For many years, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has awarded life memberships under the association’s Bylaw 10 (c.1). As a result of legal concerns raised about the bylaw, this practice has been discontinued while the matter is under review.
The association initiated the evaluation of the bylaw that governs this practice, as well as related bylaws that govern non-practising members, honourary life membership and licensure, and honourary membership. Council is currently consulting with members on a suite of amendments to these bylaws that will enhance how the association performs its regulatory duties.
The proposed changes seek to uphold the association’s duty to protect the public interest; comply with the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, bylaws, and other legislation; uphold fiscal responsibility, inclusivity, consistency, and fairness of application.
Council is proposing four bylaws for amendment:
- Bylaw 10 (c): Non-practising member
- Bylaw 10 (c.1): Life membership or licensure
- Bylaw 10 (c.2): Honorary life membership or licensure
- Bylaw 10 (d): Honorary membership.
The proposed amendments seek to:
- Rescind bylaw elements that contravene the BC Human Rights Code
- Better meet public expectations by clearly indicating if a member does not have practice rights
- Clarify obligations for non-practising members
- Streamline the process for recognizing outstanding contributions with honourary membership
- Separate honourary recognition from the granting of practice rights.
More detailed information on each of the amendments is available here. Members of the association are encouraged to inform themselves and provide input for Council’s consideration at its April meeting. At that time, Council will decide whether to seek additional input or proceed with approving the amendments for member ratification in the fall. Amendments to Engineers and Geoscientists BC bylaws require at least two-thirds (66.67%) support by voting members in order to pass.
The member consultation survey on the proposed bylaw amendments is open until February 9. To date, more than 1,000 members have participated.
As well, the association will host a webinar on February 28 to enable members to learn more about the bylaw amendments, offer feedback, and have their questions answered. For more information or to register for the webinar, please visit our website.
More detailed information about the bylaw amendments, as well as the consultation process, is available online. If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact [email protected].