee, P.Eng.

Pacific Northwest Economic Region Representative

Colin Smith, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Director to Geoscientists Canada

Garth Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC