Annual Report 2019



The Investigative Committee (IC) is authorized to undertake investigations of complaints against any APEGA member or permit holder alleged to have performed services deemed as unskilled practice or unprofessional conduct, under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act , as well as contrary to the public interest. When the APEGA Registrar & CEO receives a complaint, he refers it to the IC, which appoints a panel of Committee members to investigate the allegation. These individuals may include APEGA’s Investigative Director, investigative staff, or both. The panel members interview, gather evidence, and prepare a report for review by the whole IC to determine if a referral of unskilled practice or unprofessional conduct should be made to the Discipline Committee for a formal hearing. If the APEGA member or permit holder agrees to enter a guilty plea to the allegations, the panel may recommend a discipline order proposing sanctions and refer the order to a designated member of the Discipline Committee for ratification. During 2019, the Investigative Committee investigated a variety of complaints from APEGA members, permit holders, and the public. These ranged from serious, evidence-based allegations to allegations deemed frivolous or vexatious, or that had

insufficient evidence to justify a referral to the Discipline Committee. All parties to a complaint are given an opportunity to present their case to the investigation panel. The volunteer members of the IC and the Investigation Department staff spend considerable time gathering evidence and compiling reports. This is a very time-consuming process for which the investigation panel receives no compensation. IC members are all unpaid volunteers who value the integrity of their professions. The IC meets at least five times a year, with meetings held in Edmonton and Calgary, and via video conference, to review the reports and make recommendations. The Investigative Committee plays a critical role in the governance of the engineering and geoscience professions. It is central to the protection of the professions and the public interest. It has done, and continues to do, an excellent job in completing this mandate. Respectively submitted,

Ian McConnan, FCPA, FCA Public Member


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