Candidate for Councillor, Geoff Kneller, P.Eng.*
- Eight years of APEGA regulatory volunteer experience as Chair of the Enforcement Review Committee
- Over twenty-five years of professional engineering experience working in gas pipelines, municipal pubic service, civil consulting, and high-tech industries
- Extensive leadership experience through over twenty-five years of service as a Reserve Force officer in the Canadian Armed Forces
In 2021, we can expect to see continuing change in Alberta’s science and technology workforce. APEGA needs a Council that is focused on keeping our professions relevant by ensuring that professional engineering and geoscience services in our Province are provided by our licensed members. Here are the areas I want to see Council focus on in 2021:
- I chair APEGA’s Enforcement Review Committee, and the need is clear more than ever: Councilors with experience in regulatory enforcement work who can communicate the importance of self-regulation to Albertans and our government.
- Responding to an unprecedented number of our members unemployed or under-employed demands effective leadership that ensures you’re getting good value for the fees you pay, and support to get our members back to work and our permit holders up and running.
Albertans are counting on us to be there with our professions as we pull our economy out of Covid, and our next Council is going to have to work hard in order to make progress on the issues that are important to all of us. I want to represent you to focus our Association on these priorities
Answers to 4 APEGA Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
I think about this in terms of our Alberta economy fundamentally changed by Covid, and self-regulation is going to be our tool to maintain the confidence of Albertans in the ability of our members to provide safe, cost-effective professional services. The work of our volunteers and staff in regulating the professions represents excellent value in this economy. If our members keep doing the hard work of self-regulation, we will be ready to re-open in 2021.
What do you bring to Council?
The most important skill I bring to Council is experience volunteering on our regulatory committees. I think it’s important that we have as much regulatory experience on Council as we can get, because we still have a lot of work to do to obtain a new Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act in Alberta. My experience in enforcing our current Act will be critical in engaging with government to bring a new Act before the legislature.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does APEGA face?
The biggest challenge ahead of APEGA this year is an unprecedented number of our members unemployed or under-employed. The risk for all Albertans lies in losing the wealth of engineering and geoscience talent that our economy relies on. We need a Council that is focused on providing good value for the fees we pay, and on getting our members and permit holders back to work.
What is the value of a professional license with APEGA?
I’m excited by the number of students and members-in-training I meet who are continuing to pursue careers in engineering and geoscience. We’re going to get through the crisis in our Province together, and it’s going to be our licensed members who lead the way on Alberta’s re-opening and economic recovery.