Councillor Candidate

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S.K. (Susan) Hayes, P.Eng. | Victoria, BC

This candidate has been nominated by the Nominating Committee.

Thank you for taking the time to review the candidates’ statements and participate in the election.

Volunteering with Engineers and Geoscientists BC since 2005 has given me an understanding of and appreciation for how the association works in regulating engineers and geoscientists in our province. One of my favourite aspects is meeting many of the dedicated members and members-in-training to learn more about their volunteer roles with the association, as well as the interesting and diverse areas in which they practice on a daily basis.

For the past two years I have been fortunate to serve as a Councillor and have enjoyed both the primary role of setting policy and direction, as well as being appointed to several committees and groups. Some were new to me and expanded my experience with the regulatory environment, while others aligned with the causes that are of personal importance, including:

  • Sustainability & Climate Change: Balancing the environmental, economic and other factors at play in helping our society move towards carbon neutrality.
  • Diversity in Engineering: Targeting equality for all individuals within the profession.
  • Value of Engineers: Helping the public better understand the value that our members bring to projects, not only technical knowledge and competence, but also an ethical standard and duty to protect the public.

I believe that the association is a strong regulator that continually works to improve its practices, to better protect the public and support members in doing so in their professional work. I hope to continue to play an active role in this interesting and important development.

Education

B.Sc. Hons. (Mechanical Engineering), Queen’s University, 2005

Professional History

Principal & Building Performance Advisor, Focal Engineering Inc., 2015–present

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities

Council 30 by 30 Champion, 2017–present
Member, Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice, 2017–present
Member of Council, 2016–present
Climate Change Advisory Group, 2016–present
Professional Practice Committee, 2016–2017
Member, Editorial Board, 2010–2016
Guest Participant, Sustainability Committee, 2012–2013
Advisory Board Member, DAWEG, 2007–2008
Treasurer, DAWEG, 2005–2006

Related Professional Activities

Chair, IBPSA BC Chapter Energy Modelling Association, 2015–present
Participant, Various BCBC Step Code & VBBL Working Groups, 2015–present
Internal Communications, IBPSA BC, 2013–2015
Director, Light House Sustainable Building Centre, 2013–2014
Mentor, YWCA High School Mentorship Program, 2007–2012
Co-founder & Chair, Cobalt Engineering Corporate Sustainability Committee, 2007–2010
Mentor, UBC Tri-Mentoring Program, 2006–2008

Community Involvement

Volunteer & Sponsor, World Vision, 1996–present
Fundraiser, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2009–2012
Cardiac Ward Volunteer, St Paul’s Hospital, 2007–2008


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?

There are many important activities currently underway within the association, including addressing recommendations from both the independent External Audit of Legislative and Governance Functions initiated by the association, as well as the BC government’s recent Professional Reliance Review of 5 provincial regulators.

However, a key initiative that has direct impact on protecting the public interest will be moving into the third phase of developing a plan for the regulation of corporations. This phase will include determining the structure of the proposed program to ensure the protection of the public without introducing onerous processes or costs to members and companies. In addition, it will be important to recognize the opportunity that this presents for the profession to communicate to the public the value of engineers and geoscientists, and the ethics that are brought to all interactions with our membership.

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

As outlined in my candidate statement, I believe that sustainability, diversity in the profession, and enhancing the public’s understanding the role of professional engineers and geoscientists are key topics to continue to be addressed by the profession.

In addition, the association faces a number of issues that are related to the changing regulatory environment including: regulating emerging areas of the profession that didn’t exist when the Act was created, such as software engineering; updating the non-practicing member, life member and related bylaws; considering appropriate regulation of corporations; and addressing the topic of continuing professional development, which, although defeated in the last member vote, continues to be an important issue.

I also look forward to hearing from members about what issues are important to them in their various areas of practice and communities around the province.

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

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is a well-respected regulator within Canada, and I would anticipate this to continue as services to members, regulatory practices and public protection measures continue to evolve and improve over the coming years.

I also hope that the association will continue to demonstrate leadership in encouraging and supporting members to strive towards new goals in areas such as sustainability and diversity. For example, with respect to the 30 by 30 initiative, 5 years from now is nearly half-way from today (2018) to the Engineer’s Canada 2030 goal (which targets 30% of new professional engineers to be women in 2030). Therefore, I hope to see significant improvement over the current statistics (15% was achieved in 2017), and that the efforts made towards this specific target will also have had noticeable impact on other, broader areas of diversity within the profession.

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