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B.C. Engineers to Merge With Technologists

Professional engineers in British Columbia have voted in favour of merging their professional interests with technologists in the province.The move overturns the traditional guarded suspicion and prof...


September 1, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Professional engineers in British Columbia have voted in favour of merging their professional interests with technologists in the province.

The move overturns the traditional guarded suspicion and professional jealousy that has often existed between the two groups, reports CanadianConsultingEngineer.com.

In May the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) completed a special referendum. The ballot posed the question: “Do you support or oppose the proposal to integrate engineering and geoscience technology practice under amended APEGBC legislation?” The results were that 72% of respondents supported the proposal and 28% opposed it.

A similar referendum undertaken simultaneously by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC produced a 91% support rate among voting ASTTBC members.

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At the APEGBC Council meeting on June 6, the organization affirmed the proposal and agreed to ask the provincial government to amend the Engineers and Geoscientists Act to permit the merger of ASTTBC with APEGBC.

The prospects of success are good, according to the council, as government leaders have been receptive to the concept of having one Act and one association to regulate the practices of engineering, engineering technology, geoscience and geoscience technology. A formal request is to be made to the government asking that amendments be introduced for legislative consideration in the spring of 2004.