Running for Council | APEGA

Running for Council

To run for Council, you must be a Member in good standing with an eligible membership type and able to commit to the duties and a three-year term. APEGA also publishes the top-ranked Council needs and personal attributes in the summer issue of The PEG each year.

Read about Councillor skill & experience requirements Read about Councillor terms & duties

Who is Eligible to Run for Council?


  • Honorary Life Member
  • Life Member
  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)
  • Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo., P.Geol., or P.Geoph.)
  • Professional Licensee (P.L.)


  • Applicant
  • Exam Candidate or Student
  • Licensee
  • Honorary Member
  • Member-in-Training (Engineer-in-Training, Geoscientist-in-Training)
  • Provisional Licensee


Planning your nominationTo run for Council, you must complete the nomination section in the Member Self-Service Centre (MSSC) during the nominating period. Nomination is online-only, and paper nominations are not accepted.

You will be able to develop your nomination in draft, returning as often as necessary until the deadline.

Once you are satisfied with your nomination and click the submit button, the nomination is final and locked from further changes.


Steps for Nomination

  1. Reach out to 25 Professional Members in good standing to support your nomination. Let them know that they'll be contacted electronically to confirm their support.

  2. Find or have taken a print-quality (at least 2 MP) headshot of yourself. View an example headshot of an appropriate size and quality.

  3. Write a personal statement that's 600 to 700 words long. Make sure it includes the information you think is important for voters to know about you.

  4. Polish your curriculum vitae for posting.

  5. To help the Nominating Committee in its review, write an explanation of why you want to run for Council.

  6. Also for the Nominating Committee's review, rate yourself on the skills and attributes from 1 to 7 (1 being lowest, 7 being highest).


Nominating Committee Endorsement

Considering candidates for endorsementThe Nominating Committee compares the needs of Council against candidates' qualifications, including:

  • confirming that the candidate has knowledge and experience in the areas listed by Council
  • holding a brief interview with each candidate
  • having the candidate pass a credit, criminal, and identity check
  • confirming that the candidate is in good standing with APEGA

After reviewing all candidates, including those who self-nominate (write-in candidates), the Nominating Committee endorses specific candidates based on Council's requirements and the review process. The ballot identifies the endorsed candidates. All candidates, including those not endorsed by the Nominating Committee, are placed on the ballot.

The Committee evaluates candidates' qualifications, experience, skills, and professional and governance expertise and compares that to the gaps of expertise that will be created by those who will be completing their terms in office.

This approach balances the level of knowledge and expertise on Council, which ultimately results in a stronger and more effective Council.