Annual General Meeting Session 2006-08
Branch Chairman's Report
On behalf of the Branch Committee, it is my honour and pleasure to present to you the Chairman's
Report for Session 2007-08.
The Branch Committee fully understood that high value-added learned society activities would
facilitate our members to exchange views, share experiences, do net-working and foster closer co-
operation among themselves and with other engineering practitioners. With the resourcefulness and
untiring efforts of our Young Member Section, the Branch had organized or jointly organized with
liked minded local professional institutions 37 learned society events (Appendix). Apart from technical
talks and visits, the events included seminars on Route to Membership, Professional Development
Tutorship, finance planning and crystal thinking, competition for Speak Out for Engineering
Presentation, Caring Engineer's Concert, etc. I trusted our members did benefit from participating the
Another important event took place during the session was the landmark 3-day International
Conference on Climate Change held in May 2007. We took pride to witness our Past Chairman, Mr
Otto Poon, chairing the Organizing Committee and our President John Baxter participating actively in
both the opening and closing forums of the Conference. President Baxter also took time off his busy
schedule to meet members and deliver an inspiring lecture on Energy for Life.
At the request of Headquarters in 2007, the Branch had received 43 applications and conducted 40
professional review interviews for corporate membership applications. 25 applicants based on results
of assessment were recommended for acceptance, representing a success rate of 62.5%. The Branch
Committee wished to convey its gratitude to members acting as Assessors for undertaking such
onerous assessment task.
Up to end of March 2008, the total number of Hong Kong members recorded an increase of 3.6% to