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April 20, 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 month’s highlights of the discussion are:
  1. BC Ministerial Order 65
  2. Ontario ponders Risk Based Regulatory Approach
BC Ministerial Order 65

The Minister of Natural Gas Development, the Minister responsible for Housing Development and the Deputy Premier have issued a Ministerial Order that makes some major changes to the certification process in BC. As of December 3rd, 2019, all Power Engineer certificates of qualification that have been issued with out an expiry date will be considered not valid. The Province of BC is moving to annual renewal process similar to all other jurisdictions.
The Ministerial Order also adds criteria for the recognition of professional credentials from out of province as well as foreign. There has been a 2 and half year consultation process that the IPE has been involved in. This is an ongoing consultation as there are still accreditation standards to be determined for the approval of foreign credentials.

We have a Fact Sheet that should be printed and posted at your workplace. This so that as many Power Engineer as possible see how their profession will be affected. Contact information is provided on the Fact Sheet.

Ontario Assesses the Risk Based Regulatory Approach

The Ontario government, in conjunction with the TSSA, has a working group formed to develop a risk-based approach to rating, registering and staffing plants. Most of the participants in the working group represent industry and their interests.

The working group is proposing a two-streamed risk-based system. The method identifies two pathways; a jurisdiction prescribed plant rating, and site specific plant rating. The main objective of reviewing and modernizing the Operating Engineers' Regulation is to reduce the burden on business, where practical, without effecting safety.

We, the IPE, believe that Ontario has a high standard of safety within our industry due to the safe and efficiently operation of our plants as a result of the knowledge and commitment of Operating Engineers.

The Institute of Power Engineers is the only voice for the Power Engineer profession across Canada and will be making presentations to the working group. However, our voice is only as loud as the numbers of Operating Engineers like you who count themselves in as members. The power of many voices is more effective in achieving the goals and mandate of our profession and ensuring public safety. Consider merging your voice with other like-minded Operating Engineers in determining the future of our profession and the safety of all workers and the general public. If you are not a member, please consider joining the IPE today.

There is a PowerPoint presentation that will provide an explanation of what the risk based group is mandated to do and report back on. We will provide more information as it comes available to us.

Value for Membership – Corporate account at Discount Car and Truck Rental

Your membership with the IPE can pay off in other ways now. You can now get a real discount at Discount Car and Truck Rental when you ask for the Corporate Rate. The IPE has a corporate account that can be used at over 200 locations across Canada. Just call Toll Free: 1 (888) 412-3733 and quote the IPE Account number 21818 - INSTITUTE OF POWER ENGINEERS. You be required to show your membership at the time of pick up of the vehicle.

The National Directors and Executive are working for the benefit of all Power Engineers across Canada. This communication is only one means of keeping our members informed. If you have any comments in general you would like to share, please contact your Area Director or the National Office at

"Our Future Our Profession"


IPE National Directors and Executive

Ralf Klopf, President Email

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

Eric Steinson, PE, Past President Email

Ed Hnytka, PE, Alberta Area Director Email

Guy Gagon, Quebec Area Director Email

Dave Paulin, PE, British Columbia Area Director Email

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

George Walsh, NFLD/Labrador Area Director Email

Gilles Leclair, Ontario Area Director Email

Allan Whetter, National Secretary Email

Don Purser, Assistant National Secretary Email

Jude Rankin, PE, Advice in Council Email

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