A Panel of the Discipline Committee found that Mr. Singh used the professional engineering seal of a colleague and forged his colleague’s signature on electrical engineering documents. The Panel determined that Mr. Singh violated the Code of Ethics and, and that his conduct was unprofessional. The Panel ordered the suspension of Mr. Singh’s membership for two months, that he undergo a practice review by the association, and that he complete and pass the Professional Practice Examination and the Professional Engineering and Geoscience in BC Online Seminar. The Panel also ordered that Mr. Singh pay a fine of $1,500 and pay $16,288.60 towards the association’s investigation and legal costs.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry to Avinder Singh, P.Eng., in January 2019, regarding his use of the professional engineering seal of a colleague, Karamjeet (Gary) Jatana, P.Eng. Engineers and Geoscientists BC alleged that Mr. Singh forged Mr. Jatana’s signature for the purpose of signing and sealing electrical engineering documents.
A disciplinary inquiry was held on February 14, 2019. On April 16, 2019, the panel of the Discipline Committee (the Panel) issued its Determination, which stated the allegations noted in the Notice of Inquiry had been proven and that Mr. Singh’s conduct violated the values of truth and honesty in the Code of Ethics and that Mr. Singh demonstrated unprofessional conduct. In its Determination, the Panel noted the following.
The Panel finds the nature and the gravity of the conduct proven to be very serious. The purpose of a seal is to authenticate documents. It is to provide a mark of reliance and it signifies to the public that they can rely upon the opinions, judgments, and designs that are contained in the sealed documents. A sealed document is visible commitment to the standards of the profession by a professional who is required to hold high standards of knowledge, skill, and ethics. An engineer affixing his or her seal is accepting professional responsibility for the matters under seal. Mr. Singh’s misuse of his colleague’s seal and signature to keep his client happy disregarded the purpose and significance of the seal. His actions were deliberate, dishonest, and at the serious end of the spectrum. This factor favours a more serious penalty. (para. 62)
The Panel suspended Mr. Singh’s membership for a period of two months. Within one year, Mr. Singh must undergo a practice review at his own expense, complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience in BC Online Seminar, and complete and pass the Professional Practice Examination. Mr. Singh must pay a fine of $1,500, and pay $16,288.60 towards the association’s investigation and legal costs. If Mr. Singh fails to comply with any of the requirements under the order, his membership will be suspended until he has done so.
Mr. Singh has filed an appeal to the BC Supreme Court from the decision of the Discipline Committee.
The full text of the Determination of the Discipline Committee can be found in the Disciplinary Notices section of our website, at egbc.ca/discipline-notices.
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