Candidate for Councillor, Doak Horne, P.Eng.

Doak Horne

Candidate Overview

  • Senior engineer/lawyer with mechanical engineering experience, with 30+ years of experience as counsel in the protection and enforcement of legal rights in cutting-edge technologies, including representing professionals in discipline proceedings before their respective professional regulating bodies
  • Proven track record of successfully legally representing manufacturing and engineering companies and their professionals in numerous reported cases before all levels of Federal and Alberta Courts in relation to disputes on various technologies
  • Currently a senior partner (since 1992) with Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (Calgary Office) continuing to represent companies in protecting and enforcing legal rights in relation to Alberta-centric technologies, including oilsands recovery methods and equipment, downhole tool technologies, leading edge seismic methods, and software patents relating to bandwidth management methods and pumpjack controls 

Personal Statement

I am running for a position on APEGA Council because of significant coming changes to the way the practice of engineering will be carried out in future.

In my position as a patent lawyer and technology lawyer I see new technology trends. As more automated technology becomes employed, not only is there increased blurring of what constitutes the “practice of engineering” and who is an “engineer,” artificial intelligence (AI) and its manner of permitted use by APEGA members will be an issue that Council and legislators in this province will critically need to address.

Council need further address what APEGA should further be doing in light of these changes to ensure its members stay technologically current.

A diversely talented APEGA Council capable of responding to new emerging challenges is necessary.I look forward to your support during voting February 5 to March 7.

Regardless as to who you vote for, please vote and vote for Council candidates that have the abilities and experience to meet the coming challenges! 

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Get to Know the Candidate in Four Questions

What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA? 

Engineers and geoscientists have the privilege of self-regulation.

I have a keen desire to ensure we self-regulate in the best manner possible to allow members to best meet the highest level of professional standards.

What would you bring to Council?

  • A desire to see the engineering and geosciences professions continue for future generations of Albertans to be professions to aspire to and make its licensed members proud.
  • Being myself regulated by five (5) legislatively constituted regulatory bodies (APEGA, PEO, Law Society of Alberta, Law Society of Ontario, and College of Patent and Trademark Agents [CPATA]), I have considerable experience in my 40 years of both industry and private practice in understanding the role and function of professional regulatory bodies.
  • Having industry experience as a professional engineer as well as private practice experience as a litigation partner in a law firm, and further having represented professionals in discipline complaints before professional governing bodies, has given me a greater understanding of some of the regulatory issues faced by professional governing bodies and approaches taken by other regulating bodies.
  • My skills may be an asset as APEGA Council navigates emerging new self-regulation issues including protection of the title of “engineer,” AI regulation, and promotion of the value of the engineering and geosciences professions.

As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does APEGA face?

Increasingly many, including (i) challenges regarding the use of professional title, (ii) AI advances and regulation, (iii) continued sustainability of our engineering and geoscience professions, and (iv) non-regulated off-shore individuals.

What is the value of a professional licence with APEGA?

APEGA professional membership and professional licences are a means of ensuring the public is provided with consistent and highest levels of professional service.

Obtaining of a professional licence is a result of significant financial investment and training, and brings public trust and confidence in our work.

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