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APEGA Media Contact

Nancy Biamonte
Director, Communications 
Office: 587-489-1673
Toll free: 800-661-7020
nancy.biamonte@apega.ca

Recent APEGA News Releases

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June 21, 2019 - APEGA’s Registrar and CEO receives notable fellowship

Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., QEP, BCEEOn June 21, 2019, APEGA’s Registrar and CEO, Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., QEP, BCEE, FCAE, FEC, FGC (Hon.), joined the upper echelon of Canadian professional engineers with his election as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Fellows are elected to the CAE by their peers, and membership is one of the highest honours professional engineers can receive. They are recognized for their professional integrity, the noteworthy contributions they have made to engineering in Canada and the influence they have had on society. To be eligible for election, candidates must display career accomplishments deemed to be above and beyond what would normally be considered part of a successful career in their field.

“As a proud, professional engineer, I am humbled to be recognized by my peers and am honoured to join some of Canada’s most respected professional engineers in the CAE fellowship. I am deeply thankful to those who nominated me and supported my induction,” said Nagendran.

Nagendran’s long and distinguished environmental engineering career includes several exceptional highlights: In 1989, he was a Canadian advisor to Indonesia to set environmental standards, train local staff, and establish a clean river program. In 1990, he played a major role in combining eight different environmental acts into the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, which, almost 30 years later, is still the current environmental legislation in Alberta. And in 2014, he was invited by the Canadian Council of Academies to participate on a panel of 12 experts from Canada and the United States to write a report for the Government of Canada on the potential for new technologies to reduce the environmental impacts of oil sands development. As testament to the quality of his work, Mr. Nagendran has received numerous national and international awards for his accomplishments in the environmental field.
Established in 1920, APEGA regulates the practices of engineering and geoscience to serve the public interest in Alberta.

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Biamonte
Director, Communications
Tel: (587) 489-1673 or toll free 1-800-661-7020
Cell: (780) 940-5479
nancy.biamonte@apega.ca
www.apega.ca

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June 19, 2019 - Fair Registration Practices Act

On June 19, 2019, the Government of Alberta (GoA) introduced Bill 11, the Fair Registration Practices Act. This bill aims to increase the speed at which internationally trained applicants’ credentials are recognized for self-regulated professions. 

“As the regulator for engineering and geoscience in Alberta, APEGA looks forward to working with the Government of Alberta to achieve the goals of this act,” said Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., APEGA registrar and chief executive officer. “We fully support the government’s commitment to registration practices that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair.” 

APEGA’s existing registration practices already meet industry best practices, including being aligned with the GoA’s foreign-qualification recognition framework. All APEGA applicants are treated in an equal, balanced and fair manner, based on their qualifications, not their country of origin. In addition, APEGA continuously strives to enhance and expedite its application process without compromising public safety. 

During the review process, applicants can check the status of their application online and can contact their dedicated applications administrator if they have questions.

Established in 1920, APEGA regulates the practices of engineering and geoscience to serve the public interest in Alberta.

For more information, please contact:

Nancy Biamonte
Director, Communications
Tel: (587) 489-1673 or toll free 1-800-661-7020
Cell: (780) 940-5479
nancy.biamonte@apega.ca
www.apega.ca


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March 22, 2019 - APEGA female innovators join UN global initiative

APEGA is proud to announce that a number of female Alberta innovators have been chosen to pilot the first Canadian chapter of the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). APEGA members and APEGA employee Alissa Boyle, Outreach Manager, are among the group of female innovators. The GICC was created by UN Women, a United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, as part of its innovation strategy. This strategy will drive action in gender equality, recognize the gender gap in technology and innovation, and improve women’s access, participation, and ability to innovate.

"SHEInnovates Alberta is amplifying the discussion around women’s ability to contribute to society in innovative and impactful ways," said Boyle. "It is important, both ethically and economically, that we ensure we are effectively engaging women in our economy and in our workforce."

To put its action plan in motion, the GICC recently launched a Canadian chapter as a pilot project—SHEInnovates Alberta—as part of its innovation strategy. The activities of the group will be documented and shared with the GICC and UN Women to be adapted for other regions globally. Through the collaboration of UN Women and key representatives from the private sector, academia and non-profit institutions, SHEInnovates Alberta will achieve the long-term goal of connecting women worldwide and providing women and girls the support they need to be innovators.

The role of the SHEInnovates Alberta members is to understand how the region can overcome current barriers and take action to empower women and girls in their local communities. Members will act as local role models, work to tackle gender stereotypes, connect with and support female innovators, and raise awareness of innovations developed by women in Alberta.

Established in 1920, APEGA is responsible for regulating the practices of engineering and geoscience in the province of Alberta.

For more information, please contact:
Gisela Hippolt-Squair, BA
Assistant Director, Communications
Tel: 587-489-1567 or toll free 1-800-661-7020
gisela.hippoltsquair@apega.ca
www.apega.ca

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March 21, 2019 - APEGA and ASET sign joint submission

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) have signed and submitted a joint letter to the Government of Alberta (GoA) recommending changes to the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act and related regulations.

“Continued partnership and joint regulation with ASET is paramount to the safety of Albertans. I believe this joint submission will improve and modernize the legislation,” said Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., Registrar & CEO of APEGA. 

The EGP Act is the joint legislation for APEGA and ASET. The act has not been significantly updated for nearly 40 years. In that time, the practice of the professions has changed, as has business, industry, and society in general.

More than 160 recommended changes were jointly submitted to the GoA. To better serve the public interest, the following key regulatory recommendations were included in the submission:

  • Increase the maximum discipline-related fine to $100,000 for members and $500,000 for permit holders from the current $10,000.
  • Allow the use of creative sanctions when these would be more appropriate than punitive measures.
  • Be able to start an investigation without requiring a written complaint if it appears the public is at risk.

On the membership side, the submission included the recommendation to create a certified geoscience technologist designation—C.G.T.—similar to the existing certified engineering technologist (C.E.T.) designation. Currently, registered technologists practising geoscience must use the C.E.T. designation, which does not reflect their area of work.

Although some joint legislative matters still need to be resolved, APEGA will continue to work closely with ASET and the Government of Alberta in the hopes of having the legislation proclaimed in 2020 to coincide with APEGA’s centennial.

Established in 1920, APEGA regulates the practices of engineering and geoscience to serve the public interest in Alberta.

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Biamonte
Director, Communications
Tel: (587) 489-1673 or toll free 1-800-661-7020
nancy.biamonte@apega.ca
www.apega.ca

Resource Link

News release PDF

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March 18, 2019 - APEGA announces new president, executive and councillors

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is proud to announce that George Eynon, P.Geo., will become APEGA’s 100th president at the 2019 annual general meeting in Calgary on Friday, April 26.

Eynon, a professional geoscientist, has worked in oil and gas exploration and development in Canada and internationally for more than two decades. He has moved through increasingly senior technical, management, and executive positions, providing energy resources consulting and research services. He has also been appointed as a member of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (now called the Alberta Energy Regulator).

Eynon will lead APEGA’s executive committee of council, which comprises newly elected president-elect John Van der Put, P.Eng.; newly elected vice-president Tim Joseph, P.Eng.; and current president Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., who will transition into the role of past-president.

APEGA will also welcome re-elected council members Manon Plante, P.Eng.; and Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng.; as well as newly elected council members David Johnson, P.Geo.; and Melanie Popp, P.Eng.

They will join their colleagues who are continuing their terms: Bob Rundle, P.Eng.; Darren Hardy, P.Eng.; RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng.; Emily Zhang, P.Eng.; Claudia Villeneuve, P.Eng.; Jennifer Enns, P.Eng.; Tim Hohm, P.Eng.; and Walter Kozak, P.Eng.

Established in 1920, APEGA is responsible for regulating the practices of engineering and geoscience in the province of Alberta.

 

For more information, please contact:
Gisela Hippolt-Squair, BA
Assistant Director, Communications
Tel: 587-489-1567 or toll free 1-800-661-7020
gisela.hippoltsquair@apega.ca
www.apega.ca

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YouTube videos of election candidates

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