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July 27, 2017


The focus of the IPE is the support and education of its members. The National Directors hold monthly conference calls to discuss topic of importance to the profession. Topics discussed can relate to specific jurisdictions, regulatory concerns, membership issues, etc.

This monthís highlights of the discussion are:

  1. Conference Call Trial for IPE AGM 2017
  2. IPECC Update
  3. IPE-IPECC Co-Director
  4. AGM Notice
Conference Call Trial for IPE AGM 2017

Ever since the beginning of the IPE, there has been an AGM. The AGM is essentially the end and beginning of a yearís cycle which culminates in the Presidentís Ball. Special events have been the norm where there are seminars and dinners organized by the hosting Branch. During the events of the day, the national Directors hold their face to face meetings prior to the AGM. Efforts are also made to offer opportunities for the memberís spouses while the meetings and education seminars are keeping our members engaged.
There is a lot of work that goes into organizing a AGM and the past few years the financial reward has not been there as has the required number of volunteers that are needed to make the event go smoothly. The end result has made finding a Branch willing to host the AGM difficult at best. This year (2017) there will not be any additional events planned outside of the Directorís meetings and the AGM due to there not being a Branch with the resources or willing to consider hosting the AGM. This lack of participation by the Branches is a concern because there is now only the half day event for the AGM as a reason for members across Canada to attend. This could be viewed as a barrier to participation in the workings of the IPE.
The Branch Secretary and/or Branch President would need to take a central role with the communication and coordination with validating the attendance of their members. The National Office can send out an invite to the Branch Presidents and Secretaries outlining the trial and what they would need to do. We would need to have a 2 week prior to the AGM as a cut-off date for registering to be part of the call in. This would allow us sufficient time to compile a list of attendees for the conference call and send a sign in form to the respective Branches. The sign in form will need to be returned to the National Office for record keeping purposes as these members will be able to vote. Proxies would be set aside for those who are able to attend via the conference call bit who had taken the time to ensure that their vote counts. More discussion will be taking place at the July Directorís conference call.

IPECC update
The annual Inter-Provincial Power Engineer Curriculum Committee was held in Montreal this year from June 18 to the 22nd. The most notable development has been with regards to the Refrigeration Operator Curriculum and Syllabus. There has not been a national standard of what the learning requirements are for a Refrigeration Operator. There have been various forms of this type of certification in different jurisdictions depending upon the intensity of refrigeration use. This step makes it possible for the development of a Rink Operator curriculum and syllabus where there is an abundance of locations in need of dedicated training and certification at recreation facilities.

SOPEEC is considering making the 2nd Class exams multiple choice like in the 4th and 3rd class. This will be discussed more over the coming year. IPECC will be looking at how to better balance the body of knowledge associated with each class. Currently both the 4th and 3rd class equal what the 2nd class has to know to be considered qualified (ie. 4th = 20%, 3rd = 20% and 2nd = 40%). This large step in knowledge is thought to be one of the reasons that many do not challenge the 2nd class exams. It is also felt that the 3rd class would benefit from a larger knowledge requirement. If any of this discussion is of interest to you or your employer then consider joining us in Saskatoon next June 17th to 23rd 2018.

IPE-IPECC co-Directors
The IPE has been the National voice for Power Engineers in Canada since 1940. The IPE stands on 3 main pillars and these are Engagement with Stakeholders, Professional Standards of Member Conduct and Professional Development. The IPE does a lot of other things but they all stem from one of those pillars. The IPE does not engage in employer-employee relations as we have neither the inclination nor the resources to do so. There are much better entities out there who exist for that purpose.

We are made up of members who are like minded in their passion for our profession. While this may not be the case for everyone who hold certificates of qualifications as a power engineer the IPE represents all power engineers. Mandatory support for membership of a professional body through legislative requirement in each jurisdiction would take the IPE from excellent to an outstanding supporting body for the profession.

Part of our professional development objectives includes supporting education through the facilitation of meetings of the various jurisdictions, education providers and others who are engaged with the training of Power Engineers. We also support other organizations like IPECC in achieving their mandate. This support has always been of interest to the IPE.

To make the communication between IPECC and IPE easier a position on the Board of Directors for the IPE has been setup. This position would be as a co-director of what is know as York Area. This is the position of the immediate past national president. The position would be as a co-director and would provide a reasonable connection between our two not-for-profit organizations. The IPE has been the silent/underwriter for the conference portion of IPECC and we have a very good working relationship in this regard. Other opportunities of joint collaboration will come up, so, to facilitate a better means of connection between the IPE and IPECC we had made a proposal to the executive of IPECC and was accepted by the attending members of IPECC this year.


IPE Annual General Meeting
October 14, 2017
4 Points by Sheraton
6257 Airport Rd,
Mississauga, Ontario

Since the beginning, the IPE has always had the Annual General Meeting hosted by an eager branch. The AGM is essentially the end and beginning of a yearís cycle which culminates in the Presidentís Ball. Special events are planned where there are seminars and dinners organized by the hosting Branch. During the dayís events the National Directors hold their face to face meetings behind closed doors and take in the evening events prior to the AGM. Efforts are also made to offer opportunities for the memberís spouses while the meetings and education seminars are keeping our members engaged. There is a lot of work that goes into organizing and hosting an AGM for the National Board of Directors.

With the advancement of technology, and the changing times that itís becoming increasingly difficult for the membership to travel with their companions and enjoy the events planned prior to the AGM. The Board this year (2017) has planned a different approach to the AGM, being that there will not be any additional events planned outside of the Directorís meetings and the AGM. In order to break down what could be perceived as a financial barrier to the membership, the National Directors are looking at using communication technology to increase the opportunities for members to actively participate at the AGM. We are looking towards working with Branches to provide a ďlocalĒ venue for their members to meet and participate in the AGM via the telephone conference system. This may be a way for those who do not have to available time and or funds to travel to an AGM, but would like to be part of it. Details on how this will be set up will be forthcoming and communicated to individual Branch Executives.

The National Directors are looking at ways to encourage and/or allow for a wider participation by members in this important event. We encourage your input as this is an organization that works for all Power Engineers.

Sincerely,

IPE National Directors and Executive

Ralf Klopf, President

Blair Saulnier, PE, 1st Vice President (Maritimes Area Director)

Eric Steinson, PE, Past President

Ed Hnytka, PE, Alberta Area Director

Guy Gagon, Quebec Area Director

Dave Paulin, PE, British Columbia Area Director

William (Bill) Kolinowich,Second Vice-President, Manitoba Area Director

George Walsh, NFLD/Labrador Area Director

Gilles Leclair, Ontario Area Director

Allan Whetter, National Secretary Email

Don Purser, Assistant National Secretary

Jude Rankin, PE, Advice in Council

National Office Email


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