Candidate for Councillor, Wally Kozak, P.Eng.*
- Petroleum industry executive with 40 years’ experience in the upstream sector, both E&P and service, domestic and international
- History of active volunteer participation including industry group, technical societies, and APEGA
- Serving on Council (2018-2021) also served on the Audit & Governance Committees and Policy & Standards Task Force
Elsewhere in the election materials I’ve set out my personal priorities for serving on Council: (a) continued and ongoing improvement of good governance, (b) providing standing to our professions’ voice in public discourse and (c) to the extent appropriate for a regulator, having APEGA act as a trustee of Alberta’s professional resources.
Standing for election in 2018, I believed I could bring representation to an under-represented constituency within APEGA, namely upstream oil and gas and more specifically the service sector. In my view, that remains true today and I would be pleased to continue bringing that perspective to Council.
Through my 40 year career I‘ve experienced several economic cycles and like all previous cycles, this one has its own set of unique challenges. I believe it is essential for APEGA to continue evolving and preparing itself to be the regulator Albertans expect as emerge into more prosperous and active days.
Past history of Service:
- CSUR Director since 2005,
- CSUR Chairman 2012-2020, now serving as independent Director and past Chair
- PSAC Hydraulic Fracturing Committee, Chair 2012-2019
- SAIT Bachelor Applied Petroleum Technology Advisory Committee since 2012
- Volunteer Instructor Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing 2005-2009
Answers to 4 APEGA Questions
What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?
With APEGA’s mandate to protect the public interest, self-regulation for APEGA registrants provides a means for professionals to take responsibility and accountability for the professions. With their impact on the public the regulation of engineering and geoscience is a given and the key question then becomes ‘by whom’? In my view, an effective, visible, transparent, and well governed APEGA is the optimal means.
What do you bring to Council?
In addition to management and leadership skills from industry, I bring considerable experience in working within associations. This experience includes: a technical society; trade association / lobby organization; and a previous term with APEGA Council. Each have important and distinct roles and it is essential to recognize boundaries and limitations. My background has provided me with clarity on these roles.
As the regulator of engineering and geoscience, what challenges does the regulator face?
A long term challenge facing APEGA as well as many other regulators, and institutions generally, is social challenge. Over several decades, society is increasingly questioning and challenging the relevance and authority of organizations such as APEGA. As it APEGA’s mandate to protect the public’s interest, I believe the regulator must demonstrate openness and transparency in the performance of its duties and responsibilities to the public.
What is the value of a professional license with APEGA?
Apart from the obvious economic interest for the individual professional, there is an intangible value of the APEGA license. From an individual perspective this isn’t nearly as evident until we pause to consider it from an overall profession’s and again from a societal view. Specifically, as a licensee, with recognized and demonstrated skills, governing legislation, and a code of ethics, the public has entrusted us collectively and individually with a responsibility to protect their interest. As professions and professionals, value is derived from living up to those expectations.