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2018 APEGA Council Election Polls are Open

Eligible Members may submit their vote until 12:00 noon on Monday, March 19, 2018

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2018 APEGA Council ElectionJump to the 2018 Candidate List

Each year, an APEGA Council election is held. Voting is conduct online over 30 days in early spring so that all Members have an equal opportunity to take part and have their voices heard.

Councillors serve three-year terms that begin on the day of the Annual General Meeting in the year in which they were elected.

The candidate who receives the highest number of votes for President-Elect/Vice-President becomes the President-Elect for one year. This person automatically becomes the President the following year and the Past-President the year after that. The candidate who receives the second-highest number of votes becomes the Vice-President for one year.

Voting in the Election

2018 APEGA election polls:

  • Open 9:00 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Close 12:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2018

You can vote in the APEGA Election if you are a Member in good standing with an eligible membership type at the time of the election.

A Member in good standing has:

  • no outstanding financial obligations to APEGA
  • no current APEGA-imposed sanctions or suspensions
  • no outstanding CPD hours
APEGA's 2018 Council Election runs from February 16 to March 19, 2018

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Eligible to Vote

  • Honorary Life Member
  • Life Member
  • Professional Member (P.Eng., P.Geo., P.Geol., P.Geoph.)
  • Professional Licensee (P.L.)

Ineligible to Vote

  • Applicant
  • Exam Candidate or Student
  • Honorary Member
  • Licensee
  • Member-in-Training (Engineer-in-Training or Geoscientist-in-Training)
  • Provisional Licensee
 

Ballot Information

Your ballot will list:

  • 3 candidates for Council Executive (President-Elect and Vice-President)
  • 11 candidates for Councillor

You may vote for:

  • 1 President-Elect (person with the second-most votes will be Vice-President)
  • 4 Councillors

You can vote for fewer people, but not more. You may also submit a blank ballot.

All votes are final and confidential. While the polls are open, APEGA will email you weekly reminders to vote until the polls have closed or you have voted.

2018 Council Candidates

Below is the list of candidates running in the 2018 APEGA Election. Each candidate has provided a personal statement, resume and/or cv, or video statement.

Candidates marked with * have been endorsed by the Nominating Committee. More info about endorsement

President

The 2018 President of APEGA was elected in the 2017 election.

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Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

  • Led intern program at Schulich School of Engineering to largest-in-Canada status
  • Recipient of Canada Peace Medal, Calgary Freedom of Expression Award
  • More advocacy on behalf of members and APEGA professions necessary

Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., was born in a Tibetan refugee settlement in India. Nima has called Calgary home since 1981. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1992. While attending the university in 1989, he was elected President of the 18,000-member students' union.

Upon graduation, Nima founded EngIT Engineering Services, which specialized in providing E.I.T.s to employers for a short-term basis. In 1995, he joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Under his leadership, the engineering internship program became the largest of its kind in Canada. In 2008, he was recognized with the Schulich School of Engineering's Champion Award.

The YMCA recognized Nima's involvement in human rights by awarding him the Canada Peace Medal in 1997, and in 2007, he received the Calgary Freedom of Expression Award.

Since 2008, Nima has devoted his time to projects related to the Dalai Lama's work on human values. This included working at the private office of the Dalai Lama in India. Since 2011, Nima has served as the President of Project Tibet Society, which is responsible for the resettlement of 1,000 Tibetan refugees from northern India to Canada. Nima was elected the President-Elect of APEGA in 2017.

Nima and his wife of 27 years, Dr. Tsering Dorjee, have two daughters.

APEGA Activities

  • President-Elect, 2017–2018
  • Governance Committee, 2017–2018
  • Vice-President, 2015–2016
  • Audit Committee, 2015–2016
  • Co-chair, Joint Legislative Review Committee, 2015–current
  • Member, Investigative Committee (2012–present)
  • Member, Nomination Committee (2011–2012; 2004)
  • Member, Licensure Task Force (2001–2003)
  • Member, Council (2000–2003)
  • Member (1992–present)

Present and Past Non-Profit Board Service

  • President, Project Tibet Society
  • Chair of Fundraising, APEGA Education Foundation (now APEGA Foundation)
  • Board Member, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • Co-chair, International Tibet Support Network
  • Chair, Engineering Alumni Chapter, University of Calgary
  • Member, Task Force on Racial and Cultural Diversity, City of Calgary
  • Board, Calgary Multicultural Centre
  • President, Students' Union, University of Calgary
  • Member, Board of Governors, University of Calgary

Personal Statement

APEGA is the largest professional association in Alberta. We have been entrusted with the privilege of self-regulation and with this comes great responsibility.

First and foremost is our responsibility to maintain the public's trust through effective licensing of competent and ethical professional engineers and geoscientists.

The economic downturn of recent years in Alberta has been very difficult for many of our members; APEGA must restore and increase membership services to help members. We must work with our permit holders, government, and membership to find solutions to ease the difficulties members face. We must develop closer relationships with other organizations that serve members.

In today's environment, it is conceivable for a project to have the entirety of its engineering and design work completed overseas (outside of APEGA's regulatory authority) and only to have the final work assembled in Alberta. So, one of the most important issues facing APEGA today is the challenge of regulating the engineering profession in an era of outsourcing and offshoring. We need to ensure consistent regulation of technical work in engineering and geoscience, regardless of where the work is done.

We must find the right balance between adapting to changes in technology and the global economy, and APEGA's duty to uphold professional and ethical standards to ensure public safety in Alberta. We must seek to become an effective and compassionate regulator.

APEGA members work on some of the most complex engineering and geoscience projects around the world. They provide technical solutions to some of the most challenging problems society faces. We have a duty to participate in the public debate on the issues that involve our professions, and to inform the public and elected officials of options so that they can make the right decisions to serve Alberta's interests.

I believe APEGA must provide the forum in which our members — with their professional and technical expertise — can be heard and engage in discussions with the public to better serve our communities and our province.

Our professions' impact on Alberta and its economy is significant, and we must not be shy in advancing the interests of our members and professions with government. We must engage in greater advocacy work. We must also be mindful of the enormous trust society has placed upon us.

I look for your support and look forward to engaging you in discussions on these and other matters that concern you and our Association.

Nima Dorjee's Resume (PDF) 

For Executive

Of the three candidates, the one with the most votes becomes President-Elect and the runner-up becomes Vice-President. Each term is for one year, but the President-Elect automatically becomes President in 2019, serving a one-year term in that position, followed by a third year on the executive, as Past-President.

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George Eynon*, P.Geo.

George Eynon, P.Geo.

  • Extensive regulatory, board, and governance education and experience
  • Six years of current experience on Council
  • Strong belief in maintaining our self-regulatory privilege

We need to continue improving APEGA's regulatory functions and maintain our self-regulatory privilege, manage a serious difference of opinion with the Association of Science and Engineering Professionals of Alberta (ASET), and revise and renew our enabling legislation, the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.

Given our public safety and public interest mandate, maintaining the self-regulatory privilege granted by the government is a paramount issue. APEGA's professional members are the best equipped to manage our affairs. That's why our regulatory focus is on the investigation, compliance, enforcement, and discipline functions; together they demonstrate and validate our self-regulatory status and reputation.

Revising and renewing our Act is one of our most important tasks, but there is a significant divergence of positions between APEGA and ASET within the one Act, two associations arrangement. ASET's demand for an independent scope of practice is something we must resolve.

These matters require oversight and direction by Council as a whole, but it's the executive that provides Council leadership and continuity of oversight and direction for management and staff in the months between Council meetings. The Executive Committee needs hands-on, board-level education and experience to work effectively on behalf of APEGA members—I have that, as well as current experience at the Council table..

APEGA Activities

I have six years' current experience on Council and four years as our Geoscientists Canada Director (President, 2015–2016). I serve on Council's Governance Committee and its bylaws subcommittee. I served on the Practice Review Board as both a Member and Chair in the past, and performed a number of other volunteer tasks over the years.

Personal Information

I came to Canada in 1970, after earning a B.Sc. (London) and teaching high school, to study at McMaster. After earning an M.Sc., I moved to Calgary in 1972 to begin a career in oil and gas. Joyce (a teacher) and I married in 1972; we have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Professional Background

Currently, I am the principal of geos • eynon & associates, providing consulting services on energy-related matters (regulatory issues, community and stakeholder relations, board and governance functions). Clients span a spectrum of organizations—governments at all levels, industry companies and associations, and the public. I do some work with the School of Public Policy, and provide energy literacy short courses for industry, governments, and the public. I also serve on the board of directors of Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources . As well, I have taught at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business for the last five years.

In 2008, cabinet appointed me to the board of the Energy Resources Conservation Board—Alberta's oil and gas industry regulator. I served through 2013, for the last six months as a hearing commissioner with the Alberta Energy Regulator.

For the prior 15 years I provided energy resources consulting and research services with GEOS Energy Consulting, Ziff Energy, Cambridge Energy Research Associates, and the Canadian Energy Research Institute.

I spent 20 or so years in oil and gas exploration and development in Canada and internationally, moving through increasingly senior technical, management, and executive positions with a broad spectrum of companies—an international major, and Canadian and U.S. independents and small juniors. This provided me with worldwide experience—in Western Canada, the U.S., the North Sea, Pakistan, Indonesia, and several other countries.

Affiliations and Community Service

  • Fellow of Geoscientists Canada, and Honorary Fellow of Engineers Canada
  • Honorary Member of both the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists . Served on numerous CSPG committees, and as President; and on numerous AAPG committees, as Chair of the House of Delegates, and on the executive committee.
  • Volunteer at Calgary's Drop-in Centre, serving meals to clients for over 10 years.

George Eynon's Resume (PDF) 

Find George Eynon on Social Media

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Tim Joseph*, P.Eng.

Tim Joseph, P.Eng.

  • Members should consider experience and traits when voting
  • 2018 President-Elect will lead APEGA into centennial year spotlight
  • A career of recognized excellence in academics, education, and industry consulting

Professional association leadership should be built upon transparency, knowledge, ethical honesty, empathy (listening), and the courage to change. I strive to live up to these traits in all facets of my life, including 20 years as a not-for-profit board member. I have served APEGA, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (four years as Vice-President), and the University of Alberta Faculty Club (as President), and also chaired societies, national and regional technical conferences, and international counselling and advisory groups. I have participated in and led provincial and local OH&S and educational committees and groups.

This volunteerism includes extensive experience in restructuring governance, financial oversight, and membership processes, allowing me to see the wheel turn multiple times, nationally and locally. However, leading APEGA requires even more commitment. This is especially true now, as you consider who will be your President to kick off APEGA's centennial year in the 2019/20 term.

A 2019 provincial election approaches, pushing provincial approval of our revised Act and General Regulation to two or three years from now. This APEGA election is about meeting the challenge to lead us into the last stretch of regulatory changes, which must stand us in good stead and protect the public for many years. This endorsement will help assure our continued provincial approval as a self-regulatory body, in an era when the viability of self-regulation in Canada is frequently questioned and sometimes revoked.

Our centennial will place APEGA under the spotlight and build government and public expectations. We should use this to clearly show our pride in our professions, demonstrating our adherence to the highest standards of practice, self-regulation, and ethical obligation to the public and our communities. This can be realized through APEGA's support of meaningful voluntary and other initiatives, and through each of us giving of ourselves. As you consider the candidates before you, also consider what you could do to become more involved as a volunteer, through your branch, through other APEGA-supported events, or even by running for APEGA Council.

The commitment of the President-Elect you choose now will span the entire period of strategically planning our centennial activities and ensuring that initiatives target the future and are put on a viable path beyond 2020. These initiatives must extol the traits I hold true, create knowledge and trust with the Alberta people, and provide great benefit to APEGA members. Albertans are aware of our existence, but they are largely unaware of what we do, and of the impact we have as engineers and geoscientists on the assurance of their safety and protection, and the protection of the environment. If there were ever an opportune time to extol our pride and show our province the great works and deeds that we all perform, it is our centennial year.

When I was approached to consider running for President-Elect in 2018, my immediate thought was that there must be better candidates. The candidates before you are excellent, and I would be proud to work with any of them. Don't vote for Tim Joseph or for any candidate just because you know them or because their designation matches yours. Take the time to consider experience and traits carefully. This election, maybe more than ever before, represents a great responsibility: setting APEGA and its members on a path beyond 2020.

Education and Awards

  • University of Kent–bachelor of science, chemistry, 1985
  • University of Alberta–bachelor of science, 1996, and PhD, 2000, mining engineering
  • Multiple industry scholarships and institutional awards, including APEGA Gold Medal
  • 2004 Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology (SMART) Award for contributions to furthering safety and education in the global surface mining industry
  • CIM–2009 Past President's Medal for achievements in education; fellowship, awarded in 2009; 2011 Distinguished Service Medal for contributions to the global mining industry

University of Alberta Career

  • Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, responsible for student and co-op services
  • Professor of mining engineering
  • Director, Alberta Equipment – Ground Interactions Syndicate (AEGIS), a mining research consortium of researchers, industry, government, and manufacturers investigating sustainable operational mining practices.
  • Member, Mining Industry Advisory Committee and many university committees
  • Trainer of more than 50 highly qualified PhD, M.Sc., and M.Eng. professionals, who have gone on to roles in academia, government, industry, and consulting worldwide.

Engineering Consulting Career

  • James Progithin International Ltd. principal, Responsible Member
  • 15 years specializing in mining equipment performance evaluations, solutions
  • Clients worldwide in mine operations, mining equipment manufacturers
  • Mine engineering design for improving operations, tools
  • Professional development and short-courses
  • Expert witness testimony, industry counsel on mining equipment designs

Tim Joseph's Resume (PDF) 

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Shawn Morrison*, P.Eng.

Shawn Morrison, P.Eng.

  • Strong volunteer history with APEGA and greater community
  • Regulatory work must continue and improve
  • Other APEGA services are also important in members' lives

Shawn Morrison, P.Eng., was born and raised in Edmonton. After graduating from Bonnie Doon High School, he started working as a process operator at Celanese Canada and continued there during university. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1980 from the University of Alberta.

After graduation he worked for Canadian General Electric, followed by Dillingham Construction, where he obtained his designation. Shawn then worked at Syncrude Canada Ltd. in various roles in Fort McMurray for the next 14 years. There, he started volunteering with APEGA's Fort McMurray branch and for the community.

A more challenging career awaited in Calgary—and more APEGA opportunities. Serving on Council was a humbling experience Shawn enjoyed. Volunteering for APEGA committees and events identified the incredible depth and breadth of our professions. When Shawn attended Member Induction Ceremonies, he learned of the knowledge base and experience continually joining APEGA. Life Member Ceremonies revealed amazing things our members have accomplished. The volunteer bug had bitten, and Shawn was elected to a second APEGA Council term. Among his duties were serving on at least three committees a year. The most rewarding was the Finance Committee, which Shawn chaired for two years. Being fiscally responsible while providing regulatory activities and member services is a challenging task for APEGA staff.

During this time, Shawn's career proceeded on a number of Alberta megaprojects. The technical opportunities and challenges led Shawn to volunteer for a committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME). The Piping and Pressure Vessel Division had a challenging design and analysis sub-committee, which dealt with technical challenges of interest to Shawn. Starting his own consulting firm during this time resulted in some amazing opportunities for work and technical knowledge growth. Travelling to world class manufacturing locations and interacting with the companies that provided the very complex equipment for many of the mega projects was both rewarding and challenging.

Current economic times have slowed down the pace of work on megaprojects. This gives Shawn more time to volunteer for our professional organization.

APEGA Activities

  • Council Member (2008–2011)
    Member Nominating Committee, Finance Committee Chair, Member Audit Committee, Life Member Induction Ceremonies, New Member Induction Ceremonies, etc.
  • Council Member (1999 – 2002)
  • Calgary Branch Member at Large (1998-1999)
  • Fort McMurray Branch Executive (1995 – 1997)
  • Member (1980 – present)

Professional Activities

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessel and Piping Division, Design and Analysis Committee (2008 to present)

ASME, PVP, D & A Technical Program Representative (2014)

Community Volunteer Activities

  • Children's sports coach and organizer
  • Shaw Charity Golf Tournament and ATB Financial McKenzie Tour
  • Various others

The Alberta economy appears to be rebounding. The employment and growth opportunities for our professions remain challenging, partially due to forces and constraints outside Alberta. We must therefore focus mainly on activities within Alberta, while closely monitoring the impact of outside forces.

APEGA's regulatory work continues be challenging, especially because of business requirements to compete on the world market. Our members perform many activities that continue to provide safe and corrective services to maintain public safety. Outsourcing design to locations beyond our borders occurs in many economic sectors, but our members are required to ensure that designs are constructed and operated within the safety standards necessary to protect our citizens. APEGA must lead members and help them continue delivering these requirements. Our professions provide world-class solutions to complex technical challenges Our expertise and knowledge are used at home and around the world.

APEGA must continue to demonstrate that members perform our work ethically and competently, ensuring the safety and benefit of the public. The privilege of self-governance cannot be taken for granted. Through regulatory activities, APEGA must continue to earn the public's trust. Permit to practice holders need to be consulted more about their contribution to APEGA's regulatory role.

A question that I often hear is, "What does APEGA do for me?" My response is that APEGA provides a mix of regulatory benefits—and advocacy benefits, from outreach and branch support to member discounts. Members can do their part by volunteering. It provides help and support for many people and organizations. I am especially impressed with the depth and breadth of APEGA volunteer activities. Volunteering with APEGA is always a bonus, but all volunteer activities are fantastic. Helping others and helping the community has always provided me with an extra benefit. Volunteering does not have to cost anything, but typically it provides a huge benefit to someone else.

Shawn Morrison's Resume (PDF) 

For Council

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Craig Clifton*, P.Eng.

Craig Clifton, P.Eng

  • Proven record with engineering and industry associations
  • Long history of success in family business
  • Outreach and dialogue will give APEGA a higher public and government profile

I hold degrees in chemistry and civil engineering from the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, respectively. Thirty years ago, I began working in the family business, Clifton Associates Ltd., as a laboratory technician. Now, as VP Alberta, I have gained a thorough understanding of the engineering profession, along with its challenges, its benefits, and our role in the economy.

I have volunteered with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) and was elected to its board (2009), as Vice President (2012), and as President (2013). I worked with government departments to address issues ranging from relationships with Alberta Transportation to coordination with the Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force, which helped expedite damage assessments and design of flood mitigation

As President, my goals were to enhance the image of CEA, align committees to achieve the goals of the strategic plan, and continue to press for legislated qualifications-based selection (QBS) for publicly funded projects within Alberta. CEA began an outreach program to the Alberta Construction Association, the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and other industry groups to find common issues to address jointly. My committee alignment efforts helped create a more focused organization, delivering better value to members.

I worked with a core group of CEA representatives to educate elected officials and familiarize government personnel on the benefits of QBS. The work on QBS continues and is expected to be completed within the next few years.

My time on the CEA board has shaped my view of engineering as a driver of the economy and public safety. This societal benefit goes beyond work done—it is also work enabled. Typically, every $ 1 billion of engineering remuneration results in $10 billion of investment. Work by professional engineers enables investment in and construction of safe, efficient structures and infrastructure for Albertans.

In 2012, I was elected to the board of directors of the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR). Being involved with ACR has led to a greater understanding of how integrated the resource sector is with the economy of the province and how the orderly and responsible development of our resources benefits all Albertans. Currently, I am the Transportation Committee Chair for ACR. I recently helped complete a pilot program for a new Alberta heavy module in conjunction with the Construction Owners Association of Alberta and the CEA. The program will decrease capital costs, promote Alberta-based module construction, improve safety, and facilitate quicker royalty payments to the province.

In 2015 I was appointed to the board of the Calgary Construction Association, and I volunteered to help organize the OAEC conference, which helps improve relationships between owners, architects, engineers, and contractors in the construction industry.

If elected to APEGA Council, I would encourage council to be more intentional about not only the enhancement of the image and identity of our professions, but to actively engage in public dialogue on topics that affect the professions. I understand that public safety is the mandate of the association, but it should be up to the association to define what a professional engineer is for the public and not other entities. Over the last few years, I feel that there have been times when APEGA should have offered proactive public comment rather than remain silent. Examples that come to mind are third-party accreditation of work that is historically done by a professional engineer (such as an erosion sediment control professional), or the whole pipeline debate that has been happening within the country.

I don't suggest advocating for the pipeline, or any other industry for that matter. That is clearly not in the mandate of the association. However, when the public discussion is so hyperbolic, I feel it is completely appropriate for the association to remind the public that design and construction would be under the supervision of professional engineers, people have sworn an oath to public safety. Let the public debate be on the social benefit, or acceptable risk, but don't let it disparage our profession.

APEGA works to protect public safety, ensuring the practice of engineering and geoscience are being performed appropriately. Few people know exactly what APEGA is doing to fulfill its mandate. Improved, proactive communication would help.

I believe my personal and professional experience could be an asset to the APEGA Council, and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute.

Craig Clifton's Resume (PDF)

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Jennifer Enns*, P.Eng.

Jennifer Enns, P.Eng.

  • Regulatory experience in career and APEGA service
  • Strong supporter of self-regulation and community science outreach
  • Valuable knowledge for APEGA and its committees

Jennifer Enns was born in England and moved to Canada as a teenager in 1971. Jennifer received her bachelor of civil engineering degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1978. Starting her career with Bell Canada, she moved on to project management roles and then worked as a transportation engineering consultant.

In 2002 Jennifer moved to Calgary with her family, and for more than 11 years has worked for The City of Calgary. At The city, she worked in transportation planning, moving on to the position Leader Professional Practice. In this latter role Jennifer grew The City's E.I.T. Rotation Program to one of the largest and best-in-class programs of its kind in the country. For many years Jennifer presented The City's internal, mandatory Professional Practice Management Plan seminars. She is currently Manager Corporate Engineering & Energy, a group that focuses on sustainable buildings, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and professional practice.

After election to APEGA Council in 2015, Jennifer served on the association's 2020 Task Force and chaired the Policy and Standards Task Force. Jennifer was a member of the APEGA Practice Review Board for over six years, until 2015, and was APEGA's representative on the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering Faculty Council. Jennifer has and continues to mentor APEGA E.I.T.s and young engineers.

Jennifer has a long history of volunteering in both community and professional organizations. A long-time science fair supporter, she chaired the Ottawa Regional Science Fair for many years. Other roles included serving as a local and a national science fair judge, presenting at career days in schools, and helping launch a science magazine pilot. Since 2008, Jennifer has been the public member on the Alberta Association of Architects Practice Review Board. In 2015, Jennifer was the recipient of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta President's Award.

A strong supporter of self-regulation, Jennifer's diverse background and extensive experience are assets to APEGA Council. Her experience in professional practice and engineering governance provides valuable knowledge to both Council and the APEGA committees she sits on.

Jennifer lives in Calgary with husband Bill. Her daughter attends university and her son is an APEGA P.Eng.

APEGA Activities

  • Member, APEGA Council (2015–present)
  • APEGA Policy and Standards Task Force (2016–present)
  • APEGA 2020 Task Force (2015–2016)
  • APEGA Legislative Review Champion (2014)
  • Member, Practice Review Board (2008–2015)
  • APEGA representative, University of Calgary, Schulich School of Engineering Faculty Council (2009–2015)
  • APEGA Graduating Workshop, Iron Ring Ceremony (2008)

Affiliations, Corporate or Community Service

  • Chair, Scholarship Committee, City of Calgary Society of Professional Engineers (2014–present)
  • Public Member, Practice Review Board, Alberta Association of Architects (2008–present)
  • President, City of Calgary Society of Professional Engineers (2014–2016), Member (2006–present)
  • Judge, Consulting Engineers Alberta Showcase Awards (2011–present)
  • Member, industry liaison committees (2007–present)
  • Member, school, and resource centre boards
  • Volunteer, judge and chair science fairs 
  • Recipient of Volunteer of the Year Award, Central Volunteer Bureau Ottawa

Jennifer Enns' Resume (PDF) 

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Tim Hohm*, P.Eng.

Tim Hohm, P.Eng.

  • Broad Canadian and international experience
  • Service on APEGA Practice Standards Committee
  • Professional qualifications, outsourcing and data authentication are critical issues

My wife, two children, and I have lived in Calgary since 1979.

I have a University of Alberta bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering (1978) and have taken several graduate level courses in chemical engineering and project management from the University of Calgary. I became a member of APEGA in 1980.

My career in upstream oil and gas engineering has lasted 38 years.

A year ago, a colleague asked me to consider running for election to APEGA Council. That caused me to evaluate whether I have the necessary experience, qualifications and skills to address the challenges facing the practice of engineering and geoscience in today's Alberta.

For example, not long ago, authenticated hard documents were used to transfer information; now information is transferred as bits and bytes. Professionals need confidence that authenticated data of many types can be transferred, unaltered, to intended parties and used only for its originally intended purpose. This needs to happen without burdening practitioners with unproductive, inefficient processes, procedures, and documentation.

The ability to transfer data has led to the execution of engineering and geoscience design for Alberta projects by foreign practitioners. Consequently, APEGA members are increasingly asked to authenticate work performed by others, and APEGA is asked more frequently to recognize professionals living in other countries (as licensees allowed to use an APEGA professional designation) and to issue permits to practice to entities with operations in other countries. How does APEGA evaluate the qualifications and ethics of foreign practitioners? How does APEGA enforce its guidelines and standards in other jurisdictions? These issues must be addressed to ensure Albertans' health and safety; to conserve the environment; and to enhance Albertans' regard for APEGA.

Society's expectations of all professions continue to increase. How does APEGA ensure its members are qualified? How does it see that they upgrade their skills to keep pace with new technology? What must APEGA do to retain self-regulation and ensure government isn't motivated to take over?

Motivated professionals with diverse backgrounds, working as a cohesive team, are needed to effectively address APEGA's challenges. A summary of my professional experience demonstrating ability to work collaboratively follows.

My first job was that of a production well, open hole, logging engineer. This entailed leading a three-person logging crew; safe handling of radioactive sources; logging tool operation and recording of borehole measurements; and log interpretation.

Next, I worked for a company that designs and builds oil and gas production equipment packages. Responsibilities of this position included collaboration with drafters, welders, and fabrication personnel to improve designs and reduce costs; process, mechanical, and control system design; customer liaison; and site commissioning.

Currently I work for an engineering company that has grown from a local 65-person outfit to a multi-national that has employed as many as 40,000 people. Positions from this period have been Lead Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Department Manager, Manager of Engineering and now Chief Engineer for the Calgary location.

I've worked on every stage of project development from feasibility studies to detailed engineering, including start-up and commissioning. Several of the projects have been executed with team members located both in the Calgary home office and in a workshare office in China or India.

I've worked on small brown-field projects for junior oil companies, and on multi-million-dollar heavy oil facilities for tier-one international oil companies. In addition to Canadian facilities, I've been on teams that designed pipelines and processing plants for locations in the Middle East and Africa.

For several years I was part of the company's global Engineering Leadership Team. The ELT is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining ISO 9001 compatible work processes and procedures, including those used on workshare projects. The team also authors and reviews specifications and guidelines that assist project teams in developing efficient, repeatable designs.

I also have contributed to teams that determined the root cause of a catastrophic steam pipeline failure, and evaluated alternative technologies for treating boiler feedwater, improving steam generator thermal efficiency, and alternative technologies for making steam from untreated produced water.

Outside of professional work I have volunteered time and talent to several organizations. I was an assistant coach for the Calgary Buffalo Juvenile AA Rangers. I've served on a couple of church councils and a condominium association board of directors. And since 2012 I have been a member of APEGA's Practice Standards Committee.

I believe the practical knowledge and experience I've gained will enable me to contribute to development of practicable solutions to APEGA's challenges today and tomorrow. I would like the opportunity to serve on APEGA Council.

Tim Hohm's Resume (PDF) 

Find Tim Hohm on Social Media

LinkedIn 

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Walter Kozak*. P.Eng.

Walter Kozak. P.Eng.

  • Experience in factual communications about hydraulic fracturing
  • Ongoing viability of APEGA critical to members and the public
  • APEGA must steward intellectual capital in down times

Walter (Wally) Kozak was born in Edmonton. While his life has taken him many places, it has always centred on Alberta. Upon graduation from the University of Alberta in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, Wally enrolled as an M.I.T. with APEGA and joined BP Canada. This began a 40-year engineering career in upstream oil and gas.

Road trips throughout Alberta and northeastern British Columbia characterized the early years of his career, occupied with well completions and tie-ins, and the field handling of facilities. As skills were demonstrated, production operations became an increased portion of the mix. After progressing through increasing responsibilities, Wally moved to business development for midstream processing and transportation.

In 1989, Wally's midstream experience earned him the opportunity to support business development for a North Sea offshore pipeline expansion. This began his overseas decade, which had Wally applying, adapting, and honing technical and management skills in new and differing geography, regulatory regimes, and social contexts. The focus of his work, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, cycled back to upstream development and operations, including the emerging area of unconventional hydrocarbons. Wally learned that, while education and expertise are critical, sound professional practice requires a legal framework, current regulations and standards, and ethical codes of practice. To remain relevant, all of these must be subject to ongoing review and renewal, and above all, Alberta was—and remains—a fine example.

In 2002, at the outset of the unconventional gas era, Wally joined Calfrac Well Services and gained experience in hydraulic fracturing. The early years featured rapid growth in the sector—and a steep learning curve for Wally. Increased activity meant increased visibility, and hydraulic fracturing faced negative public sentiment.

As Engineering Manager, Wally became a resource for explaining the technology. To do this, he engaged with the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) as Chair of the Technical Committee and a board director. He remains a director and is the current Chair of the board. In 2011, against a backdrop of increasingly vocal challenges, Wally took on his present role, Director of Industry and Government Relations for Calfrac. Frequently with peers in industry, government, and academia, Wally presents responsible upstream oil and gas development in factual, professional terms.

Wally's first priority for APEGA Council is continuing good governance. Over his 40-year association with APEGA and through several cycles of the economy, this association has been an effective regulator of professional practice. It has been well-managed and financially prudent, and it has supported its members. It is essential to maintain this steady, reliable record of delivery to maintain our professions' self-regulation and governance. The ongoing viability of APEGA as a relevant and thriving organization is important to all members, regardless of their practice sector. It is also the cornerstone of maintaining government, public, and societal trust.

Demonstrating the relevance to society of APEGA members and their organization also interests Wally. The increasing trend of skepticism toward institutions, professionals, and experts has too frequently manifested itself as a grasp for veto power rather than a process for informed communication and decision-making. As a regulator, APEGA can speak in general terms to the standards of qualifications for its membership and a literally professed code of ethics, without necessarily speaking either on behalf or in defence of members. Efforts in this area will provide additional relevance to members, aiding us in retention and recruitment.

Regardless of one's views, Alberta's economy is highly dependent upon natural resources and will remain so for many years to come. By extension, APEGA and its members are also tied to the Alberta economy in varying degrees. As a regulator of the practices of engineering and geoscience, APEGA has a role in the stewardship of the intellectual capital represented by its membership for the benefit of members and the Alberta economy. Just as APEGA responded to high demand for professionals through various initiatives such as streamlining the review of foreign qualifications, today's APEGA must strive to preserve intellectual capital through a period of low demand. While there is no single, simple solution, APEGA's actions on this issue will contribute to society's, the public's, and members' economic well-being and relevance.

Service

  • CSUR director since 2005, chair since 2012
  • PSAC Hydraulic Fracturing Committee, Chair, since 2012
  • SAIT Bachelor Applied Petroleum Technology Advisory Committee since 2012
  • Volunteer instructor Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, 2005–2009

Walter Kozak's Resume (PDF) 

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Keith McCandlish*, P.Geol.

Keith McCandlish, P.Geol.

  • Broad geological practice experience around the world
  • Leadership experience in geoscience corporate world
  • Regulatory experience advising stock exchanges

Introduction

Mr. McCandlish has over 30 years of geological and engineering experience in minerals, oil sands/heavy oil, precious stones, coal, and industrial minerals. In 2006 he took over as Vice President and General Manager of a newly formed company, Associated Geosciences Ltd. (AGL), focusing on corporate finance, technical audits, mineral project evaluation, and mining fraud investigations. In 2008 AGL was purchased by DMT GmbH Co. KG, and Mr. McCandlish was appointed Managing Director. In February 2011 Mr. McCandlish was appointed to the board of DMT Consulting Limited of the U.K. as a non-executive director. AGL was renamed DMT Geosciences Ltd. in October 2012.

He has extensive experience in the securities regulatory framework, corporate governance, and capital markets advisory services, acting as an independent mining and oil and gas analyst for the TSX, and the TSX-Venture Exchange and its predecessors, the ASE and CDNX.

My Statement

I have been extremely fortunate to have worked in many countries, including operational experience in Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Guinea, Finland, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mali, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad, Uruguay, the U.K., and the U.S. As for specialist expertise, I conducted high arctic exploration in Canada and Europe.

I think this officially qualifies me as a Star Alliance seat tester!

On a personal note, I am an avid cook, having studied at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California, and worked with a number of chefs in Calgary. One of the most challenging board positions I have held is that of president of my condominium corporation, dealing with the divergent interests of the various owners. I also enjoy teaching and have been fortunate to be invited to present to mining engineering students at the University of Alberta and geology students at Mount Royal University.

I am also very fortunate to be married to a lovely woman, Gillian Lawrence who has put up with my travels for a very long time.

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Jim McCuaig*, P.Eng.

Jim McCuaig, P.Eng.

  • Perspective of a multi-disciplinary technologist and professional engineer
  • Distinguished reserve and regular force military experience
  • APEGA relevance, public awareness, effects of legislative review are key issues

Born in Belleville, Ontario, Jim McCuaig lived in various communities across Canada while growing up. After graduating from high school, he went to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and earned his diploma in mechanical engineering technology.

During this time, Jim was also active in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve with 746 (Calgary) Communication Squadron and trained as a radio/teletype operator, a teletype technician, and a radio technician. He reached the rank of sergeant in 1985 and received his commission as second lieutenant in 1986. At the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario, he trained as a communications and electronics engineering officer.

In 1986, Jim moved to Victoria and served with 741 (Victoria) Communication Squadron, transferring to the regular force in 1987. He attended the Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in Borden, Ontario, training as a land electrical and mechanical engineer. Jim transferred back to the reserve force, serving as a troop officer and an operations officer with 741.

In 1989, Jim moved to Castlegar, B.C., where he taught high school as a teacher on-call before attending Selkirk College in Castlegar,BC where he received a diploma in electronics engineering technology. In 1992, Jim joined EMCO Engineering Ltd. in Castlegar, working until 1999 as an electrical and mechanical engineering technologist.

Jim maintained his army reserve status and attended the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, B.C., and trained as a military engineering officer. He served with 44 Field Engineering Squadron in Trail, BC as a troop officer and an operations officer. Promoted to Captain in 1994.

Jim attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, receiving his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 2001. He then then went to work for Hemisphere Engineering in Edmonton as an electrical design engineer. Maintaining his employment with the Reserve, he was Regimental Adjutant with 8 Field Engineering Regiment in Edmonton, before retiring from the CAF in 2003.

Jim accepted an offer with ATCO Electric in 2003 to work as the senior regional engineer in Peace River. After this position closed in 2006, he remained in Peace River to briefly operate Peace Engineering before accepting a position with BAR Engineering Co. Ltd in Lloydminster, Alberta. Here, he was employed as a senior staff engineer working on various interdisciplinary projects. In 2014, Jim left BAR Engineering to join Smith + Andersen in Edmonton as an Associate Principal, where he managed the firm's electrical group. In 2016, Jim accepted employment with the Town of Peace River, where he is now the Director of Engineering and Infrastructure, overseeing engineering, planning and development, public works, solid waste management, cemetary operations and water/wastewater infrastructure.

Jim is a professional engineer registered to practice in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Jim became involved with APEGA in 2003 when he joined the Peace River Branch as a member at large. He volunteered with other branches as he moved with his career. He has been active in the APEGA legislative review sessions, and in recruiting and mentoring new members to volunteer for their branches.

Jim believes his varied background as an engineering technologist and then an engineer, in various disciplines, would bring a balanced perspective to Council. His involvement in various branches gives him an appreciation of members' needs in both urban and rural areas.

If elected, he would like to help APEGA continue to be relevant to members, including those in non-consulting areas. He also wants to increase public awareness of APEGA's mandate and help us become the most trusted profession. Jim is interested in how legislative changes will affect practice standards to ensure we maintain our high level of service delivery to the public.

Jim and his wife have four children. His past community involvement includes volunteering with Scouts Canada groups, and he currently supports his wife's involvement in Girl Guides, particularly around engineering and STEM. Jim is an avid rugby fan, cheering on Canada's men's and women's teams, Scotland, and New Zealand's Mighty All Blacks.

APEGA Activities

  • Professional Member (2003–present)
  • Edmonton Branch—Chair (2016), Vice-Chair (2015–2016)
  • Vermilion River Branch—Chair (2014), Vice-Chair (2013), Secretary (2012), Member at Large (2008–2012)
  • Peace River Branch—Member at Large (2004–2006), Volunteer Member (2016–Present)

Affiliations, Corporate and Community Service

  • Past Cub Leader, Beaver Leader, Scouts Canada (2002–2003, 2004–2006)
  • Past Vice-President Debney Armoury Officers Mess Committee (2003)

Jim McCuaig's Resume (PDF) 

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Zobayur Rahman, P.Eng.

Zobayur Rahman, P.Eng.

  • U.S. and Canadian experience dates from 1997
  • Wide-ranging geotechnical, materials, project, leadership, and other experience
  • Recently opened a new engineering company to serve Albertans

I graduated from Lamar University in Texas and started my career in Houston as a geotechnical and materials junior engineer in 1997. I worked for a major company in United States, called Professional Service Industries (PSI). I had very good mentorship and learned quickly about materials testing and engineering, and geotechnical engineering. I was promoted to project manager position before moving to Canada. I moved to Fort McMurray in 2005, stayed there until 2012, and started working in Edmonton in 2013.

I have 20 years of geotechnical design, materials engineering, and project experience, including project management, bid preparation, and foundation analysis and design, My experience also includes concrete mix design analysis, reinforcing steel inspection, lime stabilization, construction monitoring, compaction, and municipal project management from design concept to final acceptance certificate inspection. I have significant experience with high-rise construction monitoring and testing and project management of large oil sands projects in Fort McMurray. Clients have included the City of Edmonton, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Suncor, Syncrude, CNRL, OPTI, Nexen and Shell.

My career highlights include numerous positions and roles of leadership and engineering in major international consulting companies. I always wanted, however, to open an engineering company. I finally got the opportunity in 2016, and I am really enjoying building my business and serving Alberta.

Background

During my career so far, I have:

  • provided consulting engineering services as engineering manager, for clients in oil and gas, the private sector, and provincial and municipal agencies
  • conducted investigations and analyses for projects, directed and guided geotechnical engineers and technicians in compiling and analyzing data, provided principal supervision on all investigations, authored and reviewed geotechnical reports, provided technical guidance and support to professional staff, and prepared and reviewed soil and foundation reports and specifications
  • maintained principal involvement with or directed of all aspects of operations, including construction monitoring, field and laboratory testing of construction materials, pavement design, environmental assessments, forensic analysis, and related activities
  • implemented quality, health and safety, technical, and client-driven initiatives
  • participated in business development and client management initiatives
  • Active participation in APEGA, CSCE, and Chamber of Commerce activities.
  • I enjoy building future of Alberta and Canada by mentoring junior engineers.

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Bob Rundle*, P.Eng.

Bob Rundle, P.Eng.

  • More than two decades in construction industry
  • Dedicated to professional development and mentorship
  • Pursues fitness through sports, volunteers as coach

Bob Rundle, P.Eng., was born in Calgary but lived in many other cities around the world before landing in Edmonton in 2005. Bob obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1994 from the University of Alberta. His executive development included completing the Business Leadership for Technical Professionals program from the University of Alberta and numerous professional development seminars from APEGA.

Bob has been involved in the construction industry for 22 years. He started his career as a junior engineer with GPEC Consulting in 1994 and moved to Commonwealth Construction. Bob relocated to Indonesia with Commonwealth Construction in 1996 to work on a remote pulp mill project. He returned to Canada in 2003 and returned to GPEC Consulting. Bob moved to Voice Construction as a Project Manager in 2005 and moved to Bird Construction as a Senior Project Manager in 2013. Bob started with Nilex as Projects Manager in 2016 and most recently served as a Senior Project Manager with Kichton Contracting. Throughout his career, Bob has dealt with people of varied backgrounds and has developed an ability to mentor people and help them achieve and contribute both professionally and personally.

Bob is the proud father of 2 boys that keep his home life busy. Bob enjoys golf and both ice hockey and ball hockey as his way of keeping fit. Bob also volunteers as a coach for his son's ball hockey teams.

APEGA Activities

  • Chair, Edmonton Region Branch Executive (2016 -2018)
  • Chair, Golf Sub-committee (2010 - 2017)
  • Vice-Chair, Edmonton Region Branch Executive (2016)
  • Past-Chair, Edmonton Region Branch Executive (2014 -2015)
  • Chair, Edmonton Region Branch Executive (2013 -2014)
  • Treasurer, Edmonton Region Branch Executive (2012 -2013)
  • Secretary, Edmonton Region Branch Executive (2011 -2012)
  • Member-at-Large, Edmonton Region Branch Executive (2008 -2011)
  • Volunteer, Science Nights
  • Volunteer, Ethics Workshop
  • Volunteer, Science Olympics
  • Member (2003-present)

Bob Rundle's Resume (PDF) 

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Muhammad Tayyab, P.Eng.

Muhammad Tayyab, P.Eng.

  • Megaproject experience in a variety of types of construction
  • Current engineering team has innovative vision for green technology
  • Interested in representing the current and future needs of engineering

I am logical, purposeful and tough. I can be your voice representing you in APEGA for engineers integrity, honor and ability to persevere. I am highly motivated, social and caring individual, I have a bachelor of civil engineering degree and a master's degree in civil structural engineering from University of Alberta. Like all of you I love my job, the slump in oil prices and massive job loss in last two years in Alberta made me worried and sad. I strongly believe APEGA can play an important role in re-shaping Alberta economy and future needs by influencing both public and private sector.

I am currently working with ATCO Electric, where I am part of large, multidisciplinary engineering team. Through this team, I am aware of engineering's future needs of new and innovative materials and designs for green and sustainable technology.

What motivated me to be part of APEGA Council is my interest in representing engineering's current and future challenges to meet APEGA's engineering obligations efficiently.

Muhammad Tayyab's Resume (PDF) 

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Jason Vanderzwaag*, P.Eng.

Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng.

  • See proposed legislative changes to fruition
  • Voice for members in Alberta's regions
  • Wide-ranging civil and public health engineering experience

A current APEGA councillor winding up a one-year term, I am seeking re-election to continue my involvement in the legislative review and other initiatives. I am passionate about APEGA's role as a self-governed regulator and the inherent responsibilities of Council to members—and of members to the health and safety of the public and the environment. So far, I have been part of many initiatives, including:

  • regulatory changes required to help APEGA meet the challenges of evolving demands of our professions and maintain the privilege of self-regulation
  • committee work to review and approve key changes in our regulatory boards
  • interface with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta to review how engineering services are procured in Alberta
  • budget and expenditure reviews to ensure that the Association responsibly allocates members' dues and other fees, while continuing to meet regulatory obligations

I am a civil engineer with 15 years of experience. As the office manager for Associated

Engineering in Fort McMurray, I lead a team of engineers and technologists to support the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and other clients in municipal infrastructure and community development projects. Recent ones include Snye Channel rehabilitation, offsite infrastructure for the MacDonald Island Park Expansion, and recovery works following 2013 flooding in Fort McMurray.

In response to the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, I led the Associated Engineering team to assist the regional municipality in its response. We provided remote operation of the Water Treatment Plant to meet firefighting needs and the subsequent Water System Recovery Plan. The latter included draining and cleaning every water reservoir and flushing every watermain to provide potable water for the community. Our team won two Awards of Excellence from the Consulting Engineers of Alberta for the services we provided.

I have an undergraduate degree and a master's degree, both from the University of British Columbia. During my undergraduate program I participated in the Engineering Co-op Program, taking placements with the Corporation of Delta in B.C., Progressive Engineering in Calgary, Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Habitat Enhancement Branch in Vancouver. I also studied one semester on exchange at the University of Chile in Santiago.

After graduation, my work experience included water resources engineering with Associated Engineering in our Burnaby office. I also took a six-month internship in Guatemala through the City of Calgary's Central American Water Resources Management Network, providing technical support to community development projects in rural communities.

I completed my master's in pollution control and waste management. This was through a multidisciplinary program that combined public health, public policy and engineering. My thesis topic was Use and Performance of BioSand Filters in Posoltega, Nicaragua. Field research included three months visiting rural communities in Nicaragua to assess the long-term efficacy of household drinking water treatment. Follow-up work included education and training programs to improve the BioSand filter program in this region of Nicaragua. The work was performed in collaboration with several organizations, including the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology in Calgary.

My thesis work and related technical presentations were recognized with several major awards, and I published two papers based on my research work in the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada.

My past participation in APEGA includes Chair and other executive positions with the Fort McMurray Branch, from 2012 to 2017. I helped engage local members and students in STEM activities, including science fairs and science olympics, scholarships, teacher awards, and technical talks. I was proctor for the National Professional Practice Examination, 2013–2015, and have been an APEGA mentor since 2015.

Also since 2015, I have been on the champions collaborative of the APEGA legislative review, gaining insight into the proposed changes to address challenges APEGA faces as a self-regulating association. A key motivation for running for Council is to be involved the implementation of changes arising out of the review. I also want to act as a voice for the Fort McMurray region and other regional branches, in recognition of the challenges we continue to face across the province.

As for my other interests and activities, I am a youth coach for cross-country ski lessons with the Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club and also sit on the board of directors. I am a board member for my condominium corporation in Fort McMurray. I like hiking, running, cycling, skiing, scuba diving, and travel.

I hope I can count on your support in APEGA Election 2018!

Jason Vanderzwaag's Resume (PDF) 

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Claudia Villeneuve*, P.Eng.

Claudia Villeneuve, P.Eng.

  • Desire to build on first Council term
  • Teaching, project engineering, governance experience
  • Strengthen Council through diversity

Why join APEGA Council again? Because after only one term as a Councilwoman, there is still much work left for me to do.

I have been a member of APEGA for 22 years. Being on Council has given me the opportunity to give back to our regulator and to you, our members.

After graduating from the University of Alberta with two engineering degrees, I volunteered with two APEGA programs that filled a strong desire in my heart: the desire of being a teacher. Those two APEGA programs were Outreach and the examinations committee for the National Professional Practice Exam.

I am a technical instructor at MacEwan University, and I previously taught engineering and project management at NAIT. Also, I spent 16 years as a project engineer in the oil and gas industry, including three years in management. All this while being a proud Hispanic woman, a working wife, and the mother of three kids.

Furthermore, I have extensive governance experience in the charity sector. My first board role started 14 years ago at the Edmonton VBAC Support Association, where later I was president for seven years. Then for two years I was on the board of ICAN International, based in California, as the Education Director.

Five years ago I joined the board of Alberta Synchro, the regulatory body for synchronized swimming in Alberta, for a term of two years. I was chosen because of my long experience as a judge in the sport.

Finally, within the last four years I have been Vice President of Education, President, and Area Director for two chapters of Toastmasters.

Overall, I have a diverse governance and organizational management resume that shows my commitment to my career and my community.

My continued participation and suggestions will make for a stronger and more effective APEGA Council, because it is in the multitude of perspectives that the best solutions are found.

It will be my great pleasure to continue my role on Council.

Claudia Villeneuve's Resume (PDF) 

Nominating Committee Endorsement

The Nominating Committee evaluates candidates' qualifications, experience, skills, and professional and governance expertise, then compares that information to gaps of expertise that will be created by those who have completed their term in office.

This approach balances the level of knowledge and expertise on Council that ultimately results in a stronger and more effective Council. APEGA published the top Council needs and the characteristics of a great Councillor in the summer issue of The PEG.

All candidates for this nomination and election cycle were informed that the Nominating Committee would be endorsing candidates and that the list of candidates would be published with the endorsement identified. Ultimately, Professional Members who vote choose APEGA Council.