Effective Communication: A Critical Requirement in Every Successful Project Michael Yuan, P.Eng. 19 Professional Liability Risk and Contractual Compliance in a Global Market: Managing Global Engineering, Geotechnical, and Construction Risks Benjamin Kent, Rob Selnes, Angus Smith 20 Mining Genomics for Solutions: BC Projects Harness Gene-Mapping Technologies to Overcome Mining Challenges Kylie Williams 26 2016 | 2017 Project Highlights news 7 Newsmakers Members Excel in Building with Wood; Engineering Institute Recognizes APEGBC Members; ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence; Input Sought from Mineral Exploration Workers 10 Association Notes Strategic Plan Sets Direction and Priorities Until 2020; Budget Maintains Current Membership Fees; Updated Brand Reflects Member Input ; 2017/2018 Council Election; Annual Conference and AGM; APEGBC to Help Develop Tools to Increase Post-Disaster Community Resilience; APEGBC to Prepare Post-Earthquake Building Evaluation Training; Task Force Recommends Corporate Regulation; Council Report
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During the past six months, APEGBC Council and executive staff have traveled around BC to engage in discussions with branch executives. We have received tremendous feedback and, I hope, helped to clarify collective understanding of the association’s duty and responsibilities as the regulator of the engineering and geoscience professions in BC. We used input we received from members to help shape APEGBC priorities for the next few years. As reported in these pages (Page 10), the association’s strategic plan sets our association’s direction and priorities for the next three years. The Strategic Plan 2017–2020 includes greater focus on our regulatory responsibilities. We are fortunate in BC that the engineering and geoscience professions have self-regulating privileges. Self-regulation is the process whereby a profession monitors its members’ adherence to legal, ethical, or safety standards, rather than have an outside, independent agency monitor and enforce those standards. Professional self-regulation allows government to control a profession’s practice and service without having to develop its own capacity and in-depth expertise in the professions. Professions benefit, in that self-regulation allows them to actively participate in their own evolution and enables them to set standards and control quality of service. At APEGBC, we do this in many ways. We develop guidelines that set standards and expectations for professional practice. Volunteers, committees, and members of APEGBC have been working hard to produce a suite of new and revised guidelines dealing with a wide range of fields of practice. See Page 61 to read about two newly published professional practice guidelines. Our quality management guidelines set standards of practice that apply to all practicing members. Although the standards are widely applicable, APEGBC’s voluntary Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Program is extending their reach to engineering and geoscience firms across BC (Page 62). As you may know, APEGBC has also been exploring whether regulatory oversight should be extended to include organizations that provide engineering and geoscience services in BC. At the moment, BC and Quebec are the only provinces without regulatory authority over organizations. After reviewing this issue and consulting with members during the last year, the Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice presented its recommendations to Council in April, and Council has directed the Task Force to move to Phase 2 of its investigation into this issue (Page 13). You—our members—are key to the development of these initiatives and standards, as well as their enforcement. APEGBC’s numerous committees, task forces, boards and groups are run by members. You are key to supporting APEGBC as we support you. Together, we maintain our professions’ reputation for excellence, ethics and progress, and work to further government and public confidence in the self- regulatory system administered by APEGBC.
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 Email: email@example.com Internet: apeg.bc.ca Toll free: 1.888.430.8035 APEGBC COUNCIL 2016/2017 P resident B ob S tewart , P.E ng . V ice -P resident D r . E d C asas , P.E ng . I mmediate P ast P resident D r . M ichael W rinch , P.E ng ., FEC, FGC (H on .) COUNCILLORS C.J.A. Andrewes, P.Eng.; S. Cheema, CA, CPA R. Farbridge, P.Eng.; C. Hall, P.Eng./P.Geo. S. Hayes, P.Eng.; K. Laloge, CPA, CA, TEP; S. Martin, P.Eng. C. Moser, P.Eng.; R.B. Nanson, P.Eng. S.R. Rettie, P.Eng., FEC; L. Spence, P.Eng. K. Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC; J. Turner, P.Ag. (ret); D. Wells, JD ASSOCIATION STAFF A.J. English, P.Eng. C hief E xecutive O fficer and R egistrar T.M.Y. Chong, 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 ystems 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
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Ed. Note: Innovation invited Dr. Sultan, P.Eng., to submit the article in question because of his experience both as a B.C. legislator and a professional engineer and the resulting unique insight he could provide into how government views the engineering and geoscience professions and self-regulation in BC. This is a subject members had inquired about in the previous months. At the time, Dr. Sultan was the only APEGBC member serving in the BC Legislature. Conference Locations Increase Greenhouse Gas Output Regarding the recent article, “Positioning APEGBC and Its Members to Respond to Climate Change” (January/February 2017), I want to zero in on “Positioning APEGBC.” Why does our association keep holding annual conferences in such diverse places as Victoria, Kelowna,
and Whistler when the majority of engineers live in the Lower Mainland? I recommend that you consider holding it in a low-cost venue in the Lower Mainland every year, near a rapid transit station and outside of downtown Vancouver. This way you can enter into a 10-year contract for the venue and perhaps obtain much reduced rates for out-of-town visitors. I can guess that you want to give engineers throughout BC the opportunity to attend at low cost. So encourage car pooling or arrange for a bus for the out-of-town attendees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I am a believer in the old adage: “Actions speak louder than words.” —Herbert Vesely, P.Eng. Squamish
Stick to Letters for Members to Express Their Opinions It is not clear to me what the difference between a “Perspective” and a “Letter to the Editor” other than the length—either way, it is one person’s opinion and should be put forward as such. An example is the “Perspective” by Ralph Sultan (January/February 2017). These thoughts are his opinion and should be given the same priority for inclusion in Innovation as any other letter to the editor, and if possible placed in juxtaposition with letters that offer differing opinion. His position as an MLA should not give him priority over others for inclusion. Why don’t you stick with the letters to the editor concept—particularly regarding matters of opinion on the
direction of the profession? —Keith Richardson, P.Eng. North Vancouver, BC
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Members Excel in Building with Wood Wood WORKS! BC recognized a number of APEGBC members at the 2017 Wood Design Awards for leadership and innovation in structural wood use. There were 114 nominations in 13 categories for the 2017 awards, with nominations from across BC, as well as some national and international project submissions. The projects showcase distinctive and unique qualities of wood such as strength, beauty,
nomination for its unique undulating roof structure that achieves the clear spans required for pools and ensures long-term operational cost savings. The Wood Innovation Award for creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood in building design, product design and processes went to Iain Weir-Jones, P.Eng., Weir-Jones Group, for his work on Shoreline by MGA in Vancouver. The jury felt that the wood created a contemporary design with unique warmth and character to stimulate and promote a healthy office and shop environment. Chris Jacques, P.Eng., Struct. Eng., Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., was recognized in the Commercial Wood Design category for Tsawwassen Mills, Tsawwassen. The institute also inducted APEGBC members Jens Bornemann, P.Eng., Harvey McLeod, P.Eng./P.Geo., Claire Raska, P.Eng., John Wood, P.Eng., Rick Tiller, P.Eng., as Engineering Institute of Canada Fellows in recognition of their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.
versatility, and cost-effectiveness in a wide range of projects and a variety of wood uses. The panel of four judges included APEGBC member Ed Lim, P.Eng., of United Building Systems. Fast + Epp received the Engineer Award for Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. The project was cited in the
Engineering Institute Recognizes APEGBC Members The Engineering Institute of Canada recently presented its 2017 K.Y. Lo Medal for significant engineering contributions at the international
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ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – BC hosted its 28 th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, on April 8, 2017, to honour member firms’ innovation and technical excellence. Awards of Excellence and Merit were given in the following categories: Buildings; Municipal & Civil Infrastructure; Transportation & Bridges; Energy & Industry; Natural Resource & Habitat; and Soft Engineering. For a complete list of awards, visit acec-bc.ca/awards/2017-award-winners.
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MUNICIPAL & CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE Preserving Historic Cemetery through Trenchless Rehabilitation, Victoria, BC Consultant: AECOM Canada Ltd.; Owner/Client: City of Victoria BUILDINGS Lord Strathcona Elementary School Heritage Classroom Building Base Isolation Seismic Upgrade, Vancouver, BC Consultant: Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc.; Owner: The Board of Education of School District #39; Client: The Colborne Architectural Group Pacific Inc. This project also won the ACEC-BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence.
Port Mann Main Water Supply Tunnel, Coquitlam and Surrey, BC Consultant: Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc.; Owner/Client: Metro Vancouver
TRANSPORTATION Atal Setu – Basohli Bridge, Jammu and Kashmir, India Consultant: McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.; Owner: Border Roads Organization, Ministry of Defense, India; Client: IRCON/SP Singla Joint Venture
ENERGY & INDUSTRY Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric Project, Toba Valley, north of Powell River, BC Consultant: SNC-Lavalin; Owner: Alterra Power Corp and Axium Infrastructure; Client: Alterra Power Corp
NATURAL RESOURCE & HABITAT BC Hydro Rock Bay Remediation Project, Victoria, BC Consultant: SNC-Lavalin; Owner/Client: BC Hydro and Power Authority
SOFT ENGINEERING Millennium Line Evergreen Extension Operational Readiness Program, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Moody, BC Consultant: CH2M HILL Canada Limited; Owner/Client: TransLink/BC Rapid Transit Company
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Updated Brand Reflects Member Input Over the last few years, APEGBC has been working to develop a brand strategy for the association and the professions with the goal of increasing public recognition and awareness of the value of BC engineers, geoscientists, and licensees (page 8, March/April 2017). Our updated brand will launch in late-August. Here, we share how you—our members—helped shape the updated brand, and how it reflects your input. The renewal of our brand comprises these crucial elements: • stronger, clearer representation of the association’s role as a regulator working in the public interest and of members’ commitment to the public’s safety and wellbeing • more accurate, modern representation of BC professional engineers, geoscientists, and licensees (diverse and inclusive representation across fields of practice, age, gender and ethnicity) • stronger public representation of engineers, geoscientists, and licensees with the values they most identify with—ethics, excellence and progress • distinct, memorable and consistent visual elements that will identify the brand • stronger alignment of the association’s programs and its volunteer groups with a single brand HowWas the Brand Identity Developed? Member and stakeholder input was essential to the development of an updated brand identity that would 1) more accurately represent the association and all its members across the span of their professional lives, from student to senior professional, and 2) be more relatable and attractive to potential members. Research involved extensive consultation, including member interviews, focus groups and surveys, as well as public polling. We heard and learned that members want to be represented as diverse and inclusive, and they want to see a more progressive and modern face to the association. Our updated brand reflects these concepts. In our public polling, we learned that the public expects the characteristics of an effective regulator to be reflected in our brand: integrity, accuracy, accountability, and public safety. Research showed that our current logo consistently underperformed in categories that members identified as being important (modern, progressive, innovative.) HowWill the Brand Identify Reflect Member Feedback? Based on what we learned through our consultation and testing, expect to see and hear a far more consistent, modern look and feel across all external communication and representation, including new colours and new fonts. The association’s streamlined name and logo will increase public awareness and recall. The programs and volunteer groups comprising the association will also align more strongly and seamlessly. We anticipate it may take some time to fully transition to the new brand. While materials produced after the brand launch date will ref lect the revised branding, a period when both old and updated branding co- exist will occur as we update or replace old materials in the most logical and economical manner. Whether you’re a professional geoscientist, engineer or licensee, the new brand is for everyone and is an important step in shaping our future. Check for updates and details as they become available in Innovation , our newsletter, and member and stakeholder emails. Read our March/April 2017 branding update at digitalityworks.com/Viewers/ViewIssue.aspx?IssueID=167&PageNo=8. Questions? Contact APEGBC Marketing Specialist Maria-Carmen Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.639.8179.
Strategic Plan Sets Direction and Priorities Until 2020 The APEGBC Strategic Plan 2017–2020 takes effect July 1. Council determined a framework for the new plan during the last year, drawing on engagement with members, government and other stakeholders to inform the direction and priorities for the association’s work for the next three years. The goals and objectives set by the plan will determine the priorities for APEGBC’s programs and activities, and provide guidance for Council, committees, branches, divisions, task forces and staff. The plan focuses on APEGBC’s regulatory role and responsibilities under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act , while continuing APEGBC’s work as a relevant, proactive, forward- thinking regulator that serves the public interest. 2017/2018 Budget Maintains Current Membership Fees Council approved APEGBC’s 2017/2018 operating and capital budget. The budget was prepared in accordance with the Council- approved 2017/2018 budget guidelines and reviewed by Executive Committee prior to being presented to Council at its April 28 meeting. Increases in revenue forecasted in the budget will be achieved mainly through membership growth. Membership fees will not increase this year. This is Year 1 of the tentative three-year budget, also approved April 28, that aligns with the association’s new strategic plan. View the 2017/2018 and 2017–2020 budgets at apeg.bc.ca/Responsible- Financial-Management. Learn more about APEGBC’s Strategic Plan 2017–2020 at apeg.bc.ca/ strategic-plan.
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2017/2018 Nominating Committee Candidates for Election to Council In accordance with APEGBC’s Bylaw 3, there are two ways by which a member or limited licensee may be nominated to stand for Council election: 1) by the Nominating Committee, or 2) in writing by any 25 or more members and/or limited licensees in good standing. 2017/2018 Council Election
The Nominating Committee is charged with seeking and selecting a list of candidates for election to Council that they believe best demonstrate the qualities needed for strong leadership of the association. Specifically, the committee sought candidates that have demonstrated skills in strategic thinking, organizational management, financial fluency, governance and strategic planning, in addition to a minimum of five years of experience as a professional member or limited licensee. To fulfil its mandate, the committee sought candidates through a series of Call for Nominations notices sent to the membership, and committee members reached out to potential candidates in regions throughout the province of BC. Under Bylaw 3(b), candidates for the office of President must have served on Council for at least two full years prior to taking office, and for the office of Vice President, must have served at least one year on Council prior to taking office in order to qualify as a Nominating Committee candidate. Previous experience on Council is not required for write-in candidates. Role of the Nominating Committee
Vice Presidential Candidates (one to be elected) D.I. (David) Harvey, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
K.V. (Katherina) Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC
Councillors (five to be elected) D.W. (Doug) Barry, P.Eng.
P.J. (Paul) Hatton, P.Eng.
C.J. (Catherine) Hickson, P.Geo., FGC
L. (Lianna) Mah, P.Eng., FEC
R.K.N. (Nimal) Rajapakse, P.Eng.
C.C. (Conor) Reynolds, P.Eng.
A.E. (Albert) Sommerfeld, P.Eng.
T.C. (Tim) Watson, P.Eng.
Nomination by 25 Members Members are reminded that nominations for President, Vice President and Councillors may also be made in writing by any 25 or more members or limited licensees in good standing. Such nominations, signed by the members and/or limited licensees making the nomination accompanied by the written consent of 2017 Nominating Committee Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), Past President, Chair Council Appointees Emily Cheung, P.Eng., FEC
the nominee must be received by the Registrar at the association office no later than 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 28, 2017 . A form for nomination by 25 members is available online at apeg.bc.ca/ About-Us/Our-Team/Council/Council-Election-2017-2018 or by contacting Tracy Richards at email@example.com or 604.412.6055.
Branch Appointees Iqbal Bhuiyan, P.Eng. – Vancouver Branch Stella Chiu, P.Eng. – Tri-City Branch Heqing (Albert) Jian, P.Eng. – Fraser Valley Branch Piotr Mazur, P.Eng. – Sea to Sky Branch Malcolm Metcalfe, P.Eng. – Okanagan Branch Larry Neufeld, P.Eng. – Peace River Branch Lee Rowley, P.Eng. – Vancouver Island Branch John Stephens, P.Eng. – West Kootenay Branch
Friday, July 14, 2017 Nominees’ Statements of Candidacy must be received at the association office by 5:00 pm .
Friday, September 8, 2017 Election package and ballots will be available online to all members by this date. Paper ballots available upon request.
Friday, October 6, 2017 All ballots must be submitted and received by noon.
Nominations by 25 members must be received at the association office by 5:00 pm .
Voting closes at noon, Friday, October 6, 2017
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Annual Conference and AGM to Take Place in Whistler, BC, October 19–21
Join us and some 900 of your colleagues at APEGBC’s Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, October 19–21, 2017, in Whistler, BC. This year’s event will be held at the Whistler Conference Centre and will include two days of professional development, networking and an industry tradeshow. Professional development streams include engineering and geoscience in the resource sector, municipal engineering, environmental engineering and geoscience, emerging professional, management, structural, better business, energy efficiency and renewable energy, diversity, and climate change.
We encourage all members to attend APEGBC’s 98 th AGM, from 8:30 am–12:30 pm on October 21, 2017. There is no charge to attend the AGM business portions of the conference. For conference information and to register online, visit apeg.bc.ca/ac17. Sponsorship opportunities are available, with benefits to meet businesses’ needs, including recognition onsite or online, at events, and on promotional materials. For information on available sponsorship opportunities, contact APEGBC Marketing Specialist Maria-Carmen Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Safety and Security Program – Post-Disaster Damage and Safety Assessment of the Built Environment is the first such project in Canada. Although developed in BC, the assessment system will be scalable and apply to rural and urban communities of all sizes throughout Canada. Damage assessment gauges the type, quantity, cause and sometimes cost of damage to a building and can include an evaluation of the repairs needed. Safety assessment determines whether the building can be occupied and used immediately and, in some cases, identifies short-term countermeasures to reduce risk in order for the building to be occupied. The goal of the two-year, multi-agency research project is to develop tools, models, processes and approaches to empower community-level professional and public engagement in emergency planning and safety assessment. Specifically, the research team will develop a model that allows, enables and supports credentialed and non-credentialed members of the public to assess safety in an emergency situation. Such a model would reduce the social impact of disruptive events, allowing communities to recover more quickly and reducing impact on emergency and social services. Defence Research and Development Canada is funding the post-disaster damage and safety assessment project. For information, contact Peter Mitchell, APEGBC Director, Professional Practice, at email@example.com or 604.412.4853.
APEGBC to Help Develop Tools to Increase Post-Disaster Community Resilience A major earthquake, flood, wildfire or tsunami could cripple BC communities and leave thousands of residents homeless, with many buildings and residences no longer safe to occupy or even enter. APEGBC is partnering with BC Housing, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the Justice Institute of British Columbia to design a framework that will enable communities to manage and recover more quickly from major disasters. The framework will allow communities experiencing a disruptive emergency to quickly assess the safety of structures and allow people to remain in or return to their homes and businesses as soon as possible, thereby increasing the communities’ resilience.
APEGBC to Prepare Post-Earthquake Building Evaluation Training APEGBC will be developing a training program for post-earthquake building evaluation with a portion of the funding for emergency preparedness announced by the BC government in March. “This training program will combine the latest research with engineering “By equipping a pool of qualified professionals with the necessary tools and techniques to perform these assessments, we will be better able to respond to the needs of the community in an emergency situation.” The training program will be based on
and those identified as post-earthquake administrators. The goal of the project is to create a professional community with the specialized skills to provide post- earthquake structural assessments and aid in the immediate response and recovery efforts of all levels of government. For information, contact Peter Mitchell, APEGBC Director, Professional Practice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.412.4853.
the methodology employed in APEGBC’s award-winning Seismic Retrofit Guidelines, 2nd edition (SRG2), and will be delivered for qualified professionals, such as engineers, architects, building inspectors,
expertise to provide a way to rapidly and effectively evaluate the safety of buildings following a seismic event,” says APEGBC CEO and Registrar Ann English, P.Eng.
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Task Force Recommends Corporate Regulation In Canada, jurisdictions regulating engineering and geoscience have regulatory oversight over the practice of both individual practitioners as well as companies engaged in this work—with the exception of British Columbia and Quebec. In 2014, APEGBC Council initiated a review of the organizational practice of engineering and geoscience and the concept of corporate regulation. The review was led by an advisory task force of members. At Council’s April 28, 2017, meeting, the task force submitted its recommendations on the matter of corporate regulation. • public sector organizations that carry out the “practice of professional engineering or geoscience” for internal or external purposes. The task force recommended that unincorporated sole practitioners not be subject to corporate regulation. The task force’s report provides its full recommendation, along with its supporting rationale. It also recommends additional review in order to determine whether other types of organizations are already sufficiently covered under other regulatory mechanisms or standards to ensure public interest
is protected—including those that design and manufacture custom-design engineered products, structures, software, processes or facilities; those that design, build and manufacture (off-the-shelf) engineered products whose quality and safety are regulated through other existing standards and requirements, and; those carrying out research and development. The task force also recommends further review related to federal government agencies operating in BC. The full recommendations report is available at apeg.bc.ca/corporatepractice. Council received the task force report and voiced broad support for its recommendations. At its April 28 meeting, Council approved the motions: • that APEGBC seek regulatory authority over corporate practice • that a corporate regulatory model be developed which demonstrates positive impacts to protect the public interest and the environment, and provides benefit to the regulated organizations and professionals they employ • that the corporate regulatory model be scaled according to the size and nature of the organization and be administratively efficient Council directed that staff work with the advisory task force to review the task force terms of reference as the first step in proceeding with the review’s second phase, which would include recommending a regulatory model for corporate oversight. Council expressed support for a deeper explora- tion of regulatory coverage for corporate practice as identified by the task force, which would include more detailed review of organization types proposed for regulatory oversight and those requiring fur- ther investigation. This review would precede the task force recommendation of a regulatory model for corporate practice. Pending Council approval, a third phase would involve developing a plan for implementation. An amendment to the Engineers and Geoscientists Act by government would also be needed to enable corporate regulation. For more information on this three-stage review of potential regulation of engineering and geoscience firms in BC, visit apeg.bc.ca/corporatepractice.
In this first phase of a potential three-phase of review of corporate practice, the Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice was asked to guide consultation and consider member and stakeholder feedback in order to advise Council on 1) whether APEGBC should pursue regulatory authority over corporate practice as a means to improve public protection, and 2) and which entities, if any, should be subject to APEGBC’s regulatory oversight. The task force’s work was carried over a period of 14 months, and updates and engagement opportunities have been provided throughout. Over the course of consultation, the task force released a discussion paper for member and stakeholder feedback in order to inform its review process. A summary report of that feedback has been published, and both the consultation summary report and discussion paper are available on the APEGBC website at apeg.bc.ca/corporatepractice. On the basis of consultation and deliberations, the task force reached consensus to support a recommendation that APEGBC pursue regulatory authority over corporate practice. The task force identified three main reasons for this conclusion: that corporate regulation could 1) enhance protection of the public interest and the environment by improving the practice of engineering and geoscience, 2) increase government and public confidence in the self-regulatory system administered by APEGBC on behalf of the professions, and 3) provide value to organizations and the professionals they employ. Regarding regulatory coverage, the task force recommended the following types of organizations be included in corporate regulation: • consulting firms providing professional engineering or geoscience services (including incorporated sole practitioners) • engineering and geoscience testing and assessment companies • private sector organizations that carry out the “practice of professional engineering or geoscience” for internal or external purposes
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AGMMotions Addressed Council addressed motions brought forward at the 2016 AGM:
Three-Year Budget Approved Council approved the operating and capital budget for the 2017/2018 fiscal year, and the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 pro forma budget. This year’s budget sees no increase to members’ annual licensing fee. Under the Council-approved budget guidelines, the proposed three-year budget was to include no more than a two percent ($7.60) membership-fee increase. However, with membership increases holding steady, this would affect the association’s ability to fund for inflationary increases to operational expenses and initiatives key to the strategic plan. In light of this, efficiencies and savings were found within the base budget, totalling $449K in Year 1, $397K in Year 2, and $321K in Year 3. Recommendations on Regulation of Companies Approved A review of the issue of corporate practice and regulation in BC has been underway since early 2016. Council received the report of the Advisory Task Force on Corporate Practice and approved the following motions: • that APEGBC seek regulatory authority over corporate practice, • that a corporate regulatory model be developed which demonstrates positive impacts to protect the public interest and the environment, and provides benefit to the regulated organizations and professionals they employ, • that the corporate regulatory model be scaled according to the size and nature of the organization and be administratively efficient (see Page 13).
APRIL 28, 2017 Expedited Review of Engineers-in-Training, AccreditedMIT Pilot ProgramExtended Council approved extending the Accredited Employer Member-in- Training Pilot Program by a year in order to better assess its effectiveness, as well as updated a policy to enable expedited review of graduates of the association’s Accredited Employer MIT Program and Enhanced Member-in-Training Program—considered to be applicants with low-risk profile due to advanced preparation and guidance in completion of their competency-based assessments. P.Tech. to Eng.L. Bridging Strategy Approved Council approved a strategy for bridging from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians British Columbia’s Professional Technologist (P.Tech.) to the APEGBC Engineering Licensee (Eng.L.) designations. The P.Tech. competency assessment will not be taken into account for Eng.L. applicants, and specifies that Eng.L. applicants should complete an APEGBC competency-based assessment that addresses their competence to practise in the proposed limited scope. throughout the year to conduct the business of association governance. More information about Council meetings can be viewed at apeg.b.c.ca/ Council-Schedule-Minutes. APEGBC’s Council of elected members and government representatives meets
Motion 1: That Council consider developing a proactive guideline that will require all members to take into consideration options to achieve net zero emissions in their professional practice. Based on input from the Climate Change Advisory Group, Council confirmed that the current work being carried out under the direction of this group should continue as it meets the intent of the above AGM motion. Motion 2: That Council consider reporting the results of membership voting by branch, which then would be aggregated to the total returns. On the recommendation of the Governance Committee, Council approved publishing voter turnout by branch periodically during the election period as a improved openness and transparency with the membership and the public, Council consider implementing a policy of publishing, both in Innovation and by broadcasting to the membership by email, any received written request signed by 25 members at the earliest possible opportunity. Council’s Executive committee determined that significant legal risk as well as operational cost to APEGBC exist should Council implement a policy that requires publication of all 25-member petitions received regardless as to their appropriateness or validity. Council approved a motion to endeavour to publish as many petitions as possible, but retain the ability to exercise discretion in determination of whether to publicize 25-member petitions. Council Meeting Guest Policy Approved With information from Canadian engineering and geoscience regulatory counterparts on how they deal with requests by guests to address a Council meeting, Council approved a policy that allows reasonable requests to address Council, specifies a time limit, and denies requests that are in contravention of existing Council policy on investigation and discipline matters. v pilot for the 2017/2018 election. Motion 3: That, in the interest of
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