Council Summary September 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 September 7, 2018 meeting.

Professional Practice Guideline Revisions

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council approved revisions to three guidelines. Updated versions of the guidelines for Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects, Designing Guards for Buildings Guidelines and Professional Structural Engineering Services will go through a final legal and editorial review before publication.

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City of Abbotsford Letters of Assurance Approved

Council approved the Letters of Assurance for the City of Abbotsford. They are modelled after the Vancouver Airport Authority Letters of Assurance, which operates under the National Building Code. The Building Codes Committee and Professional Practice Committee reviewed the Letters of Assurance before approval by Council.

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Pilot Project to Address Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations

In response to a 2017 AGM motion, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is exploring how the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee can align with the association’s code of ethics and duties under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act. Council approved a pilot program with a budget of $50,000 to address these recommendations.

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Update to Registration Policies

Council approved revisions to the Policy for Assignment of Confirmatory Examinations and the Policy on Academic Qualification of Graduates of the BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Part-Time.

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Enforcement, Investigation and Discipline Reports

Council received reports on enforcement, investigation, and discipline activities for the 2017/2018 Fiscal year. During this time period over 100 enforcement files were opened which is higher than any prior fiscal year. At 87, this year matched 2015 for the highest number of enforcement files successfully closed to date.

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Audited Financial Statements and 2018/2019 Budget

The financial statements comprise the association’s balance sheet, statement of revenue and expenses, changes in net assets and cash flows. Whereas, the budget is an operational and financial planning document prepared on an annual basis by staff, with the guidance of the Executive Committee. The audited financial statements are presented to Council every autumn.

Council accepted the report of the auditors and approved the audited Engineers and Geoscientists BC Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. Chartered Professional Accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP conducted the audit for the association, the Foundation and Benevolent Fund Society.

The 2018/2019 operational budget was approved in April and made available on our website earlier this year. The website is currently the most popular medium for members to retrieve information on the budget, and as attendance has traditionally been low, Council approved a motion to discontinue holding a webinar on the budget this year.

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Update on Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are used by Council to assess progress on the association’s strategic plan objectives. Council received an update on the progress to date for the association’s KPI’s.

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30 by 30 Action Plan Framework Approved

Council has endorsed a plan that asks for member feedback regarding the association’s 30 by 30 strategy. Feedback from members is intended to help form the completed strategy and create an action plan. “30 by 30” is a goal to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 percent by the year 2030. Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been actively working towards this goal since 2013, and the now-underway 30 by 30 action plan further supports this goal.

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Two Recommendations for Elections Approved

Council has approved two of the recommendations put forward by the Nomination and Election Review Task Force and reviewed by the Governance Committee. Council approved a motion to discontinue paper ballots starting with the 2021 Council election, and a motion for staff to conduct broader member consultation on providing voting rights to members-in-training. Due to the current uncertainty around timing and implications of the Province’s Professional Reliance Review implications, the Governance Committee agreed that many other recommendations by the Task Force are being deferred for now.

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Volunteer Appointments Approved

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

Alternate Scrutineer, Council Election 2018/2019

Dennis McJunkin, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)

Board of Examiners

Martin Bollo, P.Eng.
Taco Niet, P.Eng.

Branch Representative Chair

Nathan Ozog, P.Eng.

Building and Space Planning Task Force (Phase 1)

Paul Blanchard, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Oliver Bonham, P.Geo.
Tomer Curiel, P.Eng.
Nadine King, P.Eng.
Mark Porter, P.Eng., Struct.Eng.
Michael Waberski, BCLS
Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

CPD Committee

Lori-Ann Polukoshko, P.Eng.
Eric Pettit, P.Eng.
Shane O’Neil, P.Geo.

City of Richmond Advisory Panel

Jubin Jalili, P.Eng.

Editorial Advisory Committee

Gloria Gril, P.Eng.

Geoscience Committee

Gregory Reid, P.Eng./P.Geo., FEC, FGC

Practice Review Committee

Hugh Fraser, P.Eng., FEC
Donald Gillespie, P.Eng.
Sharlie Huffman, P.Eng., FEC
Randall Kovacs, P.Eng., FEC
Alexander McGowan, P.Eng.
George Melo, P.Eng., FEC
Ken Newbert, P.Eng.

Standing Awards Committee

Kevin Riederer, P.Eng.