Councillor Skills & Experience | APEGA

Councillor Skills & Experience

Each year, Council and APEGA's Nominating Committee identify the top needs for Council. You don't have to meet all these criteria—or any of them—to run in the election. The more of these that apply to you, the better suited you are for the job.

What Does it Take to Be a Strong Councillor?

If you're elected, in most cases you'll serve a three-year term. That's a big commitment—one that goes beyond attending four regular meetings a year. This list looks at knowledge and characteristics of a good Councillor, no matter what the year.

  1. You are willing to commit time to APEGA and your Council duties
  2. You always contribute
  3. You're a champion of professionalism and of APEGA
  4. You have detailed knowledge of important issues or underrepresented groups
  5. You bring a balanced perspective and problem-solving attitude to any discussion
  6. You're familiar with board management and governance
  7. You understand the principles behind professional regulation
  8. You have experience in professional practice

Top Skills & Experiences to Have as a Councillor

Effective Board Communication

Ability to review materials for comprehension and articulate questions, views, and opinions in a concise, respectful manner. Ability to clearly formulate ideas, thoughts, and important concepts in oral or written form to contribute to or advance board or committee discussions.

Governance Experience

Ability to ensure objectives are realized, resources are well managed, and the interests of stakeholders are protected and reflected in key decisions. APEGA must consider the balance between public interest, social licence to operate, established governance, and the operation of the organization. APEGA Council governs through policies establishing organizational ends and governance processes.

Knowledge about APEGA

Knowledge of the association through involvement and interaction with APEGA (or ASET) that provide insight into the association, the membership, and stakeholders, as well as the association's challenges and successes.



Demonstrated confidence and good judgment in directing the efforts of others to achieve desired outcomes, while modeling respect, commitment, integrity and accountability.

Regulatory Understanding

Knowledge of regulations and regulatory organizations, including the purpose of regulation, gained from working with legislation, having experience being a part of a regulator, or working in a heavily regulated industry.

Risk Management

Knowledge of risk management, crisis management, and the basic laws and regulations under which non-profits operate.


Strategic Planning

Understanding of and experience with an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy.

Understanding of Self-Regulation

Familiarity with the oversight of the engineering and geoscience professions in the public interest by representative members of the professions, in accordance with the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (EGP Act).


Ability to employ future-focused and big-picture thinking in a creative and strategic way. Ability to see a desirable future state, while considering the impacts of actions and decisions.


Work Experience

Professional experience of at least 10 years.