Call For Council Nominations Under New Act

Posted on March 7, 2019

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is governed by a Council of elected members and government appointees. Each year, through our nomination process, we seek visionary members to provide strong leadership for Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

The new Professional Governance Act, passed by the BC Government in November 2018, introduced broad changes to our nomination and election processes and the composition of our Council. While these changes will be introduced in stages, this year our nominating committee must follow a merit-based nomination process for selecting candidates.

How is the nominating process changing?

Under the new Professional Governance Act, a councillor must be nominated by a committee whose purpose is to nominate or select members for election. Beginning this year, nominations for election can only be made by the association’s Nominating Committee.

In past years, candidates for Council could be nominated either by the Nominating Committee, or through written nominations from 25 members or licensees of the association. However, this year, with the release of supporting regulation this spring, certain sections of the Professional Governance Act will come into force, making Association Bylaw 3 (e) Nomination by 25 members inconsistent with the new Act and therefore, invalid.

The regulations supporting the Act also stipulate that nominations from the Nominating Committee must be guided by a merit-based selection process. This process was developed by an advisory group and will be followed for this year’s nomination process. More information about the merit-based nomination process, and current and future changes triggered by the new Act, is provided at egbc.ca/council-election.

The 2019/2020 Election

This fall, association members and licensees will elect one President, one Vice President, and five Councillors. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about the association’s Council, the qualifications, eligibility, and time commitments for serving on Council, and the new candidate selection process by visiting our website. If you would like to know more about specific roles, you can also email us at [email protected] and speak with a member of the Nominating Committee.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion as part of its nomination process. All professional members and limited licensees are encouraged to consider these opportunities.

How can I Apply?

The Prospective Nominee Form is available on the association’s website. To apply, you must email the completed form with your current CV to the Nominating Committee Chair, Caroline Andrewes, P.Eng., at [email protected] by 5 PM on April 8, 2019.

More Information

Full details about the candidate selection process, current and future changes to Council nominations, important dates in 2019 for Council nominations and election, and nomination instructions and form, is provided on our website, at egbc.ca/council-election.

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