Role of the Nomination Committee
The Nomination Committee is charged with selecting a list of qualified candidates with diverse experience, skills, and expertise that they believe best demonstrate the qualities needed for strong, leadership of the organization. To fulfill its mandate, the committee sought candidates through ongoing communication in eNews, Innovation, and online, and through direct outreach to potential candidates.
Requirements under the Professional Governance Act direct that all candidates standing for election must be approved by the Nomination Committee, using a merit-based process.
Candidates were selected by the committee through a merit-based process that considered their demonstrated skills in leadership, strategy, financial literacy, risk management, human resources, regulatory understanding, governance, and technical proficiency.
The Committee’s candidate selection framework included: a gap analysis (i.e., a review of the skills and experience of remaining Councillors); the prioritization of desired skills, competencies, and experience for prospective nominees; diversity considerations; a systematic assessment of candidate skills and competences; and candidate interviews.
To support this process, all prospective nominees were asked to provide: a written summary of their interest to serve on Council; a current CV; details of how their experience related to the desired skills and competencies; responses to supplementary conflict of interest and declaration questions; and three references. Following submission of the required information, all candidates also underwent at least one interview.
To reduce unintentional bias, the committee first reviewed and assessed redacted profiles for all prospective nominees with personal identifiers removed, such as name, gender, ethnicity, and region. A second review of candidates was then completed using unredacted profiles. The committee then shortlisted candidates to advance to a second interview. The committee’s deliberations included the consideration of the role requirements, the prioritized skills of leadership and strategy, and the committee’s assessment of the candidate’s skills, competencies, and experience.
Upon completion of its comprehensive and rigorous process, the Nomination Committee nominated four candidates for the position of Councillor and one candidate for the position of President.
The Nomination Committee seeks to nominate at least one more candidate than the number of vacancies per position, but must ensure each candidate meets the required criteria for the position. This year, only one candidate was determined to meet the required criteria in the president category and will therefore be elected by acclamation.
The Nomination Committee is comprised of 6 members appointed by Council. The membership of the Committee must include the Immediate Past President, the Branch Representatives Chair, and at least 1 lay person. The current members of the Nomination Committee are listed below:
Immediate Past President, Chair
Lianna Mah, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), is the Vice President of Business Development at Associated Engineering and, since 1990, has served in various roles of increasing responsibility with the company. Previous to this she was a Project Engineer at M. M. Dillon Ltd. Lianna earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in civil engineering as well as her Master of Engineering in environmental engineering at the University of British Columbia.
Lianna has served Engineers and Geoscientists BC in a variety of volunteer positions including Director and past Chair of the Foundation, a member of the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Task Force, a member of the Professional Renewal Task Force, and a member and past Chair of the Editorial Board.
Lianna is an Advisor to the Master of Engineering Leadership Urban Systems program at the University of British Columbia, as well as an Advisor in the Women in Science and Engineering BC/Yukon at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Lianna is also active in her community involvement and has served as the President of the Seaforth Chinese School, as well as a Member of the Scholarship Committee at the Science Council of BC.
Dr. Brian Guy, P.Geo., was awarded the Westerman Award in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the profession of geoscience in BC and across Canada. He earned his B.Sc. in geography from UBC followed by his M.Sc. and PhD in water resource engineering from the University of Guelph.
Brian has been a business leader and has served on several corporate and not-for-profit Boards. He lives and works (semi-retired) in Vernon, BC, and has been a strong advocate for both preparing for and minimizing the human contribution to climate change, and for women in engineering. Perhaps most impressive is his personal investment in establishing or strengthening groups and initiatives that lead to effective resource management decisions, especially in water management—from his support of basic science at the community level with the Okanagan Science Centre, to years of leadership with more broadly influential bodies such as the Canadian Water Resources Association and the Okanagan Basin Water Board. He currently co-chairs a city council committee in his home community of Vernon.
Brian serves on the Standing Awards Committee with Engineers and Geoscientists BC and was previously a GIT Experience Reviewer for 11 years.
Jamie Malthus, P.Eng., works for the Prince Rupert Port Authority as the Director, Asset Management. He has a strong history of working in the maritime industry, including strategic planning and project engineering.
Jamie gained a bachelor’s degree focused in civil engineering from University of Calgary. He received his FEC in 2017, completed his MBA in 2018, and has sought roles both within and externally to Engineers and Geoscientists BC to exercise his education and commitment. One of his current external position’s is Board Chair for Northern Savings.
For his efforts to be inclusive of all the stakeholders during his Executive MBA, he was nominated “Most Engaged” student, an effort he replicates in his role of the Branch Representatives Chair. Jamie has been involved with Engineers and Geoscientists BC since 2005, dedicated to promoting the profession through school-led activities, and ensuring that opportunities exist for registrants to maintain their continuing education requirements. He has held various seats within the executive of the Northern branch and remains a steadfast participant. He is highly organized, a strong communicator, and enjoys building relationships with others.
Lay Committee Member
John Turner is a former lay councillor of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He is a graduate of McGill University, holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture and is a retired professional agrologist. John retired from Spectra Energy in 2015 where he built successful relationships with federal, provincial, regional, and local governments. Earlier in his career he held senior positions with the Province of British Columbia and has a unique understanding of British Columbia communities and significant experience in energy, land use, natural resources management, government, and stakeholder relations.
John has been an active member in the community at the local, provincial, and national level having served as Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Northern British Columbia, Chair and Governor of the BC Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and was the founding Chair of the United Way of Northern British Columbia. John is currently an honorary member of the Northern Opportunities Initiative connecting high school students with careers in northeast British Columbia, and serves as the Chair of the Resource Works Society sharing information and understanding about the benefits of responsibly produced natural resources in British Columbia and Canada.
In 2012 John was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the business community in British Columbia and Canada.
Tim Watson, P.Eng., is currently the Principle of TC Watson Consulting Inc. Previously, Tim was the Senior Vice President at Teck Resources Limited as well as the Chief Operating Officer of the Power and Process Division at AMEC plc. Tim earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in chemical engineering at the University of British Columbia, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
Tim served on the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council for 2 years from 2017–2019 and was a member of the Audit and Governance Committees during this time. Currently he is a member of the Regulations of Firms Advisory Group.
Lay Committee Member
Ms. Guangbin Yan is an experienced senior business manager in both public and private sectors during her 25-year international career in Canada, Singapore, and China. She is the recipient of the 2009 Alberta Premier’s Award of Excellence, in recognition of her leadership managing the LinkAlberta.info project.
Guangbin has been a passionate volunteer for 20 years and has been serving on Boards of Directors for non-profit organizations since 2009. She is an Appointed Bencher with the Law Society of BC since 2018 and Vice-Chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (2020), as well as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and Governance Committee. She is recently appointed to the HR & Remuneration Committee by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. Ms. Yan served as the Board of Directors for both the Vehicle Sales Authority of BC and Taekwondo Canada in 2020. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors in the West Point Grey Community Centre Association for 2 years.
Guangbin holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Engineering from the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, a Project Management Professional Certification from Project Management Institute, and a Certification in Risk Management Assurance. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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