Comparison: Technology Advisory Committees, Advisory Panels, and Working Groups

Technology Advisory Committees
Advisory Panels
Working Groups

Provides ongoing advice on:

1. Technical safety

2. Regulatory issues

3. Service delivery issues

Provides as-and-when advice on a specific issue based on the panel’s expertise

Shares expertise

Researches and discusses an issue, and makes recommendations
Focuses on safety as it relates to Technical Safety BC's 10-year strategy and 3-year business plan Focuses on issue as provided to the panel Focuses on issue as provided to the Technology Advisory Committee
Work is driven by committee members Work is driven by Technical Safety BC Work is driven by Working Group members
Recommendation by group consensus Individual recommendations
Opinion based feedback, no commitment to additional work or research
Recommendation by group consensus
Advisement to Provincial Safety Manager, Regional Business Leader and Policy Analyst Advisement to any Technical Safety BC employee Advisement to Technology Advisory Committee
Ongoing Time-limited (until Technical Safety BC deems the issue as closed) Time-limited (typically one year)
Quarterly commitment (average 0.5 days/month) Limited commitment (0.5 days per meeting, generally 1-2 meetings) High time commitment for shorter span of time
Members appointed to a 3-year term (up to two terms) Members appointed until the issue has reached resolution Members appointed until the issue has reached resolution
Full membershp application, including reference checks Simplified membership application Not applicable
Members represent a diverse cross-section of industry Members have similar but relevant and specific expertise in a technical area or function Members represent a diverse cross-section of industry affected by a specific issue
12 to 14 members 4 to 8 members 6 to 12 members