Incoming President, Brian Pearse P.Eng.
- Vice-president, president, CEO, and chief business officer experience in a major consulting engineering firm, working his way up from various positions including site inspector, design engineer, and engineering manager
- Experience overseeing multi-disciplinary teams involving civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering, along with surveying, historical resources, and land acquisition
- Former vice-president and councillor for APEGA, and now APEGA’s President-Elect working part-time with an Indigenous collaborative assisting First Nations with project completion
I have the honour of being a professional engineer in Alberta for over 30 years. My career is a result of the academic, training, and ethical requirements of APEGA.
My career has involved design and contract management of multi-disciplined teams to deliver projects throughout Alberta. As a business owner and corporate leader, in an organization delivering engineering services, I have been privileged to learn and experience other essentials such as human resources, safety, quality, fiscal responsibility, strategy, and the pursuit of team targets.
As a Board member of private and public organizations including APEGA I have enjoyed contributing as well as learning about group dynamics, bold goals, and realistic achievements.
These experiences have instilled an understanding in me that a team approach to challenging and complex issues is the best way forward. Where teamwork elicits ideas that can be organized into relevant and succinct goals, and generative solutions can be applied.
I am looking forward to help with progress and to enhance APEGA in a forward direction.
Answers to 4 APEGA Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
The Government of Alberta delegates the authority of regulating the practice of engineering and geoscience to members of APEGA because we have the expertise and experience to best assess and license new members, set conditions for continued licensure, issue practice standards and guidelines, receive complaints, and investigate and discipline its members - all in the interest of the public. Public safety is paramount. Self regulation is a privilege which must be protected.
What do you bring to Council?
I have extensive governance experience and have served on both public and private boards. I have been an APEGA Councillor and Vice-President, the President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta and the CEO of a large engineering firm. I have a proven track record of leadership in private practice and achieving priorities while controlling costs. I believe in maintaining strategic agility while pursuing long range targets. Above all, I bring a passion for APEGA’s success.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does the regulator face?
APEGA is faced with two significant and overarching challenges: ensuring regulatory excellence and providing member support. APEGA must ensure that all licensure applicants, both Canadian and International, are assessed in a timely, fair and transparent manner. APEGA must continually monitor professional practice effectively and efficiently. We must provide unemployed and underemployed members professional support through professional development, career guidance and networking opportunities.
What is the value of a professional licence with APEGA?
Being licensed by APEGA means that you can earn a living by practicing engineering and geoscience. It is your personal brand: it signals to the public, employers and clients that you are competent and ethical and that you will uphold public safety and the public interest above all else.