Jonathan Matthews, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA Councillor | APEGA

Jonathan Matthews, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA Councillor

Jonathan Matthews, P.Eng.

Jonathan Matthews's Professional Highlights

  • Proven track record in conceptualizing, developing, and deploying technologies in the resource sector that enhance sustainability and respond effectively to stakeholder concerns
  • Offers exceptional skill in ideation, collaboration and engaging communications to build trust
  • Currently the Innovation & Collaboration Advisor/President at Magpie Consulting Inc. in Calgary

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Jonathan Matthews's Personal Statement

I feel a deep sense of responsibility to work collaboratively to seek out, develop, and deliver solutions that will enable a better balance between the effects of human activities, societal well-being, and the environment.

I firmly believe we need to adapt to use natural resources more wisely while deploying innovative technologies that mitigate societal impacts. We also need significant societal changes to deliver true sustainability. Within this context I firmly believe APEGA is especially well positioned to enhance and facilitate development and deployment of solutions that will reduce our impacts on the soil, water, and air, while still harnessing and distributing the affordable energy so critical to comfort and economic well-being.

Our APEGA mandate is to make ethical and skilled decisions that protect and serve the public. It seems self-evident that our 60,000-plus members have the potential to punch above our weight in shaping the future and brightening the prospects of future generations through courageous leadership in innovation. On this front I am highly motivated to work with all APEGA members to create a critical mass of professionals so that we can advance in a more coordinated and distinctive manner. 

Jonathan Matthews's Q&A

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

Self-regulation provides the best environment to effectively regulate engineering and geoscience while maintaining flexibility to evolve and harness the full creative potential of Alberta’s geoscience and engineering community. By self-regulating we can more effectively and efficiently adjust to meet societal and member needs, while never losing sight of our core mandate to safeguard those aspects of public safety and well-being served by our practitioners in Alberta. 

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

APEGA has almost 100 years of history, and our members should be proud of this contribution. The diversity and complexity of the issues that will need to be addressed in the next century will be significant, so APEGA needs to keep evolving. I feel that there is still a lot of untapped potential that we need to unleash through enhanced member engagement, and I am motivated to roll up my sleeves to work with the APEGA leadership to see just how much more effective we can be in harnessing this potential.

What challenges do today’s engineers and geoscientists face?

Feelings of uncertainty about the future are common to APEGA members. For example, tension between status quo hydrocarbon recovery and utilization is perceived to be at odds with public expectations of curtailment of GHG emissions without sacrificing socio-economic well-being. This is just one example of a sustainability conundrum that will require all the creativity and collaboration of our geoscientists and engineers in an objective, non-partisan environment. 

What is the value of professional membership in APEGA?

One of the core value propositions of being an APEGA member is the opportunity to engage across the breadth and diversity of geoscience and engineering disciplines to deliver solutions that will deliver sustainability and prosperity, now and in the future.

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