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News briefs from associations in other provinces and territories.
In a referendum conducted by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the
regulatory body for the profession, 80 per cent of respondents supported
establishing the new organization, which, in addition to its advocacy
role, will take over providing member services from PEO.
Patrick Quinn, P.Eng., outgoing PEO president, and Canadian Society for Professional Engineers President Gary Macro, P.Eng., signed a memorandum of understanding on April 15 outlining terms and conditions for the transfer of services and funding support from PEO to OSPE.
According to a message from APEGM President John Hosang, P.Eng.: "The intent in the implementation of the C of A is to be unintrusive and as reasonable as possible and still meet the requirements of the Act. The bottom line in this initiative is to issue a licence (C of A) to provide professional services as a corporation. Incumbent upon a C of A holder is the requirement to carry liability insurance."
Mr. Hosang notes that engineering and geoscience practice most commonly is carried out through groups or within corporations, and he adds: "If APEGM is to effectively govern and regulate, it must have some means of accessing information within that group and requiring accountability by that body."
The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists
of the Northwest Territories (NAPEGG) Council has called upon the Professional
Development Committee to implement a guideline on voluntary professional
development at the earliest possible opportunity. The program is very
similar to those in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while reflecting
"educational access limitations and the unique learning environment
of the north." Following the first period of implementation, Council
will seek member feedback.
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