on Honorarium Proposal
In 1998 APEGGA Council considered the requirement to provide some sort
of honorarium to future presidents. This compensation might be available
either to the president or to his/her employer to compensate for lost
revenues resulting from attending to responsibilities as APEGGA president.
It is hoped that this initiative might create the opportunity for members,
who would otherwise not be in a position to do so, to offer themselves
for nomination to this important position in the service of our professions.
At the 1999 Annual General Meeting a proposal to provide for such an honorarium
was tabled for further debate and stakeholder input. Subsequently, Council
appointed a task force to fully consider all aspects of this proposal.
The task force reported to Council in September 2000 that, in recognition
of the leadership provided by the president of APEGGA, some form of honorarium
is appropriate. It made three recommendations:
First, that a subcommittee consisting of two recent past presidents,
Dan Motyka, P.Eng. and Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., together with the executive
director, should be charged with receiving stakeholder input from a broad
cross section of the membership.
Second, that the Governance Committee of Council should review the role
and responsibilities of the president and make recommendations on the
appropriate roles for the president and executive director.
Third, that a subcommittee, comprised of the public members on Council
together with such additional persons from the general public as they
deem necessary, should consider and recommend an appropriate form and
amount for an honorarium.
The Governance Committee has considered the roles and responsibilities
of the president and is recommending to Council that they are appropriate
and also that the division of responsibilities between the president and
the executive director is correct and should remain unchanged. Meetings
to receive stakeholder input from a broad cross section of the membership
are being scheduled.
During the past year or so members have raised a number of questions
concerning this proposal. The following are some of the more frequently
asked questions and answers to them.
Q: Why is an honorarium being considered now
when many very capable presidents have served in the past without any
form of compensation?
Past presidents have all provided tremendous service to our professions
and have done so willingly, although some of them endured financial losses.
APEGGA has changed rapidly in recent years and members are demanding even
more change. This change has seen APEGGA become more pro-active especially
in the areas of building relationships with government, business and the
general public, national issues with CCPE/CCPG and sister associations,
as well as national and international mobility negotiations.
Q: What demands has this placed on the president's
The demand on the president's time has increased accordingly to an estimated
50 per cent of the normal work year, including a considerable number of
nights and weekends away from the family home.
Q: What is the president's key function on behalf
of the membership?
The president is the chief spokesperson for APEGGA and provides leadership
to our members and to society in general. As the largest professional
association in Alberta, APEGGA is often a role model for other associations
and an example of what professionalism and ethics means.
Q: How will an honorarium help?
An honorarium will do two things. First, it will eliminate some of the
financial disincentives faced by members and/or their employers resulting
from productive time lost. Second, it will enable many other members,
particularly younger members who may not yet have established financial
independence or whose employer is not in a position to support them, to
offer themselves for nomination.
Q: Has there been a problem identifying willing
Each year the Nominating Committee selects a list of potential candidates
to be approached to run for office. This year seventeen candidates were
identified and, from this prioritized list, only two candidates accepted
Q: Would an honorarium
have made a difference?
We estimate that about six of the candidates who declined would have
accepted if an honorarium were available to compensate them or their employer
for the financial burden.
Q: What kind of an honorarium is being considered
and how much?
If it is decided to proceed with an honorarium the subcommittee of public
members will determine the form and amount for any honorarium to be made
Q: What do other similar associations provide
to their presidents?
Compensation varies in both the amount and the form. In some cases it
is a straight honorarium, in other cases it is a combination of lump sum
honorarium to compensate for miscellaneous expenses plus compensation
for revenue loss based on either lump sum or per diem, provision of a
vehicle and other benefits.