Candidate for Councillor, Devarsh Sood, P.Eng.
- Currently serving as an APEGA councillor and Governance Task Force member; also hold administrative law certificate in board adjudication
- Multi-industry professional with consulting and project management experience leading major infrastructure projects with global organizations
- Well-versed in overseeing strategy and operations initiatives; previously served and led other public institution boards
Devarsh Sood, a professional engineer, earned a diploma in engineering from Saint Mary’s University, and a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received several high distinction credentials with permanent university records for academic and volunteering accomplishments during his academic career.
Devarsh is presently working as project manager with a prominent global engineering and consulting organization. His experience includes project management, financial oversight, contract compliance, and business development for multimillion-dollar projects in agribusiness, oil and gas, and nuclear energy, among other industries.
Devarsh is also extensively engaged in the community. He is currently serving on the APEGA Council and on the Governance Task Force with the terms expiring in 2024, and hence is seeking re-election.
He has previously served as the president of his alma mater Dalhousie University’s Alumni Association, leading the board and providing overall leadership to this 146-year-old association. He was also a member of the Dalhousie University Board of Governors, carrying this responsibility through a stewardship role for overall management and administration of the institution.
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Get to Know the Candidate in Four Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
APEGA’s self-regulatory nature is one of the top characteristics of its commitment towards public service. The hierarchical process of regulation by members for themselves, each other, corporations for its staff, and finally APEGA as the overall entity ensures the responsibility is shared amongst all members equally.
Self-regulation ensures public safety remains paramount for all members, provides a stronger governance model, and maintains public trust in the association.
What would you bring to Council?
Having led project management life cycles in different industries, I’ve developed a varied set of financial and risk management skills during my career.
I am currently serving with APEGA as a councillor and Governance Task Force member, which has provided great insight into APEGA’s overall regulatory framework. I have also led strategy and planning initiatives with other public institution boards previously. I’d be honoured to bring this diverse experience to the Council again.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does APEGA face?
APEGA’s mandate is to self-regulate on behalf of the Government of Alberta through the Engineering and Geoscience Professions (EGP) Act. While this added responsibility distinguishes APEGA Council from a typical board of directors, there are several challenges to this framework:
- Changes in law by the government that can impact APEGA’s operating cost
- Changes to the self-regulatory aspect of APEGA
- Rejection of Council-proposed changes to the EGP Act by the provincial government
What is the value of a professional licence with APEGA?
A professional licence with APEGA is a matter of great pride. It symbolizes several years of perseverance towards attaining the education and the work experience that is a pre-condition to getting licensed.
Additionally, the licence is a reminder of the importance of everyday work that engineers and geoscientists do in Alberta and beyond. It is both a responsibility and a privilege to serve the public through such professions.