Note: Following is a report on the most recent APEGGA Council meeting,
held Feb. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary. Council and the APEGGA Executive
Committee meet five times a year, in Edmonton, Calgary and one of the
other branch communities.
APEGGA Education Foundation Donations
Members contribute about $30,000 a year to the APEGGA Education
Foundation, Council heard. The Foundation is a separate entity from APEGGA
and operates at arms-length from Council. APEGGA does have representation
on the Foundation, however, and does make annual contributions.
Council heard that Alberta's Centennial in 2005 will be marked with events
highlighting 100 years of innovation, science and technology. Associations,
industry and others will work on the projects, and so far there's "a
tremendous amount of interest," said APEGGA Executive Director Neil
Downtown Space Eyed
Calgary's APEGGA office will likely remain downtown after its current
lease expires, and it should be in a building close to major hotels, the
covered plus-15 pedestrian system and rail transit. "We haven't conducted
a formal survey, but there's been a clear signal from members that we
need to be downtown," Executive Director Neil Windsor, P.Eng., told
Council. That means that APEGGA has a wide selection of properties to
consider as it reviews its current lease.
Ethical Practice Is Key
Engineering associations need to keep on promoting and monitoring the
ethical practice of engineers in their areas of experience and competence,
the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers affirms in a draft policy
statement on specialization and certification. The CCPE draft, which APEGGA
Council received for information, recognizes that as engineering becomes
more specialized, the demand for new areas of certification grows.
It says, however, that provincial and territorial associations should
avoid adopting any program of registration or licensing by specialized
areas of engineering. "If there is a demand to identify special qualifications
for engineers, then certification should be proposed as the solution to
meet that demand," the CCPE document states. Certification should
be voluntary for engineers and must not impede mobility in Canada. And
the associations should handle certification or allow third parties that
they decide are acceptable to do so.
Financial Statements Approved
Council received and approved APEGGA's audited financial statements
for the year ended Dec. 31, 2001, with nothing out of the ordinary for
the growing association. Expenses totalled $6,373,317, which was $183,897
less than total revenues. Expenses in 2000 were $5,686,172. Increasing
revenue, which grew to $6,557,214 from $5,878,817 the year before, offsets
the growth in expenses.