Candidate for Councillor, Peter Timmins, P.Eng.
- Energy industry professional engineer with 30 plus years of experience whose achievements span the globe in upstream and downstream oil and gas materials engineering design and development
- Extensive knowledge of materials engineering design and development on several international projects, based in the country of origin
- Volunteer experience on APEGA REC as SME and experience examiner since 2019 and SME and member Joint Board of Examiners ASET/APEGA since 2021
I’m officially bilingual in Canada. I have the “Attestation” from the Office de la Langue Francaise. And I speak some Spanish (la lingua de la Castilla del Norte) too. Whilst in Indonesia I learned some Bahasa (and in Malaysia).
I have a love of cultures. Having had the opportunity to live and work in Japan, Korea, Russia (Sakhalin), Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Venezuela, Republic of South Africa, Nigeria, China, most of Europe, and the USA and Canada, I feel privileged to have experienced such travel and adventure. With even just a few words of any foreign language, people open up everywhere. It’s really surprising how we are towards each other, in a good way.
The essence of Japanese, Indonesian, and Malaysian culture is simply politeness. Almost everywhere, being polite is recognized as being socially acceptable. And it’s easy to do.
In leadership too, it’s much easier to ask than it is to dictate. And leading from the middle is the essence of teamwork.
Perhaps I’m more sensitive to this facet, since I am a first-generation immigrant. Landed in Calgary in 1981.
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Get to Know the Candidate in Four Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
The breadth and the depth of knowledge and skill required in our professions demands high levels of integrity and trustworthiness. In a high-performance self-regulatory framework, everyone licensed to practise is expected to assist in the task of regulating.
What would you bring to Council?
30 years of global experience in upstream and downstream oil and gas materials engineering design and development together with volunteer experience on APEGA REC as SME and experience examiner since 2019 and SME and member Joint Board of Examiners ASET/APEGA since 2021.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does APEGA face?
APEGA is primarily concerned with regulatory risk, which refers to the risk that a change to the laws or regulations will hurt a business or investment by affecting that business, sector, or market.
While often necessary for the public good, government regulations can increase the cost of doing business or limit prospects for further growth, cutting into profits and hurting the return on investments.
What is the value of a professional licence with APEGA?
The value of a professional licence with APEGA is in the fact that APEGA regulates as the final tier of protection of the public welfare and setting standards and expectations for practice.
This means the onus to regulate rests on every person or corporation which holds a licence to practise in Alberta. For this reason, the obligation to protect the public is written into APEGA’s professional Rules of Conduct.