COUNCIL CHANGES INCLUSIVITY
After about 18 months of consultation with members and the
Board of Examiners, APEGGA’s Inclusivity Initiative is taking a new direction – one
that doesn’t point to a new category of membership. Because most members
are against it, the option of creating a category left the table in a unanimous
Council vote, Sept. 22.
Four Ipsos Reid focus groups suggest that perhaps 90 per
cent of members want APEGGA to address Inclusivity issues by modifying Board
of Examiners policies. This should happen with an eye for improving admittance
rates to the full professional categories of membership.
Council decided to halt further Inclusivity consultation
and stand down the Inclusivity Consultation Group, chaired by President-Elect
Dave Chalcroft, P.Eng., and including representatives from the Board of Examiners.
Focus groups rejected the creation of a category between Registered Professional
Technologist and the full professional designations of P.Eng., P.Geol. and P.Geoph.
Interestingly, the groups also said that maintaining the status quo is not the
right course for APEGGA, either.
Says the consultation group’s report: “Members
believe that membership should be reserved for those whose capabilities exceed
a certain ‘bar’ of
competency, as demonstrated by their education and/or experience. They
are suspect of any change that can be perceived as ‘lowering the bar.’
“Members are not convinced that extending the obligation
of self-regulation to non-professionals working in the professions would result
in a lower risk to the public. They are satisfied that the current model requiring
non-professionals to work under the supervision of a professional member is providing
the public with the expected level of protection.”
the Inclusivity Consultation Group White Paper.