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I am running for re-election to EGBC Council because I am committed to completing the historic work of transitioning EGBC to the new Professional Governance Act (PGA) that began two years ago. Our updated regulation must enable British Columbia’s Engineers and Geoscientists to continue delivering world class services and innovation, while also continuing to improve our protection of the public and the environment. My experiences as a regulatory specialist, on foundational EGBC committees, and as a dedicated EGBC volunteer of 14 years put me in a unique position to achieve this goal.
In the last two years I have helped re-write EGBC bylaws and comprehensively review its programs. In doing that, I have advocated for: practical clauses to ease the burden of continuing education, the continuation of the regional branches, clarity in corporate regulation, strengthened diversity language, and reinforcement of our high standards of registration. My goal now is to roll out these improvements in such a way that they empower, rather than stifle, our ability to work effectively.
During this period, the pandemic has also taught us much about modernization opportunities in business, and I will strive to apply those learnings to make EGBC a more effective organization than it has ever been before. This means finding new opportunities for efficiency, embracing diversity and doing everything we can to improve our relationship with you, the registrants.
I hope you will give me the opportunity to apply all I have learned since last being elected, and bring renewed effort to advancing our organization on your behalf.
M.A.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), UBC, 2008
B.A.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), UBC, 2006
Compliance Lead (previously Team Lead, Senior Engineer and Engineer), BC Hydro, 2009–present
Adjunct Professor (previously Sessional Instructor), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UBC, 2008–2018
Member, Governance Sub-Committee, 2020–present
Member of Council, 2019–present
Member, Executive Committee, 2019–2020
Chair, Branch Representatives Committee, 2016–2019
Member, Registration Committee, 2016–2019
Chair, Limited License Subcommittee, 2014–2019
Chair (and various roles), Vancouver Branch, 2007–2013
Member, Technical Review Committee, IEEE International Power Electronics and Application Conference, 2015
Member, Technical Review Committee, IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference, 2008
Chair (and previous roles), Vancouver Squash League Board, 2015–present
Chair (and previous roles), Squash BC Nomination Committee, 2018–2021
Big Brother, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, 2015–2016
Young Professional Award, Engineers and Geoscientists BC, 2018
Fellowship, Engineers Canada, 2018
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?
The key challenge facing EGBC is the volume of change that it is immediately subject to as a result of the PGA, which is now enforced by the British Columbia Superintendent of Professional Governance. These changes include a new corporate regulation program, a new continuing education program, heavily revised audit and discipline programs, new definitions of Engineering and Geoscience, elimination of advocacy functions, a new code of ethics and many other less visible changes. Adding to this, EGBC has a new Chief Executive Officer, who will be tasked with leading the creation of a new three-year plan.
The work done to date has been tireless; it has laid the foundation for these changes and set Engineers and Geoscientists BC up for success. But change inevitably introduces risks and challenges. The importance of a Council with exposure to and understanding of this complex portfolio of issues is crucial for success, because each of these changes on its own would represent the key challenge in any year prior.
As recent failures around the world have shown, the role of the professional is critical to a safe and properly functioning society that is more technologically complex than it has ever been before. So EGBC’s opportunity is to take hold of this moment of change to reshape itself as a modern regulator that helps its professionals be more effective than they have ever been before.
What are the key issues facing the engineering and/or geoscience professions?
Two issues that will have the greatest impact on our professions are: regulation of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), and corporate regulation of Engineering and Geoscience.
Applied Science Practitioners: Regulation of ASTTBC members is a very challenging issue, and one that is unresolved at this point in the rollout of the Professional Governance Act. Whether they will receive their own rights to reserved practice, and how their relationship with EGBC will look in that new context, are questions that will be answered in the coming years and will crucially affect EGBC registrants. While there are implicit differences between the roles that Technologists, Licensees, and Professional Engineers and Geoscientists play, the precise dividing lines are difficult to draw. The speed of technological change, the emergence of new disciplines, and the evolving practices of existing disciplines have made the picture even blurrier. EGBC has a critical voice in guiding this decision.
Corporate Regulation: Corporate regulation bylaws are in place and the program has become active, which is a historic change for Engineering and Geoscience individuals, firms and sole proprietors. Engineers and Geoscientists BC must monitor this rollout very closely, communicate effectively and have the ability to react quickly to inevitable challenges and opportunities. By doing so, this program can learn rapidly and succeed so that its registrants can succeed within it.
Looking five years ahead, what is your vision for Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional regulatory body in BC?
In five years, I would like for EGBC to have achieved the following:
- A demonstrated clean record of public safety.
- A healthy relationship with the Superintendent of Professional Governance, such that excessive oversight measures are not considered necessary.
- Stronger dialogue and collaboration with emerging Engineering and Geoscience disciplines.
- Better defined relationships with other Applied Science practitioners, such as Technologists and Technicians.
- Reasonable registrant fees.
- A registrant base that better reflects the full diversity of British Columbia, to leverage its full potential.
- A positive and tangible impact on the environment of British Columbia.
- A better relationship with its registrants.
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.
My experience as a Professional Engineer is my most important qualification for this position. Having practiced for a number of years in the technical area of power system protection & control (P&C), a specialty critical to public safety, I have a strong understanding of the challenges that EGBC professionals face and that Council must be vigilant in keeping front of mind.
Regulatory understanding, risk management and strong communication have also been consistent themes in my career, particularly in the key leadership roles that I have had in building BC Hydro’s cybersecurity compliance program. While these roles have given me a vehicle to gain important financial and human resource skills, their greatest value has been in giving me first-hand experience into how extensively regulation can affect practice.
I have seen that while regulation can positively affect change, if not applied carefully, it can also have unintended outcomes. I have endeavored to apply all of my experience and learnings to be an effective change agent in my role as an EGBC Councillor. I have also learned a great deal in the process. As a renewed candidate I know that this growth will allow me to contribute even more effectively if I am given another opportunity to work on your behalf.
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