Councillor Skills & Experience

Each year, Council and APEGA's Nominating Committee identify the top needs for Council. You don't have to meet all these criteria—or any of them—to run in the election. The more of these that apply to you, the better suited you are for the job.

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. This list looks at 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 or underrepresented groups
  5. You bring a balanced perspective and problem-solving attitude to any 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

Top Skills & Experiences to Have as a Councillor


Ability to effectively listen, and engage in respectful and progressive discussions. Ability to clearly and effectively convey information and ideas in various formats, to a wide range of audiences.

Governance Experience

Solid understanding of Director/Board accountabilities, responsibilities and liabilities, and experience establishing and implementing the processes and policies required to ensure effective oversight of an entity at a non-operational level.

Knowledge about APEGA

Knowledge of the association from involvement and interactions with APEGA (or ASET), which provides insight into the association, the membership, the stakeholders, and the operating environment.


Demonstrated experience maximizing the efforts of others to accomplish a desired outcome through formal or informal leadership roles.

Regulatory Understanding

Knowledge of regulatory organizations, why they exist and their common activities.

Risk Management

Working knowledge of risk management, including tools and processes for identifying, monitoring, and managing the various types of risks that an organization may experience

Strategic Planning

Experience with defining an organization’s longer-term strategic direction, and correspondingly prioritizing and aligning resources in pursuit of that direction.

Understanding of Self-Regulation

Knowledge of the concept of self-regulation and APEGA’s roles and responsibilities regulating the professions.


Ability to think about the big-picture future with creativity and insight. 

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years’ experience.