Candidate for Councillor, Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, P.Eng.*
- University instructor since 2016 teaching engineering, project management and pipeline construction at various institutions such as MacEwan University, University of Alberta, and University of Calgary.
- Over 15 years of past industry experience in Oil & Gas constructing pipelines, pump stations and aboveground tanks; plus extensive governance experience volunteering in non-profit associations in Canada and United States.
- Winner of the 2019 APEGA Summit Award for Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion (shared); and a long-term volunteer with APEGA as Councillor, NPPE exam question author and Outreach
Running for APEGA Council for the 3rd time has become more of a technical experience than the first two times because I am quite comfortable with the application process and the requirements. Also it has become a less stressful experience because I know what is expected of me. My first APEGA election was in 2017 when I garnered enough votes to fill a 1-year-term for a departing councillor. In that first year I felt like a student in “Council University” which was very exciting because I happen to love lifelong learning. My second APEGA election was in 2018, and this time I received enough votes for the full-3-year-term of a typical councillor. I was thankful for that first year of practice because it set me up for success for the next 3 years. If you elect me for the third time, I will continue to protect our privilege to self-regulate the profession of engineering and geoscience after 20 years as an APEGA member. After 4 years in this councillor role, I truly understand, that self-regulation is a gift we must protect. My name is Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve and I am running for APEGA Council.
Answers to 4 APEGA Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
Self-regulation means the Government of Alberta, through APEGA, trusts us engineers and geoscientists to regulate our own careers. APEGA’s staff and volunteers have been doing a great job regulating the profession but we, members, need to also do our part and be compliant with all Act regulations.
What do you bring to Council?
I have been a member of APEGA for 20 years, have extensive governance experience, and I just completed my first full 3-year term as Councillor. To be re-elected for another 3-year term would allow me to continue serving APEGA now that I have more Council experience. Furthermore, I am interested in helping conclude the work of APEGA regarding the revision of the legislation.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does the regulator face?
One of the biggest challenges that APEGA faces is to maintain all its members compliant and, if they are not compliant, to ensure they are disciplined. The reason why this is a big challenge is because of examples in other provinces where the governments there questioned self-regulation. Self-regulation is a gift to us engineers and geoscientists.
What is the value of a professional license with APEGA?
There is huge value in having a professional engineer or professional geoscientist status here in Alberta and the rest of Canada and even the world. It gives employers confidence that whoever holds that APEGA designation has the proper education, the proper job experience and the proper support and oversight system from APEGA.