Engineers and Geoscientists BC held its 99th annual general meeting on October 20, 2018, in Vancouver, BC. The meeting was attended by 129 members, 8 members-in-training, 14 students and 22 guests, and was located at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. It was chaired by the association’s 2017/2018 president, Caroline Andrewes, P.Eng.
President Andrewes opened the meeting with written greetings from Premier John Horgan on behalf of the BC government.
A motion to approve the agenda was carried and the meeting rules were approved as circulated, followed by the approval of the previous year’s AGM minutes.
A summary of key agenda items follows.
Election and Bylaw Results
The Chief Scrutineer for the 2018 council election and bylaw amendment vote, reported on the results of the ballot. The results are currently posted online.
Annual Report and Financial Statements
Reports on the activities from the 2017/2018 year were provided by President Andrewes, and CEO and Registrar Ann English, P.Eng., Councillor Suky Cheema, CPA, CA, presented the report from the Government Appointees to Council. She also provided a report on the association’s audited Financial Statements. These reports are available online in the 2017/2018 Annual Report.
Presentation on Professional Reliance
Vice-President Dr. Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, presented an update on the BC government’s Professional Reliance Review and the association’s response to date. She reported on the drivers for the review, actions taken to date, and anticipated next steps. More information is available on the association’s Professional Reliance webpage.
Motions Brought Forward by Members
Members presented motions for the consideration of Council. Motion 1 was submitted ahead of the submission deadline for advance motions and a further two motions were submitted at the AGM.
Motion 1: That Council consider undertaking and putting the necessary resources into the development of a comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan that will provide direction on the roles and duties of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s member in addressing this issue.
The motion was carried.
Motion 2: That Council consider assessing whether it is ethical for members to work on projects that could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., expansion of oil sands, mines, fossil fuel pipelines, and LNG projects), given that climate change is causing widespread harm to people and the environment, both locally and globally, and that the Code Ethics requires that “members and licensees shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public and the protection of the environment.” In addition, for Council to prepare a report for members about this assessment.
The motion was defeated.
Motion 3: That council consider holding a referendum before enacting corporate registration.
The motion was defeated.
Introduction of the 2018/2019 Council
Dr. Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, was formally inducted as the president of the 2018/2019 Council and introduced the members of the 2018/2019 Council.
The date of the 2019 annual conference and AGM was announced and the meeting was adjourned.
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