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Itís Millerís time

National award for former Earth Sciences prof

Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) have awarded Dr. Hugh Miller, the 2008 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award by the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG).

This is the highest award for geoscientists in Canada, recognizing outstanding contributions to the development and/or practice of professional geosciences by an individual who advances public recognition of the practice of professional geosciences in Canada.

“As a geoscientists, researcher, leader, teacher, mentor, volunteer and visionary, Dr. Miller has led the way for geoscientists in this province and this country,” said Barry Thomson, president of PEGNL. “PEGNL has previously recognized Dr. Miller’s outstanding contributions by awarding him both the Award of Service and PEGNL’s highest honour, the Award of Merit.”

Dr. Miller is a founder of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland (the forerunner to PEGNL) and is a leading proponent and organizer for professional registration of geoscientists in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a member of the PEGNL Council and Board of Examiners and has held active roles in the Canadian Geoscience Standards Board and the Canadian Geoscience Council.

“Dr. Miller’s greatest achievements for his profession are to have contributed to the establishment of CCPG, to have had the opportunity to participate in the development of the practice of geosciences as a recognized profession in Canada and in establishing professional and academic standards,” said Bruce Broster, president of CCPG. “Dr. Miller felt the professional geoscientist designation was necessary to accomplish two things – to professionalize geoscientists by requiring standard qualifications that could be vetted by peers in the profession; and to give equal recognition to geoscientists as professionals in their own right.”

PEGNL is a self regulating professional organization that exists so that there is competent and ethical practice of engineering and geosciences in Newfoundland and Labrador, and ensures public confidence in the professions. PEGNL receives its authority from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Engineers and Geoscientists Act.

CCPG is a national council whose members are the self-governing professional associations or constituent associations that regulate the profession of geosciences in each of the jurisdictions in Canada.