THE DISCIPLINE FILE
THE DISCIPLINE FILE
Case No.: 19-005-RDO continued
Date: May 27, 2019
Case No.: 19-006-RDO
examination is not completed by the above-noted date, the Member shall be suspended from the practice of engineering until the examination is successfully completed.
IN THE MATTER OF THE ENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCE PROFESSIONS ACT AND IN THE MATTER OF THE CONDUCT OF [PROFESSIONAL MEMBER A], P.ENG.
forbids partners from operating separate competing businesses and from taking profits of the business solely for themselves. In addition, they must always act in the best interest of the partnership and declare conflicts of interest. Moreover, a partnership agreement cannot negate or alter fiduciary duties. Officers and directors owe a fiduciary duty to the corporation. For example, officers and directors cannot operate separate competing businesses or take profits of the business solely for themselves. A fiduciary duty is a heightened duty to care for the interest of another party in priority to one's own interest and a duty not to act against the interest of the other party. Committee, and by agreement of the Member with that recommendation, and following a discussion and review with the Discipline Committee Case Manager, the Discipline Committee hereby orders that: 1. The Member will receive a Letter of Reprimand, a copy of which will be maintained permanently 2. The Member will be assessed, and will pay, a fine in the amount of $1,000 pursuant to Section 64(1)(b) of the Act; 3. In the event the fine is not paid within 60 days of this order's approval by a Discipline Committee Case Manager, the Member shall be suspended from the practice of engineering until such payment has been received in full; and 4. The Member shall provide evidence to the Director, Enforcement, within one year of being served with a copy of the Discipline Committee’s decision, that he has successfully completed the National Professional Practice Examination. The course will be undertaken at his own cost. If the in the Member's registration file and be considered at any future date by APEGA;
8. It is the Panel’s opinion that the matter would be best resolved through a Recommended Discipline Order rather than a formal hearing. The Panel considered the following: there is no risk of harm to the public, the admission by the Member, the timely cooperation of the Member in this investigation, the acknowledgment expressed by the Member, and the Panel’s finding that although the Member’s conduct demonstrated an error in judgment, it was not malicious. The same considerations apply to the Panel’s recommendation that this matter and its outcome should be published without naming the Member.
The Investigative Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) has conducted an investigation into the conduct of [Professional Member A], P.Eng., (“the Member"). The investigation was conducted with respect to a complaint initiated by two individuals (“the Complainants”), dated April 13, 2017 (“the Complaint"). A. THE COMPLAINT The investigation related to the allegation that the Member engaged in unprofessional conduct when he registered as a director for a new, competing business without informing or gaining the consent of his current employer. The Complainants alleged the Member breached his confidentiality and non-compete clauses of his employment contract and therefore acted unprofessionally. The Investigative Committee investigated the above allegation, in addition to other allegations that were outlined in the Complaint. The Panel determined there was sufficient evidence to refer the matter to a formal hearing. B. AGREED STATEMENT OF FACTS 1. The Member graduated in 1994 from the Daqing Petroleum Institute, China (B.Sc. in chemical equipment and engineering), followed by an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering earned in 2003 from the Zhejiang University in China. 2. The Member was employed with [Company B] from July 2012 to September 2015. 3. The Member, while still employed at [Company B], was registered as a director of [Company C] on July 14, 2015. [Company C] was a newly registered company on this date. 4. Both [Company B and Company C] are downhole tool service companies which engage in the
design, development, and deployment of downhole technologies for the oil and gas industry in Canada. 5. There was no evidence that the Member signed a confidentiality or non-compete contract with [Company B]. C. CONDUCT 6. The Member freely and voluntarily admits that: 1. At all relevant times he was a professional 2. The Member acknowledges that registering as a Director with [Company C] while being gainfully employed by [Company B] is conduct that contravenes Section 44(1)(b) of the Act, specifically #3 of the Code of Ethics . Code of Ethics #3: Professional engineers...shall conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, fairness and objectivity in their professional activities. member of APEGA and was thus bound by the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and the APEGA Code of Ethics . 7. The Member acknowledges he has breached a fiduciary duty. According to the textbook Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering and Geoscience (2011 Sanders and Samuels), a fiduciary duty is defined as: A fiduciary duty is a relationship of special trust in a partnership. Each partner owes the other partner a fiduciary duty. For example, fiduciary duty forbids partners from operating separate competing businesses and from taking profits of the business solely for themselves. In addition, they must always act in the best interest of the partnership and
D. RECOMMENDED ORDERS 7. On the recommendation of the Investigative
[PROFESSIONAL MEMBER A], P.ENG. WILLIAM SATTLEGGER, P.GEO. Panel Chair, APEGA Investigative Committee JEFF PIEPER, P.ENG. Case Manager, APEGA Discipline Committee
Date: May 22, 2019
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