Amendments to Create Professional Geoscientist Designation
In accordance with the direction of APEGGA Council, the proposed amendments listed in this notice will be presented for consideration by Members during
The APEGGA Annual General Meeting
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Notice is hereby given that amendments will be presented that would
1. Change the name of the Association’s enabling legislation to the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act of Alberta.
2. Change the Association’s official name to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
3. Replace the current definitions of “practice of geology” and “practice of geophysics” in Sections 1(r) and 1(s) of the Act with:
“practice of geoscience” means reporting on, advising on, evaluating, interpreting, processing, surveying, exploring, classifying reserves or examining activities related to the earth sciences and the environment;
(i) that is aimed at the discovery or development of oil, natural gas, coal, metallic or non-metallic minerals or precious stones, water or other natural resources, or that is aimed at the investigation of geoscientific conditions, and
(ii) that requires in the reporting, advising, evaluating, interpreting, processing, surveying, exploring, reserve classifying or examining the professional application of mathematics, chemistry, physics or biology through the application of the principles of geoscience, and
(iii) teaching geoscience at a university.
4. Change sections of the Act that describe exclusive scope of practice of geology and exclusive scope of practice of geophysics to one section describing exclusive scope of practice of geoscience.
5. Add a section of the Act that describes exclusive use of the name geoscientist while retaining sections that describe exclusive use of the names geologist and geophysicist. This would allow those members previously issued P.Geol. and P.Geoph. designations to keep them if they so wish, even though all newly licensed geoscientists would be granted the P.Geo. designation only.
6. Change Section 14(2) of the Act to read
(2) The Council shall consist of
(a) at least 16 professional members among whom there shall be
not less than
(i) 2 professional engineers
(ii) 2 professional geoscientists.
7. Make other changes as required to ensure the Act’s wording is consistent and to clarify the intentions of all the foregoing.