President's Honorarium Succeeds in Member Vote
Members have spoken: from now on, APEGGA's presidents will be paid an
honorarium. Council heard in Calgary, at its regular meeting on April
26, that 64 per cent, or 2,801 ballots, were in favour of the honorarium.
Votes against totalled 1,565 or 36 per cent.
The bylaw passed by members states: "An Honorarium shall be paid
to the President, or the President's nominee in an amount and under such
conditions as may be determined by the Council from time to time."
Supporters of the bylaw have argued that being president has a significant
impact on regular employment. A one-year terms typically requires about
50 per cent of an APEGGA member's work time, which means either a loss
of income or an understanding employer are necessary.
New Building Guideline Devised
Seven guideline documents have became one, with Council's approval in
Calgary of a new guideline detailing the responsibilities of engineers
in building projects. Norm Webster, P.Eng., chaired the Practice Standards
Committee subcommittee that devised the document.
The Council motion allows the 93-page guideline, Responsibilities for
Engineering Services for Building Projects, to go to technical editing,
publication and distribution.
Mr. Webster and the subcommittee won praise from Council. "A tremendous
amount of work was done here and we're all proud of them," said Sue
Evison, P.Eng., in her last Council meeting as president.
Coun. Ron Triffo, P.Eng., added that the new guideline and its consolidation
of old guidelines were a lot of work for one committee. "I'd really
like to thank Mr. Webster and his colleagues. This is just an exemplary
piece of work," he said.
Secondary Liability Insurance Coming
The issue of requiring members to join a national program of secondary
liability insurance returned to the council table. APEGGA is still on-board,
providing the majority of associations and members across Canada also
The proposed secondary liability insurance program would cover professionals
in situations that go beyond their normal practice. It would cover liability
after retirement or after a company ceases operations. The program would
also cover advice or work that isn't part of regular employment, such
as donated services to a community league.
The insurance would be an add-on cost to members of perhaps $10 a year,
depending on the level of participation across Canada. Coverage would
be $100,000 per claim or $250,000 per project, plus legal fees.
Nominating Committee Finalized
Rounding up nominees for future APEGGA Councils is the job of at least
11 professional members. One of the last duties of each year's Council,
in fact, is to appoint members to sit on the committee for two years.
This year, Council has approved 11 members to join six others and Past
President Sue Evison on the committee.
New nominating committee members are Kim Ng, P.Eng., chair of APEGGA's
Central Alberta branch; Tony Howard, P.Eng., a past president; Linda Van
Gastel, P.Eng., a past councillor; Elizabeth Cannon, P.Eng., a professor
with the University of Calgary; Gordon Williams, P.Geol., past executive
committee member; Diana Purdy, P.Geol., of the Government of Alberta;
Grant Smith, P.Geol., Geological Survey of Canada; Jim Henderson, P.Geoph.;
Dave Chalcroft, P.Eng.; Jamie Marriot, P.Eng.; Ted Webb, P.Eng.
Returning are Perry Kotkas, P.Geoph.; Connie Parenteau, P.Eng.; Kip Fyfe,
P.Eng.; Peter Kruselnicki, P.Eng., deputy provincial treasurer; Jim Hutton,
P.Eng.; and Vernon Fedor, P.Eng., Medicine Hat branch past chair.
Pre-screen Committee for Geoscience Technologists
A committee will pre-screen applications for Registered Professional
Technologists (Geological and Geophysical) to make the process similar
to the one for R.P.T. (Eng.). Council passed terms of reference for the
new committee, which will be an arms-length committee from the Board of
Examiners. It will forward those applications that appear to meet the
minimum threshold requirements for registration to the Board of Examiners
for further consideration.
For R.P.T. (Eng.) applicants, the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists
does the pre-screening.
Science Foundation Partners With APEGGA
APEGGA has a new partner for a newly created annual award, to be presented
as one of the Summit Awards®. Council approved a research excellence
award carrying the name of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science
and Engineering Research. This is the first of the Summit Awards®
to be presented jointly with another group.
Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., a past APEGGA president, sits on the foundation
board. The award demonstrates that the provincial government wants to
"to reach out to our professions," said Mr. Danyluk.
The foundation was established last year by the Alberta government, with
an endowment of $500 million. Six foundation board representatives are
also APEGGA members.
Recipients of the AHFSER Research Excellence Award will be selected by
representatives of APEGGA and AHFSER. It brings to 11 the total of Summit
Geoscience PD Centre Wins Support
APEGGA's support of professional development outside of its own programs
is taking a leap forward, with three years of contributions to support
the Geoscience Professional Development Centre at the University of Calgary.
Council decided to contribute $10,000 a year in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
The centre is being created with a US$50,000 award from the American Association
of Petroleum Geologists. The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
has committed $10,000 a year for three years. And the Canadian Society
of Petroleum Geologists' contribution, also of $10,000 a year, appears
to be openended, Council heard.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to show some real, substantial
support to the geoscience community," said Len Shrimpton, P.Eng.,
professional development director.