2017 Executive Nominees | APEGA

2017 Executive Nominees

The following Members have been nominated for the 2017 Branch Executive roles. They have each prepared a personal statement.

Past Chair: Shiraz Kanji, P.Eng., FEC, FGC(Hon.)

Shiraz is a long-term employee of the City of Edmonton (more than 25 years) and is the City's Bridge Engineer.

Shiraz has served on the Edmonton Branch Executive since 1998 in several positions – Branch Chair for 2 terms, Vice Chair for 2 terms, Treasurer and Member-At-Large for several terms. He has served on APEGA's Nominating Committee and is on the Honors and Awards Committee. Shiraz believes that because he has taken so much from the profession. He appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the Engineering Profession in any way he can.

Chair: Bob Rundle, P.Eng., PMP

Bob graduated from the University of Alberta with a civil engineering degree in 1994. He has has worked as a project coordinator/manager for the last 22 years both in Canada and overseas. Bob is currently running the construction division at Nilex Inc. as Senior Project Manager.

Bob has served on the Edmonton Branch Executive for the last 8 years in the following roles: Chair, Past Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member-at- Large. Bob has also chaired the Golf Committee for the last five years and has volunteered for numerous APEGA events and activities during that time.

Vice Chair: Kyle Fodchuk, P.Eng.

Kyle graduated from the University of Alberta with an electrical engineering degree in 2000. He has applied his electrical engineering practice to a variety of industries (manufacturing, semiconductors and industrial) and locations (Canada and US).

Recently Kyle participated as the Outreach committee chair for the Edmonton branch and continued some of the annual programs APEGA supports (Pi Challenge, Science Olympics, Science Nights, University Outreach, career fairs). Over the course of this year, Kyle helped with the continuity of the Outreach program while APEGA underwent significant change via retirements and new hires in the Outreach support roles.

Treasurer: Peter Doell, P.Eng., FEC, FGC(Hon.)

Peter received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1986 from the University of Alberta.  He has recently retired following a 30-year career with the ATCO Group of Companies.

Peter has served on the Edmonton Branch Executive since 1997 with multiple terms in each of the positions of Branch Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Member-at-Large. Most recently, he will have completed three terms as Treasurer.

Peter would like to continue supporting engineers and geoscientists in the Edmonton Region by maintaining and improving sound financial management processes in the Branch and continued involvement in the Education and Outreach activities of the Branch.

Secretary: Alex Nguyen, P.Eng.

Alex Nguyen is a Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta and a certified ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Auditor with IRCA. He has over eight years of work experience with involvement in various aspects of construction management in infrastructure and civil sectors. Alex is currently being employed by EllisDon as a Quality Manager.

Alex graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2009. He moved to Alberta and has been an active member with APEGA since 2010.

Alex started volunteering for APEGA Edmonton Branch since early 2015, serving as a member of the Communications Subcommittee. In 2016-2017 term, he served as the Secretary of Edmonton Branch Executive Committee. He believes in the value of knowledge sharing, mentorship, continual professional development, and promoting the profession to encourage self-awareness and active involvement of all Members.

Members-at-Large

+ David Alexander, P.Eng., PMP, MSc, LEED GA

David Alexander is a Professional Engineer licensed in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario and is a certified Project Management Professional registered with PMINAC. He is also a certified LEED Green Associate and has completed training in Lead Auditor for Quality Management Systems under ISO9001:2008. He has a master’s degree in Construction Management and over 13 years of experience in engineering design and construction of civil infrastructure and building construction projects.

David is a firm believer that an engineer can best serve his community by seeking to understand what its needs are. Having volunteered in the Caribbean and Ontario before migrating to Edmonton, his experience has taught him that one of the best ways to gain community knowledge and understanding is by giving back through volunteering.

David welcomes this opportunity to serve and make a meaningful contribution to the community in which he lives.

+ Vahid Ayan, P.L.(Eng.)

I am a transportation engineer with a PhD degree, and over 16 years of academic and industrial experience with the Provisional Licensee designation.

It's just part of the DNA of my profession to be working with people and their needs and demands. I have demonstrated my commitment through my volunteer experiences for APEGA. I am member of the Edmonton Branch's Sponsorship Sub-Committee and the NPPE Item Development Committee. I usually volunteer at the Legislative Review Consultations, Outreach, and other APEGA special events. These activities have provided me with extensive experience in strategic planning, policy making, and public engagement.

I want to broaden my knowledge of APEGA and how the Association serves the public interest. Working closely with Edmonton Branch would be very informative and very important. APEGA is a self-regulating system, managed by the Members themselves, so I think it’s the Members' responsibility to contribute their knowledge by working in different positions. I'm excited about getting involved in the Branch Executive, actively participating in the activities of the Branch, contributing new ideas, and extending my involvement in specific tasks and responsibilities which will certainly advance the profession by sharing my knowledge and experience.

Being elected to a Member-At-Large position with Edmonton Branch is a large responsibility. If selected, I’m going to shoulder it with respect and humility.

+ Monika Bhardwaj, P.Eng.

Monika Bhardwaj received her BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta in 1997 and became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2010.  She has been a registered Professional Member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) since 2002. Monika has worked in various technical and leadership roles in the petrochemical manufacturing sector for 20 years. Currently she works at NAIT as a Chair of Construction Engineering Technology program.

Monika has volunteered for APEGA in the past in Outreach program at schools and at the Edmonton Science Olympics. She has been a member of APEGA's Executive Committee as a Member-at-Large since 2013.  She has been a key supporter of the APEGA luncheon events outside of Edmonton Downtown area. Monika is also participating in the Champions Collaborative effort for Legislative Review process of The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.

+ Samanta Islam, E.I.T.

Samanta Islam has had a passion for science and technology from a young age. This, combined with her inquisitive nature, guided her to pursue engineering. In 2015, Samanta graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Besides working on her career, she enjoys being active in the community, volunteering in various community and city services. Her favourite and most recent volunteer experience was being a leader at Girls Engineering and Mentorship (GEM) Club, where she worked on building confidence in young girls' engineering skills. She also enjoys an active life, playing soccer, rock climbing, and skiing. As a member of the APEGA Branch Committee, Samanta hopes be an engaged member of the engineering community.

+ Andrew Liu, P.Eng.

Andrew Liu comes from a consulting background and now works as an Environmental Engineer with the City of Edmonton. He has volunteered with APEGA at Science Olympics and Iron Ring events. In 2016, he volunteered with the Outreach Committee and helped to organize science nights at local schools.

+ Alexandre Nassif, P.Eng.

Alexandre Nassif received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Brazil in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He graduated with a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta in 2009. He has over 13 years of engineering experience, working both in academia and industry. He has been with ATCO Electric since 2012, where he holds a Senior Engineer position in the Distribution Technical Services group. Prior to joining ATCO, he worked for Hydro One in Toronto as a Protection Engineer and simultaneously as a part-time Research Associate for Ryerson University. Alex Nassif is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is an active volunteer of IEEE, where he is the current Chairman of the Power Engineering Society/Industry Applications Society Joint Chapter of the Northern Canada Section.

+ Fatemeh Razavi, E.I.T.

Fatemeh Razavi, E.I.T. Member of APEGA, is a research assistant at the University of Alberta and PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. She has been involved in APEGA Edmonton Branch Executive Committee as a Member-at-Large since January 2015. She has been responsible for leading the Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee and the Education Outreach subcommittee.

Fatemeh has been very active in event planning and management, and has been involved in such events as the "Pi Challenge" in November 2015, and acting as the bridge between U of A students and APEGA. She also organized and chaired an informative and inspiring technical event entitled "How to be a Registered Member of APEGA" at the University of Alberta in 2016.

Fatemeh is interested to keep serving as a Member-at-Large in APEGA Edmonton Branch for the year 2017. Thank you for your attention and your support.

+ Venkata Vemana, P.Eng.

Venkata Vemana is a Professional Engineer licensed in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and a certified IRCA Auditor for Quality Management System under ISO 9001:2008. He has a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of British Columbia and over 20 years of experience in large infrastructure construction projects. Over the past decade, he has been involved in all aspects of project management and quality management for three major P3 projects in transportation and mass transit developments, which were budgeted close to $2 billion each in Alberta and British Columbia.  

Venkata has been actively involved in the APEGA Edmonton Branch Sponsorship subcommittee for the past two years.

+ Allan Yeung, R.E.T., P.L.(Eng.)

I have been a P.L.(Eng.) Member with APEGA since 2008 in Chemical Engineering and a R.E.T. with ASET since 1991.

I have worked in Syncrude Canada's R&D Centre for over 30 years in different areas within the company. My research areas are in the Oil Sand Engineering of Extraction, Froth Treatment, and Tailings Management.

An active volunteer in professional associations, I was a member of the APEGA/ASET Joint Board of Examiners for R.P.T.(Eng.) and P.L.(Eng.) for 5 years until 2012 (Vice Chair in the last year). This board reviewed and approved the applicants for the APEGA Professional License.  I am the ASET subject matter expert in chemical & petroleum engineering.

For ASET, I was Edmonton Chapter Chair, ASET Councilor (1998-2002) and then finally, President of ASET (2003-2004).

I am a current Director and Vice Chair of ETSFA (Engineering Technology Scholarship Foundation of Alberta).

Current Member-at-Large in the APEGA Edmonton Branch Executive Committee (from 2014). I am the co-chair for the Social Events sub-committee.

If selected, I would contribute positively to the APEG Edmonton Branch with my passion and relating experience for the Branch. I would provide good mentorship to the new members. Most important is, everyone will learn, enjoy and have some fun volunteering!

+ María Estela Zavala, P.Eng.

María Estela Zavala studied electrical engineering in Mexico, Toronto, and Tokyo and has worked in Mexico City, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton. In addition to her involvement in the consultant field, María Estela taught at two Mexican universities and worked for utilities companies in Mexico City and Edmonton.

As former Assistant Professor in Mexican universities, María Estela has a teacher's incentive to help the APEGA Members increase their knowledge on the latest topics on our profession through the Association luncheons.

Being in Montreal and member of the OIQ (Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec), María Estela participated as Director of the Regroupement des ingénieurs de Montréal (RIM) where she organized and hosted panels related to consultant engineers.

After moving to Calgary, she participated in APEGA as Member of the Calgary Branch Executive Committee and Member of the Calgary Branch Meetings Committee.  Once working in Edmonton, María Estela acted as Vice-Chair of the 2012 Edmonton Branch Executive Committee and elected Member-at-Large in 2007-2011.  She also received an APEGA Voluntary Service Award in May 2009 in recognition of her six years of voluntary service.