Sometimes we need to pause and consider what we’ve learnt and achieved. This serves not just as a reminder, but as a focus for continued improvements and learning in 2015 and beyond. While this list is not completely work related, sometimes life has a way of permeating all aspects, and family, health and fitness are an important part of being a balanced leader.
I can still classic ski hard for 15km. This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but with 15 years between races and a couple of injuries, completing a loppet earlier this year was a buzz.
I probably beat my eldest daughter in a 5km classic ski race for the last time this year. Another tipping point has been reached.
The current process of voluntarily declaring compliance to the requirements is obviously not ideal. For a profession that is self regulating, we need to do a better job of ensuring adequate experience, practice and training is being maintained across the membership.
In the fall of 2015, APEGBC members will be asked to ratify a bylaw to establish a program requiring members to complete and report professional development. If ratified by members, this will commit all practicing members and licensees to undertake a minimum amount of professional development each year and to report annually that this requirement has been met.
Interestingly, there was a vote in 2009 that failed to received the required 2/3 approval of the voters, so the CPD committee surveyed over 3,000 members to determine what issues prevented the 2009 bylaw to pass. The committee has revised the guidelines and bylaw to reflect the requirements of our neighbouring association, APEGA, in Alberta.
If you are a member and have any comments or concerns with the bylaw, provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last time I was in Kelowna, I had an opportunity to see the new bus terminal and roundabout downtown. Designed by MMM Group, and with visionary input from the City of Kelowna and BC Transit, this project sets a new standard for urban transportation and spaces in the interior of British Columbia.
And for those who are wondering how to use a roundabout, the City of Kelowna has a helpful guide on their webpage.
Among other things, one of my projects in the past month was pulling an old 40m water main out of a culvert under the Trans Canada Highway. We had no information on the condition of the culvert or exactly how the pipe was held together, we spent several utilities meetings working through possible solutions and problem-solving to find a cost-effective method as our first attempt, working up to more complicated removal and replacement options from there in case the easiest option didn’t work.
So how do you remove an asbestos cement watermain in a steel culvert of unknown condition buried over 8m deep in the Trans Canada Highway road right of way?
The idea that there is a best time of the day to do your creative work is fascinating. This graphic shows that among great thinkers, writers and artists, there is no common pattern. When are you most creative? Keen to develop better work habits? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds scheduled creative work into their daily routines. Click image to see the interactive version (via Podio).
Summer is time for road-trips and camping, Albertan’s spilling into BC to enjoy the Province’s natural beauty, families travelling to visit relatives, beach vacations – and unfortunately for many of these trips, the Trans-Canada Highway is a necessary part of the route. On twitter, I have several searches that I check before I head out on the Trans Canada Highway from Revelstoke @DriveBC and #Revelstoke #BCHWY1. Incidents such as this one from earlier this month are the reason why:
Four people were seriously injured and three trapped in their vehicles in a four-vehicle pileup on the Trans-Canada Highway by the Enchanted Forest and Sky Trek on Tuesday, August 5.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the accident, which occurred at about 3 pm, closed the highway until just before 8 pm.
He said a West-bound truck pulling a trailer was moving too fast and too close to another vehicle that was turning left into the popular tourist attraction when it hit. Two other vehicles then hit it.
In just 26 days (from July 10 to August 5), the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway either side of Revelstoke between Sicamous and Golden has been closed eight times ((data collected from a very informal search of DriveBC twitter activity – see twitter links at the end of this article)). On average, every 5 days or so (since July 1, so far this summer), an accident or incident has occurred that has closed the highway. Typically, these closures are at least an hour, and if a police investigation is required, (if there is a fatality or serious injury or a multi-vehicle incident), the time to opening often extends to over four hours, often up to six.