INNOVATION March-April 2015

Members Consulted on Professional Development Bylaw and Act Changes APEGBC has been undertaking consultation with members on two major initiatives under consideration by Council: a proposed professional develop- ment bylaw to be voted on by members in the fall, and proposed changes to the Engineers and Geoscientists Act . Consultation events on both subjects have been hosted around the province to enable members to ask questions and share their comments directly with representatives from APEGBC Council or members of staff. Throughout Febru- ary and March, consultations were offered in Prince George, Victoria, Burnaby, Fort St. John, Winfield, Kamloops and Vancouver as well as via live webcast. Presentations were also made to internal stakeholder groups including various committees, divisions and the association’s past presidents. In addition to consultation webpages, which were created to share infor- mation with members about the proposed bylaw and the proposed legislative amendments, online surveys were launched to gather further input from APEG- BC members. The survey on the proposed CPD bylaw remained open from December 12, 2014 to January 16, 2015 (article on survey results on page 13). The survey on legislative amendments to the Engineers and Geoscientsts Act was available from Feburary 23 to March 20, 2015. Next steps Information from the surveys and the consultation events is being compiled and brought forward to Council for their consideration in determining next steps. Snapshots of the feedback received will be presented to members as it becomes available.

APEG Foundation Scholarships Available to BC High School Students Do you know a student graduating from a BC secondary school in 2015? Are they entering a BC engineering or earth science program or a Canadian engineering transfer program in the fall? Applications are now being accepted for the APEG Foundation’s Post-Secondary Entrance and Post-Secondary Entrance Transfer Scholarships. The entrance scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, are offered to BC secondary students entering engineering or geoscience programs at UBC, UNBC, UVic, BCIT or SFU. Eligible geoscience programs include geology, geophysics and earth sciences. The entrance transfer scholarships, valued at $1,000, are offered to BC secondary students entering Canadian engineering transfer programs. Scholarship selection is based on a combination of factors including academics, extracurricular activities, references, financial need and the student’s written statement detailing why they have chosen to pursue an education in engineering or geoscience. The deadline for application submission is 5:00 pm on Friday, June 26, 2015. For more information and application forms, visit apeg., or contact Andrea Wilson, Student Program Coordinator, at awilson@apeg. bc ca or 604.412.4860, toll-free 1.888.430.8035 ext. 4860.

Proposed Professional Development Bylaw

April – June 2015 Council reviews and considers feedback, makes revisions to bylaw as needed. Council votes on finalized bylaw wording for member ratification

September – October 2015 Members vote on professional development bylaw.

Proposed Amendments to Engineers and Geoscientists Act

April – June 2015 Council reviews and considers feedback; request for amendments formulated. Council votes on package of amendments.

July 2015 Request formally made by APEGBC to Ministry of Advanced Education

For more information about the continuing professional development bylaw, please contact For information about the proposed changes to the Engineers and Geoscientists Act , visit:


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