A Big Thank You for 27 Years of APEGA Volunteer Service | APEGA

A Big Thank You for 27 Years of APEGA Volunteer Service

The new Chair of APEGA’s Board of Examiners (BOE) has some mighty big shoes to fill, now that one of APEGA’s longest serving volunteers has retired from the position. Dr. Gary Faulkner, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), joined the BOE in 1989 as an academic examiner in mechanical engineering. He became the Chair in 1995, a role he held for 21 years.

His replacement is Mike Neth, P.Eng., who has likely already learned a thing or two from Dr. Faulkner — he is, after all, APEGA's former Director of Registration. Mr. Neth is now the Registrar and CEO of the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Throughout his tenure on the BOE, Dr. Faulkner was devoted to supporting the growth of APEGA’s membership while main­taining Alberta’s high standards for professional licensure. Under his leadership, APEGA experienced significant growth in both the number of applications the board reviewed and in the size of the board itself, now at around 60 Members plus three public repre­sentatives.

Dr. Gary Faulkner, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Dr. Gary Faulkner, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

The board — made up entirely of volunteers — is tasked with reviewing the qualifications of thousands of engineering and geoscience practitioners each year. They serve the public inter­est by ensuring that only those qualified to practise engineering and geoscience are licensed.

Well respected by other BOE volunteers and APEGA staff, Dr. Faulkner contributed thousands of hours of volunteer service over 27 years, not only reviewing membership applications but helping set and update BOE policies.

Besides leading the BOE, Dr. Faulkner has also represented APEGA at the national level as a member of the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board and as Chair of the International Engineering Academic Qualifications Committee.

Though he’s leaving the board, Dr. Faulkner continues as an active, practising Professional Engineer. He’s the Director of Rehabilitation Research and Technology Development at the Glen­rose Rehabilitation Hospital, a position he’s held since 2009. His research has focused on the evaluation and stability of transcuta­neous implants used for bone-anchored hearing aids, and orbital and intraoral reconstructions.

Before joining Glenrose, Dr. Faulkner was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering, where he led the development of a biomedical stream for mechanical engineering undergraduates. He’s also involved with the head-and-neck reconstruction unit at Misericor­dia Hospital.

He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. from the U of A, as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, all of them in me­chanical engineering. Among his many awards are three APEGA Summit Awards (Excellence in Education, L.C. Charlesworth Professional Service, Volunteer Service) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.