How to Be a Savvy Voter

Social media has changed the landscape of APEGA Council election for the better, and members are interacting with their Council candidates like never before. Be a savvy voter and learn even more about the candidates before you cast your vote!

APEGA provides many avenues for voters to learn about candidates. Each candidate is given the opportunity to take part in or provide:

  • An open personal statement and resume for you to review
  • A video statement 
  • A short interview asking about the issues that APEGA members care about the most

This information will be made available to the public and all members at least one month before the election to give you plenty of time to review it all and make an informed decision.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].


True or False?

Click to open the accordions to find out if the following statements are true or false. Thank you for being a savvy voter!

  • True!

    The Audit Committee assists Council with its oversight responsibility, including monitoring the financial health of APEGA and helping to mitigate risks.

    See more about the Audit Committee

    Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - APEGA Budget - True
  • Be A Savvy Voter - EGA - False


    Because the EGP Act is not the only Alberta legislation that speaks to regulation of industry practices, engineers must also abide by other statutes, such as the Safety Codes Act, Occupational Health and Safety Code, the Alberta Building Code, etc.

    See Section 2.1, Regulatory Context

  • True!

    Council can make recommendations, but all proposed changes to the EGP Act are voted on by membership and sent for review to the Government of Alberta.

    See Part 3, Section 19 of the EGP Act

    Savvy Voter - Membership Dues
  • Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Branch Chairs - False


    Branch Executives are elected members who represent different regional groups in Alberta. Branches function as a vital conduit between Council, staff, and APEGA members in various geographic regions in Alberta. Chairs from all Branches meet quarterly to discuss Branch governance and business.

    See more about Branches

  • Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Application Timeline - False


    The Board of Examiners reviews and approves all membership applications and is the only statutory body with the authority to make those determinations.

    See more about the Boards of Examiners

  • True!

    The Investigative Committee handles complaints against members and permit holders and is the only statutory body with the authority to perform those investigations.

    See more about the Investigative Committee

    Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Investigations - True
  • Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - EGP Act - False


    Council can make recommendations, but all proposed changes to the EGP Act are voted on by membership and sent for review to the Government of Alberta. Ultimately, it is the Legislature that decides which legislation will be enacted.

    See Part 3, Section 19 of the EGP Act


  • True!

    Completed reinstatement applications are first reviewed by an independent statutory board known as the Practice Review Board before being submitted to Council for final approval.

    See more about reinstatements  See more about the Practice Review Board

    Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Reinstatement approval - True
  • Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Complaint Investigation - False


    APEGA Council governs the overall function of APEGA in meeting the objectives of the EGP Act, but has no authority to engage in investigative or discipline processes. Those functions are performed by the Investigative Committee, which holds a separate grant of authority in the EGP Act.

    See more about the Investigative Committee

  • Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Managing Structure - False


    The structure of APEGA’s statutory boards and committees is outlined in the EGP Act, including scope of responsibility, structure, and power. Council, including the President, cannot change or amend the statutory boards and committees named in the governance model.

    See more in the EGP Act

  • True!

    Council as a whole can review membership dues from time to time, but the President cannot unilaterally change fees or dues without proper process.

    See Part 7, Section 24 of the Bylaws

    Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Membership Dues - True
  • True!

    APEGA only regulates the practice of engineering and geoscience in Alberta and has no authority over a non-member who is practicing engineering outside Alberta. However, we do have the ability to put standards in place relating to how engineering work performed outside of Alberta must be treated when brought back into Alberta.

    See more about outsourced engineering  See more about outsourced geoscience

    Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Offshore Engineering - True
  • Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Requirements - False


    The EGP Act defines the requirements for approval by the Board of Examiners, and eligibility for registration is further outlined in the Regulations. From there, the Board of Examiners and APEGA staff establish how these requirements are met by applicants.

    See Part 4, Section 31 of the EGP Act  See Section 13 of the Regulations

  • True!

    Council is governed by the rules laid down in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order, so every decision is open to debate when presented to Council, but once a majority decision is reached, Council speaks with one voice as one team.

    See Section 20 of the Bylaws

    Be A Savvy Voter - Web2 - Consensus - True


What Council Can and Cannot Effectively Change

APEGA Council is the governing body for our association, and the Government of Alberta looks to Council to provide the necessary oversight to ensure APEGA fulfills its mandate to protect the public. This includes ensuring that APEGA's operations follow the EGP Act, regulations and bylaws, and that we are holding professional members and permit holders accountable for compliance.

Council also provides oversight on statutory activities to approve resources to enable processes, for example shortening registration timelines; however, each of the statutory boards or committees has an independent grant of authority.

Council may make recommended changes to the regulations or bylaws, but it is the membership that votes on the change. In the case of regulations, the Government of Alberta must also concur and bring the amendment to life through government orders. For example, in March 2019, APEGA and ASET submitted a joint letter to the Government of Alberta recommending changes to the EGP Act and related regulations

Council DOES:

  • develop and drive APEGA's strategic direction
  • discuss and decide on issues that are relevant to the regulator
  • approve APEGA's budget
  • provide direction on regulatory priority and pace
  • ensure the responsible use of resources to effectively execute APEGA's strategic plan

Council DOES NOT:

  • provide direction on statutory activity, such as
    • criteria for licensure
    • the time it takes to become a professional member
    • practice review scheduling
  • change any content that is outlined in the EGP Act
  • oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization
  • independently set membership fees and annual dues