Vancouver Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) Sub-Group

Annual General Meeting – Members Only

Monday, January 27, 2020

White Spot, 405 Dunsmuir Street Vancouver, BC

  • Social: 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.;
  • Dinner and Annual General Meeting: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  
  • Speakers Presentations 6:30 – 7:30.


Update:  Our guest speakers for the AGM have now been confirmed, and we are excited to announce who will be presenting!  Our feature speaker will be Robert Nissen, an employee at Environment Canada. Robert Nissen graduated from UBC with a B.Sc. in Physical Geography, and did graduate studies at University of Toronto with the cloud physics group. This was followed by a post-doc at King Weather Radar north of Toronto. He moved backed to Vancouver and became a weather radar scientist with Environment Canada, and then became an air quality scientist.  His present work combines his weather radar and air quality backgrounds by investigating wildfire plume detection by weather radar. Wildfires have major impacts on air quality and health, and forecasting of wildfire plumes is extremely challenging. Robert will present the main concepts and show examples of wildfire plumes detected by Canadian weather radars.

Also, we will have representation from PIPSC to speak to the issues that concern you, such as Phoenix, ESWP (sick leave), GC WorkPlace (WorkPlace 2.0 and ABW), and details for the recently signed SP collective agreement.  Attending and speaking will be Robert MacDonald, BC Regional Director, and Elizabeth Ptasznik, SP Group National Executive.


Registration of your attendance with your membership number is required by Friday, January 24, 2020 at  Registrants after January 24, 2020, cannot be guaranteed that a meal is available. Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you. You can check your membership number at:

If after registering for the AGM you are no longer able to attend, please notify us at so that the meal can be cancelled.

Elections for the Vancouver SP Sub-Group Executive will be held at the AGM. Up to seven (7) positions are available and the term of office is for 2 years. Being on the Executive is a great way to contribute to professional science in Canada and also a personal development opportunity. Nominations close at the meeting.  If you expect to be absent, please e-mail your nomination form (attached) to Denis Semail, Chair, Elections Committee at or send to the PIPSC Regional Office by Friday, January 24, 2020.

Anyone wishing to propose changes to the Vancouver SP Sub-Group’s Constitution and By-Laws (e.g., the election procedures) are welcome to do so. The Constitution and By-Laws outline the requirements that need to be met with respect to any proposed changes to the same. Any proposed changes to Constitution and By-Laws need to meet with the approval of the PIPSC By-Laws Committee and approval of the PIPSC Board of Directors.

Please pass this message along to other Vancouver SP Sub-Group PIPSC colleagues. For more information, please contact:

Tanya Evans


Denis Semail

Vice President

Tim Powers


Kathy Kerr


Jennifer Wurz


Sammi Li



Judy Hartman



Eric Crawford






The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Vancouver SP SUB-GROUP


The SP Group includes members with the following classification: Actuary (AC), Agriculture (AG), Biologist (BI), Chemist (CH), Forester (FO), Meteorologist (MT), Physical Scientist (PC), Scientific Regulation (SG) and Patent Examination (PAT). 

For this AGM there are 9 positions available on the Vancouver SP Sub-Group Executive.  The term of office is for two (2) years.

Nominations close on the floor.  If you are unable to attend, please see the instructions below.

NAME of NOMINEE (print)


PHONE : HOME: ______________________________________ OFFICE: _____________________________________________

E:MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________________________ CLASSIFICATION: __________________________________

I am a member in good standing in a classification included in the SP Group.  I hereby accept the nomination for a position on the Vancouver SP Science and Patent Examination Sub-Group Executive.

SIGNATURE: _________________________________________ DATE: ________________________________________________

Names and signatures of nominating members must be in good standing in classification SP Group.  Note that at least three (3) signatures are required.

1. Name ______________________________________________ Signature ____________________________________________

2. Name ______________________________________________ Signature ____________________________________________

3. Name ______________________________________________ Signature ____________________________________________

4. Name ______________________________________________ Signature ____________________________________________

The nominees should attach a brief statement (200 words max.) of their qualifications, which if a contest is declared, would be used if they are not present at the meeting.

If you are unable to attend, please fax or e-mail or mail your application by Friday, January 24, 2020.

Fax: 604 688-8290 (PIPSC Regional Office)

E-mail: _______  at