Melanie Popp, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA Councillor | APEGA

Melanie Popp, P.Eng., 2019 Candidate for APEGA Councillor

Melanie Popp, P.Eng.

Melanie Popp's Professional Highlights

  • Among awards she has won during her career is the Women in Energy Community Champion Award in 2017
  • Currently the Director of Engineering at geoLOGIC Systems in Calgary, she prides herself for being able to engage individuals and teams with excitement while establishing value for all stakeholders
  • Vice-Chair of the programs committee for Women in APEGA, 2014-15

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Melanie Popp's Personal Statement

Many of my values centre on the obligation and influence I have as an engineer in my community. My desire to run for APEGA Council comes from wanting to continue to elevate the status of our professions with stakeholders while growing and practising excellence within the APEGA membership and permit holders.

As the people responsible for creating, deploying, and perfecting technology, engineers have the unique opportunity to direct these changes in a positive direction to address our world’s greatest challenges. The work that we do must be done with integrity and service to the public at the forefront of our minds. This can only be achieved by regulating our practices in our province.

As a member of APEGA Council, I will continue to drive my passion projects forward, including:

  • attracting, retaining, and engaging women in engineering and geoscience
  • ensuring that foreign-educated engineering and geoscience professionals have a clear pathway for licensing and practising in Alberta
  • evolving the definition of engineering to encompass new skill sets needed as part of the digital revolution

I will also be perfecting my communication, strategic planning, and facilitation skills, while ensuring that value is created for all Council members in our limited times together. These skills will contribute to my ultimate career goal of continued work on boards.

I welcome the challenge that being a Councillor would bring and look forward to contributing to our professions and the public through APEGA.

Melanie Popp's Q&A

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

Self-regulation speaks to the high level of professionalism throughout our membership. It acknowledges the contract we have made with the public to protect their interests over and above our individual and collective agendas. It is the role of APEGA to protect this right by ensuring exclusive rights to practice for qualified professionals and organizations. The public places their trust in us and negligence will not be tolerated.

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

I’m running for Council to influence APEGA to best support the needs of members in light of the economic crisis in Alberta. I have personally been affected by this. I believe that engineers and geoscientists can be incremental in driving the economy of this province, as they have in the past, but it requires agility and strategic thinking—tools I have developed through my experience.

What challenges do today's engineers and geoscientists face?

The pace of technical change has accelerated immensely in our lifetimes. I believe it is the role of engineers and geoscientists to navigate this technological change while examining the impact on society. Some work that our membership has taken on has been rendered irrelevant by technology, and our members have had to adopt new skills and workflows to shift into the digital age.

What is the value of professional membership in APEGA?

Professional membership ensures that the individuals practising are doing so with integrity. The use of continuous professional development drives us to constantly upgrade and refine our technical and non-technical skills. We are known for our character, ethics, and quality of work. Our titles mean that we will adhere to the highest technical, professional, and ethical standards, and we do work that makes a difference in society.

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