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-Elect/Vice-President becomes the President-Elect for one year. This person automatically becomes 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.

Time Commitment

Being on Council requires different levels of time commitment depending on the position.

Activity CouncillorVice-PresidentPresident-Elect President

Council Meetings

  • 4 all-day meetings
  • ½ day preparation for each
8 days8 days8 days8 days

Strategic Retreat 

  • Not held every year
2 days2 days2 days2 days

Executive Committee Meetings

  • 4 meetings of 1-2 days each
  • ½ day preparation for each


6 days6 days6 days

Other Committee Meetings

  • 1 day of preparation for each
8 days8 days8 days24 days
Other meetings, briefings, and presentations4 days9 days9 days75+ days
Total 22 days 33 days33 days115+ days

In addition to the above, you will be expected to attend:

  • 3 orientation sessions
  • the Annual General Meeting and Conference (two days)
  • local events (Branch activities, receptions)
  • conference calls as required (due notice will be given)
  • various functions in Alberta to represent APEGA, some of which will occur on weekends and in evenings

Should the President be unavailable, the President-Elect or Vice-President will need to attend on the President's behalf.

Although attendance by teleconference is an option for some committee work, attendance in person is required for all Council meetings.

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

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.