APEGA 2020 Annual Report

A CENTURY WELL BUILT Much has changed for APEGA over the past century, yet our purpose today is the same as it was in 1920:

To build a safe and resilient Alberta . Our founders would no doubt approve.

Back in their time, towns and cities across our fledgling province were rapidly expanding. So, too, were industrial developments. Major infrastructure projects—everything from water and electrical plants to dams, irrigation canals, oil and gas developments, bridges, pipelines, roads, and railways—were in full swing. A group of forward-thinking engineers were concerned that lax regulation of their profession was endangering the public. They proposed to the Government of Alberta that engineers—whose ranks in those days included geoscientists— regulate themselves to safeguard public welfare. The province agreed. On April 10, 1920, our governing legislation was proclaimed. One hundred years later, we continue to proudly fulfil the mandate given to us by the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act . We have grown to become the largest organization of self- regulated professionals in Western Canada. Along with our members and permit-holding companies, we have a collective commitment to public safety and well-being. Though many of our centennial events and activities were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we celebrated A Century Well Built in other ways: • we shared defining engineering and geoscience milestones from Alberta’s history and looked to the future on our commemorative website, www.discoverapega.ca

• we created a series of videos that reflected on a century of engineering and geoscience accomplishments and envisioned what our next 100 years might hold • our members captured the spirit of engineering and geoscience in Alberta through a centennial photo contest that received almost 200 entries • we celebrated with our community partners, including the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, which lit the Calgary Tower and the High Level Bridge in APEGA blue and green From building prosperity through scientific research and technological advancement, to enhancing environmental protection, to launching Alberta to the forefront of medical innovation— APEGA professionals have shaped who we are as a province and as a society. Today, they play a critical role in creating a sustainable and diversified economy by devising pioneering solutions across every industry. For more than 100 years, the people and government of Alberta have trusted APEGA, and our members, to act in their interests through the regulation of the professions. This is our privilege and responsibility. We were honoured when our contributions were recognized in the Alberta legislature on July 16. Because APEGA’s history is Alberta’s history.

Our future is Alberta’s future.

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