February 2018

Parksville Dinner Meeting: Vice President's Visit

Organized by the Vancouver Island Branch

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact the event organizer Kevin Dougan, P.Eng. at [email protected] for space availability. Alternatively, you can contact the Vancouver Island Branch at [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
Location: Quality Resort Bayside, 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville, BC
Presenter: Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng.
Vice President, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members and Guests Price: $33.33 + GST = $35.00

Member-in-Training Price: $28.57 + GST = $30.00

Student Member Price: $19.05 + GST = $20.00

Includes a buffet dinner, cash bar is available.
Contact: Kevin Dougan, P.Eng.
Email: [email protected]
Note: New Professional Members and Licensees: If you have recently received your professional or license registration and would like to have your certificate presented to you, please contact Mara Buzgar at [email protected] for more information.
Important Dates: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by February 16, 2018.
This year we are excited to have Engineers and Geoscientists BC Vice President, Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., join us to give an update on association activities and raise awareness of their regulatory role.

This event will also include an induction ceremony to present new professionals and licensees with their certificates. For a schedule, see below.

Event Description

The Balancing Act

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.


  • 6:00 PM–6:30 PM: Registration and networking
  • 6:30 PM–6:45 PM: Branch business and announcements
  • 6:45 PM–7:30 PM: Buffet Dinner  
  • 7:30 PM–8:15 PM: Vice President’s Presentation
  • 8:15 PM–8:30 PM: New Professional Members and Licensees Induction

About the Presenter

Kathy_Tarnai_Lokhorst.jpgKatherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, teaches mechanical engineering at Camosun College, in Victoria, and at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver and 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.

Event Sponsor

Thank you to our event sponsor, Koers & Associates Engineering Ltd.



  • Guest/Non-Member Registration: If you are not a member of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, you can register online by quickly creating a 'non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account and then you will be able to register online with this new account.
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  • Alcohol Disclaimer: This event is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age. Please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.

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