Geoscientists Canada. CCCESD Fall Meeting October 25, 2012 Greg Finn, P.Geo. Past President. Positions. Academic Faculty member at Brock since 1985 Department Chair 1996-2002 Associate Dean, Math and Science 2003-2007 Vice Provost and AVP, Academic since 2007
Geoscientists Canada • CCCESD Fall Meeting • October 25, 2012 • Greg Finn, P.Geo. • Past President
Positions • Academic • Faculty member at Brock since 1985 • Department Chair 1996-2002 • Associate Dean, Math and Science 2003-2007 • Vice Provost and AVP, Academic since 2007 • Professional • APGO Councillor 2000-2004 • APGO member since 2002 • Chair, APGO Registration Committee 2000-2004 • APGO Executive 2007-2010, President 2008-2009 • CGSB Member since 2004 • Chair, CGSB 2008-2010 • Geoscientists Canada Board of Directors 2009-2010 • Geoscientists Canada Executive since 2010, President 2011-2012
The Profession in Canada • Self-Regulation • Size and dynamics • Geoscience in Canada • Universities • Graduate stream • Geoscientists Canada • Canadian Geoscience Standards Board (“CGSB”) • Projects and their outcomes
Self-Regulation in Canada • Provincial or territorial statutes. • Establish colleges (professional associations) to govern each profession • Act, Regulations, Bylaws, (including Codes of Ethics) • Admissions, Public Register, Complaints and Discipline - all self-administered • Delegation of power to self-regulate in the public interest • Powers to sanction/Penalties for illegal practice • Tribunal hearings/ Court level appeal
In Ontario • (for example) • 23 Health • 17 Other • Total: 40
Geoscience Self-Regulated Geoscience Co-Regulated with Engineering Geoscience Not Formally Regulated Yukon Nunavut Northwest Territories British Columbia Alberta Newfoundland and Labrador Manitoba Quebec Saskatchewan Prince Edward Island Ontario Nova Scotia New Brunswick
36 Universities in Canada offering full time Earth science programs (geology, geological engineering, geophysics, environmental geoscience, earth and ocean science) • CCCESD • Forum for connection and exchange • Annual composite national-level student, faculty and staff statistics since 1974
Geoscientists Canada • National organization of the 10 provincial professional associations • Board of Directors - 13 members • 10 appointees, 3 elected officers • Composition – largely practitioners • Established in 1996, staffed office since 2006 • Mission : • develop consistent high standards for licensure and practice of geoscience, • facilitate national and international mobility, • and promote the recognition of Canadian professional geoscience
Canadian Geoscience Standards Board (“CGSB”) • Standing Advisory Board to Geoscientists Canada • National committee • 11 members • 10 appointees, plus elected chair • Terms of reference - include: • Providing guidance on professional qualifications and practice • Encouraging adoption of common standards for admissions • Facilitate transfers and mobility
Geoscience Admissions Officials Group (“GAO”) • Senior staff representatives of association registration departments • Standing observer status • Attend and participate in all CGSB meetings • Active contributors to CGSB committees and work groups • Valuable resource; wise counsel
“The GKE” • Document of reference for Associations • Others users • Students, Faculty and advisors • Migrating geoscientists & global practitioners • Policy makers and other regulators • Employers/users of services/general public. • Concise with flexibility • Based on Canadian B.Sc., yardstick for any geoscientist educated anywhere
Knowledge Requirements • A four-year Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent, in an area of geoscience • Degree must meet Canadian Geoscience Standards Board Knowledge Requirements as adopted by the APGO
Knowledge Requirements • Canadian Geoscience Standards Board Knowledge Requirements • 4 year B.Sc., or equivalent, in an area of geoscience • 27 Educational Units (EU) • EU equals a one semester (13 week) university course • E.g. 3 hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks = 1 EU
Framework - Broad Elements • Document authentication and assessment • Academic training assessment • Practice experience assessment • Timeliness and communications • Reconsiderations and appeals • Quality assurance
Geoscience Admissions Tools - Proposal • HRSDC FCRP – follow on the ITG project • $782,000 over 3 years ($1M including in-kind) • Support tools for Geoscience Admissions (ITG and CTGs) • 4 components – building on/adapting work by others • Competency profiles • Collective approach to academic gaps, including remedies • Centralized Admissions Facility - scoping study • Diagnostic report • September 2012 to March 2015
Geoscience Competencies Profile • Geoscience Competencies Profile – work to consist of: building competency profiles by working with selected subject matter experts; undertaking appropriate validation and refining in consultation with other experts and practice area stakeholders leading to the introduction of agreed-upon national sets of competency profiles for the three streams of geoscience (geology, environmental geoscience and geophysics).
Geoscience Competencies Profile • During both the development and validation phases of this work, consultations will be held with both practitioners in geoscience and with educators of geoscientists from different parts of Canada. Pilot-testing on applicants will be undertaken to ensure the profiles are fit-for-purpose for admissions decision making.
Geoscience Competencies Profile • OUTCOME • Set of Competencies Profiles for Geoscience Practice – an appropriately developed and validated set of competency profiles for the three streams of geoscience (geology, environmental geoscience and geophysics).
Future Collaboration • CCCESD Meetings • GEO Club Contacts • Student interest • Observers at the Geoscientists Canada Annual General Meeting
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