Candidate for Councillor, Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, P.Eng.
- University instructor since 2016 teaching engineering and project management at various post-secondary institutions such as MacEwan University, University of Alberta, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), and also University of Calgary
- Over 15 years of past industry experience in oil and gas constructing pipelines, pump stations, and aboveground tanks for Enbridge; and also extensive governance experience volunteering for non-profit associations such as Toastmasters International and Alberta Artistic Swimming
- In 2022, named FEC or Fellow of Engineers Canada, and FGC (Hon.) or Honorary Fellow of Geoscientist Canada; in 2019, Winner of the APEGA Summit Award as a Champion for Women in Engineering and Geoscience (shared); and long-term volunteer with APEGA for over 10 years
Running for APEGA Council for the fourth time fills me with wonder and pride for our profession. My first APEGA election was in 2017, when I garnered enough votes to fill a one-year-term for a departing councillor. In my second and third APEGA elections, in 2018 and 2021, respectively, I received enough votes to fill the complete three-year-terms of a typical councillor. I am still thankful for that first year of practice because it set me up for success for the next six years of the revised legislation being postponed, the COVID lockdowns, and the software engineering issue.
If you elect me for the fourth time, I will continue to protect the privilege of self-regulating the profession of engineering and geoscience. In this councillor role, as I commemorate my 20 years as an APEGA member, I truly understand that self-regulation is a gift from the Government of Alberta, and one that we must protect. My name is Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, and I am running again for APEGA Council.
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Get to Know the Candidate in Four 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, as members, need to also do our part and be compliant with all Act regulations.
What would you bring to Council?
I have been a member of APEGA for 20 years, have extensive governance experience, and I just completed my second full three-year term as councillor. To be re-elected for another three-year term would allow me to continue serving APEGA with my extensive experience in governance, regulations, and risk.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does APEGA face?
APEGA continues to face the huge challenge to maintain all its members and permit holders compliant and, if they are not compliant, to ensure they are disciplined. We want to make sure provincial governments do not question self-regulation. Self-regulation is a gift to us engineers and geoscientists.
What is the value of a professional licence 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.