Executive Candidate: Margaret Allan, P.Eng., P.Geo.
- 15 years of APEGA experience including service on APEGA Council, Policy and Standards Committee, Governance Committee, Executive Committee, Investigative Committee, and leading ethics seminars preceding Iron Ring ceremonies
- Professional engineer and geoscientist with 35 years industry/consulting experience; specialist in risk assessment for contaminated sites; author of peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations
- Believes in collaborative processes to engage diverse teams in creative, respectful, exploratory discussions leading to well-supported outcomes
I am a semi-retired consulting engineer and geoscientist who has lived and worked in Calgary, Edmonton, and rural Alberta. As a dual P.Eng., P.Geo., I appreciate the special skills and insights of both professions.
The most rewarding part of my career has been helping others to advance their careers, just as others helped me along the way. I am a strong advocate for diverse, collaborative workplaces and delivery of exceptional applied science. I am especially proud of our professionals when they surprise and delight us with creative solutions that not only meet intended use but do so in an innovative way.
My experience with governance began while I was still in university and has expanded to include board roles with a condominium corporation, a privately held consulting company, a municipal subdivision/development appeal board, and APEGA Council. I began volunteering with APEGA in 2008 with service on the Investigative Committee and working with new graduates at the ethics seminars that precede the Iron/Earth Ring ceremonies. Joining APEGA Council has been a rewarding experience, and one that I look forward to continuing.
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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 is a privilege granted to APEGA by virtue of legislation. Our engineers and geoscientists are collectively responsible for ensuring adherence to professional standards and taking responsibility for protecting the public from harm. Setting and enforcing professional standards is important because failure to do so could lead to loss of our self-regulating privileges.
What would you bring to Council?
As a dual P.Eng./P.Geo., I understand the challenges faced by engineers and geoscientists. Service on APEGA Council and experience as a regulatory compliance auditor have provided insights on how our new legislation can improve professional practice and better engage our professional members.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does APEGA face?
APEGA has the challenge of managing diverse stakeholders. Key among them are members of the public who expect a duty of care from engineers and geoscientists. The Alberta government is another key stakeholder, especially in light of impending legislation changes for professional organizations. Our registrant members and permit holders are stakeholders who expect APEGA to properly manage and regulate the professions and to be fiscally responsible in performance of these duties.
What is the value of a professional licence with APEGA?
In addition to providing the right to practise one's profession, a licence with APEGA brings behind-the-scenes support for the engineering and geoscience professions. APEGA continually monitors changes on the business and regulatory fronts and proactively assists our members and permit holders with preparing for and implementing policy changes to better protect the public and keep our professions robust.