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Daily Media Report recap: January 31-February 13, 2020

2020.02.13

The APEGA Foundation shuts down. The engineering profession answers questions about its assessment process. New professional practice guidelines from Engineers & Geoscientists BC. A new Fair Registration Practices Act in Alberta. How an engineer’s maternity leave has made her a better engineer. These were the top stories from the Daily Media Report in early February.

APEGA Foundation: APEGA announced that the APEGA Foundation is now in the dissolution process, after the APEGA Council voted in October 2019 to remove the APEGA name from the Foundation. The APEGA Foundation Board is currently accepting proposals for the distribution of the Foundation’s net assets.

Competency-based assessment: In the wake of an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail and coverage by the CBC about the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals’ use of competency-based assessment, the Globe and Mail ran a response from Engineers Canada CEO Gerard McDonald outlining the use of competency-based assessment in the engineering profession. Engineers Canada also published a more detailed piece about competency-based assessment in engineering.

BC professional practice guidelines: Engineers & Geoscientists BC recently issued four professional practice guidelines on 1) watershed assessment and management of hydrologic and geomorphic risk in the forest sector; 2) retaining wall design; 3) annual Occupational Health and Safety Regulation of BC equipment certifications and inspections; and 4) Building Enclosure Engineering Services.

Fair Registration Practices Act: The Fair Registration Practices Act comes into force in Alberta on March 1, 2020, to speed up the process of newcomers getting their credentials to practice in the province in a variety of industries. Slaw, Canada’s online legal magazine, delved deeper into the Act’s impacts on regulated professions.

Maternity leave: Afaf Azzouz writes about how maternity leave has made her a better engineer and how she has found her new “mom-gineer” identity.