APEGA has existed for almost 100 years, and for every year of its existence, there has been a president of Council to uphold the pillars that APEGA stands for: integrity, accountability, innovation, and service. Through the decades of change and growth, the men and women listed below led APEGA’s Council.

They have worked across the globe, from Mississippi to Venezuela, but all settled their talents here in Alberta. Each came from different walks of life, from serving in the Second World War, to teaching aeronautics, to instigating first-time overseas ventures. This incredible group made its mark on the world and on APEGA.

All of these outstanding people helped make APEGA what it is today, and all were thanked for their service with an Honorary Life Membership award—a framed medallion memento—inducting them as life members of APEGA.

2015: Connie Parenteau, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)


Connie Parenteau, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), was raised and educated in Edmonton. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 1980 with a B.Sc. in electrical engineering.

Parenteau had a 33-year career with TELUS Communications where she held a variety of technical, managerial, and leadership positions. She worked on key initiatives, such as TELUS TV and Next Generation Networks, and acted as a Responsible Member for the TELUS Corporation permit to practice for more than 15 years.

Parenteau became an APEGA Member in 1980. In 1993, she was the recipient of the APEGA Early Accomplishment Summit Award. She was elected to Council in 1994 and served as Vice-President for three terms. She was granted the Engineers Canada Fellowship in 2009 and the Geoscientists Canada Fellowship (honorary) in 2013. She also served on several committees and task forces for APEGA.

During her tenure as President, Parenteau oversaw the review of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and steered the development of the 2017–2019 strategic plan. She believed that APEGA should focus on becoming a stronger regulator while enhancing membership engagement and recognition.

Parenteau was also actively involved in the Council governance renewal, which streamlined the Council committee structure. She led a Council working group that considered the need to have ethics regularly refreshed and understood by Members to ensure public safety.

She advocated the importance of being involved in professional and community affairs – many of her speeches reflected on the value of volunteering and being a leader in the community.

Throughout her career, Parenteau has been active in non-profit organizations related to the performing arts and literacy. She has made many contributions to a variety of social community services, and by supporting numerous endeavours, she has acted as a role model to encourage gender diversity in the professions.