Public Representative Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on May 6, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is seeking BC residents to share their leadership skills and expertise by volunteering as a Public Representative on one of five statutory committees. Registrants are encouraged to share this opportunity with their network of professionals outside engineering and geoscience industries.

Under the Professional Governance Act, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has five statutory committees established under the Act and bylaws. Each committee comprises registrants (professional engineers and geoscientists) and at least one Public Representative, also known as a lay person. The new requirement for statutory committees to include public representatives will be introduced when the Act comes into force in November 2020.

Public Representatives are appointed to ensure independence and the voice of the public is present, supporting Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s mandate to serve and protect the interests of the public. Individually and collectively, Public Representatives make an important contribution to the protection of the public and the integrity of the professions of engineering and geoscience in BC.

The five statutory committees with open volunteer opportunities are the Nominating Committee, the Credentials Committee (currently known as the Registration Committee), the Audit and Practice Review Committee, the Investigations Committee, and the Discipline Committee.

The benefits of volunteering as a Public Representative include the opportunity to share knowledge and experience obtained from other industries, consider and discuss interesting ethical and practical challenges, hone existing skills and develop new ones, connect with a network of like-minded professionals, and be appreciated as a contributor to valued and dynamic professions.

Interested applicants must have strong communications and decision-making skills, and a desire to give back to the community by protecting the public interest. Only those who have no immediate family members in the professions are eligible to serve as Public Representatives.

Public Representatives should ideally possess a combination of skills and experience relevant to the committee’s oversight responsibilities. Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • previous experience as a volunteer with a similar organization;
  • experience in professional regulation and knowledge of the standards of practice and standards of professional ethics;
  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the responsibilities of the committee (e.g., legal, HR, governance, public sector administration, etc.); and
  • an understanding and appreciation of the development of policy and decision-making in a large, complex system, to ensure that decisions are based on objective principles, and informed by evidence and best practices.

For more information about the opportunities, the roles of the statutory committees, and to view the full volunteer job description, visit Engineers and Geoscientists BC is always looking for qualified candidates and applicants are encouraged to apply at any time.

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