Complaints & Discipline
All P.Geo.’s are subject to Code of Ethics and required to practice professionally and only within their areas of competence. Any member of the public or other P.Geo. can make a complaint about the work or behaviour of a P.Geo. Complaints about unprofessional conduct or incompetency may be made by contacting the regulatory body where the P.Geo. is registered. All of the regulatory bodies provide information on their websites about how to do this. Every complaint triggers an investigation and may lead to disciplinary proceedings for the P.Geo. The regulatory bodies can also initiate investigation of a P.Geo. without receiving a complaint, if they have reason to believe the practice of a P.Geo. presents a concern to public safety, is suspected to be unethical or is not in the public interest.
“Any member of the public (including another member of APGO or APGO itself) who has been directly or indirectly affected may make a complaint respecting the conduct of a member or certificate holder registered with APGO. A complaint made by a person who has been indirectly affected may be substantiated by documentation, circumstantial evidence or by admission of the practitioner.”
Code of Ethics
The Codes of Ethics vary, depending on the province or territory, and are set down either as bylaws or regulation. For example, in Ontario, the Code of Ethics is a regulation under the Professional Geosciences Act, 2000. In BC, it is a bylaw:
“Members and licensees shall act at all times with fairness, courtesy and good faith to their associates, employers, employees and clients, and with fidelity to the public needs. They shall uphold the values of truth, honesty and trustworthiness and safeguard human life and welfare and the environment.”