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News Notice
January 30, 2020
Looking Back Through Our Century: January 1957
In January of 1957, the Manitoba government announced a pay hike to ease the shortage of engineers in the province. Salary schedules were under revision in a move to hold present engineering staff and to attract others to fill posts in the highways branch that had been vacant for many months. According to the article in The Winnipeg Tribune from January 26, 1957, the starting rate offered by the provincial government to young engineers without experience in the civic service ranged from $3,840 to $4,200 per year. A recruiting effort was also underway in Britain to get engineers to come to Manitoba. Our province and Association have a long history of welcoming engineers from around the world. To learn more, see the full news story to read the full articles from The Winnipeg Tribune.
Centennial Give Back - I Love to Read Month
As part of our Centennial Celebrations, we are inviting our members to give back to the community by contacting their local school to offer their services to read to a classroom during the month of February to celebrate I Love to Read Month. This year's theme is "Books for a Better World." The theme encourages readers to start taking steps towards creating a better world for everyone which works well with our Centennial Celebrations where we will be highlighting a century of work by engineers and geoscientists - making life work better in Manitoba. To learn more, see the full news story.
New Practice Note - Solar Panel Installations
The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who have been tasked with reviewing the structural design of installing solar panels on buildings. Of particular note is the consideration of loading distribution and connections to existing structural elements. The practice note can be found here.
New Practice Note - Site Photographs and Privacy
The Investigation Committee has published a new practice note to provide guidance to members who conduct inspections on private property. Practitioners are reminded to consider privacy legislation prior to taking photographs or making recordings while on-site. The practice note can be found here.
2020 Public Review of National Model Codes
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites you to take part in the winter 2020 public review from now until March 13, 2020. The purpose of the public review is to provide users of the model codes and stakeholders with a detailed look at the changes being considered and to seek comments as to whether proposed changes should proceed as proposed, or be edited, revised or withdrawn. To learn more, see the full news story.
Volunteer Opportunities
Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week (PEGW) - Multiple Positions
March is National Engineering Month and, here in Manitoba, PEGW is held to promote engineering and geoscience as career choices, celebrate engineering and geoscience within our province, and to draw attention to the vital role that engineering and geoscience play in our daily lives. This year, PEGW will be recognized from March 1 to March 8 with events taking place at multiple schools within Winnipeg and at Kildonan Place Mall. Volunteers play a vital role in the success of this week and are needed for such events as the Spaghetti Bridge Competition, Association Booth, and Children's Activities. Please review the call for volunteers for full details and times when volunteers are needed.
Rotary Career Symposium - Multiple Positions
The Rotary Career Symposium provides a dynamic venue where students and adults gain valuable information about various education and employment options available in Manitoba, Canada, and even internationally. The Association is looking for volunteers to assist in staffing a booth to promote engineering and geoscience as careers to students, parents, and teachers. The Rotary Career Symposium takes place the evening of Monday, March 16 and during the day on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 at the RBC Convention Centre. Please review the call for volunteers for full details and times when volunteers are needed.
Science Fair Judges - March 20, 2020
Volunteer judges are needed for St. Charles Catholic School Science Fair, taking place on Friday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information or if interested in volunteering, please contact Brett Bourquin bbourquin@stccs.ca.
Upcoming Events
Member Engagement Sessions - Future By-law Amendments - Changes to Retired Member Status - February 3 and February 12, 2020
Council invites all members to participate in an engagement session discussing the requirement to address incongruity between our Act and Bylaws, including By-law changes for 2020. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba obtained advice from legal counsel regarding the legality of retired categories of membership. It was found that having retired categories is currently in contradiction with the Act. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is currently exploring options to eliminate contradictions between the By-laws and the Act while still maintaining services for retired members. We are seeking input from membership to determine the best course of action. For more information and to register, please visit the event page.
Lunch 'n' Learn: Good Guy or Bad Guy - Which One Are You? - February 19, 2020
Join CEO & Registrar, Grant Koropatnick, for a one-hour session where he will explore the topic of good character as it relates to professional practice. For more information and to register, visit the event page. Webinar option also available.
Centennial Speaker Series: Manitoba Hydro High Voltage Test Facility Tour - February 21, 2020
Always wanted to see inside the Manitoba Hydro High Voltage Test Facility? This is your chance! For more information and to register, visit the event page.
Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Day at FortWhyte Alive - February 22, 2020
As part of our Centennial Celebrations, come check out FortWhyte Alive, admission for all visitors is on us! Join us for a day of hiking, snowshoeing, tobogganing, scavenger hunts, and fresh bannock over the fire. For more information, please visit the event page.
Centennial Recognition Gala - April 4, 2020
Purchase your tickets by February 8 to take advantage of our early bird pricing!
Join us for this once in a lifetime event to celebrate the history of engineering regulation in our province over the last 100 years. Featuring highlights from the past 100 years, an evening of unforgettable entertainment, special Centennial showcase, Bob McDonald from CBC's Quirks and Quarks as our Master of Ceremonies, dance with the Big City All Star Band, and much more! Get your tickets now!