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January 13, 2016

At the meetings in Nova Scotia in September 2015, The Directors decided to initiate a new communication procedure whereby they could inform members of progress on items they were discussing. This is the third of these communications and the three items to be discussed are:
  1. the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) committee update,
  2. effort to reduce perceived barriers in Institute of Power Engineers’ procedures and
  3. future changes to student member applications and participation of the National Office with students.
We have had a committee providing input to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) formerly called Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). ESDC is updating the National Occupation Classification Code for “Power Engineer” in 2016. We are awaiting the new description in the Code and the Directors have decided to continue with the committee as the updating work of ESDC is done on a five year cycle and the committee will be prepared should further input be necessary.

During the Directors’ Meeting in September, the Directors committed to reducing any perceived barriers that may be in IPE procedures or documentation that could result in loss of members or deter members from participation in IPE activities. An example would be the recent change to the Associate (PG) Membership to allow branches to reach quorums and operate. If you have any perceived barriers, please email them to the National Office at attention Fred Billard, National Secretary.

We are developing a new application form for student members as well as an updated filing system and communication procedure at the National Office for student members. Student members are administered at the branch level to allow closer association and networking with regular members. This benefits the students and the branches. The new changes are intended to provide a standard application form (and information) to allow better communication to student members from the National IPE in the hopes of retaining them as regular members upon graduation. The changes will give the student members a better idea of how the IPE works at the branch and national level.

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