The Annual Meeting was held virtually February 16-19, 2021, with the Business meeting happening February 19.
The AGM is an opportunity for members to hear from Council and senior staff on the organization’s strategic progress, key initiatives, and financial standing. It also provides an opportunity for registrants to participate in self-regulation by bringing forward motions for the consideration of Council.
- Continuing Professional Development schedule
- Minutes from 2020 Annual Meeting
- 2020 Financial Statements
- 2020 Annual Report
2021 By-Law Amendments
Questions submitted at the APEGNB 2021 Annual Meeting
Questions were received in advance of the APEGNB Annual Meeting this year. APEGNB believes in being transparent and therefore, below you will find questions and the responses to those questions received during the meeting February 19, 2021.
- At the 2020 AGM Council was asked to consider creating a fund for all the branches in the province (suggested $60K) to support local professional development for the members. What did the Council do with this?
Branch Professional Development opportunities are possible through virtual platforms and due to the pandemic, most branches have been able to coordinate their own events for networking or professional development activities. APEGNB facilitated calls with branch leadership and remains available to discuss and support professional development activities of the branches.
- The 2019 AGM new business discussed looking into the CofA pertaining to ALL organizations providing Engineering Services, whether expressly to the public or not (Government and Crown Corporations as well). What did the Council do with this?
Council discussed Certificates of Authorization as part of its strategic planning session and received a presentation from staff on the requirements across Canada. The topic is being reviewed by an Engineers Canada working group; Council will wait to receive the national report which is anticipated in the coming months.
- Any updates to provide based on the latest from BC and their new self-regulation model?
The British Columbia Professional Governance Act came into force on February 5th, 2021. APEGNB leaders receive regular updates at national meetings. APEGNB identified the development of a Government relations plan as key for APEGNB and continues to observe developments in BC.
- Budget, p.28 – Why the increase of 38% in Banking fees for 2021?
The service fees in 2020 were actually $46,000. The budget for 2021 is $55,000. This takes into account a requirement for members and licensees to renew their annual membership on-line through our website portal, and also rolls in the investment management fees which had always been split out as a separate line item in the past.
- What is the intent of the bylaw 2.1.3 respecting Retired Members, specifically the clause, “have no employment income”?
The current definition of “retired” is intended to avoid situations where individuals, upon retirement, “self-identify” that they are no longer practicing while providing managerial, advisory, or other professional services on a limited basis. Income from disability, pension and other non-employment sources are not considered. There is no threshold limit for income.
Council discussed this question and struck an ad hoc committee to consider the status of several membership categories contained in the bylaws.
- NBSCETT is in the process of revising their Act and is looking to introduce the changes at the Spring session of the Legislature.
- Has APEGNB been consulted on the proposed revisions and the scope of the changes? i.e. Are the changes housekeeping-related or for a right to practice?
- What steps has Council taken to address the proposed revisions.?
- What does Council need from the Membership as a whole to help?
NBSCETT met with staff in July to provide a copy of the proposed revision of the Act. Council reviewed the changes and responded to NBSCETT in August and again in December indicating that we would not support the proposed changes. APEGNB is collaborating with the Architects Association of New Brunswick to cause NBSCETT to reconsider the proposed changes. APEGNB council has struck a working group to look at options for the future and evaluate the way that engineering technology is managed in other jurisdictions.
Members were advised that they could obtain more information and tools to support the efforts at upcoming information sessions.
- Is there intent to hold all future Annual Meetings virtually? It would allow more participation from Members who cannot travel and/or take the time off.
Council and staff will consider options for the next year.
Thank you to our annual meeting sponsors: