|Chamber of Engineers elects new council|
DATE: 6 MARCH 2013
The new Chamber of Engineers (CoE) Executive Council for the coming year was elected during the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held at the end of February 2013.
Saviour Baldacchino, Daniel Micallef and Johan Psaila were re-elected while Jason Vella and Neal Borg were elected for the first time. Ray Vassallo, Ray Muscat and Paul Refalo remain on the Council to serve their second term.
This year the CoE introduced voting by post to encourage wider member involvement. As expected, a considerably larger number of members participated by casting their vote to express their preference in selecting their representatives.
During his address, Chamber President Ing. Baldacchino noted with satisfaction the achievements of the Chamber during the past year and highlighted the enhancements made in the governance principles of the Chamber. He made specific reference to the restructuring of the training services division, the increase in membership and the challenges that have to be dealt with by the new council over the coming term. These include a review of quality levels of emerging engineering academic qualifications, updating of the Engineering Act and eligibility for the engineering warrant to maintain the high professional standard which merits today's society and the economy.
He mentioned that during the past years, the Chamber turned its focus on contemporary topics that include the environment, energy alternatives and water challenges. This year it will be focusing on engineering as the backbone of healthcare. The latter is already attracting the attention and interest of peer organisations and exponents from the biomedical engineering sphere.
He thanked the outgoing council and augured that the new Council would build on these efforts to continue to strengthen the voice of the engineering profession with enthusiasm and determination.