Candidate for Councillor, Tim Hohm, P.Eng.
In my 40-year career, I’ve overseen more than 600 engineers and designers as Manager of Engineering. I served on Worley’s global Engineering Leadership Team and I’m currently Chief Engineer for the Calgary office.
As a Councillor, I served on the nominating committee and the Policy and Standards Task Force, which I currently chair. Previously, I served 6 years on the Practice Standards Committee.
I’ve actively advocated that Council encourage the PRB to increase the quantity of practice reviews of permit holders inside and outside Alberta. Progress has been made and the focus remains on continuous improvement versus discipline.
Self-regulation, defined as regulation for the public benefit by one’s professional peers, has come under increasing scrutiny as such bodies are perceived as self-serving. In my experience, APEGA administration and Council are careful to avoid advocacy and public interest is the top priority.
Self-regulation also is being undermined from within. Some believe a smaller Council would be more efficient and professional governance experience is a prerequisite. I believe these changes would result in less oversight of APEGA administration and make Council less representative of its members’ regional and professional backgrounds.
If you support self-regulation, please support my bid for re-election to Council.
Answers to 4 APEGA Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
Self-regulation means people having knowledge of and skill in the practice of engineering and geoscience serve the public interest in defining and enforcing qualification requirements of the profession’s practitioners, and in developing and enforcing ethical and technical practice guidelines and standards.
What do you bring to Council?
I bring to Council 40 years of practical engineering experience, many of them as a Responsible Member. I have experience in project and corporate risk management and in engineering company governance. This informs my views on the need for practice reviews and the practicality of new and revised guidelines and standards.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does the regulator face?
Concerns over advocacy and self-interest have brought self-regulators under increasing scrutiny.
Regulation for the public benefit by one’s professional peers also is being undermined from within. APEGA leadership has noticed a trend toward smaller boards. Apparently, the optimum size is 12 vs. our current 19.
Some also want to exclude from Council anyone not having a professional governance background.
These changes would make a Council having the diverse regional and professional backgrounds of its membership less likely and would reduce oversight of APEGA administration.
Continuously more professional work products (PWP’s) are being imported. For public safety and to retain the public’s confidence, APEGA needs to ensure imported PWP’s are authenticated and meet the same ethical and technical standards as those produced in Alberta.
APEGA also needs to stay abreast of technology developments to effectively regulate new specialties like artificial intelligence.
What is the value of a professional license with APEGA?
It provides employers, clients, and the general public assurance a practitioner has the technical qualifications and skill to produce professional work products that can be relied upon for the intended purpose and prevents unqualified persons from holding themselves out to be something they are not.