John Van der Put, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA President | APEGA

John Van der Put, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA President

John Van der Put, P.Eng.

John Van der Put's Professional Highlights 

  • Energy industry executive with 35 years of experience, whose accomplishments span the Americas in upstream oil and gas and pipeline development
  • Extensive knowledge of process engineering and project executive leadership
  • Contributor for more than 20 years to boards focused on human development and technological advancement, including Athabasca University Governing Council and, most recently, the Engineering Research Advisory Board of the University of Calgary
  • Experience on APEGA Council, 2007–2010 and 2012–2015, including service on the Discipline Committee; the Professional Development Committee; the Acts, Regulations & Bylaws Committee; the Audit Committee; and the Finance Committee; and in mentoring and student outreach

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John Van der Put's Personal Statement


Drawn to the mountains of Alberta, John moved to Calgary in 1990, where he and his wife, Kathryn, raised their two daughters. He enjoys golfing and hiking in the mountains in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.


With 35 years of accomplishments in upstream oil and gas and pipeline development, John has been consistently recruited to be at the pointed end of the spear on high-risk, complex business challenges. Sometimes a constructive disrupter, he is known for both challenging and unifying teams that deliver above expectations. Committed to knowledge sharing, John is valued by his peers as a teacher and mentor—contributing to their professional development.


The highlights of John’s more than 25 years as an APEGA volunteer were his two terms on Council, which allowed him to make a direct contribution to our association by addressing key issues affecting our professions—among them facilitating professional mobility, developing a continuing professional development system, improving the registration of geoscientists, and implementing an accord with technologists. John also served as chair of APEGA’s Audit and Finance committees, helping ensure our association’s financial integrity. John has also enjoyed mentoring and student outreach.


John devotes a significant amount of his time and energy to organizations that focus on human development and technological advancement. Aside from APEGA, examples of his volunteer work include the University of Athabasca Governing Council, the University of Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology Industry Advisory Board and, as an official, Calgary Track & Field.

John Van der Put's Q&A

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

Self-regulation is the privilege the province grants members of APEGA to determine what it takes to practise engineering and geoscience in Alberta, and ensure that our members are practising competently, ethically, and professionally to protect the public. By being diligent in zealously upholding professional standards, our members will enjoy the privileges and benefits that derive from securing the public’s trust. As well, the ability to manage our own professional association allows us to maximize the value our members can derive from membership.

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

I have worked as an APEGA volunteer ever since first becoming a member more than 25 years ago because I believe in giving back to the profession that has given so much to me. Having served two terms on Council, I am running for President at this time because I can leverage my management skills and knowledge of our association to help make the renewal of our legislation a success and to improve the value of APEGA membership.

What challenges do today’s engineers and geoscientists face?

APEGA’s members today face very challenging times. The energy industry continues to be on the ropes, which impacts the province’s economy more broadly and puts pressure on our members to reduce project costs—while never compromising on safety and continuing to strive to achieve more and more ambitious, sustainable development objectives.

What is the value of professional membership in APEGA?

The principal benefit of APEGA membership is the opportunity to be a licensed practitioner of engineering or geoscience in Alberta and to enjoy the value that the public ascribes to your professional designation. Our association ensures that the standards of the engineering and geoscience professions are upheld and that its members have the tools to practice competently so that we can successfully contribute to societal well-being and ensure public safety.

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