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November 2018

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 month’s highlights of the discussion are:
  1. Membership fee increase
  2. Atlantic provinces consider adopting similar plant rating system.
  3. Time is running out for BC Power Engineers to register
Membership fee increase for 2019

At this year’s 2018 annual AGM, the Board of Directors along with the members that were present and by proxy resolved to increase the annual dues by $10.00 for the year 2019. The increase will be as follows: $100 to $110 (late $120) for regular membership and $50 to $55(late $60) for Senior Membership.
The Institute is an organization run by volunteers and its primary source of revenue comes from membership fees. The last increase in membership dues was back in 2014 - 5 years ago. It was necessary to entertain the increase in fees as operating costs continue to increase and the need to keep a balanced budget allowing for the IPE to continue supporting Branch and Area events.
Last year, the budget reduced the Branch Per capita for the 2018 fiscal year. This decrease was a onetime reduction for the purpose of modernizing the National website. The Board of Directors would like to take this time to thank the Branches and its Membership for their patience and understanding, as this help finance and allowed for the redevelopment of the National Website - the public face of the organization. Rolling out of the new website is scheduled for early in the New Year making the IPE’s presents more recognizable, and supporting the growth of the IPE Nationally.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please feel free to contact your Area Director and or National Office.

Atlantic Provinces are in the process of adopting a similar plant rating system (boilers)

Changes are coming to a jurisdiction near you. Slowly, but surely, the jurisdictions are moving towards having similar model for registering and staffing plants. Back in 2008, the Labour Mobility Act was enacted and subsequently any Power Engineer certificate had to be accepted at par in all jurisdictions. A Power Engineer no longer could be assessed on their technical knowledge. A number of jurisdictions have imposed an exam on transfers that test for the knowledge of the codes and regulations which the applicant must know to be able to practice in that jurisdiction. The profession is governed by entities ranging from The Office of The Fire Marshal to a Technical & Safety Branch of a province, with legislation that varies province to province.

The purpose of adopting a similar plant/staffing registration is so that company’s constructing a plant in any province will know how it will be staffed without having to interpret each provincial regulation for assessment. Currently a First-class plant in Alberta may not be considered a First-Class plant in Nova Scotia. This also takes into account the experience of the plant chiefs as they move between jurisdictions when plant ratings are not the same. This movement towards uniformity in plant rating comes from recommendations by NPSAC. The Atlantic Provinces are looking to adopt similar plant registration requirements for boilers only at this time. They are still working on the refrigeration part.

Who is NPSAC?
The National Public Safety Advisory Committee (NPSAC) plays a distinct role in the development and application of the codes and standards used in Canada. It is the only national body working at the policy level to promote the common adoption and consistent administration of safety codes and standards for the following discipline areas:

elevating devices; passenger ropeways (i.e.: ski lifts);
amusement rides;
fuel (i.e.: oil, natural gas and propane);
boilers and pressure vessels; and
electrical safety.

NPSAC is the body that receives recommendations from the ACI (Association of Chief Inspectors). It is also the body that pushed for the Labour Mobility Act of 2008 so the adoption of similar plant ratings etc. is just one more item that is being recommended.

Time is running out for BC Power Engineer to register

For the first time, Power Engineers with BC Certificates of Qualification will need to register with the BC Safety Authority. Recent changes to the Power Engineer, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation state that certificates of qualification without an expiry date will expire on December 3, 2018.

Renewing your certificate of qualification will:

  • Include you in a current database of power engineers, operators, and safety awareness certificate holders in good standing;
  • Give you the benefit of receiving current safety information such as changes to relevant Acts and regulations, directives and safety orders;
  • Help industry reduce the likelihood of identity falsification and improve enforcement against non-compliance; and
  • Provide proof of qualification for current or prospective employers.
Power Engineer, Operator and Safety Awareness certificates of qualification that have not been renewed by December 2, 2018 will be considered invalid.

Invalid certificate holders will not be able to perform regulated work legally.

Renewals are free of charge until December 2, 2018.


IPE National Directors and Executive

Ralf Klopf, President

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

Eric Steinson, PE, Past President, York Director (IPE)

Ed Hnytka, PE, Alberta Area Director

Dave Paulin, PE, British Columbia Area Director

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

Mitch McNeil, PE, York Director (IPECC)

Pete Chamberland, 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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