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e-PEG Newsletter: April 27, 2018

APEGA News

APEGA President No. 99 is Sworn In

A man who began his life in a Tibetan refugee settlement in northern India is APEGA’s newest President. Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., became the association’s 99th President, before about 150 members, dignitaries, and others at the APEGA Annual General Meeting, April 20.


Success Stories Earn Summit Awards Spotlight

Where do engineering and geoscience knowledge, brainpower, and professionalism intersect with compassion, effort, and energy? At the annual APEGA Summit Awards, of course. Among those in the Summit class of 2018 is Leah Lawrence, P.Eng., a national champion for environmental technology and a former APEGA President. Ms. Lawrence’s career so far has earned her the Centennial Leadership Award—the premier Summit Award. Visit our YouTube channel to view the recipient videos.


Help Us Build a Better Membership Portal

APEGA is building a new membership portal and we need your input! We’re hosting in-person and online focus groups and hope you’ll take part. External consultants will present high-level plans for the project and invite you to share your thoughts on current challenges and gaps in the service, as well as opportunities for improvement. You can claim 1.5 continuing professional development hours for attending a session, as well as be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.


CCWESTT2018 – Re-Define the Future

APEGA has set the goal of women comprising 30 per cent of newly licenced engineers by 2030. To build on the momentum of other initiatives, APEGA is sponsoring CCWESTT2018, May 31 to June 2, in Edmonton. We will follow up on the Ottawa 2017 Gender Summit, review research from the NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering, and discuss successes. Register now (and obtain CPD credits) as the conference is filling up fast.


Transition and Transform Your Career

Unemployed? We want to help you get back on your feet. The innovative Shuttle Program provides individual coaching, workshops, clinics, and the chance to present to a live panel of decision-makers. The federal and provincial governments have partnered with an Alberta-based career transformation company to provide this unique opportunity. Individuals who qualify will have their Shuttle Program fully funded by the Alberta Government.


Member Benefits


APEGA Wireless Program by Rogers—Thank you to all of our members who are already on the program or have inquired about APEGA's exclusive rates. We appreciate your patience while we work on re-opening registration in the coming weeks.


University Outreach

Are you a university student looking to meet new people and develop your skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, project and event management, and decision-making? APEGA is now accepting applications for our 2018/2019 Student Liaison Committees in Edmonton and Calgary. Gain valuable volunteer experience for your resume, meet industry professionals, and give yourself an advantage as you prepare for your career in engineering or geoscience.

Visit our website for more information and to apply. Questions? Contact outreach@apega.ca.


APEGA Science Olympics – Calgary

Bring your family to watch the excitement at the APEGA Science Olympics – Calgary, taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the WinSport Arena. The APEGA Science Olympics – Calgary is an interactive, team-based engineering and geoscience competition for youth from across the region who have registered through their schools. We will have more than 500 students from Grades 1 to 12 competing in challenges designed and judged by APEGA members. There will also be hands-on booths set-up by local student groups, non-profits, and an APEGA engineer-in-training who is also an Olympic cyclist.


2018 Salary Survey

We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 APEGA Salary Survey. It’s free to participate, and participating companies receive a free copy of the report. Submissions will be accepted until June 18, 2018. If your company is interested in participating, please have your HR department contact us at salarysurvey@apega.ca.


APEGA Releases Annual Report

 

APEGA Annual Report 2017: Towards a Century of Service is now availableRead the year’s highlights as the association approaches its centennial, compare year-to-year data and measure our progress as we continue to improve our regulatory processes, and read leadership and public member commentary on our successes and challenges.


Experience Evaluation Gets an Upgrade

APEGA’s competency-based assessment (CBA) system is expected to go live on May 2 for applicants seeking registration as professional engineers or engineering licensees. If you know anyone who’s planning to apply, make sure they read all about CBA, which promises to be a more fair, transparent, and equitable process.


NPPE Question Author Volunteers Needed

APEGA is looking for members to help produce new, high-quality examination questions to add to the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) item bank for future tests. The average time commitment is 5–8 hours per month, and work can be performed remotely via the internet. Contact Greg Pope if you’re interested.


APEGA Professional Development Presentations Available

Did you miss out on this year’s APEGA AGM & Conference? You’re in luck! You can still view our professional development presentations by downloading the app or visiting the site.


APEGA Mentors Going the Distance

Did you know that many of our mentors and mentees connect via distance mentoring? Members who can't find a local match can connect with someone outside their region. Discussions can be conducted using technology such as Facetime, Skype, phone, or email—whatever works best for each matched pair. Apply to join our mentoring program today.


Thank You to Our 2018 AGM & Conference Donors

It’s a wrap! With the generous support of these companies, APEGA staged a successful 2018 Annual General Meeting & Conference. Thank you for your partnership!


Construction Innovation Showcase

Alberta is a hotbed of innovation in the construction industry. The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation (ASTech) is partnering with NAIT to cohost Innovation, Culture & Transformation in the Construction Industry on May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Don’t miss this must-see morning of inspiration and insight into innovation in Alberta. Buy tickets or register for the webcast here.


Nominations Open for 2018 ASTech Awards

The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation (ASTech) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 ASTech Awards, honouring the best in science and technology innovation in Alberta. Nomination deadline is May 31. In keeping with the ASTech mandate of inspiring innovation, the award program has been redesigned to better reflect the work and accomplishments that drive the economy in Alberta and across Canada.

Take a look at the award criteria and submit a nomination. If you have any questions, call the ASTech Foundation at 403-220-9130.


Lunch & Learn—Canadian Quality System and Lumber Grading

Interested in learning more about the use of wood in commercial, industrial, and institutional construction? Enjoy a free presentation by Normand Dupuis, Grade Bureau Director at the Alberta Forest Products Association, in Edmonton on May 3. The presentation will include information on how lumber is graded, appropriate uses for pine that has been killed by mountain pine beetles, and an overview of the North American Grading systems structure.


Engineering Essentials for Timber Design

Learn the secrets of engineering with wood in this one-day workshop. Covering basic engineering topics while delving deeper within each design area, this multi-level program is suitable for beginners as well as experienced timber designers and specifiers. Topics covered include estimating and managing building shrinkage and an introduction to seismic/wind loads design.

Register now:

Calgary—Monday, May 7

Edmonton—Tuesday, May 8


ASHRAE Gives Back

The Northern Alberta chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday, May 22, to build homes for families in need. Register as a volunteer and join the ASHRAE group to take part in this great cause. If you have any technical difficulties, please contact Habitat for Humanity.