Chair of Special Committee Encourages Members to Engage

Starting on April 6, 2021, APEGA licensed professionals are encouraged to register for an engagement session to provide feedback on the report and recommendations made by the Special Committee of Council on Nominations.

The chair of the committee, Craig McFarland, P.Eng., is hopeful that members are willing to share their thoughts on key findings, which may result in upcoming changes to APEGA’s bylaws. “It will help Council to make a fully informed decision on how to move forward,” says McFarland. “A small investment of time now could have a big impact on APEGA’s future.”

Engagement sessions in April and May

Throughout April and the start of May, APEGA will be holding 10 virtual engagement sessions to present the findings of the report and to gather member input on four recommendations.

Council created the Special Committee of Council on Nominations in response to a motion passed at the 2019 annual general meeting. The committee was tasked with reviewing the current nomination process and making recommendations to Council to ensure election nominees continue to have the competencies needed to fulfil APEGA’s regulatory mandate, while also encouraging greater diversity in the recruitment of nominees.

In preparing the report, the Special Committee also sought input from APEGA volunteers and engaged the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion to examine the existing nomination process. The report was presented to Council in June 2020, and Council is now seeking feedback from APEGA members.

The future of self-regulation

McFarland stresses the importance of this matter and the impact it could have on the future of self-regulation in the engineering and geoscience professions in Alberta. “A diverse Council with the right expertise and experience will position us to be agile and responsive to the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing our professions, now and in the future."