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Regulatory Associations
Sign Discipline and Enforcement Paper

Memorandum Means Associations Will Work More Closely on Two Critical Legislative Roles

Cooperative Effort

APEGGA Executive Director & Registrar Neil Windsor, P.Eng., seated at left, and APEGGA President Mike Smyth, P.Eng., seated at right, sign the new memorandom of understanding to cooperate on discipline and enforcement matters. Hollis Cole, P.Eng., outgoing CCPE president, stands behind them. The signing - and others just like it by representatives of constituent associations across Canada - took place May 24 during the CCPE Annual General Meeting in Calgary.

Canada's engineering regulatory associations signed a landmark memorandum of understanding to cooperate on discipline and enforcement activities, during the annual general meeting of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers in Calgary on May 24.

APEGGA Executive Director & Registrar Neil Windsor, P.Eng., said; "This MOU essentially puts on paper in a more formal manner many of the ways in which the associations have been cooperating in the past, but it also includes many areas where we can all be more effective and efficient by working even more closely together. Discipline and enforcement are responsibilities bestowed by legislation on each licensing authority and it is appropriate that we use every means at our disposal to do the job well."

Government has mandated APEGGA to administer the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act in a manner that ensures that public safety and well-being are well served through licensure of only fully qualified and experienced persons, and by taking appropriate action against unqualified and unlicensed persons and companies.

"Council takes this responsibility seriously," says APEGGA President Mike Smyth, P.Eng. "Our first duty is to the public we serve, who have a right to expect that we fulfill our obligations openly and honestly, and with fairness and justice to all parties."

Said Marie Lemay, P.Eng., the CEO of CCPE: "Increasingly in Canada, engineers are licensed and practicing in more than one province or territory. This agreement addresses the need for consistent discipline and enforcement activities among the engineering licensing bodies and will foster cooperation when they see the need to take joint action."

As with most professions in Canada, engineering regulation falls under the jurisdiction of the provinces and territories, whose statutes call for engineers to be licensed. In 1999 Canada's 12 engineering licensing bodies were among the first professional regulators in Canada to sign an inter-association mobility agreement to simplify multi-jurisdictional practice for their members.

This most recent document addresses the need to ensure that, wherever they practice, Canada's engineers continue to meet the standards of conduct and practice necessary to protect public safety. It calls for cooperation between the provincial and territorial engineering regulators on the exchange of information for the purposes of discipline and enforcement.

The memorandum includes appropriate investigative and disciplinary action against licensed individuals and corporations practicing professional engineering or using engineering titles without the appropriate licence in another jurisdiction. The regulators have also agreed to work together on lack of compliance, which is the unlicensed practice of engineering and the misuse of engineering titles.

The document was signed at the CCPE Annual General Meeting on May 24 in Calgary.

CCPE is the national organization of the provincial and territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.

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