Beginning in 2021, Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s more than 8,000 trainees (EITs and GITs) in good standing will now be eligible to vote in the Council election, and propose and vote on annual general meeting motions.
The request to extend voting rights to trainees originated from a passed motion at Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Annual General Meeting in 2017. During a consultation process that followed, some trainees expressed they didn’t attend annual general meetings because they couldn’t vote (but said they would attend if voting rights were extended to them), and most registrants indicated that trainees ought to have more ability to participate in self-regulation. Some also expressed hope that including trainees in governance matters may boost the involvement of women and increase the retention of women in the industry.
In 2018, Council appointed a task force to examine this potential change, which at the time would have required modification of the now-repealed Engineers and Geoscientists Act. The task force recommended extending voting rights to trainees; Council agreed and, following consultation, included voting rights for trainees in the new Engineers and Geoscientists BC Bylaws that support the Professional Governance Act.
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