Roy Johan Van Ryswyk is a former professional engineer who resigned his membership in 2014. In 2015, the association became aware of materials that bore the likeness of Mr. Van Ryswyk’s former professional stamp but were dated after his resignation and return of his professional stamp to the association. The association commenced litigation in the BC Supreme Court and obtained an injunction order on December 23, 2015. The injunction order prohibited Mr. Van Ryswyk from engaging in professional engineering or representing himself as a professional engineer.
In 2018, the association become aware that over 40 letters of assurance had been submitted to building officials in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke that bore the likeness of Mr. Van Ryswyk’s former professional stamp and were dated well after the date of the injunction order. The association filed a contempt of court application that was heard in BC Supreme Court chambers on December 18, 2018.
At the hearing, the association agreed not to pursue committal and Mr. Van Ryswyk agreed to the remaining contempt sanctions sought by the association. The Court granted an order finding Mr. Van Rywsyk in contempt of court for engaging in the practice of professional engineering and representing himself as a professional engineer.
The court order required Mr. Van Ryswyk to notify the persons to whom he provided professional engineering services that he lacked practice rights at the time of providing those services, pay a fine to the Court in the amount of $8,500, and pay the association its costs in the amount of $10,000.
The association and Mr. Van Ryswyk also resolved the litigation that was commenced in 2015, which was outstanding at the time of the contempt application, by way of a consent order dated January 4, 2019. The consent order includes an injunction permanently prohibiting Mr. Van Ryswyk from engaging in professional engineering or representing himself as a professional engineer and a requirement that he pay the association $10,000 in exemplary damages.
The association takes action to prevent the unauthorized practice and misuse of title by individuals who are not members or licensees of the association. Files are typically opened in response to concerns received from the public or from other public bodies, as well as in response to concerns identified internally by association staff. Although many files are resolved without court action, when necessary, the association commences legal action.
The full text of court orders and settlement agreements relating to many of the association’s unauthorized practice and misuse of title files are available on our website, at egbc.ca/Complaints/Unauthorized-Practice.
To report unauthorized practice or misuse of title, email [email protected].