Advisory Panels: Frequently Asked Questions

What is an advisory panel?
What types of issues would an advisory panel be looking at?
How would being on an advisory panel benefit me and my industry?
After I’ve registered, do I get to be on an advisory panel right away?
What are advisory panel members expected to do?
What is the time commitment?
Is there research involved in participation?
How will advisory panel feedback be used? Will members be informed?
How do I register to be on an advisory panel?
I’ve heard of Technology Advisory Committees – is this the same thing?
Who will I be working with?
Will I be asked to be on multiple advisory panels at the same time?
If I am called to be on an advisory panel, can I decline but still be considered for future advisory panels?
Will I be compensated for my participation?

 

What is an advisory panel?

An advisory panel is a short-term engagement process to seek stakeholder opinions on a specific issue. Membership is comprised of up to 8 industry representatives.
 

What types of issues would an advisory panel be looking at?

The issue can be anything from a technical concept to a change in business practices, but would be manageable enough to be reviewed in a short time period. For example, designing a full certification program for a new class of gasfitters would be too large of an issue. Reviewing an information bulletin would be too small of an issue.
 

How would being on an advisory panel benefit me and my industry?

By participating on an advisory panel, your industry not only gets a voice on the issue, but you as well. The opinions and feedback gathered from your advisory panel will be used in consideration when making a decision on an issue that affects you and your industry.
 

After I’ve registered, do I get to be on an advisory panel right away?

When an issue comes up that requires industry feedback through an advisory panel, that group of people will be asked if they want to be a part of the advisory panel.
 

What are advisory panel members expected to do?

After the advisory panel is formed and membership is finalized, you will be sent a package that has a discussion paper explains what the issue is and an electronic survey with questions to answer. Answer the questions based on your existing knowledge – you don’t need to do any background research, you don’t need to get feedback from colleagues, and you don’t need even need to agree with your fellow members.
 

What is the time commitment?

Advisory panels are designed for low workload and low time commitment. Much of the work can be done via email or electronic survey, in addition to one or two meetings at approximately two hours each, depending on the issue. The advisory panel is disbanded when sufficient feedback is received.
 

Is there research involved in participation?

No. How you answer questions is based on your opinion and expertise. All background research on issues will be compiled by Technical Safety BC employees.
 

How will advisory panel feedback be used? Will members be informed?

Feedback from an advisory panel will be used to inform a final decision on the issue on which the advisory panel’s feedback was sought. There may be multiple advisory panels on a single issue, so all of these considerations will be weighed before making a final decision. We will inform advisory panel members of the final decision when it is made, which may be a number of months later.
 

How do I register to be on an advisory panel?

You can sign up through the webform here. If more than eight candidates indicate that they are available to participate, Technical Safety BC Stakeholder Engagement will select members based on best fit.
 

I’ve heard of Technology Advisory Committees – is this the same thing?

No. Technology Advisory Committees meet three or four times a year on an ongoing basis, and are focused on broader technical safety and regulatory issues. Click here for a comparison between Advisory Panels, Technology Advisory Committees, and Working Groups.
 

Who will I be working with?

Most of the work for an advisory panel will be done on an individual basis, plus one or two group meetings. An advisory panel would be made up of individuals in the same industry.
 

Will I be asked to be on multiple advisory panels at the same time?

Yes, it is possible that you will be asked to be on multiple advisory panels at the same time; however, you can choose which one(s) would best suit your schedule and expertise.
 

If I am called to be on an advisory panel, can I decline but still be considered for future advisory panels?

Yes. Declining to participate in one advisory panel does not mean that you won’t be considered for future advisory panels. Participation is completely voluntary.
 

Will I be compensated for my participation?

Your travel expenses to and from any advisory panel meetings can be, within reason, claimed for reimbursement by Technical Safety BC. As participation on an advisory panel is voluntary, members are not paid a stipend nor compensated for their time.

Other questions?

Email us at stakeholder.engagement@safetyauthority.ca