One of the Compliance Department's major accomplishments
in recent years has to be the progress we've made in reducing
violations in the SuperPages telephone directories. Our concern
is protecting the public by attempting to eliminate listings
in violation of the EGGP Act.
Each year in Alberta TELUS publishes more than 20 of these
directories, still widely known by their old name, the Yellow
Pages. Logistics require that publication deadlines are scattered
over the year, so keeping on top of this is an ongoing challenge
- one that TELUS is helping us meet.
The Compliance Department conducts an ongoing program to scan
all entries under headings for various engineering, geological
and geophysical products and services. Compliance staff wants
to ensure that these listings are either for professional
members in good standing or for corporations with valid permits
A typical example would be a company's name listed under
Engineering (Acoustical, Corrosion, Industrial, Structural
etc.). Another company might appear under a heading for geological
or geophysical consultants.
When the new directories are received, staff reviews the
headings relating to the APEGGA professions. Listings are
checked against APEGGA's database to determine if any are
in violation of the EGGP Act. Trade names (no "Ltd."
or "Inc." at the end) are checked to determine whether
the name belongs to a member.
We contact the companies and individuals identified as not
holding a permit to practice or not being personally registered
with APEGGA. Depending upon the situation, they are advised
to either become licensed, or to cease and desist from using
the title and to move their listing to a more appropriate
Ten years ago, it was a major problem to have a questionable
listing removed or relocated. A meeting with TELUS and APEGGA
staff, however, changed this. Although Compliance staff continues
regular monitoring, the number of violations has dropped dramatically
to only five to 10 a year from 75 to 80.
Without TELUS's continued support, this would not have been
possible. TELUS recognizes APEGGA's delegated responsibility
to regulate the professions. When Compliance staff submits
a list of non-licensed companies and non-licensed individuals
under restricted headings, TELUS flags them. They are either
moved to a more appropriate heading or removed from the next
edition of all SuperPages directories.
Failure to voluntarily comply could still result in a forced
name change request to Corporate Registry, or legal action
under the EGGP Act, in which APEGGA may pursue an injunction
pursuant to Section 9, or a prosecution with penalties as
set out in Section 81.
Co-operation from TELUS, however, has made our job much easier.
. Does a professional member
or licensee require a permit to practice when practicing engineering,
geology or geophysics under his or her own name or a trade
A. An individual can practice as a sole proprietor.
In these situations personal registration is, in effect, a
permit to practice. If this same individual practices through
a company, however, then the company requires a permit to
practice even though the member is the only employee.