Start Your Nomination: The Path to Council
Nominations are now closed for APEGA Council. See you in summer 2021 for your next opportunity to work with a team of fellow professionals to shape the next century of regulation for professional engineers and geoscientists in Alberta.
You might be asking yourself what the nomination process is like. Even if you’re eligible, what can you expect when you submit a nomination? We asked two current members of APEGA Council who were elected last year, APEGA President-Elect Brian Pearse, P.Eng., and current Councillor Margaret Allan, M.Eng., P.Eng., P.Geo..
Putting together a nomination
The process for submitting your nomination for APEGA Council ensures that we have a balance of perspectives from a variety of engineering and geoscience professions across Alberta. We are looking for engaged members with diverse volunteer experience who have the skill, knowledge, and passion to help lead the professions to fulfill our mandate to protect the public.
“I’ve always appreciated that APEGA is an organization that is supported by many dedicated volunteers,” says Brian Pearse, who will step into the role of president in April 2021, taking over for current president John Van der Put. “I was motivated to run so that I could help give back to this outstanding association.”
To submit your nomination, you will need:
- Your current resume or curriculum vitae
- The support of 25 professional members
- A short explanation of why you want to run for council (maximum 700 words)
- A self-rating of your skills against the list of councillor skills and experience
Show us your skills
Through the process of grading yourself on the top-ranked skills and experiences required for council, you will better understand the breadth of experience and knowledge needed to be an effective leader on APEGA Council.
Made up of 16 professional members and 3 public members, APEGA Council undergoes changes to its makeup each year. Every spring, we elect four new (or incumbent) councillors, a new vice-president, and a new president-elect. To help candidates navigate these annual changes, council provides a ranking of the skills best suited to fill any gaps being left by departing members, such as governance knowledge, understanding of self-regulation, and this year’s top-ranked skill, communication.
“It’s important for a councillor to be able to express their thoughts concisely and effectively. Having good, and even diverse, ideas are great. But if they cannot be conveyed clearly and professionally, they can be lost,” explains Pearse. “A key part of communication is being a good listener. Comments and feedback on other people’s ideas can lead to even better ideas through listening, and this can help to progress positive change.”
Getting on the ballot
After pulling together all the pieces for your nomination, the next step is an interview with the Nominating Committee, a volunteer panel of objective professionals who review your submission, evaluate your qualifications and experience, and try to get to know you a little bit better. After interviewing all candidates, the Nominating Committee will make a recommendation about which candidates best meet this year’s council requirements and embody the duties and responsibilities displayed by a member on APEGA Council. But every candidate, recommended or not, receives a spot on the ballot.
But there’s nothing to be nervous about—just like any job interview, the Nominating Committee is mostly interested in finding out more about every candidate. “I didn’t experience any anxiety taking on this new role,” says Margaret Allan, who was one of two newly elected councillors in 2019 (the other two were incumbents). “APEGA made the entire nomination, election, and orientation process straightforward, efficient, and effective.”
“I thought the process was well organized and fairly seamless,” agrees Pearse. “I enjoyed the opportunities to meet fellow members and candidates. The process is a lot more painless than one would think.”
Taking council online
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, APEGA’s work as a regulator continues—and that includes APEGA Council holding virtual meetings to ensure we can keep projects and initiatives moving forward. As we’ve all had to adjust to this brave new world of video conferences and home offices, APEGA has worked hard to create an online forum for councillors to feel comfortable as they debate important issues and strategize plans.
“I initially thought that the virtual meetings would not be very effective, but I’ve discovered that they are extremely well done,” explains Pearse. “APEGA and the president [John Van der Put] have done a superb job of making council feel as if we are close together.”
Featured in this article
Brian Pearse, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)
APEGA Council President-Elect