Candidate for Councillor, Nitin Dave, P.Eng.
- Professional engineer with extensive experience as a senior executive in energy, utilities, and the chemicals/petro-chemicals industry in North America and internationally
- Track record of managing mega and small/mid-size projects and business units of large corporations successfully; experience in governance and stewardship as a board member of large non-profit organizations and acting in senior leadership roles of large organizations and projects
- Volunteered for various non-profit and professional organizations including APEGA and PMI; contributor and champion of climate change, ESG, and digitization
I have been a professional engineer and active member of APEGA since 2003. APEGA has played a major role shaping my engineering career in Canada. I wish to contribute to my profession by serving as a Council member to continue to enhance APEGA’s stellar performance.
I have experience and skills providing sound governance, leadership, and strategic direction and successfully managing risks, which I acquired by successfully practising my profession in Alberta and internationally. I have served on the board of similar professional organizations. I have a successful track record setting up and implementing sound governance frameworks, providing leadership and oversight for managing business units and complex projects. I regularly volunteer for APEGA and other similar professional organizations and the experience has provided me with a deep understanding of APEGA’s vision, governance structure, policies and processes, and strategic priorities.
If I get the opportunity to serve the Council, I want to bring improvements in the following critical areas:
- Sound governance. Improving transparency and effectiveness. Augmenting resources, subcommittees, and policies/processes.
- Increasing public awareness of the impact and relevance of our profession particularly in the area of ESG, AI, digitization/automation, etc.
- Increased engagement of members, inspiring members and supporting members by providing a platform to communicate with Council, gather opinions/suggestions, and making recommendations to improve policies, processes, and structure.
- Improvements in learning-CPD opportunities (annual conference—external speakers, online database of webinars by topics, etc.).
- Promoting diversity and inclusion with the goal that every member regardless of their background feels valued and represented.
I am committed to serving you and APEGA with passion, dedication, and integrity.
I am solicitating your support to elect me as councillor for a stronger, more vibrant and engaged APEGA and our profession.
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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 privilege that every member exercises to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, performance, competence, and public safety in order to win the trust of the public at large and establish legitimacy in the corporate world. Self governance by every member creates a self-sustaining culture of excellence and does not require supervision, hence it is the most effective and everlasting. I believe that this is the best form of governance and ensures public safety/professional integrity considering scale and the depth/breath of professional practice.
What would you bring to Council?
I have skills and experience in governance, management, leadership, providing strategic vision, and finance/business management and the strong desire to contribute through volunteering. I am well versed with APEGA policies, bylaws, and processes. My governance, finance, risk management, and strategic plan skills will contribute to enhance Council effectiveness and will augment the current skill gaps.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does APEGA face?
Compliance with government regulations through self-regulation that relies on informal power and volunteering though successful requires significant efforts, self-discipline, and commitment by members for ongoing success. Other challenges are regulating professionals from new professions such as software engineering, AI, digitization, etc. The pace of change is very fast and to position APEGA to face future challenges arising from new technology, business models, and globalization requires sound governance and strategic vision.
What is the value of a professional licence with APEGA?
It is a sense of pride for members, the symbol of trust and respect for communities, it is assurance for skills, quality, and talent for corporations and mutual beneficial partnership with governing authority.