INNOVATION September-October 2014

As the official publication of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, Innovation is circulated to almost 34,000 BC-registered professional engineers and geoscientists, other professionals, industry and government representatives, educational institutions and the general public. The magazine is published six times each year on a bi-monthly basis.

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Disrupt Your Business Before Your Competition Does It for You Karen Storry, P.Eng., and Esther Bérubé, P.Eng.


The Rise of the Sun in the West Michel de Spot, P.Eng., and Baptiste Lafaille, EIT


Women in Leadership – Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Women Rachel O’Connor and Steve Frith

24 Ministry of Transportation and UBC Form BC Smart Infrastructure Monitoring System Dr. Carlos E. Ventura, P.Eng., and Sharlie Huffman, P.Eng.

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President’s Viewpoint – Marking APEGBC’s 95th Anniversary

7 Association Notes – Membership Renewal; 2014 Annual General Meeting Available via Webcast; 2013/2014 Annual Report Now Available; Voting for the Council Election and Bylaw Ratification; Rebranding APEGBC; Undergraduate Scholarships; Call for Volunteers; Engineers Canada Fellowship 10 Results of the 2014 Member Compensation Survey 11 2014 President’s Awards Recipients 14 APEGBC Responds to Mount Polley Mine Incident 23 Increasing the Value of the APEGBC Mentoring Program 26 Is Your Organization Losing Its Knowledge? 28 LCA Practice Asks Engineers to Design Outside the Box 32 The Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide: A New Tool for Building Design Practitioners:

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2014 APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. ©Brendan Hunter: iStock

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24 Broad view of the stay cables on the Port Mann Bridge.

6 Newsmakers 34 APEGBC Professional Development 35 Discipline and Enforcement 36 Membership 42 Professional Services 46 Careers 46 OQM list 47 Datebook


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Do you plan to attend the annual conference being held October 23 to 25 in Vancouver this year? This event is the highlight in APEGBC’s cal- endar with an opportunity to involve members, students, and special guests in a variety of venues including training, new contacts, network- ing, galas, and the formal annual general meeting. The event marks our 95 th anniversary. The formation of the provin- cial association was prompted by the federal government demanding professional accountability following a Royal Commission’s report in 1908 investigating the initial collapse during construction of the Quebec Bridge spanning the St. Lawrence River. The three engineers managing the investigation (H. Holgate, J. Kerry, and Professor J. Galbraith) recognized the shortcomings of the design, and their find- ings were influential in developing the model enacted by the provincial governments to regulate engineering practice throughout Canada. Our association was created by a legislative act in 1920. From a modest beginning, APEGBC has changed and grown to now include just over 29,000 members. This year’s conference theme is “BC and Beyond: Global Innovation Begins at Home,” balancing both a tribute and a challenge. It is recognized that our members command a great deal of respect in the international marketplace. Successful marketing on the world stage relies upon members having total command of the technology they represent, and the value-added delivery of the services proffered. We know we have the benefit of excellent university training. Our gradu- ates of 40 years ago continue to file patents and create new products, and the training has continued to improve since then. Our products are sought after. Our geoscientists and engineers regularly provide services and management in challenging applications around the world. How do we remain competitive? Our successful members continue to make the effort to understand the changes offered by new technology, and to employ them effectively. This brings me to this year’s conference. It will provide a robust professional development colloquium, beginning with pre-conference field trips on October 22. Our key- note speakers include Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station. Gala events celebrate awards for outstanding engineering and geoscience. This year’s trade- show profiles 44 exhibitors’ displays providing a selection of new prod- ucts for engineering or geoscience application as well as other services and products of interest to the profession. A recognition lunch for- mally says “thank you” to all of our volunteers. The AGM on Saturday morning reviews the annual operational details of APEGBC, presents the inauguration of your new president, and allows new business to be brought to Council by way of formal motions from members. If you have never attended our annual conference and AGM, please consider registering for all or part of the three-day event. If you are a regular attendee, you will notice additional technical presentations. It will be informative and fun, and you are invited to join us. More infor- mation can be found at This column is the last one in my term as president of APEGBC, and an ideal opportunity to thank all of you who have made my year such a rewarding experience. It has been a pleasure to serve with my fellow Council members, staff and the many volunteers who all dedi- cate their time, experience and energies to supporting and promoting the engineering and geoscience professions in British Columbia.

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: Internet: 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

Marking APEGBC’s 95th Anniversary

H. Hawson, P.Eng., FEC; D.M. Howes, P.Eng., FEC H.G. Kelly, P.Eng.; G.D. Kirkham, P.Geo., FGC K. Laloge, CA; A. Mill, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC K.E. Savage, P.Eng., FEC; K. Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng. M. Waberski, BCLS; S. Wynn, PhD

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

Michael Bapty, P.Eng., FEC President

EDITORIAL BOARD S. Chiu, P.Eng.; R. Gupta, P.Eng., P h D; C.L. Hall, P.Geo.; S.K. Hayes, P.Eng.; K.S. Hirji, P.Eng.; M.A. Klippenstein, P.Eng.; I. Kokan, P.Eng.; M.E. Leslie, P.Eng.; B. Thomson, P.Geo., FEC (Hon)

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APEGBC Student Members Help Design a World of Hope APEGBC civil engineering student members Emma Brown (North Delta) and Luke Tien Chuan Lee (Surrey) have returned from volunteer posts with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) for engineering projects. Brown travelled to Grand-Goâve, Haiti, where her team took an existing sche- matic design of a church, conference centre and K-12 school to a detailed design level, including infrastructure design and construction drawings, as well as looking at a proposed agricultural project. As part of a third EMI Canada design team to the same site, Brown and the other volunteers were also able to review and provide feedback on the construction progress for the technical school and children’s village which EMI Canada had previously designed. Lee was in Pijal, Ecuador, where his team designed a building that included classroom space and an auditorium for conducting educational training, as well as a new spiritual sanctuary. Both worked with the senior engineers on their teams and assisted in diverse roles such as surveying, water and soil testing and AutoCAD drafting. At the end of the week on-site, the teams presented master plans and building design proposals to the leadership of the organizations who had invited their participation. EMI is a non-profit Christian development organization mobilizing volunteer architects, engineers, surveyors, building technicians and other design profession- als who donate their skills to help people around the world in emerging countries. For more information, visit EMI’s website at

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2014 Annual General Meeting Available via Webcast

!!! Renewal

oct15- dec31

APEGBC Membership Renewal Update Your Contact Information and Your Practice Declaration In preparation for annual membership renewal, APEGBC is reminding members to make sure their practice declaration and contact information is up-to-date. The practice declaration infor- mation provided by members and licensees identifies their industry of practice and fields of expertise. It is used in the online member directory on the APEGBC website and assists the private and public sector in con- necting with members and licens- ees when seeking engineering and geoscience services. The information also better assists APEGBC in more accurately identifying and meeting the needs of members by practice area and expertise. In preparation for annual membership renewal, members are also asked to keep their contact information up-to-date prior to the renewal period (October 15 to December 31, 2014). As the annual membership renewal package will be sent to the most current mailing address or email address on file, please take the time to verify that this information is correct. Updates to practice declaration and contact information can be made through the APEGBC online member portal located at apeg. Portal. Members can also take this opportunity to verify and update their preferences to determine which communications they receive from APEGBC as well as their delivery preferences.

On Saturday, October 25, at 8:30 am, APEGBC will hold its 95th annual general meeting (AGM) at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC. To make the meeting more easily accessible to a greater number of APEGBC members, a live webcast will be available and can be viewed free of charge. Under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act , APEGBC holds an AGM of its members. Reports are provided by the president and the CEO on the activities of the past year, and members are provided with the opportunity to ask ques- tions and make motions for consideration by Council. Motions may be proposed by registered professional members (P.Eng. and P.Geo.) or by limited licensees (Eng.L. and Geo.L.). Webcast attendees will be able to watch the AGM live, and ask questions at the session; however, motions for Council consideration require a mover and seconder to be present at the meeting. To view the APEGBC AGM webcast, register online through conference reg- istration at Registration. Please register early to avoid cancellation of the webcast. All members are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be held in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. There is no charge to attend the AGM business portion of the annual conference. For more information on the 2014 conference program, accommodations and registration, visit the conference website at Or, follow @APEGBC on Twitter for the latest news on annual conference sessions, high- lights and promotions. The official Twitter hashtag for the APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM is #apegac14 .

2013/2014 Annual Report Now Available APEGBC’s annual report for the 2013/2014 reporting year will be available at tions/Annual-Reports in early October. The report looks at APEGBC’s work on key issues and topics of concern to mem- bers and the public during the course of the year. It includes reports from the president and the CEO, actions from the previous year’s AGM motions, and the audited financial statements. It also provides information on how APEGBC has worked to deliver on the 2011-2014 strategic plan set by Council, which con- cluded in June of this year. Print copies of the report may be re- quested by contacting the APEGBC office at 604.430.8035, toll-free at 1.888.430.8035, or at


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Rebranding APEGBC to Better Support and Promote Our Professions As part of the 2014–2017 Strategic Plan, APEGBC has started the process of rebrand- ing the association. What does this mean, and why rebrand? APEGBC’s three-year strategic plan calls for us to showcase our relevance and raise our profile through more public engagement that demonstrates the value of professional engineers and geoscientists and APEGBC to public matters. To do this effectively, it is important for us to define our organiza- tional brand and build a strategy to support it. As a 95-year old association, we have achieved many goals and accomplishments, and made changes in our values and mission. What may have not changed along with it is how APEGBC has represented itself to its members and the public—not just visually with logos and colours, but in how we articulate our core values. This can cause confu- sion about who we are, what we do and what we stand for. The branding process is in place to ensure that each partner—members, members’ employers and clients, govern- ment, the public and other stakeholders—has a clear understanding of who APEGBC is and what we do. This will provide the foundation that will help us ensure we promote and represent our members and their professions clearly and concisely. In the plan, our mission is “to support and promote the engineering and geoscience professions as a trusted partner and progressive regulator that service the public good.” We hope to support this by bringing value to each of our partners by achieving the goals set out in the strategic plan. With rebranding, we want to accomplish the following goals: 1. Make BC professional engineers and geoscientists synonymous with the highest standards of professional and ethical behaviour. 2. Ensure the P.Eng. and P.Geo. designations are recognized internationally as professions of choice. 3. Ensure the P.Eng. and P.Geo. designations become synonymous with the highest standards of professional and ethical behaviour. 4. Be regarded as a valued partner by clients and employers in all sectors, support- ing the delivery of engineering and geoscience services in the public interest. 5. Show the value and importance in what we do as an association and what our members do as professional engineers and geoscientists 6. Enhance public confidence in our members through leadership in regulatory, engineering and geoscience best practices. APEGBC has engaged Karacters Design Group, the specialized branding and design unit of DDB Canada, as our partner in rebranding the association and the professional engineer and professional geoscientist designations. They will work with us on developing the best way to approach the branding process. A project plan for this multi-year project has been developed and will be broken up into four phases: Phase 1 – Will focus on research including surveys, focus groups and interviews with members and various stakeholders. This stage will help create a roadmap of what we need to do to build a strong brand. Phase 2 – Utilize data collected in Phase 1 to define APEGBC and what makes the P.Eng. and P.Geo. designations valuable, important and highly regarded. Phase 3 – Apply the strategy to design and create the visual brand identity, which includes how we communicate our brand through key messages and actions. Phase 4 – Implement the brand strategy. We are currently in the first phase of the project and anticipate a full roll-out of the brand in 2017. Keep an eye out for a call for member input through a survey in the next month. If you have any questions regarding the branding process, please contact

APEGBC Council Election

and Bylaw Ratification

Voting for the Council Election

and Bylaw Ratification

The 2014/2015 Council election and bylaw ratification vote will remain open until noon PST, October 10, 2014 . APEGBC’s professional members (P.Eng. and P.Geo.) and limited licensees (Eng.L. and Geo.L.) are eligible to vote. Voting information and candidate statements were circulated to eligible members and licensees by email in late August. The information is also available online. Additionally, paper ballots and hard copies of the candidate statements are available by contacting the APEGBC office. For more information, or to proceed to online voting, visit the APEGBC website at


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2014 APEGBC Engineering and Geoscience Undergraduate Scholarships

Do You Qualify for the Engineers Canada Fellowship? The Engineers Canada Fellowship recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the profession of engineering. Engi- neers Canada Fellowships may be conferred upon individuals who have given noteworthy service in one of five categories, one of which is to have served the engineering profession in a volunteer capac- ity for at least 10 years. The total length of service can be a combina- tion of service on Engineers Canada boards and committees and/or ser- vice as a volunteer for an Engineers Canada constituent member, e.g., APEGBC, APEGA, etc. APEGBC would like to identify all members who qualify for this honour. If you have served the engineering profession as noted above for at least 10 years, please visit for more information on how to apply for the fellowship. Submissions must be received by Friday, December 12, 2014. To view a list of those who have already received the Engi- neers Canada Fellowship, please visit pr_fellowship.cfm. Engineers and non-engineers upon whom this honour is bestowed will receive a certificate and a pin, and are awarded the privilege of the use of the designation “Engineers Canada Fellow – FEC” or “Engineers Canada Honorary Fellow – Hon FEC.” Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada.

Several scholarships are available to BC’s undergraduate engineering and geoscience students this fall. These scholarships recognize students’ academic success, community involvement and professional achievements. Students should visit the APEGBC website for more information and current application forms. APEG Foundation Scholarships Engineering and geoscience students in their 4 th year of study are eligible to apply for the BC Hydro/APEGBC Scholarships. These scholarships are valued at $1,500 each and awarded to deserving students with high academic standing and excellent community and professional involvement. Applicants must also write a student statement on energy conservation or sustainability. The APEG Foundation also offers scholarships to APEGBC Student Members (formerly MAPS members). Valued at $1,000 each, APEGBC Student Member Scholarships recognize those undergraduate engineering and geoscience students who have exemplified professional traits and who have contributed to the advancement of the professions. Students who contribute to publications that educate readers on the professions, organize extracurricular activities related to engineering or geoscience, or participate in a professional student organization are encouraged to apply. APEGBC Branch Scholarships Several of APEGBC’s branches offer scholarships to undergraduate engineering and geoscience students attending local universities. These scholarships vary in value and are awarded based on a combination of factors including academic standing, financial need and extracurricular activities. Please visit for APEG Foundation and APEGBC branch scholarship application forms. Students should note that deadlines vary for all scholarships. For Volunteers — APEGBC Committees CALL Get involved! Serve on an APEGBC Volunteer Committee. Each year, APEGBC has a number of opportunities to serve on various internal and external commit- tees. Service on a committee enables you to earn professional development hours, use your expertise and experience to help guide important issues and connect with other volunteers. For more information about volunteer opportunities at APEGBC please visit our website at


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Results of the 2014 Member Compensation Survey Every two years, APEGBC conducts a member compensation and benefits survey. In May we sent a call out to members to participate in the 2014 APEGBC Compensation Survey. A total of 3,050 responses were received—an increase from the last survey that was conducted in 2012 with 2,424 respondents. We are pleased to present the findings of this year’s comprehensive compensation and benefits survey. Reported base salary by responsibility point level is illustrated in the table below. This analysis provides both high and low decile and quartile values to illustrate the range of base salaries paid to individuals with the same responsibility point range and compares this with the 2012 figures. The median base salary for all respondents and all responsibility point levels is $91,000 and ranges from a low of $59,500 at the 200 to 249 point level to $167,500 at the 800+ point level. Compared to 2012 median base salary values, most point level ranges have recorded an increase, and the median base salary for the entire sample has increased 4% over the two-year period. Reported Base Salary by Responsibility Point Level May 2014

Increase 2014/2012 Median

Responsibility Point Range

Total Jobs

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Low Quartile($)

2014 Median($)

High Quartile($)

High Decile($)

2012 Median($)


Less than 200

141 166 71,834 47,700 55,200 61,000 80,000 105,000 58,000



166 221 60,684 50,000 55,000 59,500 65,000 74,060 57,250



237 273 68,951 55,000 60,000 67,000 74,000 88,102 66,000



335 321 77,944 61,633 69,000 75,000 85,280 97,000 75,000



293 373 87,863 69,000 76,000 85,000 98,000 110,000 85,400



259 422 97,655 73,000 83,500 94,797 110,000 124,000 91,520



237 472 105,136 80,000 90,000 101,000 116,000 136,566 100,500



211 523 116,950 83,193 95,000 110,000 125,000 149,800 106,000



163 575 121,878 86,954 100,000 120,000 135,000 171,260 114,000



144 623 136,751 87,770 105,000 120,421 149,000 180,000 120,000



120 677 141,272 100,000 112,400 130,000 162,500 190,000 127,563



78 720 161,598 104,500 124,000 148,293 183,000 225,300 140,000



57 775 174,950 100,800 135,000 167,000 215,000 250,000 165,000


800+* 26 814 223,859 111,800 143,168 167,500 260,000 432,500 187,500 -10.7% Total 2,467 406 100,605 59,500 72,000 91,000 117,000 149,490 87,500 4.0%

*Due to the low number of respondents in the 800-849 and 850+ point levels, these groups are combined together as 800+.

Other Interesting Notes • Median total annual compensation is higher for women at the responsibility point levels 250 to 350 when compared to the male respondents. • It pays to become a professional. The change in median responsibility level from EIT to P.Eng. increases 77.2%, which also correlates to an increase in median base salary of 59.7%. For GIT to P.Geo., the change in median responsibility level also increases by 76.9% with a median base salary increase of 44.7%. If you have not already done so, you can determine your own responsibility point value by using APEGBC’s Employment Responsibility Evaluation. Please refer to the Benchmark Employment Descriptions to confirm the accuracy of your responsibility point level assessment. You can find the survey results, Employment Responsibility Evaluation and Benchmark Employment Descriptions online at APEGBC thanks all the members who participated in the 2014 compensation survey.


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2014 President’s Awards Recipients Our annual President’s Awards recognize excellence in professional, technical and community service by APEGBC members. On Friday, October 24, APEGBC will honour eight recipients at the President’s Awards Gala. Please join us in congratulating these members on their achievements.

R.A. McLachlan Memorial Award Paul Willis, P.Eng. With more than 30 years of experience, Paul Willis has been instrumental in help- ing to establish a thriving clean energy sec- tor in BC. In 1985, he formed Willis Energy Services to offer engineering and advisory services to utilities, energy consumers and renewable power developers across Canada. Early in his career, Paul was one of the first to introduce turbo generators into pulp mills and promote condensing boilers to capture waste energy for the cogenera- tion of thermal power. These advancements resulted in significant reductions in energy and long-term costs. While at BC Hydro, he helped design the Power Smart BC program and was founder and past presi- dent of the Independent Power Producers of BC. Shaping a new generation of sustainability-minded professionals, Willis passes on his knowledge through the Green Energy Group at the University of British Columbia. Dedicated to giving back to his community, Willis served as the senior lay person for the First Baptist Church in Vancouver, where he helped champion pro- grams that provide meals and shelter to the homeless. For his exceptional leadership in creating a sustainable energy landscape in BC, APEGBC is proud to present Paul Willis with its highest engineering honour, the R.A. McLachlan Memorial Award.

C.J. Westerman Memorial Award Allan Chapman, P.Geo. As the senior hydrologist and regional water manager with the BC Oil and Gas Commission, Allan Chapman has dedicated his career to responsible water resource management. From the creation of hydrologic models of local watersheds, Chapman led the development of the award-winning NorthEast BC Water Tool and the Northeast Water Portal, two online resources that provide guidance on water availability across northeast BC and help to support the decision-making process for water use approvals and licences. As a member of the Northeast BC Water Strategy Monitoring Committee, Chapman helped identify the need for broad public access to hydrometric and water related data. He also serves on technical flood and drought committees at both a provincial and national level. As a recognized expert in the industry, Chapman’s ability to effectively communicate flood and drought hazard and risk to emergency responders, government and the public has elevated the profile of the geoscience profession. For his thoughtful leadership and significant technical contributions to improving water resource management in BC, APEGBC is pleased to present Allan Chapman with its highest award for a geoscientist, the C. J. Westerman Memorial Award.


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Meritorious Achievement Award Dr. James Olson, P.Eng. An industry leading expert in the application of physics and fluid mechanics, James Olson’s research has led to revolutionary developments in the pulp and paper industry. As Associate Dean, Research and Industrial Partnership for Applied Science, and past director of UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre, Olson currently leads a five-year university- industry collaborative research program with BC Hydro, FP Innovations and BC mechanical pulp producers with the shared goal of reducing energy consumption. This research demonstrated a potential of 20% energy savings through the development of several innovative technologies. He is also the lead researcher on the development and commercialization of the Fibre Quality Analyzer, a device that measures the physical properties of pulp fibres in suspension, which is now sold and exported worldwide. For his outstanding technical achievements and leadership in advancing BC’s pulp and paper industry, APEGBC is proud to present James Olson with an APEGBC Meritorious Achievement Award.

Meritorious Achievement Award C. David Sellars, P.Eng. A consultant in water resource engineering, David Sellars has had a profound impact on water supply and flood control around the world. Sellars has improved the lives of many people in developing countries by helping them access safe drinking water, improve irrigation practices and protect their homes from floods. He’s also directed many significant projects in British Columbia and across Canada, including the preparation of floodplain management plans for local communities. A past president of the Canadian Water Resources Association, Sellars received the CWRA Distinguished Service Award for his role in creating the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences. Further giving back to the profession, Sellars was on the Task Force for the APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC. His outstanding contributions to the development and management of water resources in BC, Canada and abroad, make David Sellars a most deserving recipient of an APEGBC Meritorious Achievement Award.

D.C. Lambert Professional Service Award Emily Cheung, P.Eng., FEC An accomplished and recognized civil engineer, Emily Cheung has been actively volunteering with APEGBC for nearly two decades. Having served on the association’s council for seven years, Cheung has also been a long-term member of numerous committees, including Professional Practice, Audit, Standing Awards and the Professional Renewal Task Force. In 2011/2012 she chaired the Building the Engineering and Geoscience Community Task Force that worked to define strategies for engaging members and potential members outside the five traditional core disciplines. Championing engineering education in Northern BC, Cheung was a founding member of the Northern Technology and Engineering Society of BC and currently sits on the UNBC Engineering Advisory Council. At the national level, Cheung has advocated for the profession as an APEGBC director to Engineers Canada. For her invaluable and dedicated service to the association and the professions, Emily Cheung is a most worthy recipient of the D.C. Lambert Professional Service Award.


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Community Service Award Mike Skene, Eng.L.

Young Professional Award Wesley Narciso, P.Eng.

Teaching Award of Excellence Dr. Lesley Shannon, P.Eng. Dedicated to ensuring students have market-ready skills, Lesley Shannon has had a dramatic impact on modernizing the curriculum at Simon Fraser University as the associate professor and chair of the Computer Option for the School of Engineering Science. She also created the only computer-based graduate course in engineering science, providing students the opportunity to develop skills on more current and widely-used technology than was previously available. An inspirational teacher and role model, Shannon has been an exceptional mentor for students, playing a significant role in recruiting and retaining female students through her involvement with the SFU Women in Engineering Group and her work with the WWEST (Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology) program, where she was program chair for the 2013 Creating Connections conference. For her dedication to providing future engineers with a world-class education, APEGBC is pleased to present Lesley Shannon with the Teaching Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.

An engineering licensee who truly embodies community service, Mike Skene has given selflessly to enrich the lives of many in the Cowichan Valley. As co-founder and president of the Se’Shen Youth Development Society, Skene assists local aboriginal youth with skills training and employment opportunities. Over the past 15 years the society has worked with youth to develop commercial tomato and cucumber greenhouses, a furniture store and create a safe place for youth and their families to share. Skene is also actively involved as a director on the board of the Chemainus Theatre, a non- profit society that seeks to enrich the Vancouver Island community through the advancement of the arts. Giving back to his profession as well, Skene shares his sustainable transportation expertise through his involvement with the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Transportation Association of Canada. APEGBC is pleased to recognize Mike Skene with the Community Service Award for his passionate commitment to improving local communities through positive change.

Wesley Narciso is a talented and driven professional engineer. A building envelope consultant with expertise in metallurgical engineering and materials testing, Narciso manages a division at JRS Engineering that specializes in depreciation reports and warranty reviews for strata corporations. With Narciso’s expertise, these assessments ensure the longevity of the properties’ service lives. Gaining invaluable international development experience early in his career, Narciso was the co- founder and first president of Vancouver’s professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Volunteerism has always been in his nature and he routinely makes time to give back to his profession through mentorship both at work and through his involvement with APEGBC’s Mentoring Program. In 2012, his commitment to passing on knowledge and advice to the next generation of engineers was formally recognized when he received APEGBC’s Mentor of the Year award. Wesley Narciso’s work-related achievements and service to the profession and his community make him an exceptional recipient of the APEGBC’s Young Professional Award.


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APEGBC Responds to Mount Polley Mine Incident In the early hours of August 4, 2014, a tailings pond dam breach occurred at Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley Mine, an open pit copper/gold mine located 30 kilo- metres from the community of Likely, BC. According to current estimates, approximately 25 million cubic metres of effluent was released in the breach and dis- charged into Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake, consist- ing of roughly 17 million cubic metres of water, and another eight million cubic metres of tailings and con- struction materials. In response, the Cariboo Regional District declared a state of local emergency. The cause of the dam failure has not currently been identified.

company is required to report on the implementation of action to regulatory agencies and stakeholders. Sediment and water quality testing is ongoing, and as of the time of publication results are being posted to the Ministry of Environment website ( Ministry of Environment conservation officers as well as Ministry of Energy and Mines inspectors are investigating the breach and its impact in separate investigations. Further to this, BC’s Privacy Commissioner is investigating whether the provincial government should have notified the public about potential risk related to the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond. Most recently, the Ministry of Energy and Mines launched an independent geotechnical inquiry into the mine breach, and ordered independent third-party reviews of all 2014 Dam Safety Inspections for every tailings pond at a permitted mine in the province. What Does This Mean for APEGBC and Its Members? As the engineering and geoscience regulator in BC, major incidents with public safety implications such as this are of great concern to APEGBC. Like the public it serves, APEGBC expects resource development projects to be conducted safely and professionally. Furthermore, the significance of such an incident is not lost on APEGBC with respect to the impact it may have on the public’s confidence in engineering and

Visible impacts resulting from the sudden and uncontrolled discharge of the effluent has included erosion and scour of the embankment separating the tailings storage facility from Polley Lake; the deposition of tailings and eroded earth into Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, and Quesnel Lake; and the deposition of trees and other woody debris along the erosion path via Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake. What’s Happening Now? The Ministry of Environment issued a Pollution Abatement Order to the Mount Polley Mine Corporation, ordering the mine operator to take immediate action to stop the further release of mine tailings into nearby waterways, and to submit environmental impact assessments and clean-up action plans to the ministry. On a weekly basis, the

geoscience professionals. To which end, APEGBC is mindful of members’ expectations that their association play a leadership role in demonstrating that engineering and geoscience is part of the solution. In the days since the incident oc- curred, APEGBC has been careful to consider where it is appropriate for the association to take action given the involvement of numerous other regulatory authorities. While offer- ing the expertise of APEGBC and its members, the association’s aim has been to avoid duplication while, most importantly, maintaining its regulatory independence. How Has APEGBC Taken Action? APEGBC has been active on a number of fronts. Early on following the dam breach, APEGBC staff prepared a list of members and consulting firms with the capability of carrying out large

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skills and sound judgment that support resource devel- opment in BC. Wherever the facts related the Mount Polley Mine dam breach may lead, APEGBC members are reminded that acting responsibly and with respect for the enormous trust that the public places in them is something that engineers and geoscientists must keep firmly in mind.

scale post-event environmental assessments and remedia- tion so that the association would be ready to support the provincial government’s mitigation and clean-up efforts where necessary. At the same time, APEGBC worked to connect its engineering and geoscience subject matter experts with journalists to bring a balanced engineering and geoscience perspective to the public conversation that was developing in the media. Prior to the Ministry of Energy and Mine’s August 18 announcement of the independent geotechnical inquiry into the tailings pond breach, APEGBC consulted with the ministry regarding the selection of the panel members. The association has also provided the ministry with a list of APEGBC professionals with the geotechnical exper- tise to conduct the reviews of the dam safety inspections ordered by the ministry at that time. As of the time of the publication of this article, APEGBC has engaged with a number of ongoing in- vestigations into the Mount Polley Mine incident and is working to ascertain the facts around professional involvement and conduct. If there is a clear indication that engineering or geoscience practices may have failed to meet the appropriate standards, APEGBC will pursue a more detailed investigation. Given the intense public interest and scrutiny around Mount Polley, it is important to note that,ex- cept where permitted by the Engineers and Geoscientists Act or privacy legislation, information about complaints and investigations handled by APEGBC is confiden- tial until a member or licensee has been served with

Fact Sheet • There are 98 tailings ponds at permitted mines in British Columbia, of which 31 are active mining operations. • The Ministry of Energy and Mines is responsible for approving mineral exploration and mine project proposals in BC. Mine operators are responsible for ensuring that applications meet the requirements of the Mines Act , the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia, and other relevant legislation. • Mining companies are required to conduct annual Dam Safety Inspections and submit them to the Chief Mines Inspector. Additionally, mines are required to conduct more comprehensive dam safety reviews on a periodic basis according to their dam consequence classification. • APEGBC published the Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC , in July 2013, with an update in March 2014 to address mining dams. • Dam safety reviews should be carried out by a Qualified Professional as defined in the Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC. • There are 528 APEGBC-registered professionals with declared geotechnical expertise and 150 with declared expertise in mine tailings.

a Notice of Inquiry. While this is a statutory obligation, it is also part of APEGBC’s commitment to fairness and due process. Moving Forward BC professional engineers and geosci- entists are well equipped by training and experience to carry out resource development projects safely and, by professional obligation, to do so law- fully and ethically. APEGBC is com- mitted to upholding high standards of professional practice for its members as they undertake this work. In align- ment with the association’s strategic plan for 2014-2017, APEGBC will continue to support the professional practice of members by develop- ing and promoting the awareness of guidelines that define clear standards of practice and create shared expecta- tions for professionals, their clients, and regulatory authorities. APEGBC professionals play a piv- otal role in the economic success of the province, providing the technical

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