Under its governing legislation, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been given only one duty: “to uphold and protect the public interest with respect to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience.” This singular duty of public protection sets us apart from other organizations, such as voluntary membership associations—but because of our unique combination of regulatory and advocacy functions, the association’s mandate can sometimes be misinterpreted.
Amidst a changing regulatory landscape, both in BC and across the country, the public and government are demonstrating that they expect more from professional regulators. In this environment, it is more important than ever to clarify our role, and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to serving the people of BC.
Join Vice President Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., for a discussion about the association’s role and what it means to be a self-regulating professional body responsible for public safety.
Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, teaches mechanical engineering at Camosun College, in Victoria, and at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She is Principal at the Lokhorst Group Ventures Inc. Ms. Tarnai-Lokhorst has served in the education sector in academic and institutional governance, and in Engineers and Geoscientists BC on Council, on the Mentoring, Governance, Audit and Executive Committees, on the ASTTBC Joint Board, as Chair of the APEG Foundation, as well as at the division and branch level for many years. Her industrial experience is primarily in aircraft manufacturing and design.
Ms. Tarnai-Lokhorst received her Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and is soon defending her Doctorate at Royal Roads University in interdisciplinary studies, seeking an educational solution to the gender imbalance currently existing in engineering and geoscience. She is currently Vice President of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.