2019 Council Nominations and New Nomination Process

Posted on July 8, 2019

Engineers and Geoscientists BC holds a Council election annually. This September, association members will elect one President, one Vice President, and five Councillors. Below you will find more information on the list of nominees standing for election for the 2019/2020 Council as well as important dates in the election process.

Nomination Process

The first set of regulations for the new Professional Governance Act, which took effect on June 1, 2019, stipulate that all candidates standing for election must be approved by the Nominating Committee, using a merit-based process. Under these new regulations, nominations by 25 members are no longer permitted.

The association anticipated this change and established a new merit-based selection process, which was developed by an advisory group and approved by a council sub-committee. The candidate selection framework includes: a gap analysis (a review of the skills and experience of remaining Councillors); the prioritization of desired skills for prospective nominees, competencies, and experience; diversity considerations; a systematic assessment of candidate skills and competences; and candidate interviews.

To support this process, all prospective nominees were asked to provide: a written summary of their interest to serve on Council; a current CV; details of how their experience related to the desired skills and competencies; responses to supplementary conflict of interest and declaration questions; and three references. Following submission of the required information, all candidates also received a first interview.

Using all of the above information, the Nominating Committee reviewed and assessed all prospective nominees using a rating matrix based on the desired skills and competencies. The committee then shortlisted candidates to advance to a second interview. The second interview was conducted by an interview panel comprised of three members of the Nominating Committee.

Role of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is made up of 14 members: the immediate Past-President (Chair), 5 members appointed by Council, and 8 members appointed by the Branches. This committee is charged with selecting a list of candidates that they believe best demonstrate the qualities needed for strong leadership in the association.

This committee sought candidates that have demonstrated skills in leadership, financial literacy, risk management, human resources, strategy, regulatory understanding, governance, and technical proficiency. It is not necessary for each member of Council to have experience in each area; as part of its process, the Nominating Committee conducted a gap analysis to identify the skills and experience of continuing councillors and the complementary skills and experience that would bring value to the next Council.

To fulfil its mandate, the committee sought candidates through a series of Call for Nominations notices sent to the membership, and committee members reached out to potential candidates in regions throughout the province of BC.

Following this comprehensive and rigorous process, the Nominating Committee has selected the following nominees to stand for the 2019 Council election.

Presidential (One to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
L. (Lianna) Mah, P.Eng., FEC Civil Burnaby
T.C. (Tim) Watson, P.Eng. Chemical Vancouver

Vice Presidential (One to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
D.I. (David) Harvey, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC Structural Richmond
L.B. (Larry) Spence, P.Eng. Mechanical Trail

Councillor (Five to be Elected)

Candidate Discipline City
M.A. (Mark) Adams, P.Eng. Mining North Vancouver
B. (Brian) Dick, Eng.L. Electrical Nanaimo
N.F. (Nathan) Ozog, P.Eng., FEC Electrical Vancouver
C.E. (Christine) Plante, P.Geo. Geology Whitehorse
J.T. (Tom) Tiedje, P.Eng. Electrical Victoria
J.D. (Jeremy) Vincent, P.Geo. Geology Victoria
B.C. (Brent) Ward, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon) Geology Coquitlam
E.J. (Edwin) Zander, Eng.L. Mechanical Abbotsford

Important Dates

Friday, August 30, 2019: To ensure you receive information and instructions about Council voting, please update your contact information at egbc.ca/update-info by August 30, 2019.
Friday, September 6, 2019: Election package and ballots will be available online to all members by this date. Paper ballots are available by request.
Friday, October 4, 2019
All ballots must be submitted and received by 12:00 PM.

About Paper Ballots

The overwhelming majority of Engineers and Geoscientists BC members vote electronically. Paper ballots will be available for the 2019 and 2020 election. Beginning 2021, only electronic voting will be available.

For more information about this year's Council election, visit egbc.ca/council-election.

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