INNOVATION November-December 2016

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In November, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) released its plan to implement and address the engineering-related recommendations set forth in the Elliot Lake inquiry report. In 2012, a portion of the roof at Elliot Lake’s Algo Mall collapsed, killing two people and injuring 19. The inquiry report, released in 2014, calls for extensive changes to Ontario’s building inspection system. Nine of the report’s recommendations relate to engineering. They include, among others, letting the public see engineers’ licence status on the PEO website, requiring that engineers make available any records in their possession or control that relate to a building’s structural integrity on request by those conducting inspections, and making continuing professional development mandatory for members. Implementing some recommendations will require changes to legislation that governs professional engineers in Ontario. As we heard this summer, Quebec engineers are also experiencing changes to how their profession is regulated. In July, the Quebec government placed the province’s engineering regulatory body under trusteeship, citing the organisation’s ability to carry out its primary mandate of public safety was in question. In BC, too, our regulatory landscape is changing. At APEGBC’s 97 th AGM in October, Ralph Sultan, P.Eng., MLA for West Vancouver–Capilano, told us that BC’s government is watching how self-regulating bodies are carrying out their duty to the public. I find this very sobering in light of the government’s actions in June, when it took over regulation of BC’s real estate industry. If you recall, the government stated at the time that it expects professional regulators in BC to prioritise protection of public interest and safety above all other responsibilities. As long as APEGBC continues to protect the people of this province, I expect our current regulatory responsibilities will continue. However, all that needs to happen for our situation to change very quickly is government to come to believe that APEGBC is not acting in the public’s interest. The government showed us this summer that, if it thinks such action is necessary, it acts quickly and unilaterally to change a profession’s regulatory model to protect the public. It’s possible that, if another catastrophic engineering- or geoscience-related event occurred here, the government would direct APEGBC to adjust its regulatory model to align it with those of other professional regulators in the province. Over the past few years, I and the other members on Council have been working to manage the risk associated with this changing regulatory landscape by demonstrating to government that public protection is a continual and driving consideration in the regulation of BC’s engineering and geoscience professions. APEGBC faces many challenges this year. We have much work to do to strengthen our relations with members and with government. I look forward to working with you—our members—Council, staff, and volunteers to make this happen.

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Former Port Manager Fred Spoke, P.Eng., Passes Fred Spoke, P.Eng., passed away peacefully on October 1, 2016. Born in 1920, Fred grew up in colonial Indonesia and in Holland. A member of the Dutch Underground during the Second World War, he escaped occupied Holland on foot, then served in the Dutch Army as an engineer officer in Surinam and later in the Dutch East Indies. Emigrating to Canada in 1951 with his wife and three children, he eventually settled in Vancouver. With his student days interrupted by the war, his qualifications as a cadet engineering officer were not recognised in Canada. He studied at night and, in 1959, qualified as a professional engineer in BC. He worked as an engineering draftsman on the Kitimat– Kemano Project, then for H.A. Simons, where he helped design pulp mills. In 1954, he became project engineer for BC Electric’s new Vancouver head office building, then the BC Engineering Building and the Burrard Thermal Generating Station. When BC Electric transitioned to BC Hydro, Fred was named senior project engineer for the Peace River Power Project. He later became design engineering director, then assistant construction manager of the Duncan, Mica, and High Arrow (now Keenleyside) dams on the Columbia River.

He returned to Holland in 1967, where he became the Port of Rotterdam’s deputy managing director in 1970. Four years later, he was back in Canada, serving as the Port of Vancouver’s manager until his retirement in 1983. His contributions there were significant: he pushed for the port’s autonomy, was a key player in the development of the Canada Ports Act , led development of the Vanterm and Lynnterm terminals, as well as expansion of the Roberts Bank terminal,

and promoted the port internationally. His was a long professional life, well-lived. — Robert Allan, P.Eng., FEC Vancouver, BC

Mission: Innovation As APEGBC’s official publication, Innovation aims to publish information that is of interest and relevance to the professions, is balanced, objective and impartial, affects the conduct of members, and showcases innovative engineering and geoscience work of members. A secondary aim is to provide a forum for the exchange of views among APEGBC members through the publication of letters to the editor.

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Walter Gage: Stories and Contributions Sought Walter Gage touched the lives of many former BC

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engineering and geoscience students as a math professor, dean of Inter-Faculty and Student Affairs, and later as president of UBC. A number of UBC alumni have joined together to develop a book project to recognise Dean Gage’s impact on students, faculty members, and staff at UBC. They are collecting stories, letters, and images to capture his story, and request contributions from those who worked or studied with him. The collection will lead to a book and a dedicated online website at To participate or learn more, contact



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BC Projects Receive Canadian Consulting Engineer Awards Of 20 projects that received Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Awards of Excellence at the 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards on October 25, four were BC-based projects. The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, BC received the Schreyer Award, recognising the project’s technical excellence and innovation. The building’s undulating roof structure comprises hanging timber “cables” suspended between large concrete buttresses. Whereas hanging systems have historically used steel cables, structural engineers Fast + Epp used wood for the design. Presented to a company that donates time or services for the benefit of a community or group, either in Canada or on the international stage, the Outreach Award went to COWI North America and Kiewit for their work on the Rio Abajo Footbridge in Nicaragua (See page 47, Innovation , July/ August 2016). The Award of Excellence for a transportation project went to the Low Level Road Project, North Vancouver, BC (Stantec), and the Award of Excellence in the Natural Resources, Mining, Industry and Energy category went to the Capilano Break Head Tank and Energy Recovery Facility, North Vancouver, BC (Knight Piésold Ltd.). The facility meets stringent FINA standards to host regional, provincial, national and international sporting events in its 10-lane, 50-metre Olympic-size competition pool, and dive platform, and is seeking LEED certification. The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering. Aquatic Centre’s Structural Design Recognised Internationally The Institution of Structural Engineers recently bestowed The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence on Surrey, BC’s Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, with structural design by BC engineering company Fast + Epp. The award recognises the world’s top structural engineering projects. The Surrey facility features what may be the world’s slenderest long-span timber catenary roof and highlights wood’s potential as a cost-effective, structurally efficient and aesthetically pleasing building material for aquatic facilities. The undulating roof shape reduces the cubic volume of air to be heated and de-humidified, decreasing operational costs.


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Register Now for the 2017 Certified Professional Course Interested engineers and architects may now register for the joint APEGBC/Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Certified Professional course, scheduled to begin January 11, 2017. The course and successful completion of its exams are required for architects and engineers to become certified professionals under the Certified Professional (CP) Program. This is an alternative to the conventional building permit and inspection process used by the cities of Vancouver and Surrey, and other municipalities. The course consists of 12 full-day seminars, scheduled to take place Wednesdays beginning January 11, 2017, and two eight-hour exams, scheduled for April 26 and May 3, 2017. In addition, two optional exam preparation tutorials are included. Those interested in becoming CPs are required to attend the sessions, complete two projects, and pass the exams. The course is offered live at the AIBC offices in downtown Vancouver and remotely via WebEx. Participants attending remotely are responsible for their Internet connections. Although most of the course may be taken remotely, attendance in Vancouver is required for two site visits and the two days of exams. The course is intended for architects, engineers, and others with a strong knowledge of Canadian building codes and experience in the building construction industry. Although the course is open to all, only architects and engineers can become CPs. Space is limited. Registration closes January 6, 2017. For information or to register, contact CP Program Manager Teresa Coady, FRAIC, Architect AIBC, at or 604.639.8185, or visit Events/Events/2017/17JANCPZ. Engineers Canada Calls for National Discussion on Parental Leave Canada’s maternity and parental leave system is contributing to the attrition of women in the engineering profession, says Engineers Canada. The national organisation of provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license Canada’s professional engineers recently proposed a national discussion on modernising maternity and parental leave in Canada. The initiative is part of Engineers Canada’s efforts to increase the percentage of women who are newly licensed engineers (P.Eng.) to 30 percent by the year 2030. Achieving this goal is vital to the sustainability of the engineering profession and health of the Canadian labour market. According to Engineers Canada, the current leave system fails professionals, because it is generally

Tim Hoy, AScT, President of Clean Energy Consulting Inc. (CEC) is pleased to announce the following appointments within our team.

Kerry Penner , P.Eng. (Vice President, Operations) Kerry Penner has joined our team as the Vice President of Operations, based in our Vancouver office. Kerry’s experience working in heavy industry and construction in conjunction with his insight, enthusiasm, and leadership skills will significantly enhance CEC’s ability to deliver top quality project and engineering services to our valued customers. Alan Martin , P.Eng. (Vice-President, Corporate Development) Alan joined CEC in 2011 as a Senior Project Manager and became the Vancouver Office Manager in 2012. With Alan’s expanded role in CEC, he will continue to provide the top quality, customer focused service that has enabled CEC to grow to the successful company it is today. Matthew Obee , P.Eng. (Group Lead, T&D Design) Matt has taken over CEC’s T&D design group. Matt’s experience in T&D design and his on-going focus on providing quality engineering designs will continue to provide CEC’s customers in the industrial, mining, independent power, and utility sectors with the high quality engineering that they have come to expect. Prince George 250.564.7910 • Vancouver 604.301.3060

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inflexible to the reality of professionals who take leave for reasons other than unemployment, it jeopardises an employer’s investment in training and an employee’s personal investment in professional and client development, and it prohibits parents on leave to respond to questions and issues or do other work necessary from a business and project standpoint. In Canada, 12.8 percent of the engineers are women. Retaining women and increasing this number to ensure the profession reflects Canadian demographics remains a key priority for the 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators. Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada jointly published a planning resource guide in January 2016 that outlines best practices for employees and employers managing maternity or parental leave in Canada’s engineering and geoscience professions. In BC, 13.5 percent of practicing and active engineering and geoscience professionals and licensees, and 15.6 percent of new members, are women. APEGBC supports Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 goal, and is developing resources and activities to increase the engagement and retention of women in the professions. For information, see issue-statements/national-dialogue-to-modernize- maternity-and-parental-leave, and sites/default/files/Managing-Transitions-en.pdf. The Geoscientists Canada Fellowship recognises individuals who have contributed significantly to the profession of geoscience. Fellowships may be conferred upon individuals who have given noteworthy service in one of five categories, one of which is to have served the profession in a volunteer capacity for at least 10 years, including with Geoscientists Canada or a member organisation such as APEGBC. APEGBC would like to identify all members who qualify for this honour. If you have served the geoscience profession as noted, visit Geoscientists-Canada-Fellowship for information. Apply by February 20 to ensure consideration. Geoscientists and non-geoscientists recognised with a fellowship receive a certificate and a pin, and are awarded the privilege of the use of the designation “Geoscientists Canada Fellow – FGC” or “Geoscientists Canada Honorary Fellow – FGC (Hon.).” Geoscientists Canada is the national organisation of the provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada. A call for applications for the Engineers Canada Fellowship was made in November, with submissions due November 30. Recognising Contributions to the Geoscience Profession

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2016 Council Election Results Voting for the APEGBC Council election opened August 31 and closed October 7, 2016. The vote was conducted primarily by electronic ballot, with paper ballots available to members and licensees on request. Paul Blanchard, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), Kathy Kompauer, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), and Dennis McJunkin, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) served as scrutineers. More information about the election is available at


The results of the 2016/2017 Council election: President Bob Stewart, P.Eng.

Councillors Elected/Re-elected Caroline Andrewes, P.Eng.

Scott Martin, P.Eng. Chris Moser, P.Eng. Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC Government Appointees Suky Cheema, CA, CPA Ken Laloge, CPA, CA, TEP John Turner, P.Ag. (ret.) David Wells, JD

Susan Hayes, P.Eng. Brock Nanson, P.Eng. Ross Rettie, P.Eng., FEC Larry Spence, P.Eng.

Vice President Ed Casas, P.Eng.

Immediate Past President Dr. Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Councillors, Continuing Richard Farbridge, P.Eng. Cassandra Hall, P.Eng./P.Geo.

Membership Renewals Due It’s time to renew your APEGBC membership or licence for 2017. The association recently sent out renewal invoices to members and licensees. The Engineers and Geoscientists Act requires renewals by January 1. After this date, late fees are applied to overdue payments. As of March 1, 2017, members and licensees not yet renewed are struck off the register. The January 1 deadline also applies to members who submit their 2017 annual fee notices to their employers for payment. How to Renew Members and licensees may renew their memberships: • Online, via the APEGBC member portal at • By mail, by mailing a copy of your invoice and your method of payment to: APEGBC, 200 – 4010 Regent Street, Burnaby, BC V5C 6N2. Please allow sufficient time. Resignations Member and licensees who wish to discontinue their APEGBC memberships are advised to resign prior to January 1 to avoid being liable for membership renewal fees. Resignation can be tendered through the online member portal or by contacting APEGBC.

Professional members who wish to re-apply for APEGBC membership are subject to the association’s Return to Practice Policy. Members-in-training who re-apply must comply with APEGBC’s Reinstatement Policy. The outstanding annual membership fee, late fees, and associated administrative fees must also be paid. Financial Assistance Members unable to afford the membership fees may apply for reduced fees. APEGBC’s reduced-fee policy allows access to reduced annual fees based on an “active income” threshold or a medical condition that renders the member or licensee unfit for work. Information is available via the online renewal process or on the back of the membership renewal invoice. The reduced fee is 50 percent of the full annual membership. Please note that prorated fees and one-time license fees are not subject to the reduced rate. Information • Billing amounts and balances: Tel: 604.412.4859; billing@ • Online payment support: Tel: 604.412.4887; • Changes in status or registration: Tel: 604.412.4856;


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2016 Annual General Meeting in Review APEGBC’s 97 th Annual General Meeting was held October 22, in Victoria, BC. Delegates included 109 members and licensees, and eight members-in-training. The Association’s 2015/2016 President Dr. Michael Wrinch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), chaired the meeting. After acknowledging the ancestral, traditional and unceded Aboriginal territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose territory the meeting was taking place, Dr. Wrinch introduced the Honourable Ralph Sultan, P.Eng., who spoke on behalf of the BC Government and introduced video greetings fromMinister of Advanced Education, the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson. Dr. Wrinch also reviewed Council’s roles and responsibilities. A motion to approve the meeting agenda was carried. Parliamentarian Eli Mina reviewed the meeting rules. A motion to approve the meeting rules was carried. Dr. Wrinch then introduced and recognised the volunteers and contributors who give their time and expertise to enhance the guidance and standards available to members. He also thanked the association’s past presidents, deans of BC’s educational institutions, student representatives and officials of other associations. He noted that the minutes of the 2015 AGM were available at the meeting registration desk. A motion to approve the minutes of the 2015 AGM was carried. Election Results APEGBC’s Chief Scrutineer, Paul Blanchard, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), explained the process applied for the 2015/2016 Council election. Blanchard stated that he and his fellow scrutineers were satisfied that the election was conducted in a confidential, fair and impartial manner. Delegates were invited to ask questions about the election process. Council election results were announced (See page 10). A motion to destroy the paper and electronic ballots for the Council election vote be destroyed at the end of three months was carried. Annual Report Presented Dr. Wrinch, and CEO and Registrar Ann English, P.Eng., reported on APEGBC activities and achievements for 2015/2016. Councillor John Turner, P.Ag. (ret.) presented a report from Council’s government-appointed members. Councillor and Audit Committee Chair Ken Laloge, CPA, CA, TEP, reviewed the association’s financial statements, reported on the results of the audit, and affirmed the committee’s view that the financial statements and notes contained in the 2015/2016 Annual Report fairly and accurately represent the association’s financial dealings for the year ending June 30, 2016.

Delegates were provided opportunity to ask questions after each report. The assembly then passed a motion to appoint PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP, Chartered Accountants, as APEGBC’s auditor for the new fiscal year, ending June 30, 2017. Greetings from Geoscientists Canada and Engineers Canada Geoscientists Canada CEO Oliver Bonham, P.Geo, FGC, and Engineers Canada President Chris Roney, P.Eng., FEC, greeted the assembly. In Memoriam The assembly observed a minute of silence to remember association members who had passed away during the previous year. Commemorative booklets containing the names were provided. Motions Members and licensees presented motions for consideration by Council: 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. Carried Motion 2: That Council consider reporting the results of membership voting by branch, which then would be aggregated to the total returns. Carried Motion 3: That, in the interest of 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 [pursuant to section 12(7) of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act ] at the earliest possible opportunity. Carried 2015/2016 Council Induction Dr. Wrinch introduced the president for the 2016/2017 Council, Bob Stewart, P.Eng. Stewart took the oath of office, introduced Council for 2016/2017, and presented the Gold Foil Life Member disc to Past President Dr. Wrinch. Dr. Wrinch announced the association’s 2017 conference and annual general meeting in Whistler, BC, on October 19–21, 2017, and adjourned the meeting.

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More than 800 delegates gathered at the Victoria Conference Centre in late-October for APEGBC’s 2016 Annual Conference and AGM. They took part in professional development and connected with colleagues. APEGBC wishes to thank our exceptional volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and

conference delegates for their participation and support in making this year’s conference a resounding success. Next year’s annual conference and AGM will take place in Whistler, BC, from October 19–21, 2016. We hope to see you there!

An outstanding group of volunteers coordinated 12 professional development streams or workshops and seminars addressing significant issues faced by BC’s engineering and geoscience professions. This year’s streams included Engineering and Geoscience in the Resource Sector (coordinated by Lee Deslaurier, P.Eng.), Municipal Engineering (James Chandler, P.Eng.), Environmental Engineering and Geoscience (Dr. Sarah Alloisio, P.Geo.), Management (Rob McDermot, P.Eng.), Emerging Professional (Sarah Douglas), Structural (Thor Tandy, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC), Better Business (Dr. Jin Dong Yang, P.Eng.), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Dorota Kwasnik, P.Eng.), Geoscience (Antigone Dixon-Warren, P.Geo.), Climate Change (Dr. Conor Reynolds, P.Eng.), and APEGBC (Miles McKinnon, P.Eng.).

APEGBC’s 97 th Annual General Meeting took place Saturday, October 22, where incoming president Bob Stewart, P.Eng. ( S hown ), was sworn in, and the 2016/2017 Council was introduced. Three advisory motions were brought forward and carried by members for Council's consideration (S ee page 11) .

Keynote speaker John Herdman, head coach of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team, shared his performance- improvement philosophies. Thursday's keynote speaker, Amber MacArthur, president of Konnekt Digital Engagement, spoke of the need to anticipate, adapt to, and capitalise on change in today’s digital economy.

The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, brought greetings on behalf of the BC government to delegates at the President’s Awards Gala.

Delegates met the exhibitors at the conference tradeshow, learning about products and services to support their work. Forty-five exhibitors took part.


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Thank you to our Sponsors PLATINUM Marsh Insurance/Berkley Canada Park Insurance/Northbridge Insurance GOLD Great-West Life Johnson Inc. Manulife Faculty of Applied Science, UBC: Master of Engineering Leadership | Co-Op | Alumni Development SILVER Aplin & Martin Applied Science

Delegates and guests celebrated the achievements of their colleagues at the President's Awards Gala. S hown here , Mike Nolan, P.Eng., recipient of the D.C. Lambert Professional Service Award, and family.

Technologists and Technicians of BC

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Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia Binnie Knight Piésold Consulting Mitchell Press COPPER G.M. Horel Engineering Nexans

Between the professional development seminars and less formal events, members learned of advances in their fields of practice and connected with each other.

2015 ❖ 2016 Project Highlights

The 2015 ❖ 2016Project Highlights showcase recent engineering and geoscience work byAPEGBCmembers, in BC and elsewhere. Innovation thanks thosewho submitted project photographs and descriptions for consideration.

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Nominate a Colleague or Project Recipients of the APEGBC President's Awards are selected from among nominations made by the award- winners' colleagues and peers. If you work with or know of APEGBC members who have made significant, contributions to BC's engineering or geoscience professions and who meet the criteria for an APEGBC award, consider nominating them for a 2017 President's Award. Nominations open January 2017. Watch for details at For-Members/Awards.

AudainArtMuseumStandsAbove theFloods TheAudainArtMuseumhousesan impressive collection ofBC art.Because the56,000-square-foot building sits on a forested site within theFitzsimmonsCreek floodway inWhistler,BC, the architectural design could not proceed until thedebris flood hazard riskwas determined to beacceptable. KerrWoodLeidalAssociateswas retained to assess the debris flood hazardand risk and to design flood-proofingmeasures for the site. The building isdesigned towithstand a 1-in-2,500-year debris floodevent,and is elevated one storey above ground on a series of piers, with only about10 percent of the footprint touching the ground.Debris floodswould pass under themuseum, thereby protecting the building, its precious collection,and visitors. Consultants:KerrWood LeidalAssociates Ltd. (floodprotection);ThurberEngineering Ltd. (geohazard review); EquilibriumConsulting (structural);CreusEngineering Ltd. (civil);SprattEmanuelEngineering Ltd. (building envelope); IntegralGroup (mechanical/electrical/LEED);LMDGBuildingCodeConsultants Ltd. (building code)

Project Pictorial Showcase Deadline for Submissions: January 20, 2017

Every year, Innovation invites BC’s professional engineers and geoscientists to submit photographs of recent work

TomamuCloudwalk ImmersesVisitors inaSeaofClouds HoshinoResorts is a Japanese-based international operator of ryokan (Japanese inns). In 2014,HoshinoResortswas looking for a companion enhancement to their successfulUnkaiTerrace property.The structure they envisionedwould provide visitors with the opportunity to experience an open-airwalkway and immerse themselves in the spectacular cloud phenomenon known affectionately in Japan as unkai —the sea of clouds. ISLEngineering and LandServices joinedMacdonald& LawrenceTimberFraming to design anAlaskan yellow-cedar structure that invokes the vision and aesthetic of touching the clouds—theTomamuCloudwalk.The efficient and cost-effective design alignswith the sustainable ideals of the client,was built towithstand highwind, snow, and earthquake conditions, and creates an architectural piece that blends organically into the landscape. APEGBCmembers,CascadeEngineeringGroup:RobinZirnhelt,P.Eng.;RyzukGeotechnical:ShaneMoore,P.Geo.




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for consideration for the magazine’s popular project highlights showcase. Members, licensees and companies may submit photographs of projects undertaken in 2016, within or outside BC, employing APEGBC members and licensees. We encourage submissions relating to all




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APEGBC Recognises Achievements and Contributions Two recognition events at the 2016 annual conference

members received awards for outstanding service and achievements. At the October 22 Recognition Lunch, APEGBC thanked volunteers for their dedication and service to the association, and presented committee and division awards and honorary memberships.

celebrated contributions of APEGBC members and others who have furthered the professions and the association in British Columbia. At the annual President’s Awards Gala, on October 21, eight

Association CEO and Registrar Ann English, P.Eng. ( B ack ), presented the 2016 President’s Awards to (F ront , from left ) Dr. Jonathan Holzman, P.Eng. (Teaching Award of Excellence), Gerald Epp, P.Eng., Struct.Eng. (Meritorious Achievement Award), Dr. Matthias Jakob, P.Geo. (C.J. Westerman Memorial Award), Brian Symonds, P.Eng. (Meritorious Achievement Award), Elroy Switlishoff, P.Eng., FEC (Community Service Award), Dr. Mukesh Nagpal, P.Eng. (R.A. McLachlan Memorial Award), Mike Homenuke, P.Eng. (Young Professional Award), and Mike Nolan, P.Eng. (D.C. Lambert Professional Service Award).

The Sechelt Water Resource Centre, represented here by Nikii Hoglund, District of Sechelt ( L eft ) and Matthew Smith, P.Eng., Urban Systems Ltd. ( C entre ), was recognised with the 2016 APEGBC Environmental Award for the project’s outstanding contributions towards environmental protection, environmental enhancement, and/or sustainable development. ( I nnovation will feature the S echelt W ater R esource C entre I n J anuary /F ebruary 2017. ) The Vancity Heat Reclaim project ( S ee P age 24 ) received the 2016 APEGBC Sustainability Award, which recognises projects that exhibit sustainable practices and exemplify APEGBC’s sustainability guidelines.

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Nick Hawley, P.Eng., received the Mentor of the Year Award for demonstrating

excellence in leadership and support of future professionals and showing dedication and commitment throughout his mentoring relationship. Other awards given out include the association’s 2016 Editorial Board Award, presented to Dr. Anton Zaicenco, P.Eng., and Dr. Iain Weir-Jones, P.Eng. (I nset ; from left , with P ast P resident D r . M ichael W rinch , P.E ng ., FEC, FGC (H on . )), for their article, “Earthquake Early Warning Systems: Technology Detects, Analyses and Acts on Seismic Signals,” which appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Innovation .

Council may confer honorary memberships on individuals who, while not members of our association, have made significant and sustained contributions to engineering and geoscience. This year, Council made Peter Busby, MAIBC (L eft ) , and Robert Hunter, LLB, honorary members of APEGBC for their long-time support and contributions to the professions.


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the program. Based on their progress and on program evaluation, Registration Committee recommended the pilot be extended to allow for more data to be collected on the program’s effectiveness. Council approved the extension up to September 2019 and requested annual updates and recommendations to Registration Committee and Council. Reduced Fee Reduced to 50 Percent of Member Fee A review of trends in the fee-relief structures and reduced-fee policies of other regulatory bodies in BC and Canada indicates APEGBC’s fee policy may need refinement. For members with annual active incomes less than the Council- approved threshold, Council approved the reduced fee to be half of the full annual fee for each membership category. Council agreed to restrict payment of the reduced fee to two consecutive billing years only. If a member requires fee relief for a third consecutive year, he or she may avail themselves of other means provided by APEGBC. Three Professional Practice Guidelines Approved Council approved three guidelines for publication pending editorial and legal review. • ACEC-BC/APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines – Budget Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services Infrastructure and Transportation (Updated) • ABCFP/APEGBC/CAB Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Riparian Assessments in BC Currently, 65% of electricity generated in Canada comes from renewable resources and this is growing each year. * Are you an electrician or professional engineer looking to enhance your expertise in renewable energy systems? If so, our new Advanced Certificate in Renewable Energy Electrical Systems Installation and Maintenance is the ideal part-time program for you. Renewable energy training for a sustainable future

APEGBC’s Council of elected members and government appointees meets throughout the year to conduct the business of association governance.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 AGM Rules Amended and Approved

Council approved the proposed 2016 AGM Rules, which include amendments to simplify language in rule 2.3 to clarify that motions must be framed in advisory language, and remove the “Use of Preamble” section to align with rule 2.5. APEGBC’s meeting rules for the annual general meeting are reviewed annually by Governance Committee and presented to Council for approval. Building Engineering Approved as a Discipline of Evaluation for Registration Numbers of applicants practising in the area of building engineering have increased in recent years. Council approved building engineering as a discipline of registration. Applicants who practise building engineering can now choose a discipline for registration with APEGBC that matches their area of practice. Eng.L. to P.Eng. Bridging Pilot Extended The Limited Licence to Professional Registration Pilot Bridging Program was launched in March 2016, with 13 Eng.L.’s applying to

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Council also completed the Council Road Map, outlining areas of focus for 2016/2017. The 2016/2017 work plan will be based on the strategic plan. Strategic Plan 2017–2020 Framework Approved On June 15–16, 2016, Council began preparing a strategic plan for 2017–2020. They identified the need to align the plan with the association’s legislative responsibilities, and directed staff to create a Strategic Plan Framework based on Council’s guidance. In the next few years, APEGBC will focus on ensuring its activities align with the Engineers and Geoscientists Act . The association’s Vision and Mission emphasise public interest, and its goals align with the duties and objects of the Act . Council approved the 2017–2020 Strategic Plan Framework. Audit for 2015/2016 Completed The audit of APEGBC’s 2015/2016 finances was presented. PricewaterhouseCoopers reviewed key areas and found the financial statements were presented fairly, in accordance with Canadian audit standards and under Canadian accounting standards. Council approved the financial statements, which are now published in APEGBC’s 2015/2016 Annual Report . Branding Development Update A key element of the 2014–2017 Strategic Plan addresses improving brand recognition for APEGBC and BC’s engineering and geoscience professions. The project’s first phase involved a brand audit and comparison studies, collecting data from members, staff and the public, and interviewing internal and external stakeholders. Per Council’s June 2016 request, staff provided information on the brand roll-out budget, implementation plan, website domain name and legal considerations. Council approved one of two options for name and visual identity development and implementation. Refugee Application Fee Waiver Extended to November 2017 Since APEGBC’s policy to waive application (examination of credentials) fees for refugees and persons in refugee-like situations was implemented in November 2015, four Syrian refugees have applied for membership to APEGBC. Due to the time it takes for refugees to be settled and come forward for registration, the Registration Committee recommended the fee-waive period be extended through November 2017. In waiving the fee, APEGBC directly meets its objective of supporting potential members in acquiring the competencies required for professional registration and indirectly meets several other objectives. Council approved the extension, through November 2017.

• APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines – Developing Climate Change Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in British Columbia (Interim). Strategic Plan Progress Reported Progress towards achieving the 2014–2017 Strategic Plan goals was reported, and 2016/2017 targets were reviewed. The APEGBC 2015/2016 Annual Report outlines progress made.

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APPOINTMENTS Alternate Scrutineer for 2016/17 Council Election John Watson, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Building Codes Committee Nav Chahal CPD Committee Shane O’Neill, P.Geo. Thomas Kwan, P.Eng.

Sustainability Committee Pascal Poudenx, P.Eng. Ken Coulson, P.Eng. Professional Practice Committee David Melville, P.Geo. City of Richmond Advisory Design Panel Jubin Jalili, P.Eng.

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“ A key challenge this year is demonstrating to members and government that we can deliver on our duty to protect the public without compromising member advocacy ”

Bob Stewart, P.Eng., APEGBC’s new president for 2016/2017, says the most significant professional experience of his career was when he took on the role of electrical maintenance manager at a large, remote hydro-electric generating station. Bob had, to that point in his career, worked for 16 years in design or project management in BC Hydro and Ontario Hydro big-city offices, so moving to the Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station meant a big shift in his professional, community and social environments. The G.M. Shrum station converts the energy stored in the water behind the massive W.A.C. Bennett Dam, on northern BC’s Peace River. The power station covers an area as long as two football fields and generates so much power that every BC Hydro customer uses its electricity. Bob was responsible for keeping the station’s electrical equipment maintained so it was operational at all times by overseeing maintenance and repair programs, and

managing a large, unionised staff who work year-round to maintain the station’s day-to-day reliability. The assignment allowed Bob to demonstrate his capabilities on a broad scale. He brings the leadership, communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills he drew on there to his role as APEGBC president. “I’ve spent my career working in diverse roles within a public company and with volunteer organisations, so I am very familiar with various governance structures and financial models,” says Bob, who currently works as an Electrical Principal Engineer for BC Hydro. “In these roles, I have led design, project, management and operational teams, as well as volunteers, to meet the objectives required. As a result, I have a good understanding of the leadership style and communication skills required to make things happen in an organisation such as APEGBC.”


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