March 2016

Panel Discussion: Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists

Bridging Supply & Demand Gaps in the BC Engineering & Geoscience Sectors

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: YWCA Metro Vancouver, Program Centre, 4th Floor, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Janet Sinclair 
Chief Operating Officer, APEGBC
John Leech
Chief Executive Officer, ASTTBC
Jonathan Kassian
Project Manager, APGST
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $15 per person (includes light refreshments).
Note: Please help us to spread the word to your colleagues and friends. We look forward to seeing you there!
With focus on internationally trained engineers and geoscientists, the APEGBC Vancouver Branch has organized a panel discussion on findings of the recent Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians (EGTT) Labour Market Information Study conducted by APEGBC, Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST), Association of Consulting Engineering Companies in British Columbia (ACECBC), and Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).


6:30 pm – Registration & Networking
7:00 pm – Welcome & Introductions
7:10 PM – Panel Discussion
8:30 PM – Networking
9:00 PM – Closing

Light refreshments will be served.  
Dress code: business casual attire.

The EGTT Labour Market Information Study produced detailed and validated information on anticipated future labour needs, trends, and gaps within the engineering and geoscience sectors, including a 10-year regional outlook for 31 occupations across five regions of BC. The project’s results indicate both a growing demand for and a limited supply of trained engineers, geoscientists, technologists, and technicians over the next decade. Trends in labour supply management are shifting away from more traditional models to accommodate the global nature of the engineering and geoscience professions.

The information provided through the research supports a critical examination of what needs to be done to bridge the gap between supply and demand. As noted in the study, filling job vacancies will rely in part on employing immigrants, with over 40 per cent of new workers in the next decade expected to be immigrants to Canada.

We will be joined by Janet Sinclair (Chief Operating Officer, APEGBC), John Leech (Chief Executive Officer, ASTTBC), and Jonathan Kassian (Project Manager, APGST) to discuss the EGTT Labour Market Information Study, including but not limited to the following:
  •  Results of the EGTT Labour Market Information Study
  •  Various disciplines and regions which may significantly rely on immigrant professionals
  •  Different programs that are aimed to facilitate the integration of immigrant professionals
The goal of the panel discussion is to help internationally trained engineers and geoscientists become aware of the changing job market in Canada and to equip them with the knowledge to advance within the field of engineering and geoscience in the coming decade.

For more information about the EGTT Labour Market Information Study, please see the following links:
  1. Need for Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians Expected to Grow
  2. EGTT LMI 2015-2024 Executive Summary
  3. Background and Methodology Report
  4. Tightness Rankings for the 31 EGTT Occupations in BC Ranked in the 2015 Report


  • Seating is limited so please register ASAP. For more info, contact: [email protected].
  • For group registrations, please call Tim Verigin at the association head office: 604.430.8035 or send your group list to [email protected]
  • Non-members! - If you are not yet registered with APEGBC’s online registration system, you can simply create a new account at the Log In Page upon clicking to register.

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