NEW SECTIONS OF THE PROFESSIONAL GOVERNANCE ACT COME INTO FORCE The first set of regulations for the Professional Governance Act (the Act ) took effect on June 1, 2019. These regulations establish the new Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance allowing for the appointment of the Superintendent and staff, and the establishment of the office. The BC Government, on June 18, appointed Paul Craven to lead the new Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (see next page). In addition, the new regulations bring into force some of the new requirements pertaining to elections and nominations, specifically a requirement that all candidates standing for election must be approved by the Nominating Committee using a merit-based process. Engineers and Geoscientists BC was well-prepared for this new requirement. Having anticipated the change, the association established a new merit-based selection process, which was developed by an advisory task force, and sought government feedback. Our new nomination process is currently underway and fully compliant with the new requirements (see page 8). It has also been noted by government as a model for the other regulators to follow.
Beginning this year, nominations for election can only be made by the association’s Nominating Committee. Additionally, under the new regulations, nomination by 25 members is no longer permitted. While the new legislation sets out the broad policy framework, the majority of the Act requires the development of supporting, more detailed regulations. These regulations must be approved by Cabinet before the associated provisions of the Act , and the new requirements on the five professional regulators, take effect. In November 2018, the BC Government passed the Professional Governance Act , which will consolidate government oversight of the five professional regulators for engineering and geoscience, forestry, agrology, applied biology, and applied science technology under a new Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance. The legislation will come into force over the next few years as regulations are developed to support its implementation. As each regulation is developed and details are determined, it is expected to involve its own consultation process, which Engineers and Geoscientists BC will be actively participating in. More information on the Professional Governance Act is available on our website, at egbc.ca/professional-governance . Full details
about the nomination process, current and future changes to Council nominations, and important dates in 2019 for Council election is provided on page 9 and our website, at egbc.ca/council-election .
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In the May/June 2019 edition of Innovation , on page 37, we misstated the capacity of the Muskwa River Outfall project, designed by Kerr Wood Leidal. The outfall should have been described as being “designed for 25 megalitres per day of disinfected effluent from Fort Nelson’s wastewater treatment plant.” In addition, on page 27, Derek Budde, EIT, was erroneously included as a project participant in the 52-storey Vancouver House tower. Innovation regrets the errors. We have corrected both descriptions in our online edition, found at egbc.ca/innovation .
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