Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Director Peter Mitchell to Retire

Posted on May 3, 2023
Director Peter Mitchell to Retire

Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., Director, Professional Practice, Standards & Development, will be retiring at the end of June, after 26 years at Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Over his tenure, Peter developed programs, guidelines, and systems that govern registrants and firms across BC, and oversaw a team providing support to a dozen advisory groups who provide advice on regulatory matters.

“When I started at the organization in 1997," Peter said, "Canada had no template for developing proactive regulatory tools to support engineers and geoscientists in their professional practice. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our executive team, Board, staff, volunteer registrants and other stakeholders who believed in me and supported me. Without them, many initiatives would not have achieved the level of success realized.”

Peter's impressive accomplishments include developing a common engineering methodology for the seismic assessment and retrofit of approximately 500 at-risk school buildings in BC. He also conceptualized and established professional practice guidelines and quality management guidelines in BC, and created the Organizational Quality Management (OQM) program, which evolved into the Regulation of Firms program.

“You don’t come across a person like Peter every day,” said Heidi Yang, P.Eng., CEO of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. “Peter has championed technical excellence and cutting-edge standards over the last 25 years, helping us deliver on our promise to protect the public interest in BC.

"When people think of Peter, they think of his passion, his sincerity, and his genuine care for those around him. If you needed it, he is the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back without a question. He will be tremendously missed at our organization.”

A search process is currently underway for Peter’s role. Interested candidates can apply through the recruiting agency PFM.

The organization and staff wish Peter health and happiness as he embarks on his well-earned retirement.