Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry to Robert Unger on March 4, 2020 regarding his failure to provide a completed Practice Review Questionnaire (the Questionnaire) at the request of the Professional Practice, Standards and Development Department, and his failure to provide the Questionnaire in response to numerous subsequent requests from the Professional Practice, Standards and Development Department and the Legislation, Ethics and Compliance department. A disciplinary inquiry was held virtually via Zoom, and hosted by Charest Reporting, on April 24, 2020. Mr. Unger resigned his membership with Engineers and Geoscientists BC after the Notice of Inquiry was issued, but before to the inquiry was held.
On April 28, 2020, a panel of the Discipline Committee (the Panel) concluded that Mr. Unger breached section 44 of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, which requires that a member provide the Practice Review Committee with any information or documents it requests.
The Panel found that the case’s material facts were not in dispute, as Mr. Unger admitted to all the allegations in the Notice of Inquiry.
On June 18, 2020, the Panel issued their Decision and Order on Penalty and Costs. The Panel found Mr. Unger’s conduct to be serious, as his failure to provide documentation to the Practice Review Committee impeded Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s statutory obligation to regulate the engineering profession. The Panel also found that Mr. Unger’s conduct impeded Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s ability to maintain public confidence in the engineering profession. Since the Practice Review Program serves as a quality assurance check on member’s practices, allowing members to not comply with the Practice Review Program impedes Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s ability to uphold and protect the public interest.
The Panel also found that Mr. Unger’s refusal to provide documentation was deliberate, and designed to cause a hearing at which Mr. Unger could raise an unrelated previous grievance.
The Panel ultimately ordered the following penalties against Mr. Unger.
- He is required to pay a fine of $5,000 within 30 days of the date of the Panel’s decision on penalty.
- He is required to pay $10,969.64, as contribution to Engineers and Geoscientists BC investigation and legal costs, within three months from the date of the Panel’s decision on penalty.
- If his membership is reinstated, he must complete the Practice Review Questionnaire within 30 days.
The full text of the Determination of the Discipline Committee and the Decision of the Discipline Committee on Penalty and Costs can be found in the Discipline Notices section of our website, at egbc.ca/Discipline-Notices.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s website contains information on the complaint, investigation, and discipline processes. You can contact us at 604.558.6647 or toll-free at 1.888.430.8035 ext. 6647, or by email at [email protected].