AGM Backs Legislative Changes
Including New Code
APEGGA's Annual General Meeting on April 28 expeditiously
approved several legislative provisions, as well as revisions to the Code
of Ethics. Act, Regulations and Bylaws Committee Chair Gordon Stewart,
P.Eng., in steering the amendments through the AGM, noted that the Code
of Ethics approval, which was ratified without AGM debate, represented
the culmination of several years of work by the Practice Standards Committee's
Code of Ethics Subcommittee.
Relative to the former Code of Ethics, the new code contains
a shorter preamble and five rules of conduct versus 11 in the old code.
(Please check the March
PEGG for the wording of the newly approved and the former Code of
Ethics, and further details on other legislative changes.)
Under section 43 of the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical
Professions Act, contravention of the code may constitute
unprofessional conduct, which is subject to disciplinary
The Code of Ethics will not take effect until approved
by an order-in-council. Also approved by the AGM
were Act and Regulation changes to remove existing requirements
that at least one APEGGA Councillor sit on the Practice Review Board
and the Enforcement Review Committee.
In addition, Regulations were approved which provide a
framework for registeringRegistered Professional
Technologists (Geological) and Registered Professional
Technologists (Geophysical). Provisions already exist to register
Registered Professional Technologists (Engineering) under the EGGP
Act. Act changes passed last year by the Alberta Legislature permit Council
to make Regulations to register geoscience technologists as it now has
Act and Regulation changes approved by the AGM are subject
to further ratification either by the Alberta Legislature
(Act changes) or by order-in-council (Regulation
changes). The AGM also approved a bylaw change requiring
firms and individuals registered with APEGGA to
respond "promptly" to any Association communication of
a regulatory nature.
Noting the smooth passage of these measures by the AGM,
President Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., said it pointed
to the strength of APEGGA’s volunteer system. "A
lot of people worked to develop those changes and it is obvious that they
did an excellent job."