Vice Presidential Candidate

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H.G. (Harlan) Kelly, P.Eng. | Vancouver, BC

This candidate has been nominated by the Nominating Committee.

Please let me have your vote to continue my involvement on council on your behalf as VP EGBC. I have been a member of our Association for over 40 years and provided leadership on council for six years. The experience obtained and the opportunity to serve your council is gratifying. My involvement in initiatives with our Association for accountability, clarity, membership communication, risk assessment, financial reporting, dialogue on our relevance, and open discussion for resolution with ASTT BC continues to form a key focus for me in my involvement with council. My years of practice in consulting engineering have included a variety of roles not only with our Association but in teaching, learning and study, which developed within me a unique knowledge and broad range of engineering, and business management.

My personal commitment to you is to continue to bring about clarity, responsiveness and accountability from our Association’s employees and membership. I will continue to use my abilities to develop a clear vision of business and personal responsibility to our organization. Listening is the first communication step of leadership. My direction will be to reinvest my time through listening to you and knowing your needs.


M.Eng. (Civil Engineering), University of British Columbia, 1972
B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering), University of British Columbia, 1970

Professional History

Researcher and President, KNE2 Ltd, 2015–present
VP Technology, Opus DaytonKnight Ltd., 2010–2015
VP Technologies, Dayton & Knight Ltd., 2007–2010
President and C.E.O., Dayton & Knight Ltd., 2001–2007
Project to Senior Project Engineer, Dayton & Knight Ltd., 1978–2007
Project Engineer, McElhanney Survey and Engineering, 1976–1978
Design Engineer, Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, 1972–1976

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities

Mentor, Mentoring Program, 2016–present
Member, Foundation Nominating Committee, 2014–2016
Member of Council, 2009–2016
Member, Registration Committee, 2011–2015
Member, Professional Practice Committee, 2009–2015 (Chair, 2010–2013)
Member, Executive Committee, 2009–2010
Speaker, Young Professionals Stream – Annual Conference and AGM, 2009

Related Professional Activities

Member, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, 2000–present
Member and Life Member, Water Environment Federation, 1969–present
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Engineering, UBC, 2000–2016
Authored over 70 presentations and peer reviewed papers, Research Gate, 1974–2015
Member, International Water Association, 1990–2014
Invited Speaker, Environment for Europe, Rural and Mountain Sustainable Development, Belgrade, Serbia, 2011
Contributing Author, 3 Manuals of Practice on wastewater and biosolids treatment, ASCE/WEF, 2001–2010
Invited Speaker, National Operators Training Conference, Chicago, 2006
Invited Speaker and Paper, International Water Association, Krakow, Poland, 2005
Executive Positions, BC Water and Waste Association, 1990–2005 (President, 2004–2005)
Conference Chair, Biosolids Committee, Canadian Biosolids Conference/ Water Environment Federation, 2000, 2003
Chair, Annual Conference Technical Program, BCWWA, 1992, 1998, 2002
Associate, Member and Life Member, American Society of Civil Engineering, 1973

Community Involvement

Councilor, Residential Strata Council, 2012–2016, 2018–present
Assistant to member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, 1975–present
Various Committee Chairs, Toastmasters, 1978–1985
Hockey Coach, Delta Atom to Peewee, 1982–1984
Chair, Northbrook Langley Lions Annual Hockey Tournament, 1982
President, Parent Organization for Fraser Academy (dyslexia and other learning difficulties), 1981–1982

Awards and Honours

WEF Bedell Award, BCWWA, 2015
Stanley Copp Award, BCWWA, 2013
Received recognition for 9 ACEC, ACECBC National and Provincial Environmental Awards of Merit and of Excellence for
 Design and Research of Water Resources, 1993–2013
Personal Recognition Award, BCWWA, 2005
5S Award, BCWWA, 1999

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 Engineers and Geoscientists Act gives primacy to the Protection of the Public. Through this duty of care our Association gives our members the Right to Practice, protects that right, and assures that we uphold that right.

  • Maintain the Association’s relevance and operational transparency.
  • Resist advocacy of our membership and government policy.
  • Remain a-political and serve the government.
  • Reduce risks to self-regulation.

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

In speaking to members through the Branches and other informal venues, I hear concerns related to:

  • Communication.
  • Regulation.
  • Balanced governance.
  • Clarity.
  • Diversity and plurality.
  • Corporate practice.
  • Rights and obligations.
  • Financial responsibility.
  • Transparency - accountability.
  • Provincial review.
  • Professional practice.
  • CPD.
  • CEO succession.
  • Risks to self-governance.
  • Strategic Plan update.
  • Web site inter-activeness.
  • Appreciation.

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

  • Complete the current EGBC 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.
  • Prepare a new Strategic Plan for 2020.
  • Appoint a committee to investigate our CEO succession plan.
  • Renew asks for changes to the Act to reflect new needs including provision for a corporate regulation.
  • Enhance diversification, particularly for women in engineering.
  • Support the Branches in the advancement of engineering as a career choice in post-secondary and undergraduate programs.
  • Create greater transparency and clarity including the finances separating the Regulatory and Membership functions.

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