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Motion 2013-02-14: Motion to approve the nomination by acclamation of Dave Merrick as HPAC's BC Regional Director
Posté le: 14 Fév 2013 10:35
Dave Merrick has been nominated by acclamation (no other candidate) to fill out Rob Samplonius' term (until 2014). in replacement of Doug Nitchie. He comes with Doug's recommendation. He is from Vancouver and he his a tandem instructor working at Grouse Mountain.
Motion 2013-02-14a: Motion to appoint George Martin and Suzanne Francoeur as Co-Chairs of the Safety Committee
Posté le: 14 Fév 2013 10:54
In a bold move we would appoint two chairs for this committee instead of just one with a standing committee made out of reps in all regions. These two candidates would work by themselves and seek out help only if needed. That will give them maximum latitude to work on issues like risk management and site safety audits and the review of all our regs and standards.
Both of them have worked professionally on issues of risk management in the industrial realm, George as an expert of this issue and Suzanne as an engineer in the petrochemical and now transport industries.
I can't tell you how lucky we are to have this team working together on behalf of HPAC!
Are you suggesting that the standing committee of regional reps will be eliminated? Or will the regional reps still participate?
Yes, it's possible. Unless our two volunteers see the need for it.
The idea of starting with only two chairs cane from the fact that we had two very qualifies candidates step up at the same time.
One is from BC the second one from Quebec. This could cover the country nicely for starters without the discouraging challenge of getting a group of more or motivated volunteers to get going.
Anyway they have to start by tackling the review of the safety content on the website and jump into very "meaty issues" like risk management and "site safety audits" which we touched on at the last ADM. In the case of risk management, it is a wide ranging issue that might even involve our mission statement, our PRDs and therefore our legal advizor. This undertaking might even bring them to review the new ratings requirements (again!) and make us adopt (if this is not part of the current effort of the CSI) a code of ethics for instructors.
Then info collection, accident reporting and stats might be on their agenda.
So for now they might feel freer and less burden starting with this "light" committee.
That's the strategy behind these nominations. Which could be reviewed if they feel it's necessary.
Current volunteers could keep on being the contacts in each region to facilitate report collection.
Not much different than what we have now. The safety chair did it all by himself... But the tasks before them are quite large and I hope they can accomplish what's needed.
Motion 2013-02-14b: Motion to approve a Bid for the 2013 PG National Championships made by Eric Olivier
Posté le: 14 Fév 2013 11:09
This bid is presented by Eric Olivier who already hosted two successful PG Nats at Yamaska once in 2006 and in 2009.
This bid comes with a recommendation of the comp committee and the Comp Chair's (Nicole McLearn)and a message to you.
"So I'd like the BoD's formal approval for the 2013 PG Nats to be held in Yamaska Aug 18-24, with Aug 17 being a registration/practice day. The rest of the bid (website, who's doing what, reg fees, rules etc) is coming a bit later, but I wanted to get the Board's approval now to let people make their summer vacation plans, and also to fulfil the Category A notification deadline.
Assuming the BoD approves it, I'll announce it immediately."
Nicole did consult widely to optimize the timing of this comp and to minimize conflicts with other events.
Motion 2013-02-14c: Motion to renew the funding for Canada's participation in the XC Online Contest
Posté le: 14 Fév 2013 11:21
For the second year as part of our comp funding strategy we would invest $1000 to participate in this new type of comp format.
This service and our actual participation cost around $400. For this amount any Canadian pilot can go online and register his flights, measure up against pilots across the country and overseas. Organizers can use this service to help them score pilots for organized or improvised events. It is possible to hold ongoing events (great way to combat Canada's umpredictable weather!!).
The rest of the $1000 is destined to be allocated as prizes.
Mark Dowsett (our former co chair) and Nicole Mc Learn are current one are really gung ho about his format. I too believe that this is the future.
Nicole is asking us for funding well ahead of the start of the season so that she has time to properly advertise this new format.
Motion 2013-02-20: Motion to approve a Bid for the 2013 Hang Gliding Nationals made by Ross Hunter
Posté le: 20 Fév 2013 11:27
Ross Hunter who organized of past HG nationals and multiple sanctioned competitions has presented a bid to our competition committee. The competition committee has reviewed the bid and is now recommending the Board's approval.
July 13: registration and practice day
July 14-20: task days
July 20: final task plus awards
Leaving July 21 as a return-home day.
The details will come later (website, rego deadline, entry fee, etc), but I would like you to pass this on the BoD for their final approval. Then I can announce things and get the ball rolling.
No timing issue with the Willi; there is an empty week between the 2 comps. It overlaps the King Mountain comp in Idaho by one day, but Ross doesn't see that as being a problem as the King pilots don't usually come to Canada anyways, and vice versa for the Canadians. I agree with him
you will find here below the executive director's report on this case. Please refer to SOP 320 for the terms under which this expulsion may be applied.
Executive Director Report
Here the facts around Carlos Olivera's teaching and tandem activities, as I inherited them from my predecessor Sam who had been dealing with this pilot for some time before me.
Carlos was apparently moving forward with his instructor certification, with Eric Olivier as his Senior, but that has apparently come to a halt now as well.
There are two very separate issues at play with this pilot:
1) the Instructional issue and when he might or might not get his Instructor/Tandem certification (entirely the purview of the Senior Instructor)
2) the Disciplinary issue now engaging the Board's attention and decision. It is this latter area, the following facts are now being considered by the Board as relates to Carlos' uncertified instructional activities:
over FOUR years of collecting fees from students, instructing, conducting paid tandems and selling gear to new pilots in the Ottawa area, while fully aware that he was not certified to do so
non-compliance with frequent cease-and-desist communication from HPAC by the previous Business Manager and the current Executive Director
utilizing the HPAC certification of a business partner in Ottawa Paragliding School to sign off students, with the students not being familiar with the individual who signed them off on HPAC's paperwork and, when asked, citing instead Carlos Olivera as their sole instructor
teaching and conducting tandems for the general public uncertified and therefore uninsured for that activity
verbally implying U.S. certification to students (Carlos is not, and has never been, certified as a USHPA instructor and holds only an entry-level T1 rating under USHPA, allowing tandems only with rated pilots as passengers, not students nor paying members of the general public)
frequent reminders in writing and by phone to Carlos by Board members and the ED of upcoming certification opportunities in the general Ottawa area, encouraging him to get fully certified; (took a certification course in spring 2013 but lacks prerequisites and other components of certification, which have not been pursued while uncertified instruction and tandems on his part continued unabated)
placing his signature on the top of Page 1 of Unrated Member application forms as an HPAC certified Instructor (most recent) in spite of having been advised numerous times that his activities are not insured and that his "instruction" could not count toward an HPAC rating for his "students"; he signed himself as a certified instructor while in full knowledge that he was not.
Causing confusion and distrust with new pilots who had paid for their instruction from Carlos, were administered the exam, purchased equipment, and assumed they could now receive an HPAC rating.
Requiring intervention (one of several times) by HPAC's Office when one of these students phoned the HPAC Office and indicated his and his fellow Ottawa Paragliding School student's intention to fly in Golden just a week later, something they had planned for a long time, and was now being told by HPAC they could not become HPAC members without first connecting with an HPAC certified instructor before flying Golden.(After consulting with Eric Olivier as Carlos' Senior Instructor, the HPAC Office connected these two students with an instructor in Revelstoke who was able to work with them for several days when they came out here, readminister the exam, and ultimately sign them off as Novice P-2's)
Utilizing the HPAC exams to give to students, knowing that he had no authority to do so and giving the impression to students that they had "passed"
Notices received in the office from pilots that went to the U.S. to get a certification after discovering that after instruction, Carlos could not sign them off; American instructor aware of what Carlos is doing and queried HPAC about how this person can operate.
Carlos promised he would finish his instructor certification with Eric Olivier, one of our Senior Instructors and also take HAGAR. Neither has been done but in the meantime Carlos continued to instruct and do tandems unabated until now in spite of promising to not do so.
All of this had a really sad impact on Carlos' students (there were several others last year): It is hard to know what to say when a student of his phones here to the Office and asks what he should do now. The student did everything that he thought he had to do: take instruction, pay for that instruction, take the exam, and now can't get HPAC?? Luckily these stories have a happy ending with them being able to complete their training with another HPAC-certified instructor or go to the States to do their training. However, if they do that, they have to become USHPA members and pay considerable additional to get their rating, after having initially already paid Carlos for training and gear.
The Senior Instructors have also discussed this issue and the impact this kind of behaviour has on the credibility of instruction in our sport in Canada.
Those are the facts from the view of the Office and are the ones the Board is currently discussing.
Based on our PRD's, a 30-day warning letter that Board will consider
b) instructor certification/tandem endorsement will not be considered