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  • Refining Recycling: A Practical Dream

    "Only nine per cent of Canadian plastic is currently recycled, and recycling processes are not very sustainable," Dr. Rafiq Ahmad, P.Eng., explains. "We want to create new, cheaper processes and a bigger impact by combining different technologies. We can do this because we are one of the labs in the world pioneering artificial intelligence and digitization."
  • Your Bones in Space

    Dr. Steven Boyd, P.Eng., examines the most sophisticated structures, pinpointing their strengths and weaknesses, their changes over time and environment. Structures possessing an electrical grid, a plumbing system, and most important to his studies, an intricate internal framework holding everything in place. Dr. Boyd studies bones and joints in the human body, and his most fascinating subjects are those who have returned from outer space.
  • Exploring the Riverbank with a Geoscientist

    "Every rock has a story to tell." Professional geoscientist Keith Diakiw's love of Mother Earth and her mysteries flourished as he went rock and mineral hunting as a young boy and later became a geoscientist. Now, he's sharing his knowledge with the children of Alberta at APEGA's Rock & Fossil Clinic held virtually over two weekends, on Oct. 16 and 23, 2021. Check out some rocks and minerals you can find along Alberta's rivers.
  • Mentorship in Any Language

    When she first moved to Canada, mentoring was a foreign concept to Mairim Neves, P.Eng. "I remember a friend told me I needed a mentor. I didn't know what the term meant." Fast forward 12 years, Neves has become the mentor she once needed, volunteering in APEGA's Mentoring Program.
  • APEGA Awards Get K-12 Students Electrified for STEM

    With the Innovation in Education Awards, APEGA is helping teachers create hands-on and engaging classroom experiences to foster a love of science, technology, engineering, and math in their students.
  • Energy Engineer Calculates a Cooler Tomorrow

    When Dr. Amit Kumar, P.Eng., began his career as an energy engineer in the 1990s, few people were talking about climate change. That has changed recently in the past few years, and now it seems climate change is top of mind for many.
  • The Ingredients of an Engineer

    Already a tenuous time of unknowns for every new graduate, entering the workforce while living through a global pandemic brought a new element of ambiguity for Nima Macci, E.I.T. She was looking for answers and direction, which she found at APEGA's Emerging Professionals Summit in 2020.
  • Braiding Strong Engineers

    Weaving materials together to create strong, resilient, and useful products is professional engineer Dr. Jason Carey's specialty. He is a braiding expert. Now, he's spending his time weaving ethics and values into engineers. He's doing such a great job, he was recognized with a 2020 Summit Award.
  • Lighting the World into the Next 100 Years

    Alison Thompson, P.Eng., is about progress and perpetual movement forward towards a cleaner country. This drive earned her the APEGA Centennial Leadership Summit Award in 2020. For years she worked in the oil and gas industry before having an epiphany about geothermal energy. Why was the Canadian sector not leveraging this system that had been in use for more than 100 years in other countries?
  • Gliding to Great Places

    "The crowd started this roar that came across the field, into the tunnel, and hit us. I felt that sound physically. Its impact was almost at a molecular level." In an instant, Rod Garossino felt like the Olympian he was. This same dedication that brought him to the Olympics eventually led him to the APEGA Foundation in 2015, where he served as executive director.
  • Efficient as Electrowetting

    When his research assistant contract was coming to an end, Juan Sebastian Marin Quintero, E.I.T., attended APEGA's Emerging Professionals Summit to explore options for his future. He wanted to meet other engineers and find ways to improve.
  • A Software Engineer and a Nurse Strike the Match of Innovation

    Dr. Moshirpour, P.Eng., and Dr. Duffett-Leger, a registered nurse, use their commonalities to produce software to benefit patients, health-care providers, and students. Their latest endeavour, Ignitingale, teams up engineering and nursing students to innovate software solutions for real
  • Hit the Links with Your APEGA Branch

    Each year, branch executives organize area-specific golf tournaments. These tournaments were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but are making a comeback in summer 2021. Members will once again hit the links to kick off the return of in-person branch events.
  • A Perspective on Mentoring: Cultivating a Successful Relationship

    If you look at the photo above, you may see a young woman or you may see an elderly lady. You may see neither, or something or someone completely different. Recognizing people see things differently is what AJ Conway, APEGA's mentoring and networking coordinator, says is paramount to creating successful mentoring relationships.
  • Alberta Communities Go Circular for the Environment

    Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar, P.Eng., is a consultant with the Recycling Council of Alberta, leading a team making big changes for Banff, Strathcona County, and Lethbridge as part of the Circular Economies Initiative.
  • Engineering Equity in a Male-Dominated Profession

    Engineers gathered for a virtual conference in June to address the culture of exclusion many women and under-represented groups in the profession experience, a problem Megan Bowen, P.Eng., personally encounters and passionately strives to solve.
  • APEGA's Science Olympics Teaches Students How the Professions Change the World

    Grade 3 students at Elmer Gish School collect outdoor debris and recycled materials to create ingenious floating birds' nests in their outdoor classroom as participants in APEGA's 2021 Science Olympics. They are solving a real-world problem: providing a safe wetland home for birds with threatened habitats.
  • Meeting Calgary's Infrastructure Needs of Tomorrow, Today

    Professional engineer Vivin Thomas, capital projects engineer with the Calgary Parking Authority, is on his way to his newest accomplishment, the 1,000,000-square-foot, $80-million Platform Innovation Centre and Parkade. He is going to marvel at the building's engineered dexterity to morph to meet the future needs of the area. He's also going to shoot some hoops.
  • A Tale of Wisdom and Engineering

    Professional engineer Steven Vaivada is in a unique position to help Indigenous communities thrive. He is Blackfoot, Niitsitapi - a member of the Blood Tribe. He is a wise middleman navigating the touchpoints between business, engineering, and the culture and traditions of Indigenous Peoples to create sustainable, equitable developments.
  • APEGA’s Mentoring Program: Connecting to Grow

    AJ Conway, APEGA's mentoring and networking coordinator, has connected mentors to mentees at APEGA since 2018, moving the process from a formal year-long match to a more informal up-to-a-year timeline, making the program more accessible for busy engineers and geoscientists. He enjoys breaking down barriers so people can connect and network to grow their careers.
  • Forging a Path for Future Indigenous Engineers

    Lucy Kootenay, E.I.T., has always worked to forge a path for those who identify as Indigenous to become engineers, just as her father did for her. She began an Indigenous Engineering Student Association while attending the University of Alberta and is currently an active member of AECOM's Blooming Program, working to hire and mentor professional engineers identifying as Indigenous.
  • Meet the President: Brian Pearse in His Own Words

    Previously, we brought you part one of our two-part Meet the President series designed to introduce the man leading APEGA as we inch closer to the end of the pandemic. In part two, we sit down with Brian Pearse, P.Eng., to get to know the man behind the presidency in his own words.
  • Meet the President: Saddling up to Lead APEGA into 2022

    In this two-part Meet the President series, you'll gain insight into what defines APEGA's current president, Brian Pearse, P.Eng., personally and professionally. In this first part, he explains how his long involvement with horses, in particular the sport of cutting horses, primed him to become APEGA's president.
  • Helping Hands Inspire Deputy Minister Paul Wynnyk

    What's better than Albertans helping Albertans? If you ask Paul Wynnyk, P.Eng., Alberta's deputy minister of municipal affairs, the answer is easy: nothing. "I'm really inspired by that good, old Albertan spirit to pitch in and lend a hand," he attests. It's a maxim he carried through his career in the Canadian military, and now carries as chair of Alberta's COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force.
  • Communicating the Rules at Play

    Remember meeting friends at the park as a child to play the game the floor is lava? Players demonstrated ideal self- and co-regulation. We’re no longer children on a playground, but self-regulation remains a guiding process.
  • An Investigation in Trust

    Garth Jesperson is not who you would expect to encounter when you think of a professional investigator. He is warm and quick to laugh, yet his background is serious. He was an RCMP officer for 28 years. Now, he's APEGA's director of investigations.
  • A Longstanding Tradition of Women Supporting Women

    A place to gather. An opportunity to make friends. A support network. These are just three of the offerings the PEGG Women's Club of Calgary provides for its members, and has done so since its inception 76 years ago.
  • Engineering Safer Personal Protective Equipment

    Professional engineers in Alberta are designing a textile treatment that would enable personal protective equipment to kill viruses and bacteria on contact.
  • Pupdate: Peggy Comes Home

    In February 2020, APEGA announced a long-term partnership with Canada Task Force 2 (CANTF2). Our sponsorship supports the purchase and training of a search-and-rescue black Labrador retriever named Peggy. While saving lives in disaster zones all over Canada and the world, Peggy will be a living beacon of APEGA's mission to protect the public's safety.
  • Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Authentication Practice Standard

    APEGA's practice standard Authenticating Professional Work Products, approved by Council and published in July 2019, is now enforceable. The standard highlights two methods to authenticate and validate professional work products.
  • The Science of Flight: APEGA’s Partnership with TELUS Spark

    One thing Laurie Shinkaruk, the director of advancement at TELUS Spark, loves most about her job is how her dual passions of science and learning about engineering intersect. At TELUS Spark, she watches as others discover those same things, gaining an appreciation for the role science plays in their everyday lives.
  • Moving Mountains: The Fight to Increase Representation in the Professions

    As our society wakes up to social inequalities, industry leaders are adopting strategies to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion in the engineering and geoscience professions.
  • The STEM Revolution: Finding Gender Parity

    Laleh Behjat, P,Eng., PhD, is working with industry to find better ways to recruit and retain women in engineering and science while preparing them to lead global change.
  • Water on the Moon: An Engineer's Plan for Space Resources

    The possibility of life on Venus. The discovery of water on the moon and Mars. The advancement of the Artemis program , which intends to return humans to the moon by 2024. Indeed, recent NASA announcements have the public buzzing with excitement about space exploration and the future of interplanetary travel. Zac Trolley, P.Eng., can relate. He has long been interested in what lies beyond our world and he has a plan for reaching the stars.
  • Diversity and Engineering: A Collision of Passion and Intellect

    A post-secondary facility without a women's washroom. A professor sharing photos of topless women sunbathing in the Rivera. These are just two of the realities that left an impression on Anjum Mullick, P.Eng., as she started her first year of an undergraduate degree in civil engineering. Although it sounds like a story straight out of the 1940s, it actually took place half a century later, in 1992.
  • APEGA’s Top Stories: A Year in Review

    As we close out the year, and one century of service to the public, join us for a walk down memory lane as we revisit some of the stories that meant the most to us and to our members. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the APEGA's top-read stories and our member profiles as we get ready to dive into our next 100 years of leadership, innovation, and excellence.
  • If: Ball, Then: Catch

    All Dot wants for her eighth birthday is a real, live puppy to cuddle. Instead, she gets a robot dog named Sparky. The duo's adventures are highlighted in this children's book that teaches kids about friendship, perseverance, computer programming, and robotics.
  • Paws for APEGA Centennial News: The Canada Task Force 2 Partnership

    In February, APEGA announced a partnership with Canada Task Force 2 (CANTF2) as part of our centennial celebrations. We kicked off the multi-year partnership by introducing three canine members of the team (and their handlers), and enjoyed a mock search performed by one of the dogs at TELUS Spark in Calgary. However, due to the global health emergency, we haven’t been able to formally introduce the face of the partnership until now.
  • Coming to the Aid of Little Warriors: PCL and the Playground

    When health authorities deemed the playground at the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch east of Sherwood Park, Alberta--the first specialized, intensive treatment centre in Canada for children and adolescents who have been sexually abused--unsafe, Little Warriors CEO Laurie Szymanski was at a loss.
  • Preparing for Takeoff: A Conversation with a Canadian Astronaut

    As part of APEGA's centennial celebrations, our Edmonton branch and The Personal Insurance Company invite you join us over the lunch hour on October 6 as we chat with Dr. Robert Thirsk, a highly decorated physician and astronaut.
  • We Remember: Canada's Military Engineers

    On Remembrance Day, we reflect on the sacrifices made by Canada’s military veterans in times of war, conflict, and peace. This includes Canada's military engineers, who support the survival, mobility, and combat effectiveness of the Canadian Forces.
  • Never Settle: A Geophysics Journey

    As a young girl in Russia, Svetlana Bidikhova, P.Geoph., thought she'd grow up to become a theoretical physicist like her father. But when she learned about the world of geophysics, she knew she had found her calling.
  • Emerging Professionals Find Career and Networking Help at Inaugural Summit

    To help the next generation of professional engineers and geoscientists find their way, APEGA hosted the inaugural Emerging Professionals Summit earlier this fall. Read the recap from university student Evangeline Saclamacis.
  • From Humble Beginnings: An Examination of APEGA’s Investigations Department

    In 2013, APEGA became one of the first regulatory bodies in Canada to employ a professional investigator to review complaints. Seven years after that modest start, that solo position has grown into a team of six investigators with more than 100 years of experience between them.
  • CBC's Bob McDonald Tells Us About Science As He's Seen It

    Having brought science and engineering to television, radio, and stages across North America for more than 40 years, Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio's long-running Quirks and Quarks program, can rightfully say he's seen it all. Read more about his approach to science, engineering, and our energy future.
  • Professional designations open a world of opportunity

    The work of professional engineers and geosciences is in demand around the world. You never know where your career might end up. For Calgarian Teresa Waddington, P.Eng., it was as a plant manager in Scotland.
  • Webinar for Internationally Trained Professionals

    On September 28, 2020, APEGA will host a webinar that celebrates APEGA's centennial and its future with internationally trained engineers and geoscientists, featuring speakers who were previously also internationally trained, including APEGA Compliance Manager Saumya (Sam) Barua, P.Eng.
  • Making Room at the Drafting Table: One Woman’s Quest for Gender Equality in Engineering

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. This proverb, which has been attributed to several different historical figures, including a philosopher, an activist, and an army general, offers a charming visual, but for Elinor Linney, P.Eng., it wasn't just a statement. It was a way of life.
  • Meet the President: In His Own Words

    Last week, we brought you part one of our two-part Meet the President series designed to introduce the man leading APEGA through our centennial year. In part two, we sat down with John to get to know the man behind the presidency in his own words.
  • Meet the President: A Lifetime of Leadership

    This past April, amid a global health emergency, collapsing oil prices, and a strained economy, APEGA welcomed its 101st president. From the very first days of his term, John Van der Put, P.Eng., has been paving his own way as the first president in the association's history to take the helm during a pandemic.
  • Emerging Professional Summit

    After the success of last year’s APEGA Student Conference and Members-in-Training (M.I.T.) Boot Camp, APEGA is coming back with a special virtual event that will combine both audiences in one jam-packed day that’s sure to inspire.
  • The next evolution of The PEG

    In recognition of our centennial, we are proud to announce the next iteration of The PEG magazine as a new section on APEGA.ca. Welcome to yourPEG!
  • Everybody wins at Branchopoly

    In early June 2020, the executive leadership from all 10 APEGA branches came together for a two-day, online conference to discuss new and innovative ways to connect the branches with their membership.
  • From Venezuela to Canada: A Professional Engineer’s Journey Home

    Being a great engineer means following your passion, regardless of which continent you end up on. After growing up in Venezuela and training in Spain and Scotland, Sara Naveda is proud to call Calgary home.
  • APEGA reheats branch luncheons as online learning opportunity

    On March 26, the APEGA Calgary Branch took its luncheon event, Pioneering Alberta's First Conventional Geothermal Energy Facility, online and accepted registrants from across the province, setting a precedent for a post-pandemic world.
  • Parenting Resources: #MakerMonday with the TELUS World of Science

    Looking for a new way to bring science into your child's life? Look no further than your kitchen (and the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton) for #MakerMondays!
  • Parenting Through COVID-19

    As we move through our new normal, the demands on working parents are at an all-time high. The line that separates work and home life is blurred at a time when maintaining that balance has never been more important.
  • E-mentoring: Spend This Time Finding the Right Fit

    As Albertans continue to work from home to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, professionals are forced to find new ways to connect to keep the economy moving. However, this change in how we communicate also creates new opportunities for professional engineers and geoscientists to build stronger connections with each other and help nurture the next generation of self-regulated professionals.
  • A Powerful Impact

    From Afghanistan to Kenya and beyond, solar power expert Faruq Vishram, P.Eng., is using his professional engineering skills to empower developing communities in Central Asia and East Africa, paying it forward as a volunteer with the Aga Khan Development Network.