Candidate for Councillor, Victoria Wishart, P.Eng.*
- Flow control equipment Sales Engineer with nearly two decades of experience in Western Canada’s O&G, Mining, Petro-chemical and Chemical industries
- Extensive knowledge of operational engineering, quality assurance, and project management
- Experience on APEGA Edmonton Branch, 2017-2019 including numerous volunteer roles: Honours & Awards Chair, Member Induction Ceremony Emcee, outreach events, and mentor
I am a Chemical and Bio-Chemical Engineer with a degree from Western University in London, ON. I moved to Alberta right after graduation and have been a registered member of APEGA ever since. I started my career in the manufacturing industry as a design engineer and am currently a Sales Engineer for a global flow control company specializing in severe service control valves. I have proven problem-solving skills and in my career I have focussed heavily on both superior customer service and technical solutions for my customers. I am proud of my communication and management abilities and I have used those skills to earn positions of leadership. I am an active volunteer in my community on both a personal and a professional level. I look forward to hopefully joining APEGA council to expand my network and to do my part to ensure that our organization continues its success.
Answers to 4 APEGA Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you?
Self-regulation is a big responsibility and one that we have worked hard to earn and retain. It is critical to the success of our organization and to us as members. We have earned the public’s trust by acting responsibly, ethically and safely and we need to ensure regulatory compliance by all our members so that we can continue to enjoy this earned privilege.
What do you bring to Council?
I bring enthusiasm, professionalism and a problem-solving attitude to the table along with governance and financial operations experience, while I can admit that I have much to learn about our regulatory issues. Being involved in such a way will strengthen my ties with APEGA and will be a great way to further engage with the network.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does the regulator face?
We have seen a lot of media attention and criticism following unprofessional conduct in Quebec, Ontario and BC in recent years. This damages the trust that that has ben awarded to engineers and geoscientists and we are now seeing trends toward public rejection of self-regulating professions. Another challenge is that the costs associated with upholding the regulatory practice are borne by our members, many of whom are unemployed or under-employed. In today’s depressed economic situation, we need to support these members while ensuring fiscal responsibility.
What is the value of a professional license with APEGA?
The professional license represents technical competence and earned prestige for Engineers and Geoscientists, and being able to call myself an engineer makes me very proud. I worked hard to get where I am today, and I know that having those letters behind my name has opened doors for me. We are well respected by the public because we have earned that respect through professional and responsible conduct and my APEGA license is recognition of that trust.