AC Director’s Report March 2010
The last AC meeting was held on the 6th of February2010 and reported at the 19th/20th February 2010 Board meeting.
Dates of AC SC and AC Meetings;
a. AC SC – 24 April 2010; 11 June 2010; 28 August 2010.
b. AC meetings – 29 May 10; 10 July 10; 2 October 10.
BY-LAW 2 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
2.1 The fundamental aim of the Institute is to serve its members by acting as their collective bargaining agent and by representing them in relation to their individual and collective employment situations.
2.2 The Institute shall seek to reinforce the professional effectiveness of its members and to improve the application of professional standards and the availability of appropriate opportunities for professional development.
2.3 The Institute shall endeavour to manage the organization and its resources in an efficient and effective manner.
As part of a continuing effort to explore relationships with professional organizations in order convey our message to political decision makers and employers, the NR Group, supported by the PRQC has liaised with the Professional engineers of Ontario (PEO) for the last two years. This has resulted in numerous presentations made by PEO senior staff at PIPSC events, articles published by PEO in their communications publications and direct support during negotiations, arbitration and judicial review. The PEO has embarked on a new strategy to convey the message on who their professionals are and the value to the public. This is a message that PIPSC professionals want to convey for their respective occupations.
This discussion paper outlines the PEO initiative in order to provide a different approach to being heard by the ‘employer’.
The PEO Government Liaison Program
To be a world-class regulator, PEO Council recognized the importance of government hearing our voice as a regulator for more than 72,000 professional engineers, and in 2005 the Government Liaison Program was created. The program positions PEO on the same side of the table with government to solve public interest issues related to professional engineering to make available their talent to solve public interest issues and participate in the formation of good public policy.
A license to practice professional engineering in Ontario is a commitment that holds the practitioner accountable to the public and the profession. PEO needs to use its province wide strength to get the message across to all levels of government.
Integrated into PEO chapter operations, the Government Liaison Program engages members in a number of initiatives through a comprehensive three-pronged approach:
1. Facilitating strong, on-going relationships between chapter members and their local MPPs
2. Actively monitoring and taking action on policy proposals and upcoming legislation that could affect PEO and the Professional Engineers Act
3. Providing communications & policy support to express PEO policy positions to government policy makers
Ultimately, the long term desire is that involvement in the Government Liaison Program sparks the interest of more engineers to hold public office and have the profession's voice represented directly at the decision-making table.
The PEO Ottawa Chapter’s Director, Guy Boone, PEng, organized a visit to Parliament Hill on March 23, 2010. The intent was to attend Question Period followed by a Meet and Greet to include Professional Engineers holding offices in the House of Commons and Senate. In addition, the even was undertaken with the national body, Engineers, Canada (CEO Chantal Guay, PEng, Marc Bourgeois, Director of Communications and Public Affairs and Alana Lavoie, Manager of Government Relations to discuss ways the PEO Government Liaison Program (GLP) can better support Engineers Canada.
The PEO Eastern Region Chapters had an opportunity to attend Question Period and were invited to sit in the Opposition Gallery. The engineers attending this event were introduced to the many MPs (including Jim Flaherty) before the event and later hosting a ‘meet and greet’ at Milestones to talk about possibilities and discuss how the PEO GLP Engineers can better partner with Engineers Canada. Senators Mac Harb & Joseph Day were able to join us and talk about their experiences and how engineers can have a greater influence as a single unified voice. Senator Day offered to host events on the Hill to allow maximum exposure to MPs and Senators – he does this for the Canadian Patent Examiners – once an occupation of Senator Day.
Follow on Efforts
It has been suggested that the PEO Ottawa Chapter & GLP Committee may want to host a Candidate College in support of PEO's goal to elect 11 engineers in the 2011 legislature and promote engineers running for municipal council.
What’s in it for PIPSC
This is not just an engineering effort, rather, the efforts of a liked sized organization that works in the public interest and is striving for greater visibility. Sharing ideas and gleaning what is necessary for PIPSC members and PIPSC as a whole will bring us to a more visible position with politicians, the employers and the public in general.
Photo was taken by Roger Smith - CTV
Reported by J. Podrebarac PEng, PMP
25 March 2010