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Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC - 1 Lay Councillor

Requisition #2344813
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamEngineering
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions1
Posting Date07-Oct-2020
Expiry Date05-Nov-2020
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure

 

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is the regulatory body responsible for individuals who undertake and assume responsibility for professional engineering and geoscience work in BC. Engineers and Geoscientists BC regulates these professions under the authority of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act and (anticipated in Fall of 2020), the new Professional Governance Act (PGA).

 

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s duty is to serve and protect the public interest with respect to the exercise of the professions of engineering and geoscience, professional governance and the conduct of registrants. Engineers and Geoscientists BC sets and maintains high academic, experience, and professional standards for over 37,000 registrants. Individuals licensed by Engineers and Geoscientists BC are the only persons permitted by law to undertake and assume responsibility for engineering and geoscience projects in BC.

 

Engineers and Geoscientists BC are governed by a Council of elected registrants and government appointees, and the Council is accountable to the public through the Ministry of the Attorney General, under the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance.

 

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is the 3rd largest regulator in the province. The office is located in Burnaby and currently employs 83 permanent employees and 15 contract employees with an annual operating budget of approximately $18 million. For more information, visit https://www.egbc.ca/.

Strategic Direction

As an organization, Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s mission is to serve the public interest as a progressive regulator. Under the PGA, Engineers and Geoscientists BC have a defined set of responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • serving and protecting the public interest with respect to the practice of professional engineering & geoscience, the governance of the profession, and the conduct of registrants;
  • regulating the practice of professional engineering & geoscience;
  • protecting reserved titles and reserved practice of professional engineering & geoscience in the interest of the public;
  • governing registrant professionals according to the PGA, all relevant regulations and Engineers and Geoscientists BC bylaws;
  • establishing requirements for registration;
  • establishing and enforcing standards of practice, ethical, professional, and competency standards, as well as continuing education requirements for registrant professionals; and
  • conducting fair and transparent investigations and discipline procedures as necessary to protect the public’s interest.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s governance, conduct and delivery is guided by these principles:

 

  1. We act first and foremost in the public interest.
  2. We proactively plan for the future.
  3. We support effective governance.
  4. We consult with our registrants and stakeholders.
  5. We foster diversity and inclusivity.
  6. We support national collaboration.
  7. We provide sufficient resources to fulfil our responsibilities.
  8. We provide effective support and recognition for volunteers, staff and registrants.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Strategic Plan provides direction and focus to the organization’s activities and can be found at https://www.egbc.ca/About/Governance/Strategic-Plan  

 

Vacant Position(s)

 

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is seeking to fill one lay councillor position this fall. Applications to this Notice of Position may be considered for future vacancies.

Experience and Qualifications

While previous experience as a councillor is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a Council and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to Council decision-making and oversight.

 

Part of Engineers and Geoscientists BC ’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new Council members and ongoing professional development for new members.

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.

 

To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.

Competencies/Attributes

The successful candidate must:

  • be a BC resident;
  • not be a registrant of Engineers and Geoscientists BC;
  • have no immediate family members in the profession; and
  • be free of conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest.

 

Attributes, skills and interests sought in lay councillor candidates include:

 

operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:

 

  • strategic management and organizational change;
  • operations;
  • internal control and accounting;
  • legal expertise;
  • financial expertise;
  • technology;
  • communications;
  • public sector administration;
  • human resources;
  • labour relations; and
  • risk management.

 

  • time to devote to Council and committee business;
  • ability to absorb and grasp substantial volumes of information;
  • experience in non-profit association governance;
  • experience in professional regulation and related administrative law;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector;
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization;
  • willingness to travel within BC;
  • a record of community service; and
  • ability to communicate via electronic means (phone, e-mail, video conferencing).

Time Commitment

 

Councillors should expect to spend a minimum of 100 hours per year on Council work for mandatory Council activities, plus preparation time (approximately 50 hours per year).

 

The Council meets approximately 11-12 times a year to develop policy and address strategic policy issues. Council meetings and committee meetings are normally held in the Lower Mainland and travel time to attend meetings should be considered.

 

There are five full-day Council meetings per year, typically held on a Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

 

In addition to Council meetings, councillors are required to attend:

  • An orientation session (one day)
  • Three to four workshops (half day or full day prior to select Council meetings)
  • One 2-day planning session
  • Six to eight committee meetings (2–4 hours in length)
  • The annual general meeting (one day)

Term

Lay councillor terms under the PGA are for three years, with no more than 6 consecutive years for successive terms. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may set a term for an individual lay councillor that is shorter than three years. CABRO policy of appointing lay councillors for 1 year followed by 2 year and 3 year renewals for a maximum of 6 years to be followed subject to satisfactory performance and continued interest of the lay councillor.

 

Compensation

Travel and other reasonable expenses related to Council business are reimbursed. Lay councilors receive an honorarium of $250 per Council meeting attended, and $100 for each meeting attended of any Committees and/or Task Forces to which they have been appointed by Council up to a daily maximum of $250. This honorarium applies to all regular and extraordinary Council meetings as well as the Annual Council Planning Session, Council Forums and the Annual Conference and AGM.

Governance Structure

Under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, the Council is composed of 17 councillors, 13 of whom are elected by registrants (Elected councillors) and four of whom are appointed by government (Appointed councillors).

 

Appointed councillors combine broad business and commercial experience with independent and objective judgment and they provide independent perspective that complements and sometimes challenges that of the Elected councillors and the senior leadership team. The balance between Elected and Appointed councillors enables the Council to provide clear and effective leadership across organizational activities.

 

Under the PGA, the governance structure of council will transition to 12 councillors, 7 of whom are elected by registrants (Elected councillors) and 4 of whom are appointed by government (Appointed councillors).

 

Council is supported by a senior leadership team and various committees and task forces.

Council Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

The Council’s role is to oversee the management and affairs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC and to take reasonable steps to ensure that the organization achieves its legislated mandate as defined in the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, and the Professional Governance Act. The Council delegates responsibility for the day-to-day operations to the CEO and Registrar.

 

The council’s role is that of:

  • Leader - set the strategic direction, and empowering senior management to implement council direction;
  • Overseer - evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable;
  • Steward - provide stewardship for the effective delivery of Engineers and Geoscientists BC mandate; and
  • Reporter - report to government, interested parties, the public, and others.

Responsibilities

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Council terms of reference set out Council’s approach and responsibilities in key areas including strategy; regulatory; capital plans and budgets; financial information and systems; monitoring and reporting; risk management; leadership and human resources.

 

Applicants are encouraged to view the Council Terms of Reference found here.

 

Accountabilities

 

The Council is accountable to the public through the Ministry of the Attorney General, under the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (Office of Superintendent). In carrying out the duties of the Council, members of Council will act in accordance with all relevant powers, and responsibilities set out in the Acts, regulations, Engineers and Geoscientists BC bylaws and policies. In addition, the Council will act in accordance with the Office of the Superintendent’s standards and directives.

 

Council Composition

 

The individuals who make up the Council should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management of Engineers and Geoscientists BC; and
  • account for the performance of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Personal Attributes

All councillors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • Act in the public interest;
  • Have held leadership positions in organizations with regulatory or public responsibilities either as a board member or as a member of staff;
  • Have experience with the development of policy and oversight of its application;
  • Have high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • Be a good strategic thinker and have strong reasoning skills;
  • Be willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • Be flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • Have the courage to make difficult decisions;
  • Possess financial fluency;
  • Have knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • Be able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the engineering and geoscience sectors.

Competencies

Collectively, the Council should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of Engineers and Geoscientists BC including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • internal control and accounting,
    • technology,
    • communications,
    • public sector administration,
    • human resources,
    • labour relations, and
    • risk management.
  • Strategic leadership;
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting Engineers and Geoscientists BC and its sectors; and
  • knowledge of the community served by Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

List of Current Councillors and Senior Executives

Name

First

Appointed

Term Ends

Position

Appointed:

David Wells

Nov. 7/16

Nov. 30/20

Lay Councillor

Sukhjinder Kaur Cheema

Nov. 7/16

Nov. 30/20

Lay Councillor

Leslie Hildebrandt

Nov. 30/18

Nov. 30/20

Lay Councillor

Vacant

 

 

Lay Councillor

 

Elected:

Lianna Mah, P.Eng., FEC

Oct. 21/17

Oct. 17/20

President

Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Oct. 22/15

Oct. 17/20

Past President

Larry Spence, P.Eng.

Oct. 22/16

Oct. 17/20

Vice President

Susan MacDougall, P.Eng.

Oct. 22/16

Oct. 17/20

Registrant Councillor

Richard Brock Nanson, P.Eng.

Oct. 22/16

Oct. 17/20

Registrant Councillor

Jeremy Vincent, P.Geo.

Oct. 17/17

Oct. 30/21

Registrant Councillor

Antigone Dixon-Warren, P.Geo

Oct. 20/18

Oct. 17/20

Registrant Councillor

Kevin Turner, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Oct. 20/18

Oct. 17/20

Registrant Councillor

Dr. Tom Tiedje, P.Eng.

Oct. 19/19

Oct. 30/21

Registrant Councillor

Mark Adams, P.Eng.

Oct. 19/19

Oct. 30/21

Registrant Councillor

Christine Plante, P.Geo.

Oct. 19/19

Oct. 30/21

Registrant Councillor

Nathan Ozog, P.Eng., FEC

Oct. 19/19

Oct. 30/21

Registrant Councillor

Dr. Brent Ward, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)

Oct. 19/19

Oct. 17/20

Registrant Councillor

Senior Executives:

Ann English, P.Eng., FEC, FCSSE

Chief Executive Officer & Registrar

Tony Chong, P.Eng., FEC, FCSSE

Chief Regulatory Officer & Deputy Registrar

Jennifer Cho, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Max Logan

Chief of Strategic Operations

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply” button at the top of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website. For information on the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO) refer to CABRO website.

 

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at abc@gov.bc.ca or by telephone at 604 660-0465.