Councillor Skills & Experience

Each year, APEGA Council and the Nominating Committee identify the top needs for Council. These have been identified to ensure APEGA Council maintains the trust of the government and the public to fulfill our mandate to protect the public. You don't have to meet all these criteria—or any of them—to run in the election. However, 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. 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.

Top Skills & Experiences to Have as a Councillor

The following list are the top-ranked Council needs for 2021-22. Each Council nominee must rate themselves on these skills and experiences from 1 to 5 (1 being lowest, 5 being highest).


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.

Understanding of Self-Regulation

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

Regulatory Understanding

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

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.

Volunteer Sector Experience

Experience working as a volunteer or with volunteer-driven organizations.

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.

Strategic Planning

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

Knowledge of Business and Professional Organizations

Active involvement in business operations, and an understanding of how various elements (e.g., financial, human, environmental, legal) are integrated for overall organizational effectiveness.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years’ experience. 


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

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.

Senior Management Leadership Experience

Experience at a senior management level leading teams, directing work, and making decisions that have broad organizational impact.

Diversity of Experience

Breadth and diversity of experiences including professional development, research/publications, advancement of the profession, and employment in diverse industries (academic/industry/government) and/or geographic locations.

Financial Literacy

Understanding of basic non-profit accounting, budget development, audits, and the monitoring of fiscal operations.