In Canada, the practice of engineering and geoscience by organizations is regulated in every province and territory except for BC and Quebec. Since 2015, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been examining how practice by corporate entities should be regulated in BC as a means of enhancing public protection.
In late 2018, the provincial government also introduced new legislation for the regulation of professional engineering and geoscience that will enable corporate regulation in BC. The Professional Governance Act is a key outcome of government’s professional reliance review, and will eventually replace the current Engineers and Geoscientists Act. It introduces new regulatory tools and standards, including enabling Engineers and Geoscientists BC to register firms that employ professionals or carry out reserved practices. The Act will be implemented in stages over time, but government has indicated that corporate regulation will be one of the first regulations developed. Engineers and Geoscientists BC is therefore continuing to finalize its model for corporate regulation so that we can advise government on what we think would work best.
Our Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice is currently examining the appropriate level of regulatory oversight for sole practitioners. As these individuals function as both practitioners and corporations, regulation presents some unique challenges that must be thoughtfully considered within the context of corporate regulation. This includes fair fee structures, appropriate risk management, and incorporated versus unincorporated practice.
This webinar will address some of the key questions and considerations regarding the corporate regulatory model developed to date, the anticipated impacts of the new Professional Governance Act, and how sole practitioners will participate in a corporate regulatory model. Attendees will be able to ask questions and provide input during the presentation.
Background information, including information on additional consultation opportunities for sole practitioners, is available online.
- Business owners and senior managers
- Sole practitioners
- Anyone interested in how corporate regulation will impact them
Director, Professional Practice, Standards and Development
Peter Mitchell is responsible for developing and directing proactive quality assurance programs addressing members' practice standards at Engineers and Geoscientists BC, including the Practice Review Program, the development and adoption of practice guidelines, and the Organizational Management Program.
Peter provides staff support to numerous committees, task forces, and boards dealing with professional practice issues and provides support to the Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division. He works closely with the Structural Engineers Association of BC, and directs our association’s response to various government legislation impacting the practice of professional engineering and geoscience in BC.
Senior Water Resources Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
Mike Currie is a Principal and Past President of Kerr Wood Leidal Associates. As a Senior Water Resources Engineer, his technical work has focused on river engineering, floodplain management, and mitigation of creek hazards. He is also a past provincial and national president of the Canadian Water Resources Association, and a past chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – British Columbia. He currently serves as Chair of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice.
Associate Director, Professional Practice, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
As Associate Director of Professional Practice, Lindsay Steele is responsible for the development and management of the association's professional practice and quality management guidelines, practice advice services, and the OQM Program. In addition, Ms. Steele oversees the association’s professional practice committees and working groups.
Ms. Steele is a registered professional geoscientist with extensive experience in mining and mineral exploration. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Advanced Major in Earth Sciences from St. Francis Xavier University. Her past roles include Project Geologist and General Manager of Geotechnical Services for a mineral exploration company, as well as Junior Mine Geologist for the Rabbit Lake uranium mine in Saskatchewan. Since joining the association in 2015, Ms. Steele has achieved certification as an ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor, which has enabled her to take on a primary role in audits and training carried out under Engineers and Geoscientists BC's Organizational Management Program.