As a result of the recommendations of the Williams' Committee report May 12/82, a committee consisting of representatives of the CSEG, CSPG and APEGGA was set up in September 1982. This committee began to examine the concerns of geologists and geophysicists about enforcement of the new 1981 EGGP Act as it affected these professions, and as discussions progressed, the committee studied other matters involving relations between earth scientists and APEGGA.

In March 1984, a joint meeting with the APEGGA Executive Committee resulted in restructuring of the Liaison Committee, with APEGGA providing staff and financial support, but with chairmanship retained by the CSEG and CSPG. However, formal terms of reference for the committee were never established.

Major items considered by the Liaison Committee to date have included: academic requirements for registration as P. Geoph., the Professional Practice Exam as it relates to geologists and geophysicists, scope and enforcement of certain areas of practice; and accreditation of geology programs at Canadian universities. Discussion on some of these items is continuing.

As the deliberations of this committee are proving useful in conveying concerns and improving the relations between geologists and geophysicists and APEGGA, formal terms of reference are hereby established.

I Major Objective

To review, with APEGGA, issues of concern relating to the practices of geology and geophysics as regulated by, and administered under, the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act, and to strive for the resolution of such issues for the general improvement in the standing of these professions within APEGGA.

II Specific Goals

1. To ensure that the legitimate concerns of practising geologists and geophysicists regarding accreditation, registration, discipline and enforcement are understood and presented to APEGGA.

2. To develop ways of ensuring that geologists and geophysicists become better informed about the relative roles, functions and values of technical societies and a professional licensing association.

III Principal Activities

1. Review and examination of the APEGGA academic requirements for registration as professional geophysicists.

2. Examination of enforcement activities of APEGGA as they relate to the practices of geology and geophysics.

3. Review of the structure, services and/or functions of APEGGA, its boards, committees, staff, as they pertain to the geological and geophysical professions.

4. Encouragement of nationwide accreditation of University geology programs.

5. Review of any other matters of concern to geologists and geophysicists relative to APEGGA.

6. Making of recommendations to APEGGA as appropriate.

IV Structure and Operation

1. The committee will consist of:

(a) three members of the CSEG appointed by the CSEG
(b) three members of the CSPG appointed by the CSPG
(c) three professional members of APEGGA appointed by APEGGA

2. At least one of each of the CSEG and CSPG members shall hold office on the executives of the respective societies.

3. Appointment of the committee members shall be for a two year term.

4. The chairman shall be appointed by the committee from either the CSPG or CSEG representatives for a one year term and may be reappointed.

5. APEGGA will provide the staff coordinator and secretariat. The Executive Director will be an Ex-officio member of the committee.

6. Meetings will be held at the call of the chairman.

7. Subcommittees may be formed as required to study specific areas or topics. Membership of subcommittees may include representatives of CSPG, CSEG and APEGGA who are not on the liaison committee, but the chairman shall be a member of the liaison committee.

8. The committee shall report to the APEGGA Council.

Approved by Committee: October 29, 1985

Revision to Specific Goal #1: December 1, 1986