Councillor Candidate

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M.E. (Martin) Fandrich, P.Eng. | Fort Langley, BC

This candidate has been nominated by 25 members of the Association.

My father is a Professional Engineer, but growing up I had no idea what he actually did. I knew that he had a desk and I thought that he dealt with numbers and occasionally used computers.

I discovered what engineering is later, and I am still learning. I am proud of my profession and its role in society. This has led me to volunteer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC in various capacities over the years.

Our Association was been granted the right of self-governance. When we vote in council elections we exercise our right to regulate ourselves. Our proposed bylaw changes receive the input of thousands of professionals every time we vote. As members we need to value, maintain and protect this asset to our governance.

As an independent voice I hold that Council should:

  • Value and respect our members and the volunteers on which our Association is built,
  • Maintain the relevancy of the Association as engineering and geoscience roles evolve, and
  • Actively highlight the irreplaceable value of our professions to the wellbeing and safety of the public.

Our professions are continually developing, and we need to ensure our Association is proactively-led. We need to operate in an open manner while being efficient and effective in fulfilling our core mandate.

Education

Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Cambridge, 1997
B.A.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), University of British Columbia, 1993

Professional History

President and Principal Consultant, Bannerman Consultants, 2008–present
Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, 2002–2007
Senior Engineer, Lo-Rez Vibration Control Ltd., 2001–2002
Mechanical Analyst, Rolls-Royce Canada, 1997–2000

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities

Member, Registration Committee, 2014–present
Chair, Branch Representatives, 2012–2014
Member, Nominating Committee, 2009, 2012, 2013
Executive Member, Fraser Valley Branch, 2008–2012 (Chair, 2010–2011)

Related Professional Activities

Member, Board of Advisors, Answers by Engineers, 2016–present
Fellow, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 2012–present (Member and CEng, 2004–present)
Executive Member, British Columbia Section, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2012–2015
Judge, Fraser Valley Science Fair, 2008

Community Involvement

Executive Member, Langley Chapter, Canadian Parents for French, 2014–present (President, 2016–2018)
Member, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Township of Langley, 2012–2015 (Chair, 2015)
Judge, Provincial Skills Competition, Skills Canada, 2009


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?

The key challenge facing Engineers and Geoscientists BC is one of balance. We need to protect the public within the framework of a self-governing profession. We need to set and hold high standards while listening to and being led by the members. While there are obviously benefits for the Association to have a role greater than simply setting a minimum level of competence and experience for entry into the professions, we should aim to be lean and efficient.

What are the key issues facing the engineering and/or geoscience professions?

The execution of every profession is being impacted by technology. The difference with our professions is that we are also creating the disruptive technologies. Society as a whole is facing many challenges and our professions are uniquely able to work towards some of the solutions. Often this involves interdisciplinary work, and our new members are less likely to conform to the classical engineering disciplines and educational paths more common in past generations. Our professions need to adapt in order to face society’s challenges while maintaining our high standards.

Looking five years ahead, what is your vision for Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional regulatory body in BC?

Our strength is our members. As professionals, we have globally respected knowledge. Engineers and Geoscientists BC can set the standard for regulatory bodies in BC because we have unparalleled skills already within our membership. With such a wealth of experience, we need to be an association that listens to its members. We need to continue to operate as a body where members desire to contribute as volunteers, and where volunteers feel valued for their contributions.

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