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Counting down the top 5 engineering news stories of 2020

2020.12.17

These were the most-read stories from the Engineers Canada Daily Media Report this year. Read on as we take a look back at the top five stories from the engineering world in 2020.

Iron Ring Ceremony criticism: The Camp 5 Iron Ring Ceremony faced backlash in early 2020 after a series of sexist remarks were made during a briefing in advance of the 2020 ceremony. The Engineering Undergraduate Society at UBC subsequently announced that the Iron Ring Ceremony would no longer be run by Camp 5 because of sexist remarks at this year’s briefings and at past ceremonies.

Engineers Canada President: In May, Engineers Canada welcomed Jean Boudreau as president for the 2020-2021 term.

Professional regulation in BC: A message from the President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia outlined the provincial government’s changes to the professional regulation in the province. The architect regulator joined Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia and four other regulators in the natural resources and built environment sector professions under the Professional Governance Act.  

Ethical renaissance in engineering: In the context of the climate crisis, an opinion piece on CorporateKnights.com calls for engineering regulators to institute modernized guidelines, stricter regulations and heedful enforcement to hold engineering companies accountable for their environmental and social repercussions.

Mount Polley: Three engineers responsible for the tailings pond faced hearings in front of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s disciplinary committee in June this year. They faced charges of professional misconduct.