Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Actions

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Professional Practice Guidelines

To guide professional practice related to equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments and interaction, Engineers and Geoscientists BC developed the Professional Practice Guidelines – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). These guidelines were first published in 2016 under the title Human Rights and Diversity Practice Guidelines and have since been updated to reflect the new requirements of the Professional Governance Act (PGA), and recent societal shifts in awareness and understanding of issues related to EDI.

Professional Practice Guidelines: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The guidelines reflect our commitment to address issues around discrimination and harassment within our mandate as a regulator and to reflect the continuous growth mindset needed with respect to understanding EDI.

They are intended to provide pertinent information to help individual and firm registrants meet their professional obligations as outlined in the PGA, Bylaws, and Code of Ethics.

What's in the Guidelines?

The guidelines provide a high-level description of EDI concepts and challenges that may arise, and outline specific expectations and obligations for individual and firm registrants of Engineers and Geoscientists BC including:

  • expectations for contributing to inclusive workplace environments and professional interactions that are welcoming for all people;
  • expectations and obligations for registrants in relation to EDI under the PGA, and according to the organization’s Bylaws and Code of Ethics;
  • roles and responsibilities of individual and firm registrants, as related to their professional obligations;
  • current EDI best practices to consider for inclusive environments beyond professional obligations; and
  • guidance for registrants to make formal complaints as part of their Duty to Report.

The guidelines cover current EDI best practices for registrants to consider for inclusive environments beyond professional obligations. We encourage all registrants to act upon as many considerations as possible.

The EDI Guidelines are distinct from other practice guidelines, in that they address social and cultural matters relevant to the professions.

EDI is complex and nuanced. The guidelines only cover the essentials to provide registrants with foundational information. Registrants are encouraged to embark on a journey of continuous learning as it pertains to EDI. 

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Our Process

Engineers and Geoscientists BC engaged with registrants on this issue beginning in the fall 2020 with a roundtable to hear from organizations that represent and advocate for diverse groups within the engineering and geoscience communities as well as individuals from equity seeking groups.

In 2021, Engineers and Geoscientists BC also engaged an external consultant that specializes in the development of EDI policies and procedures for similar organizations to conduct a multi-stakeholder consultation process among registrants who are part of equity-seeking groups, with the purpose of updating and revising the Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines.

Learn More at Our Upcoming Webinar

Join us on February 10, 2022 from 12:00–1:30 PM Pacific Time for a webinar discussing Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Professional Practice Guidelines: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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30 By 30

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has endorsed the Engineers Canada 30 by 30 goal. The goal of 30 By 30 is to increase the number of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by the year 2030. The organization’s approach to 30 By 30 includes a council-endorsed strategic plan, guide to action, and champions network.

For more information, please visit the Engineers and Geoscientists BC 30 By 30 page.

Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division

The Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division is open to all registrants who are interested in supporting the connection, attraction, promotion, retention, and advocacy for women in engineering and geoscience. The Division values align with other Engineers and Geoscientists BC initiatives for equity, diversity, and inclusion and promote integrity, inclusiveness, and collaboration.

For more information, please visit the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division page.

Engendering Success in STEM

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is proud of be a partner of Engendering Success in STEM (ESS).

Engendering Success in STEM (ESS) is a research partnership with the shared goal to foster women’s inclusion and success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We bring together social scientists, STEM experts, and stakeholders in STEM industry and education. The goal is to use an evidence-based approach to break down the biases girls and women face on their pathway to success.

The consortium has designed and tested interventions that harness the power of positive social interactions to reduce the effects of implicit gender bias. These interventions target the obstacles that are unique to each step along the path from early education to industry, and have been broken down into four projects:

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is a proud partner of Project RISE.

Project RISE aims to create positive cultural change for women and men in science and engineering by: (1) educating participants about implicit bias, (2) fostering supportive and respectful interactions between men and women in the organization, and (3) providing them with a clear understanding for how to combat bias. Applying techniques to increase openness and understanding of the consequences of bias, our aims in Project RISE are to highlight women’s often untapped potential, equip women with strategies for coping with social identity threat, and empower men to become effective allies for equality.

For more information on the research, resources and opportunities see Engendering Success in STEM.

Catalyst Supporter

Catalyst Supporters are corporations, firms, associations, academic institutions, and other organizations committed to accelerating progress for women and other equity seeking groups through workplace inclusion.

As a supporter, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is engaged in sharing information with Catalyst and other supporters and is able to leverage the resources and reports developed by Catalyst in the development and delivery of our own programs and actions.

For more information about Catalyst and to access their resources visit Catalyst: Workplaces That Work for Women.

Partnerships

Engineers and Geoscientists BC recognizes the importance of partnerships and collaboration to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion within the professions of engineering and geoscience. Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to supporting organizations and partnerships that are working to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at all stages of the career pipeline, including student outreach, recruitment, retention, and advancement.