How are you affected when unauthorized practitioners operate?

June 9, 2022 — 12:45-2:00 p.m.

The number of unauthorized practitioners in engineering and geoscience is growing at a rapid pace in Alberta. This is significant as it affects the careers of APEGA licensed members and the business of permit-holding companies in Alberta.

For the past two years, APEGA’s Compliance Department has resolved more than 500 infractions annually that involve unlicensed individuals and companies without a Permit to Practice. Five years ago, there were fewer than 200 such infractions. The current year is expected to be similar to the past two years. This presentation highlights what APEGA members should do to assist in reducing the number of violations.

Please join this presentation to know your role in the compliance process and offer your thoughts on protecting our professional careers and businesses. This session will be of interest to you if you have:

  • witnessed individuals without an APEGA membership representing themselves as professional engineers or geoscientists in Alberta on their email signature, website, business card, résumé, or social media
  • found companies practising engineering or geoscience in Alberta without a Permit to Practice
  • seen technical documents created by unlicensed professionals without any supervision and that do not have a P.Eng. or P.Geo. authentication and a validation using a Permit to Practice stamp
  • met people who firmly believe they are not performing engineering or geoscience activities as they claim not to stamp any document

The presenter, Sam Barua, P.Eng., is APEGA’s Compliance manager, and he has practiced engineering globally for 40 years. Barua has spearheaded APEGA’s Compliance function since 2016 and has overseen the resolution of thousands of compliance cases. He will share strategies to look for infractions, reveal interesting case-resolution experiences, and discuss how other provincial regulators are looking at common infraction issues. Participants will receive handouts highlighting specific sections of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act regarding compliance infractions.

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