Terri-Jane Yuzda


Editor's Note: Following is a report on the most recent APEGGA Council meeting, held April 25 in the D.A. Lindberg Conference Centre at the Association's Edmonton offices. This was the final meeting of the 2001-2002 Council. Five meetings per year are held, in Edmonton, Calgary and one of the branch communities. The next meeting, the first under newly elected President Ron Tenove, P.Eng., will be held Thursday, June 13, at the Westin Hotel in Calgary

CSEG Develops Agreement
For Seismic Data Licensing

The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists has developed a master licensing agreement for the use of seismic data. CSEG representatives appeared before Council Feb. 7, explaining the master licensing agreement and seeking monetary support. APEGGA Council decided to support the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists with $15,000 to recognize the work it's done developing this material.

CCPE Revenue Drops
The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers faces a major loss of revenue because federal regulations will no longer call on the CCPE to conduct initial assessments of potential engineering immigrants. In the past, CCPE assessed whether engineers applying for immigration have the qualifications for licensure. The actual approval of licensure does not rest with CCPE. It is the responsibility of boards of examiners of the provincial associations.

Although the regulations under new immigration legislation won't officially take effect until June, the word is already out among engineers planning to immigrate. The number of assessments has dropped dramatically, Council heard.
The CCPE shortfall amounts to $1.9 million in 2002 and $3.2 million in 2003. The reduction in revenue has already resulted in budget revisions, and the CCPE's strategic plan cannot be fulfilled without new money, said CCPE director Fred Otto, P.Eng., PhD, and CCPE executive member Noel Cleland, P.Eng. APEGGA and other constituent associations may be asked to increase the per-member levy they pay to CCPE to cover at least some of the shortfall.

The Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists faces a smaller - but equally significant -- shortfall because of the loss of its initial assessments. The $18,000 loss comes out of a $90,000 budget, said director Bob Comer, P.Geoph.

Mentoring Program Scaled Back

A formal mentoring program piloted in Calgary isn't generating the kind of industry support and user demand necessary to justify a major, formal commitment from APEGGA, Council has decided. Mentoring will remain an APEGGA program, however. From now on, it will include the existing mentoring guideline; new, "substantially developed" training seminars; a new system of Web-based support; and possibly other initiatives if there's a need.

Since September, the program has attracted eight companies, with about 145 mentees prepared to participate. "Response from the approximately 55 mentees (plus associated mentors) who have gone through the training and feedback sessions has been very positive. However, there is insufficient demand and the cost to promote and service the program, as it was originally designed, is unsustainable," said Len Shrimpton, P.Eng., director of professional development, in his report to Council.

APEGGA will discontinue promoting the Association-industry partnership portion of the mentoring program, but will fulfill its obligation to the eight companies.

New Practice Standards Accepted

Council accepted two new practice standards for publication - one designed to ensure the quality inspection of geophysical data, the other to clarify the when, what and how of stamping, signing and dating documents. Drafts of both were publicized on the Web and in The PEGG, and members' comments have been considered in the creation of the final drafts.

The Practice Standard for Quality of Inspection of Geophysical Data arose from information gathered in the proactive program of random professional practice reviews conducted by the Practice Review Board. The reviews found that APEGGA needs to publish the standard it expects when members make quality inspections of other companies' geophysical data.

The Practice Standard for Authenticating Professional Documents is a new version of the guideline last revised in 1996. It recognizes that the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act no longer requires a permit stamp. And a section on authenticating electronic documents has been updated to reflect current principles.

Both standards are now up on the APEGGA website, www.apegga.org, and printed versions will be available shortly.

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