Ask Us Anything – Working with Registered Professionals for Building and Land Use Departments

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Megan Chorlton, Director of Member Services & General Counsel, MIABC
Peter Mitchell, Director, Professional Practice, Standards & Development, Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia
Kelly Dayman, Associate Director, Regulation of Firms, Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia
Maura Gatensby, Lead Practice Advisory & Regulatory Liaison, Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Patrick Shek, Chief Building Inspector, City of Burnaby
Matthew Voell, Lawyer, Lidstone & Company

Most communities across British Columbia rely on local governments to protect the public by regulating building construction and land use to ensure development is both safe and sustainable. But local governments have limited resources and expertise. They simply cannot oversee every aspect of the building and development process. In order to supplement their lack of recourses and expertise, local governments often rely on the expertise of registered professionals, such as architects, engineers, and geoscientists, who are governed by professional associations tasked with ensuring their members meet robust professional and ethical standards.

But what role do local governments have in ensuring these professionals meet their professional and ethical obligations? How far do local governments need to go to uncover and address issues when these professionals have breached their duties? In this webinar, our panelists will discuss:

  1. The regulatory framework, philosophy, and approach to regulating architects, engineers, and geoscientists in British Columbia;
  2. The implications of the Engineers & Geoscientists of BC’s new Permit to Practice Program; and
  3. The obligations and risks local governments face once they are notified a registered professional is in breach of their professional or ethical obligations.

Join Megan Chorlton, the MIABC's Director of Member Services & General Counsel, as she discusses these issues with Kelly Dayman, Associate Director, Regulation of Firms, Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia; Maura Gatensby, Lead Practice Advisory and Regulatory Liaison, Architectural Institute of British Columbia; Peter Mitchell, Director, Professional Practice, Standards & Development, Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia; Patrick Shek, Chief Building Inspector, City of Burnaby; and Matthew Voell, Lawyer, Lidstone & Company.

In order to keep this session true to our Ask Us Anything sessions’ collaborative roots, we are inviting all participants to send us the questions or topics they want to see addressed in this webinar. This will help our panelists better focus their discussion to address the issues that matter most to your local government. While you can register for the webinar at any time, if you would like your question or topic to be considered for the discussion, please register by 5:00PM on Friday, October 15, 2021 and include your questions or topics in the applicable field of the registration form. Alternatively, you can email your questions to AskUsAnything@miabc.org.

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This webinar is completely FREE to join for staff and elected officials of BC local governments and First Nations governments. Please feel free to forward this email to others in your organization. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For MIABC members who miss the live broadcast, a recording of the webinar and the slides will be available in the MIABC's Learning Library within two business days. You will need to create an account on our website to access the library. For more information on creating an account, click here. Not sure if your local government is a member? Review our list of members.

 

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