News briefs from associations in other provinces
Quebec Wants Tougher Act
Legislation to amend the Engineers Act was being considered by
the Quebec National Assembly this fall. According to Ordre
des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) President Roger
Nicolet, ing., the draft bill "seeks to establish more accurate
definitions of the engineer’s field of practice and the exclusive
acts of engineers to minimize false or misleading interpretations".
He adds: "OIQ wants an Act with more teeth, one that gives
us better tools to fight the unlawful practice of engineering."
On another front, OIQ reports that in connection with "professional
inspections" it has reduced the number conducted in the past
year to 1,800, versus 2,200 the year before. According to Jean-Paul
Beaulieu, ing, OIQ vice-president, professional affairs, the change
reflects a shift in orientation emphasizing quality rather than
Manitoba Adopts Carver Model For Governace
Council of the Manitoba Association
of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province
of Manitoba has approved a motion to implement the Carver model
of governance. APEGGA has operated for several years under the Carver
model, which seeks to more clearly delineate the respective roles
of Council and the administration.
Committee Looks At Mining Practices
Update, the newsletter of the Association
of Geoscientists of Ontario, reports formation of a new committee
to examine mining exploration best practices and reporting guidelines.
The Toronto Stock Exchange, along with the Canadian
Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Prospectors
and Developers Association of Canada, and the Canadian Council of
Professional Geoscientists are represented on the committee formed
Aug. 19. Such a guideline was recommended by the Mining Standard
Task Force which reported earlier this year. The task force was
formed to address technical and reporting standards for the mining
industry with a view toward increasing investor confidence.
PEO to License Software Practitioners
Professional Engineers Ontario
(PEO) has announced in a news release that it will license,
as professional engineers, software practitioners who meet specific
criteria. Individuals whose work experience is mainly in the area
of software design and development, but whose academic background
is in something other than an accredited computer engineering or
other information technology-related engineering program, will be
eligible for licensure, provided they meet other licensing requirements.
PEO’s requirements for a P.Eng. licence for software practitioners
- graduation from an engineering program approved by the Canadian
Engineering Accreditation Board, or equivalent education;
- four years suitable employment experience—applicants without
an appropriate degree may demonstrate more extensive work experience
in place of education, or may be required to write examinations;
- knowledge of Control Theory, Mathematical Foundations, Digital
Systems and Computer Architecture, Software Design and Programming
- knowledge of three of Communications, Optimization, Data
Management, Real Time and Control Systems, Performance Analysis,
Parallel/Distributed Systems and Human Interfaces and Ergonomics;
- successful completion of the Professional Practice Examination
on engineering law and ethics.
PEO is now identifying those aspects of software design for which
professional engineers should take responsibility—expected to include
software integral to engineered products, processes and systems,
and software tools used to design such products, processes and systems—which
would effectively define the practice of professional engineering
in this area.