Councillor Term & Duties

Term of Office

Councillors serve three-year terms that begin on the day of the annual general meeting in the year in which they were elected.

The candidate who receives the highest number of votes for President becomes the President-Elect for one year, then the President the following year and the Past-President the year after that. The candidate who receives the second-highest number of votes becomes the Vice-President for one year.

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Duties & Responsibilities

Council Members have six core duties.

1. Duty of Care

  • Act honestly
  • Act in good faith
  • Act in the best interests of APEGA
  • Avoid conflict of interest

2. Duty of Knowledge

  • Understand the legislation governing professional engineers and geoscientists in Alberta and the responsibilities of self-governance
  • Understand APEGA's mission and vision
  • Understand APEGA's strategic and business plans
  • Understand APEGA's governance model
  • Be familiar with APEGA's governance manual

3. Duty of Diligence and Skill

  • Be as informed about APEGA issues as is reasonably possible
  • Identify external factors that may affect APEGA
  • Prepare for, attend, and participate in all required meetings
  • Use individual expertise in the best interests of APEGA

4. Duty to Manage

  • Establish policies, provide guidance, and measure results
  • Delegate implementation of activities to the Chief Executive Officer

5. Duty to Participate

  • Participate in the development and renewal of APEGA's strategic plan
  • Serve on selected APEGA task forces or committees
  • Attend the annual general meeting and Summit Awards Gala
  • Attend APEGA and branch meetings as a representative of Council
  • Mentor new Council members and assist in their orientation
  • Vote at meetings

6. Duty to Represent Council

  • Provide a fair hearing to any APEGA member regarding APEGA policies and administration
  • Present Council decisions and actions in a positive and supportive manner
  • Direct concerns to the Chief Executive Officer or the President if unable to provide an adequate explanation
  • Attend selected other events, such as government functions, on behalf of Council

What Does it Take to Be a Strong Councillor?

If you're elected, in most cases you'll serve a three-year term. That's a big commitment—one that goes beyond attending four regular meetings a year. The following is the knowledge and characteristics of a good Councillor, no matter what the year.

  1. You are willing to commit time to APEGA and your Council duties.
  2. You always contribute.
  3. You're a champion of professionalism and of APEGA.
  4. You have detailed knowledge of important issues in engineering and geoscience.
  5. You bring a balanced perspective and problem-solving attitude to every discussion.
  6. You're familiar with board management and governance.
  7. You understand the principles behind professional regulation.
  8. You have experience in professional practice.

Remuneration & Reimbursements

Being a Councillor is a volunteer position. APEGA does not offer monetary compensation except for an honorarium to the President. APEGA will reimburse reasonable travel expenses to attend approved meetings and events.