2022 APEGA Annual Report


Preparing Black Youth to Revolutionize STEM He’s received awards and accolades, but Dr. McDonald’s proudest achievement is creating the Experiential Learning in Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (ELITE) Program for Black Youth. Last year, the ELITE Program trained 43 interns between the ages of 15 and 22, engaged 50 internship hosts, and secured almost one million dollars with the help of funders like RBC Future Launch. DR. ANDRE MCDONALD P.Eng. “It dawned on me that I was in an opportune position to create a program that could potentially set Black youth into a pipeline for [science, technology, engineering, and math], the subjects that will revolutionize the future of work and society in general.”


Changing the Female Geoscientist Experience Williams, together with Jocelyn Keith-Asante, P.Geo., formed GeoWomen of Calgary, a group that builds connection and community for female geoscience professionals in Alberta. Focusing on three pillars—recruitment, retention, and recognition— they aim to remove barriers experienced by women in the geosciences and balance gender inequities in the workforce.


Advocating for Environmental and Social Justice Scheu is the first generation in his family raised from birth knowing he is Métis. As a volunteer on various committees and advisory groups, he advocates for equity for Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups. As a civil engineer specializing in renewable resources, he’s hopeful for a future of environmental justice, societal justice, and equal opportunities for all.

“I think the challenge is it’s expected that women will fix this problem.”

“I just want to do good for others as best I can. Engineering is a way to use my talents to do that.”

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