Tony Chong, P.Eng.
Chief Regulatory Officer and Deputy Registrar, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Tony Chong has extensive experience working in and with Local, Provincial/Territorial and Federal Governments. During his thirty plus years of public service with the three levels of government he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility and scope. His career covered a broad range of areas including technical design, project management, approving authority, policy development, department head, chief negotiator and senior executive. Prior to joining Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, Mr. Chong was the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Port Coquitlam for over 17 years. A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, Mr. Chong has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Applied Science Degree from the University of Toronto where he attended as a post-graduate student at the Institute of Environmental Engineering.
Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Director, Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Peter Mitchell is responsible for developing and directing proactive quality assurance programs addressing members' practice standards, including the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Practice Review Program, the development and adoption of practice guidelines and the Organizational Management Program. Mr. Mitchell provides staff support to numerous committees, task forces and boards dealing with professional practice issues. He works closely with the Structural Engineers Association of BC, and directs the response of Engineers and Geoscientists BC to various government legislation impacting the practice of professional engineering and geoscience in the province.
Efrem Swartz, LLB
Director, Legislation, Ethics and Compliance, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Efrem Swartz graduated from the UBC Law school in 1999. He was ranked 2nd in his first year law school class and won 6 awards for academic excellence. After serving as the Law Clerk to Mr. Justice Lambert and Chief Justice Finch of the BC Court of Appeal, Efrem developed a wealth of experience on a broad range of civil litigation lawsuits and professional regulatory matters in private practice. In 2009, Efrem formed his own law firm, Swartz Law Corporation, in order to provide legal services to professional regulators. He frequently advised professional regulators on legislative and policy matters, investigations and disciplinary matters and was retained by Colleges operating under the Health Professions Act to conduct independent investigations. In private practice, Efrem acted as counsel for the Commissioner of the Teacher Regulation Branch and he provided ongoing legal oversight for the investigation department of the College of Veterinarians. Efrem has authored and presented papers titled Publication of Disciplinary Decisions and The Duty of Professionals to Report. Efrem joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC on a full-time basis as the Director of Legislation, Ethics and Compliance in April 2014. Efrem is highly regarded by his peers and his staff alike.
Gillian Pichler, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
Director, Registration, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Gillian Pichler is the Director of Registration for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. She is responsible for all registration and licensing activities at the association, and is involved in national and international activities at Engineers Canada. Ms. Pichler is registered as a P.Eng. in BC and an ing. in Quebec. She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and has an MBA from Concordia University. Prior to joining Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Ms. Pichler was in charge of Facilities, Plant & Production Engineering at Gillette Canada, Montreal for 16 years.
Greg Miller, P.Eng., LLB
Partner, Lindsay Kenney LLP
Gregory Miller is a partner of Lindsay Kenney LLP and practices from our Vancouver office. His preferred area of practice is professional liability and he has extensive experience in the defence of claims against engineers, architects, insurance brokers and other professionals. He also has considerable experience in construction litigation, product liability and insurance coverage issues and is regularly consulted in such matters by Canadian and international liability insurers. In addition to his role as counsel, Greg is delighted to play the role of “teacher” as often as his busy schedule permits. He taught insurance industry and business certification courses for many years and is a frequent lecturer for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia on legal topics in his areas of practice. He has also been honoured to be called upon to give semi-annual lectures on law to the fourth year engineering class at the University of British Columbia. Greg has long been counsel to the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia and, in 2005, was given an honourary membership in the organization. Since 2009, he has been included in the publication “The Best Lawyers in Canada” in the field of construction litigation. He is included in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in “Litigation – Commercial Insurance” who is “repeatedly recommended”.
Craig Wallace, P.Eng., LLB
Craig Wallace is a barrister who is equally familiar with litigation and alternate dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and arbitration. His background as a professional engineer enables him to provide effective and cost-efficient representation in disputes involving complex technical issues. Craig has years of experience in complex commercial litigation cases, frequently representing design professionals, owners and contractors in construction disputes. His commercial practice also includes cases involving bonding, product liability, insurance and shareholder disputes. He is a regular lecturer at construction and design professional seminars and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of British Columbia.
Andrew Schafer, LLB
Lawyer, Bull Housser
Andrew Schafer is a lawyer in the Labour + Employment Group. Andrew advises clients on a variety of labour and employment matters, including labour relations, human rights, workers' compensation, wrongful dismissals, unjust dismissals, employment standards, and business immigration. Andrew also prepares various labour and employment agreements such as employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, return to work agreements, and workplace policies. Andrew also assists with various corporate transactions by advising both purchasers and vendors on labour and employment due diligence matters.
Greg Gosson, P.Geo., Ph.D.
Technical Director, Amec Foster Wheeler
Greg Gosson is the Technical Director, Resource Estimation & Compliance, Natural Resources – Mining with Amec Foster Wheeler. Greg has a Ph.D. in Geology and has worked more than 25 years in the mining and mineral exploration industry. He has been involved in grassroots exploration, through to feasibility studies, mine construction and production. His experience includes gold, base metal and diamonds in Africa, SE Asia, New Zealand and North America.
Mat Brechtel, LLB
Associate, Bull Housser
Mat is an associate in the Dispute Resolution + Litigation Group, working primarily on cases dealing with various aspects of intellectual property rights. Mat has appeared before the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia. Prior to working with Bull Housser, Mat clerked for Justices Mackenzie and Newbury of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 2009-2010, and for Justice Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2010-2011, after which he worked at the Vancouver office of a leading national law firm.
Jana McLean, LLM
Lawyer, Miller Titerle
Jana practices environmental and aboriginal law at Miller Titerle, a firm that advises in the areas of responsible resource development and First Nations economic development. Jana advises both industrial and First Nations clients on a range of subject areas, including: contaminated sites; fisheries and water law; environmental assessments; and aboriginal rights and title. Jana also has worked in South African on human rights and environmental issues, and possesses a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge, where her thesis considered the use of human rights mechanisms to obtain redress for environmental harm.
Eric Tung, MA
Eric Tung is a Change Management and Communications Consultant at Prolepsis Consulting and specializes in change management strategy and implementation, stakeholder engagement, organizational readiness, coaching, facilitation, instructional design, training, and technical and business communications. He also designs and delivers customized business, proposal, and technical writing workshops to various organizations, including engineering and consulting firms. In addition to consulting, Eric is an English Instructor at UBC Continuing Studies, where he teaches academic, professional, and business writing courses. He is also an Instructor at SFU, where he teaches Business Communications at the Beedie School of Business.
Surinder Sura, P.Eng.
Surinder Sura is the principal S Sura & Associates Ltd., with over 25 years of experience working on projects throughout Canada, Africa, and England. S Sura & Associates Ltd. was founded on the philosophy that the success of a project depends upon high standards of management and engineering judgment.