Calgary Branch 2019 Executive Nominees | APEGA

Calgary Branch 2019 Executive Nominees

The following members have been nominated for the 2019 Branch Executive roles. They have each prepared a personal statement.

Calgary Branch Executive

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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

Volunteer for 31 years,  I have supported APEGA in multiple roles on the Calgary Branch Executive, the Meetings Committee, and serving on the Medicine Hat Branch. My undertaking as Chair is to listen, respond and voice 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 advance initiatives, enhance the profile of our professions and provide feedback to APEGA about the professions. The Calgary Branch Executive activities emphasize luncheons, professional development, networking, mentoring, outreach and communication.

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Vice Chair (Choose One) - William R. Sattlegger, P.Geo.

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

Mr. Sattlegger, is a practising professional geologist with 37 years experience in the energy and mining sectors His career includes senior technical and executive positions within domestic and international private and public corporations. Mr. Sattlegger has also been engaged in business development and as a geotechnical specialist within global independent reserves evaluations firms. He is acting Expert Witness Geoscience for APEGA and is an active member on several committees including ASET Joint Committee, Investigations (IC), Interim Secretary & Member at Large, Calgary Branch Executive Committee, Student Liaison and Mentor Program.

In addition to serving as Past President Carleton University Alumni he is also a current Director & Treasurer for the Mineral Exploration Group Society (MEGS).

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Vice Chair (Choose One) - Anil Gupta, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon)

B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, India, 1973

Anil Gupta, is a Professional Engineer  was worked in the Oil and GAS industry for 45 years. He is working as Process Engineering, Integration and Start-up consultant. Anil is passion for mentoring and his volunteering experience with APEGA started in 2001 with active participation in APEGA Mentoring committee. Since then Anil has been an active volunteer at APEGA Calgary Branch Executive Committee, Calgary Branch Meetings Committee and APEGA Registration Executive Committee. Anil also volunteers for APEGBC registration department. Anil is an active listener with sound judgement. He is a strategical thinker. Anil professional and management skill be a positive contribution in meeting APEGA and ABEC long term goals.

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Treasurer - Roghoyeh Salmeh, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), 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. In addition to Technical and Standard committees, Dr. Salmeh 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.

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Secretary - Roya Iranitalab, P.Eng.

B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Calgary, 2005

My name is Roya Iranitalab; I’m a mother of 3 kids, wife, professional engineer and volunteer. I have been volunteering with APEGA since 2009 in Fort McMurray branch as executive member, secretary, vice chair, and branch chair. I enjoy collaborating with engineers and professionals alike to better our professional practice. At this time, given the economical challenges in our province and the need for more diversification I like to be more engaged than before to collaborate with our professional association to better define our processes and strengthen our engagement to protect public interest. 

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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 new comers! I hope to offer more support provided to our graduate engineers, new comers and unemployed members, so they can be efficient members of our engineering society and achieve their goals.

Calgary Branch Member-at-Large Nominees (Choose 9)

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Anna Pastega, E.I.T.

B.A.Sc. – D (Geological Engineering), University of Waterloo, 2017

Hello, my name is Anna Pastega and I am a Geological Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo. I am running for a Member-at-Large position in the hopes that I can add value to APEGA and support the committee with fresh eyes and new ideas. I currently serve on the APEGA Calgary Branch Meetings Committee as Secretary and have done so for the past 8 months. I have over 3 years of work experience in the oil and gas industry, through work at Suncor (current) and Cenovus. Outside of work, I love to spend time with family and friends, travel, play the violin, and give back to my community through a variety of different volunteer activities.

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Brian Pearson, P.Eng.

B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 1975

My name is Brian Pearson.  I am retired with 43 years of experience in the Aerospace Industry.  The first 15 years was design of navigational instruments for Ship, Civil and Military Aircraft and Missile navigation systems.  The last part of my career has been spent on reliability engineering and safety engineering for systems such as the Shuttle / Space Station robotic arm and military communications systems.  I have spent much of my career as a manager and occasionally program manager.  I still do consulting to the few aerospace companies in Calgary.

I have been a volunteer with Ontario’s PEO until I moved to Calgary.  Since then I have been a community leader in 3 different communities in Calgary.  I feel I should get back to giving back to my profession as a Member At Large to start with.

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

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

Dr Elden Jaafar is the Calgary Branch Executive Committee Member, an innovative 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 with Shell Canada in Western Canada, Mackenzie Delta, Arctic & East Coast in various technical and project management positions.


I am passionate for volunteering and working with other professionals in engineering and geoscience’s 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 currently in SPE Canadian Regional Awards Committee and GPS Technical Committee. I am looking to continue serving members and the public interest, enhancing benefits and values.

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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.

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Ivy Zhang, P.Eng.

B.E.Sc. (Civil Engineering), University of Western Ontario, 2013
B.A. (Honours Business Administration), University of Western Ontario, 2013

Ivy is a Professional Engineer with 6 years of experience who served from 2014 to 2016 on the APEGA Fort McMurray Branch Executive Committee as a Member-at-Large and Outreach Coordinator. She led the planning and execution of over a dozen events including five “Elementary Science Days”, where APEGA volunteers presented science experiments and demonstrations to K-6 students in schools across Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan. She also collaborated with Keyano College to provide volunteers for their Engineering101 speaker series and resumé review/mock interview nights. Now, as a resident of Calgary, she wants to share her past event planning experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to volunteerism with APEGA’s Calgary Branch.

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Jillian Johnson, M.Sc., P.Eng.

M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland, 2014
B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Calgary, 2012 

Jillian Johnson is a professional engineer with experience in management systems, regulatory compliance, and pipeline integrity. She currently works for DNV GL in Calgary, providing consulting services to a variety of clients in midstream oil and gas. Jillian is an active participant and volunteer with a number of organizations, such as Young Women in Energy and the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada, geared towards engaging women and young professionals in the energy industry. Having benefited from APEGA initiatives such as the mentoring program, she hopes to provide value to other members through the Member-at-Large position.

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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 graduating 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.

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Mohammed A. Quadir, P.Eng.

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 in the APEGA Calgary Branch Meeting Committee for the year 2018. 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 last term I was Director Administration (Secretary Treasurer). I do volunteering in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Alumni Association in Calgary. I do volunteering in Association of Bangladeshi Engineers Alberta Canada.

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

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Roshanak Saei, P.Eng.

B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Calgary, 2008

I am a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional currently working as a Managing Consultant for Berkeley Research Group (BRG). BRG is a leading global expert services and consulting firm that provides independent expert testimony, litigation and regulatory support, authoritative studies, strategic advice and document and data analytics to major law firms, Fortune 500 corporations, governmental agencies and regulatory bodies. In my current position I am responsible for involving both execution and oversight of engagement work streams that may be either qualitative or quantitative in nature, and responsibilities include: forensic schedule delay analysis on numerous construction-oriented client projects, i.e. analyzing baseline and schedule updates to identify the as-planned vs as-built critical path(s); identifying and attributing construction costs to root causes of cost overruns, conducting field inspections; assessing design errors or omissions and/or defective 

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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.