George Eynon, P.Geo., 2019 Incoming APEGA President | APEGA

George Eynon, P.Geo., 2019 Incoming APEGA President

George Eynon, P.Geo.

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George Eynon's Personal Statement

You only need to know a few things to understand me.

First, that I played rugby from an early age for 25 years. It is the consummate team sport, so I cannot help it—I am a team player! (Though I do enjoy cycling; it keeps me fit and gives me some time to think.) Next, that my 45-year wide-ranging career affords me a unique, 360-degree, global perspective of our professions in operation.

That teaching is part of my make-up by training and predilection: as a high school teacher, TA at graduate school, consultant, oil and gas industry geologist, and regulator. Currently, I mentor several younger people; teach short courses for industry, classes, and workshops through the Haskayne School of Business and School of Public Policy; and speak at technical sessions and conferences. It’s the age-old maxim of needing to “pass it forward.”

As a life-long learner, I read a lot to keep up with all the things that interest me, and depend on good research and verified facts. I don’t take anything on blind faith—show me your evidence! However, I don’t always find the time to read everything I want to, as I’m a chronic serial volunteer (Scouting, PTAs, technical societies, United Way, Drop-in Centre, and my professional association).

Lastly, while I’ve always been a stickler for proper use of language, I’ve also become a self-confessed governance and regulatory nerd as well—serving on my technical societies’ boards, as an ERCB Board Member—and on APEGA Council.

George Eynon's Q&A

What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?

It means “professionalism by peer review”—the responsibility of regulating ourselves! It is the privilege of using our knowledge and skills in the best interests of society, given our training and licensure. Our registered peers maintain the status of our P.Eng. and P.Geo. designations, together with APEGA staff ensuring a high level of professional ethics, conduct, and standards of practice.

Why are you running for Council and why do you think it’s important to serve in this way?

I ran for several reasons. First, a real pride in being a P.Geo. and the desire to give back to my profession in some way. Second, I have a deep personal interest in both proper regulation and good governance. Third, I bring considerable direct governance and regulatory training and experience to the table, having served with the ERCB and AER, and on numerous technical society and business-related boards.

What challenges do today’s engineers and geoscientists face?

There are several. First, continuing economic distress in Alberta’s economy that directly affects our members: thousands unemployed or under-employed, or unable to find work after graduating. Second, offshoring of engineering further contributes to unemployment here. Third, rapid advancement of technology requires continuous educational upgrading and retraining, which puts an additional financial burden on professionals. Finally, a complete lack of public knowledge of APEGA: about who we are, what we do, or why we do it!

What is the value of professional membership in APEGA?

The most important is that membership confers the legal right to practise as engineers and geoscientists, recognizing our training and skills. We regulate ourselves—ranking us with lawyers and doctors. There is also a degree of pride in having the P.Eng. or P.Geo. title designation after our names. Society benefits, too: we practise our professions in the public interest under a Code of Ethics and against practice standards and guidelines.

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