This candidate has been nominated by the Nominating Committee.
I am honoured to be nominated by the Nominating Committee as a candidate for Council and appreciate the opportunity to serve with Engineers and Geoscientists BC in a new capacity. Through my volunteer work at the Association, I have gained an appreciation for the great work that our Association does. We have innovative leaders, solid governance, and dedicated staff. As a result, I believe we are one of BC’s most respected professional organizations.
If elected, I will continue to put the public interest first and promote the interests of our membership. As a Professional Geoscientist and a Project Management Professional currently working in the utility sector, I pride myself on my demonstrated record of identifying innovative solutions to complex problems and in my ability to seek a balanced approach.
As a new Councillor, I would like to focus on:
- Promoting our professions and the work of the Association by encouraging students, new graduates, internationally trained professionals and non-registered practitioners to become members. In addition, I want us to further develop tools to help our existing membership become more involved in the Association through mentoring, volunteering or branch engagement.
- Encouraging diversity in our professions by having more women enter and stay in the work place. Today, women remain underrepresented in our sectors, especially at executive levels. We need to further understand where barriers may exist in schooling or entry into the work force, where obstacles in retention and advancement occur, and work towards solutions to address these issues.
- Continuing to foster sustainability in our philosophies to ensure we achieve the highest environmental standards in our practices. As professionals we have a duty of care to protect the environment in our everyday work so that we minimize our footprint and pass the benefits onto our clients and the greater public.
Certificate (Advanced Project Management), Langara College, 2008
M.Sc. (Earth Sciences), Simon Fraser University, 1998
B.Sc. (Geography), Simon Fraser University, 1996
Project Manager, Site C/Project Delivery, BC Hydro, 2013–present
Projects Manager, Engineering, The Corporation of Delta, 2009–2013
Groundwater Specialist, Engineering, Township of Langley, 2004–2009
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities
Member, Geoscience Committee, 2012–present (Chair, 2015–present)
Stream Coordinator, Annual Conference and AGM, 2013–2014, 2016–2017
Participant, Brand Working Group, 2014–2016
Member, Mentoring Committee, 2010–2015
Related Professional Activities
Mentor, Mentoring Program, BC Hydro, 2017–present
Treasurer, New West Hospice Society, 2016–present
Awards and Honours
Outstanding New Staff Member, Illinois State Geological Survey, 2002
Employee of the Quarter, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 2002
Q&A with Candidates
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is the regulatory authority charged with protecting the public interest with respect to the practice of engineering and geoscience in the province of BC. What is the key challenge facing Engineers and Geoscientists BC?
As self-regulating organization, Engineers and Geoscientists BC must protect the public while also represent the interests of our membership. Our professions were included in the recent provincial review of professional reliance and recommended changes to the governance of regulators will undoubtedly impact the operations of our Association. This includes the potential for a new oversight office and standard legislation for professional governance. Having effective people on Council to address these issues and advocate for the Association and its members is critical. We need to work closely with government to assure any changes are responsible, meet the needs of our members, and maintain the trust of stakeholders and the public.
What are the key issues facing the engineering and/or geoscience professions?
We need to do a better job of promoting our professions to students, new graduates and new Canadians while bringing non-registered practitioners into the Association. We need to assure we are demonstrating the value of registration and of the Association to everyone wanting to practice engineering and geoscience in BC. Meanwhile women continue to be under represented in our professions. We need to understand issues that act as barriers for women in our professions and support the advancement of women to senior and executive levels. Awareness of the impacts of pollution, unsustainable practices and climate change is increasing, concomitant with expectations from the public that professionals prioritize the protection of human health and the environment in decision making. We need to continue being leaders in environmental stewardship to meet the expectations of the public, our clients, and government.
Looking five years ahead, what is your vision for Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional regulatory body in BC?
We are a forward thinking and progressive organization that is highly respected by our stakeholders and the general public. We continue to look proactively for operational improvement within the organization while keeping public safety and environmental stewardship in the forefront of our work. We continue to work with our membership, staff and government to ensure the Association is an effective and efficient regulator for the next generation of engineers and geoscientists.