This candidate has been nominated by the Nominating Committee.
This is not my first rodeo. I have had the pleasure and privilege to serve on many Engineers and Geoscientists BC Councils and committees over many years. For some, this may be seen as a disadvantage, for others an asset; it is however the truth of what I offer. It strikes me that selecting a candidate to serve should somehow be based on what he or she will do, and less on what they have done. Given that if elected to Council there will be a broad array of issues addressed, I thought perhaps I could offer some principles that would frame my involvement; I offer these in the form of seven promises.
I promise to participate in debate prepared and open minded, without a predetermined agenda.
I promise to support decisions in the best interest of the public and the profession, in that order of priority, and all before my own interest.
I promise to practice diversity, tolerance, and civility; basic tenets that seem to be rarefied.
I promise to respect the environment.
I promise to embrace and advocate science and knowledge-based decision making.
I promise to uphold the three pillars our association: protection of the public, regulation of our professionals, and promotion of the profession. It is the ethical foundation of our Engineering and Geoscience professions that allows our association to both regulate and promote the professions under one umbrella.
I promise to respect and strengthen the privilege of a self-governing profession.
Thank you for taking the time to read all the candidates statements and “Q&A”, and for considering my candidacy.
Diploma (Urban Land Economic), University of British Columbia, 1992
M.A.Sc. (Structural Engineering), University of British Columbia, 1985
B.A.Sc. (Hons. Civil Engineering), University of British Columbia, 1983
Director, Buildings Group, David Nairne and Associates Ltd., 1995–present
Structural Engineer and Project Manager, Dominion Construction Ltd., 1985–1995
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities
Member, Investigation Committee, 2014–present
Chair, Seismic Peer Review Committee 2005–present
Member, APEGBC/ASTTBC Joint Board, 2014–present (Co-Chair, 2015–present)
Member of Council, 1991–1993, 1994–1996, 1997–2001, 2004–2006, 2010–2014
Member, Registration Committee, 1991–1993, 2004–2006 (Chair, 1997-1999, 2010-2014)
Member, Practice Review Committee, 1997–2005, 2009–2011
Awards and Honours
Meritorious Award for Professional Service, Engineers Canada, 2016
President’s Award Special Recognition, APEGBC, 2007
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 our association is remaining relevant, current, and progressive. In times of rapid change, this can only be accomplished through persistent and meaningful dialogue with government, industry and our members. We are competing with a deluge of information being delivered to our audiences from a myriad of sources; our messaging must be clear, succinct, topical and meaningful.
What are the key issues facing the engineering and/or geoscience professions?
I believe the key issues facing our professions are linked to the very nature of what we do: the battle between what is real and what is just shiny. The massive array of information available, including technical information, has and will produce a class of quasi professional that can provide quick and visually appealing answers that are often twaddle. As professions that require considered thought, analysis and deliberation to reach conclusions in an era of impatience and misinformation, it is our collective voice(s) that is required to assert the truth.
Looking five years ahead, what is your vision for Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional regulatory body in BC?
A five-year vision of three things:
- Engineers and Geoscientists BC is recognized as the most respected professional regulatory body in BC… and Canada.
- An unquestioning acceptance by government, industry and the public that the Engineering and Geoscience professionals, both as individuals and a collective, embody ethical, trustworthy and knowledge-based behaviour.
- A contemporary Engineers and Geoscientists Act written by our hands that allows our professions to race into the future unfettered by reference to airships.