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M.A. (Mark) Adams, P.Eng. | North Vancouver, BC

I am honoured to be selected by the Nomination Committee as a 2021 Council candidate to continue the important work we have ahead.

During the last nearly nine years of service to EGBC, I have had the pleasure of working with our incredible volunteers and staff on the complex landscape of self-regulation for the professions of engineering and geoscience in BC.

We continue to work through the largest change in our history with the implementation of the Professional Governance Act. We are making progress on initiatives such as regulation of firms, continuing education, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous reconciliation, and practice rights, but there is much left to do. With your support, I hope to continue that work through strong leadership, consultation, and transparency.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your consideration and support.

Education

M.B.A. (Consulting and Strategic Management), UBC, 2015
B.A.Sc. (Mining Engineering), UBC, 2006

Professional History

Vice President, Studies & Technology, SNC-Lavalin Inc., 2021–present
Vice President, Proposals Management, Metso Outotec Canada Inc., 2020–2021
Director, Proposals & Estimation, Outotec (Canada) Ltd., 2019–2020
Senior Manager, Business Development, Outotec (Canada) Ltd., 2016–2019
Officer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Armed Forces, 2004–2017
Manager, Process Technology, Outotec (Canada) Ltd., 2014–2016
Senior Process Engineer, Xstrata Technology Canada Ltd., 2010–2013
Process Engineer, Highland Valley Copper Mine, Teck Resources Ltd., 2006–2010

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Activities

Member, Governance Sub-Committee, 2020–present
Member of Council, 2019–present
Mentor, Mentoring Program, 2014–present
Member, Audit Committee, 2019–2020
Member, Professional Practice Committee, 2019–2020
Member, Continuing Professional Development Committee, 2013–2019 (Chair, 2017–2019)

Related Professional Activities

Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC, 2020–present
Member, Industry Advisory Committee, Mining Engineering Department, UBC, 2016–present
Treasurer, Board of Trustees, SAG Conference Award Foundation, 2014–2020
Chair, Membership Committee, Mining Suppliers Association of BC, 2017–2019
Member, BC/YK Branch Committee, Canadian Mineral Processors Society, 2012–2016 (Chair, 2014–2016)

Community Involvement

Member, Board of Directors, Veterans Memorial Housing Society, 2018–present (Secretary, 2020–present)
Member, Board of Directors, North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre, 2017–present (Treasurer, 2017–2020)
Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Vancouver Military Dinner Society, 2014–present
Co-Founder and Secretary, Board of Directors, Vidya School Foundation (Canada), 2016–2017
Co-Founder and Secretary, Board of Directors, Cadet Instructor Cadre Branch Association of BC, 2011–2017

Awards and Honours

Ray MacDonald Volunteer Award, Canadian Mineral Processors Society, 2020
Minister of Veteran’s Affairs Commendation, Government of Canada, 2019
Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Government of Canada, 2016
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Government of Canada, 2012

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 the organization?

Continued Implementation of the Professional Governance Act
Since the Professional Governance Act came into law in late 2018, Council and staff have been working closely with the BC government in the lead-up to its full implementation earlier this year. This coming year will see the start-up of new programs, systems, and requirements such as regulation of firms and continuing education. Continuity of strong leadership and a continued positive collaboration with government will be key in ensuring the new Act achieves the goals of protecting the public and environment in BC.

Registrant Consultation and Engagement
Consultation and engagement between EGBC and its registrants will always be vitally important. We must continue to seek ways to demonstrate the organization’s relevance and value, while at the same time seeking registrants’ valuable feedback and insights on important issues.

Organizational Staff and Culture
The leadership and engagement of EGBC’s incredible staff has always been critical to the organization’s success. As we welcome our new CEO, Heidi Yang, and succession plan for other recently retired and soon-to-retire senior staff, it will be important that we maintain the culture of excellence that has supported us in becoming one of the most respected regulators in Canada. We must also be mindful of renewing that culture amid new, distributed work environments coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
There is no doubt EDI improves innovation and decision-making, yet our professions continue to under-represent in various demographic groups, limiting our full potential. This is a multi-faceted challenge and improving our professional EDI culture starts with meaningful conversations and openness to learn. We must support and encourage youth to pursue interest in our professions and promote diverse role models for them to aspire to. I applaud and continue to support initiatives such as the Engineers Canada 30-by-30 campaign and the work of our many outreach volunteers in communities and schools.

Environmental Responsibility and Reconciliation
Our professionals are in one of the best positions to understand the impacts of the many industries we work within and to contribute to improving climate change action and reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. We must continue to keep these issues forefront in our decision-making and lead others to prioritize the same values.

Public and Government Trust
Engineers and geoscientists are recognized by the public as having the skills, knowledge, and experience to be in the best position to regulate their peers. This, however, is a privilege we hold only with the confidence of the public and government. We must continue to innovate in the ways we meet our mandate and always remain focused on those we have a duty to protect.

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

I believe EGBC will look back on the next five years as a defining time in our history. Collaborating with government, we will have helped evolve the regulation of our professions in BC and demonstrated that protection of the public and environment is at its finest when we strengthen self-regulation. Our innovative regulatory instruments will work together to maximize public and environmental protection and be viewed as best practice for others to follow. We will have the full confidence of the public and government, who will trust that we have their best interests at the forefront of decision-making. We will have a culture where our registrants are diverse, inclusive, and engaged and give back to and advance the professions through volunteering and mentorship.

For Council to achieve its goals and meet its fiduciary responsibilities, Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competences: leadership, financial literacy, risk management, human resources, strategy, regulatory understanding, governance and technical proficiency. Please highlight the areas of strength you bring to the role.

Over the past fifteen years, I have had the privilege of working in various professional and non-profit roles throughout urban and rural BC. I have worked as an engineer, technical manager, business executive, Canadian military reserve officer, and non-profit board and committee member. Through this, I have gained significant experience in leadership, strategy, finance, risk management, governance, regulation, and the technical practice of our professions.

I have built, led, and developed both small and large teams as well as mentored and coached many individuals. I have facilitated and participated in strategic planning sessions and led the execution of many strategic initiatives. Through my education and experience as a non-profit treasurer, I am comfortable interpreting and discussing financial matters with both general management and financial experts. I consider my knowledge of governance and the role of boards and committees in organizational structure to be very sound.

As a Council and committee member with EGBC, I have gained tremendous exposure and insight into the role, duties, and responsibilities of the organization and self-regulating bodies in general. Through this experience, I have also become extremely familiar with EGBC’s governing legislation and bylaws. I have also gained an excellent understanding of the organization’s structure through my many interactions with members of Council, committees, task forces, and staff.

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