Call for 2023 Annual Conference Presenters

Calling all industry experts, thought-leaders, innovators, technology experts, and professional speakers!

This year’s annual conference will be our first in-person conference since the pandemic, and we are gearing up for a premiere event for engineers, geoscientists, and regulatory stakeholders across British Columbia and beyond. Don’t miss your chance to join the conversation, enhance professional learning, expand your business portfolio, and network with diverse audience groups. The 2023 Annual Conference  will be held in person on  October 26–28, 2023, at the Whistler Conference Centre in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia.

Submissions are due by March 3, 2023 for full consideration.

Submit a Presentation

speaker benefits

  • Share your expertise with professional engineers and geoscientists at a provincially and nationally recognized conference. The audience is composed of a wide range including engineers, geoscientists, technologies, academia, government representatives, industry leaders and other members of the community.
  • Engage in a collaborative conference program in which both speakers and attendees' benefit. This is an invaluable opportunity to give back to the professional community at large.
  • Receive Continuing Education (CE) Hours.
  • Opportunity to network and engage with the engineering and geoscience community, and to expand your professional portfolio.
  • Recognition on the conference website with a headshot photo, biography, and session description.
  • News articles in Innovation announcing conference programming and reference to the conference website. As the official publication of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Innovation is circulated to more than 40,000 BC-registered professional engineers and geoscientists, other professionals, industry and government representatives, educational institutions, and the public.
  • Assistance with promoting your session on social media outlets.
  • Constructive feedback on presentation content through the conference evaluation process.
  • Business travel opportunity to beautiful Whistler, British Columbia.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is a not-for-profit organization, and no honoraria will be paid for presentations. Engineers and Geoscientists BC requests that presenters donate their time and expertise. Speakers are offered an event package and may be eligible for travel reimbursements as per the reimbursement policy.

2023 Conference Program

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is seeking presenters for its Continuing Education (CE) program for its 2023 Annual Conference.

This year we are seeking submissions that will focus on innovation, technology, leadership, and communication; while supporting registrants in maintaining their competency to fulfill their duty to protect the public and the environment with respect to the practices of engineering and geoscience. Submissions should focus on the 4 core areas of learning, including: technical, ethical, regulatory, and communications and leadership aligned with the requirements of the CE Program.

Ethical Learning Activities related to advancing a registrant’s knowledge of how to act ethically and meet the ethical obligations pursuant to the PGA, regulations, bylaws, and the Code of Ethics. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Code of Ethics
  • Managing professional liability
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion in the professions
Regulatory Learning Activities related to advancing a registrant’s knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements, including the PGA, regulations, bylaws, Code of Ethics, codes, standards, policies, and requirements in relevant legislation. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Regulations and codes
  • Bylaws and standards
  • International quality management standards
Technical Learning Activities related to advancing a registrant’s technical and professional knowledge and skills within their area(s) of practice, including any anticipated future changes to the area(s) of practice. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Technical best practices, case studies, and practical knowledge within all areas of practice
  • Technical regulations, codes, and standards
  • Technical risk management and safety
  • Sustainability and climate change
  • Anticipated future changes to 
    area(s) of practice
  • New or emerging technologies
Communications and Leadership Learning Activities related to advancing a registrant’s non-technical knowledge and skills, including communications and leadership skills. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Business and leadership
  • Project management
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Conflict resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Building inclusive workplaces
  • Technology 

Submissions should reflect and reinforce knowledge in technical, ethical, regulatory, and communications and leadership, and provide best practices, case studies, and practical knowledge to engage and inspire delegates on issues impacting the professions.

Presentations should be educational and tailored to registrants of the organization. Presentations for the purpose of promoting or selling specific products, services, or providers will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

We welcome all submissions that present information and knowledge applicable to a variety of stakeholders, though preference will be given to sessions that align with the following:

  • Relevance to one or more of the 4 core areas of learning;
  • Topics that keep registrants current in maintaining their competency to fulfill their duty to protect the public and the environment;
  • Relevance and content specific to professional engineers and professional geoscientists;
  • Topics that focus on new technology and emerging areas of practice;
  • Topics that address diversity, equity, and inclusion, and Indigenous reconciliation within professional regulation;
  • Presentations with proven and well-regarded speakers;
  • Practical takeaways for the audience; what will you provide them to add to their own practice (models, templates that can be implemented, etc.);
  • Presentations that focus on learning objectives and outcomes, rather than a narrative approach;
  • The degree to which the presentation is based on responsive and innovative practices; and
  • The degree to which the presentation is engaging and can be effectively delivered in-person.

Presentations are 60 minutes in length. All presentations must include time for questions and answers.

Submissions are due by March 3, 2023, for full consideration.

Submit a Presentation

Please note presenters must be available on either Thursday, October 26, 2023, or Friday, October 27, 2023. If your proposal is accepted, we will notify you of the presentation date and time when confirmed.

All those who express interest will be contacted in June 2023. Should you have any questions, please contact conferen[email protected].

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

As the regulatory and licensing body for the engineering and geoscience professions, Engineers and Geoscientists BC believes that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and equitably. We are committed to establishing standards of conduct for and addressing issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in professional environments.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC's 2022–2027 Strategic Plan establishes a vision for the organization, charting a course for the organization to become a modern and progressive regulator. Integral to the plan and vision are equity, diversity, and inclusion, identifying the need to reflect the diversity of the public we serve, having a positive impact on the world through advancing EDI, and committing to continuous education and meaningful action.

We are committed to developing and facilitating events that are inclusive and accessible. We work to include a variety of viewpoints and experiences in the conference program as it is critical to have events that are inclusive of all people and reflective of our society. We are seeking individuals from diverse backgrounds and are committed to providing a conference experience that respects and celebrates diversity. We are also seeking topics that address equity, diversity and inclusion and Indigenous reconciliation as it relates to the professions of engineering and geoscience.