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MAY 2024
23MAY

Engineering Regulators Sign Agreement to Strengthen Collaboration and Harmonization

On May 23, 2024, Canada’s 12 engineering regulators across the country gathered to sign a National Statement of Collaboration to further expand their partnership. The signing ceremony took place in Winnipeg as part of Engineers Canada’s 2024 Spring Meetings and Annual Meeting of Members.

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23MAY

Engineers Canada’s Names Philip Rizcallah as Chief Executive Officer

President Nancy Hill, B.A.Sc., LL.B., FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., and the Board of Engineers Canada are pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Rizcallah, P.Eng., as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective August 6, 2024. Rizcallah succeeds Gerard McDonald, MBA, P.Eng., ICD.D, who will be retiring after six years of service to the association.

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10MAY

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Welcomes Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, as CEO/Registrar/Secretary

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, as the CEO/Registrar/Secretary, effective immediately.

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9MAY

Paul Hubley, P.Geo., FGC to become new CEO of Geoscientists Canada

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce that Paul Hubley, P.Geo., FGC, will take the helm of Geoscientists Canada as Chief Executive Officer upon the retirement of the current CEO, Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, on May 31, 2024. With effect as of May 1, 2024, Mr. Hubley will serve as Incoming CEO as part of the leadership transition.

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APRIL 2024
17APR

Call for Abstracts - 2024 Ingenium Professional Development Seminars

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, in a virtual format in November 2024! The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practice in those fields, for consideration for inclusion in Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars.

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16APR

CBHCC Recruiting Volunteers to Develop 2030 Editions of Canada’s National Model Codes

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is seeking volunteers to support the development of the 2030 editions of Canada’s National Model Codes.

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12APR

National Volunteer Week 2024

During this week of National Volunteer Appreciation - April 14 to 20, 2024 - Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba would like to take this time to thank you for your hard work and dedication in volunteering with the Association. This year's national volunteer appreciation campaign slogan is Every Moment Matters.

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4APR

Volunteer Applications are Now Open for the 2024/2025 Engineer in Residence Program

Engineers of Tomorrow is now welcoming applications for the Engineer in Residence Program for 2024/2025. The EIR program is an engineering outreach program, reaching elementary and high school students. The volunteer EIR brings real-life dimension to the curriculum, using hands-on projects, presentations, and other activities in the classroom.

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MARCH 2024
27MAR

Manitoba Government Appoints New Board for Efficiency Manitoba

The Manitoba government has appointed a new board of directors for Efficiency Manitoba and issued a new mandate letter to the Crown Corporation, Environment and Climate Change Minister Tracy Schmidt, minister responsible for Efficiency Manitoba, announced recently.

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27MAR

Climate Risk Institute Courses

This spring, extend your learning on topics including infrastructure climate risks, the globally-recognized PIEVC risk assessment protocol, risk management and communication, climate law, and climate smart policy and procurement. These e-learning courses, led by industry leaders and experts, follow a hybrid model, blending the best of both self-paced learning and live, interactive sessions with experts and peers.

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21MAR

PEGW 2024: All About Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week

Each year, March is celebrated in Canada as National Engineering Month (NEM), but across the country, some provincial regulators allot a week of NEM to Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW). In Manitoba, March 17 - 23, 2024, is dedicated to PEGW, allowing for the celebration of engineers, and geoscientists, and the vital role they play within the province.

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21MAR

2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition: A PEGW Pasta Pulverization Success!

This year, EngGeoMB experienced amazing numbers during Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week: Over 1,000 enthusiastic students joined the Association from all over Manitoba to design, build, and smash bridges during the annual 2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition for a total of weight held at 14,984.2 kg!

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13MAR

Engineering in Manitoba: A History of Firsts

Although Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba was officially founded in 1920, engineering has long been practiced within the prairie province. From Indigenous peoples since time immemorial, to the first women engineers, to the first trails blazed, the first buildings constructed, and the first bridges built: Manitoba history is filled with engineering firsts.

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4MAR

Certificate of Authorization Renewals Are Now Open

Certificates of Authorization are currently renewing for the period May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025. Renewal notices have been mailed to the listed authorized designate.

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1MAR

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Celebrates National Engineering Month

March 1, 2024, marks the beginning of National Engineering Month (NEM): Canada’s largest celebration of engineering!

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FEBRUARY 2024
20FEB

Geoscientists Canada Offering Complimentary Geocommunication Course

Through Geoscientists Canada, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has acquired a professional development opportunity which allows all our registrants FREE access to Geologize’s critically acclaimed course 'Practical Geocommunication'

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8FEB

2024 Curling Funspiel

On January 10, 2024, EngGeoMB hosted the annual Curling Funspiel! Eighteen teams gathered at the St. Vital Curling Club in search of a fun afternoon, prizes, and their name on the trophy.

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1FEB

EngGeoMB Launches Search for Permanent CEO/Registrar

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba announced today that the search for a permanent CEO/Registrar has officially begun. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Council has engaged Lively Consulting to facilitate the recruitment process.

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JANUARY 2024
30JAN

Engineers Canada CEO Job Posting

Engineers Canada is recruiting for a Chief Executive Officer. They are looking for a strategic thinker who can inspire action and achieve results.

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30JAN

Nova Scotia Court Ruling Reinforces Right to Practice Legislation

Nova Scotia court ruling reinforces 'right to practice' legislation.

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DECEMBER 2023
20DEC

Geoscientists Canada CEO Job Posting

Geoscientists Canada is looking for their next Chief Executive Officer, a position that will help guide and administer their dynamic organization.

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18DEC

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program: 2024/2025 Call for Proposals

As part of the Federal Freshwater Action Plan, led by the Canada Water Agency, investments through Freshwater Ecosystem Initiatives will support actions that address regional freshwater challenges and priorities. The Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) will provide financial support for eligible partner-led projects that improve the water quality and ecological health of Lake Winnipeg and its basin.

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15DEC

2024 Renewals

2024 renewals open annually in November with a deadline of December 31 each year.

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6DEC

Engineers Canada: Call for Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) is seeking three members-at-large who will contribute to the CEAB’s ongoing work to accredit undergraduate engineering education programs across Canada. This national volunteer position includes significant travel to meetings and participation in on-site accreditation visits at higher education institutions across Canada. CEAB membership is not remunerated.

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5DEC

Manitoba Labour and Immigration: Apply to Adjudicate Construction Code Permit Disputes

Association members with expertise in Manitoba’s construction codes (Building, Plumbing and Energy for Buildings) are sought to serve as adjudicators of disputes under The Permit Dispute Resolution Act and Regulation taking effect March 1, 2024. For more information and to apply, please see the news story.

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NOVEMBER 2023
28NOV

Engineers Canada: Participate in the Futures of Engineering Accreditation Survey

The Futures of Engineering Accreditation (FEA) project wants to hear from people who have enrolled in engineering education or have direct experience with the engineering licensure process. They are conducting a survey to gather insights from engineering students, graduates, applicants for licensure and professionals about their experiences related to accreditation, engineering competencies, and licensure.

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22NOV

Engineers Canada Awards

The Engineers Canada Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of engineers and engineering students who are advancing the engineering profession and improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world.

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17NOV

Legislation Changes

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is governed by The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act ('Act') and the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba By-laws ('By-laws'). Working with members, stakeholders, and government, updates were made to the Act, along with supporting changes to the By-laws, which both come into effect on November 1, 2023.

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16NOV

Ingenium On-Demand Hub

Did you miss the 2023 Ingenium Professional Development Seminars? It's not too late! Register now to gain instant access to recordings of all 20 sessions, which are available to view until February 9, 2024.

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31OCT

Act and By-Law Changes

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023, and came into force on November 1, 2023. The changes to the Act necessitate consequential changes to the By-laws.

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OCTOBER 2023
31OCT

2024 Construction Codes Implementation

The Province will adopt the new Manitoba Building Code, Manitoba Plumbing Code, Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings and Manitoba Fire Code effective January 1, 2024.

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25OCT

Participate in the Public Review of Proposed Changes to the 2020 National Model Codes

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is inviting the public to take part in the third public review of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes.

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20OCT

2023 Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba welcomed Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., as the new Council President for 2023-2024. The next day, on Friday, October 20, 2023, nine awards were presented to outstanding individuals at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

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11OCT

New Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) Website Launched

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is excited to announce the launch of its new website.

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4OCT

2024 Building Code Implementation

The Province will adopt the new Manitoba Building Code (MBC) effective January 1, 2024, i.e. the 2020 National Building Code of Canada with Manitoba amendments, Regulation 78/2023.

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AUGUST 2023
30AUG

Provincial Financial Support for Internationally Educated Professionals

The Government of Manitoba launched the Manitoba Careers for Internationally Educated Professionals Program to support internationally educated professionals towards their goal of working in their professional field in Manitoba.

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3AUG

Royal Canadian Mint Issues New $1 Coin Honouring Engineer and “Queen of the Hurricanes” Elsie Macgil

The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new $1 commemorative circulation coin honouring Elsie MacGill, an exceptional Canadian who broke barriers as an engineer and leading advocate of women’s rights.

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2AUG

Provincial Release of 2023 Registration Review Evaluation Report for EngGeoMB

The Manitoba government released the 2023 Registration Review Report for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, as part of its efforts to review 31 self-regulated professions in Manitoba for compliance with The Fair Registration Practices in Regulation Act and identify areas of improvement.

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JULY 2023
19JUL

Changes to Commercial Inspections & Building Occupancy Requests

Resulting in part from recent industry feedback, the City is changing commercial inspections and occupancy requests effective July 19, 2023.

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7JUL

Manitoba Government - 2020 National Model Codes Update

The Manitoba government will adopt the 2020 national model codes for building, plumbing, fire, and energy as published by the National Research Council as of January 1, 2024, following an extensive industry consultation.

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5JUL

MCRT Infrastructure 2.0 Delivers 15 Course Sessions to 848 attendees in 2023

On November 28, 2022, the Association and the Manitoba Government signed a Conservation and Climate Fund grant agreement for the Association to provide engineers, geoscientists, and other infrastructure professionals and decision-makers with advanced knowledge and skills in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The program ended on March 31, 2023.

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4JUL

Upcoming Act Changes and Proposed By-law Change Video

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023. The embedded video outlines the upcoming Act changes and the upcoming By-law change proposals.

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JUNE 2023
28JUN

Engineering and Geoscience: Engaging Us All to Evolve

The Association thanks everyone who took the time to respond to the recent member survey. We received 979 responses, which represents about 12% of our membership and registrants.

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19JUN

Interim CEO, Registrar, and Secretary

After a full review with management and the HR consultant, as well as an interview process, on May 11, 2023, Council passed a motion to appoint Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, as the Interim CEO, Registrar, and Secretary for a period of at least 12 months. Michael has 15 years of progressive experience in professional regulation and worked in consulting engineering prior to joining the Association.

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16JUN

2023 Making Links Engineering Classic

On June 15, the 2023 Making Links Engineering Classic golf day was held at Quarry Oaks in Steinbach. Over 216 golfers joined us on the links for a day of golf, prizes, and an opportunity to network with fellow professionals. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors and everyone who came out to make this event possible!

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14JUN

Act Change

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023, with a coming into force date of November 1, 2023.

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14JUN

By-law Change

After engagement with membership, through open engagement sessions and third-party focus groups, review by the By-law Review Committee, drafting by legal counsel, and further member engagement, Council has approved the list of by-law proposals for 2023.

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5JUN

Manitoba Seeks Feedback on Adoption of 2020 National Model Building, Plumbing, Fire, & Energy Codes

The Manitoba government is seeking final public and industry feedback on plans to adopt the 2020 model building codes earlier than mandated under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, bypassing the 2015 edition. The 2020 editions will bring Manitoba under the most current building codes faster, in line with other provinces.

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9JUN

Doug Bell, P.Geo., FGC, takes office as President of Geoscientists Canada for 2023-2024

On June 3, 2023, at the 79th Meeting of the Board of Directors of Geoscientists Canada, held in Yellowknife, NT, Doug Bell, P.Geo., FGC took office as President for the 2023-2024 year after serving a year as President Elect. Mr. Bell resides in Manitoba and is a Partner with Dillon Consulting.

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7JUN

Practitioner Survey Closed

EngGeoMB was seeking input from practitioners on a variety of questions in this year's Practitioner Survey. All practitioners were encouraged to have their say on topics such as engagement, formal cautions, competency-based assessment, equity and representation, and more.

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MAY 2023
31MAY

The Sixth Annual MLA Reception

The annual MLA Reception is a cornerstone event for the members of the Association, including the Council, past presidents, and committee members. On Thursday, May 18, 2023, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba hosted its sixth annual MLA Reception in Winnipeg.

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31MAY

Equity in Professional Regulation: Consultation Sessions

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be building a plan for Equity in Professional Regulation, and to build this plan and the strategies within it, we are seeking members to join upcoming virtual consultation sessions.

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31MAY

Communication Survey Closed

The EngGeoMB Communication Survey was available to practitioners between April 19 and May 10, 2023. The feedback received will be used to enable us to make changes to improve our communication with you.

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11MAY

2023 Draft By-law Proposals

After engagement with practitioners through open engagement sessions and third-party focus groups, and after review by Council's By-law Review Committee, legal counsel has drafted the following by-law changes. In accordance with the By-laws, the By-law Review Committee is seeking feedback from the membership.

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10MAY

EngGeoMB on Social Media

Have you followed the Association on social media? Follow EngGeoMB on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to stay up to date with Association news, events, and more!

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9MAY

2023 Practitioner Survey

EngGeoMB is seeking input from practitioners on a variety of questions in this year's Practitioner Survey. All practitioners are encouraged to have their say and be heard. This information assists the Association leadership in direction on topics of interest and ongoing projects.

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3MAY

Manitoba Moose 2023-2024 Ticket Package Offer for EngGeoMB

The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club offers Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba discounts on their 2023-2024 Ticket Packages.

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2MAY

CBHCC Seeking Input on Policy Considerations in the National Model Codes

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is seeking input from stakeholders, experts, code users, and the general public on the Wave Two draft policy recommendations for developing and implementing greenhouse gas emissions provisions in the National Model Codes before finalizing the policy framework.

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APRIL 2023
19APR

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer: Deadlines Extended for Expressions of Interest

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in 2025. Recently, the 100th anniversary committee met on March 16, 2023, and decided to extend the deadlines for the two EOIs.

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12APR

Engineers Canada Launches Campaign to Inspire People to Think about Engineers in New Ways

Engineers Canada has launched a new campaign that calls on Canadians to think differently about the value of engineers. Conceived in collaboration with Canada's provincial and territorial regulating bodies and Engineers Canada, the "Building Tomorrows" campaign challenges Canadians to expand their perceptions of engineers—not just as builders of bridges and buildings—but as builders of solutions that make our world a better place.

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MARCH 2023
30MAR

Spaghetti Bridge Competition - A Smashing Success!

Over 780 enthusiastic students joined the Association from all over Manitoba to design, build, and smash their bridges during the annual 2023 Spaghetti Bridge Competition in honour of Professional Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW).

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30MAR

Public Review of Proposed Changes to the 2020 National Model Codes

The public review of the second set of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes is now open. The proposed changes included in this public review relate to the National Building Code of Canada and the National Plumbing Code of Canada. The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) invites code users, stakeholders and the public to review the proposed changes and provide feedback.

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30MAR

Keystone Professional Correction

The Notice on page 4 of the 2023 Spring issue of The Keystone Professional was not an order of the Discipline Committee as was indicated in the printed version of the magazine. The digital version of the magazine has been corrected. Our apologies for the error.

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15MAR

PGO: Incidental Practice Registration to Facilitate Short-Term

In February 2022, Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) announced the implementation of Incidental Practice Registration for geoscientists registered in other jurisdictions in Canada, which allows them to legally work short-term in Ontario, with a registration process designed to be quick, easy and inexpensive.

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9MAR

The Our Future Campaign Launch

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is proud to announce the launch of the new Our Future media campaign. The Our Future campaign features five Indigenous engineering students, interns, and professionals interested in improving infrastructure in Indigenous communities, giving back, and talking about their challenges and successes on their path.

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7MAR

Certificate of Authorization Renewals Are Now Open

Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually.

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FEBRUARY 2023
22FEB

Call for Abstracts - 2023 Ingenium Professional Development Seminars

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, in a virtual format in October 2023. Ingenium is a premier professional development opportunity for the engineering and geoscience community in Manitoba, with participants representing a cross-section of the 9,200 practitioners who work in the province’s private and public sectors.

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21FEB

Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation & Performance Standards Regulation

The Building Permitting Improvement Act received Royal Assent on May 20, 2021. In order to implement the changes in Schedules A and B of the Act, the Department of Labour and Immigration is proposing the creation of two new regulations:

  • The Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation, under The Permit Dispute Resolution Act.
  • The Performance Standards Regulation, under The Buildings and Mobile Homes Act.
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15FEB

New Chapter for Queer Engineers and Geoscientists

A group of Association members is working to establish a new membership chapter for queer engineers and geoscientists.

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6FEB

Undertaking Notice - R. Sancio

This is notice that on December 21, 2022, Romegio (Romy) Sancio signed an undertaking and acknowledgement regarding fraudulently sealed projects.

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JANUARY 2023
7JAN

Association CEO & Registrar Notice

On January 7, 2023, the duties of the CEO, Registrar, and Secretary was taken over by Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, on a temporary basis. After 17 years as CEO & Registrar, Grant Koropatnick has stepped down from the Association.

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4JAN

Arab Members Chapter 2023 Student Bursaries

The Arab Members Chapter of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is pleased to announce bursaries for engineering students in the province of Manitoba. A total of four (4) bursaries will be awarded. The deadline to submit the applications is January 12, 2023.

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DECEMBER 2022
23DEC

Member Renewals Due December 31, 2022

Renewals must be completed and submitted to the Association on or before December 31, 2022. Please note that the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba office will be closed from Monday, December 26, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2023 inclusive.

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20DEC

2020 Model Code Adoption Stakeholder Feedback

The Province of Manitoba has recently announced it will adopt the 2020 editions of the national model construction codes (building, plumbing, energy, and fire). As the posted proposal was to adopt the 2015 edition of the national model codes, Inspection and Technical Services is enquiring with several key stakeholder groups if there are any questions or concerns specific to adoption of the 2020 edition of the national model codes.

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13DEC

Registration Committee Appeal Hearing for A.J. Pudavick

A Registration Committee preliminary appeal hearing for an appeal by A.J. Pudavick is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. by video conference.

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8DEC

Association CEO & Registrar Receives Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

At a ceremony held at the Manitoba legislature on November 28, 2022, CEO & Registrar Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal for service to her late Majesty and the people of Manitoba.

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6DEC

Have Your Say On Climate Resilience Training

The Manitoba Climate Resilience Training Team is seeking input from practitioners about their adaptation and mitigation training priorities and training delivery preferences.

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NOVEMBER 2022
23NOV

Seven Wardens Announce Review of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc. is a not-for-profit Canadian Corporation, managed by volunteers, whose purpose is to administer and regulate the use of “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer”. Local groups, or Camps, across Canada are responsible for the delivery of the Ritual to candidates.

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2NOV

Geoscientists Canada Offering Complimentary Geocommunication Course

Through Geoscientists Canada, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has acquired a professional development opportunity which allows all our registrants FREE access to Geologize’s critically acclaimed course 'Practical Geocommunication'

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OCTOBER 2022
26OCT

Bill 233 – The Engineering and Geoscientific Profession Amendment Act

Bill 233, The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Amendment Act, was concurred in, read for the third time, and passed at the legislative session on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

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14OCT

2022 Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba welcomed Ian Smallwood, P.Eng., as the new Council President for 2022-2023. The next day, on Friday, October 14, 2022, nine awards were presented to outstanding individuals at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

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20OCT

Request for Proposals - Consultant: Equity and Engagement in Professional Regulation

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified consultant to develop and consult on implementation of a strategic plan to strengthen gender equity, anti-racism, decolonization and anti-oppression professional development, and accountability measures in the professional regulation of engineering and geoscience practices in Manitoba, both for members and certificate of authorization holders.

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SEPTEMBER 2022
21SEP

North American Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards Manual Now Available in Canada

In late 2021, TIAC finalized an agreement with the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA) to endorse the 9th edition of that organization’s manual—renamed the North American Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards (NACIIS) manual.

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AUGUST 2022
17AUG

Did You Know? - A Record Number of Interns

Did you know that Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has an all-time high number of interns?

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10AUG

Did You Know? - The Title of Engineer or Geoscientist

A person cannot call themselves an engineer or geoscientist unless they are a member of EngGeoMB?

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JUNE 2022
30JUN

Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal

The 2015 National Model Code Adoption project is posted for 45-days public consultation on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal.

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MAY 2024
23MAY

On May 23, 2024, Canada’s 12 engineering regulators across the country gathered to sign a National Statement of Collaboration to further expand their partnership. The signing ceremony took place in Winnipeg as part of Engineers Canada’s 2024 Spring Meetings and Annual Meeting of Members.

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23MAY

President Nancy Hill, B.A.Sc., LL.B., FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., and the Board of Engineers Canada are pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Rizcallah, P.Eng., as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective August 6, 2024. Rizcallah succeeds Gerard McDonald, MBA, P.Eng., ICD.D, who will be retiring after six years of service to the association.

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10MAY

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, as the CEO/Registrar/Secretary, effective immediately.

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9MAY

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce that Paul Hubley, P.Geo., FGC, will take the helm of Geoscientists Canada as Chief Executive Officer upon the retirement of the current CEO, Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, on May 31, 2024. With effect as of May 1, 2024, Mr. Hubley will serve as Incoming CEO as part of the leadership transition.

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APRIL 2024
17APR

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, in a virtual format in November 2024! The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practice in those fields, for consideration for inclusion in Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars.

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16APR

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is seeking volunteers to support the development of the 2030 editions of Canada’s National Model Codes.

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12APR

During this week of National Volunteer Appreciation - April 14 to 20, 2024 - Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba would like to take this time to thank you for your hard work and dedication in volunteering with the Association. This year's national volunteer appreciation campaign slogan is Every Moment Matters.

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4APR

Engineers of Tomorrow is now welcoming applications for the Engineer in Residence Program for 2024/2025. The EIR program is an engineering outreach program, reaching elementary and high school students. The volunteer EIR brings real-life dimension to the curriculum, using hands-on projects, presentations, and other activities in the classroom.

Read More »
MARCH 2024
27MAR

The Manitoba government has appointed a new board of directors for Efficiency Manitoba and issued a new mandate letter to the Crown Corporation, Environment and Climate Change Minister Tracy Schmidt, minister responsible for Efficiency Manitoba, announced recently.

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27MAR

This spring, extend your learning on topics including infrastructure climate risks, the globally-recognized PIEVC risk assessment protocol, risk management and communication, climate law, and climate smart policy and procurement. These e-learning courses, led by industry leaders and experts, follow a hybrid model, blending the best of both self-paced learning and live, interactive sessions with experts and peers.

Read More »
21MAR

Each year, March is celebrated in Canada as National Engineering Month (NEM), but across the country, some provincial regulators allot a week of NEM to Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW). In Manitoba, March 17 - 23, 2024, is dedicated to PEGW, allowing for the celebration of engineers, and geoscientists, and the vital role they play within the province.

Read More »
21MAR

This year, EngGeoMB experienced amazing numbers during Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week: Over 1,000 enthusiastic students joined the Association from all over Manitoba to design, build, and smash bridges during the annual 2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition for a total of weight held at 14,984.2 kg!

Read More »
13MAR

Although Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba was officially founded in 1920, engineering has long been practiced within the prairie province. From Indigenous peoples since time immemorial, to the first women engineers, to the first trails blazed, the first buildings constructed, and the first bridges built: Manitoba history is filled with engineering firsts.

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4MAR

Certificates of Authorization are currently renewing for the period May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025. Renewal notices have been mailed to the listed authorized designate.

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1MAR

March 1, 2024, marks the beginning of National Engineering Month (NEM): Canada’s largest celebration of engineering!

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FEBRUARY 2024
20FEB

Through Geoscientists Canada, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has acquired a professional development opportunity which allows all our registrants FREE access to Geologize’s critically acclaimed course 'Practical Geocommunication'

Read More »
8FEB

On January 10, 2024, EngGeoMB hosted the annual Curling Funspiel! Eighteen teams gathered at the St. Vital Curling Club in search of a fun afternoon, prizes, and their name on the trophy.

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1FEB

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba announced today that the search for a permanent CEO/Registrar has officially begun. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Council has engaged Lively Consulting to facilitate the recruitment process.

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JANUARY 2024
30JAN

Engineers Canada is recruiting for a Chief Executive Officer. They are looking for a strategic thinker who can inspire action and achieve results.

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30JAN

Nova Scotia court ruling reinforces 'right to practice' legislation.

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DECEMBER 2023
20DEC

Geoscientists Canada is looking for their next Chief Executive Officer, a position that will help guide and administer their dynamic organization.

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18DEC

As part of the Federal Freshwater Action Plan, led by the Canada Water Agency, investments through Freshwater Ecosystem Initiatives will support actions that address regional freshwater challenges and priorities. The Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) will provide financial support for eligible partner-led projects that improve the water quality and ecological health of Lake Winnipeg and its basin.

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15DEC

2024 renewals open annually in November with a deadline of December 31 each year.

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6DEC

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) is seeking three members-at-large who will contribute to the CEAB’s ongoing work to accredit undergraduate engineering education programs across Canada. This national volunteer position includes significant travel to meetings and participation in on-site accreditation visits at higher education institutions across Canada. CEAB membership is not remunerated.

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5DEC

Association members with expertise in Manitoba’s construction codes (Building, Plumbing and Energy for Buildings) are sought to serve as adjudicators of disputes under The Permit Dispute Resolution Act and Regulation taking effect March 1, 2024. For more information and to apply, please see the news story.

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NOVEMBER 2023
28NOV

The Futures of Engineering Accreditation (FEA) project wants to hear from people who have enrolled in engineering education or have direct experience with the engineering licensure process. They are conducting a survey to gather insights from engineering students, graduates, applicants for licensure and professionals about their experiences related to accreditation, engineering competencies, and licensure.

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22NOV

The Engineers Canada Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of engineers and engineering students who are advancing the engineering profession and improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world.

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17NOV

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is governed by The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act ('Act') and the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba By-laws ('By-laws'). Working with members, stakeholders, and government, updates were made to the Act, along with supporting changes to the By-laws, which both come into effect on November 1, 2023.

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16NOV

Did you miss the 2023 Ingenium Professional Development Seminars? It's not too late! Register now to gain instant access to recordings of all 20 sessions, which are available to view until February 9, 2024.

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31OCT

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023, and came into force on November 1, 2023. The changes to the Act necessitate consequential changes to the By-laws.

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OCTOBER 2023
31OCT

The Province will adopt the new Manitoba Building Code, Manitoba Plumbing Code, Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings and Manitoba Fire Code effective January 1, 2024.

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25OCT

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is inviting the public to take part in the third public review of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes.

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20OCT

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba welcomed Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., as the new Council President for 2023-2024. The next day, on Friday, October 20, 2023, nine awards were presented to outstanding individuals at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

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11OCT

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is excited to announce the launch of its new website.

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4OCT

The Province will adopt the new Manitoba Building Code (MBC) effective January 1, 2024, i.e. the 2020 National Building Code of Canada with Manitoba amendments, Regulation 78/2023.

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AUGUST 2023
30AUG

The Government of Manitoba launched the Manitoba Careers for Internationally Educated Professionals Program to support internationally educated professionals towards their goal of working in their professional field in Manitoba.

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3AUG

The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new $1 commemorative circulation coin honouring Elsie MacGill, an exceptional Canadian who broke barriers as an engineer and leading advocate of women’s rights.

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2AUG

The Manitoba government released the 2023 Registration Review Report for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, as part of its efforts to review 31 self-regulated professions in Manitoba for compliance with The Fair Registration Practices in Regulation Act and identify areas of improvement.

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JULY 2023
19JUL

Resulting in part from recent industry feedback, the City is changing commercial inspections and occupancy requests effective July 19, 2023.

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7JUL

The Manitoba government will adopt the 2020 national model codes for building, plumbing, fire, and energy as published by the National Research Council as of January 1, 2024, following an extensive industry consultation.

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5JUL

On November 28, 2022, the Association and the Manitoba Government signed a Conservation and Climate Fund grant agreement for the Association to provide engineers, geoscientists, and other infrastructure professionals and decision-makers with advanced knowledge and skills in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The program ended on March 31, 2023.

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4JUL

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023. The embedded video outlines the upcoming Act changes and the upcoming By-law change proposals.

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JUNE 2023
28JUN

The Association thanks everyone who took the time to respond to the recent member survey. We received 979 responses, which represents about 12% of our membership and registrants.

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19JUN

After a full review with management and the HR consultant, as well as an interview process, on May 11, 2023, Council passed a motion to appoint Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, as the Interim CEO, Registrar, and Secretary for a period of at least 12 months. Michael has 15 years of progressive experience in professional regulation and worked in consulting engineering prior to joining the Association.

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16JUN

On June 15, the 2023 Making Links Engineering Classic golf day was held at Quarry Oaks in Steinbach. Over 216 golfers joined us on the links for a day of golf, prizes, and an opportunity to network with fellow professionals. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors and everyone who came out to make this event possible!

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14JUN

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023, with a coming into force date of November 1, 2023.

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14JUN

After engagement with membership, through open engagement sessions and third-party focus groups, review by the By-law Review Committee, drafting by legal counsel, and further member engagement, Council has approved the list of by-law proposals for 2023.

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5JUN

The Manitoba government is seeking final public and industry feedback on plans to adopt the 2020 model building codes earlier than mandated under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, bypassing the 2015 edition. The 2020 editions will bring Manitoba under the most current building codes faster, in line with other provinces.

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9JUN

On June 3, 2023, at the 79th Meeting of the Board of Directors of Geoscientists Canada, held in Yellowknife, NT, Doug Bell, P.Geo., FGC took office as President for the 2023-2024 year after serving a year as President Elect. Mr. Bell resides in Manitoba and is a Partner with Dillon Consulting.

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7JUN

EngGeoMB was seeking input from practitioners on a variety of questions in this year's Practitioner Survey. All practitioners were encouraged to have their say on topics such as engagement, formal cautions, competency-based assessment, equity and representation, and more.

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MAY 2023
31MAY

The annual MLA Reception is a cornerstone event for the members of the Association, including the Council, past presidents, and committee members. On Thursday, May 18, 2023, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba hosted its sixth annual MLA Reception in Winnipeg.

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31MAY

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be building a plan for Equity in Professional Regulation, and to build this plan and the strategies within it, we are seeking members to join upcoming virtual consultation sessions.

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31MAY

The EngGeoMB Communication Survey was available to practitioners between April 19 and May 10, 2023. The feedback received will be used to enable us to make changes to improve our communication with you.

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11MAY

After engagement with practitioners through open engagement sessions and third-party focus groups, and after review by Council's By-law Review Committee, legal counsel has drafted the following by-law changes. In accordance with the By-laws, the By-law Review Committee is seeking feedback from the membership.

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10MAY

Have you followed the Association on social media? Follow EngGeoMB on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to stay up to date with Association news, events, and more!

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9MAY

EngGeoMB is seeking input from practitioners on a variety of questions in this year's Practitioner Survey. All practitioners are encouraged to have their say and be heard. This information assists the Association leadership in direction on topics of interest and ongoing projects.

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3MAY

The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club offers Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba discounts on their 2023-2024 Ticket Packages.

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2MAY

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is seeking input from stakeholders, experts, code users, and the general public on the Wave Two draft policy recommendations for developing and implementing greenhouse gas emissions provisions in the National Model Codes before finalizing the policy framework.

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APRIL 2023
19APR

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in 2025. Recently, the 100th anniversary committee met on March 16, 2023, and decided to extend the deadlines for the two EOIs.

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12APR

Engineers Canada has launched a new campaign that calls on Canadians to think differently about the value of engineers. Conceived in collaboration with Canada's provincial and territorial regulating bodies and Engineers Canada, the "Building Tomorrows" campaign challenges Canadians to expand their perceptions of engineers—not just as builders of bridges and buildings—but as builders of solutions that make our world a better place.

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MARCH 2023
30MAR

Over 780 enthusiastic students joined the Association from all over Manitoba to design, build, and smash their bridges during the annual 2023 Spaghetti Bridge Competition in honour of Professional Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW).

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30MAR

The public review of the second set of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes is now open. The proposed changes included in this public review relate to the National Building Code of Canada and the National Plumbing Code of Canada. The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) invites code users, stakeholders and the public to review the proposed changes and provide feedback.

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30MAR

The Notice on page 4 of the 2023 Spring issue of The Keystone Professional was not an order of the Discipline Committee as was indicated in the printed version of the magazine. The digital version of the magazine has been corrected. Our apologies for the error.

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15MAR

In February 2022, Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) announced the implementation of Incidental Practice Registration for geoscientists registered in other jurisdictions in Canada, which allows them to legally work short-term in Ontario, with a registration process designed to be quick, easy and inexpensive.

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9MAR

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is proud to announce the launch of the new Our Future media campaign. The Our Future campaign features five Indigenous engineering students, interns, and professionals interested in improving infrastructure in Indigenous communities, giving back, and talking about their challenges and successes on their path.

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7MAR

Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually.

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FEBRUARY 2023
22FEB

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, in a virtual format in October 2023. Ingenium is a premier professional development opportunity for the engineering and geoscience community in Manitoba, with participants representing a cross-section of the 9,200 practitioners who work in the province’s private and public sectors.

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21FEB

The Building Permitting Improvement Act received Royal Assent on May 20, 2021. In order to implement the changes in Schedules A and B of the Act, the Department of Labour and Immigration is proposing the creation of two new regulations:

  • The Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation, under The Permit Dispute Resolution Act.
  • The Performance Standards Regulation, under The Buildings and Mobile Homes Act.
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15FEB

A group of Association members is working to establish a new membership chapter for queer engineers and geoscientists.

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6FEB

This is notice that on December 21, 2022, Romegio (Romy) Sancio signed an undertaking and acknowledgement regarding fraudulently sealed projects.

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JANUARY 2023
7JAN

On January 7, 2023, the duties of the CEO, Registrar, and Secretary was taken over by Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, on a temporary basis. After 17 years as CEO & Registrar, Grant Koropatnick has stepped down from the Association.

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4JAN

The Arab Members Chapter of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is pleased to announce bursaries for engineering students in the province of Manitoba. A total of four (4) bursaries will be awarded. The deadline to submit the applications is January 12, 2023.

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DECEMBER 2022
23DEC

Renewals must be completed and submitted to the Association on or before December 31, 2022. Please note that the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba office will be closed from Monday, December 26, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2023 inclusive.

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20DEC

The Province of Manitoba has recently announced it will adopt the 2020 editions of the national model construction codes (building, plumbing, energy, and fire). As the posted proposal was to adopt the 2015 edition of the national model codes, Inspection and Technical Services is enquiring with several key stakeholder groups if there are any questions or concerns specific to adoption of the 2020 edition of the national model codes.

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13DEC

A Registration Committee preliminary appeal hearing for an appeal by A.J. Pudavick is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. by video conference.

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8DEC

At a ceremony held at the Manitoba legislature on November 28, 2022, CEO & Registrar Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal for service to her late Majesty and the people of Manitoba.

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6DEC

The Manitoba Climate Resilience Training Team is seeking input from practitioners about their adaptation and mitigation training priorities and training delivery preferences.

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NOVEMBER 2022
23NOV

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc. is a not-for-profit Canadian Corporation, managed by volunteers, whose purpose is to administer and regulate the use of “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer”. Local groups, or Camps, across Canada are responsible for the delivery of the Ritual to candidates.

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2NOV

Through Geoscientists Canada, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has acquired a professional development opportunity which allows all our registrants FREE access to Geologize’s critically acclaimed course 'Practical Geocommunication'

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OCTOBER 2022
26OCT

Bill 233, The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Amendment Act, was concurred in, read for the third time, and passed at the legislative session on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

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14OCT

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba welcomed Ian Smallwood, P.Eng., as the new Council President for 2022-2023. The next day, on Friday, October 14, 2022, nine awards were presented to outstanding individuals at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

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20OCT

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified consultant to develop and consult on implementation of a strategic plan to strengthen gender equity, anti-racism, decolonization and anti-oppression professional development, and accountability measures in the professional regulation of engineering and geoscience practices in Manitoba, both for members and certificate of authorization holders.

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SEPTEMBER 2022
21SEP

In late 2021, TIAC finalized an agreement with the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA) to endorse the 9th edition of that organization’s manual—renamed the North American Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards (NACIIS) manual.

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AUGUST 2022
17AUG

Did you know that Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has an all-time high number of interns?

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10AUG

A person cannot call themselves an engineer or geoscientist unless they are a member of EngGeoMB?

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JUNE 2022
30JUN

The 2015 National Model Code Adoption project is posted for 45-days public consultation on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal.

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MAY 23, 2024

Engineering Regulators Sign Agreement to Strengthen Collaboration and Harmonization

On May 23, 2024, Canada’s 12 engineering regulators across the country gathered to sign a National Statement of Collaboration to further expand their partnership. The signing ceremony took place in Winnipeg as part of Engineers Canada’s 2024 Spring Meetings and Annual Meeting of Members.

The National Statement of Collaboration reflects regulators’ renewed commitment to proactively work together to address national and international barriers to mobility for engineers and engineering entities, further advancing public safety and increasing regulatory efficiency.

“The signing of the statement marks a pivotal step forward for engineering regulation in Canada,” said Nancy Hill, B.A.Sc., LL.B., FCAE, FEC, P. Eng., President of Engineers Canada. “Through our collective commitment to collaboration, we strengthen our ability to uphold high standards of practice, promote public safety, and foster an equitable engineering environment for current and future engineers in each jurisdiction.”

This agreement stems from a priority identified in Engineers Canada’s 2022-2024 Strategic Plan that aimed to work with regulators to understand barriers and success factors leading to harmonization and facilitate the adoption of a national agreement to establish the principles and areas where pan-Canadian harmonization will be sought.

Collaboration has been foundational to advancing engineering in Canada. Over the years, regulators have demonstrated their dedication to collaboration through programs and initiatives such as the development and implementation of the accreditation system, which ensures quality level education regardless of where the engineering education is pursued in the country. Regulators have also collectively adopted the competency-based assessment, a tool that defines the competencies to practice engineering across Canada. These achievements are a testament to notable collaboration. The Statement of Collaboration aims to strengthen these efforts for the benefit of the profession and the public we serve.

“Thank you to everyone who made this work come to life – regulators, the Collaboration Task Force, and Engineers Canada,” said Hill. “As we move forward, sharing knowledge and exchanging best practices, I am confident that this work will help forge a path forward towards a stronger, more innovative future for engineering in Canada.”

MAY 23, 2024

Engineers Canada’s Names Philip Rizcallah as Chief Executive Officer

President Nancy Hill, B.A.Sc., LL.B., FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., and the Board of Engineers Canada are pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Rizcallah, P.Eng., as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective August 6, 2024. Rizcallah succeeds Gerard McDonald, MBA, P.Eng., ICD.D, who will be retiring after six years of service to the association.

Rizcallah has been a transformative voice in the public service for over three decades. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Head of Accessibility Standards Canada, and prior to that led teams at the National Research Council of Canada as both Program Director and Director for the Building Regulations Resource Unit.

“The Board is excited about the energy and enthusiasm Philip brings to Engineers Canada,” says Hill. “He’s demonstrated a superior ability to build relationships, and I know his strategic mindset will be an important asset as we move into our 2025-2029 strategic plan.”

“I’m very excited to join the Engineers Canada team,” says Rizcallah. “The organization is a leading voice for the profession in Canada, and they’re an example for how collaboration is central to ensuring engineering continues to tackle the most challenging problems facing Canada and the world.”

Licensed as an engineer in the province of Ontario, Rizcallah holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Science, Honours Mathematics from Dalhousie University.

The selection comes after a diligent search process led by the Board’s Search Committee with the support of an executive recruitment firm.

Engineers Canada’s vision is to advance Canadian engineering through national collaboration. On behalf of Canada’s engineering regulators, we provide expertise, services, and tools to help shape the direction and growth of the engineering profession in Canada, to establish consistent high standards, and to inspire public confidence.



For more information, contact:
Brent Gibson
Manager, Communications
Engineers Canada
Brent.Gibson@EngineersCanada.ca
(613) 232-2474 x234

MAY 10, 2024

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Welcomes Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, as CEO/Registrar/Secretary

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, as the CEO/Registrar/Secretary, effective immediately. The selection comes after a thorough and transparent search process, facilitated by the diligent efforts of the Recruitment Committee and Lively Consulting.

Mr. Gregoire brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, having served in various capacities within the organization for the past 16 years. His tenure as interim CEO/Registrar/Secretary since January 2023 has been marked by dedication, collaboration, and a steadfast commitment to the advancement of the engineering and geoscience professions in Manitoba.

The Council of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is confident in Mr. Gregoire's ability to lead the organization into the future. His proven leadership, strategic vision, and deep understanding of the regulatory environment position him well to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

President Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., FEC, remarked, "We are thrilled to welcome Michael Gregoire as our permanent CEO/Registrar/Secretary. His track record of success and dedication to our professions make him the ideal leader to guide Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba forward".

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is the leader in governance and regulation for the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in the province of Manitoba. The Association administers The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act by licensing professional engineers and geoscientists and setting standards for and regulating these professions in Manitoba so that the public interest is served and protected. Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public interest first, licensed engineers can be identified by the "P.Eng." and licensed geoscientists by the "P.Geo." after their names.

Lively Consulting is a talent acquisition consulting firm recognized for its diligent executive search work and for providing an exceptional candidate experience.

MAY 09, 2024

Paul Hubley, P.Geo., FGC to become new CEO of Geoscientists Canada

Geoscientists Canada is pleased to announce that Paul Hubley, P.Geo., FGC, will take the helm of Geoscientists Canada as Chief Executive Officer upon the retirement of the current CEO, Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., FGC, on May 31, 2024. With effect as of May 1, 2024, Mr. Hubley will serve as Incoming CEO as part of the leadership transition.

Geoscientists Canada’s office is located at 300 – 55 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Paul Hubley will guide the business affairs of Geoscientists Canada from a satellite office in Ottawa, attending the Metcalfe Street office on a scheduled and as needed basis.

Paul Hubley has over 30 years of experience on projects in environmental consulting in Canada and the United States. He is recognized as an expert in geology, hydrogeology, and site assessment and remediation. Paul is a certified Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) and Environmental Professional (EP). He is a Past President of Professional Geoscientists Ontario, and currently volunteer co-coordinator for the International Association for Promoting Geoethics and volunteer coordinator for Geology For Global Development. In 2022 Paul was inducted as a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada (FGC). Paul also enjoys creating blog content to communicate geoscience to the public.

“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Geoscientists Canada into the next phases of our development, to apply my skills to the profession that has given so much to me, and to support our geoscience regulators, geoscience professionals and the Canadian public.” said Mr. Hubley. “I look forward to creating new connections with our national and international partners as we all strive to achieve excellence in geoscience professionalism.”

Speaking of the appointment and the transition of leadership, Doug Bell, P.Geo., FGC, President of Geoscientists Canada, stated “We are delighted to announce that Paul Hubley will be stepping into the position of CEO. Paul's extensive background in geoscience professional affairs coupled with his proven leadership experience uniquely qualify him for this significant national role. With his vision and expertise, we are confident that Paul will ably lead Geoscientists Canada into the future on behalf of our Members and the profession of geoscience.”

He continued “As we navigate this transitional period, we wish to acknowledge the considerable contributions of Andrea Waldie. Andrea has played a pivotal role in promoting and enhancing professional geoscience in Canada, while also strengthening Geoscientists Canada’s reputation as a respected voice, on behalf of our Members, of the practice of professional geoscience both nationally and internationally. We express our sincere gratitude for her enthusiasm, professionalism, and dedicated service. We wish Andrea all the best in her future endeavours.”

The geoscience profession, which encompasses many specialized practice disciplines, currently comprises over 15,000 registered professional geoscientists (P.Geo.) and Geoscientists-in-Training registered at geoscience practice regulators across Canada.

Geoscientists Canada is the national organization of the ten provincial and territorial geoscience practice regulators in Canada.

Geoscientists Canada’s Mission is to support its members in their efforts to improve the effectiveness of regulation in Canada and achieve excellence in the geoscience profession.

APR 17, 2024

Call for Abstracts - 2024 Ingenium Professional Development Seminars

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, in a virtual format in November 2024.

Ingenium is a premier professional development opportunity for the engineering and geoscience community in Manitoba, with participants representing a cross-section of the 9,600 practitioners who work in the province’s private and public sectors.

The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practice in those fields, for consideration for inclusion in Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars.

In particular, we welcome presentations which explore:
  • Case studies of successful applications of new strategies or technology in Manitoba
  • Resiliency and climate change
  • Technical presentations on emerging technologies
  • Industry trends
  • Competency skills benefitting engineering and geoscience professionals
Please submit a half-page abstract, outlining the presentation proposal, along with the presenter’s name, contact information, and brief biography, to Madelyn Braun, Events Coordinator, via email to MBraun@EngGeoMB.ca.

Abstracts must clearly describe the content of the presentation.

Both Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 17, 2024.

APR 16, 2024

CBHCC Recruiting Volunteers to Develop 2030 Editions of Canada’s National Model Codes

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is seeking volunteers to support the development of the 2030 editions of Canada’s National Model Codes.

The CBHCC is made up of officials from provincial, territorial, and federal government departments, and is responsible for the development of the National Model Codes. The Codes are documents that contain model technical requirements for building construction with a focus on health, safety, accessibility, the protection of buildings from fire or structural damage, and the protection of the environment. Changes to the National Model Codes are made available for adoption by provincial and territorial jurisdictions who regulate the design and construction of buildings.

The Codes are developed on a five-year cycle, with the next cycle beginning in 2025 for work on the 2030 Codes. The CBHCC is actively recruiting volunteers who reflect Canada’s regional and ethnic diversity, have broad knowledge of the National Model Codes, and have technical expertise or lived experience in building design, construction, and use.

Code development for the 2030 Codes will include topics such as accessibility, climate change mitigation and adaptation, alterations to existing buildings, housing supply, harmonization of code requirements, performance-based solutions, and other targeted topics and maintenance tasks.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about volunteering on a code development committee, please visit the CBHCC website listed below.

Applications can be submitted through the CBHCC’s website listed below until May 6, 2024. All applicants will be asked to submit their professional qualifications and a summary of their experience and expertise.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in preparation for the 2030 code cycle launch in January 2025. The Standing Codes Coordination Committee (SCCC) – which will support information sharing between code development committees – will be established first, anticipated for summer 2024. The CBHCC aims to establish National Model Code Committees in the fall of 2024 with task groups struck on an as-needed basis as technical work gets underway in 2025.

If you would like more information about volunteering on a code development committee, or if you have any questions, you can email the CBHCC Secretary at CBHCCSecretary-SecretaireCCHCC@NRC-CNRC.GC.ca

APR 12, 2024

National Volunteer Week 2024


[2024 National Volunteer Week] During this week of National Volunteer Appreciation - April 14 to 20, 2024 - Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba would like to take this time to thank you for your hard work and dedication in volunteering with the Association. This year's national volunteer appreciation campaign slogan is Every Moment Matters.

[2024 National Volunteer Week] During this week the Association would like to highlight the importance of every volunteer and each contribution they make. The sharing of time, skills, empathy, and creativity is vital to the inclusivity, strength, and wellbeing of our professions.

We are busy planning our in-person Volunteer Appreciation event to be held in late Spring 2024.

[2024 National Volunteer Week] Once again, on behalf of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, know that your work and dedication are recognized and appreciated!

For more information, please see the link provided below.

APR 04, 2024

Volunteer Applications are Now Open for the 2024/2025 Engineer in Residence Program

Engineers of Tomorrow is now welcoming applications for the Engineer in Residence Program for 2024/2025.

Engineers of Tomorrow is a national charitable organization powered by hundreds of volunteers working to inspire the next generation of problem solvers and game changers, and, through the generous financial support of program sponsors, they create an impact for thousands.


About the Engineer in Residence Program

We’re surrounded by technology every day, yet many young people have no idea what an engineer really does.

The EIR program is an engineering outreach program, reaching elementary and high school students. The volunteer EIR brings real-life dimension to the curriculum, using hands-on projects, presentations, and other activities in the classroom. By sharing their personal stories and passion for their profession, the EIR’s presence in the classroom puts a face to engineering. With over 15 years of experience, this program uses proven outreach materials and strategies, continuing to deliver high-quality STEM outreach to schools across Canada.

In the summer of 1997, two people met for coffee. They began discussing the waning enthusiasm they saw in many youth for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the under-representation of engineering profession in elementary and high schools. Even students entering into college or university engineering programs didn’t often know what to expect, often lacking a clear picture of what engineering is really all about.

In 1998, the program began as a four-month pilot project in the Toronto-area, bringing students, engineers, and teachers together — a relationship fostering hands-on learning and problem solving abilities in students, while inspiring them to engage in STEM subjects. By September 1999, the EIR program had spread across 14 participating schools.

In 2014, Engineers of Tomorrow began managing the program, incorporating inclusive messaging to reach students who may have not have considered engineering as an option.

Today, the program is active in over 200 classrooms across Manitoba and Ontario and is spreading nationally across Canada. The engineer mentor visits their EIR class monthly to do presentations, activities, and share their personal engineering stories. Programming is customized for each class.


How to Apply

Below are links to EIR.ca and EngineersofTomorrow.ca - through these websites, you'll be able to apply for volunteer opportunities. For frequently asked questions about the Engineers in Residence Program, please see the link provided below.

MAR 27, 2024

Manitoba Government Appoints New Board for Efficiency Manitoba

The Manitoba government has appointed a new board of directors for Efficiency Manitoba and issued a new mandate letter to the Crown Corporation, Environment and Climate Change Minister Tracy Schmidt, minister responsible for Efficiency Manitoba, announced recently.

“Our government cares about what makes Manitoba special – the nature, the people, the community spirit,” said Schmidt. “We know families want to do their part to keep our environment clean, safe and healthy, and they want to lower their energy bills at the same time. Efficiency Manitoba helps make cleaner energy choices more affordable for Manitobans and contributes to our province’s overall net-zero emission goals. Board members are ready to address the challenges ahead of us including the impacts of climate change and higher costs for working people. We’re ready to work together.”


The new board members are:

Curtis Hull – professional engineer and project manager, owner and principal of Curt Hull Consulting and project manager, Climate Change Connection.

Cindy Choy – developer and manager of a family-owned modular and mobile home park in Brandon that focuses on development and construction of small, energy-efficient and affordable homes, and chair of Sustainable Building Manitoba.

John (Jack) Winram – executive director, Manitoba Environmental Industries Association, and chair of the Certification Advisory Committee.

Kimberley (Kim) Laycock – dean of University College of the North, current president of the Thompson Community Foundation, treasurer of the Norman Northstars U18 Hockey Club and vice-president of the Thompson Co-op Gas Bar.

Steven Sobering – councillor for the City of Dauphin, entrepreneur, longtime advocate for energy efficiency including as Dauphin’s energy efficiency advocate.

Chantel Henderson – former clean energy co-ordinator, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and member of the board of directors, Manitoba Eco-Network.

Dudley Thompson – principal consultant with Dudley Thompson Consultancy and board member with Sustainable Building Manitoba and Oxfam Canada.

Duane Nicol – chief administrative officer for the City of Selkirk, University of Manitoba instructor, chair of the Marine Museum of Manitoba, president of the Manitoba Municipal Administrators and member of the board of directors, Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

Stewart Hill – senior research and policy analyst, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO).


One continuing board member is:

Jeannette Montufar-MacKay – CEO and founding partner of MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd., a transportation engineering firm in Winnipeg, co-founder of Trainfo, a technology startup, registered professional engineer. As board chair of Efficiency Manitoba since 2018, she continues in her role while providing important continuity benefits at the board level, noted the minister.


“I am excited to start working with the board and want to thank all members for accepting this responsibility,” said Schmidt. “I am also excited to share a new mandate letter to help guide the board in its important work.”


As outlined in the new mandate letter, the minister noted the board’s top priorities include:

• integrating provincial climate and energy priorities into Efficiency Manitoba’s three-year efficiency plans and supporting Manitoba’s climate change and net-zero commitments;
• delivering Manitoba’s new Affordable Home Energy Program;
• actively target beneficial electrification and increase the uptake of geothermal home heating;
• working with Indigenous nations to reduce the energy burden experienced in First Nation and Métis communities, identify and reduce barriers to participation in energy efficiency programming and increase the uptake in Efficiency Manitoba’s Indigenous programs;
• supporting provincial objectives of attracting new low-carbon industries to Manitoba by providing new customers with energy efficiency programs and expertise; and
• working with Manitoba Environment and Climate Change, Manitoba Finance and the Public Utilities Board to ensure efficiency plans incorporate the resources needed to deliver new and expanded programs, deliver value for ratepayers and maintain energy affordability.


To read the full mandate letter, please see the link provided below.

MAR 27, 2024

Climate Risk Institute Courses

This spring, extend your learning on topics including infrastructure climate risks, the globally-recognized PIEVC risk assessment protocol, risk management and communication, climate law, and climate smart policy and procurement. These e-learning courses, led by industry leaders and experts, follow a hybrid model, blending the best of both self-paced learning and live, interactive sessions with experts and peers. This spring, Climate Risk Institute is pleased to offer the following upcoming courses:

Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk Assessment – the PIEVC Protocol
Start date: April 25, 2024
This online course will provide participants with information about, and practice with, the nationally-recognized PIEVC Protocol for climate change risk assessment. Register at the link provided below.

Climate Smart Policy and Procurement
Start date: May 23, 2024
This course provides insight into how climate policies and concepts of adaptation and resilience can be integrated into procurement processes, leading to greater infrastructure resilience. Register at the link provided below.

Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners
Start date: May 24, 2024
This course provides a review of legal frameworks of consequence for infrastructure resilience and climate change and addresses legal obligations relevant to infrastructure practitioners at the provincial, federal, and international levels. Register at the link provided below.

Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Practitioners
Start date: May 24, 2024
This course addresses the societal importance of risk-informed decision making, introduces a diverse set of risk management frameworks, reviews main principles and definitions underlying risk management, and provides practitioners with opportunities to learn and apply concepts in risk communication. Register at the link provided below.

For course details and to register, please see CRI's courses at Royal Roads University at the link provided below. CRI professional development courses are delivered in partnership with Professional and Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University.

Planning ahead? This fall, each of the courses, plus courses in Applied Climate Science (linked below) and Asset Management and Climate Resilience (linked below) will be available for registration.


Climate Risk Institute offers training and professional development courses that will be of interest for engineers involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management or regulation of infrastructure and who need to consider climate risk, resilience and the changing climate in carrying out these activities.

The impacts of climate change on infrastructure and communities is increasingly evident, and the cost-benefit of proactive adaptation is clear. For infrastructure professionals, adapting to climate change is an now an imperative, and engineers have both a duty and an ability to build resilience to climate impacts. New national targets seek to ensure that 70% of members of professional associations, such as engineering associations, have relevant climate knowledge and skills by 2027. Now is the time to take your professional practice to the next level.

MAR 21, 2024

PEGW 2024: All About Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week


Each year, March is celebrated in Canada as National Engineering Month (NEM), but across the country, some provincial regulators allot a week of NEM to Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW).

In Manitoba, March 17 - 23, 2024, is dedicated to PEGW, allowing for the celebration of engineers, and geoscientists, and the vital role they play within the province.

Engineering and geoscience are exciting and truly all around us: from satellites to smartphones, from computers to commuter trains, engineers and geoscientists use breakthrough designs, technologies, and approaches daily so that Canadians can work efficiently, play safely, and enjoy life fully.

[2024 Children's Activities] During PEGW, Canadian youth see what makes engineering and geoscience as exciting and fun career choices. The week is also a chance for students to match their skills and interests with one of the many engineering disciplines.

Every year, EngGeoMB organizes events for the community to participate in PEGW. On Sunday, March 17, children were invited to Kildonan Place Shopping Centre for a day of free educational activities, including building structures out of gumdrops, designing and constructing bridges so toy cars could traverse a raging river, digging for rocks and dinosaurs, and more.

On Monday, March 18, the 2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition kicked off with a bang! The Spaghetti Bridge Truss Strength Competition has been held annually in Manitoba since 1995 as a part of Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week in support of Harvest Manitoba. [2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition KP] On day one, the top weight held was a whopping 184.3 kg, followed closely on the second day with the top weight held at 158.5 kg!

On Wednesday, March 20, the Association and volunteers broke further bridges at Bruce Middle School, where the top weight was 110.8 kg. The final day of bridge breaking commences today at 10:00 a.m. and can be watched LIVE via the Zoom link provided below.

For more information about Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week, how to get involved in the Spaghetti Bridge Competition next year, and for more resources for students and teachers, please see the PEGW webpage linked down below. Thank you to all our incredible volunteers who make PEGW possible. We are thankful for your time, effort, and expertise in making these events the best they can be for future engineers and geoscientists in Manitoba!



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MAR 21, 2024

2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition: A PEGW Pasta Pulverization Success!

[2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition KP] This year, EngGeoMB experienced amazing numbers during Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week: Over 1,000 enthusiastic students joined the Association from all over Manitoba to design, build, and smash bridges during the annual 2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition for a total of weight held at 14,984.2 kg!

Returning to Kildonan Place Mall, EngGeoMB began the spaghetti smashing destruction on Monday, March 18, 2024. Eager Kindergarten - Grade 12 students, teachers, parents, and onlookers gathered to watch as trusses were tested. On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, participants again met at Kildonan Place Mall to continue to pasta pulverization.

Then, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, registered groups met at Bruce Middle School for the in-class bridge breaking spaghetti spectacle, and on Thursday, March 21, 2024, trusses that were dropped off at the EngGeoMB office were tested to destruction virtually via Zoom. [2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition KP]

“The Association’s Spaghetti Bridge Competition has been an immensely successful event for many years,” said Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, CEO and Registrar of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, while watching spaghetti fly on the second day of this year’s competition. “It is inspiring to see so many children come together to learn about engineering and see their efforts rewarded through donations to Harvest Manitoba. The energy at this event is palpable and worth experiencing in-person!”

In total, Association volunteers smashed 481 trusses. The strongest spaghetti bridge entered into the competition this year was made by a Grade 12 student. Their winning bridge held an impressive 184.3 kg!

Since 1995, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has partnered with Harvest Manitoba to not only make this event a smashing success, but also give back to the charity that helps to distribute food to homes all over the province. This year, the Association is proud to announce a donation of $29,968.40 to Harvest Manitoba.

“Harvest Manitoba is once again honoured to be the charity of choice for the annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition,” said Vince Barletta, President and CEO of Harvest Manitoba. “Great initiatives such as these go a long way to feed Manitobans experiencing food insecurity. Thanks again!” [2024 Spaghetti Bridge Competition KP]

Additionally, the Association would like to thank all of the incredible volunteers who make PEGW possible. We are thankful for your time, effort, and expertise in making these events the best they can be for future engineers and geoscientists in Manitoba!



The Spaghetti Bridge Competition is held as part of Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW) which takes place during National Engineering Month, occurring across Canada in March each year. Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW) promotes careers in engineering and the geosciences to young people of all ages.

For more information about Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week, how to get involved in the Spaghetti Bridge Competition next year, and for more resources for students and teachers, please see the PEGW webpage linked down below.

MAR 13, 2024

Engineering in Manitoba: A History of Firsts

Although Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba was officially founded in 1920, engineering has long been practiced within the prairie province. From Indigenous peoples since time immemorial, to the first women engineers, to the first trails blazed, the first buildings constructed, and the first bridges built: Manitoba history is filled with engineering firsts.

The earliest known engineer by name to practice in the area that would become Manitoba was Simon James Dawson1, but Indigenous peoples of the province have designed, innovated, problem solved, and developed technologies as stewards of the land and water long before. Prior to European settlers reached North America, Indigenous peoples were engineering their world for the better. [James Harper]

The Association features current Indigenous practitioners and engineering students of the University of Manitoba’s Engineering Access Program (ENGAP)2 in the Our Future Campaign3.

“It’s important that we empower Indigenous young people into fields like engineering to acquire the necessary tools in math and science and design and all these things but carry that special workdrive in a way that those tools will be utilized in the most beautiful and balanced way” says Mihskakwan James Harper.

[1921 Edition of the Engineering Act] From 1891 to 1921, Winnipeg’s population exploded from 25,000 to 179,000 due to development, providing many opportunities for required individuals to practice engineering.

A number of associations began to establish themselves across the country, such as the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. Then, in 1920, Manitoba members of the EIC working in concert with their colleagues across Canada submitted a framework of the required enabling Act at a session of the Legislature of the Province of Manitoba.

The group of engineers presented a petition for the incorporation of “The Association of Professional Engineers,” and the Government decided to sponsor the public bill. As a result, "An Act respecting the Engineering Profession" was passed and assented on March 27, 1920, and "The Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Manitoba" became a governing body, officially established to regulate the profession of engineering in Manitoba.

It wasn’t until 26 years later in 1946 that the first woman, Edna Russell, graduated from The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Engineering. Fourteen years later, the second woman to graduate in Manitoba, Wendy Woods, made her mark.

The Association did not receive its first application from a woman until 1958 when Judith Weiszmann applied. Unfortunately, shortly after applying, she was advised that her academic institution was not on the Association's list of approved universities, and as a result, her application for registration was denied, and she was referred to the board of examiners. [Minke Kuiper]

A few months following Judith Weiszmann’s initial application, a second woman applied to the Association, and this time the application was accepted: on April 20, 1959, Minke Kuiper became the first woman registered in the Association’s history of professional self-regulation dating back to 19204.

As the Association continues to move forward in 2024, so does the advancement of engineering in the province of Manitoba. Every day there are groundbreaking new discoveries, award-winning projects being recognized, and the cumulative efforts of enthusiastic engineers that make Manitoba function and flourish.

National Engineering Month (see the link below) allows us to celebrate the diversity of thoughts, opportunities, and people that make up the engineering profession, and whose passion and commitment drive efforts that improve our world.

In a world of innovation, what will be your #EngineeringFirst?



Interested in the history of engineering in Manitoba and the Association? Want more information about National Engineering Month? Check out the Heritage Wiki and the Centennial edition of The Keystone Professional, as well as National Engineering Month events at the links provided below!

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MAR 04, 2024

Certificate of Authorization Renewals Are Now Open

Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually.

Certificates of Authorization are currently renewing for the period May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025. Renewal notices have been mailed to the listed authorized designate.

All companies who hold a Certificate of Authorization must submit their renewal payment by April 30, 2024, or complete a cancellation form. Renewal payments may be made online via the link below.

MAR 01, 2024

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Celebrates National Engineering Month

March 1, 2024, marks the beginning of National Engineering Month (NEM): Canada’s largest celebration of engineering!

Presented by Engineers Canada and guided by the theme, “There’s a place for you in engineering,” National Engineering Month celebrates the diversity of thoughts, opportunities, and people that make up the engineering profession, and whose passion and commitment drive efforts that improve our world. [National Engineering Month]

In honour of NEM, provincial regulators across the country dedicate their time and resources into hosting activities for both members and the public to showcase and highlight everything excellent in engineering.

In Manitoba, EngGeoMB will celebrate both engineers and geoscientists with events during Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW), March 17-23, 2024. For the full list of Association activities, please see our Event Listings (linked below).

For events across the country, check out ExploreEngineering.ca for NEM events for children and youth. Engineers, engineering students, engineering faculties, and engineering companies can also join the National Engineering Month celebrations and conversations on social media using the hashtags #NEM2024 or #NEGM2024.

Engineering is a profession that touches everyone, everywhere, every day. We utilize engineering in our daily commute to-and-from work on Manitoba roads, in our medical devices at hospitals like the Health Sciences Centre, in the aircrafts we fly out from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport for vacation, and even in the growing film and movie industry that’s taken root in recent years within the province. Engineering is a glue that holds many different materials and industries together and has been proven to be a vital industry regarding technological and human development as a whole.

For Manitoba, there are over 9,000 practitioners and interns that have continued to thrive and perfect their profession through their daily work and groundbreaking research. This month, we celebrate their accomplishments and everything they do to make life work better for the people of this province.

Have a National Engineering Month event you would like listed? Submit it via our Event Suggestion Form linked down below!



What is the Association’s Mission?

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is the leader and a facilitator of the process that ensures excellence in engineering, geoscience, and applied technology for the public of Manitoba.

The Association aims to serve and protect the public interest by governing and advancing the practices of professional engineering and professional geoscience in accordance with The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act of Manitoba.



Who Can Call Themselves a Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist?

Only registered members of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba can use P.Eng. or P.Geo. behind their names and legally practise engineering or geoscience in Manitoba without supervision. P.Eng. or P.Geo. signifies a person has demonstrated the competence, skills, and professionalism expected of a professional engineer or a professional geoscientist.

The Specified Scope of Practice Licence, introduced in Manitoba in 2018, allows non-engineers and non-geoscientists to practice within a specific scope of engineering or geoscience. This category recognizes the combination of education and extensive experience as potential for qualification. Licensees in this category use Eng.L. or Geo.L behind their names.



How can I Register with EngGeoMB?

To become registered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, you must determine your Applicant Type and complete the corresponding registration process outlined in the Manual of Admissions (PDF).

Manitoba residency is not a requirement to apply for registration, however, first-time applicants applying to the Intern Program are encouraged to apply in the province their practice takes effect.

FEB 20, 2024

Geoscientists Canada Offering Complimentary Geocommunication Course

Through Geoscientists Canada, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has acquired a professional development opportunity which allows all our registrants FREE access to Geologize’s critically acclaimed course 'Practical Geocommunication’ - a US$450 per person value. As the course is on-demand, you can sign up now and start at any point that suits you.

The geocommunications training helps geoscientists and engineers become more effective and powerful public ambassadors for geoscience. This skill is more important today than ever as professionals communicate with broad audiences about the effects and mitigation of climate change; impart knowledge concerning critical minerals; communicate with various stakeholder groups; inspire the next generation of geoscientists in the face of declining post-secondary geoscience enrolment; and so many other important topics.

The Practical Geocommunications Course is an approximately 10-hour online course, with the ability to save and return to the course at any time, and with a certificate available upon completion. Clear and appropriate communication of geoscience and engineering to the public is a key element of fulfilling professional ethical obligations. This wonderful professional development opportunity, fully updated December 2021, provides guidance on geocommunication and addresses such topics as:
  • The importance of communicating the geosciences. Case studies demonstrating the ethical obligation to communicate.
  • Neurology to orating. The science and practice of effective communication in the geosciences.
  • The power of analogy and linguistic tools. Geologizing and transposing geoscientific content into everyday concepts.
  • Identifying distortions in the media and strategies with which to effectively respond to these distortions.
  • Strategies to promote powerful social media engagement in the geosciences. Case studies and practical strategies.
  • Strategies for geoparks and geotourism to improve audience demographics and engagement.
  • Communicating with Indigenous communities.
  • Bonus material, quizzes, assignments, and a certificate.

To receive information on how to access the course, send an email with the title 'Practical Geocommunication Course' to Info@EngGeoMB.ca stating your Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba ID number. This course will be available until December 31, 2025.

FEB 08, 2024

2024 Curling Funspiel

[MLEC 2023] On January 10, 2024, EngGeoMB hosted the annual Curling Funspiel!

Eighteen teams gathered at the St. Vital Curling Club in search of a fun afternoon, prizes, and their name on the trophy. Teams were also invited to dress up in creative outfits to show their enthusiasm and team spirit while competing for the best dressed prize - congratulations to our snazzy Canadian tuxedo winners!

Using a cumulative high value scoring system, all teams from the seasoned league players to the non-curlers who were trying the game for the very first time had the chance to score big.

Teams played five two-end games and the top team ended with 102 points: congratulations to The Retired Guys for clinching the trophy!

The Sports Committee would like to thank all participants for joining this year’s Funspiel and helping to raise over $5,000 to support geoscience students at the University of Manitoba.

A thank you to our sponsors:
  • Major Sponsor: Canada Life
  • Lunch Sponsor: StandardAero
  • Rock Sponsor: FWS Group of Companies
  • Beer Sponsor: KGS Group
  • Sheet Sponsor: Ag Growth International (AGI)
  • Table Sponsor: Ag Growth International (AGI)

FEB 01, 2024

EngGeoMB Launches Search for Permanent CEO/Registrar

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba announced today that the search for a permanent CEO/Registrar has officially begun. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's Council has engaged Lively Consulting to facilitate the recruitment process.

Lively Consulting will collaborate closely with the Recruitment Committee and Council to ensure a transparent and efficient selection process.

Key details regarding the CEO/Registrar search timeline are anticipated as follows:
  • Application Deadline: February 29, 2024
  • Interviews with the Recruitment Committee: March 2024
  • Candidate Selection: April 2024
  • Permanent CEO/Registrar Start Date: April - June 2024
Kathryn Atamanchuk, 2023-2024 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Council President, adds - "I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Association staff and the interim CEO/Registrar for their unwavering dedication and hard work during this period of transition. As we embark on this next phase of our journey, I am confident we will identify an exceptional leader to guide the Association into a successful future".

The complete position profile, including application instructions, can be found at the link below.

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is the leader in governance and regulation for the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in the province of Manitoba. The Association administers The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act by licensing professional engineers and geoscientists and setting standards for and regulating these professions in Manitoba so that the public interest is served and protected. Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public interest first, licensed engineers can be identified by the "P.Eng." and licensed geoscientists by the "P.Geo." after their names.

Lively Consulting is a talent acquisition consulting firm recognized for its diligent executive search work and for providing an exceptional candidate experience.

JAN 30, 2024

Engineers Canada CEO Job Posting

Engineers Canada is recruiting for a Chief Executive Officer. They are looking for a strategic thinker who can inspire action and achieve results. Below is the job listing description provided by Engineers Canada.



Engineers Canada CEO Job Posting

Engineers Canada is the national organization that upholds the honour, integrity, and interests of the engineering profession by supporting consistent high standards in the regulation of engineering, encouraging the growth of the profession in Canada, and inspiring public confidence. For over 80 years, Engineers Canada, in concert with the nation’s 12 engineering regulators, has worked on behalf of the provincial and territorial associations that regulate engineering practice and license the country’s 300,000 members of the engineering profession. More than ever, the prosperity of our country and the welfare of its citizens depends on the skilled application of applied science and engineering knowledge to protect the public and advance society. It is within this exciting context that Engineers Canada is seeking its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will lead a skilled and high-performing team dedicated to the development of national policies, positions, and guidelines on behalf of the engineering profession. The CEO will passionately promote greater understanding of the nature, role, and contribution of professional engineers and engineering to Canadian society, regularly engage and build trusting and collaborative relationships with key provincial, territorial, and federal stakeholders and will work with the regulators to help ensure that the highest professional standards are maintained in the licensing of all Canadian professional engineers.

As the ideal candidate, you are a strategic thinker and can identify opportunities, inspire action, and achieve results. You are a consummate professional and respected for your sensitive, engaging, and inclusive leadership style. You are an intuitive people-person, with a high degree of emotional intelligence, who understands the importance of exercising emotional regulation in a complex environment and are known for your ability to work with and manage diverse groups of stakeholders. Your experience working with a Board of Directors and your understanding of regulated industries in Canada, with respect for provincial and territorial uniqueness, will serve Engineers Canada well. A confident and collegial leader, you develop and support leaders to create diverse, dynamic and highly effective management teams. As the ideal candidate, you are ideally a professional engineer (P.Eng. or Ing.) or have experience working with or as a member of a regulated industry and you are bilingual in English and French.

If interested in leading a new national agency, or to learn more, please email Eric Lathrop and Maja Messam at MMessam@Boyden.com and please state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.



For more information about the job posting, please see the link provided down below.

JAN 30, 2024

Nova Scotia Court Ruling Reinforces Right to Practice Legislation

In 2021 and 2022, Mark Connors, who is not a professional engineer, sealed documents with an engineering stamp and signed off on plans as an engineer. He created the stamp using his computer to modify a real engineering stamp and made up a number.

Engineers Nova Scotia was notified of Mr. Connors’ unauthorized use of an engineer seal and number by a member of the public. Engineers Nova Scotia issued Mr. Connors a cease-and-desist letter and notified the police. Following investigation by the police, Mr. Connors pled guilty to committing a single count of fraud under $5,000 between 2021 and 2022 in relation to work undertaken for two proponents, contrary to section 380(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

At sentencing, Mr. Connors sought a conditional discharge following successful completion of a period of probation. He noted that the work undertaken for the two proponents was not done to a poor standard, that he was very familiar with the electrical codes, and was simply helping people in a climate where engineers are difficult to find.

The Crown, on the other hand, sought a short (three months) sharp period of incarceration, aimed at denouncing Mr. Connors’ conduct and sending a firm message of deterrence to those who would impersonate a professional, thus placing the public at risk and diminishing trust in the profession. The Crown took the position that the sentence should be served in the community and be followed by a 12-month period of probation. The Crown argued that it was contrary to the public interest that Mr. Connors receive a discharge.

In her decision on sentence, Judge van der Hoek reviewed the educational requirements for professional engineers and the need to ensure the protection of the public. Judge van der Hoek noted that Engineers Nova Scotia’s powers are limited as its governing legislation does not provide explicit statutory authority for Engineers Nova Scotia to enforce its Act outside of its disciplinary powers against members.

Judge van der Hoek acknowledged that it was clearly in Mr. Connors’ interest to receive a discharge. However, Judge van der Hoek found it would be contrary to the public interest for Mr. Connors to be discharged. She stated at paragraph 40 of the decision:

The need to protect the public from those who would hold themselves out as a professional is simply too pressing and important. This was not a one off. Mr. Connors’ actions were persistently carried out overtime and for profit. Engineering is not simply stamping drawings, and I am not convinced Mr. Connors realizes just how much he has impacted the public trust and risked the safety of the public that had cause to rely on him…Society has to be able to trust that an engineering stamp means something. Just as a person who consults a doctor relies on advice that a mole is not skin cancer, the source of advice from all professionals is backed by knowledge, skill, training, and oversight by a trusted regulator - in the public interest.

In weighing the aggravating and mitigating factors, Judge van der Hoek concluded that the former far outweighed the latter. She noted this was not a momentary loss of judgment, but a sustained and involved effort undertaken over time. Considering all the purposes and principles of sentencing, Judge van der Hoek sentenced Mr. Connors to a short sharp period of custody, to be served in the community, followed by a period of probation with the conditions recommended by the Crown.

For more information and to read the official court decision, please see the links provided below.

DEC 20, 2023

Geoscientists Canada CEO Job Posting

Geoscientists Canada is looking for their next Chief Executive Officer, a position that will help guide and administer their dynamic organization. Below is the job listing description provided by Geoscientists Canada.



Geoscientists Canada CEO Job Posting

We need a visionary leader to help us actualize our strategic plans and implement the key initiatives critical to moving our organization forward.

Geoscientists Canada works on behalf of our members, the geoscience practice regulators who regulate over 15,000 professional geoscientists across Canada. Our mission is to support harmonization of regulations and strengthen public trust in the expertise and ethics of geoscientists. We support excellence in the profession through representation and collaboration on the national and international stage.



For more information about the job posting, please see the link provided down below.

DEC 18, 2023

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program: 2024/2025 Call for Proposals

As part of the Federal Freshwater Action Plan, led by the Canada Water Agency, investments through Freshwater Ecosystem Initiatives will support actions that address regional freshwater challenges and priorities.

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) will provide financial support for eligible partner-led projects that improve the water quality and ecological health of Lake Winnipeg and its basin.
Funding is available to support outcome-focused actions that address one or more program priorities of:
  • Nutrient Reduction
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Indigenous Engagement
For more information on this Call for Proposals, including details on eligibility and the application process, please visit the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program webpage listed below, or refer to the attached Applicant Guide.

If you are interested in funding through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, please submit a Proposal no later than 11:59p.m., February 15, 2024 (EST)

Proposals must be submitted using the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System listed below, which is ECCC’s online application system. For GCEMS technical assistance, please contact SGESC-GCEMS-SGESC-GCEMS@ec.gc.ca.

An acknowledgment email will be sent to all that submit a Proposal for consideration. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 5 working days of the deadline, please contact Environment and Climate Change Canada in the email provided below.

The 2024/2025 Applicant Guide can be found linked below.

DEC 15, 2023

2024 Renewals

The deadline for payment of 2024 dues is December 31, 2023. Renewals received after the deadline are subject to a late fee of $52.50. If a renewal is not received in accordance with the deadlines specified in the Act and By-laws, the practitioner will no longer be in good standing and their name will be removed from the Association's register as a member or intern.

Consequences of removal include a requirement to reinstate with an application for return to active practice, a de-registration fee, and a reinstatement fee. Note that should you require to reinstate due to letting your membership lapse, your membership history will now show a gap in registration. In addition, any practitioner who practices after being removed from the register may face disciplinary action.

If you are not renewing your membership due to no longer practising in Manitoba, we encourage you to consult our renewal information to consider the best option for your situation. Options include applying for dues relief, becoming a senior member, going on leave, or resignation. These options will leave you in good standing with the Association when properly applied.

Renew online today by logging in to your online profile. Click the link provided below for additional renewal information.

DEC 06, 2023

Engineers Canada: Call for Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) is seeking three members-at-large who will contribute to the CEAB’s ongoing work to accredit undergraduate engineering education programs across Canada. This national volunteer position includes significant travel to meetings and participation in on-site accreditation visits at higher education institutions across Canada. CEAB membership is not remunerated.

The CEAB accredits undergraduate engineering education programs across Canada. Accreditation identifies to the provincial and territorial regulators those engineering programs whose graduates are academically qualified to begin the process to be licensed as professional engineers in Canada.

The CEAB is a standing committee reporting to the Engineers Canada Board, and produces information needed for the Engineers Canada Board to make decisions on matters relating to engineering education and accreditation in Canada. The CEAB is comprised of senior engineering practitioners from academia, the public sector, and private industry. To learn more, see the CEAB Terms of Reference in section 6.9 of the Engineers Canada Board Policy Manual linked below.

CEAB membership involves significant travel. In person attendance is expected at the CEAB meetings as well as on-site visits to higher education institutions across Canada. The travel and meetings are scheduled during both normal business hours and on weekends. Only applicants with the flexibility to travel will be considered. The expenses associated with the travel are covered by Engineers Canada.

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.

To Apply:
Interested individuals are invited to submit their application to the CEAB Secretariat c/o Johanne Lamarche, Accreditation Coordinator, Johanne.Lamarche@EngineersCanada.ca. Applications should include a brief cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume. Individuals are required to clearly outline how the skills and qualifications for this position are met.

Applications must be received no later than January 15, 2024. For more information, please see the link provided below.

DEC 05, 2023

Manitoba Labour and Immigration: Apply to Adjudicate Construction Code Permit Disputes

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba recently contributed to the development of the Manitoba Government’s Permit Dispute Resolution Act and Regulation, set to take effect on March 1, 2024.

To ensure the success of the new process, Manitoba Labour and Immigration’s Inspection and Technical Services is asking Association members with building code expertise to apply to serve as adjudicators in overseeing appeals, conducting hearings, and resolving disputes.

For more information regarding adjudicator responsibilities and remuneration, see The Permit Dispute Resolution – Adjudicators information sheet below.

Applicants are requested to fill out the Adjudicator-Applicant Information Form linked below and email it, and their resume, to TechnicalServices@gov.mb.ca, with the subject line Attention: Building Codes- Adjudicator-Applicant Information Form. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2024.

NOV 28, 2023

Engineers Canada: Participate in the Futures of Engineering Accreditation Survey

[Engineers Canada Logo]

This information is being distributed on behalf of Engineers Canada.

Since its creation in 1965, the Canadian engineering education accreditation system has supported Canadian engineering regulators and inspired and mentored accreditation bodies internationally. Significant changes in engineering practice and education have occurred over this same period. From technological advancements to the emergence of new and alternative educational methods, the context for today's engineers is far different from that of the past.

The objective of The Futures of Engineering Accreditation (FEA) is to leverage the insights, perspectives, and expertise of members of the Canadian engineering ecosystem to examine the current accreditation system, understand how it's serving contemporary needs, and consider how it can chart a new path for the future of our profession. To learn more about the project and the work that has been done to date, please click below to visit the project website.

The FEA project wants to hear from people who have enrolled in engineering education or have direct experience with the engineering licensure process. They are conducting a survey to gather insights from engineering students, graduates, applicants for licensure and professionals about their experiences related to accreditation, engineering competencies, and licensure.

Take the Survey at the link provided below.

The survey will remain open until January 8th, 2024.

Thank you for playing a vital role in shaping the future of engineering education, accreditation, and licensure in Canada. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

NOV 22, 2023

Engineers Canada Awards

The Engineers Canada Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of engineers and engineering students who are advancing the engineering profession and improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world.

The awards acknowledge exemplary community and professional involvement, contributions to engineering education, support for women in engineering, and the significant accomplishments of engineers and engineering students.

Gold Medal Award
For exceptional individual achievement and distinction in a field of engineering.

Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service
For outstanding contribution to the Canadian engineering profession through a professional, consulting, or technical engineering association or society in Canada.

Meritorious Service Award for Community Service
For exemplary voluntary contribution to community-based or humanitarian endeavours that demonstrate the commitment of engineers to improveing their communities.

Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education
For exemplary contribution to the education and development of engineering students and to engineering education in Canada.

Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession
For exceptional achievements in advancing the recruitment, retention, and professional development of women in engineering.

Gold Medal Student Award
For outstanding leadership, contributions to society, and volunteerism by an undergraduate engineering student.

For more information, please see the Awards page listed below, or contact Awards@EngineersCanada.ca.

NOV 17, 2023

Legislation Changes

Introduction

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is governed by The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act ('Act') and the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba By-laws ('By-laws'). Working with members, stakeholders, and government, updates were made to the Act, along with supporting changes to the By-laws, which both came into effect on November 1, 2023.

Practitioners should be aware of the changes to the legislation as it pertains to their practice.

Appeal Committee

The Act update introduces an internal Appeal Committee. Registration Committee and Investigation Committee decisions may be appealed to the internal Appeal Committee, and Discipline Committee decisions may be appealed to the Provincial Court of Appeals.

By-law changes establish the Appeal Committee’s constitution, communications, processes, and policies. The new appeal system streamlines and simplifies appeals for all involved parties.

The Appeal Committee is now a separate entity from the Council, reducing workload for councillors and keeping councillors at an arms length from the process. It also ensures that, as a standing committee, the members of the Appeal Committee can be appropriately trained and vetted.

[Previous Appeal Process] [New Appeal Process]

Publication

The Act update allows for the publication of the name of an investigated person who, in response to a complaint, voluntarily withdraws from practice, has been formally cautioned, or agrees to a charge, conviction, or penalty and a description of the decision.

By-law changes allows for the Investigation Committee ('IC') to use their discretion when publishing names. The IC may choose not to publish, such as in a situation where a member voluntarily withdraws due to a personal medical condition, or they may choose to publish the decision anonymously if they believe the membership could learn from the situation.

Charges that are referred to the Disciplinary Committee ('DC') must still be published.

Investigations of other Matters

The Act update allows for the Investigation Committee to investigate other matters related to skill in practice or professional misconduct that arise during an investigation. This ensures that all matters are investigated properly, and without delay.

Professional Development Non-Compliance

The Act update allows Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to publish the names of individuals who are non-compliant with the Professional Development (ProDev) program, and to notify the employers of a member suspended for non-compliance with ProDev.

This ensures that members who are suspended from practice are not practicing.

Registrar Approvals

The Act update allows for the Registrar to approve Certificates of Authorization ('C of A') and Canadian Mobility applications.

C of A and Canadian Mobility applications are often straight forward, meaning that if certain information can be verified, the application can be approved. Allowing for the Registrar to approve these applications means that they can be approved on an on-going basis and do not have to wait for a monthly meeting of the Registration Committee to be approved.

There are still situations where the Registrar would not be able to approve these applications, such as when there is a conflict of interest or unusual circumstances. The By-law changes outline what would happen in those situations.

Licensees

The Act update allows for Licensees to hold a Certificate of Authorization.

By-law changes include Licensees in the language surrounding Certificates of Authorization.

Licensee Title Use

The Act update includes 'Eng.L.' and 'Geo.L.' as protected titles.

NOV 16, 2023

Ingenium On-Demand Hub

From your home, your office, or wherever in the world you may be, join your fellow practitioners as Ingenium 2023 goes virtual! Gain valuable professional development hours and get involved with the Association without having to leave your desk.

Did you miss the 2023 Ingenium Professional Development Seminars? It's not too late! Register now at the link below to gain instant access to recordings of all 20 sessions, which are available to view until February 9, 2024.

Already registered? Access the Ingenium Hub at the link provided down below.

OCT 31, 2023

Act and By-Law Changes

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023, and came into force on November 1, 2023. The changes to the Act necessitate consequential changes to the By-laws.

After engagement with membership, through open engagement sessions and third-party focus groups, review by the By-law Review Committee, drafting by legal counsel, and further member engagement, Council approved the list of by-law proposals for 2023.

The by-law changes, proposed by Council as an omnibus proposal as a result for the legislative changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’), was approved by members and announced at the 2023 AGM.

The By-law changes and the Act changes both came into force on November 1, 2023, ensuring that there are no discrepancies between the two pieces of legislation.

The wording of the Act and by-law changes can be found in the PDFs below.

Act Change Process
The Association began discussing potential changes to the Act with the Government of Manitoba in December of 2018. Potential changes that were identified by Council, committees, members, and Association staff served as a starting point.

Stakeholder engagement was vital to the entire process. Members, committees, councillors, staff, legal counsel, and legislative drafters all provided important feedback and comments that helped to shape the final Act changes.

After much research, discussion, and drafting, the changes were presented to the government under Bill 233 and received Royal Assent on November 3, 2022. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba requested a coming into effect date of November 2023, to be able to have time to make necessary subsequential changes to the By-laws and to ensure that the membership was properly notified and aware of all upcoming changes.

Act Amendments
The Act amendments are meant to simplify administrative procedures and language, reduce barriers to practice, increase transparency, and enhance the protection of the public.

The Appeals Process
A major change is the overhaul of how appeals are handled by the Association. Currently, appeals of the Discipline Committee (DC) and of the Registration Committee (RC) can first be appealed to Council, then to the Court of King’s Bench and then to the Court of Appeal. Decisions by the Investigation Committee (IC) are also appealed directly to Council.

The new Act changes create an Appeal Committee to which decisions of the RC and the IC will be appealed to. DC decisions will be appealed directly to The Court of Appeal.

This change brings the Association in line with other professional jurisdictions, while reducing costs, removing the burden from Council, and ensuring that the appeal process is efficient and effective for all involved.

Registration Processes
The Act changes allows for the registrar to approve Certificates of Authorization and Canadian Mobility applications. Upcoming by-law changes specify when the Registrar would not be able to approve certain applications, but by being able to approve applications, applicants would no longer need to wait for a Registration Committee meeting to be approved.

Licensees
Changes to terminology and definitions now allows Licensees (which now includes temporary licensees and specified scope of practice licensees) to hold a Certificate of Authorization.

The changes also clarify that titles such as ‘engineering licensee’, ‘geoscience licensee’, ‘Eng.L.’ and ‘Geo.L.’ are protected titles.

Investigations
The Act changes explicitly allow for the Investigation Committee to investigate other matters related to skill in practice or professional misconduct that may arise in an investigation. This power previously existed in by-law and is now enshrined in the Act.

Right to Notify and Publication
The Act change allows for the Association to notify the employer of a member whose license has been suspended due to non-compliance with the Professional Development program.

The change also allows for the Investigation Committee to publish the name and information about the decision of a charge, conviction, penalty, voluntary withdrawal, or formal caution. Upcoming by-law changes will allow the IC, in certain circumstances, to use their discretion when it comes to publication.

OCT 31, 2023

2024 Construction Codes Implementation

The Province will adopt the new Manitoba Building Code, Manitoba Plumbing Code, Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings and Manitoba Fire Code effective January 1, 2024.

The Manitoba Building Code (MBC), i.e. the 2020 National Building Code of Canada with Manitoba amendments, will be adopted via Regulation 78/2023. The City will refer to this as the 2024 Manitoba Building Code (9th Edition), which will apply to all building permit applications submitted January 1, 2024 or later.

Likewise, the 2020 National Energy Code for Buildings with Manitoba amendments will be adopted as the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings via Regulation 79/2023 and will apply to projects that are subject to the 2024 MBC.

Projects with development permit approval before January 1, 2024, where a building permit application is submitted after January 1, 2024, can opt to comply with either the 2011 MBC (8th edition) or the 2024 MBC (9th edition). Indication of Code edition must be noted on the application form.

Staged Permits
Staged Permits, e.g. foundation only, submitted before January 1, 2024 and subject to the 2011 MBC, must have the remaining stages designed in compliance with the 2011 MBC as well. All stages must be compliant to the same edition of the MBC.

Manitoba Plumbing Code and Trade Permits
The 2020 National Plumbing Code with Manitoba amendments will be adopted as the Manitoba Plumbing Code via Regulation 80/2023.

Standalone plumbing, mechanical and electrical permit applications received January 1, 2024 or later will be subject to compliance with the 2024 MBC. Plumbing, mechanical and electrical permit applications that have an associated building permit will be subject to the Code edition applied to the related building permit.

Manitoba Fire Code
Also effective January 1, 2024, Manitoba will be adopting and enforcing the 2020 edition of the national model fire code as the Manitoba Fire Code via Regulation 82/2023.

OCT 25, 2023

Participate in the Public Review of Proposed Changes to the 2020 National Model Codes

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is inviting the public to take part in the third public review of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes. The proposed changes included in this public review will address the following topics:

• alterations to existing buildings
• greenhouse gas emissions
• radon
• airtightness
• accessibility – illumination levels and projection of protruding building elements
• building envelope – thermal bridging and insulation
• building fire safety
• climatic loads
• combustible construction – fire protection and safety
• encapsulated mass timber construction
• HVAC equipment efficiency
• large farm buildings
• hazardous materials and activities
• plumbing materials and equipment
• fire protection
• use and egress
• penetrations
• prescriptive trade-off path
• vegetated roof assemblies
• windows, doors and skylights
• environmental separation standards
• lighting
• fenestration – thermal characteristics

The public review will run from October 23 to December 18, 2023. Those interested in participating in the review can access the proposed changes on the CBHCC’s website and provide feedback (please see the link below).

The public review is an opportunity for all Canadians to participate in the code development process. The CBHCC encourages anyone who is interested to review the changes being considered and comment on whether the proposed changes should be approved, modified, or withdrawn.

Following the public review, all comments will be considered by the relevant code development committees, and recommendations on the proposed changes will be made to the CBHCC. If approved, the changes will be included in the 2025 editions of the National Model Codes, which are published by the National Research Council of Canada.

Your feedback on the proposed changes will help shape the National Model Codes, which are adopted, with or without modifications, by the provincial or territorial authorities having jurisdiction over local building, fire, plumbing and energy regulations.

For more information, please contact the CBHCC at CBHCCSecretary-SecretaireCCHCC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

OCT 20, 2023

2023 Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony

[Kathryn Atamanchuk signing president scroll] On Thursday, October 19, 2023, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba welcomed Kathryn Atamanchuk, P.Eng., as the new Association President for 2023-2024.

The Association also welcomed three new members to Council at the Annual General Meeting:
  • Carol Martiniuk, P.Geo.
  • Kyle Ward, EIT
  • Steven Wu, P.Eng.
On Friday, October 20, 2023, nine awards were presented to outstanding individuals and companies at the Annual Awards Ceremony. Masters of Ceremonies was Dean Jenkinson, and music and entertainment was provided by the Big City All Star Band.[Award Ceremony MC Dean Jenkins]
  • Team Achievement Award: WSP Canada's Response to the City of Iqaluit Water Crisis
  • Diversity Employer Award: Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
  • Student Achievement Award: Assistive Smart Mirror (Yuyao Du, Dora Modroin, Sydni Reimer, Hester Yin)
  • Intern Award: Ian Moran, EIT
  • [2023 Student Achievement Award winners]
  • Early Achievement Award: Sarah Soprovich, P.Eng.
  • Champion of Engineering Education Award: Grant Koropatnick, FEC
  • Judith Weiszmann Women in Engineering Champion Award: Natalie Wilson, P.Eng.
  • Outstanding Service Award: Lindsay Melvin, P.Eng., FEC
  • Technical Excellence Award: Efrem Teklemariam, P.Eng., FEC

The Association would like to extend its congratulations once again to all of this year’s award recipients.

Information about each award can be found at https://EngGeoMB.ca/Awards.html.

OCT 11, 2023

New Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) Website Launched

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is excited to announce the launch of its new website.

Visitors to the site can learn more about Canada’s National Model Codes and how they’re developed, submit a code change request, and find information about upcoming meetings of the CBHCC and its code development committees.

In the future, the site will host public reviews where stakeholders can provide their input on proposed code changes and seminars highlighting significant code changes.

For more information, and to visit the new website, please see the link provided below.

About the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes
The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is responsible for the development of Canada’s National Model Codes, which contain objectives related to health, safety, the protection of buildings from fire and structural damage, and the protection of the environment.

The CBHCC, which is made up of representatives from provincial, territorial, and federal public services, approves the content of the National Model Codes and works within a system of groups that provide oversight, advice, and develop proposed changes.

OCT 04, 2023

2024 Building Code Implementation

The Province will adopt the new Manitoba Building Code (MBC) effective January 1, 2024, i.e. the 2020 National Building Code of Canada with Manitoba amendments, Regulation 78/2023.

The City will refer to this as the 2024 Manitoba Building Code (9th Edition), which will apply to all building permit applications submitted January 1, 2024 or later.

Projects with development permit approval before January 1, 2024, where a building permit application is submitted after January 1, 2024, can opt to comply with either the 2011 MBC (8th edition) or the 2024 MBC (9th edition). Indication of Code edition must be noted on the Building Design Summary.

Staged Permits
Staged Permits, e.g. foundation only, submitted before January 1, 2024 and subject to the 2011 MBC, must have the remaining stages designed in compliance with the 2011 MBC as well. All stages must be compliant to the same edition of the MBC.

Trade Permits
Standalone plumbing, mechanical and electrical permit applications received January 1, 2024 or later will be subject to compliance with the 2024 MBC. Plumbing, mechanical and electrical permit applications that have an associated building permit will be subject to the Code edition applied to the related building permit. National Model Codes Also effective January 1, 2024, Manitoba will be adopting and enforcing the 2020 editions of the national model plumbing, energy and fire codes via the regulations listed below.

AUG 30, 2023

Provincial Financial Support for Internationally Educated Professionals

The Government of Manitoba launched the Manitoba Careers for Internationally Educated Professionals Program to support internationally educated professionals towards their goal of working in their professional field in Manitoba.

It provides non-repayable financial assistance to help IEPs with assessment and training costs while pursuing registration in one of Manitoba’s 28 non-nursing self-regulated professions.

To be eligible, individuals must have started the registration process with a Manitoba regulator and be motivated and able to complete the process in a timely, efficient and continuous manner. To be eligible, applicants must have started the application process with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

Individuals should contact their Manitoba regulator directly to learn about the registration requirements, process, costs and other important information.

For more information, please see the links provided down below.

AUG 03, 2023

Royal Canadian Mint Issues New $1 Coin Honouring Engineer and “Queen of the Hurricanes” Elsie Macgil

The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new $1 commemorative circulation coin honouring Elsie MacGill, an exceptional Canadian who broke barriers as an engineer and leading advocate of women’s rights. Responsible for many firsts as a woman studying and practicing engineering, she was celebrated for setting up the Canadian production of the Hawker Hurricane fighter plane during the Second World War. Her lifelong advocacy for women’s rights included her appointment to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, in 1967. This special coin recognizing the tremendous legacy of Elsie MacGill begins circulating today.

“Through her dedication and an unshakeable belief that there was nothing women could not do, Elsie MacGill broke the glass ceiling for Canadian women pursuing careers in engineering, and made historic contributions to Canada’s efforts during the Second World War,” said The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. “I am so pleased that this commemorative coin will honour the legacy of a remarkable champion of women’s rights, and will share her story with a new generation of Canadians.”

“Inspiring Canadians through stories of exceptional achievement is one of the most important functions of commemorative circulation coins,” said Marie Lemay, P. Eng., ing., President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “What Elsie MacGill achieved as a trail blazing aeronautical engineer, and as a champion of women’s rights, made a difference in her lifetime and continues to influence us today. Hers is a story that needs to be shown and celebrated on a circulation coin that will be shared by millions of Canadians of all ages.”

The artwork appearing on the reverse of the 2023 $1 circulation coin celebrating Elsie MacGill is the creation of Tofino, British Columbia artist Claire Watson. It features Elsie MacGill holding a pair of rolled-up blueprints. Flying above her is the Maple Leaf Trainer II that she designed and beside her appears one of the over 1,450 Canadian-made Hawker Hurricane fighter planes that she helped produce for the Allied war effort in the Second World War, as Chief Engineer of Canadian Car and Foundry in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay). She was known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes” for that unique wartime contribution. Her name, “Elsie MacGill”, is engraved beneath the fighter plane. The obverse of this coin features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

[MLEC 2023] Elsie MacGill is widely credited as: the first woman in Canada to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Toronto, 1927); the first woman in North America to graduate with a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Michigan, 1929); the first woman in Canada to become a practising engineer (1938); as well as the first North American woman, and possibly the world, to design an aircraft that was produced under her direction through to prototype (the Maple Leaf II trainer). Although her education and career were interrupted in 1929 by a form of polio that affected her mobility for the rest of her life, she persevered and excelled in aeronautics.

In fact, in 1938, she accepted a post as Chief Engineer at the Canadian Car and Foundry plant in Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario. Her tenure there lasted until 1943, encompassing the first years of the Second World War. During her that time, she played a key role in re-tooling the factory for the production of over 1,450 Hawker Hurricanes, and spearheaded improvements for cold-weather performance by designing specific adaptations such as ski landing gear and de-icing capabilities.

"Apart from all of her other notable achievements, she was a wonderful grandmother. I spent nearly every Sunday evening during my high school years with Elsie and my grandfather, Bill Soulsby,” said grandson Rohan Soulsby. “There was never any shortage of interesting conversation around the dinner table as we discussed current events in Canada and around the world on topics ranging from politics to women's rights to aviation, music and the arts. On top of all that, she also made an awesome peach pie!”

After the war, she continued her career in aeronautics, aiding in the development of international civil aviation safety standards. She also increasingly focused on her passionate work as a critical and influential advocate for women’s rights and professional equality. She presided over the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs from 1962-64 and was appointed a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in 1967.

“Elsie MacGill always looked to the horizon in her engineering and feminist endeavours and sought to move beyond it, said Elsie MacGill biographer Dr. Crystal Sissons. “She was not deterred by setbacks, and she knew the value of teamwork and harnessing the support and cooperation of her colleagues in both fields to effect the changes she desired. She believed Canadians could work together to soar beyond social and technical limitations.”

Limited to a mintage of three million coins, of which two million will be coloured, this new $1 circulation coin begins circulating on August 1, 2023. It will reach Canadians through their change as bank branches and businesses replenish their inventories of $1 coins.

The coloured and uncoloured circulation coin are also available as collectibles in a six-piece Collector Keepsake coin set. They are packaged in a richly illustrated collector card that contains uncirculated versions of classic 2023-dated circulation coins, from five cents to two dollars.

Other collector products adding to the celebration of Elsie MacGill include:
- Coloured and uncoloured limited-edition special wrap rolls of 25 uncirculated coins each (uncoloured rolls only available in a Special Wrap Roll Set), and
- A commemorative Collector Keepsake Card featuring both versions of the circulation coin, packaged with uncirculated versions of 2023 classic circulation coins (5-cent to $2).

AUG 02, 2023

Provincial Release of 2023 Registration Review Evaluation Report for EngGeoMB

The Manitoba government released the 2023 Registration Review Report for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (which can be located in the PDF linked below), as part of its efforts to review 31 self-regulated professions in Manitoba for compliance with The Fair Registration Practices in Regulation Act (provided down below) and identify areas of improvement.

The report highlights EngGeoMB’s achievements and efforts to ensure fair and transparent registration practices, and recommendations to help reduce barriers to registration for both Canadian mobility and internationally educated applicants. The Association has accepted and is implementing these recommendations, which include eliminating the Manitoba residency requirement for first-time applicants, clarifying English language requirements for mobility applicants, and clarifying academic assessment criteria.

The Manitoba Government also recently amended The Fair Registration Practices in Regulation Act to enhance expectations around labour mobility and registration processes. The news release can be found below.

The 2023 report and more information about the Fair Registration Practices Office is available at the link provided down below.

JUL 19, 2023

Changes to Commercial Inspections & Building Occupancy Requests

Resulting in part from recent industry feedback, the City is changing commercial inspections and occupancy requests effective July 19, 2023.

Inspections
More inspection time options will be available on the Commercial Inspection Request Form:
• earliest available time slot option
• four-day window selection with morning & afternoon options
• greater than four days option for service shutdowns

Occupancy
Before requesting occupancy, shop drawings must be reviewed and accepted, and final building and trade inspections must be requested or completed. Additionally, occupancy requests are limited to final and full interim requests, including extensions to full interim. Partial interim occupancies need approval before submitting a partial interim occupancy request.

For more information, see the “Procedural Change to Structural Shop Drawing Submissions for Occupancy Permits” and “Guidelines for Partial Interim Occupancy Permits" linked down below.

JUL 07, 2023

Manitoba Government - 2020 National Model Codes Update

The Manitoba government will adopt the 2020 national model codes for building, plumbing, fire, and energy as published by the National Research Council as of January 1, 2024, following an extensive industry consultation.

“The adoption of the 2020 national model codes will bring Manitoba up to date for the building, plumbing, fire, and energy industries in a number of key areas, including accessibility and energy efficiency,” said Minister Jon Reyes. “Based on feedback received from the public and key stakeholders, our government has adopted the most current codes available as part of its commitment to removing trade barriers, reducing industry costs, and improving Manitoba’s economic competitiveness".

As part of the Manitoba government’s commitments under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, the Manitoba Building Code, Manitoba Plumbing Code, Manitoba Energy Code, and Manitoba Fire Code, must be regularly updated to ensure compliance with the latest health and safety standards.

The Manitoba Building Code, Manitoba Plumbing Code, Manitoba Energy Code, and Manitoba Fire Code will all be updated to the 2020 national model codes as of January 1, 2024, giving stakeholders time to adjust to the changes. The 2020 code modernizes requirements in a number of areas related to building, plumbing, fire, and energy codes.

Public consultations conducted last winter and again in June indicated industry professionals preferred to adopt the 2020 code sooner, bypassing the 2015 edition, to minimize administrative burden associated with implementing new code requirements, the minister noted.

Implementing the codes by January 1, 2024, meets the Manitoba government’s commitment to have new codes in place by March 31, 2024, as per the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table agreement under the Canada Free Trade Agreement, the minister added.

The full list of changes to the model national codes is available at the link provided down below.

For more information and resources on the 2020 national model codes, visit the link provided down below.

For more information, please see the Manitoba government News release down below.

JUL 05, 2023

MCRT Infrastructure 2.0 Delivers 15 Course Sessions to 848 attendees in 2023

On November 28, 2022, the Association and the Manitoba Government signed a Conservation and Climate Fund grant agreement for the Association to provide engineers, geoscientists, and other infrastructure professionals and decision-makers with advanced knowledge and skills in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The program ended on March 31, 2023.

Specific objectives were:
  1. To build awareness and knowledge among professional engineers, geoscientists, and other stakeholders in order to integrate climate change solutions into design and development in order to promote climate resiliency and mitigation in Manitoba, thus protecting the public from climate change impacts while reducing carbon emissions.
  2. To increase skills, capacity, and tool usage among professional engineers, geoscientists, and other stakeholders in order to integrate current and future climate information and data into analysis, planning, and decision making on projects.
  3. To enhance collaboration with stakeholders in Manitoba and across Canada, fostering a strong community of practice, knowledge, and expertise.
In the short timeframe between November 2022, to March 2023, the project team focused on updating three courses that had been developed and delivered by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and its partners through the 2021-2022 BRACE/MCRT project. The team also developed and delivered one new course and created and delivered three new in-person “deeper dive” workshops. In addition to delivering workshops in Winnipeg, the project team delivered one workshop outside of Winnipeg in Winkler, reaching infrastructure practitioners in southern Manitoba.

MCRT Achievements by the Numbers:

Courses Held:
Four 90-minute online courses, followed by 30-minute Question and Answer discussion sessions. (Each of the four were offered on two different dates).
  • Infrastructure Climate Risk Assessment (featuring the PIEVC Process)
  • Climate Change as it Impacts Codes, Standards, and Regulations
  • Natural Infrastructure Solutions that Enhance Resilience
  • An Introduction to Geothermal Engineering and Energy Modelling
Three 180-minute in-person “deeper dive” workshops were offered on five different dates.

Total registered for four courses: 1185 Total attended: 848

The provincial government funding received for Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba’s project made it possible for the Association to offer the courses at for free to participants.

Communication and Engagement Numbers:
  • We created one MCRT site on the Association’s website and one on the ClimateWest website.
  • We published 10 e-News items on the Association’s website and seven posts to the ClimateWest website.
  • We published two articles in the Association’s Keystone Professional magazine and one article in the Canadian Public Works Association’s Roadrunner magazine.
  • We engaged with 12 infrastructure practitioner and decision-maker organizations.
Indigenous Engagement:

The project team’s Indigenous Advisor, Linda Murphy, contacted several Indigenous organizations to inform them about the MCRT project and the course offerings. As a result, a valuable connection was made with Ininew Limited Partnership. Ininew provides feasibility studies, engineering design, and project management services for the full range of capital projects in First Nation Communities. The partners of Ininew Limited Partnership are Tataskweyak Cree Nation (Split Lake), and Mosakahiken Cree Nation. Four of Ininew’s staff registered for A Deeper Dive into the 2020 and Beyond Building Code Changes Related to Climate Change, held in Winkler on March 16, 2023.

The Project Team wrote to SCO (Southern Chiefs' Organization), MKO (Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc), and had a discussion with AMC (Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs) regarding MCRT. Each organization was invited to participate in a survey and send participants to the courses.

EngGeoMB Practitioners and Stakeholders – Involvement and input during the progression of the project:

20 MCRT Working Group (MCRTWG) members voluntarily provided advice and expertise as the courses were developed and piloted
The project began with the formation of a Manitoba Climate Resiliency Training Project (MCRT) Working Group to provide advice on curriculum framework, content, and delivery, and to assist in the engagement and outreach campaign to engineers, other infrastructure professionals, and infrastructure decision makers. The project manager advertised for volunteers from within the Association who were interested in contributing to the objectives of this Working Group.

Additional members from outside of the Association were identified and invited in order to provide representation and perspectives of stakeholders and practitioners beyond our Association. The Working Group had representation in these areas:
  • Infrastructure design practitioners (ex. Architects)
  • Trades and technologists
  • Engineering undergraduates and faculty members
  • Infrastructure project decision makers
  • Indigenous decision makers and practitioners
  • Government of Manitoba representatives
  • A representative from ClimateWest
  • 411 infrastructure professionals and decision-makers responded to a survey regarding their difficulties in preparing for climate change and their climate resiliency training priorities.
The next activity of the project team was to have Probe Research conduct a survey of Association practitioners, as well as of Infrastructure professionals and decision-makers from our allied professional organizations and stakeholder groups.

The survey questions asked professionals working in the infrastructure sector if they were finding it difficult to prepare for climate change in their work, and if so, why? The survey also asked professionals about their current climate change related training needs and training delivery preferences. The survey results were published on the Association’s website, the link to which can be found down below.

The outreach to allied professional and infrastructure decision-making organizations was well-received. Almost all of the organizations contacted agreed to circulate the survey to their practitioners. Participating allied professional organizations with sufficient responses to be statistically significant received individual survey analysis reports for their organization. Our allied professional organizations also promoted the MCRT courses to their practitioners and networks, increasing our reach, and allowing for interaction between the professions.

Which course and workshop was the most popular?

The newly developed for 2023 Introduction to Geothermal Engineering and Energy Modelling workshop had the highest attendance, with 216 attendees at two online sessions. The related workshop, A Deeper Dive into Geothermal Engineering and Energy Modelling, was fully subscribed within days, so a second session was offered in April 2023. The workshops attracted 49 attendees over the two sessions.

As a result of the high level of interest in geothermal engineering and energy modelling, the project team has proposed a panel discussion of organizations who have implemented geothermal heating and cooling systems in their buildings and communities as a session at Ingenium 2023.

What is the Legacy of MCRT?

848 Infrastructure Professionals and Decision Makers were Trained Through the MCRT Program in 2023
The project team surpassed its target of training up to 400 infrastructure professionals and decision-makers, and trained 848 attendees. This was greater than the number of attendees trained in 2021-2022 through the BRACE program, which trained 388 attendees.

The post-training exit surveys and the Probe Research survey results both indicated that there continues to be a strong demand for training and skill development. The survey results are being used to demonstrate to potential funders the continued demand, as well as the priorities practitioners have for their training and development. If the Association is successful in obtaining further funding, it will use the survey results to focus its course development efforts.

Two Websites
The Association’s MCRT web page and ClimateWest’s MCRT Infrastructure Project Training Modules, Climate West are the ongoing repositories for the course recordings and handout material generated in the current MCRT project. Practitioners can access training materials related to climate resilience at these sites listed down below

A Course Catalogue
An ongoing comprehensive course catalogue was created of online and in-person formal and informal trainings available to Manitobans on topics directly related to infrastructure, connected to climate change, and geared toward practicing infrastructure professionals. The training providers are from across Canada and are from the following categories: BRACE/MCRT programs, professional engineering and geoscience associations, university programs, and project stakeholders. The catalogue is currently in a searchable excel spreadsheet format and is found on the EngGeoMB website down below.

Identification of Training Gaps
The course catalogue was used to identify gaps in infrastructure and climate change training in Canada that would help EngGeoMB to know which courses might need to be developed. The topics with the fewest trainings offered included transportation infrastructure (4.6 per cent of trainings/courses), and water management infrastructure (5.5 per cent of trainings/courses).

Our surveys revealed that training budget restrictions can prevent practitioners from taking the training they need. It was noted that mitigation courses and training tended to be more likely to be offered at a cost than for free, with the reverse true for adaptation courses. This finding suggests that there is a market gap in the provision of free training in Mitigation. The training gap analysis is useful for course providers in their planning, including Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

Protection of Public Safety, Job Opportunities, and Economic Growth
The training courses focused on public safety by equipping engineers and geoscientists with the expertise to take climate-aware actions. This enables professionals to design and manage infrastructure that can withstand future climate challenges, enhance public safety, and minimize climate change-related risks and consequences while lowering society's carbon footprint.

The project supports job opportunities and economic growth by preparing engineering and geoscience professionals as well as allied professionals for a low-carbon economy. For instance, climate-resilient buildings and green infrastructure create job opportunities and promote energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthening climate resilience.

What Comes Next?

Throughout Spring 2023, the Government Relations Department and the project team have been responding to Request for Proposal funding opportunities and applying for government grants that will hopefully enable further climate resilience training. As funding opportunities arise over the summer and fall, and if sufficient resources are available to EngGeoMB to execute the projects, applications will continue to be submitted. Stay tuned for further updates.

JUL 04, 2023

Upcoming Act Changes and Proposed By-law Change Video

Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023.

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba requested a coming into effect date of November 1, 2023, to be able to have time to make necessary subsequential changes to the By-laws and to ensure that the membership was properly notified and aware of all upcoming changes.

The following video outlines the upcoming our Act changes and the upcoming By-law change proposals.

Written information about the Act change and written information about the By-law change proposals is also available.

Please contact Danielle Unett, Standards Coordinator, if you have any questions.

JUN 28, 2023

Engineering and Geoscience: Engaging Us All to Evolve

The Association thanks everyone who took the time to respond to the recent member survey. We received 979 responses, which represents about 12% of our membership and registrants.

Overall, your responses indicated that professions in which all registrants and members experience respect, dignity, and fair access to opportunity, and where quality standards are upheld, is important to the whole membership.

Your responses indicated that at least one in four of you – both those that identify as part of equity-deserving groups and those who are not - have received or witnessed unwelcome comments or conduct, or unequal or differential treatment within your profession. The impact of these experiences has ranged from disappointment or discouragement to departure from the profession or impact on public trust.

Though challenging to be involved in, these experiences have also been sources of learning. Many reported becoming curious and more aware of biases that exist day to day, about inaccurate assumptions around your own or others' competency or motivations, and about the imperfections of the current state. This has motivated some to want to be part of change towards inclusivity and equity for all.

The survey results are presented in an infographic down below.

Next Steps:

Consistent with how professionals strive for zero incidents as part of safety culture, the goal is to strive for zero identity-based experiences as part of respectful workplace culture.

We have an opportunity to create the path forward together regarding how to achieve fairness, respect, and equitable access to opportunity in a way that upholds and continues to improve upon our traditional standards of technical and professional quality.

In June and July, we are hosting 90-minute consultation sessions to explore and prioritize actions that can be taken to ensure the expectation for respect and equitable access to opportunity is upheld.

Consultation sessions completed in June:
• Woman
• Indigenous
• Internationally trained
• Black or Person of colour
• Person with a disability

Consultation sessions upcoming in July – Sign up at the link down below.
  • Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-binary, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+)
    • Wednesday, July 12 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Able-bodied, heterosexual, white man
    • Monday, July 10 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Monday, July 17 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • The Black or Person of Colour session ended up falling on Eid al-Adha. If you were interested in attending but unable to, please indicate your interest and we will schedule a second session.

JUN 19, 2023

Interim CEO, Registrar, and Secretary

In December 2022, Council directed the Executive Committee to hire and work with an external HR consultant and propose a suitable path towards filling the position of CEO, Registrar, and Secretary. The recommendation to appoint an interim CEO, Registrar, and Secretary while Council undertakes its Governance Review was proposed and accepted by Council.

After a full review with management and the HR consultant, as well as an interview process, on May 11, 2023, Council passed a motion to appoint Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, as the Interim CEO, Registrar, and Secretary for a period of at least 12 months. Michael has 15 years of progressive experience in professional regulation and worked in consulting engineering prior to joining the Association. Council is confident that Michael is equipped to lead the Association’s staff and operations during this time of transition.

Please send any communication for the CEO, Registrar, and Secretary to CEORegistrar@EngGeoMB.ca.

On behalf of Council
Ian Smallwood, P.Eng.
President
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba

JUN 16, 2023

2023 Making Links Engineering Classic

[MLEC 2023] On June 15, the 2023 Making Links Engineering Classic golf day was held at Quarry Oaks in Steinbach.

Over 216 golfers joined us on the links for a day of golf, prizes, and an opportunity to network with fellow professionals.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors and everyone who came out to make this event possible!

Event Benefactor and Gift Sponsor:
Canada Life [MLEC 2023]

Golf Cart Sponsors:
City Mix
Lafarge

Meal Sponsors:
ADS
Tri-Core

Registration Sponsor:
Sigfusson Northern Ltd.

[MLEC 2023] Food Truck Sponsors:
AGI Westfield
MacDon Industries
TREK Geotechnical Inc.

Tee Flag Sponsors:
Dillon Consulting
ENG-TECH
Tri-Core

Refreshment Cart Sponsors:
FWS Group
[MLEC 2023] L.V. Control Manufacturing Ltd.
Sison Blackburn Consulting

Hole, Competition, and Contest Sponsors:
Armtec
Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
CTTAM
David Aplin
E.H. Price
Engineering and Geoscience Education Foundation
Friends of Engineering
Hatch Ltd.
Heidelberg Materials
[MLEC 2023] KGS Group
KidSport
Lafarge
Landmark Planning & Design Inc.
MLT Aikins LLP
Proforma TouchStone
Standard Insurance Brokers
Tetra Tech
The Personal Insurance Company
WD Industrial Group
WSP Canada Inc.

JUN 14, 2023

Act Change

Upcoming Act Changes
Engineers Geoscientist Manitoba is happy to announce that the changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’) were officially proclaimed on May 17, 2023, with a coming into force date of November 1, 2023.

Act Change Process
The Association began discussing potential changes to the Act with the Government of Manitoba in December of 2018. Potential changes that were identified by Council, committees, members, and Association staff served as a starting point.

Stakeholder engagement was vital to the entire process. Members, committees, councillors, staff, legal counsel, and legislative drafters all provided important feedback and comments that helped to shape the final Act changes.

After much research, discussion, and drafting, the changes were presented to the government under Bill 233 and received Royal Assent on November 3, 2022. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba requested a coming into effect date of November 2023, to be able to have time to make necessary subsequential changes to the By-laws and to ensure that the membership was properly notified and aware of all upcoming changes.

Act Amendments
The Act amendments are meant to simplify administrative procedures and language, reduce barriers to practice, increase transparency, and enhance the protection of the public.

The Appeals Process
A major change is the overhaul of how appeals are handled by the Association. Currently, appeals of the Discipline Committee (DC) and of the Registration Committee (RC) can first be appealed to Council, then to the Court of King’s Bench and then to the Court of Appeal. Decisions by the Investigation Committee (IC) are also appealed directly to Council.

The new Act changes create an Appeal Committee to which decisions of the RC and the IC will be appealed to. DC decisions will be appealed directly to The Court of Appeal.

This change brings the Association in line with other professional jurisdictions, while reducing costs, removing the burden from Council, and ensuring that the appeal process is efficient and effective for all involved.

Registration Processes
The Act changes allows for the registrar to approve Certificates of Authorization and Canadian Mobility applications. Upcoming by-law changes specify when the Registrar would not be able to approve certain applications, but by being able to approve applications, applicants would no longer need to wait for a Registration Committee meeting to be approved.

Licensees
Changes to terminology and definitions now allows Licensees (which now includes temporary licensees and specified scope of practice licensees) to hold a Certificate of Authorization.

The changes also clarify that titles such as ‘engineering licensee’, ‘geoscience licensee’, ‘Eng.L.’ and ‘Geo.L.’ are protected titles.

Investigations
The Act changes explicitly allow for the Investigation Committee to investigate other matters related to skill in practice or professional misconduct that may arise in an investigation. This power previously existed in by-law and is now enshrined in the Act.

Right to Notify and Publication
The Act change allows for the Association to notify the employer of a member whose license has been suspended due to non-compliance with the Professional Development program.

The change also allows for the Investigation Committee to publish the name and information about the decision of a charge, conviction, penalty, voluntary withdrawal, or formal caution. Upcoming by-law changes will allow the IC, in certain circumstances, to use their discretion when it comes to publication.

Upcoming By-law Changes
The changes to the Act necessitate consequential changes to the By-laws.

The By-law Review Committee, along with legal counsel and input from stakeholders, has been working on these changes since January 2023. Information on the proposed changes can be found in our By-law Change article and voting on the proposals by the membership will open on September 3, 2023.

The By-law changes and the Act changes would then both come into force on November 1, 2023, ensuring that there are no discrepancies between the two pieces of legislation.

Act Changes
The wording of the Act change can be found in the PDF below.

Please contact Danielle Unett, Standards Coordinator, if you have any questions.

JUN 14, 2023

By-law Change

After engagement with membership, through open engagement sessions and third-party focus groups, review by the By-law Review Committee, drafting by legal counsel, and further member engagement, Council has approved the list of by-law proposals for 2023.

Council is proposing changes through an omnibus proposal. No proposals were submitted by members under By-law 16.5.

Voting on the by-law proposals will open on September 21, 2023.

The by-law proposals are a result of the legislative changes to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act (‘the Act’). More information about the Act changes can be found in our Act Change article. The proposed changes are:

Current By-law Changes
NEW 6.10 Appeal Committee Adds a reference to the new Appeal Committee, in line with other committees.
8.2 Appeals Updated wording to reflect new Appeal Committee processes.
NEW 8.3 Considerations by Registrar The Act now allows for the registrar to approve Certificates of Authorization and Mobility applications. The by-law defines when and how the registrar would not make such decisions.
11.2 Professional Development Requirements Change “practitioner” to “members and licensees”, to reflect updated definitions in the Act.
15.1 Definitions Remove definitions now in conflict with the new Appeal Committee.
15.3.4 Investigation of Other Matters Remove, repetitive with the Act.
15.3.9 Report of Investigation Committee Updated to reflect that the report must include reasons for decisions.
15.4 Appeal of Dismissal of Complaint Repealed, repetitive with the Act, covered under new Appeal Committee.
15.6 Appeal of Discipline Decisions Repealed, repetitive with the Act, covered under new Appeal Committee.
19.1.4 Receipt and Deemed Receipt Update wording to reflect changes made in the Act.
NEW Part XX Appeal Committee New section of the Act to establish the new Appeal Committee.
Miscellaneous Update wording and number references to the Act.

The wording of these proposals can be found in the PDF below.

Please contact Danielle Unett, Standards Coordinator, if you have any questions.

JUN 05, 2023

Manitoba Seeks Feedback on Adoption of 2020 National Model Building, Plumbing, Fire, & Energy Codes

Due to Manitoba’s commitments under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, the Manitoba Building Code, Manitoba Plumbing Code, Manitoba Energy Code, and Manitoba Fire Code must be updated regularly to ensure compliance with the latest health and safety standards.

The Manitoba government is seeking final public and industry feedback on plans to adopt the 2020 model building codes earlier than mandated under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, bypassing the 2015 edition. The 2020 editions will bring Manitoba under the most current building codes faster, in line with other provinces.

Updating the codes earlier than mandated and providing sufficient notice of an early 2024 adoption will give industry time to gain familiarity with the new codes and will be an important step forward in harmonizing codes with other provinces, the minister said.

The proposed plan is to have the 2020 model codes come into effect for industry in early 2024.

Proposed amendments to Manitoba’s construction codes will be posted for a 21-day consultation until June 26, 2023.

Feedback can be provided at the link down below.

JUN 09, 2023

Doug Bell, P.Geo., FGC, takes office as President of Geoscientists Canada for 2023-2024

On June 3, 2023, at the 79th Meeting of the Board of Directors of Geoscientists Canada, held in Yellowknife, NT, Doug Bell, P.Geo., FGC took office as President for the 2023-2024 year after serving a year as President Elect. Mr. Bell resides in Manitoba and is a Partner with Dillon Consulting.

Mr. Bell holds an MSc Geology from the University of Alberta (1994), and BSc Honors Geology from the University of Manitoba (1986) and is a professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) registered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM), the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. Mr. Bell has over 30 years of geological, environmental, and hydrogeological experience across western Canada and in the north.

As a volunteer in a variety of professional and learned organisations, Mr. Bell has served in several roles including two terms as a Council member of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. Mr. Bell has served as Manitoba Director of Geoscientists Canada since 2018 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2019. During his tenure on the Geoscientists Canada Board of Directors, Mr. Bell has served as a Treasurer and also as a member of the Securities Committee.

When commenting on his new role as President, Mr. Bell indicated that he looked forward to “reimagining professional geoscience” by seeking, researching, and developing leading practices materials for the benefit of Geoscientists Canada’s Members and the profession of geoscience. Also, during the June 3, 2023 Geoscientists Canada Board of Directors meeting, Ms. Christine Vaillancourt, P.Geo., FGC, director for Ontario, was elected President Elect and Mr. Matthew Alexander, P.Geo., FGC, director for New Brunswick, was elected Treasurer.

The geoscience profession, which encompasses many specialized practice disciplines, currently comprises over 14,000 licensed professionals (P.Geo.) and Geoscientists-in-Training registered with geoscience regulators across Canada.

With ten Member regulators, Geoscientists Canada is the national organization of the provincial and territorial licensing bodies that regulate the practice of geoscience in Canada. Geoscientists Canada’s Mission is to support its Members in their efforts to improve the effectiveness of regulation in Canada and achieve excellence in the geoscience profession.

JUN 07, 2023

Practitioner Survey Closed

The 2023 EngGeoMB Practitioner Survey was open to the Association until May 24, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. One respondent to the survey was then randomly selected to receive a $250 gift card of their choice.

EngGeoMB was seeking input from practitioners on a variety of questions in this year's Practitioner Survey. All practitioners were encouraged to have their say on topics such as engagement, formal cautions, competency-based assessment, equity and representation, and more.

We appreciate you taking the time to provide valuable feedback to the Association.

MAY 31, 2023

The Sixth Annual MLA Reception

The annual MLA Reception is a cornerstone event for the members of the Association, including Council, past presidents, and committee members. It offers a platform to foster and sustain robust relationships with government representatives from both provincial and municipal levels.

On Thursday, May 18, 2023, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba hosted its sixth annual MLA Reception in Winnipeg. This event provided an excellent opportunity for numerous insightful dialogues about the engineering and geoscientific professions.

The Government of Manitoba officials in attendance were: Honourable Doyle Piwniuk (Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure) and Honourable James Teitsma (Minister of Consumer Protection and Government Services). Other elected officials in attendance were: Honourable Jon Gerrard (MLA for River Heights), Ian Wishart (MLA for Portage la Prairie), Dougald Lamont (Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and MLA for St. Boniface), Uzoma Asagwara (MLA for Union Station), Tom Lindsey (MLA for Flin Flon), Jamie Moses (MLA for St. Vital), Adrien Sala (MLA for St. James), and Markus Chambers (City Councillor).

In addition to the opportunities to interact with elected officials, the event fostered informal dialogue between practitioners and the Association Council members, Committee members, Association staff, and engineering and geoscience university students. There were 60 attendees from these groups.

MAY 31, 2023

Equity in Professional Regulation: Consultation Sessions

Engineering and geoscience professionals uphold standards and serve in the interest of a diverse public. Truly serving this interest is enabled by having professional expectations, processes, and environments that are equitable for, and inclusive of, all demographics. To intentionally move in this direction, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will be building a plan for Equity in Professional Regulation, and to build this plan and the strategies within it, we are seeking the voice of members from all demographics through a survey, consultation sessions, and other touch points.

Virtual consultation sessions will be 1.5 hrs long, professionally facilitated, and digitally enabled to create a welcoming space for you to speak to your hopes and expectations based on your past experiences and to help select and prioritize courses of action to bring them to life. Participating in a consultation session will give you the opportunity to contribute to the strategy, have your voice heard, and build community among your fellow professionals.

At this time, we are seeking the voice of members who identify as one or more of the identities listed below. Should you identify with multiple identities, please only register for one session at this time, knowing that the consultants will still very much want to hear about your all of your experiences. In this way, we will maximize the number of people we hear from as there will be limited space in each session.
  1. Friday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Woman
  2. Friday, June 16, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Indigenous
  3. Monday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - 2SLGBTQIA+ and Non-Binary
  4. Friday, June 23, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Internationally Trained
  5. Monday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Person with Disability
  6. Wednesday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Person of Colour

All the above consultation sessions will be held virtually with a limit of 20 participants. Times shown in CDT. Click on the relevant link below to register for a session.

If you do not see yourself in the list above, please note that, at a later date, we will extend an invite to members who do not identify as being part of one or more of these groups to participate in another set of consultation sessions.

MAY 31, 2023

Communication Survey Closed

The EngGeoMB Communication Survey was available to practitioners between April 19 and May 10, 2023. The feedback received will be used to enable us to make changes to improve our communication with you.

At Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, we strive to ensure that the methods we use to provide information are as effective as possible, tailored to the needs of practitioners, and give enough opportunities for feedback. As indicated in the CEO Message of the 2023 Spring issue of The Keystone Professional, the Association is seeking stakeholder engagement on the subject of communication methods to better support our practitioners.

EngGeoMB extends its gratitude to all the practitioners who participated in the recent 2023 Communication Survey. The winner of this year's prizedraw for a $250 gift card of their choice is Gideon E. -Congratulations!

MAY 11, 2023

2023 Draft By-law Proposals

After engagement with practitioners through open engagement sessions and third-party focus groups, and after review by Council’s By-law Review Committee, legal counsel has drafted the following by-law changes. In accordance with the By-laws, the By-law Review Committee is seeking feedback from the membership.

These by-law changes were drafted to support the changes being made to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act ('the Act'), through Bill 233.

The changes being proposed can be categorized into:


Appeal Committee and Appeals
  • The changes to the Act establish an Appeal committee to hear appeals of the Registration Committee and of dismissals, cautions, and penalties by the Investigation Committee. Decisions of the Discipline Committee will now be appealed directly to the Court of Appeals.
  • The proposed update to the by-laws includes establishing the Appeal Committee’s constitution and processes through the new Part XX, and updated wording throughout the by-laws to reflect the Act changes.

Considerations by the Registrar
  • The changes to the Act allow the Registrar to be able to:
    - Approve applications from engineers and geoscientists from other jurisdictions (mobility applications); and
    - Approve Certificate of Authorization applications.
  • The proposed updated wording for the by-laws clarifies in which situations the registrar may decline certain applications, in which case the applicant would then be able to appeal to the new Appeal Committee for consideration.

Professional Development Requirements
  • The updated definition of 'Practitioner' in the Act now includes a holder of a Certificate of Authorization. Holders of a Certificate of Authorization are not required to complete Professional Development, and the language in the by-laws is updated to reflect that.

Investigation Committee
  • The change to the by-laws removes By-law 15.3.4, as it will be redundant with the new Act. This will cause minor numbering changes.
  • By-law 15.3.9 Report of the Committee is updated to say that the report must include the reasons for the decisions of the Investigation Committee as well as the decision.

Receipt and Deemed Receipt of Notices
  • The Act change includes changes requested by government on when notices are deemed to have been received. The proposed wording aligns the by-laws with the Act change.

Publication
  • The Act change includes updates to when the investigation committee can publish decisions. The proposed change to the by-laws aligns the by-laws with the Act.

Administrative
  • References to the Act have been updated to reflect any changes.

The blackline PDF of all drafted by-law changes can be found below. Please note that this is still a draft and changes may be made before the by-laws go to the membership for vote.

Comments and questions can be posted on the member forum, which is accessed through the member login page. Additionally, comments or questions can be emailed to the staff support for the By-law Review Committee, Danielle Unett.

MAY 10, 2023

EngGeoMB on Social Media

Have you followed the Association on social media? Follow EngGeoMB on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to stay up to date with Association news, events, and more!
If you have any questions regarding our social media, please contact Cella Lao Rousseau, Communications Coordinator, at CRousseau@EngGeoMB.ca.

MAY 09, 2023

2023 Practitioner Survey

The 2023 Practitioner Survey is available until May 24, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.

One respondent will be randomly selected to receive a $250 gift card of their choice! To be eligible for the draw, you will be requested to go to a Microsoft form link upon completion of the survey where you can enter your information.

Please note that this information is not connected to the anonymized survey data and your name and email address will only be used for the purpose of the draw.

The survey is anonymous and should take no more than ten minutes to complete. We encourage you to be open and honest with your feedback.

We appreciate you taking the time to provide valuable feedback to the Association.

Thank you,
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba

MAY 03, 2023

Manitoba Moose 2023-2024 Ticket Package Offer for EngGeoMB

Manitoba Moose Hockey Club extends the following ticket offer to all Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba staff, friends, and family for the next season:

Discounts on the 2023-2024 Ticket Packages
For more information on each package and its offerings, please see the link below.

• Full Season Tickets (36 games + 4 playoff games): 50% off 2 seats!

• Mini Package (12 games): 25% off 1-3 seats, 50% off 4+ seats!

• Flex Package (10 games + home opener): 25% off 1-3 packages, 50% off 4+ packages!

*DISCOUNTS EXCLUSIVE TO NEW PACKAGE HOLDERS ONLY*

To purchase, please contact Kyle at kbutchart@tnse.com or by phone at (204) 926-5620 and mention that you're with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

The Manitoba Moose are a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, and a member of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team plays its home games at Canada Life Centre, the home arena of its parent club, Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

MAY 02, 2023

CBHCC Seeking Input on Policy Considerations in the National Model Codes

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is seeking input from stakeholders, experts, code users, and the general public on the Wave Two draft policy recommendations for developing and implementing greenhouse gas emissions provisions in the National Model Codes before finalizing the policy framework.
  • Consultation on wave one policy recommendations began on February 6, 2023, and ended on March 30, 2023.
  • Consultation on wave two policy recommendations begins on May 1st, 2023, and ends on June 15, 2023.
More information on the consultation is available by clicking on the following link:
Consultation overview document

Instructions for Providing Input
To provide input on the policy recommendations, please follow the steps below:
  1. Open and/or download the policy recommendations by clicking on the following link: CBHCC Policy Recommendations for consultation
  2. Submit comments to the CBHCC Secretary by email and attach any supportive material: CBHCCSecretary-SecretaireCCHCC@NRC-CNRC.gc.ca
Your comments will be reviewed by the Working Group on Climate Change Mitigation who will report to the CBHCC.

For more information, please email the Secretary, Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes at CBHCCSecretary-SecretaireCCHCC@NRC-CNRC.gc.ca.

APR 19, 2023

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer: Deadlines Extended for Expressions of Interest

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in 2025.

To mark this milestone, the Corporation is seeking to commission two new poems, one in each official language, English and French. The new poems will be used in the Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer. The Corporation is also seeking the production of a historical video: submissions are sought from post-secondary programs and student groups with relevant expertise and training in the creative arts and video production space. Engineering student groups are also encouraged to apply.

The inclusion of these new works is intended to help make the ceremony more inclusive and to reflect the diversity of contemporary society.

The two authors of the English and French poems selected for inclusion in the Ritual will each receive a prize of $3,500. An honorarium of $7,500 will be awarded to the successful individual who produces the historical video, and/or team, chosen by the Corporation.

Recently, the 100th anniversary committee met on March 16, 2023, and decided to extend the deadlines for the two Expressions of Interest (EOIs).

The deadline for the poem is now May 1, 2023.

The deadline for the video is May 15, 2023.

For more information about the competition and how to enter for either the poetry portion or the video portion, please see the links provided down below.

APR 12, 2023

Engineers Canada Launches Campaign to Inspire People to Think about Engineers in New Ways

Engineers Canada has launched a new campaign that calls on Canadians to think differently about the value of engineers. Conceived in collaboration with Canada's provincial and territorial regulating bodies and Engineers Canada, the "Building Tomorrows" campaign challenges Canadians to expand their perceptions of engineers—not just as builders of bridges and buildings—but as builders of solutions that make our world a better place.

"This campaign is the product of many years of planning and hard work from our provincial and territorial partners," said Kathy Baig, MBA, FIC, ing., DHC, and President of Engineers Canada. "It helps expand understanding about the central role that engineers play in building solutions to address some of the most daunting challenges we face as a country, including climate change, healthcare, urban planning and safe infrastructure."

The campaign uses building blocks - a familiar and well-understood tool - as a means to call on people to think about engineers as builders that are making the world a better place for us all. Using a series of digitally rendered "builds", the television spot illustrates how engineers use creativity and innovation to develop solutions to everyday problems like energy efficiency and smart city planning, as well as drive extraordinary advances in medical treatments and resilient infrastructure. With this campaign, the profession will broaden people's understanding of the contributions engineers make every single day to the world around us. The campaign includes a :30 second television spot running for seven weeks, a new microsite, as well as a digital and social media campaign.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate who engineers are and the ways in which engineering disciplines are driving solutions to our shared challenges," added Gerard McDonald, MBA, P.Eng., ICD.D, and Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Canada. "It is also an important way to reflect the rich diversity of Canada's engineers and the work they do across the country."

This national awareness campaign, produced in both English and French, will continue throughout 2023 and includes a microsite where people can learn of the many ways engineers are helping create a better world today and tomorrow.

MAR 30, 2023

Spaghetti Bridge Competition - A Smashing Success!

[Don Spangelo P.Eng.(SM), FEC, breaks spaghetti bridges for students at Kildonan Place Mall] Over 780 enthusiastic students joined the Association from all over Manitoba to design, build, and smash their bridges during the annual 2023 Spaghetti Bridge Competition in honour of Professional Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW).

This year, we returned to Kildonan Place Mall’s Centre Court on Monday, March 20, 2023, for in-person bridge smashing to crowds of eager K-Grade 12 students, teachers, parents, and onlookers. Then, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, registered groups met at Bruce Middle School to continue this bridge breaking spaghetti spectacle. Finally, on Thursday, March 23, 2023, trusses that were dropped off at the EngGeoMB office were tested and broken virtually for the rest of those who carefully designed and build their bridges this year.

[A crowd of students watch as bridges break at Kildonan Place Mall] “There really was a buzz in the air," said Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., FEC, Acting CEO and Registrar of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, regarding being back in-person for the Spaghetti Bridge Competition at Kildonan Place Mall. "From the bridge breaking competition, to hands-on children's activities, our volunteers really engaged with Manitoba's students and made it fun to learn about the professions that are so important to the public's everyday life."

In total, Association volunteers smashed 381 trusses that were designed by Manitoba students. The strongest bridge entered into the competition this year was made by a Grade 10 student from John Taylor Collegiate. This winning bridge held an impressive 129.2kg!

[A truss getting broken during the virtual bridge breaking portion of the competition] Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has partnered with Harvest Manitoba since 1995 to not only make this event a smashing success, but also give back to the charity that helps to distribute food to more than 360 food banks all over Manitoba. This year, we are proud to announce that the Association was able to donate $18,661.50 to Harvest Manitoba.

"It takes a province to feed a province. In a time where Harvest is helping more Manitobans than ever before, we are especially grateful for the long-time support we receive from partners like Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba who are helping us keep food on the table for families in need,” said Vince Barletta, President & CEO of Harvest Manitoba.

The Spaghetti Bridge Competition is part of National Engineering Month, which occurs across Canada in March of each year. Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW) also promotes careers in engineering and the geosciences to young people of all ages.

MAR 30, 2023

Public Review of Proposed Changes to the 2020 National Model Codes

The public review of the second set of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes is now open. The proposed changes included in this public review relate to the National Building Code of Canada and the National Plumbing Code of Canada. The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) invites code users, stakeholders and the public to review the proposed changes and provide feedback.

The public review will take place from February 27, 2023, until April 27, 2023.

After the review period closes, members of the relevant code development committees will review the comments received and make recommendations to the CBHCC on the proposed changes. If approved, the code changes will be included in the 2025 editions of the National Model Codes, which are developed by the CBHCC and published by the National Research Council of Canada.

Public reviews for future sets of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the Codes will also take place later this year and in 2024.

For further information, please contact the CBHCC at CBHCCSecretary-SecretaireCCHCC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

MAR 30, 2023

Keystone Professional Correction

The Notice on page 4 of the 2023 Spring issue of The Keystone Professional was not an order of the Discipline Committee as was indicated in the printed version of the magazine. The digital version of the magazine has been corrected as of March 30, 2023. Our apologies for the error.

MAR 15, 2023

PGO: Incidental Practice Registration to Facilitate Short-Term

In February 2022, Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) announced the implementation of Incidental Practice Registration for geoscientists registered in other jurisdictions in Canada, which allows them to legally work short-term in Ontario, with a registration process designed to be quick, easy and inexpensive. This new application of temporary registration gives Professional Geoscientists the ability to register with PGO and then renew on a monthly basis, instead of having to apply for a six or 12-month registration.

The Incidental Practice registration is available for a maximum of 36 months within a 48-month period. Once the 36-month period of incidental practice has been used, the registrant will not be eligible for incidental practice during the five years following the most recent registration, but will be able to apply for full practicing registration with PGO.

For more information, please see the incidental Practice memo below.

MAR 09, 2023

The Our Future Campaign Launch

[James Harper, Presentation] Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is proud to announce the launch of the new Our Future media campaign. A presentation about the campaign and an introductions to ENGAP was made to the students and staff of Southeast Collegiate on March 8, 2023. Southeast Collegiate is the only school of its kind in all of Canada. It serves as a campus to First Nations students during the school year – educating students in a beautiful school facility and providing housing in the adjoining lodge.

[James Harper] The Our Future campaign features five Indigenous engineering students, interns, and professionals interested in improving infrastructure in Indigenous communities, giving back, and talking about their challenges and successes on their path. It is the hope that Indigenous young people can see themselves reflected in the educational path and as a future engineer.

In addition, the Association's Department of Equity and Representation wanted to acknowledge and let youth know about opportunities that exist for assistance with the often rigorous aspects of engineering education. The ENGAP (Engineering Access Program at the University of Manitoba) offers Indigenous students the support and resources to help young people in their journey.

Background [The Outlettes - Father + Daughter Engineering Team]
Knowledge is power. The professions of engineering and geoscience for Indigenous peoples provides a wide range of career opportunities which could last a lifetime. Helping to create positive change and solving problems is one of the foundations for pursuing this fulfilling career direction.

The Association’s governance policies are focused on ‘Ends’ or the desired outcomes. One of these adopted in 2017, number five, is that practitioners reflect the diversity of the public—which leads to the imperative increasing of Indigenous membership—together they constitute End 5.1. In pursuing that “End”, the Association’s Department of Equity and Representation is working to understand, track, and effectively address the reasons for the significant underrepresentation of Indigenous practitioners in the professions.

Why The Our Future Campaign is Important [Erin Oulette]
The Indigenous Professionals Initiative Committee (IPIC) within the Association department is under the direction of the Indigenous Professionals Initiative Coordinator, Nicole Everett. The committee recognizes the need for awareness of the industry and knowledge of the educational path and career opportunities in engineering and the geosciences must begin early for young people.

[Panoramara - Our Fututre] Many Indigenous engineers and geoscientists have reported low awareness of engineering and the geosciences in grade school and early university, and not knowing about the profession and the possibilities it can offer until high school or early university when “chance” instances with career counsellors, teachers, or friends sparked an initial interest. These were rare occurrences and relied on chance rather than intentional, system-supported, and equitable resources to pave a career path in engineering and the geosciences.

[Nicole Everett] It was also important for the department to highlight the work and faces of current practitioners identifying as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit at the Association.

The Association acknowledges their roles as mentors and leaders for people in a field that is not traditionally diverse.

For more information about the Our Future campaign, keep an eye out for our billboards, bus advertisements, radio spots, and more, or check out the Our Future webpage listed down below.

MAR 07, 2023

Certificate of Authorization Renewals Are Now Open

Companies that hold a Certificate of Authorization to provide engineering or geoscience services in Manitoba must renew annually.

Certificates of Authorization are currently renewing for the period May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024. Renewal notices have been mailed to the listed authorized designate.

All companies who hold a Certificate of Authorization must submit their renewal payment by April 10 or complete a cancellation form. Renewal payments may be made online via the link below.

FEB 22, 2023

Call for Abstracts - 2023 Ingenium Professional Development Seminars

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba will host its annual conference, Ingenium, in a virtual format in October 2023. Ingenium is a premier professional development opportunity for the engineering and geoscience community in Manitoba, with participants representing a cross-section of the 9,200 practitioners who work in the province’s private and public sectors.

The Association welcomes abstracts for presentations on any topic related to engineering and geoscience and the professionals which practise in those fields, for consideration for inclusion in Ingenium’s Professional Development Seminars.

In particular, we welcome presentations which explore:
• Case studies of successful applications of new strategies or technology in Manitoba
• Resiliency and climate change
• Technical presentations on emerging technologies
• Industry trends
• Competency skills benefitting engineering and geoscience professionals

Please submit a half-page abstract, outlining the presentation proposal, along with the presenter’s name, contact information, and brief biography, to Gemma Keatch, Events Coordinator, via email to GKeatch@EngGeoMB.ca.

Abstracts must clearly describe the content of the presentation.

Both Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28, 2023.

FEB 21, 2023

Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation & Performance Standards Regulation

The Building Permitting Improvement Act received Royal Assent on May 20, 2021. In order to implement the changes in Schedules A and B of the Act, the Department of Labour and Immigration is proposing the creation of two new regulations:
  • The Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation, under The Permit Dispute Resolution Act.
  • The Performance Standards Regulation, under The Buildings and Mobile Homes Act.
The Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation
The proposed Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation will allow expert adjudicators to make binding orders respecting decisions made by a permitting authority about the technical requirements of building and standards and complaints that inspections and decisions on permit applications were not conducted or made in a timely manner. The proposed Regulation lays out the processes to apply for a permit dispute resolution hearing, the timeframes for which a hearing must be held by an adjudicator-depending on the nature of the dispute-and the costs associated with the adjudication process (the adjudicator will bill parties directly for their services).

The Performance Standard Regulation
The proposed Performance Standard Regulation lays out the timeframes for which a permitting authority must notify the applicant if their application for a building or occupancy permit is complete, notify the applicant if their application for a building or occupancy permit is approved and, at the request of the applicant, conduct an inspection. This Regulation outlines a phased implementation to assist permitting authorities in meeting these new requirements and to allow them to make the operational changes required to meet more aggressive performance standards, to be phased in after one year.

The proposed Permit Dispute Resolution Regulation and the proposed Performance Standards Regulation have been posted for public consultation on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal.

This project will be available for public comment until 11:59 pm on April 3, 2023.

For more information, and to read the proposed regulations, please see the link provided below.

FEB 15, 2023

New Chapter for Queer Engineers and Geoscientists

A group of Association members is working to establish a new membership chapter for queer engineers and geoscientists.

The group is currently looking for people interested in joining the chapter with opportunities to help develop the chapter constitution and hold executive positions. The goal of the chapter will be to provide networking opportunities, support, advocacy, and a sense of community for EngGeoMB members with diverse sexual and gender identities, orientations, and expressions (2SLGBTQ+).

Please reach out to Mitchell Haw, P.Eng., at MHaw@EppSiepman.com, or (204) 805-2983, to learn more or to get involved.

FEB 06, 2023

Undertaking Notice - R. Sancio

This is notice that on December 21, 2022, Romegio (Romy) Sancio signed an undertaking and acknowledgement regarding fraudulently sealed projects.

Specifically, Mr. Sancio forged the seal of an Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba P.Eng. member without their knowledge or consent. The undertaking acknowledged that:
  • Mr. Sancio knowingly forged an engineer’s seal on as many as twenty-six (26) projects to the City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property & Development department; and,
  • The forgeries created a significant risk to the public as they had not been reviewed or approved by a professional engineer holding a valid certificate of registration;
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba retains the right to take whatever action it deems necessary in response to the forgeries.

JAN 07, 2023

Association CEO & Registrar Notice

Announced on November 23, 2022, Grant Koropatnick stepped down from the Association after 17 years as CEO & Registrar.

He said "It's been a great run, but it's time for someone else to lead the organization. I'm thankful to the Council for the opportunity of serving this historic, honourable profession. It has been a highlight of my career".

President Ian Smallwood accepted the notice of resignation with sincere thanks for the years of faithful service. Mr. Koropatnick's last day in the position was Friday, January 6, 2023.

On January 7, 2023, the duties of the CEO, Registrar, and Secretary were taken over by Michael Gregoire, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, on a temporary basis.

This follows Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba's current succession plan in the absence of the CEO. All powers and authority of the CEO, Registrar, and Secretary will be assumed by Mr. Gregoire until further notice.

Please send any communication for the CEO, Registrar, and Secretary to CEORegistrar@EngGeoMB.ca.

JAN 04, 2023

Arab Members Chapter 2023 Student Bursaries

The Arab Members Chapter of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is pleased to announce bursaries for engineering students in the province of Manitoba. A total of four (4) bursaries will be awarded. The deadline to submit the applications is January 12, 2023.

Eligibility:
1. Candidate should be a member of the Arab Members Chapter (you can become a member by filling the application provided in the link below). Candidates must show proof that they are an affiliate of the Arab Members Chapter.

2. Candidate must be a full-time student in any undergraduate or graduate engineering program in the province of Manitoba, has completed the first year of their engineering program, and will be attending their engineering studies in the following year.

3. Previous winners of the Arab Members Chapter bursary are not eligible to apply.

Requirements:
1. Application form (provided in a link below)

2. Proof of registration in a full-time undergraduate or graduate engineering program in Manitoba, has completed the first year of their engineering program, and will be attending their engineering studies in the following year.

Awards:
Four awards (one award per student) of $500 each will be presented to the successful candidates on the Chapter’s birthday - January 21, 2023.

Process:
1. Fill out the online application through the link provided below

2. Send the required documents to the email provided: Contact@AMC-EGM.ca

3. The executive committee of the chapter will assess the applications for eligibility and for selection criteria

4. Deadline to submit the applications is January 12, 2023

5. All applicants shall be present on the day of the ceremony (January 21, 2023) in order to receive the drawn bursary

Confidentiality:
All information collected for this application will remain strictly confidential and will only be accessible to the members of the Executive Committee. This information is to be used to evaluate applications for selection of qualified applicants.

DEC 23, 2022

Member Renewals Due December 31, 2022

Renewals must be completed and submitted to the Association on or before December 31, 2022. If your renewal is not received on time, you will be subject to a late fee of $52.50 (including GST) and may be removed from the Association register.

Log into your online profile by clicking the link provided below in order to submit your renewal.

PLEASE NOTE: You are now able to pay for your renewal online with Visa Debit and Debit Mastercard.

Please note that the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba office will be closed from Monday, December 26, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2023. We will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, at 8:30 a.m. During this time, phone and e-mail queries will not be answered, however, online renewals will still be available.

Happy Holidays!

DEC 20, 2022

2020 Model Code Adoption Stakeholder Feedback

The Province of Manitoba has recently announced it will adopt the 2020 editions of the national model construction codes (building, plumbing, energy, and fire).

Earlier this year, Manitoba posted a publicly facing proposal to adopt the 2015 edition of the national model codes and solicited feedback on the proposal from June 29 to August 17. Due to overwhelming feedback advising to adopt the 2020 edition of the codes, which were released earlier this year, Manitoba is working towards adopting the 2020 codes on an accelerated timeframe with minimal amendments. The intent is to pass the regulations as soon as possible to give industry adequate notice before requirements come into effect, likely in the fall of 2023. This goal will help Manitoba meet its commitments for harmonized codes under the Canada Free Trade Agreement (see link below).

As the posted proposal was to adopt the 2015 edition of the national model codes, Inspection and Technical Services is enquiring with several key stakeholder groups if there are any questions or concerns specific to adoption of the 2020 edition of the national model codes.

If you have feedback regarding any concerns you may have related to the accelerated adoption of the 2020 national model codes, you are invited to join an online stakeholder engagement session on January 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - please register via the event link at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, please reach out to Info@EngGeoMB.ca in order to submit your thoughts with the subject line 2020 Model Code Adoption.

The 2020 editions of the national model codes make updates in a number of key areas:

Significant changes in the National Building Code 2020
  • Technical requirements for large farm buildings are added, which address fire protection, occupant safety, structural design, and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning.
  • Encapsulated mass timber construction is introduced, enabling the construction of wood buildings with up to 12 storeys.
  • Accessibility requirements are updated to reduce barriers related to anthropometrics, plumbing facilities, signage, entrances and elevators.
  • Design requirements for evaporative equipment are revised to minimize the growth and transmission of Legionella and other bacteria.
  • A home-type care occupancy is introduced to allow safe and affordable care in a home-type setting.
  • Energy performance tiers are established to provide a framework for achieving higher levels of energy efficiency in housing and small buildings.
Significant changes in the National Plumbing Code 2020
  • Fibrocement pipe and fittings are included as alternatives to asbestos-cement materials, which were removed from the NPC 2015 as an interim change.
  • Other new plumbing materials are added as options, including polyethylene of raised temperature (PE-RT) tube, cellular core polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe, and their fittings.
  • The maximum temperature for water discharging from shower heads or into bathtubs is reduced in health-care facilities and seniors' residences to prevent scalding.
  • Gate valves and screw caps, which require manual intervention, are removed as options for backflow protection to reduce the risk of basement flooding.
  • Design requirements for non-potable rainwater harvesting systems are introduced to facilitate the collection and use of rainwater.
Significant changes in the National Energy Code for Buildings 2020
  • The application of the Code is extended to cover alterations, such as tenant improvements, to buildings originally constructed in accordance with the NECB.
  • Maximum overall thermal transmittance values for opaque building assemblies and fenestration are reduced to improve the thermal performance of the building envelope.
  • Whole-building airtightness testing is introduced as an option for complying with air leakage requirements.
  • Lighting power densities are updated to reflect improvements in the efficacy of lighting products.
  • Performance requirements for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) and service water heating equipment are updated to align them with relevant standards and regulations.
  • The trade-off compliance paths for HVAC and service water systems, which were complex and not widely used, are removed.
  • A new compliance path with 4 energy performance tiers is introduced to provide a framework for achieving higher levels of energy efficiency in buildings.
Significant changes in the National Fire Code 2020
  • Technical requirements for large farm buildings are added, which address the inspection of mechanical equipment and electrical systems, the control of flammable gases and vapours, and the storage of flammable or combustible liquids.
  • Fire safety plan requirements are consolidated to facilitate compliance and enforcement.
  • Classifications are established for 5 widely used water-miscible liquid mixtures to ensure that appropriate fire safety measures are applied in their storage, handling, use and processing.
  • Measures are included to address fire safety during the construction of encapsulated mass timber buildings.

DEC 13, 2022

Registration Committee Appeal Hearing for A.J. Pudavick

A Registration Committee preliminary appeal hearing for an appeal by A.J. Pudavick is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. by video conference. A subsequent hearing will be scheduled for January 2023.

On September 28, 2022, the Registration Committee revoked Mr. A.J. Pudavick’s Specified Scope of Licence (Eng.L.) based on failing to meet the minimum academic requirements.

Hearings are open to the public. To receive access to the observer stream for this hearing on Zoom, please email Gemma at GKeatch@EngGeoMB.ca.

DEC 08, 2022

Association CEO & Registrar Receives Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

At a ceremony held at the Manitoba legislature November 28, 2022, CEO & Registrar Grant Koropatnick, P.Eng., FEC, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal for service to her late Majesty and the people of Manitoba. As a lifelong citizen of the province, some highlights of his service include:
  • 30 years of practice as a professional engineer and 17 years as CEO & Registrar of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba – the licensing body for engineers and geoscientists in the province.
  • Leading the Association through its Centennial year in 2020 and forward into the next century of service to the public of Manitoba.
  • Championing strategic initiatives including:
    • Increasing the number of Indigenous practitioners on the Register.
    • Striving for gender equity in the profession.
    • Welcoming more than 1,000 international engineers to Manitoba in the past decade through the EngGeoMB Chapters Program.
  • Board member of Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.
To read more about the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee award, please see the link provided below.

Association CEO & Registrar Receives Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

DEC 06, 2022

Have Your Say On Climate Resilience Training

The Association has received funding from the Province of Manitoba’s Conservation and Climate Fund to develop and deliver free climate change training to its practitioners and allied professionals. The first step of the 2022 – 2023 Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT) Project is a practitioner survey to gather input on which climate change training topics are most valuable and how they should be delivered: in-person, online, or hybrid. The 5-minute survey, conducted by Probe Research, will be open until January 6, 2023, and can be completed via the link below.

Last year, as part of the BRACE/MCRT Project, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and its partners directly developed and delivered three courses within a nine-course “Foundational and Infrastructure Pathway” recommended for all infrastructure practitioners and decision-makers. The focus of those courses was on climate change adaptation.

This year, those three courses are being updated and re-oriented with an emphasis on climate change mitigation. The Introduction to Climate Change through Codes, Standards, and Regulations course will report on Manitoba’s decision to adopt the 2020 building codes. Two of the three courses will also offer 3-hour workshops so that attendees can practice their analytical, planning, and decision-making skills in small groups working on case studies. These three courses, including workshops, will be offered at no charge in February 2023.

A few new courses will also be developed and piloted in March 2023. The Association is already actively seeking funding to offer the new courses in the 2023 – 2024 fiscal year. Through the survey, practitioners can have their say on their priorities for new topics already under consideration and suggest new topics, to help the project team pick the top three for development.

In addition, the MCRT Project Team is researching external providers of courses consistent with the identified training requirements and to identify training gaps where new courses need to be developed. External climate change training courses will be publicized on the Association’s events calendar so that practitioners can find courses of interest.

NOV 23, 2022

Seven Wardens Announce Review of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer

For nearly a century, Canadian engineering graduates have been invited to voluntarily participate in “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer”. Participants make a personal obligation to live by a high standard of ethical conduct regarding their duties and responsibilities towards themselves, other engineers, and society in general. During the Ritual, the engineering graduates are made joyously welcome to the profession of engineering by those that have preceded them. Over 500,000 engineering graduates have attended a Ritual ceremony. An iron ring has been given to each one, serving as a constant reminder to them and others of their obligation.

The original Ritual was conceived in the 1920’s. Since then, Canada has become significantly more diverse. Several revisions have been made to the text of the Ritual regarding gender neutrality and the removal of religious words and phrases. More recently, the age of the Ritual, its old English language, and overtones of colonialism, have prompted the Corporation to initiate a review of the Ritual and the organization to make the Ritual more meaningful and inclusive for all candidates by building on the original intent of the ceremony but reflecting the context of a modern Canadian society.

In early 2022, the Corporation formed a Ritual Review Committee. The Committee’s initial work has been to solicit input and actively listen to newly obligated candidates, Camp volunteers, and other engaged stakeholder communities. A formal case for change and guiding principles will be presented to the Corporation membership prior to the development of specific recommendations. Some stakeholders have expressed urgency in replacing the Ritual immediately. The Corporation wishes to honour principles of the 100-year-old tradition and to respect all stakeholders’ needs. To do so will require thoughtful input and careful consideration. The current Ritual served its purpose for nearly 100 years – the Corporation wishes that the outcome of the Committee’s work be relevant and enduring for the next 100 years.

Feedback about the Ritual can be made in writing by contacting the Ritual Review Committee at Ritual_Review@Corp.IronRing.ca.

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc. is a not-for-profit Canadian Corporation, managed by volunteers, whose purpose is to administer and regulate the use of “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer”. Local groups, or Camps, across Canada are responsible for the delivery of the Ritual to candidates.

NOV 02, 2022

Geoscientists Canada Offering Complimentary Geocommunication Course

Through Geoscientists Canada, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has acquired a professional development opportunity which allows all our registrants FREE access to Geologize’s critically acclaimed course 'Practical Geocommunication’ - a US$450 per person value. As the course is on-demand, you can sign up now and start at any point that suits you.

The geocommunications training helps geoscientists and engineers become more effective and powerful public ambassadors for geoscience. This skill is more important today than ever as professionals communicate with broad audiences about the effects and mitigation of climate change; impart knowledge concerning critical minerals; communicate with various stakeholder groups; inspire the next generation of geoscientists in the face of declining post-secondary geoscience enrolment; and so many other important topics.

The Practical Geocommunications Course is an approximately 10-hour online course, with the ability to save and return to the course at any time, and with a certificate available upon completion. Clear and appropriate communication of geoscience and engineering to the public is a key element of fulfilling professional ethical obligations. This wonderful professional development opportunity, fully updated December 2021, provides guidance on geocommunication and addresses such topics as:
  • The importance of communicating the geosciences. Case studies demonstrating the ethical obligation to communicate.
  • Neurology to orating. The science and practice of effective communication in the geosciences.
  • The power of analogy and linguistic tools. Geologizing and transposing geoscientific content into everyday concepts.
  • Identifying distortions in the media and strategies with which to effectively respond to these distortions.
  • Strategies to promote powerful social media engagement in the geosciences. Case studies and practical strategies.
  • Strategies for geoparks and geotourism to improve audience demographics and engagement.
  • Communicating with Indigenous communities.
  • Bonus material, quizzes, assignments, and a certificate.

To receive information on how to access the course, send an email with the title 'Practical Geocommunication Course' to Info@EngGeoMB.ca stating your Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba ID number. This course will be available until January 5, 2024.

OCT 26, 2022

Bill 233 – The Engineering and Geoscientific Profession Amendment Act

Bill 233, The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Amendment Act, was concurred in, read for the third time, and passed at the legislative session on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

Bill 233 was introduced to the House of the Provincial Government as a private member's bill this spring by Ian Wishart, MLA for Portage La Prairie, and was read for the first time on April 21, 2022, followed by a second reading on April 26, 2022. After the bills’ debate in the second reading, the Association met with members of the Legislative Assembly to discuss concerns raised about admission standards, specified scopes of practises, and providing adequate supervision toward specific scope of practice licence holders, all of which were clarified ensuring that admission standards are flexible while remaining accountable for the engineering and geoscience professions. Bill 233 was then referred to and presented at the Standing Committee of Social and Economic Development on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, with all 11 MLAs voting to advance the bill to a third reading. The third reading was completed on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

Key Changes

Simplifying Administrative Procedures and Language
The Association is proposing amendments that simplify administrative procedures for registration of applicants, restructure the process for appeals, adjust language to simplify licensees and expand their rights, and make consequential by-law changes to ensure council has adequate oversight. The proposed amendments consolidate the appeals process within a new part under The Act and permit faster processing of registration for out of jurisdiction applicants.

Removing Barriers to Practice
Barriers to practice are commonly experienced by practitioners traversing provincial, territorial, and international boundaries. The Association is committed to reducing these barriers by expanding the eligibility of temporary licensees and introducing a new member category for out of jurisdiction applicants. Temporary licenses may now be granted to individuals residing within Manitoba and are professionally registered in another jurisdiction. The establishment of an out-of-jurisdiction membership adds an additional avenue for applicants outside of Manitoba to have their qualifications and competency recognized in order to begin practice in the province within a timely manner.

Increasing Transparency and Enhancing Protection of the Public
The Association is putting forth amendments to enhance the protection of the public through an expansion of investigation rights and to increase public transparency when a professional member is formally charged or does not comply with professional development requirements. The Association is also expanding the list of prohibited titles to include “Eng. L” and “Geo. L” members who will practice with a specified scope of practice license.

OCT 14, 2022

2022 Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba welcomed Ian Smallwood, P.Eng., as the new Association President for 2022-2023.

The Association also welcomed four new members to Council at the Annual General Meeting:
  • Lisa Thomson, P.Eng.
  • Alan Pollard, P.Eng.(SM), FEC
  • David Amorim, P.Eng.
  • Jessica Adelman, P.Geo.
On Friday, October 14, 2022, nine awards were presented to outstanding individuals and companies at the Annual Awards Ceremony. Masters of Ceremonies was Anders Boulanger, and music and entertainment was provided by the Big City All Star Band.

This year, a new award was also given out: The Student Achievement Award.

The Association would like to extend its congratulations once again to all of this year’s award recipients.

Information about each award can be found at https://enggeomb.ca/Awards.html.

OCT 20, 2022

Request for Proposals - Consultant: Equity and Engagement in Professional Regulation

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified consultant to develop and consult on implementation of a strategic plan to strengthen gender equity, anti-racism, decolonization and anti-oppression professional development, and accountability measures in the professional regulation of engineering and geoscience practices in Manitoba, both for members and certificate of authorization holders.

The request for proposals can be viewed via the link below.

We encourage practitioners to circulate the RFP within their networks to assist in advertising this initiative.

Proposals are due on Monday, November 14, 2022

SEP 21, 2022

North American Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards Manual Now Available in Canada

In late 2021, TIAC finalized an agreement with the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA) to endorse the 9th edition of that organization’s manual—renamed the North American Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards (NACIIS) manual.

The NACIIS manual contains updated information related to the design, specification, and installation of thermal insulation on piping, fittings, ductwork, equipment, and vessels found within commercial heating/ventilating/ cooling and plumbing systems.

Industrial power and process systems information on firestopping systems is also included, and refrigeration and cryogenic systems have been added.

“Possibly the most used sections of the manual are the installation detail drawings, referred to as plates, and the Appendix Tables, which are some of the most needed and sought-after points of data when considering a mechanical insulation system,” says Luis Garcia, Chair of TIAC’s Innovators Group, which was instrumental in formalizing the agreement.

“The detail plates are intentionally shown without specifics of dimensions or kinds of materials so that users can include this information relative to their particular desires for the specific project, without predetermined information unduly influencing details or causing unsatisfactory results,” says Garcia. “Leaving these details to the discretion and needs of the user ensures that the specifics will be relevant to the situation at hand.”

This open format also has the benefit of accommodating new materials in the market, for any function—insulation, fastening/attachment, sealing, or finishing. An installation practice detailed in a plate can apply, without the need to develop completely new details specifically for the given material, if the producer is accepting of the plate details. Some material producers specifically refer to the standards as acceptable installation practice details.

Additional Highlights:
This publication represents a continued program of standards revisions and specialized editions, serving the insulation industry and its customers as:
  • a means of clearer communication between owners, engineers, contractors, and inspectors on projects regarding the intended practices and materials to be used.
  • an updated source of technical information concerning commercial and industrial insulation products and practices.
  • a means by which installation practices that are commonly accepted throughout the industry can be understood and followed.

The book is divided into the following sections:
Introduction, Insulation Materials and Properties, Insulation System Design, Specification Writing, Project Coordination, Maintenance, Insulation Thickness Programs, General Application Methods/Illustrations, Specialized Applications Methods/Illustrations, Flashing, Cryogenic Systems, Glossary, and Appendix Tables.

Installation detail plates included:
Piping, Fittings, Valves, Flanges, Mechanical Couplings, Ducts, Plenums, Housings, Vessels, Tanks and Equipment, a Power section including breechings and boiler walls, and Specialized Applications to include Noise, Refrigeration, Removable and Reusable Insulation Blankets or Pads, and Cryogenic.

The manual is published as a service to contractors, engineers, designers, owners, and the mechanical insulation industry in general. This resource has grown to be recognized as the authoritative source for specifying and communicating installation details for mechanical insulation systems across the United States and Canada.

Most of the content is applicable and relevant to both Canadian and American markets, but there is still work to be done.

“We are working on developing a cross-reference document for Canadian users of NACIIS for those instances where practices differ,” Garcia says. “We will be reaching out to members of TIAC to rely on their expertise and experience to help the Innovators group to ‘Canadianize’ the manual.”

“Our industry in Canada now has a fully functional and up-to-date standard that they can refer to when they work on complex projects, or if they simply need a refresher on practices around insulation,” says TIAC President Joey Fabing. “As well, our industry in Canada now has access to combined expertise—this combined initiative elevates the North American industry as a whole and keeps us all up to date on industry standards.”

The NACIIS Manual is currently only available in English. The next phase of TIAC’s agreement with MICA is to have the manual translated to French for use across Canada.

To learn more or to purchase a copy of the NACIIS manual, please email Info@TIAC.ca.

To read the full press release in English or French, please click the links below.

AUG 17, 2022

Did You Know? - A Record Number of Interns

Did you know that Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba has an all-time high number of interns?

There are currently 2,220 applicants who are working on reporting their professional practice experience to be granted a P.Eng. or P.Geo. license. This is a 29.6 percent increase since just before the pandemic began in 2020. These are the individuals who will guide and shape the engineering and geoscience professions going forward.

They are bright, articulate and eager to serve the public as professional engineers and professional geoscientists in Manitoba, across Canada and worldwide.

AUG 10, 2022

Did You Know? - The Title of Engineer or Geoscientist

Did you know? A person cannot call themselves an engineer or geoscientist unless they are a member of EngGeoMB? The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act is the law in Manitoba restricting the use of the words engineer, engineering, geoscientist and geoscience. See Section 58 of the Act linked below.

No matter that a person has graduated from an engineering school or university, they cannot use the title engineer on a LinkedIn profile, web page, business card or in any form, unless first registering with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. This is the law in every province of Canada.

JUN 30, 2022

Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal

The 2015 National Model Code Adoption project is posted for 45-days public consultation on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal. You can find it at the link below.

The project will be posted and available for public comment until midnight on August 16, 2022.

This project includes the proposed adoption of the 2015 National Model Codes (2017 for Energy) and Manitoba specific amendments under the:
  • The Manitoba Building Code regulation;
  • The Manitoba Plumbing Code regulation;
  • The Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings regulation; and
  • The Manitoba Fire Code regulation
Please submit your comments and feedback through the portal.
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