Candidate for Councillor, Patrick Ryan, P.Eng.

Patrick Ryan

Candidate Overview

  • Extensive experience in leadership, strategic planning, legislation, regulations, and sustainability
  • Director, Coast Mental Health, a $60-million-per-year mental health organization; member, APEGA Calgary Executive; extensive collaboration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC; and community volunteer
  • Semi-retired engineer with public/private experience ranging from chief building official and manager of emergency operations to a utility engineer, including geotechnical projects

Personal Statement

I am excited to be running for the APEGA council. I have worked for decades as a professional engineer, manager and director in B.C. and Australia, including involvement in very complex geotechnical issues. My last role was as chief building official for the City of Vancouver. I have held positions in emergency management, transportation and municipal infrastructure with a balance between consulting and government roles. I have a solid background in reasonable and realistic sustainability measures.

I am a volunteer director of Coast Mental Health, one of the largest and most successful mental health support groups in B.C., with a $60-million budget.

As a council member, I would use a collaborative and educational approach to adopt pragmatic and common-sense regulations and guidelines for engineers and geoscientists that meet ethical and professional requirements, while recognizing and operating in the real world. The political realities are critical in terms of appreciation of the role of engineers and geoscientists and the critical role we play in our province.

In closing, I look forward to serving the engineers and geoscientists of this great Province and helping us manage and plan for the future.

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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 ensures an organization can manage itself without additional government, legal, and regulatory oversight. This allows APEGA to serves the public and its members in a more efficient and appropriate manner. If done properly, self-regulation is the best model for an organization to manage itself which also creates a greater level of pride in the organization by its members.

What would you bring to Council?

I am a director of Coast Mental Health in BC, a $60-million-per-year non-profit organization. I have extensive experience as a senior municipal leader setting policy and strategic direction and was a director of the Vancouver Emergency Operations Centre. As chief building official, I worked to ensure political support for the building code, creating a better understanding of the engineering principles and benefits to society.

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

As the political environment becomes more polarized and environmental challenges increase, it is critical for a stable and forward-looking organization that has the respect of the community, industry, and government. It is important for APEGA to be non-partisan while working to be representative of the community, ensuring removal of barriers, and supporting the Indigenous community and to promote the engineering profession and the critical role it plays in society.

What is the value of a professional licence with APEGA?

I am proud to say I am a professional engineer and proud of the engineering and geoscience professions. The licence is a key aspect of this as it ensures a high level of training and experience of an engineer or geoscientist with an associated level of excellence.

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