Vice Presidential Candidate
This candidate has been nominated by the Nominating Committee.
I am very privileged to be nominated as a candidate for Vice President, and am indeed grateful for this exciting opportunity to serve the Engineers and Geoscientists BC membership in a new capacity. If elected, I commit to serving the public interest and promoting the interests of our Association’s members and licensees. As part of the Registration Committee, I have worked hard to develop programs for assisting foreign-trained professionals and minorities to achieve Association membership. I have seen the great value and enrichment that this innovative regulatory change has brought to engineering and geoscience. I will continue to help develop new programs to facilitate access to our professions and help them thrive in a modern world.
My goal will be to maintain and enhance practice standards, and continue engagement with our membership regarding regulatory development. I am aware that we need to find better ways to promote awareness of the issues that face us. In my opinion, we need to streamline and update our regulatory approach to reflect the changes in the way our professions are currently practiced. We are extremely fortunate in having an ongoing, productive relationship with government, which considers Engineers and Geoscientists BC to be a trusted partner in the delivery of government initiatives. This is an important relationship that places engineers and geoscientists in a key societal role, protects our professional standing, and underpins the high degree of respect shown to both professions by the public. We will build on our dialogue with government to enhance our regulatory mandate, and our engagement with industry to enhance the Organizational Quality Management program. Our Association needs to work closely with companies to ensure the success of corporate regulation in expanding public protection.
To strengthen the high regard that the public has for professional engineers and geoscientists, it is vital to promote our professions, and the value that engineering and geoscience bring to society. We should, therefore, focus on our achievements, and celebrate the contribution we make to the wellbeing of our fellow citizens.
Kindly consider my election platform – I look forward to receiving your support.
M.Sc. (Civil Engineering), University of Bristol, 1982
B.Sc. (Civil Engineering), University of Bristol, 1969
Structural Specialist, Associated Engineering, 1982–present
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities
Member, Registration Committee, 2013–present (Chair, 2014–2016)
Member, Standing Awards Committee, 2012–present
Member, Structural Qualifications Board, 2001–present
Member of Council, 2013–2016
Member, Executive Committee, 2014–2015
Member, Continuing Professional Development Committee, 2002–2012 (Chair, 2008–2012)
Related Professional Activities
Member of Council, Institution of Structural Engineers, 2002–2011, 2017–present (President, 2006–2007)
Member, Board of Directors, Structural Engineers Association of BC, 2008–present (President, 2016–present)
Member, Structural Awards Panel, Institution of Structural Engineers, 2006–2011
Member, Executive Board, Institution of Structural Engineers, 2005–2010
Member, Dunbar Ryerson Chamber Choir, 2017–present
Member, Early Music Vancouver Society, 2015–present
Member, Vancouver Chamber Choir Society, 2015–present
Member, United Voices Choir, 2015–present
Member, Vancouver Recital Society, 2007–present
Council Member, Dunbar Heights United Church, 2015–2016
Awards and Honours
R.A. McLachlan Memorial Award, APEGBC, 2009
Fellow, Engineers Canada, 2008
Professional Service Award, APEGBC, 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?
In my opinion, our Association’s most critical challenge is to be seen to be always acting in the public interest. At a time when governments are taking action when professions are perceived to be putting their own interests first, keeping professional regulation within the control of the members must be our first priority.
What are the key issues facing the engineering and/or geoscience professions?
BC’s engineers and geoscientists are a talented, well-qualified group of professions that serve the public well. We are fortunate to enjoy the privilege of self-regulation. Key issues we face are:
- Maintaining standards as our senior professionals move towards retirement
- Adapting to demands made on professionals by the constantly developing international marketplace
- Updating Regulatory requirements to accommodate the increasing delivery of engineering and geoscience through very large corporations that are often based outside of Canada.
Looking five years ahead, what is your vision for Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional regulatory body in BC?
I am confident that Engineers and Geoscientists BC will build on its established position as a leading progressive regulator of professional engineers and geoscientists in Canada. I envisage ongoing operational improvements, continued strong leadership, and enhanced member services. I expect to see greater public protection, stronger professional advocacy, and better recognition by the public of the contribution of engineering and geoscience.