Election 2017 | APEGA

Election 2017

Jump to the 2017 nominees list

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You can vote in the 2017 APEGA Election if you are a Member in good standing.

A Member in good standing has:

  • no outstanding financial obligations to APEGA
  • no current APEGA-imposed sanctions or suspensions
  • no outstanding CPD hours

Eligible to Vote

  • Honorary Life Member
  • Life Member
  • Professional Member (P.Eng., P.Geo., P.Geol., P.Geoph.)
  • Professional Licensee

Ineligible to Vote

  • Applicant
  • ASAP Student Member
  • Exam Candidate or Student
  • Honorary Member
  • Licensee
  • Member-in-Training (Engineer-in-Training or Geoscientist-in-Training)
  • Provisional Licensee

 

When to vote, and who can vote

How to Vote

Poll Opens: 9:00 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017

Poll Closes: 12:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017

If you have any questions about the election, please call the Edmonton office or email elections@apega.ca.

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Ballot Information

Your ballot will list:

  • 2 candidates for President-Elect/Vice-President
  • 14 candidates for Councillor
  • the current President-Elect was elected during last year’s election. This person automatically becomes President the following year at the next Annual General Meeting.

You may vote for:

  • 1 President-Elect (person with the second-most votes will be Vice-President)
  • 5 Councillors

You can vote for fewer people, but not more. You may also submit a blank ballot.

All votes are final and confidential. While the polls are open, APEGA will email you weekly reminders to vote until the polls have closed or you have voted.

2017 Council Nominees

Below is the list of candidates running in the 2017 APEGA Election. Each candidate has provided a personal statement, resume and/or cv, or video statement.

Candidates marked with * have been endorsed by the Nominating Committee.

President

+ Jane Tink*, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) (elected President-Elect in 2016)

 

Jane Tink, P.Eng.

Jane Tink, P.Eng., was born in Red Deer, Alberta, and attended school in Pincher Creek, where she began volunteering for various youth and sports groups. She attended the University of Calgary and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1984. After graduation she joined a smaller oil and gas company, and in 1987, while there, she obtained the title of Professional Engineer. She began her career reviewing and programming an economic evaluation program and reserve tracking system and moved on to become the company’s Drilling and Completion Engineer. She became involved in the Association of Women in Engineering, holding various positions including President. She was also on the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (JCPT) editorial review committee and volunteered in schools, presenting to K-12 students on various science topics, including engineering as a career and why it is a fantastic choice! During this time Jane began volunteering with APEGA – first with the Outreach Program making school presentations and then with Calgary Branch.

Jane worked for a private oil and gas company for a number of years, where she was responsible for various geographical areas including all aspects of engineering, from exploration to well abandonment and reclamation. She also maintained the Novell and Novell/Unix computer system and was responsible for testing and integrating new engineering software. During this time she completed the University of Calgary APEGA Management Certificate in 1995 and continued her volunteer activities with APEGA and the Association of Women in Engineering and Science, and as a speaker at conferences and schools. In 1994 she joined Ryder Scott Company when they opened their Canadian office. There she was a team leader, APEGA Responsible Member, and primary contact for clients both domestically and internationally. During this time she also lived at and operated a cattle ranch, where she gained a better appreciation of the economic and environmental sustainability challenges of maintaining a safe and secure food chain.

In 2003 Jane was invited to run for APEGA Council and was honoured with the opportunity to serve as an APEGA Council Member from 2004 to 2007. She considered it an honour to serve her fellow professionals and the general public, and she relished the opportunity to give back to the profession that has afforded her such wonderful opportunities throughout her career.

In 2013, Jane started a consulting firm, Consult Tink Inc., which provides contract engineering to clients domestically and internationally. Jane continues to prepare estimates of reserves and resources and future net income for various financial institutions and exchanges worldwide. The firm is an APEGA Permit Holder for which she is the Responsible Member.

After being on APEGA’s Council, Jane was the Chair of the Aboriginal Committee and guest speaker at various conferences, and continued to volunteer locally, including being a mascot named Cookie with her son’s Cub troop. One of her career highlights has been to mentor and encourage both professionals and students in the professions. Jane currently lives south of Calgary with her family.

APEGA has an enormous impact on the economy, safety, and advancement of Alberta, of Canada, and of the world. It’s an honour to once again participate in developing strategies to help our Members maintain the worldwide reputation of providing exceptional professional and technical input to any projects that they are involved in.

Professional Associations

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA)
  • Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia (APEGBC)
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Saskatchewan (APEGS)
  • Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Professional Activities

  • Honorary Geoscientists Canada Fellow (FGC (Hon.)) – Geoscientists Canada (2013)
  • Fellow Engineers Canada (FEC) – Engineers Canada (2009)
  • Chair, APEGA Audit Committee (2005-2006)
  • Chair, APEGA Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee (2005-2012)
  • Council Member, APEGA (2004-2007)
  • Chair, APEGA Calgary Branch Executive Committee (1997-1998)
  • Member, MEED Committee at the University of Calgary to institute a business minor for engineering students
  • Volunteer, APEGA Mentoring Committee
  • Member, University of Calgary Student Liaison Committee
  • Member, Student Outreach Program
  • Member-at-Large, APEGA Calgary Branch

Civic Contributions

  • Organized and participated in science fairs and science presentations in Aboriginal communities, and various public and private schools and organizations in the Calgary area
  • Past member of the JCPT Technical Review Committee
  • President, Past President, Vice President and Newsletter Editor for AWES
  • Guest lecturer at the University of Calgary and National Engineering Conference on Gender Ethics in the Workplace
  • Guest speaker for various conferences
  • Scouts parent volunteer

For President-Elect/Vice-President

Note: Our bylaws state that three nominees are the usual requirement for the positions of President-Elect/Vice-President. In the case of an anomaly, however, Council has the power to validate the nomination. A motion passed unanimously by Council on November 30, 2016, validating the nomination of two President-Elect/Vice-President candidates in the upcoming election.

+ Nima Dorjee*, P.Eng.

Nima Dorjee, P.Eng.

Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., was born in a Tibetan refugee settlement in India. Nima has called Calgary home since 1981. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1992. While attending the university in 1989, he was elected President of the 18,000-member students’ union.

Upon graduation, Nima founded EngIT Engineering Services, which specialized in providing E.I.T.s to employers for a short-term basis. In 1995, he joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Under his leadership, the engineering internship program became the largest of its kind in Canada. In 2008, he was recognized with the Schulich School of Engineering’s Champion Award.

The YMCA recognized Nima's involvement in human rights by awarding him the Canada Peace Medal in 1997, and in 2007 he received the Calgary Freedom of Expression Award.

Since 2008, Nima has devoted his time to projects related to the Dalai Lama’s work on human values. This included working at the private office of the Dalai Lama in India. Since 2011, Nima has served as the President of Project Tibet Society, which is responsible for the resettlement of 1,000 Tibetan refugees from northern India to Canada. Nima was elected the Vice-President of APEGA in 2015.

Nima and his wife of 25 years, Dr. Tsering Dorjee, have two daughters.

APEGA Activities

  • Vice-President, 2015-2016
  • Audit Committee, APEGA 2015-2016
  • Co-chair, Joint Legislative Review Committee (2015-present)
  • Member, Investigative Committee (2012-present)
  • Member, Nomination Committee (2011-2012; 2004)
  • Member, Licensure Task Force (2001-2003)
  • Member, Council (2000-2003)
  • Member (1992-present)

Affiliations, Corporate or Community Service

  • Chair of Fundraising, APEGA Education Foundation (current)
  • Board Member, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • Co-chair, International Tibet Support Network
  • Chair, Engineering Alumni Chapter, University of Calgary
  • Member, Task Force on Racial and Cultural Diversity, City of Calgary
  • President, Students’ Union, University of Calgary
  • Member, Board of Governors, University of Calgary

Personal Statement

Due to the economic downturn, thousands of our Members have lost their jobs, and many graduating engineers and geoscientists have not been able to enter their chosen profession.

During these difficult times, APEGA must restore and increase membership services to help Members. We must work with our Permit Holders, government, and membership to find solutions to ease the difficulties Members face. We must develop closer relationships with other organizations that serve Members.

APEGA is the largest professional association in Alberta. We have been entrusted with the privilege of self-regulation and with this comes great responsibility.

First and foremost is our responsibility to maintain the public's trust through the licensing of competent and ethical Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.

In today’s environment, it is conceivable for a project to have the entirety of its engineering and design work completed overseas (outside of APEGA’s regulatory authority) and only have the final work assembled in Alberta. So, one of the most important issues facing APEGA today is the challenge of regulating the engineering profession in an era of outsourcing and offshoring. We need to ensure consistent regulation of technical work in engineering and geoscience, regardless of where the work is done.

I believe that the intent of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act is to protect and ensure public safety in Alberta. Our Members are best served and the public interest is best protected when APEGA regulates the professions effectively.

We must find the right balance between adapting to changes in the global economy and APEGA’s duty to uphold professional and ethical standards to ensure public safety in Alberta.

APEGA Members work on some of the most complex engineering and geoscience projects around the world. They provide technical solutions to some of the most challenging problems society faces. We have a duty to participate in the public debate on the issues that involve our professions, and to inform the public and elected officials of options so that they can make the right decisions to serve Alberta's interests.

I believe APEGA must provide the forum in which our Members – with their professional and technical expertise – can be heard and engage in discussions with the public to better serve our communities and our province.

Our professions’ impact on Alberta and our province’s economy is significant, and we must not be shy in advancing the interests of our Members and professions with government. We must engage in greater advocacy work. We must also be mindful of the enormous trust society has placed upon us.

I look for your support and look forward to engaging you in discussions on these and other matters that concern you and our Association. 

Download Nima Dorjee's CV 

Download Nima Dorjee's Resume

+ John Rhind*, P.Geol

John Rhind*, P.Geol

John Rhind, P.Geol., was born in Toronto but lived in many other cities before finally landing in Edmonton in 1979. John obtained his B.Sc. in Geology in 1984 from the University of Alberta. His executive development included completing the Operations Management Program from the Richard Ivey School of Business, the Executive Management Program from the Queen’s School of Business, and the Senior Executive Management Program from Shell Executive Development.

John has been involved in oil and gas for 31 years, primarily in the oil sands business. He started his career as a Professional Geologist with Syncrude Canada Ltd., followed by a secondment to Imperial Oil in 1989. Returning to Syncrude in 1991, John moved into a business development role for two years, followed by successively more senior leadership roles to manage different parts of the business, including mining, extraction, utilities, and upgrading. John joined Shell Canada Ltd. in 2008, at which time he became the Chief Operating Officer for Albian Sands Energy. He was responsible for integrating Albian into Royal Dutch Shell in 2009, and after that, in 2010, was appointed Vice President of Oil Sands Operations. John then became the Vice President of Oil Sands in 2014 and has had full profit-and-loss accountability for the business.

John has developed a reputation for implementing diversity and inclusion in every business he has led. As part of this effort, he has developed a passion for mentoring people to enable them to contribute at greater levels in their fields.

John and his wife, Gail, have two adult children, both of whom live in Calgary. John and Gail have a home in Comox, B.C., where they enjoy walking the dogs, playing golf, and exploring all that the island offers. John retired in 2015 but continues to keep involved in industry, albeit on a more relaxed basis.

APEGA Activities

  • APEGA Council Member (2015-present)
  • APEGA Vice-President (2016-2017)
  • APEGA, Member Executive and Audit Committees (2016-2017)
  • APEGA, Chair Governance Task Force (2016) and Member Policies and Standards Task Force (2016-2017)
  • Member (2005-present)

Affiliation, Corporate or Community Service

  • Board Member, Alberta Chamber of Resources (2013-2015)
  • Board Member, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), (2012-2014)
  • Chair, CAPP Environmental Planning Group (2011-2013)
  • Executive Committee Member, Mining Association of Canada (2009-2014)
  • Chair, Keyano College Human Resources Committee (2009-2010)
  • Board Member, Mining Association of Canada (2008-2014)
  • Board Member, Keyano College (2008-2011)
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (1994-present)
  • Industry Director, Junior Achievement (1990-1993)

Download John Rhind's CV

For Council

+ Doug Cargill, P.Eng.

Doug Cargill has opted out of recording a statement video.

Doug Cargill, P.Eng.

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
-Elizabeth Andrew

Doug Cargill has at times lived by these words. He began his love for volunteering at a young age when he got involved with school yearbook committees in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He went on to get his engineering degree at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) and returned north upon graduation. During his university years, Doug was the President of the university chapter of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).

In his career thus far, Doug has worked his way up from project engineer and now holds the position of National Mechanical Engineering Practice Leader for WSP Canada Inc. He has worked on projects across Canada’s Arctic, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, and even Siberia. He has held board and committee positions in both the Northwest Territories Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG) and APEGA. And he is also a past Councillor of NAPEG.

From the time Doug made Alberta his home over a decade ago, he has been deeply involved in the community. He has volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including the APEGA Practice Review Board, the Alberta Summer Swimming Association, and Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta. 

Doug and his wife are parents to two daughters. And besides carrying out the duties of dad/driver/repairman, there is no such thing as down time for Doug. When not engaged in daily engineering tasks, he is often out flying, vacationing, scuba diving, or even acrylic painting.

In the spirit of giving, Doug has been an event photographer for both the Alberta Summer Swimming Association and Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta at their regional and provincial competitions.

In running for APEGA Council, Doug wants to contribute to create change. He wants to give his fellow professionals a voice. 

Doug wants APEGA to have more public recognition. He wants APEGA to be relevant to its Members. And he wants his fellow professionals to know what APEGA is doing for them.

Doug has ideas. And he wants to help his fellow Councillors to develop their ideas.

Together: we will make things happen!

Download Doug Cargill's CV

+ Craig Clifton*, P.Eng.

Craig Clifton, P.Eng.

I hold degrees in chemistry and civil engineering from the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, respectively. Thirty years ago, I began working in the family business, Clifton Associates Ltd., as a laboratory technician. Now, as VP Alberta, I have gained a thorough understanding of the engineering profession along with its challenges, our role in the economy, and benefits to society and our communities.

After relocating to Alberta in 2003, I volunteered with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) and was elected to the Board of Directors (2009), Vice-President (2012) and President (2013). During this time, I worked with numerous government departments addressing issues ranging from long-standing relationships with Alberta Transportation to coordination with the Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Forcethat helped expedite damage assessments and design of flood mitigation works.  

As President, my goals were to enhance the image of CEA, align committees to achieve the goals of the strategic plan, and continue to press for legislated qualifications-based selection (QBS) for publicly funded projects within Alberta.  

As part of enhancing the image and influence of the organization, CEA began an outreach program to other industry groups such as the Alberta Construction Association, Alberta Chamber of Resources, Alberta Construction Association, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and other similar organizations to find common issues that could be addressed jointly for our mutual benefit.

I also undertook the alignment of CEA’s committees to improve efficiency and align the work of committees with the goals of the board of directors and the strategic plan. The result was a more focused organization that delivered better value to its members.

Lastly, I worked with a core group of CEA representatives to educate elected officials and familiarize government personnel on the benefits of QBS. The work on QBS is continuing and is expected to be completed within the next few years.

My time on the CEA board has shaped my view of the engineering profession as a driver of the economy, society, and public safety. The societal benefit of the profession is beyond the work that is done; it is the work that is enabled. Typically, every $1 billion of engineering remuneration results in $10 billion of investment, a 10-fold impact on our economy. Work by Professional Engineers enables investment and construction of safe, efficient structures and infrastructure for the benefit of Albertans.

In 2012, I was elected to the board of directors of the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR). Being involved with ACR has led to a greater understanding of how integrated the resource sector is with the economy of the province and how the orderly and responsible development of our resources benefits all Albertans. Currently, I act as the Transportation Committee Chair for ACR and have recently helped complete a pilot program for a new Alberta Heavy Module in conjunction with the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) and CEA. The program will decrease capital costs, promote Alberta-based module construction, improve safety, and facilitate quicker royalty payments to the province.

In 2015 I was appointed to the board of the Calgary Construction Association, and I volunteer to help organize the OAEC conference, a program intended to help improve the relationships between owners, engineers, architects, and contractors in the construction industry. 

If elected to APEGA Council, the first issue I would focus on is continual enhancement of the image and identity of our professions to improve public understanding of our role and contributions as self-regulated professions. There has been a trend of increased scrutiny on self-regulated associations and professions throughout Canada. Quebec’s engineering regulator was put into trusteeship by the Government of Quebec because of a loss of confidence in its role in protection of the public. There are other examples of similar action on associations in other jurisdictions throughout Canada. APEGA needs to be seen to be working in the public’s best interest at all times.

APEGA is working and has always worked to protect public safety, ensuring the practices of engineering and geoscience are being done in an appropriate manner. The issue is that few know exactly what APEGA is doing to fulfill its mandate. As a Councillor I would encourage a broad outreach to the public, government, and industry to begin a dialogue, educate, and solicit feedback. It has been my experience that working through these groups, the benefits of dialogue are immediate and significant.

I believe my personal and professional experience could be an asset to APEGA Council and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute.

Download Craig Clifton's CV

+ George Eynon*, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)

George Eynon, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.)

We have two major issues to deal with currently. First, the regulatory function improvements that we have been addressing for the past several years. Second, the economic downturn that has created a large number of unemployed APEGA Members.

Given our mandate for public safety and interest, maintaining our self-regulatory privilege granted by the government and public is a paramount issue. Revising and renewing our Act is one of the most important tasks APEGA is undertaking with the provincial government. The recent focus is on the investigation, compliance, enforcement, and discipline functions that support our self-regulatory status.

However, APEGA also needs to address its unemployed Members’ urgent and current dilemma – many professionals cannot afford to pay their dues. Membership dues are APEGA’s primary revenue source. Extending the period for dues abatement – non-payment for those who are unemployed while remaining practising professionals – means a huge financial hit and managing our affairs differently. Either way, it will be a significant financial hit for APEGA as well as those Members.

I do not have the answers; however, given my experience on Council for the past several years, I have a good understanding of how APEGA runs, and I want to continue on Council for another term to help develop some solutions.

APEGA Activities

  • Councillor, APEGA (2012-present)
  • APEGA-appointed Director of Geoscientists Canada (elected President 2015-present)
  • Member, Chair, and Past Chair, Practice Review Board (1995-1998)

Personal Information

  • Immigrated to Canada in 1970, after a B.Sc. (London) and teaching high school; earned an M.Sc. (McMaster) and moved to Calgary in 1972.
  • President of geos eynon & associates consulting inc., consulting to governments, companies, and the public on regulatory issues, community and stakeholder relations, board and governance advice and services.
  • Teach at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business in the BComm PLMA specialization, and deliver energy literacy short courses for industry, governments, and the public, through Oak Leaf Energy Training.
  • Serve on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR).

Professional Background

  • In 1972, I joined Amoco in Calgary to begin a career in oil and gas exploration and production, moving through increasingly senior technical, management, and executive positions. I have experience with a broad spectrum of companies – majors, Canadian and U.S. large- and mid-size independents, and juniors – worldwide over the course of more than 20 years.
  • Then, for 15 years provided energy resources consulting and research services with GEOS Energy Consulting, Ziff Energy, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), and the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).
  • Appointed to the board of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in 2008 – Alberta’s oil and gas industry regulator. Served through 2013, for the last six months as a hearing commissioner with its successor, the Alberta Energy Regulator.
  • My wife, Joyce, and I live in Calgary.

Affiliations and Community Service

  • Fellow of Geoscientists Canada (FGC)
  • Honorary Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC (Hon.))
  • Honorary Member of both CSPG and AAPG
  • Board member of CSUR – the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources
  • Previously served on numerous CSPG committees, and as President, and similarly on numerous AAPG committees, as Chair of the House of Delegates, and on the Executive 

Download George Eynon's CV

+ Darren Hardy*, P.Eng.

Darren Hardy, P.Eng.

My name is Darren Hardy and I have served on Council over the past year. I am a Professional Engineer with 27 years of experience working in the Canadian energy sector. I was born in Regina and moved to Alberta, living in several different cities before finishing high school in Fort Saskatchewan. I graduated in 1989 from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. 

I spent the first 19 years of my career in Fort McMurray at Syncrude Canada Ltd. I am a big believer in continuing education, through both formal and informal channels. I was fortunate to work in an operating environment with great mentors and gain engineering experience working in a variety of technical and operations teams. My first few years were shared between project roles leading plant optimization studies to responsibly increase production and reduce costs, and operational roles providing technical direction for several large-scale upgrading processing facilities. 

This provided a technical foundation when I turned my focus to leadership as an operations team leader. Building on this experience, I then managed the upgrading turnaround team throughout the upgrading expansion modifications. To enhance my skills I completed the Queen’s School of Business Operations Management Program. My career path continued through a series of management roles with increasing scope and responsibility in the utilities department leading up to the Business Unit Manager position.   In many of these roles I was active in developing and implementing new workflow structures and accountability processes. I was also responsible for ensuring safety and environmental compliance for staff and business operations. 

In 2008 I moved to Calgary to join the Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. executive team, where I was responsible for providing oversight of the Syncrude operation. In this role I chaired a variety of governance committees as well as being a member of the Syncrude board of directors. This provided a significant insight into the business, legal, and disclosure aspects required for effective governance. I was also able to enhance this learning by completing Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.   This year I returned to Syncrude where I currently direct a team of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in a wide variety of projects to develop business and environmental strategy.

I believe I have built a reputation for building strong teams by focusing on mentoring and development.  I believe that dealing with people in an honest and ethical way, and helping develop clearly defined goals, is the best way for everyone to succeed. These are the values I have brought to Council and consider core to all activities. 

I have enjoyed spending my time volunteering with youth organizations such as the Fort McMurray minor football association and my daughters’ ringette association. I find it rewarding to help build an organization and to support young athletes as they grow and learn. 

Last year I ran for APEGA Council and was successful in being elected to a one-year term. It has been a busy year of changes for APEGA and Alberta, and I’ve been active in Council and the Governance Committee, supporting our membership and protecting our ability for self-regulation while working to keep our professional dues as low as possible during tough economic times. These are challenging and sometimes diverging goals, but I feel that I am well prepared to continue working for the membership.  On a more personal note, I have really enjoyed the past year – expanding my knowledge of Council activities and Members, and participating in new Member Induction Ceremonies and Life Member dinners. 

I currently live in Calgary with my wife, Shannon, who is also an APEGA Member, and our two teenage daughters. We spend our time involved with our daughters’ sports and school activities, and when we get the chance we also enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the mountains.

APEGA Activities

  • Member (1989-present)
  • APEGA Council (2016)
  • Member, APEGA Governance Committee (2016)

Affiliations, Corporate and Community Service

  • Board Member, Syncrude Canada Ltd. (2008-2016)
  • Member, Oil Sands Executive Policy Group (2008-2016)
  • Board Member, Alberta Chamber of Resources (2009-2013)
  • Official, Fort McMurray Minor Football (2005-2007)
  • Board Member, Bow View Ringette Association (2011-2016)
  • Executive Committee Member, Bow View Ringette (2013-2016)

Download Darren Hardy's Resume

+ Amir Jamshidi, P.Eng., PE, IntPE, PhD

Amir Jamshidi, P.Eng., PE, IntPE, PhD

The most distinct memory of my childhood is of a time when my father was just starting his construction company and I was five years old. I remember thinking, I will build my father a brick wall to help him out in his project. So using water, soil, and broken bricks, I built him a fragile wall in our backyard that did not stand very well but was enough to lead me to the discovery of my passion for civil engineering.

My name is Amir Jamshidi, I am the engineering manager at Supreme Group, and I am running to be your Councillor in the 2017 election. I was born in Iran and immigrated to Canada in 2008 after obtaining my B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Najafabad Azad University in 2003, and my M.Sc. in structural engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2007. I continued my studies at the University of Alberta in structural engineering, and I obtained my PhD in 2016.

I have 12 years of experience working in the academic and engineering sectors of this industry. My career began on various construction sites in the summer breaks of high school and then university. Upon graduation, I joined an engineering and construction company and gained experience in a variety of fields, including residential and commercial buildings, roads, bridges, dams, and tunnel construction.

My scientific and engineering abilities have been the direct result of the many opportunities that I’ve come across in my industrial experience, academic research, and teaching practices. Through my research experience, I have gained the ability to plan and execute complex research investigations and, in the process, developed important critical thinking skills applicable to real-world problems. From teaching, I have learned to transfer practical experience and academic knowledge to students in a way that will help them further their studies. I have enhanced my own understanding of structural engineering concepts and have become accustomed to looking at a theory from different angles. I’ve also learned to interact with students and professors in a mutually collaborative way throughout my years as a university instructor, and other teaching assistantship positions held at the University of Alberta.

I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the consulting and construction field from the early age of 16 and have had the opportunity to perform as the project manager for various types of projects. My extensive work experience and teaching background are responsible for the development of my engineering and scientific abilities.

Throughout my years of experience in the field of steel structures, I have been motivated and enthusiastic about the industry and was fortunate enough to join Supreme Group.

I hope to be able to bring a colourful combination of expertise, in the form of my academic knowledge and industrial experience, to APEGA and make a difference in any way I can.

I live in Edmonton with my wife, Naz, and our daughter. We enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends, and being involved in any activity that furthers our young daughter’s growth and development.

Awards and Honours

  • SGSC First-Prize Award (2015)
  • G.L. Kulak Scholarship (2015, 2013)
  • Golden Key Research Award (2014)
  • Engineers Canada-Manulife Scholarship (2014)
  • Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security (2013)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (2009-2012)
  • Provost Doctoral Entrance Award (2009-2010)
  • Award of Excellence, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran Polytechnic (2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Alberta (APEGA), (2013-present)
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), British Columbia (APEGBC), (2016-present)
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Saskatchewan (APEGS), (2016-present)
  • International Professional Engineer (IntPE)/APEC Engineer, Structural Engineering, APEC/IPEA, (2016-present)
  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (2014-present)
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), (2004-present)
  • Associate Member, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), (2004-present)
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), (2013-present)
  • Member, Project Management Institute (PMI), (2015-present)

Academic Activities

  • Technical Member, ASCE/SEI Disproportionate Collapse Committee (2014-present)
  • Technical Member, AASHTO/NSBA (2016-present)
  • Bridge Design Lead, University of Alberta (2016-present)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Alberta (2009-2016)
  • Co-chair of the First Structures Graduate Students Conference (SGSC), Edmonton (2015)
  • Moderator (General and Structural themes), CSCE Conference, Edmonton (2012)
  • Technical Reviewer, CSCE Conference, Edmonton (2012)
  • Technical and Academic Advisor, 1st International Conference on Urban Construction in the Vicinity of Active Faults (ICCVAF), Tabriz, Iran (2011)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Azad University, Iran (2006-2007)

Volunteer Activities 

  • Community Translator, Edmonton Immigrant Services Association, (2012-present)
  • Bridge Design Lead, Greystone Centennial Middle School, helping Grade 7 students design bridge projects (2014)

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+ RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng.

RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng.

RaeAnne Leach received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Cooperative Program, from the University of Alberta in 2006. While attending university, RaeAnne completed work terms with the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, EXH Engineering Ltd., the City of Grande Prairie, and Beairsto Lehners Ketchum Engineering Ltd. (now Beairsto & Associates Engineering Ltd.). These positions gave her a variety of experience, including data and asset management, materials testing, surveying, traffic counts and analysis, and municipal design.

Upon graduation, RaeAnne returned to northern Alberta and joined Beairsto & Associates Engineering Ltd. (BASE) full-time where she obtained her P.Eng. designation in both Alberta and British Columbia. Her work with BASE the past 10 years has included residential and commercial design in both urban and rural subdivisions, lot grading and storm water management plans, and hydrological analyses. Previously RaeAnne had an active role in all stages of project management but has shifted her focus to municipal planning and engineering, specializing in storm water engineering and hydrological analysis.   

As the Senior Project Design Supervisor of Municipal Engineering at BASE, RaeAnne is responsible for a team of engineers, E.I.T.s, technicians, and draftspersons. She is also involved in consultation and development of area structure plans, outline plans, and design reports in the planning and subdivision process. Through this work she has become familiar with many regulatory documents, including the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and local development bylaws for various municipalities within northern Alberta.

RaeAnne started volunteering with APEGA in 2001 during her first year of post-secondary education at Grande Prairie Regional College and continued after receiving her degree, holding various positions on the Peace Region Branch Executive, including Chair for two years. She has been an active volunteer in elementary science nights, delivering career presentations to high school students, and organizing the Peace Country Science Olympics multiple years. She has always felt it is important to give back to her community and her profession.

RaeAnne is excited and honoured about the opportunity to serve on APEGA Council. As a young female professional, born and raised in the Peace Country, she brings diversity and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by rural northern communities. Her time on APEGA’s Peace Region Branch Executive has made her passionate about self-regulation and what it means for APEGA. It is a privilege to be self-regulating professions and the importance of that must be effectively communicated to the Members. Self-regulation is not a right; it must be earned by continuing to act responsibly as an Association.

RaeAnne has always had an interest in music and has instructed at a summer guitar camp near Manning, Alberta, for over 15 years. RaeAnne is also involved in many athletic groups locally, volunteering as a coach for minor soccer and baseball, and playing volleyball, basketball, and slo-pitch. She is also part of the Alberta Volleyball Officials Association Zone 8 Executive, and she referees volleyball from the junior high level up to post-secondary.

RaeAnne lives in Grande Prairie with her husband and their three children. 

APEGA Activities

  • Interim Treasurer, Peace Region Branch Executive (2016-2017)
  • Past Chair, Professional Development Liaison, Peace Region Branch Executive (2015-2016)
  • Chair, Peace Region Branch Executive (2013 -2015)
  • Vice-Chair, Peace Region Branch Executive (2011-2012)
  • Outreach Coordinator, Peace Region Branch Executive (2008-2010)
  • Member-at-Large, Peace Region Branch Executive (2007)
  • Member (2006-present)

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+ Francesco (Frank) Mannarino*, P.Eng.

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Francesco (Frank) Mannarino, P.Eng.

I was born in and have lived most of my life in Edmonton, and have worked for industry mostly in the surrounding area. For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in science and its applications. This naturally led to engineering as a career choice and I entered the University of Alberta in 1984, completing a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 1988. After having garnered some industry experience, I completed an MBA, also at the University of Alberta, in 2001.

My work experience has been quite varied, having included chemicals, refining, upgrading (oil sands), and the water and electric utility industries throughout my 28-year career. I have held both engineering and technical, operations, business, and executive leadership roles in several companies. During that time, I have had the opportunity to work with skilled engineers of all disciplines and got a first-hand understanding of how the engineering profession operates in a large industrial setting.

I received my P.Eng. designation from APEGA in 1990. Since I have been working in Edmonton proper, I have established closer links with APEGA. Most recently, I was part of the investigation team that reviewed APEGA’s policies and procedures in response to an unauthorized information release.

In my current role as Senior Vice President at EPCOR, I have been involved in both industry and the community through various board positions:

  • Board of Directors, TELUS World of Science (Current)
  • Advisory Board, Western Energy Institute (Current)
  • Board of Directors, Canadian Electricity Association (Past)
  • Board of Directors, Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (Past)

I am interested in getting more involved in the oversight and governance of the APEGA professions and as such the opportunity to serve APEGA Council supports this objective. I believe that my many years of industry experience across industries and companies will support APEGA in helping to guide the professions in the years ahead. 

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+ Jim McCuaig*, P.Eng., CD

Jim McCuaig, P.Eng., CD

Jim McCuaig was born in Belleville, Ont., and has lived in various communities across Canada. After graduating from high school in 1980, he went to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, receiving his diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

During this time, Jim was active in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve with 746 (Calgary) Communications Squadron, and trained as a Radio/Teletype Operator, a Teletype Technician, and a Radio Technician. He reached the rank of Sergeant in 1985. In 1986, Jim received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and went on to attend the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics in Kingston, Ont., where he trained as a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer.

In 1986, Jim moved to Victoria and served with 741 (Victoria) Communication Squadron before transferring to the Regular Force in 1987. He attended the Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in Borden, Ont., where he trained as a Land Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. In 1989 Jim transferred back to the Reserve Force, where he held the positions of Troop Officer and Operations Officer with 741 (Victoria) Communications Squadron.

In 1989, Jim moved to Castlegar, B.C., where he took a sabbatical and taught junior and senior high school as a teacher on call. In 1990, Jim returned to school and attended Selkirk College in Castlegar, where he received a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology. After graduation Jim worked briefly for Insight Electronics in Nelson, B.C., before joining EMCO Engineering Ltd. in Castlegar where he worked until 1999 as an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technologist. During this period, Jim also attended the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, B.C., and trained as a Military Engineering Officer. He held the positions of Troop Officer and Operation Officer with 44 Field Engineering Squadron in Trail, B.C. In 1992 he received the Canadian Forces Commendation and was promoted to Captain in 1994.

In 1999, Jim returned to school, at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001, then went to work for Hemisphere Engineering in Edmonton as an Electrical Design Engineer. Jim maintained his employment with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve as Regimental Adjutant with 8 Field Engineering Regiment in Edmonton before retiring from the CAF Reserve in 2003.

In 2003, Jim joined ATCO Electric as the Senior Regional Engineer in Peace River. After this position closed in 2006, Jim briefly operated Peace Engineering before joining BAR Engineering Co. Ltd. in Lloydminster as a Senior Staff Engineer. In 2014, Jim left BAR to join Smith + Andersen in Edmonton and was employed as an Associate Principal. In 2016 Jim accepted employment with the Town of Peace River, where he is now employed as the Director of Engineering and Infrastructure.

Jim is a Professional Engineer currently registered to practise in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. He is a member of IEEE.

Jim became involved with APEGA while employed in Peace River, joining the Peace River Branch as a Member-at-Large. In Lloydminster he joined the Vermilion River Branch and acted in the Branch Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair roles. He was active organizing President’s Visits, golf tournaments, and PD days. When he moved to Edmonton he volunteered with the Edmonton Branch as Vice-Chair and Chair before moving back to Peace River, where he now volunteers with the Peace River Branch.

Jim decided to run for Council because he believes that his varied background and involvement in various branches offers a balanced perspective. He has been active in the legislative review and in recruiting and mentoring new Members to volunteer for Branch activities.

Jim is married to Ruth McCuaig (nee Ehman) and they have four children. His past community involvement includes volunteering with various Scouts Canada groups, and he currently lends support to Ruth in her involvement with Girl Guides Canada. Jim is also an avid rugby fan.

APEGA Activities

  • Professional Member (2003-present)
  • Edmonton Branch Chair (2016)
  • Edmonton Branch Vice-Chair (2015-2016)
  • Vermilion River Chair (2014)
  • Vermilion River Vice-Chair (2013)
  • Vermilion River Branch Secretary (2012)
  • Vermilion River Branch Member-at-Large (2008-2012)
  • Peace River Branch Member-at-Large (2004-2006)

Affiliations, Corporate and Community Service 

  • Past Deputy Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Peace River Council (2006)
  • Past Cub Leader, Beaver Leader, Scouts Canada (2002-2003, 2004-2006)
  • Past Vice-Chair of Holy Trinity Church (Spruce Grove) Parish Council (2003)
  • Past Vice-President Debney Armoury Officers Mess Committee (2003)

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+ Ross Plecash, P.Eng., M.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Ross Plecash, P.Eng., M.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

In 1988, I graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. While an undergraduate student, I began my long history of service to the profession by participating on the executive of the Mechanical Engineering Student Society. I continued my education through joining the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, an organization relevant to my employment, where I volunteered as a member of the Alberta Section executive, as the Registrar for the STLE Education Symposium, a presenter at the symposium, and as a contributing author to the STLE Alberta Section Lubrication Handbook.

After taking some courses from the U of A Faculty of Extension towards a certificate in Management Development, I decided to pursue the more formal Master of Engineering in Engineering Management. Taking courses while I worked full time, I graduated from the M.Eng. program in 2006. My capstone project was a comparison of experience requirements for professional engineering licensure among Washington Accord signatories as a basis for mutual recognition agreements.

My work experience in the field of engineering has been quite broad, working in the oil and gas, pulp and paper, electrical utility, manufacturing, and transportation industries in largely supporting roles. After working with EPCOR through the deregulation of the Alberta electrical market, an opportunity arose to work with APEGA. I had, at the time, been volunteering on the Continuing Professional Development Committee and serving as the liaison between engineers at EPCOR and the Association. I joined APEGA’s staff in January of 2002, and worked there for approximately half of my career, holding the positions of Assistant Director, Communications and Public Affairs; Director, Corporate and Member Affairs; and Director, Corporate Affairs and Investigations. Upon leaving APEGA in 2015, I worked temporarily at the U of A Faculty of Engineering and at a commercial lube oil analysis and reliability company before taking on my present role as Engineering Governance Manager at Enbridge Pipelines Inc., one of Alberta’s largest employers of Professional Engineers. In my current role, I work to ensure that Enbridge practises engineering in accordance with professional engineering legislation in numerous jurisdictions across Canada and the U.S.

My involvement with APEGA started, as it did with many of us, with the Iron Ring Workshop on professional ethics. Though interested in the topic, my career and family obligations prevented any serious involvement with the Association until I was able to begin volunteering with the Professional Development Committee. My passion for life-long learning intersected with my interest in professional regulation, making this the perfect opportunity to reconnect with my Association in a meaningful way. Working with Len Shrimpton, P.Eng., a long-time APEGA staff member, as well as with his support staff, gave me an appreciation of the depth and complexity of professional regulation, and prompted me to join APEGA’s staff when the opportunity arose.

While working at APEGA, I had the good fortune of working with several committees, including the APEGA Education Foundation, the Insurance and Risk Management Task Force, the Communications Advisory Committee, the various Branches across the province, the Investigative Committee, and, of course, Council. I served as Council’s Parliamentarian, introduced the means to broadcast the APEGA Annual General Meeting to Members, regardless of their location, prepared the APEGA annual salary survey, introduced numerous Member Benefits programs, and was involved in many other programs. Most rewarding, though, was the delivery of the APEGA Permit to Practice Seminar series, an honour I had for 12 years.

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+ Mustaqur Rahman, P.Eng.

Mustaqur Rahman, P.Eng.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1993. This is the best engineering university in the country and electrical engineering is one of the top engineering programs in the university. I got my master’s in computer science from City College of New York. During my master’s studies, I took courses like operating systems, artificial intelligence, algorithms, software systems, theoretical computer science, the information marketplace or Internet, computer architecture, computer communications, computer security, scientific and statistical computing, and software design laboratory. I graduated with a high GPA. I got my M.Phil. in Electrical Engineering in Optical Communications in 2005 from City University of New York. After my immigration I attended a Government of Alberta-sponsored bridging program for foreign engineers at NAIT and learned about electrical design, PLC programming, and power systems.

Currently I am doing my personal development. I got my PMP certification this year and last April I passed the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam by NCEES for Electrical and Computer Power. I worked in WorleyParsons Canada in Edmonton from 2011 to 2015 and got valuable experience in the oil and gas transportation sector. I have successfully completed tank terminal farm electrical design for U.S. and Canadian facilities and provided construction support. I also worked in intermediate mainline valve electrical design at the same time. I also worked on electrical FEED for pump station facilities. I worked on an HV substation relocation project for mining operations. In 2010 I worked briefly at Electronic Control Systems at Nisku, and before that I worked for PECO Electrical at Nisku, for rig automation. At PECO I worked on electrical, automation, and control programming projects. We built skid-mounted systems with LV generation with Caterpillar engines.

I volunteered with Dr. Sorin Deleanu, P.Eng., for his NOVA project on permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) controllers. Our research included modeling and parameter determination and simulation of controller prototypes. We used MATLAB-Simulink as a modeling tool and dSPACE Real-Time for loop control hardware design. Our work was published in scholastic journals.

Before that I was working on a survival job, the only way a fresh immigrant could pay the bills and work for professional recognition. I was working at Dell technical support group in Edmonton. I worked as an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York from 1999 until 2005, the year I got my M.Phil. in optical communications. I worked at CUNY Research Foundation and a startup company, Amtekron Inc., in New York during my M.Phil. studies. I also worked in software development in Manhattan and built online fitness software. It was state-of-the-art technology with three-tier architecture, Sybase at the backend supporting database, and web server at the frontend. For middle tier we used BEA WebLogic, a bean-persistent technology in J2EE Java platform.

This is all my North American experience. Everywhere, I started from the beginning and worked hard and tried my best against odds and became a professional. I was a senior engineer in my country, working on industrial and commercial facilities. Before that, from 1994 to 1997, I was working in the armed forces in my country as a Commissioned Officer. I worked as Workshop Manager and Officer-in-Charge for the field workshop. I also worked in the central workshop for small-arms inspection and the telecommunication shop. I started my career as a junior electrical engineer and designed residential and commercial facilities, then completed the construction and commissioned the facility. It was combination of engineering design, construction, and project management.

My involvement with APEGA is recent. I got my professional status in 2015. I tried to get involved and enrolled for volunteering for legislative review consultations. Now I am becoming a new mentor and helping potential Professional Members. I may not have much registered involvement at APEGA but I try to help fellow engineers my best. I try to keep their hope alive in this difficult situation. I try to create a bridge between people and put them together in a network. I feel an official status would help me help people more efficiently.

I work in the local community. I have volunteered for my community league and our religious community, by organizing activities and helping out. If people need direction, I take the leadership role.

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+ Jason Vanderzwaag*, P.Eng., MASc.

Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng., MASc.

I am a civil engineer with an undergraduate (2003) and a master’s degree (2008) from the University of British Columbia. I have been working with Associated Engineering since 2003. In 2010 I moved to Alberta and am currently the Office Manager for Associated Engineering in Fort McMurray.

During my undergraduate program, I participated in the Co-operative Education Program, taking placements with the Corporation of Delta in Delta, B.C.; Progressive Engineering in Calgary; Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica; and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in the Lower Mainland, B.C. I also studied one semester on exchange at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile.

I completed my master’s in Pollution Control and Waste Management as a CIHR/MSFHR Strategic Bridge Training Fellow at UBC in 2008. This multidisciplinary program combined public health, public policy, and engineering. My thesis topic was Use and Performance of BioSand Filters in Posoltega, Nicaragua. Field research included three months visiting rural communities in Nicaragua to assess the long-term efficacy of household drinking water treatment. Follow-up work included education and training programs to improve the biosand filter program in this region of Nicaragua. The work was performed in collaboration with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology in Calgary, the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, and the local health centre in Posoltega, Nicaragua.

My thesis work and related technical presentations were recognized for awards, including the School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Joel Bert Award, and the Canadian Association of Water Quality Philip H. Jones Award. I published two papers based on my research work in the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada.

I started by career with Associated Engineering in 2003 as a water resources engineer in our Burnaby, B.C., office. From 2004 to 2005 I took leave to complete an internship through the Central American Water Resources Management Network at the University of Calgary, where I provided technical support to development projects in small rural communities in Guatemala. In 2006 as part of my master’s thesis, I worked one summer for Klohn Crippen Berger in Vancouver, where I undertook field research for the social and environmental assessment for a proposed nickel mine in Guatemala.

I returned full time to Associated Engineering in 2008, where I worked from the Burnaby office on Municipal Infrastructure and First Nation community projects. In 2010 I transferred to Fort McMurray, as part of a two-year project management partnership with the Engineering Department of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB).

Since January 2013 I have led the Fort McMurray office for Associated Engineering, providing support to the regional municipality and other clients in the region, on infrastructure and community development projects.

In response to the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, I led the AE team assisting the RMWB with response and relief efforts. Our team provided remote operation of the water treatment plant to meet the firefighting needs for first responders, and the subsequent water system recovery plan. This included all the work to lift the boil water advisories and allow residents to safely return home following the evacuation.

I am the current Chair of the APEGA Fort McMurray Branch Executive. My involvement with APEGA started in 2012, when I took on the role of Outreach Coordinator with the Branch. I held this role for three years, and used the opportunity to engage our membership and local students in various activities that supported STEM. I have also held the role of Vice-Chair.

My other APEGA involvement includes proctor for the National Professional Practice Examination from 2013 to 2015, and a mentor in the mentoring program since 2015. I have also been a member of the APEGA legislative review champions collaborative since 2015. Through this process, I have gained insight into the proposed changes to address challenges that APEGA is currently facing as a self-regulated organization. A key motivation for running for Council is to help oversee the implementation of those changes arising out of this review.

I also want to act as a voice for the Fort McMurray region on Council, in recognition of the challenges we face. These include not only recovery from the wildfire, but also the ongoing economic situation that continues to impact our Members across the region and the province.

My volunteer associations include the Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club, where I am a youth coach for cross-country ski lessons and sit on the executive as a member-at-large. Other interests include hiking, running, cycling, skiing, scuba diving, and international travel.

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+ Claudia Villeneuve*, P.Eng., M.Eng.

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, P.Eng., M.Eng.

Why join APEGA Council? I will start with the main reason: It was on my bucket list.

For 21 years, since I became a student member, I have been fascinated by the work of APEGA – so naturally I became a volunteer. I confess I am still getting used to the dropped second G in the APEGA name, but it definitely makes it easier to spell.

After graduation, I volunteered with two APEGA programs that fulfilled a strong desire in my heart: the desire of being a teacher. Those programs were APEGA Outreach and the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) committee.

As an E.I.T. volunteer through APEGA Outreach, I visited six different schools and demonstrated to Grade 1 students how strong construction materials are by relating to them the story of The Three Little Pigs. It was an incredible experience to form future engineers. 

Then as a P.Eng. through the NPPE committee, I became an exam question author, where using my many years of engineering work experience I was tasked with creating five to 10 questions per month. I chose topics that I knew would guide future professionals because they helped me in the trenches of my project management job in oil and gas construction.

These days the dream of being a teacher has been fulfilled – because on September 6, 2016, I joined the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) as a sessional instructor teaching building products and materials. I have 30 students taking their diploma in construction management, and I can't wait to tell them, with some variations of course, the story of The Three Little Pigs, too. I have come full circle, eh? Teaching Grade 6 and now college.

Now that I am finally a teacher, I wish to expand my engineering horizons and join my beloved APEGA Council. My qualifications include:

  • almost 16 years as an engineer in the oil and gas industry
  • an APEGA volunteer for a combined eight years
  • my incredible experience of nearly three years as a female in management
  • being a proud Hispanic woman (born in Colombia, South America), a working wife, and mother of three bright kids

Furthermore, I have extensive governance experience in the charity sector.

My first board role started 12 years ago in a local mother support group called Edmonton VBAC Support Association ICAN of Edmonton, where later I was President for seven years. Then for two years I joined the board of ICAN International, based in California, with the role of Education Director due to my ability to review heavy medical research and translate it into common language for our mothers' membership. I created white papers, brochures, and articles in English, Spanish, and French for ICAN chapters around the world.

Four years ago, I joined the board of Synchro Alberta, the regulatory body for the sport of synchronized swimming in Alberta, for one term of two years. I was chosen because of my long experience as a judge in the sport. This past summer I was welcomed to join their task force to upgrade all governance documents.

Finally, for the last three years I have been Vice President of Education, President, and Area Director for two local chapters of Toastmasters: Pipe Up (at Enbridge) and Club Bilingue D'Edmonton (at Faculté Saint-Jean). Toastmasters are public speaking clubs where professionals improve their communication abilities.

Overall I have a diverse governance and organizational management resume that shows my commitment to my career and my community.

My participation will make for a stronger APEGA Council, one that is more than ready for the challenges of a varied membership. My suggestions will make for a more effective Council too, because it is in the multitude of perspectives that the best solutions can be found. I like to say that a problem may have three different solutions – or 39. You will never know until you get your best minds together.

I fulfill the required knowledge and experience in the areas listed by the Council: at least 10 years of business and organizational work experience, complete with a background in governance, regulatory, risk management, and strategic planning.

Joining APEGA Council at this midpoint of my career will be timely as well as exciting for me. It will also be a bonus for the APEGA membership that I will appeal to because of my background: women in engineering and geoscience, immigrants, and working parents.

It will be my great pleasure to join the APEGA Council.

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+ Terry Waters, P.Eng., M.Sc.

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Terry Waters, P.Eng., M.Sc.

Terry has more than 45 years of engineering and managerial experience in project and construction management, over 30 years in a senior capacity. Most of this experience has been in Canada, and in his various assignments he has been an active Professional Engineer in five provinces in addition to Alberta, where he was registered in 1978. He was a Councillor in the Association of Professional Engineers of Newfoundland in the ’70s and has been on APEGA Council since 2014. He is now a non-practising Life Member of APEGA.

Terry attended three universities for his education in chemical engineering: University College London in England, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Pennsylvania.

In his career he has strived to strengthen the Professional Engineer’s role and obligations during construction, through to commissioning, operations, and maintenance of industrial facilities and infrastructure.

Terry wants to continue for three more years on Council to support the Association in its mission to improve its regulatory competence in Alberta and become more transparent and up-front with the general public in matters of public concern and safety.

He supports APEGA initiatives in promoting diversity in the Association and improving feedback from the membership at large.

Nearly half of the Association’s membership was educated outside Alberta and our careers have become more global. As APEGA Members become more involved outside Alberta, he believes that more attention must be directed to the offshore and pan-Canadian work managed by Alberta professionals.

Terry also would like to continue his support of the APEGA legislative review, which will present the Government of Alberta with a detailed proposal to revise the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, making it more suited to the next 100 years of the Association.

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+ Emily Zhang*, P.Eng.

Emily Zhang, P.Eng.

Alberta is navigating through a time of major change and uncertainty as the economic climate remains unstable and many professionals are facing challenging circumstances. I am pleased to see APEGA respond by offering support and professional development geared toward job seekers and those looking to establish consulting businesses. This kind of response by APEGA demonstrates one of the many important functions that this organization serves, and I would like to be a part of this service in a significant way.

Contribution to society is what drives me and is why I am seeking a position on Council. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2005. I have spent most of my professional career at TransCanada, in a range of roles from design to project management to business strategy.

Early in my career, I performed research and development, optimized pipeline systems design, and supported construction of a power plant. I then obtained a project management certificate and moved into the dynamic world of project management.

A few years back, my passion for people and organizational development led to the role of Engineer-in-Training Program Manager, and I enjoyed learning from the perspectives of new graduates and coaching them in managing career challenges. That experience heightened my awareness of what young professionals are seeking in their career development and had me thinking about how APEGA may better connect with this cohort.

My current role is to support a business transformation undertaking, with a focus on shaping strategy and streamlining processes to enhance how the organization engages with external engineering service providers. I’ve learned that strategic planning is the easier part of my job. Truly enabling organizational excellence and fostering positive supplier relationships through proper stakeholder engagement and change management is the greater challenge. I’ve valued the experience in managing broad stakeholder groups and leading organizational change across North America. These skills are essential as a Council member, because APEGA’s work inevitably requires driving forward-thinking action for our profession and the public, and consulting diverse stakeholders along the way.

One of the key challenges, as stated in APEGA’s strategic plan for 2017-2019, is: “APEGA’s ability to uphold the public interest requires a partnership with its Members and Permit Holders. The challenge, therefore, is to ensure that APEGA remains relevant to its membership.” The organizational vision is: “APEGA will earn the confidence of the public and instill pride in its Members.”

This challenge and the message from the vision statement have been on my mind for some time. I have connected with APEGA through volunteer positions at the Calgary Branch, and yet I see many of my peers not clearly understanding the work and value of APEGA. The organization’s primary function is self-regulation, which I believe APEGA does extremely well, but this function can often be taken for granted by Members because much of the work is behind-the-scenes. I wish to support APEGA by more deeply understanding Member needs, listening to the public’s concerns, bridging gaps, and driving results.

I am known as a person who can facilitate productive dialogue and action to tackle complex and ambiguous problems. My 10-plus years volunteering for Engineers Without Borders has provided opportunities to facilitate strategy sessions, deliver outreach and learning events, recruit and manage volunteers, influence corporate engagement, and co-chair an international development conference.

During my term as chapter Co-President, I’m humbled to have been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Future Leaders category.

Outside of work and volunteering, I love discovering life and outdoor adventures with my family. My husband is an engineer, my five-year-old is set on becoming a scientist who helps people when she grows up, and my three-year-old is up for anything. My husband and I want to demonstrate to our kids the many ways that being involved in the sciences can meaningfully contribute to society and personal fulfillment.

APEGA Activities

  • Master of Ceremonies, Member Induction Ceremonies, Calgary (2011-present)
  • Member, Nominating Committee (2010-2012)
  • Member, Calgary Branch Executive and Meetings Committee (2008-2011)
  • Member, APEGA (2005-present)

Affiliations, Corporate or Community Service 

  • Mentor, Women’s Executive Network (2013-2015)
  • Mentor, University of Calgary Global Engineering Program (2012-2013)
  • Advisory Board Member, Oikocredit Canada-West (2011-2013)
  • Advisor, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Membership Committee, Global Engineering Team, and Calgary Chapter (2010-2011)
  • Corporate Engagement Lead, EWB Calgary Chapter (2008-2010)
  • Co-President, EWB Calgary Chapter (2007-2008)
  • Fundraising Lead, EWB Calgary Chapter (2005-2007)
  • School Outreach Lead, EWB University of Calgary Chapter (2004-2005)
  • Finance Manager, EWB University of Calgary Chapter (2000-2003)

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Nominating Committee Endorsement

The Nominating Committee selects candidates based on the composition of Council as required by the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. The committee evaluates candidates’ qualifications, experience, skills, and professional and governance expertise, then compares that information to gaps of expertise that will be created by those who have completed their term in office.

This approach balances the level of knowledge and expertise on Council that ultimately results in a stronger and more effective Council. APEGA published the top Council needs and the characteristics of a great Councillor in the summer 2016 issue of The PEG.

All candidates for the 2017 nomination and election cycle were informed that the Nominating Committee would be endorsing candidates and that the list of candidates would be published with the endorsement identified. Ultimately, Professional Members who vote choose APEGA Council.