2018 Executive Committee Nominees | APEGA

2018 Executive Committee Nominees

The following Members have been nominated for the 2018 Branch Executive roles. They have each prepared a personal statement.


Past Chair – Johnathon Bain, P.Eng.

B.Sc. (Civil Engineering), University of Alberta, 2009

My name is Johnathon Bain and I am currently the Past Chair of your Calgary Branch Executive. I am a father, husband, civil engineer (building envelope engineer to be exact), a youth rugby coach, pianist in training, cyclist, triathlete wannabe, speaker, MC and volunteer. I am passionate about engaging our diverse membership, educating the public about engineering and geoscience, and being at the forefront of earning and maintaining our social licence.


Chair – Gobind Khiani, P.Eng.

M.Eng. (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering), University of Calgary, 2011
B.Eng. (Civil Engineering), University of Pune, India, 1992
Dipl. (Civil Engineering), Tolani Foundation Gandhidham Polytechnic, India, 1987

Gobind Khiani, P.Eng., is the Fellow Piping/Pipelines, Valves at Fluor Inc. He has 23 years experience in the E&C and power business and has worked in the U.K., Dubai and Canada. Over the years his passion towards volunteering in industry activities has led him to be the Chairman at CBEC and he continuously dedicates his time commitments to APEGA. His passion has led him to present in excess of 200+ papers and 75+ conferences and technical papers in the interest of sharing engineering knowledge and industry best practices. Other than APEGA, you can find him volunteering at United Way, First Robotics, University of Calgary, Growing Representation and Opportunity for Women (GROW), and Emerging Leaders group. He is born in Gandhidham (Gujarat, India) and lives and works in Calgary since 2004. 


Vice Chair – Tibor Kaldor, P.Eng., M.A.Sc, MBA, FEC, FGC (Hon.)

MBA, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1980
M.A.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), University of Toronto, 1972
B.A.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), University of Toronto, 1970 

I will continue to support APEGA and our professions. I have volunteered during the past 30 years in multiple roles on the Calgary Branch Executive, the Meetings Committee and Medicine Hat Branch. My undertaking is to listen and respond; to represent your interests on the Calgary Branch. A career of 45 years has given me business and management skills and judgement to apply APEGA’s strategy, which is to assist Council to execute activities related to communication, networking, professional development and outreach.


Treasurer – Roghoyeh Salmeh, P.Eng., Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), University of Calgary, 2007 
M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Calgary, 2002 
B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Tehran, Iran, 1988 

Dr. Salmeh is a Professional Engineer and has been serving on the APEGA Calgary Branch Executive Committee and Meeting Committee since December 2010. She volunteered for APEGA Science Olympics for 3 years and served as the Chair of Calgary Branch Executive Committee in 2014. Dr. Salmeh was an APEGA Legislative Review Champion and a member of the Investigative Committee. Apart from APEGA, she is also involved in other community activities and serves as a volunteer for the Calgary Women in Science and Engineering Networking program and Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. She hopes to continue working as the Calgary Branch Executive Committee’s Treasurer to enhance the quality of programs for professional members in Calgary. 


Secretary – Brenda Corbett, MBA, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

MBA, University of Alberta, 1988
B.Sc. Hons. (Chemical Engineering), Queen’s University, 1980 

My name is Brenda Corbett and I have more than 25 years experience volunteering with APEGA, and have served on APEGA and other Boards in various positions (currently as Secretary of the Calgary Branch Executive and Chair of the Calgary Branch Meetings Committee). I’m proud to be a professional engineer (37 years) and now consult to clients grappling with the paradigm shift to low-carbon economic growth. I enjoy collaborating with colleagues of like mind and interests, so we can work together to give back to our profession.


Golf Tournament Lead – Amin Sabzevari, P.Eng.

B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), Shiraz University, Iran, 1993

My name is Amin Sabzevari. I am a father, husband, engineering consultant, engineering trainer and speaker, food lover, people-oriented and a volunteer. Involvement with the Calgary Branch Executive would allow me to share my knowledge which I gain by working on three continents to bring new ideas and perspectives to our membership. My dream is to see more diversity in our city, more opportunities for female engineers and newcomers! I hope to offer more support provided to our graduate engineers, newcomers and unemployed Members, so they can be efficient members of our engineering society and achieve their goals.

Members-at-Large (Pick 9)


Peyman Ahmadi, P.Eng.

M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Calgary, 2011
B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), Noushirvani University, Iran, 2008

Peyman Ahmadi is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and has been a social committee lead in APEGA Calgary Branch Executive Committee since January 2016. Presently he is working with AESO as a Transmission Planning Engineer. He graduated in electrical engineering from Noushirvani University, Babol, Iran, in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Calgary in 2011.


Vincent Chiew, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Software Engineering), University of Calgary, 2012
M.Sc. (Software Engineering), University of Calgary, 2003
B.Sc. (Computer Science), University of Calgary, 1997
B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Calgary, 1991

Vincent has been Past Chair and member of the Calgary Branch Executive Committee and its Meetings Committee (CBMC) for a number of years. He hopes to continue to provide and enhance Members’ benefits and values by having being involved with APEGA’s activities such as mentoring, inclusivity/diversity, outreach, Internationally Educated Graduates (IEG), APEGA 101, Professionalism & Ethics, and Legislative Review. With all his involvement, he understands and appreciates the needs and expectations of APEGA Calgary Branch members and the public in general.


Elden Jaafar, P.Eng., Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Petroleum Engineering), University of Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, 1989
B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), University of Baghdad, Iraq, 1970 

I am Dr. Elden Jaafar, an innovative, results-driven Professional Engineer with 25+ years of experience, leadership and management with major oil & gas companies in a variety of fast-paced, technologically sophisticated environments mainly within the Canadian and International E&P upstream, strategic business planning and growth sectors in both onshore and offshore environments. Extensive work experience in Western Canada, Mackenzie Delta, Arctic & East Coast in various technical and project management positions with Shell Canada. Qualified reserves evaluator as defined in the Canadian National Instrument 51-101. I am passionate for volunteering and working with other professionals in engineering and geoscience to enhance our activities and engaging our diverse membership. As a volunteer, I have served as SPE Director, SPE Global Membership Committee Member, SPE Editorial Review Committee and Technical Editor of SPE Engineering Journals. I am looking to serve APEGA Calgary Branch members and the public interest and appreciate their needs and expectations.


Tarang Khambalkar, P.Eng.

B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), Nagpur University, India, 2002

Mr. Tarang is a Mechanical Engineer with 15 years of experience. He is employed with Jacobs Canada Inc. He is part of a lovely family which is completed by his wife and two boys. In the recent past, he has volunteered his time to support Enbridge’s “Conquer Cancer” and also to provide relocation assistance to evacuees effected by wildfires at Fort McMurray. As a hockey parent he also volunteers his time to the community hockey association. Prior to Calgary, he has worked in Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Middle East regions. He is keen to support the Calgary Branch Executive Committee to the best of his ability and unpretentiously hopes that he can add value, such that it benefits current and future APEGA Members.


Gerry Langille, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.), Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Geology), State University of New York, USA, 1974
B.A. (Geology), Brown University, USA, 1968 

Dr. Langille has been a Professional Geoscientist in Calgary for over sixteen years. An active volunteer, he has been a member of the CBEC for thirteen years as a Member-at-Large (9 years) and a Mentoring Lead (4 years). He has also volunteered on the Meetings Committee, Outreach Committee, and is currently a member of the APEGA Investigative Committee. He hopes to continue working to advance the interests of Professional Members in Calgary particularly by supporting PD events, outreach programs and the APEGA Mentoring program. 


Brett McGillivray, P.Eng.

B.Sc. (Mining Engineering), Queen’s University, 2008

Brett McGillivray is Professional Engineer with nine years of experience in Alberta’s mining industry. His position with Suncor, involves mine scheduling, budgeting and equipment planning. In addition, he is a member of the Fort Hills Incident Command System which supports the coordinated response to emergencies in that region. He recently took on the volunteer position of Public Transportation Chair within his community association.


John Pastega, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering), University of Waterloo, 1988

Hello, my name is John Pastega. I am a Civil Engineer, graduated from the University of Waterloo. I have been involved with the Branch in various capacities over the last 25 years. I have held the positions of Treasurer and Chair in the past. I am running for a Member-at-Large position and am hoping to bring my experience and continuity to the committee.


Mohammed A. Quadir, P.Eng., MMP

B. Sc. (Electrical Engineering), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, 1986

My name is Mohammed A. Quadir. I am a father, husband, Electrical Engineer (Power System to be exact), music lover and a volunteer. I am committed to make the engineering profession popular. I worked as a Member-at-Large in the APEGA Fort McMurray Branch Executive Committee for one term (2012). I was an Elected Director of Executive Committee for three consecutive terms of Association of Bangladeshi Engineers Ontario (from 2003 to 2007); in my last term, I was Director Administration (Secretary Treasurer). I volunteer for the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Alumni Association in Calgary. I also volunteer for the Association of Bangladeshi Engineers of Alberta, Canada.

I volunteer at community events a couple of days every year such as Canada Day event, Fort McMurray Air Show (2014) and Country Music Event in Fort McMurray.


Alasdair Robinson, P.Eng.

B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Calgary,1994

My name is Alasdair Robinson. I am a Professional Engineer with 20 years’ experience working with natural gas compressors in both the design and construction of compressor packages and the maintenance and reliability of compressors in the field. My particular interest is in the vibration and dynamic behaviour of rotating and reciprocating machinery. I have served on the executive committee of the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Machinery Vibration Association. I am interested in supporting the work that APEGA does in the community and in promoting the vital role that the engineering profession plays in our economy and society. Outside of work, I enjoy singing with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and participating in various outdoor pursuits. I have two wonderful girls in grades 5 & 7.


William R. Sattlegger, P.Geo.

B.Sc.(H) (Geology), Carleton University, 1981

Mr. Sattlegger is a practising Professional Geoscientist with 36 years of experience in the energy and mining sectors. His career has included senior technical and executive positions within domestic and international private and public firms. Mr. Sattlegger has also been involved with business development and as a technical advisor within several independent reserves evaluation firms. He is also active on a number of committees within APEGA including Investigations Committee (I/C), Student Liaison Committee Events, Industry Mixer and Student Science Fair. In addition to serving as the current president, Calgary Chapter, Carleton University Alumni, he is also a member of the CSPG, SPE, MEG and AAPG.


Imran Wyeen, P.Eng., MBA, PMP, RMP

MBA (Finance & GEMS), University of Calgary, 2009
B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Texas, USA, 1984

I am a Professional Engineer and Project & Risk Management Professional with over 25 years of experience in energy, engineering consulting, information technology and EPC environments. I am currently working as Systems Project Manager. In the past, I have worked at ENMAX Power Corporation, Total E&P Canada Ltd. and Toyo Engineering. I have volunteered in professional and social organizations with broader appeal over the years and now want to focus more on the engineering community in these challenging, changing and difficult times. My biggest motivation is to give back to younger engineers what I have gained and learned over past decades of my work as engineer. To make even the smallest of differences in someone’s career is a very worthwhile objective for me.