Terri-Jane Yuzda


Minister Supports Council

Editor's Note: The following two Council Briefs didn't make the last PEGG because of space considerations. To see the earlier briefs published in our January edition, visit www.apegga.org. Council meets again on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the new APEGGA Calgary Conference Centre, 2200 Scotia Centre, 700 2nd St. S.W.

The Hon. Clint Dunford visits Council.
Back left, APEGGA President Ron Tenove, P.Eng., and right, APEGGA Executive
Director Neil Windsor, P.Eng.

Alberta Minister of Human Resources and Employment Clint Dunford, who is responsible for the EGGP Act, has endorsed one of the Association's major tools of public protection. Reference of compliance cases to the courts "clearly falls within the jurisdiction granted to the Association," the Hon. Clint Dunford says in an Oct. 9 letter to Council's public members.

The letter from Mr. Dunford says the Association also serves the public interest by advising individuals and businesses of non-compliance and, when that fails, by seeking court injunctions.
Compliance is one of APEGGA's self-regulatory roles. The Compliance Department protects the public by investigating non-members who break Alberta law by representing themselves as engineers, geologists or geophysicists. Companies making similar claims when they lack permits to practice and professional members on their staffs are also subject to action.

Mr. Dunford met with public members Judy Williams, Hugh Planche and Dr. Norman Wagner, then addressed the full Council, Nov. 28.

Advocacy Group Makes Final Report

What are APEGGA's advocacy roles and who looks after them? Should the Association advocate in more or fewer areas, or simply better communicate the advocacy it already conducts? And what exactly qualifies as advocacy?

You don't have to tell members of APEGGA Advocacy Task Force that those are tricky questions to answer. The job, said Coun. Shawn Morrison, P.Eng., one of its members, was like "wrestling a room full of feathers."

With Council support, advocacy can become more transparent and proactive, a summary of the task force's work says. It suggests "more focused communication" that emphasizes the value of the three professional designations. APEGGA could speak more on topical issues, and facilitate more dialogue among members and stakeholders. "If both internal and external audiences appreciate the value of what APEGGA does, the Association will be seen to have relevance and value."

The task force was formed after a strategic planning session in May 2001 and met seven times. Council received a set of recommendations and stood down the task force.


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