EIT and GIT Sustainability Work Experience

The addition of sustainability to the Engineer and Geoscientist in Training Acceptable Work Experience was mandated by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC’s Sustainability Management System approved by Council in 2000. To view the current proposed sustainbility additions to the document click on the link below.
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Sustainability for EIT/GIT Acceptable Work Experience Survey Results

The addition of sustainability to the Acceptable Work Experience for Engineers and Geoscientists in Training is mandated in the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Sustainability Management System approved by Council in 2000. In 2004 a survey was conducted to determine member support for the addition. The results of the survey can be viewed by opening the document below
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China needs a sustainable development model

China’s industrial development is unsustainable because its people, resources and environment cannot cope. This assertion is not the intellectual musing of a green pressure group. It is the conclusion of the State Environmental Protection Administration, a branch of Beijing’s Communist government not known for rhetorical bombshells. Pan Yue, deputy director of SEPA, said China adopted the west’s resource-hungry model of development even though it was unsuited to a country with a huge population, limited agricultural land and scarce resources. The solution is to develop renewable energy sources, slash waste and promote recycling.
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Strategic Plan 2003

APEGBC STRATEGIC PLAN The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia VISION, MISSION, VALUES AND GOALS Association Vision: BC’s Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists enhance and protect the quality of life and are recognized and respected by Industry, Government and the Public. Mission: To advance and support a professional membership dedicated to protecting the public and the environment, and creating economic value through innovation and ingenuity. Core Values: APEGBC and its Members hold paramount the following core values: – The safety, health and welfare of the public and the environment; – Professional excellence; – Integrity and ethical conduct; and – Accountability. Strategic Goals: – Responsible self-governance; – Professional excellence; – Recognition of the value of the professions; – Value for Members; – Diversity, equity and inclusivity in the professions; – Sustainability; and – Sound Association Management. The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia Goals and Objectives 1. Responsible self-governance. 1.1. Maintain currency and relevance of the legislation and regulations governing the practices of professional engineering and geoscience; 1.2. Maintain high standards for entry and practice; 1.3. Promote and enforce ethical Member practice; 1.4. Investigate all complaints in a professional, respectful and timely manner; 1.5. Enforce against infringement of the practices of the professions; 1.6. Ensure open, transparent and accountable processes with Members and the public; 1.7. Identify evolving disciplines as they arise and develop appropriate and timely admission and practice requirements; 1.8. Be a valued ally in the development of government policies and regulations that affect the practices of professional engineering and geoscience. 2. Professional excellence. 2.1. Implement and support continuing professional development in both technical and non-technical areas; 2.2. Develop programs to enhance Members professional practice; 2.3. Expand and encourage mentoring for Members. 3. Recognition of the value of the professions. 3.1. Enhance awareness of the excellence of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists and their contributions to the economy and quality of life; 3.2. Promote Professional Engineers and Geoscientists as leaders and decision makers; 3.3. Advance the status and prestige of careers in professional engineering and geoscience; 3.4. Create alliances at the local, provincial and national level; 3.5. Demonstrate leadership on government policy issues that affect professional engineering or geoscience practice; 3.6. Encourage and recognize Member involvement in community affairs, public consultation processes, and political service. 4. Value for Members. 4.1. Increase efforts to identify, monitor and respond to Member needs; 4.2. Promote the compensation of Members commensurate with the training and risk undertaken, and value provided; 4.3. Identify, create and maintain relevant Member affinity programs; 4.4. Expand and promote networking opportunities; 4.5. Seek opportunities to formalize liaisons with related professional, learned and educational societies. 5. Diversity, equity and inclusivity in the professions. 5.1. Ensure access to membership for all qualified applicants; 5.2. Encourage mutual support and respect by all Members within the professions; 5.3. Demonstrate leadership in promoting equitable, fair and progressive employment opportunities and conditions; 5.4. Foster cooperation and collaboration within and between professions. 6. Sustainability. 6.1. Implement and support the Sustainability Management System for APEGBC and its members; 6.2. Promote sustainability in the practices of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists 7. Sound Association Management 7.1. Ensure that the Associations structure, policies and processes are efficient and effective for the governance and operation of the organization; 7.2. Provide a customer service oriented approach to Members and the public; 7.3. Ensure sound Association financial stewardship.
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APEGBC 2004 Sustainability Award

The nomination period for The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) annual Sustainability Award is now closed. The Association received a number of outstanding nominations. The winner will be announced at the APEGBC annual conference in October 2004. To learn more about the APEG annual conference, follow the weblink below.
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Call for Nominations for Ethics in Action Award

Ethics in Action is an annual event that celebrates organizations and individuals who exemplify good corporate citizenship by making corporate social responsibility a key aspect of their daily operations and who act in an ethically, socially and environmentally responsible manner. These leaders are building a new business model in which principles and profits are balanced in all decision-making. This year’s awards categories are: Community Care (2 awards – Large Business or Small/Medium Sized Business) Environmental Excellence (2 awards – Large Business or Small/Medium Sized Business) Overall Leadership (2 awards – Large Business or Small/Medium Sized Business) Individual Impact (1 award – honours leaders who champion CSR in their business) For assistance with your nomination, and to help you with any questions you may have, please call Carmen Turner at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility at (604) 323-2714. To download a nominations form or for more information, go to www.ethicsinaction.com. This year’s nominations deadline is June 21, 2004 at 5:00pm.
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SFU Urban Design Program 2004

Simon Fraser University is offering the Urban Design Certificate Program from fall 2004 to spring 2005. The Program is offered in Vancouver and Calgary. The Program focuses on the education and development of mid-career professionals and is designed to: – enhance mid-career urban design skills – create a synergy between the classroom and the workplace – feature 2 and 3 day intensive courses taught by leading urban design practitioners – emphasize the economic, social and environmental aspects of urban design
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Submission by Mr. Hayes, P.Eng, to the Public Review on Offshore Oil and Gas

The following is an excerpt from the transcript of the Federal Public Review hearings on lifting the moratoria on offshore oil and gas developement in British Columbia. The hearing was held in Prince Rupert on April 14, 2004. Mr. Hayes, P.Eng is the Vice Chair of the APEGBC Northern Branch. He spoke on his own behalf. SUBMISSION BY MR. GEORGE HAYES: MR. HAYES: Just a bit of background. I was a Director of Engineering for Dominion Bridge, and we built the Gulf Canada drill rig for the Beaufort Sea and I was very much involved in that. I was co-chair for the Northwest Corridor Transportation Task Force. Oil and gas was one of the issues that we discussed and looked at. I am vice-chair of the Northern Branch of the Association of Professional Engineers, and I am on the Steering Committee for the Oil and Gas Offshore OMAE Conference which is to be held in June – June 20th to 25th – and we have got two days dedicated to B.C. offshore oil and gas issues. Now, I am going to focus on three issues – there are others, but – that I think are extremely important regarding offshore oil and gas. The first one that I consider to be critical is the First Nation land claims. First Nations located adjacent to the Coast of British Columbia have, under principles of common law as applied in Canada, an ownership right that extends beyond the tidewater and has been recognized by the courts of Canada. Ownership rights that have not been resolved by treaty exist under the Canadian Constitution, and again, having recognition by the courts of Canada. It is, therefore, suggested that the Government of Canada and British Columbia move forward as soon as possible in establishing the extent of these ownership rights. These rights have been suggested by the Delgamuukw decision that should be negotiated rather than adjudicated in the courts. In order to undertake the negotiation process, serious considerations must be given to the suggestion made by the chief negotiator of the Tsimshian Nation more than two years ago that funding be made available to the nation to undertake independent, transparent, needed research into the environmental, fisheries, socio-economic impacts of the nation. The Federal Government funding responsibilities under the Indian Act must provide this support. If outcomes of a serious ownership partnership is to be achieved with the Government of Canada and British Columbia, then a direct commitment must be undertaken now to proceed on that front. The second area that I would like to discuss is the engineering. Many meetings that I have participated in regarding the discussions around oil and gas offshore development, there seems to be an effort to sidestep the role of engineering in the process. Engineering would supply practical wisdom, not just technical mastery, though important, and an understanding of the long-term effects, not just short-term advantages, and protection of the public interest. The lack of interest by the Government of Canada may best be demonstrated by their inability to participate in a meaningful way in this international conference that is being held in Vancouver. They are just not there at this time. I think it is important. It is an important part of the Canadian — they have been invited, they have been asked. At this moment, there is no solid commitment of any kind. It is not good enough to issue a purchase order to a Norwegian consortium to drill off the Coast of British Columbia and send the royalties to Victoria and Ottawa. The research and engineering knowledge must be adjusted using local traditional engineering, research knowledge, and integrate to local conditions in the field. The decision based on experience in the Gulf of Mexico or the North Sea attached to a skyhook when it moves to the Coast of British Columbia is not adequate. It was suggested that the real partnership between the engineering community, the oil and gas development process should be treated as a matter or urgency. It is not good enough to add two more helicopters and seaplanes in Prince Rupert. The Government of Newfoundland must be congratulated for the decision to move to concrete from steel, thereby opening the door for an engineering industry. Now I would like to move to a third point, economic development. History has shown that there has been limited effort to capture opportunities offered by various resource industries as a platform for development in an engineering and manufacturing potential around the mining industry, oil and gas, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture industries in Canada, and British Columbia in particular. We have a 20-billion-dollar forest industry, we have got zero engineering, practically. We have little or no engineering for our aquaculture or fisheries industry, though we have, in many cases, been the originators. The aquaculture industry in Chile was developed in British Columbia, but we no longer have a potential for jobs, et cetera. Sweden has a 12-billion-dollar engineering industry built around a four-billion-dollar forest industry. So it is this type of thing that we should be taking a very, very careful look at developing a strategy for this type of development. It must be taken more seriously both by the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia as far as building that infrastructure. If we look at all our industries to date – and we have a big oil and gas industry in Northeastern British Columbia – where is the engineering? It is elsewhere. Just talk to the engineering community in the Northeast. This is a very, very serious matter, and I think it is quality jobs. It is also to move the technology forward to deal with environmental issues, to deal with solutions, not problems. So that is more or less my position on these three areas. But I have been involved with some of the top fests around oil and gas for quite some time.
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CFCAS 2004 Grants Competition

The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) is calling for research proposals in the following general areas: – climate system science and climate change – extreme weather – air quality – marine environmental prediction. Amongst others, the CFCAS strongly encourages proposals in: – High impact weather, including drought (i.e. weather and climate extremes) – Physical impacts of climate change Deadline for submissions: 4 pm, June 4th, 2004
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One Tonne Challenge – Click to Commit to Greenhouse Gas Reduction

The Pembina Institute kicked off Earth Week by giving Canadians a fun and easy way to personally combat climate change. The One Less Tonne tool, an interactive Web-based tool designed to help Canadians choose actions they can take to reduce greenhouse gases, was launched April 19.
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