Dr. Lian Zhao, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA Councillor | APEGA

Dr. Lian Zhao, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA Councillor

Dr. Lian Zhao, P.Eng.

Lian Zhao's Professional Highlights

  • More than three decades of work experience in the upstream oil and gas and environmental consulting industries
  • Principal at CEPro Energy & Environmental Services Inc. and President of CEPro Foundations Inc.
  • Awarded a PhD in petrology at the Geology and Geophysics Institute in Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995 and a PhD in Environmental Engineering at University of Guelph in 2007

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Lian Zhao's Personal Statement

During three decades of practice in energy and environmental consulting services, I have, with great commitment, built a sound multidisciplinary engineering-and-science knowledge base, supported by corporate governance and professional community services. I received an APEGA five-year volunteer award. I am a member of the Practice Standards Committee’s Environmental Subcommittee, and chair of the Wetlands Subject-Matter Expert Panel and the Wetlands Science and Engineering Guideline Working Group.

Under struggling low oil prices, Alberta’s economic conditions, and heavy environmental liability issues caused by aging O&G assets in Alberta, as a co-founder and principal of CEPro Energy Group I am providing corporate practice insights into integrated optimizations for the production recovery and liability management of mature oil and gas assets.

A passionate participant within the professional community, I specialize in technical promotional activities related to energy and resources sustainable development under a life cycle of regulation and innovation. I am confident in communicating the common agreement among diverse and multicultural professional circumstances. My trustful, respectful, and inclusive professional manners in multicultural settings facilitate understanding and acceptance of diverse decision-making approaches. As an individual and a Responsible Member of consulting companies, I oversee the enterprise and key stakeholders, as well as academic and industrial collaborative partners.

I prepare myself to embrace APEGA’s 2020 strategic plan and the challenges APEGA faces. If successful, I will actively be engaged in public dialogue that affects the professions and make APEGA more visible within the main economic decision-making stream. Additionally, risk management and incurred rising membership dues will always remain in my focus.

Lian Zhao's Q&A

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

APEGA’s members have privileges and responsibilities. Oversight of professionals is assured by self-regulation. APEGA’s specialties of public safety, licensing, outreach, education, and member relations dominate the work of engineers and geoscientists, who are specialized and sophisticated, and best-managed by APEGA’s comprehensive regulatory authority. APEGA also has the authority to prevent unqualified or unlicensed individuals from practising the professions. Self-regulation is efficient for business.

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

The most worthwhile commitment is to embrace service to the public and the practices of engineering and geoscience at the upper-most tier of APEGA governance and make more contributions to a Council facing the challenges of low oil prices and economic difficulties. My education, six years of volunteering, and executive management experience are great assets for the Council. It is essential for me to run and serve our professionals more. APEGA Council determines the strategic direction of the organization.

What challenges do today's engineers and geoscientists face?

The challenges are maintaining competency among the various roles, especially technical, engaging with low oil price economics worldwide, and navigating challenging conditions to strengthen both sides of a professional’s creative critical thinking and integrated decision-making strategies. Also, reducing risk probability and creating effective ways to reduce costs also stick out. Promoting a higher engagement level among members is essential to secure and develop this self-regulated association.

What is the value of professional membership in APEGA?

As dedicated members in good standing, the membership with APEGA earn the confidence of the public and instill pride. APEGA promotes a business culture of belonging, inclusion, and diversity. Awareness of self-regulating professions and regulatory environments, and thorough knowledge of our governing legislation, make professional practice competitive. The recognized reputation and competency quality to protect the public’s best interest and block non-qualified persons from practice are mandatory. 

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