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APEGA Media Contact

Katie Starratt
Director of Communications 
Office: 587-489-1524
Toll Free: 800-661-7020

Recent APEGA News Releases


May 4, 2018 - APEGA awarded $350,000 Status of Women grant

APEGA will examine workplace barriers facing female professionals—and recommend sustainable solutions—with a three-year, $350,000 grant from Status of Women Canada. Pay equity, hiring practices and advancement opportunities are some of the topics to be reviewed.

APEGA is one of three Alberta organizations to receive funding for projects that will address root causes of economic insecurity for Canadian women.

“Data collected during the study will help us develop Canada-wide workplace culture guidelines to help all companies, in any industry, create more inclusive workplaces that fully engage women,” said APEGA Registrar & CEO Jay Nagendran, P.Eng. 

APEGA will collaborate on the project with other organizations that support diversity. We’ll work closely with engineering and geoscience employers, which will test our guidelines to ensure they’re achievable.

The project supports APEGA’s 30-by-30 goal to increase the number of women in the professions to 30 per cent by 2030. About 13 per cent of professional engineers and about 19 per cent of professional geoscientists in Alberta are female.

“We want to ensure that women currently working in the professions, and those entering them in the future, don’t face unintentional systemic barriers. We want all members to be valued, welcomed and included in the workforce,” said Alissa Boyle, APEGA’s outreach manager and the project coordinator.

As part of the study, APEGA will consult with female professional engineers and professional geoscientists to help us understand their experiences working in industry and any challenges they face. We’ll also add gender and diversity questions to our annual salary survey to measure the current state of diversity in our professions. 

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

For more information, please contact:
Alissa Boyle
APEGA Outreach Manager
Tel: (587) 489-1553 or toll free 1-800-661-7020


March 22, 2018 - APEGA Annouces New President, Executive, and Councillors

APEGA is proud to announce that Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., will become APEGA’s 99th president at the 2018 annual general meeting in Edmonton on Friday, April 20.

Dorjee, a professional engineer, is a University of Calgary graduate and a recipient of the Canada Peace Medal and the Calgary Freedom of Expression Award. Dorjee devotes his time to projects related to the Dalai Lama’s work on human rights, including working at the private office of the Dalai Lama in India. Since 2011, he has served as the president of Project Tibet Society, which is responsible for the resettlement of more than 1,000 Tibetan refugees from northern India to Canada.

Dorjee will lead APEGA’s executive committee of council, which comprises newly elected president-elect George Enyon, P.Geo.; newly elected vice-president Tim Joseph, P.Eng.; and current president Jane Tink, P.Eng., who will transition into the role of past-president.

APEGA will also welcome re-elected council members Jennifer Enns, P.Eng.; Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng.; and Claudia Villeneuve, P.Eng., M.Eng.; as well as newly elected council members Tim Hohm, P.Eng.; Walter Kozak, P.Eng.; and Bob Rundle, P.Eng. 

They will join their colleagues who are continuing their terms: Brad Hayes, P.Geol.; Manon Plante, P.Eng.; Natasha Avila, P.Eng.; Darren Hardy, P.Eng.; RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng.; and Emily Zhang, 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 
Deputy Director of Communication
Tel: 587-489-1567 or toll free 1-800-661-7020

Resource Links

News release PDF

Backgrounder PDF

High-resolution images of all council members (Zip, 43 MB)

YouTube videos of election candidates


June 1, 2017 - Wildfire stories celebrating APEGA member contributions recognized with national award

Edmonton – When wildfires devastated the Fort McMurray region last spring, Alberta professional engineers and professional geoscientists played a crucial role in the response and recovery efforts.

A series of articles published in APEGA's member magazine, The PEG, highlighted their commitment and courage under extraordinary circumstances. The articles were recognized May 30 with a Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) National Award of Excellence. APEGA received a silver award in the Best Writing Projects category.

Full News Release


May 12, 2017 – APEGA past-president Alberta Order of Excellence inductee

Edmonton – APEGA past-president Dr. Steve E. Hrudey, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), FCAE, FRSC, FSRA, IWAF will be inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence, Alberta’s highest civilian honour, in Edmonton this October. An Edmonton native now residing in Canmore, Hrudey joins 15 other APEGA professional members inducted into the order.

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April 28, 2017 – Alberta engineering and geoscience excellence honoured with APEGA Summit Awards

Calgary – Nine champions of Alberta leadership and excellence in professional engineering and professional geoscience were recognized by The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) at the Summit Awards in Calgary last night.

Award recipients enhance the lives of Albertans by reducing environmental impacts and advancing sustainable development, improving business effectiveness through new and emerging technologies, volunteering their talents in our communities, promoting outreach and diversity initiatives, and demonstrating outstanding innovation and leadership in their professions.

Full news release

Summit Award recipient photographs


March 22, 2017 - APEGA announces new president, executive, and councillors

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is proud to announce that Jane Tink, P.Eng., will become APEGA's 98th president at the 2017 annual general meeting in Calgary on Friday, April 28.

Tink will lead APEGA's executive committee of council, which will be composed of newly elected president-elect Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., newly elected vice-president John Rhind, P.Geol, and current president Dr. Steve Hrudey, P.Eng., who will transition into the role of past-president.

APEGA will also welcome re-elected council members George Eynon, P.Geo., and Darren Hardy, P.Eng., as well as newly elected council members RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng., Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng., and Emily Zhang, P.Eng.

Full News Release



January 31, 2017 - Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., Appointed APEGA Registrar & CEO

Jay Nagendran, P.Eng., QEP, BCEE, becomes Registrar & CEO of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta effective Monday, April 3, 2017.

With the creation of the newly combined Registrar & CEO position, the key individual responsible for APEGA’s regulatory role and operations role will report and be directly accountable to our elected Council.

Photo of Jay Nagendran

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January 13, 2017 - Court Decision Reconfirms Fairness of APEGA’s Application Process

Edmonton – The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed Ladislav Mihaly’s application to appeal a Court of Queen’s Bench ruling from last January that reversed a 2014 Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC) tribunal decision against APEGA.

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Court Decision


January 4, 2017 - APEGA Announces Discipline Decision for 2007 CNRL Tank-Roof Collapse

APEGA announced the results of its formal investigation regarding permit holder Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) and the Horizon Oil Sands Project tank roof-support structure that failed during construction on April 24, 2007, resulting in the tragic loss of life and injuries to workers.

The investigation considered whether CNRL as a permit holder with responsibility for approving designs, design changes, and construction plans, as well as meeting building and safety code requirements, did so in a skilled or professional manner.

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Recommended Discipline Order

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