Candidate for President, Manon Plante, P.Eng.*
- Extensive APEGA experience: Employee of APEGA (2014) and Councillor since 2016; involvement with most Committees of Council and as the Governance Framework Review Task Force Chair
- Proven Leader: senior executive with 30+ years of experience (including 25 years as a Canadian Military Engineer); spanning over industry and federal, provincial and local governments.
- Approachable and genuine. Passionate and focused, with a true ability for de-conflicting competing priorities, responding to challenges with determination, and championing changes with positive results.
First, I believe I am uniquely prepared to fulfill this important leadership role. I am approachable, respectful, genuine, attentive, and diplomatic. My background is diversified as I have worked in many environments: governmental, industrial, regulatory, or agency-board-commission type entities. I have honed my leadership skills from those experiences, successfully making my way up to senior executive levels.
Second, we must become a more efficient and wiser regulator with the support and input from the membership. I want to invigorate the membership to understand the role and mandate of its association but also how to contribute. It is an important journey as, more than ever, self-regulation is under scrutiny.
Third, I believe the President and Council must engage more effectively with the membership. While the use of social media, website, and email is reaching a significant portion of the membership, many members do not interact with the association. Engagement and dedication of the membership is at the heart of the association’s success. We must find ways to reach out to solidify this bond.
Lastly, it is an honour and privilege to serve APEGA. I have been on the APEGA Council for the last four years and I hope to continue do so as your President.
Answers to 4 APEGA Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
- The right expertise and voice (the membership) to regulate, advance, influence and lead our professions today and into the future
- Based on volunteering and a collective accountability to ensure we meet our duties: to hold paramount the health, safety and welfare of the public and have regard for the environment
- At the heart of our association to ensure its health
Why are you running for Council and do you think it’s important to serve in this way?
- Proud to call myself a professional engineer – volunteering is my way to serve the association –
- Have the unique leadership skills, knowledge and expertise to lead as APEGA President and Chair of council to support key initiatives and plan new ones to adapt to the future
- Support and advocate for self-regulation
- Assist with the association to transit toward be a robust yet wise regulator
- Make the association closer to its members to ensure it remains relevant and engaging
What challenges do today’s engineers and geoscientists face?
- To remain relevant, sought after and trusted professionals in a rapidly changing world of technology, especially in the energy sectors
- To continue to advocate for diversity to ensure our professions remain vibrant and enticing for generations to come
- To understand and then influence how the globalization of engineer/geo professional expertise and services is shaping our profession
What is the value of professional membership in APEGA?
Being recognized as professionals who:
- Adhere to a robust code of ethics through integrity, competence, dignity, and devotion to the professions
- Are accountable for their practice actions to their colleagues and association (Self-regulation and Discipline)
- Have acquired the right experience, training, education to provide professional engineering and geoscience services to the public (Registry)
- Maintain and sustain a high level of expertise through continued professional development
- Contribute to communities through education, outreach and volunteering.