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Running for Council

APEGA's Council is made up of Members, elected by APEGA Members, who are leaders in academia, business, and industry with proven experience in strategic thinking. Candidates for Council can be endorsed by the Nominating Committee or be self-nominated.

To run for Council, you must be a Member in good standing with an eligible membership type and able to commit to the duties and a three-year term. APEGA also publishes the top-ranked Council needs and personal attributes in the summer issue of The PEG and in the Member Self-Serve Centre each year.

Read about Councillor skill & experience requirements Read about Councillor terms & duties

APEGA Election 2018 Nomination Period

Nomination Period for Election 2018

  • Nominations Open: Monday, July 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

  • Nominations Close: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Who is Eligible to Run for Council?


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


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


Planning your nominationIf you want to nominate yourself, you must complete the self-nomination section in the Member Self-Service Centre (MSSC). Nomination is online-only this year, and paper nominations will not be accepted.

You will be able to develop your nomination in draft, returning as often as necessary until the deadline.

Once you are satisfied with your nomination and click the submit button, the nomination is final and locked from further changes.


Mandatory Steps for Self-Nomination

  1. Reach out to 25 Professional Members in good standing to support your nomination. Let them know that they'll be contacted electronically to confirm their support.

  2. Find or have taken a print-quality (at least 2 MP) headshot of yourself. View an example headshot of an appropriate size and quality.

  3. Write a personal statement that's 800 to 1,000 words long. Make sure it includes the information you think is important for voters to know about you.

  4. To help the Nominating Committee in its review, write an explanation of why you want to run for Council.

  5. Also for the Nominating Committee's review, rate yourself on the skills and attributes from 1 to 7 (1 being lowest, 7 being highest).

Optional Steps for Self-Nomination

  1. Polish your curriculum vitae for posting.

  2. Gather any other supporting documents you would like to submit and have available for voters to review.

  3. Have a video shot of you promoting yourself as a candidate, which we will also post. We recommend that you keep it short and to-the-point — up to two minutes long.


Detailed instructions for the above steps are in the MSSC.

Start your nomination


Nominating Committee Endorsement

Considering candidates for endorsementThe Nominating Committee compares the needs of Council against candidates' qualifications, including:

  • confirming that the candidate has knowledge and experience in the areas listed by Council
  • holding a brief interview with each candidate
  • having the candidate pass a credit, criminal, and identity check
  • confirming that the candidate is in good standing with APEGA

After reviewing all candidates, including those who self-nominate (write-in candidates), the Nominating Committee endorses specific candidates based on Council's requirements and the review process. The ballot identifies the endorsed candidates. All candidates, including those not endorsed by the Nominating Committee, are placed on the ballot.

The Committee evaluates candidates' qualifications, experience, skills, and professional and governance expertise and compares that to the gaps of expertise that will be created by those who will be completing their terms in office.

This approach balances the level of knowledge and expertise on Council, which ultimately results in a stronger and more effective Council.