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R.N. (Nimal) Rajapakse, P.Eng. | Vancouver, BC

This candidate has been nominated by the Nominating Committee.

I am honoured to be nominated as candidate for council by the EGBC nominating committee. I was elected to the council in 2017 for one year. My interactions with EGBC over the past year have further reinforced my interest to serve our professions and members and work together to maintain a world-class regulatory framework. In this regard, the recent review of professional reliance in the natural resource sector presents several challenges to EGBC and its members. EGBC’s response to the review and future proposals to revise the regulatory model should include wide consultation with members. I support improvements to the regulatory framework without diluting its autonomy and integrity. Our regulatory model should continue to promote professional excellence and a competitive and ethical professional environment. We also have other challenges such as the under representation of indigenous peoples and women in our professions; declining interest in registration; and integration of continuing professional development. As council member, I will actively work with EGBC and members to find practical solutions to the above challenges; strengthen communication between EGBC and its members; enhance services available to members; support and modernize the accreditation of engineering and geosciences programs in Canada; and promote diversity and equity in our professions.

Education

D.Eng. (Structural Engineering), Asian Institute of Technology, 1983
M.Eng. (Structural Engineering), Asian Institute of Technology, 1981
B.Sc. Hons. (Civil Engineering), University of Sri Lanka, 1977

Professional History

Professor, School of Engineering Science, SFU, 2009–present
Vice-President (Research & International), Carleton University, 2015–2016
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, SFU, 2009–2015
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC, 2000–2009 (Head, 2000–2007)

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities

Member of Council, 2017–present
Member, Audit Committee, 2017–present
Member, Registration Committee, 2017–present

Related Professional Activities

Member, Board of Directors, Electricity Human Resources Canada, 2010-2016 (Member, Executive Committee, 2014–2016)
Member, Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Health Technology Initiatives, City of Surrey, 2013–2015
Member, Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Clean Energy Initiatives, City of Surrey, 2010–2015
Member, Audit Committee, National Council of Deans of Applied Sciences and Engineering, 2011–2013

Community Involvement

Chair, Board of Directors, Society for Homeless, Ill, Needy and Elderly (SHINE), Vancouver, 2018–present
Benefactor, Maithree Orphanage for Girls, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2014–present
Volunteer, Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, 2001–2010

Awards and Honours

Science Without Borders Visiting Professor, CAPES, Government of Brazil, 2014–2018
Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2009
Meritorious Achievement Award, APEGBC, 2005
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2002
Horst Leipholz Medal, CSCE, 2000


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?

Protection of autonomy of the regulatory framework is the key challenge facing us. It is critical for EGBC to develop a careful strategy to respond to the recent government review of professional regulators in the natural resource sector. We should ensure that any change to the current regulatory framework is done after a fully consultative and transparent process. We should resist attempts to add layers of bureaucracy and undermine the value of self-regulation.

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

  • Government relations and public perception
  • Career development of younger members especially the EIT/GIT group and internationally qualified engineers
  • Under representation of females and indigenous peoples
  • Challenges to international mobility due to emerging international trade disputes

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

To continue its role as an independent self-regulatory body which supports and promotes professional excellence to protect the public interest and serve the society.

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