Volunteer as a Discipline Committee Member

The Discipline Committee adjudicates on allegations of unskilled practice and unprofessional conduct brought before it by the Investigative Committee following complaints against APEGA members (individuals and/or permit-holding entities).

Volunteer Position Description

Reporting Structure

Discipline Committee members report through the Director of Enforcement and Permits, who is accountable for the DC administration, to the Registrar and CEO, who will report to Council. The Discipline Performance shall be monitored by the Director of Enforcement and Permits.

Qualifications

  • Licensed as a P. Eng., P. Geo., P. Geol., P. Geoph., P.L.(Eng.), P.L.(Geo.) with APEGA  
  • Minimum of ten years of industry experience.
  • Prior APEGA volunteer experience on statutory committees considered an asset.
  • Cannot serve on conflicting statutory boards, such as the Appeal Board or the Investigative Committee.
  • Tribunal decision making, communication, listening and decision writing skills considered an asset.
  • Committee and governance experience considered an asset.
  • Have exposure to reading legislation — whether it is for municipal permits, appeals in other courts, interpretation of other acts or just familiarity with the EGP act in any capacity
  • Writing legal decisions
  • Exposure to any legal proceedings, whether it is in the APEGA systems, other regulators, or through the Alberta court system.

Responsibilities

All Discipline Committee (DC) volunteer members are expected to:

  • be knowledgeable about APEGA discipline processes, policies and procedures, bringing forward any concerns to the attention of the DC and staff for consideration.
  • when selected as a member of a Formal Discipline Hearing Panel, attend and actively participate in their role all associated meetings until the Formal Discipline Hearing is concluded (typically 1 formal hearing per year).
  • when selected as a case manager for a Recommended Discipline Order, fulfill their duties until the matter is concluded (typically 2 RDOs per year).
  • attend and actively participate in scheduled DC meetings, currently held 3 times per year.
  • review the DC agenda material in advance of each meeting to be knowledgeable and able to constructively comment during DC meetings. Agenda will be available at least one week prior to each DC meeting.

Term of Office

Three years (renewable), with terms running from September to August.

Average Time Commitment

Preparation and duties as Formal Hearing Panel Member (typically 1 per year)

  • Preparation for hearing: 1 day
  • Attending the hearing: 1-3 days
  • Review of submission documents: 1-3 days
  • Decision writing: 1 to 5 days

Typical total of 4 to 12 days per year

Preparation and duties as Case Manager for RDO (typically 2 per year)

  • Review of RDO documents: 4 hours
  • Coordination and participation in meeting: 1 hour
  • Preparation of any Letters of Reprimand: 1 hour

Typical total of 6 to 12 hours per year

Preparation and attendance of 3 DC meetings per year

  •  Preparation for DC meetings: 2 hours
  •  Attendance of DC meetings: 3 hours

Total of approximately: 15 hours per year

Benefits

This is a volunteer position and has no monetary benefits. Volunteers will be reimbursed for expenses incurred as part of this volunteer position, subject to the approved APEGA Travel and Expense Claim policy. Volunteers will also be part of the APEGA volunteer management system and as such accrue volunteer service credits. Volunteer participation may also be claimed as part of APEGA's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) participation annual requirements for active and participating license holders.

Participation on this committee will also allow volunteers to enhance the following skills:

  • Increased appreciation and knowledge of the professions' regulatory obligations and legal authorities.
  • Increased governance experience.
  • Opportunity to advance the profession by sharing your knowledge and experience.  
  • Growth in individual's business network and skill set.

For more information, email the Volunteer Management Coordinator at [email protected].

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