The following items were on the agenda or were discussed during the Nov. 25. APEGGA Council meeting in Edmonton. The meeting was the first Council meeting held in the newly inaugurated D. A. Lindberg Conference Centre.
APEGGA Budget Calls
The revamping of the program followed a survey which sampled M.I.T.s and employers. Eighty per cent of M.I.T.s questioned were receptive to the courses. Seventy-two per cent of employer Members questioned said they would "insist or encourage their M.I.T.s to attend".
Participation in the courses is particularly important given the Board
of Examiners' expectation that those seeking professional standing demonstrate
evidence of exposure to communication and management skills training.
Computers for Schools
APEGGA will encourage the Computers for Schools program by urging Members
to become involved by contributing surplus computers to the program. Backed
by the federal and provincial governments as well as private and volunteer
sector partners, the national program collects and refurbishes computers
no longer in use and distributes them free to schools and public libraries.
For more information on the program check website: http://www.schoolnet.ca/cfs-ope/donate_e.html
Use of APEGGA Logo
Council has adopted a policy to phase out APEGGA Councillors' serving on the Association's five statutory boards and committees. The initiative arises from recommendations of the Statutory Committee Task Force, headed by Past President Dan Motyka, P.Eng. The task force has held discussion with the current chairs of the Board of Examiners, the Discipline Committee, the Appeal Board, the Investigative Committee and the Practice Review Board.
While it's agreed these committees and boards have functioned well with one or more Councillors as members, the task force noted the "need to be and be seen to be at arms length" and that "the perception of impartiality and transparency is important and should be protected."
Not having Councillors participate in these bodies will require changes
to APEGGA's bylaws, regulations and/or Act. Implementation therefore is
dependent on these changes. Councillors who are currently members of statutory
committees and boards abstained on the vote.
Past President Dan Motyka, P.Eng., will report to the February Council
meeting on the question of an honorarium for APEGGA presidents. Mr. Motyka
will consult former APEGGA presidents and others. A proposal to provide
a stipend to APEGGA presidents was presented and tabled at the 1999 Annual
Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Alberta Director Fred Otto, P.Eng., PhD, reported on a recent CCPE development involving an out-of-court settlement of the dispute involving CCPE, on the one side, and Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, on the other. The dispute centres on the use of the term "software engineer" in connection with a non-accredited MUN program offered outside its engineering faculty.
Under the out-of-court settlement, an advisory panel is being formed to study and report on the issue with recommendations that will be seriously considered by both sides. A CCPE advisory committee will develop a submission for presentation to the panel.
Dr. Otto said the settlement is "uncomfortable" but must be seen in a "global context". APEGGA's Council has voiced concern about the process by which the CCPE-AUCC/MUN agreement was reached -- including a lack of involvement by the constituent associations.
Dr. Otto also reported that there will be no change in the per member
levy ($8.65) that CCPE assesses on constituent associations. New CCPE
activities in the coming year include implementing an emerging technologies
program and an enhanced media relations program.
Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists Alberta Director Bob
Comer, P.Geoph., in reporting on a recent CCPG national meeting noted
that a draft inter-association mobility agreement for geoscientists is
expected to be ready in the new year. It is expected to be similar to
an accord signed last summer on engineers' mobility. Mr. Comer also reported
that New Brunswick legislation for registration of professional geoscientists
was scheduled for implementation on Dec 1.
Two new members have been recommended to the APEGGA Education Foundation
to represent branches. They are: Barry Ranger, P.Eng, (Vermilion River)
and John Take, P.Eng. (Lethbridge).
Professional Practice Exams
APEGGA Deputy Registrar and Director of Administration Al Schuld, P.Eng.,
presented a report on a pilot National Professional Practice Examination
project. Under the pilot initiative, on a cost-recovery basis, APEGGA
now administers the exam on behalf of six other jurisdictions. With consideration
being given to APEGGA administering a French-language version of the exam,
Ontario and Quebec may participate.
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