The following were among the issues on the agenda or considered during
the April 27 APEGGA Council meeting in Edmonton.
In the face of inconsistency in how some Permit holders are interpreting
stamping requirements, Council, on the recommendation of the Practice
Review Board, has reiterated the requirement that "all originals
and all copies of final documents must include a signed and dated professional
stamp or a facsimile thereof."
The PRB also recommended that the Practice Standards Committee be asked to incorporate the interpretation of the Regulations into its guidelines and that it take steps to make members aware of the recommendation.
In conducting random proactive practice reviews, the PRB became aware
of some inconsistencies in the application of stamping procedures. The
vast majority of Permit holders reviewed were applying the procedures
as prescribed in the Regulations.
APEGGA Time Capsule
APEGGA will provide Association-related items for one of 24 capsules
to be included in the Calgary Construction Association’s Millennium 2000
Time Capsule Project. The project involves a life-sized bronze casting
of "The Constructor" at the base of which 24 capsules will be
placed with the aim of opening them in 2100.
Science Centre Support
APEGGA will support re-development at the Edmonton Space and Science
Centre by contributing a total of $50,000 over two years toward a suspended
bridge being incorporated into the entrance of the centre. The centre
currently is undergoing a $13.5-million renovation. The APEGGA contributions
will be recognized by featuring the APEGGA names and logo on the face
of the bridge.
Appointments by Council
Council appointed Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., as APEGGA’s representative
on the board of the recently established Alberta Heritage Foundation for
Science and Engineering Research. Council also approved the appointments
of Dan Motyka, P.Eng., to the University of Calgary Faculty of Management’s
Council; and Ron Grantham, P.Eng., to a group examining possible uses
of the former Federal Building in Edmonton.
Public Members’ Terms of Reference
Terms of reference for the Public Members of the Discipline Committee
and the Practice Review Board have been approved by Council. The provisions
clarify the role and the expectations placed on Public Members appointed
by the Alberta government. They are in addition to the terms of reference
spelled out in the Regulations to the EGGP Act.
Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Alberta Director Fred Otto, P.Eng., PhD, reported on recent developments including a CCPE board meeting held Feb. 26-27 in Quebec City where a new Canadian Engineers Award, the Medal of Distinction for Women Engineer Role Models, was approved. The award would recognize male and female engineers who, through their engineering and career achievements, have acted as role models for women entering the profession and who have established a benchmark for engineering excellence.
Council also elected Dr. Otto to serve a further three years as CCPE Alberta Director.
Coun. Elizabeth Cannon, P.Eng., PhD, and 1st Vice-President Sue Evison,
P.Eng., presented for APEGGA Council discussion, a draft CCPE Policy on
Diversity in the Engineering Profession. Subject to some clarifying comments
to be forwarded for CCPE’s consideration, Council agreed to support a
draft version of the report prepared in January. The policy recognizes
the role of women, minorities and the handicapped within engineering,
and promotes and encourages their participation within the profession.
Discipline Committee Chair Bruce Alexander, P.Eng., was on hand to discuss
with Council publication policies relative to discipline cases. The matter
is to be further considered by Council and the committee.
Alice Payne Congratulated
Council congratulated Alice Payne, P.Geol., a former Councillor, who
is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary next
Departing Councillors Thanked
President Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., thanked the four Council members stepping
down, Coun. Elizabeth Cannon, P.Eng., PhD; Bonnie Stowkowy, P.Eng.; Neil
O’Donnell, P.Eng., P.Geol., and Past-President Dan Motyka, P.Eng. The
departing Council members made brief comments, with Coun. Cannon saying
her three years on Council have helped her better understand the Association.
She suggested the challenge for APEGGA will be to retain tradition while
adapting to new circumstances, including emerging technologies. Coun.
Stowkowy praised Councillors for being willing to disagree and to dialogue
in a constructive manner. Coun. O’Donnell praised the Presidents who served
while he was on Council for encouraging open debate. Reflecting on his
time on Council (including his term as President), Mr. Motyka said developing
a new governance model and helping select the Association’s current Executive
Director were significant accomplishments.
Guests in Attendance
Guests attending the Council meeting included Richard Hancock, P.Eng., chair of CCPE; Claude Lizotte, ing., director of professional affairs, Order des ingéneurs du Québec; and Peter DeVita, P.Eng., president of Professional Engineers Ontario.
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