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Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board seeking two members-at-large

2020.11.05

The Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board (CEQB) is seeking two members-at-large, who will contribute to the CEQB’s ongoing work in developing national guidelines and examination syllabi. These volunteer positions require an active, long-term commitment and a passion for advancing regulatory excellence in support of the Canadian engineering profession. Candidates who bring significant career experience and diverse perspectives to the table are highly desired.

The successful candidates will travel (as external circumstances permit) to attend bi-annual CEQB meetings, and will also join in regular teleconference calls throughout the year to review and provide feedback on briefing materials prepared by the CEQB Secretariat. While the positions are unpaid, Engineers Canada covers travel expenses for CEQB members and provides networking opportunities. Travel and teleconference calls occur during both normal business hours and on weekends.

CEQB Mandate

The Qualifications Board supports the Engineers Canada Board on matters pertaining to qualifications and practice of engineering through several main activities:

  • Developing new national guidelines on qualifications and practice issues
  • Developing examination syllabi to assist regulators in the assessment of applicants for licensure
  • Maintaining 22 national guidelines/model guides and 24 examination syllabi
  • Conducting research, monitoring, and providing advice on key issues and trends
  • Providing expertise on issues impacting engineering at the national level

CEQB Structure

The CEQB reports to the Engineer Canada Board, and is supported by standing committees made up primarily of CEQB members:

  • Admission Issues Committee
  • Continuing Competence Committee
  • Engineer-in-Training Committee
  • Environment and Sustainability Committee
  • Practice Committee
  • Syllabus Committee

Task forces are also struck by the CEQB on an as-needed basis to address issues that fall outside of the scope of the standing committee structure. The CEQB is also supported by an Executive Committee and Nominations Committee, whose membership is predetermined by Engineers Canada Board policy.

Skills and qualifications

  • Must be licensed to practice engineering in Canada
  • Must have a keen interest in learning about all regulators’ legislation and practices and contributing to development of a national stance on key policy issues
  • Must have a keen interest in collaborating on national guidelines relating to the regulation of Engineering in Canada
  • Experience in participating on a regulator’s committee is normally expected and experience in chairing committees is desirable

Engineers Canada is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the engineering profession and every effort will be made to reflect the diversity of the membership of the engineering profession. Engineers Canada is committed to Indigenous people’s access to engineering and is also committed to supporting the recruitment, retention, and professional development of women in engineering.

Term of Office

Members of the QB are normally appointed for three years by the Engineers Canada Board, based on recommendations of the Qualifications Board Nominating Committee. Appointments are renewable for up to two consecutive terms.

Average Time Commitment

On average, a QB member should expect to attend two face to face meetings per year and regular teleconference calls (2 to 4, one-hour calls/month, on average). In preparation for meetings, members are expected to read background documents.

Benefits

These positions provide a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with other senior members of the engineering profession from across Canada. Members of the CEQB make important contributions to the profession by engaging with timely issues, as determined in collaboration with regulators and the Engineers Canada Board. In 2021, for example, key topics will include indigenous consultation and engagement on engineering projects, a national feasibility study on methods of assessing academic knowledge, and ongoing work on a guideline on gender inclusive practices in engineering workplaces. Work will also proceed on refreshing several engineering syllabi, which are used to assess the qualifications of applicants for licensure.

Applications should include a brief cover letter and cv. Questions and nominations can be sent to Ryan Melsom, Manager, Qualifications and CEQB Secretary, at ryan.melsom@engineerscanada.ca. Applications must be received no later than January 8, 2021.