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What does member engagement mean to you? Do you feel you are participating in the association’s efforts to engage you as a member? As the association grows in membership, and currently with over 29,000 members, APEGBC continues to streamline how we maintain our links and points of contact with our members. Why is this subject a theme of interest? Allow me to provide an historical perspective. The two most significant changes that have transformed the association over the past few decades have been a palpable step away from a purely regulatory body to a member support agency. This includes policies and programs for registration, practice guidelines and reviews and OQM, for example. The second change is the awareness of our obligation to acknowledge the values and concerns of the larger community in which we practise. Both of these changes require the participation of a more actively engaged membership. APEGBC currently makes many efforts to reach out and connect with members, including through face-to-face interactions, e-communication and mail-outs. Some of these modes of communication are statutory (required by our Act ), but a growing volume of other types of contact are changing the way our members and the association relate to each other. Interpersonal involvements include branch and association activities, such as dinner talks and volunteer opportunities with committees, task forces and divisions. This is an important aspect of practice development as it provides an opportunity for a member to meet new colleagues, expand their working network and acquire a working knowledge of the resources available to assist them with their practices. APEGBC’s interpersonal events of course encompass the Annual General Meeting, but there are other forums as well. The first is the New Member Induction Ceremony. This event is held three times a year in Vancouver and welcomes new professional members and limited licensees. It is well-attended, and family and friends are invited to share in the member’s certificate presentation. Another networking opportunity APEGBC hosts is the EIT and GIT event. This evening was held for the second time about eight weeks ago in Vancouver with just over 100 attendees. It was a unique opportunity to talk with EITs and GITs about assuming full responsibility for their work as they gained experience and confidence in their progression toward registration. Our online presence and communications provide our members with information and links that are new to many of us. The website revamp that we saw this year allows us to find information and resources more easily, and the Twitter feed provides a mechanism for connecting with professional members throughout the province and keeps us abreast of hot topics. We encourage you to use these opportunities to engage with your colleagues on topics of interest and to share your opinions with the association. Every month I am pleased to say that somebody is sufficiently motivated to either voice their concern or share some encouragement with me. As we continue to look to engage our members, we will be calling on you, and we encourage you to participate and contribute.
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Suite 200 - 4010 Regent Street, Burnaby, BC Canada V5C 6N2 Tel: 604.430.8035 Fax: 604.430.8085 E-mail: email@example.com Internet: www.apeg.bc.ca Toll free: 1.888.430.8035 2013/2014 COUNCIL, APEGBC P resident M.B. Bapty, P.Eng., FEC V ice P resident John Clague, P.Geo., FGC P ast P resident M.D. Isaacson, P.Eng., PhD, FEC, FGC (Hon.) Councillors A.E. Badke, P.Eng.; S.M. Carlson, P.Eng. A. Fernandes, CIM, FCSI; D. Harvey, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
An Engaged Membership Makes Collaboration Front of Mind
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ASSOCIATION STAFF A.J. English, P.Eng. C hief E xecutive O fficer and R egistrar T.M.Y. C hong, P.Eng. C hief R egulatory O fficer and D eputy R egistrar J.Y. Sinclair C hief O perating O fficer M. L. Archibald , D irector , C ommunications and S takeholder E ngagement J. Cho, CGA D irector , F inance and A dministration D. Gamble D irector , I nformation S ervices M. Lau, A cting D irector , C ommunications and S takeholder E ngagement P.R. Mitchell, P.Eng. D irector , P rofessional P ractice , S tandards and D evelopment D. Olychick D irector , M ember S ervices G.M. Pichler, P.Eng. D irector , R egistration E. Swartz, LLB A cting D irector , L egislation , E thics and C ompliance V. Lai, CGA A ssociate D irector , F inance and A dministration J.J.G. Larocque, P.Eng., LLB A ssociate D irector , P rofessional P ractice
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APEGBC Members Presented with Engineers Canada Awards
On May 24, 2014, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Claudio Arato, P.Eng., FEC, received the Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service from Engineers Canada. A chemical engineer with 23 years of experience, Mr. Arato currently serves as the Director of Engineering & Technology at Sonoro Energy. He specializes in clean technology commercialization in the fields of heavy oil upgrading,
Claudio Arato, P.Eng., FEC
Dave Weatherby, P.Eng.
cellulosic bio-refineries and fly ash to cement technology. Mr. Arato has also been a very dedicated volunteer for APEGBC since 1994, participating on various committees and with the Mentoring Program. The National Award for an Engineering Project was awarded to the Calgary West LRT Project by SNC- Lavalin Contractors (Pacific). Dave Weatherby, P.Eng., Principal Engineer on the project and APEGBC member, accepted the award on behalf of SNC-Lavalin. Geoscience BC Receives a $3-Million Commitment for Public Geoscience in BC The provincial government has committed $3 million to Geoscience BC for new funding to support mineral and energy geoscience in British Columbia. Established by the province in 2005, Geoscience BC is a non- profit organization mandated to attract mineral, oil and gas investment to BC through generating and distributing geoscience data in partnership with First Nations, communities, governments and industry. Robin Archdekin, President and CEO of Geoscience BC, says the funding will be used for new projects that will help contribute to the public geoscience framework to promote BC’s minerals and oil and gas exploration and development sectors. Recent Geoscience BC initiatives include the TREK project, started in 2013, which is adding new information to BC’s under-explored Interior Plateau region; water monitoring and sourcing in Northeast BC that has helped enable natural gas opportunity and led to industry investment in infrastructure to facilitate sustainable water use.
Correction: A misprint appeared in the “2014/2015 Council Election” article in the print edition of the May/June 2014 issue of Innovation. In it, the list of Continuing Councillors is incorrect, and should instead read: The following Councillors are entering the second year of a two-year term: David Harvey, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC (Structural); Herb Hawson, P.Eng., FEC (Civil); Donna Howes, P.Eng., FEC (Civil); Harlan Kelly, P.Eng. (Civil); and Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng. (Mechanical). Michael Bapty, P.Eng., FEC (Mining) will hold the position of Past President for the 2014/2015 Council year. APEGBC apologizes for any confusion this may have caused. For current information about the 2014/2015 Council Election or the Nominating Committee, please visit the APEGBC website at apeg.bc.ca/council-election. v
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APEGBC Dam Safety Guidelines Updated to Include Mining Dams The APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC , first published and posted on the
the appropriate knowledge, skillsets and experience to be held by APEGBC members working in this field. They also aim to address consistency in the reporting prepared by APEGBC members. Though the guidelines are not intended to serve as a prescriptive technical document, they do provide focus on the issues to be considered when undertaking a dam safety review. The guidelines assist in project organization and determination of responsibilities, and provide general principles governing dam safety analysis, quality assurance/quality control and report presentation. For more information, contact Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., APEGBC Director, Professional Practice, Standards & Development, at email@example.com or at 604.412.4853.
safety reviews for mining dams. The changes made to the guidelines include: • Revisions to appropriately reference dam safety reviews for mining dams; • A new Appendix C – Mining Dams Considerations in Dam Safety Reviews; • The new assurance statement Appendix D2 for dam safety reviews of mining dams, in addition to the assurance statement for dam safety reviews for dams regulated under the BC Dam Safety Regulations . The guidelines define the professional services, standard of care and specific tasks to be provided by APEGBC members conducting this type of work; provide descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of the various participants/stakeholders involved in a dam safety review; and set out expectations for
APEGBC website in July 2013, have recently been reviewed and revised. These guidelines were developed to establish the standard of practice to be followed when carrying out dam safety reviews in BC for water reservoir dams in response to BC’s Dam Safety Regulation 44/2000. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations provided funding, technical and administrative support for the development of these guidelines. In May 2013, the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines contracted with APEGBC to revise the existing guidelines. This Ministry provided funding and technical and admin- istrative support so the guidelines could also address professional practice for dam
Practice Guidelines Keep APEGBC Professionals Current and the Public Safe APEGBC has been at the forefront in Canada in the development of proactive regulatory tools and has developed many practice guidelines covering a range of professional activities. These guidelines inform members of how they can fulfil their professional obligations, includ- ing the duty to protect the safety, health and welfare of the public and the environment. They also establish the standard of practice for the delivery of professional services for certain types of engineering and geoscience activities. Recently, APEGBC has worked with the Ministry of Forests, Lands
and Natural Resource Operations to address the creation of two practice guidelines, including riparian area assessments and, in col- laboration with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) through the Joint Practice Board, watershed and hydrological as- sessment. The riparian area assessment guidelines now have partial funding through the Ministry. Working with the College of Applied Biologists, ABCFP and the BC Institute of Agrologists, a proposal has been prepared to put the remaining funding in place. In fact, both the Forest Practices Board (FPB), an independent
watchdog that serves the public interest for sound forest practices, and the Ministry have stated the value of APEGBC profes- sional practice guidelines. This is a significant vote of confidence in and recognition of the important role these guidelines play in protecting the public’s interest. With support from the provincial gov- ernment and leading subject matter experts, APEGBC has already developed guidelines related to a number of issues of public and professional concern, including landslides (Guidelines for Legislated Landslide Assessments for Proposed Residential Development in British Columbia), dams (Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC) and floods (Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC). These guidelines, as well as many others with a focus on particular practice areas, can be found on the APEGBC website at apeg. bc.ca/professional-practice-guidelines, and members have a professional responsibility to familiarize themselves with their content, as failure to do so can compromise public safety.
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founda t io n Bursary Honours Geological Engineer and APEGBC Volunteer John J. Clague, P.Geo., Vice President, APEGBC Jon Kroon, P.Geo., Chair, DEGIRS
Frank Baumann, P.Eng., passed away after a single-vehicle accident north of Pemberton on October 24, 2013. This tragedy shocked and saddened everyone who knew Frank. Frank was a man of boundless energy—an outdoors enthusiast and a leading expert and consultant in geological engineering. He specialized in the evaluation and management of terrain issues and slope hazards, and was a noted avalanche hazard assessment expert. He was vocal in his opposition to development of Cheekye Fan north of Squamish and supported construc- tion of the Fitzsimmons Creek debris barrier in Whistler. As a registered member of APEGBC and the Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (DEGIRS), Frank was generous with his time and energy, having contributed professional development opportu- nities through presentations, workshops and field trips; he was an energetic and entertaining field tour leader. Frank also aided in the development of practice guidelines, contributing his knowledge and opinion to resource road deactivation and snow avalanche assessments. Frank founded Baumann Engineering in the early 90s and developed avalanche safety plans for numerous resource industry clients. He taught at
Howe Sound Secondary School and BCIT and was loved by his students for his enthusiasm and passion. He was an accom- plished mountaineer; a member of the Whistler Volunteer Ski Patrol and BC Mountaineering Club; and taught free ava- lanche courses through Mountain Equipment Co-op. Frank was also an active volunteer and served as Chair of the board for Kawkawa Camp and Retreat, a Christian youth camp in Hope. The APEG Foundation has established the Frank Baumann Bursary in honour of Frank Baumann. It is seeking to raise $50,000 to create the capital base for the bursary, which will allow the Foundation to award, in perpetuity, a $1,500 bursary
to a deserving third- or fourth-year undergraduate geological engineering or environmental geoscience student. The Foundation has secured $35,000 from generous donors, but still requires $15,000 to reach its goal. The Foundation appeals to APEGBC members to contribute to the endow- ment for the bursary. Donations are tax-deductible; for each contribution, a receipt will be issued. The Foundation will also administer the bursary. You can make a donation online at the APEGBC website or mail a cheque to: APEG Foundation Association of Professional Engineers Please make cheques out to the APEG Foundation with a memo indicating the donation is for the Frank Baumann Bursary. For those that choose to donate online, please fill out the form on the website at apeg.bc.ca/ Foundation and submit to Louise Leung at firstname.lastname@example.org. v and Geoscientists of BC 200-4010 Regent Street Burnaby, BC, V5C 6N2
Congratulations to our 2014 Geoscience BC scholarship recipients
Duncan Mackay UVIC
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Stephen Mak UBC Nader Mostaghimi UBC Geoscience BC scholarships are awarded annually to earth science post-graduate students working on a project relevant to mineral or oil & gas exploration or development in British Columbia.
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Council Seeks Member Ratification of Amendment to Bylaw 3 – Election to Council In January 2014, Council approved in principle amendments to Bylaw 3 – Election to Council, and directed that a consultation process be undertaken with the membership and key stakeholders. To this end, an article on the proposed amendments was published in the March/April edition of Innovation and the matter was raised with the Nominating Committee, branches and the association’s past presidents. Bylaw 3 directs how the Council nomination and election process is to be managed. This bylaw outlines the structure of the Nominating Committee and the procedures it must follow in nominating a slate of candidates for election to Council; how members may be nominated by the membership-at-large; and how the voting process and reporting of results must be done. This bylaw has not been revised for many years and as such it requires modernization to better reflect the current profile of our membership, best practice for regulatory bodies and the needs of the association. Following consideration of the input received through the consultation process, Council will seek member ratification of amendments to Bylaw 3 that: • Increase the number of members on the Nominating Committee from 12 to 14. The additional committee members will be appointed by Council; • Require at least one P.Geo. and one P.Eng. to be appointed to the Nominating Committee; • Require that nominees and their nominators be in good standing regardless of how they are nominated; • Remove the prescriptive requirements for nominating members in specific disciplines and instead articulate the need for diversity; • Update the ballot counting process to recognize that there is no longer a ballot counting committee, as the voting process is now electronic; • Broaden who may announce the result of the election at the AGM. Currently the bylaw dictates that the chair of the meeting must perform this function. In order for the bylaw to pass, two-thirds of members voting must be in favour of the amendment. Line by line detail on the amendment will be published this fall with the Council Election and Bylaw Vote information.
Submitting Motions for the 2014 Annual General Meeting Each year, as per the Engineers and Geoscientists Act , APEGBC holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its members. Reports are provided by the President and the CEO on the activities of the past year, and the financial report is presented. At the meeting, members are provided with the opportunity to ask questions and make motions for consideration by Council. Motions may be proposed by registered professional members (P.Eng., P.Geo.) or by limited licensees (Eng.L., Geo.L.). Members and licensees are encouraged to submit proposed motions for APEGBC’s 2014 AGM to the association by Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Advanced submission of motions enables any procedural issues with the proposed motion to be addressed with the mover prior to presentation at the AGM (the mover and seconder for the motion must be present at the AGM to introduce the motion). Member motions may also be presented from the floor of the AGM without advance submission though all motions must be received prior to the cut-off time approved by the assembly (usually 10 am on the day of the meeting). Information on the correct format for motions and how to submit them for review can be found online at apeg.bc.ca/ac2014/agm. The AGM will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver located at 655 Burrard Street.
Gordon Springate Sr., P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), 1931 – 2014
APEGBC regretfully acknowledges the passing of Dr. Gordon Leonard Vincent Springate Sr., P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), on May 9, 2014, of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Springate became a member of APEGBC in 1964 and actively served on various APEGBC committees including the Professional Practice, Discipline, Strategic Planning and the Nominating Committee. He also served as a member of Council for several terms, including as APEGBC President. Dr. Springate completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical
Engineering and Engineering Physics at McGill University, his masters of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and his doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. He then relocated from Toronto to Vancouver in 1957, to Prince George in 1980 and finally to Kelowna in 1987 to be Dean of the Division of Applied Studies at Okanagan University College. Aside from his busy career, Dr. Springate gave much of his time to his various volunteer efforts, including his position as Dean’s Warden at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Scouts Canada, the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, Red Cross and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, to name a few. In 2008, Dr. Springate was made a Fellow of Engineers Canada in recognition of his service to the profession and an Honorary Fellow of Geoscientists Canada in 2013. APEGBC extends its condolences to Dr. Springate’s family, friends and colleagues.
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BC and Beyond: Global Innovation Begins at Home APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM Date: October 23 – 25, 2014 Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver APEGBC will be hosting its 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver. As many new ideas and technologies are born right here in our province, the theme of this year’s conference is innovation. But what is innovation and what does it mean to be innovative? How can we be innovative in the way we conduct business, present ourselves or solve technical issues? Through case studies, technical tours, seminars and coaching sessions, attendees will learn how the notion of innovation can solve project issues, elevate business skills or inspire new technologies. Attendees will find a great line-up of keynote speakers: Drew Dudley, Founder and Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership, will speak about thinking differently about what leadership means, and journalist Seamus O’Regan will address how innovation will be the key to the future of the Canadian economy. Not to be missed is the headline presenter on Thursday evening: Canada’s own Col. Chris Hadfield, P.Eng. Come listen to his compelling presentation on his remarkable career in the areas of science and technology and be inspired to achieve dreams beyond Earth’s borders. Bring your family and enjoy the many amenities that Vancouver has to offer. From hiking up mountain peaks to strolling along the ocean shoreline or dining at one of the many eateries downtown, Vancouver has something for everyone. Join this year’s conference and be inspired to tap the skills and creativity that drive innovation every day, in BC and beyond. For more information, visit apeg.bc.ca/ac2014.
APEGBC Makes Tracking Registration Applications Easier On June 9, enhancements to the Registration Online Application System were launched and a new Member Relationship Management (MRM) system is now being implemented. These enhancements are a result of efforts to make the application process more transparent for APEGBC applicants and will allow members to view their application and their application status online. In addition to existing features that allow all first-time applicants to apply through the online portal and pay application fees online, the following features have been added: • All applicants will be able to see their application information and status online; • All applicants will be able to upload documents online in support of their application for registration and will be able to see the status of documents that are required from third parties, such as academic institutions and references; and • All applicants will be able to see a high-level status of the progress of their application including acceptance of documents, and completion of academic and experience requirements. Additional system enhancements will create more efficiency in how APEGBC tracks the progress of applications; and enhanced information and document management will allow resources to be redirected to value-added programs in support of applicants, members-in-training and volunteers. Further enhancements will be rolled out over the next two years.
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Government Relations Update APEGBC regulates and governs the engineering and geoscience professions under the authority of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, and is accountable to the public through the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. APEGBC has an active working relationship with government to serve the people of British Columbia and protect the public in matters relating to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience. Following up on the recently released Forest Practices Board (FPB) report on Bridge Planning, Design and Construction, APEGBC and the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) met with Hon. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, to discuss the report’s findings, which identified that 216 forest road bridges were unsafe. The meeting highlighted key issues for the Minister and discussed ways to mitigate these concerns in the future. ABCFP and APEGBC will respond to the FPB with a formal plan by the requested date of October 31, 2014, and advise of the steps planned or taken to address the professional issues identified. APEGBC is participating as a key stakeholder in the government’s consultation on seismic preparedness in BC and has met with government to discuss this important public safety issue. The association has made a number of recommendations, including working with the UBC Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) on the development of a framework that BC municipalities could use in order to develop earthquake preparedness plans, both pre- and post-earthquake. APEGBC’s proposed approach includes expanding the current Seismic Retrofit Guidelines to develop new Professional Practice Guidelines for Seismic Hazards for use by municipalities; and the use of earthquake early warning technology and building-specific earthquake monitoring technology in municipal buildings. Working to ensure BC’s water is sustainably managed, APEGBC has been an active contributor and valued stakeholder to government throughout the development of Bill 18, the Water Sustainability Act , and has consulted with the Ministry of Environment all the way through to the final reading. The Act has now been proclaimed and regulations to support this legislation are now in the development phase. APEGBC continues to monitor this process to make sure that we stay well-informed of any issues pertaining to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience as they relate to the Act . Professional reliance is a fundamental component of BC’s building regulatory systems and APEGBC continues to work with and provide consultation to government, alongside the Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) on the modernization of BC’s building regulation system through the Building and Safety Standards Branch. Continuing to foster strong connections with our counterparts in the Pacific Northwest, representatives from APEGBC attended the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) 2014 Summit in Whistler, BC, in July. Key business leaders, legislators and government leaders from PNWER’s 10 states, provinces and territories have gathered to address the major policy issues impacting the region. Through PNWER, APEGBC continues to work on facilitating professional mobility issues, including Canada-US reciprocal licensure. Engineers and geoscientists play a key role in the public’s safety and well- being, and APEGBC is committed to working constructively with governments at all levels to assist in carrying out this responsibility. For more information on APEGBC’s government relations activities, contact Janet Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer, at email@example.com.
Incidental Practice Two-year Pilot Update In October 2013, APEGBC and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) signed the Professional Geoscience Mobility Agreement, which allowed professional geoscientists and geoscience licensees (with limited- scope licences) who are licensed in one of the signatory provinces to perform short-term work (45 days or less per year) in the other without the need to hold a licence in that province. Owing to the temporary and spontaneous nature of many geoscience projects, the concept of incidental practice has long been of particular interest to geoscientists in the mineral exploration and oil and gas industries. APEGBC and APGO agreed to track the uptake of their members who are taking advantage of the mobility agreement. To date, six members of APGO have resigned from APEGBC and declared their intent to practise in BC under the terms of the APEGBC/APGO Professional Geoscience Mobility Agreement . APGO has reported that to date, approximately 10 APEGBC members have resigned their APGO membership and declared intent to practise in Ontario under the terms of the agreement. The agreement is being implemented as a pilot program and will run for two years, until December 31, 2015, during which time both APEGBC and APGO will assess the merits and efficacy of the agreement. Additional information on the agreement can be found on APEGBC’s website at apeg.bc.ca/incidental-practice.
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Completing CPD Hours Is Easier than You Think APEGBC’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guideline was designed to provide members with flexibility in order to meet their unique requirements. CPD allows members to fulfil their present or future roles more effectively, maintain a sufficiently high standard of professional competence and remain current in an ever-competitive job market. Many members who familiarize themselves with the CPD guideline learn that they are already meeting suggested CPD targets without even realizing it. Many activities qualify as professional learning opportunities, even activities that cost little to no money—whether it’s having a discussion about a technical issue with peers, reading a technical journal or mentoring a member-in-training. It’s not just about going to courses. APEGBC recognizes that CPD is made up of a range of activities and those that count as CPD will depend on a member’s individual learning needs. Members are employed in a varied range of industries, at all levels of responsibility, which means their continuing learning needs should reflect this variety as well. The following activities are examples of professional development opportunities: • In-house seminars, employer-sponsored sessions, brown bag lunch sessions; • Reading of technical journals and standards; • Online reading of free, reputable, educational materials. Examples include open courseware such as those offered by MIT; • Courses offered by universities, technical institutes, colleges, employers, suppliers or technical societies; • Structured discussion of technical or professional issues with one’s peers; • Attendance at meetings of technical, professional or managerial associations or societies; • Mentoring/tutoring as an APEGBC mentor to a member-in-training or applicant; • Presentations at a conference, meeting, course, workshop or seminar; • Development of published codes and standards and patents; • Reviewing articles for publication or publication of articles in non-reviewed journals or an internal company report. To be in compliance with APEGBC’s CPD guideline, members are required to complete an average of 80 hours per year (240 hours on a three-year rolling total). Of these hours, 50 may come from professional practice. What Does Compliance Look Like? For a mining geologist, this is what compliance might look like: Activity PD Hours Professional practice 50 Attended the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference 15 Read articles in January 2014 Canadian Institute of Mining issue 2 Prepared/delivered presentations to peers on projects 5 Spoke at a geoscience industry night 3 Mentored an APEGBC member-in-training 10 Total PD hours (80 required to be in compliance) 85 CPD can take many forms and we want to hear how members from all disciplines and branches are achieving their hours. Are there resources that you have come across that may be useful to your fellow members? Share your story. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org sharing how you’ve accrued hours and what activities you’ve completed. Your story may be profiled in future articles and you may be selected for a CPD credit to use toward your next APEGBC seminar or workshop.
Fall Council Election— Update Your Contact Information APEGBC is governed by a council comprising members elected by their peers, as well as a handful of government appointees. The 2014/2015 APEGBC Council election will take place this fall, with five councillors to be elected, as well as one vice presidential candidate. Election to the office of president will be by acclamation as the sole candidate is uncontested. The vote will be conducted by electronic ballot and members and licensees will be sent an email in late August with access to candidate statements and instructions on voting procedures. Members and licensees who have not provided APEGBC with a valid email address will not receive direct notification, but will still be able to access electronic voting through the main page of the association’s website. To ensure that APEGBC has your current email address and to update your contact information, please visit apeg. bc.ca/update-info. Please note that you can now update and change your user password. Paper ballots will be available by written request. Should you wish to receive a paper ballot, please send your request to APEGBC, 200-4010 Regent Street, Burnaby, BC, V5C 6N2, or contact email@example.com.
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were made in response to concerns that were expressed in the Forest Practices Board Report – Bridge Planning, Design and Construction. APEGBC collaborated with the Association of BC Forest Professionals to update these guidelines. Changes to the guidelines include clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP), the Professional of Record (POR) and the three professional documents that need to be prepared for every forest crossing. Registration Fairness Panel Annual Report The Fairness Panel is an independent non-statutory body that examines the fairness of the process when an applicant’s appeal of a registration decision is rejected by the Registration Committee. The Fairness Panel reviewed 29 cases between March 2013 and Febru- ary 2014. Of these cases, seven were appeals referred to the panel by the Registration Committee and two were special referrals. The panel agreed with the Registration Committee’s original decision in four of the seven appeals (57%). In one of the four, the Fairness Panel requested a modification to the committee’s decision. Recom- mendations made by the panel included expanding recognition of documented evidence of work experience, as well as review of the Integrated Engineering Policy for possible modification to reflect the need for a broader perspective when evaluating new, non-traditional (emerging) and changing engineering disciplines. Strategic Plan Metrics and Milestones APEGBC’s 2014 – 2017 Strategic Plan is now in effect as of July 1, 2014. APEGBC staff has developed metrics and milestones for this plan, which provide accountability for the initiatives approved by Council as part of the budgeting process. These metrics and milestones will form the basis for the Key Performance Indicators by which the plan will be measured. These indicators are under devel- opment and will be presented to Council at an upcoming meeting. Metrics and milestones contained
APEGBC’s Council meets throughout the year to conduct the business of association governance. The following are the highlights of the June 20, 2014, meeting. Consultation on Amendments to Bylaw 3 – Election to Council Council has endorsed revisions to Bylaw 3 – Election to Council. This bylaw directs how the Council nomination and election process is managed and the proposed changes are intended to modernize the bylaw to better reflect the current profile of APEGBC’s mem- bership, best practice for regulatory bodies, and the needs of the association. Following Council’s approval of this bylaw in principle in Janu- ary 2014, consultation of the membership and key stakeholders was conducted. This included seeking feedback from the general membership through Innovation , the Nominating Committee at their February meeting and Branch Representatives at their meeting in April. For more information, see page 8. Structural Engineering Services for Part 9 Buildings Council has endorsed an amendment to the Part 9 Building Struc- tural Guidelines. In response to member feedback, a checklist has been added to the guidelines under Paragraph 3.6 that APEGBC members can use to make complete submissions to authorities having jurisdiction. This information may also be useful to others who in the future may need to refer to the specifications and draw- ings for single- and two-family Part 9 buildings. The new guideline is in the process of being updated and will be made available on the APEGBC website. Revisions to Forest Crossings Guidelines APEGBC Council has endorsed revisions to the Guidelines for Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings. These revisions
within the strategic plan can be viewed on the APEGBC website at apeg.bc.ca/ strategic-plan. Climate Change Advisory Group Annual Report APEGBC’s Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG) presented their annual report to Council. In the past year, the CCAG received Council approval on its Position Paper on Climate Change, which was released to the membership and public at large. A relatively small number of mem- bers responded to the release of the posi- tion paper. The majority of the feedback received expressed that respondents felt the paper did not go far enough. In addition to this, the CCAG has also provided feedback to Engineers Canada on the draft document entitled Model Guideline – Principles of Climate Change Adaptation for Practicing Professional Engineers . The CCAG is also a participant in the Provincial Climate Change Secretariat led group of interested
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