APEGS Governance Review Underway
arlier this year, APEGS determined that membership growth combined with changes in the regulatory environment make it timely to review the association’s governance structure and activities. The current committee structure is from the late 1980s which is pre-Internet and prior to the addition of geoscientists, engineering licensees and geoscience licensees.
As well, the regulatory toolkit has changed with the removal of the licence for permission to consult and the introduction of required reporting on continuing professional development and online competency-based assessment experience reporting.
The impact of technology on operations and communications has been profound. For example, who in 1990 could have foreseen that APEGS would process online licence renewals from approximately 1,000 geoscientists, 12,500 engineers and 4,900 applications in 2018?
Regina-based T. Bakkeli Consultants Inc. will conduct the review. Stormy Holmes, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Bob McDonald, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), Shawna Argue, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) and Tina Maki, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) are the members of the Steering Committee that will oversee the project. Senior staff and volunteers will be asked to provide information and will have the opportunity to provide input regarding issues and potential improvements. As well, research will be done to obtain information from other professional self-regulated organizations.
“APEGS Council deems it necessary to conduct this review due to substantial changes to technology and growth of the organization since the last review. We will gain insight into changes that could contribute to regulatory effectiveness and efficiency”, said Stormy Holmes, APEGS Past-President.
“APEGS has been attentive to changing requirements in the past while looking towards the future and this is one more tool to support the organization as we move forward.”
The project will include a review of council, boards, committees and operations, all or some of which may see changes. Recommendations that council will consider are expected to create a modernized structure aligned with regulatory responsibilities, increased role clarity and to enhance APEGS’s ability to plan and prioritize volunteer and staff activities.
The final report is expected early in 2020 with any changes approved by Council implemented following that. “I am pleased that APEGS is undertaking this review, which will help APEGS continue to meet its objects of safeguarding the public and the environment and to regulate the professions in the public interest. It is important to ensure that APEGS obligations to the public remain paramount in a contemporary professional regulatory environment,” Bob McDonald, APEGS Executive Director & Registrar said.
If you have questions about the project, please contact the APEGS project manager, Tina Maki, Director of Special Projects.
Please stay tuned for opportunities to provide input.