APEGA Election 2020 | Q1: What does self-regulation mean to you as a member of APEGA?

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Each candidate in the APEGA Election 2020 answered the same 4 important questions about APEGA, which have been presented together so you, as a voter, can easily contrast each candidate's answers. Thank you for being a savvy voter!

Polls are open from February 3 to March 5, 2020.

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Incoming President

John Van der Put, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)*
Self-regulation is the privilege the province grants us as members of APEGA to determine what it takes to practise engineering and geoscience in Alberta and to ensure that our members are practising competently, ethically, and professionally to protect the public. By being diligent in zealously upholding professional standards, our members will enjoy the privileges and benefits that derive from securing the public’s trust. As well, the ability to manage our own professional association allows us to maximize the value our members can derive from membership.


Executive Candidates

Lisa Doig, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation ensures the standards are developed, right to practice enforced, and discipline cases are reviewed, by peers that understand the complex technical aspects of engineering and geoscience. This gives me assurance that the standards will be higher but reasonable and fair. Self-regulation also means APEGA, with its volunteer resources, is more cost effective and less bureaucratic. However, APEGA must be a transparent and effective regulator and continually demonstrate to Albertans that we regulate in the public interest.

Jennifer Enns, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation means the citizens and government of Alberta have placed their trust in me and the APEGA membership to act in their interests. This is a privilege and honour. I have a personal responsibility to not take that trust for granted or violate it. I must act ethically in compliance with the Act, APEGA regulations and standards, and uphold the profession. Self-regulation is by peer review so it’s important to be an active participant in supporting APEGA’s government delegated role.

Brian Pearse, P.Eng.*
The Government of Alberta delegates the authority of regulating the practice of engineering and geoscience to members of APEGA because we have the expertise and experience to best assess and license new members, set conditions for continued licensure, issue practice standards and guidelines, receive complaints, and investigate and discipline its members - all in the interest of the public. Public safety is paramount. Self-regulation is a privilege that must be protected.


Council Candidates

Muyiwa Akinyosoye, P.Eng.
Ability to internally regulate members and corporations through self developed guidelines that ensure public safety is never compromised in the pursuit of professional conduct.

Margaret Allan, P.Eng., P.Geo.*
As an APEGA volunteer, I explain to graduating students that self-regulation is a privilege earned through trust and integrity and that this status can be lost if the association’s actions cause the government to doubt APEGA’s ability to adequately protect the public interest. Losing self-regulating status would imply a mire of cumbersome regulations instead, and the resulting bureaucracy and inefficiencies would negatively impact the profitability of businesses that employ engineers and geoscientists.

Joseph Amalraj, P.Eng.*
I am proud to be a member of a self-regulated entity, APEGA. By self-regulation, I as an individual professional member am responsible for public safety in all my engineering activities. As a technical leader, I am accountable to ensure my fellow professional members take ownership in ensuring public safety in all their engineering activities and compliance to Professional Practice Management Plan (PPMP). Self-regulation is a privilege we have in Alberta for our profession.

John Duhault, P.Geo.
The regulator, APEGA, has been created by the members for the members under the guidance of the Engineering and Geoscience Act of Alberta. Self-regulation means autonomy from political and corporate influences in this province and Canada.

Darren Hardy, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation means that we have a collective right and responsibility to ensure that all of our membership are capable and qualified to work as professional engineers or geoscientists. We accomplish this by setting expectations and enforcing them with the help of our many APEGA members that volunteer their time to provide their expertise on the various statutory boards, branches, and Council.

Lorna Harron, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation is a privilege afforded only a handful of professions, and it allows APEGA to set standards, license individuals and companies, ensure members are working within the Act, and ensure that the titles of engineer and geoscientist are applied appropriately. Self-regulation allows me, as a member, to feel confident that my profession is being carefully managed to retain public trust in my profession.

Geoff Kneller, P.Eng.*
There’s an exchange of value in self-regulation that’s critical for our Association to keep in focus. It means we have to maintain the confidence of Albertans in the ability of our members to provide safe, cost-effective engineering services. In exchange, members of our professions receive the opportunity to pursue exciting careers in science and technology. If we keep doing the hard work through APEGA of serving the public interest, everybody comes out a winner.

RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation is a privilege; not a right. It is the highest level of trust that can be bestowed upon a profession. It means that as an APEGA member it is our collective duty to hold paramount the protection of the public by ensuring our peers are held to the highest level of professional ethics, conduct and standards of practice.

Paige Mamer, P.Geo.
Self-regulation translates to trust. We, as professionals, are put in positions of trust since our work affects people’s everyday lives, directly or indirectly. This allows us to remain adaptable, agile, and efficient (in time and cost) since we can govern our own best-practices and standards.

Bernd Manz, P.Eng.
The ability to practice as a professional is a privilege and a responsibility. I value APEGA’s role in creating a framework for professional practice that both protects the public and provides for self-regulation; another privilege. APEGA exists to regulate professional practice, protect the public and thereby engender public trust for continued self-regulation by APEGA members.

Tim Moran, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation is the highest respect the public and government can impart onto a profession. The high level of professional conduct expected of members is guided by standards and ethics developed through self-governance, ensuring public safety first. APEGA as a self-regulating profession instills accountability, promotes stewardship within the community, and strives for continued improvement. Peer to Peer accountability within APEGA promotes a culture for high quality and ethical work.

Ross Plecash, P.Eng.
Self-regulation ensures that those who set and interpret the standards for the practice of the profession truly understand those standards. We ourselves work within those standards and expect our colleagues to as well. We know the challenges faced by professionals because we have faced them ourselves. As a regulated member, I trust that the regulation of my profession will be fair and balanced, yet protective of society.

Jonathan Prill, P.Eng.*
The privilege of self-regulation is self-determination; we, as engineers and geoscientists, are optimally positioned to best protect the public from harm. If we lose public trust, this privilege will be rescinded and a bureaucratic governmental regulator will be imposing rules and penalties on us, likely without our input.

Bob Rundle, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation is the privilege granted to APEGA by the Government of Alberta that allows engineers and geoscientists practicing in Alberta to be regulated by fellow engineers and geoscientists. The majority of the work on statutory committees and boards to determine who can practice as an engineer and geoscientist in Alberta and to ensure that the practice is done in a professional manner and in the interest of public safety is done my volunteer members.

Theresa Watson, P.Eng.*
Self-regulation is a privilege given to engineers and geoscientists by legislation. There is no better way to ensure public safety and trust than to have the professionals that know what is required to ensure the ethical, professional, and technical competency of engineers and geoscientists. My P.Eng. and adherence to APEGA requirements tells my clients and the public that I have the credentials and experience necessary.  

Lian Zhao, P.Eng.
APEGA’s members have privileges and responsibilities. Oversight of professionals is assured by self-regulation. APEGA’s specialities of public safety, licensing, outreach, education, and member relations dominate the work of engineers and geoscientists, who are specialized and sophisticated, and best-managed by APEGA’s comprehensive regulatory authority. APEGA also has the authority to prevent unqualified or unlicensed individuals from practising the professions. Self-regulation is efficient for business.


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