|The following items were
among those considered or on the agenda at the Sept. 21 Council meeting
in Medicine Hat.
Council was provided a status report regarding CPD enforcement and discussed
the consequences for members who do not report their CPD hours. Failure
to comply may constitute unprofessional conduct, resulting in complaints
against members being lodged by the Practice Review Board with the Investigative
Committee. In these instances, the discipline process would be initiated.
At present there are no cases of this nature being investigated. A further
report to Council is anticipated in November.
Council approved a motion regarding the interpretation of the Regulations
regarding stamping practices. All originals and all copies of final documents
of a professional nature "must include a signed and dated professional
stamp or a facsimile thereof". The intent of this amendment to the
Regulations is to ensure that professional documents prepared all be identified
and authenticated as work being completed by a licensed professional member.
The Practice Review Board and Practice Standards Committee were asked
to review the revised Stamping Guideline to identify which items constitute
professional documents and ensure these are clearly indicated in the Guideline.
Recommendations will be brought back to Council in November.
APEGGA Business Plan
The 2000-2010 Business Plan, which outlines strategic directions for the
Association, was accepted by Council. The document synthesizes recommendations
arising from the Council strategic planning session held last May; task
forces on emerging disciplines, the geosciences and relevancy; and discussions
by senior management. The guiding principles for the Association continue
to be protection of the public as paramount, real value being delivered
to stakeholders, APEGGA's professional reputation and service to society
founded on earned public trust, and APEGGA serving all its members and
permit holders equally. In addition to the five existing strategic directions,
three new initiatives were identified: facilitating mobility of professionals,
differentiating members and permit holders from non-registered individuals
and corporations, and advocacy playing a greater role. The Business Plan
will serve as the framework for budget discussions in November.
APEGGA Director of Compliance David Todd, P.Eng., presented an information
report outlining the Association's definition of 100 per cent compliance.
Council requested the Acts, Regulations and Bylaws Committee review the
definition of the practice of engineering, geology and geophysics according
to the EGGP Act and its findings be brought back to Council for further
Software Engineering Panel
A final report from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE)
and Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Software
Engineering Panel was tabled. The panel's central recommendation was that
a Software Engineering Accreditation Board (SEAB) be formed, through the
co-operation and agreement of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
and the Computer Science Accreditation Council. This new national body
will have full rights and responsibilities for providing accreditation
for software engineering programs. Council supported this initiative and
thanked Dr. David Lynch, P.Eng., Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the University
of Alberta, and Dr. Fred Otto, P.Eng., Alberta Director, CCPE, for their
significant contributions to resolving this issue.
New CCPE Programs
Two new national programs for members were approved by Council. Manulife
Financial is offering a financial management plan known as Manulife One
to members. The program allows for the consolidation of credit card payments,
loans, etc. under one account at a fixed rate (currently at prime) based
on the value of members' homes, enabling them to reduce their debts faster
and to save on interest payments. The second CCPE initiative, a national
secondary professional liability program, will encompass areas not covered
by primary liability insurance, i.e. post-retirement, outside main employment,
etc. Both programs will be offered on a voluntary basis.
Changes to Scholarships
Tony Howard, P.Eng., presented a report from the APEGGA Education Foundation.
The Foundation is recommending changes to the APEGGA scholarships program.
The matter was forwarded to the Communications Planning Committee, Honours
and Awards Committee, APEGGA Branches and staff for further review. An
assessment of these recommendations will be brought to Council in November.
Assessment of Members Requesting Reinstatement
A Professional Development Committee report recommending that APEGGA assess
members who are asking for reinstatement in the same fashion as those
members who ask for resumption of practicing status was accepted. Before
reinstatement is granted, individuals will be reviewed or assessed as
to their competency by the Practice Review Board. Exemptions will be granted
to those who have been non-practicing or unregistered for less than two
years or those who have been registered in another jurisdiction for two
to seven years.
ERC/CPC Joint Advertising Campaign
Council was made aware of a joint initiative of the Enforcement Review
Committee and Communications Planning Committee to raise awareness of
the requirement for professional licensure and awareness of the value
of APEGGA registration (see article in this issue page 1).
The Presidential Honorarium Task Force, led by former APEGGA President
Dan Motyka, P.Eng., recommended that some form of honorarium may be appropriate
and requested three groups to consider the matter and provide recommendations.
The Governance Committee is to review the role of the president and assess
the time commitment required of the president and opportunities to delegate
responsibilities to other members of Council or staff; the two most recent
Past Presidents and the Executive Director are to prepare an information
package for members and seek stakeholder input; and Public Members on
Council are to establish a mechanism for determining the amount, if any,
of an honorarium; should one be recommended.
Council directed the Executive Director to send a letter to the Minister
reinforcing APEGGA's position that pressure vessels in Alberta should
be stamped by a professional engineer.
Geoscience Task Force
Task Force Chair Elaine Honsberger, P.Geoph., presented a report requesting
APEGGA, through the Executive Director, set up and participate in two
meetings per year with the APEGGA president, APEGGA geoscience councillors,
and geoscience technical society presidents to discuss key professional
geoscience issues. Further to this, the Geoscience Task Force was disbanded
CCPE Board met in Halifax Sept. 9-10. During its strategic planning session,
three areas garnered prominence -- corporate relations, student relations
and a national registration system (CanEng). Bylaw changes were endorsed
by the CCPE Board. These include changes in the titles of CCPE senior
officers (Marie Lemay, ing. will now be CEO, CCPE Board chair's title
will now be president) and the ability for members to call a meeting of
the Board. These changes have yet to be approved by the members. CCPE
Board asked the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board to provide a
report before the end of September on the assessment of software accreditation
criteria being proposed. Recommendations to go to Board at its next meeting.
The "Diversity in Engineering" policy was changed to "Women
in Engineering" to promote the involvement of women in the profession.
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Nova Scotia
was provided $25,000 to deal with discipline issues arising out of the
Westray Mine explosion. CCPE provided the assistance to ensure appropriate
discipline action is taken on issues of national interest. CCPE has developed
a response to Bill C-31, which changes the basis of assessment of immigration
applicants from an occupation to a skill base and establishes credentialing
agents in each province. The Bill has received first reading in the House
of Commons, and APEGGA will make a presentation to the Standing Committee
that is touring the country and receiving submissions on this issue.
A revised CCPG mobility agreement will be sent to constituent associations
for review before December. CCPG has joined with CCPE to review Bill C-31
as indicated above. Dr. Hugh Miller, past chair of the CCPG, attended
an international professional geology conference this July in Spain where
ethics, professional titles and profiles, mobility and education were
discussed. Both the Irish and English geological societies expressed an
interest in the CPD programs of Alberta and Newfoundland. The next meeting
of the CCPG is in November.