APEGA 2020 Annual Report

This has truly been a year like no other. We started 2020 with great anticipation for APEGA’s centennial, a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate A Century Well Built. We held our first centennial events in Calgary and Edmonton in February, looking forward to more. A month later, everything changed. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we closed our offices to the public in mid-March and they remained closed all year. Most of our employees spent the rest of 2020 working from home. As with everything we do, safety was at the forefront of all our decisions on how to move ahead during the pandemic. APEGA staff members were nimble, creative, and innovative in response to the disruption to their personal and professional lives. Their tenacity enabled us to meet this sudden challenge head on and adeptly fulfil our duties as Alberta’s engineering and geoscience regulator. Our IT staff ensured the abrupt transition to a remote work environment went smoothly. Office management staff kept our offices clean and safe for those who came in. The Social Committee helped us stay connected and engaged. We pulled together, while respecting the need to keep our distance. This willingness to step up—by all APEGA employees—has reinforced my belief that if an organization looks after its people, they will go above and beyond to support their organization. And despite the stress we all sometimes felt, we made progress on several strategic priorities that will help us better serve our membership and safeguard Albertans. You can read about these achievements throughout the pages of this report. Of course, everything we accomplished this year— and everything we’ve achieved since 1920—could not have happened without the essential support of APEGA volunteers. Volunteers are the foundation that sustains our professions. They are behind almost everything we do, at every level. This year, especially, I am incredibly thankful for their ongoing dedication, enthusiasm, and leadership. Over the past century, APEGA staff, volunteers, and professional members have collaborated with government and community partners, and so many others, to build a legacy of honesty and trust. Our centennial is the perfect opportunity to ask ourselves: how can we become even better? The key to our continued success is to always exceed the

expectations of those we serve. To grow stronger by encouraging a culture of belonging, inclusion, and diversity. To remember and rely on our core values of integrity, accountability, service, and innovation, which guide our behaviour and actions each day. We’ve shown, over 100 years, that self-regulation is a proven model to protect Albertans from unethical and unskilled practice. But self-governance is not our right as professionals. It’s a privilege given to us by Alberta’s 4,428,112 citizens. APEGA remains committed to working with our stakeholders to regulate the practices of engineering and geoscience responsibly and rigorously. We will work hard to uphold the environmental, economic, and social standards that Albertans deserve and demand. Like we always have, we will be there to move Alberta safely forward for the next 100 years and more. APEGA Core Values WE EXHIBIT INTEGRITY WHEN WE: • match actions to words • behave openly and honestly • treat everyone fairly and impartially • do the right thing—even when no one is watching WE EXHIBIT ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN WE: • act reliably

• own our outcomes • help others succeed • use transparent processes WE EXHIBIT SERVICE WHEN WE: • exceed expectations • seek solutions

• keep commitments • listen and empathize

WE EXHIBIT INNOVATION WHEN WE: • identify problems • seize opportunities • champion solutions • learn and share



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