Ivan Finlay Leadership Award Supports Leaders of Tomorrow

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Do you know an engineering or geoscience student who fosters equity, diversity, and inclusivity on campus or in their community?

If so, encourage them to apply for an APEGA Ivan Finlay Leadership Award! This award recognizes students who have effected positive change while serving in a volunteer leadership role.

Funded by APEGA’s past presidents, up to 10 undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and geoscience programs who demonstrate inclusive leadership and act as ambassadors of engineering and geoscience will receive a $1,250 award. Applications for the 2024 award cycle will close on February 18, 2024.

What does it take to be a recipient?

To be eligible to receive the award, a student must be enrolled in an engineering, geology, or geophysics undergraduate or graduate degree program in Alberta and must demonstrate how they’ve made a difference in the fields of engineering and geoscience and in the community. Graduate students must also be either a member-in-training or an applicant with APEGA.

Learn more about the award criteria and apply today

Who was Ivan Finlay?

Ivan Finlay, P.Eng., FEC, was an electrical engineer who rose through Alberta’s public service to become the chief electrical inspector, after which he served as APEGA’s first full-time registrar from 1959 to 1978.

During his tenure at APEGA, he solidified his reputation as a leader who always acted with a high degree of professionalism and integrity. He worked with 20 APEGA presidents, sharing his forward-looking perspective and confidence in the next generation.

When Finlay retired, the past-presidents made him the first honorary member of the Order of the Vest—a tradition that recognizes the end of a president’s year-long term—and created the Ivan Finlay Leadership Award to foster and honour the leadership skills of upcoming generations.

If you have any questions about the Ivan Finlay Leadership Award, please contact [email protected].


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