Winter PEG 2019

President’s Notebook


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APEGA Creates a Strategic Plan Worthy of Our Centennial BY GEORGE EYNON , P.GEO. , FGC, FEC (HON.) APEGA President

VOLUME 3 | NUMBER 3 | WINTER 2019 ISSN 1923-0052 Director of Communications Nancy Biamonte Editor George Lee , FEC (Hon.), FGC (Hon.)

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Over the years, I’ve read some good strategic plans and some not-so-good ones. Now I’ve seen a great one. I’ve spent much of my career involved in industry, regulatory work, and stakeholder consultation; many strategic plans have crossed my desk. In 2019, Council approved APEGA’s Building a Safe and Resilient Alberta . It’s the best strategic plan I’ve seen from any organization I’ve worked with in any capacity. Full disclosure: as President, I did play a part in the plan’s development. However, I was just one of many people involved. Participants in the plan’s creation included all of Council, several past-presidents, other licensed professional members, the staff leadership team, and other key senior staff members. How this group created the plan is a story all its own, but for now I want to talk about the document itself: what’s great about it and why it matters. It’s the Right Document for the Times Your association is about to start celebrating 100 years of being an Alberta self-regulator. Events and promotions during 2020 will shine a public spotlight on APEGA, and we want to look our best through today’s lens. APEGA continues to excel as a Canadian leader in self-regulation of our professions—under constant scrutiny all the while. In that context, our strategic plan lets the government and all our other stakeholders know that we’re an organization that’s ready for whatever comes our way. We exist to protect the public safety and welfare, so our most important stakeholders are all the members of the public. We can never lose sight of that, and it comes across clearly in Building a Safe and Resilient Alberta .

EXECUTIVE TEAM Registrar & Chief Executive Officer Jay Nagendran , P.Eng., FCAE, ICD.D, FEC, FGC (Hon.)

COUNCIL President

George Eynon, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.) Vice-President Timothy Joseph , P.Eng., PhD, FCIM President-Elect John Van der Put, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Past-President  Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Councillors

Deputy Registrar & Chief Regulatory Officer Matthew Oliver , CD , P.Eng. Chief Financial & Corporate Officer Sharilee Fossum , CPA, CMA, ICD.D, MBA Director, Communications and Acting Chief Membership Services Officer Nancy Biamonte Senior Advisor & Director of Council Relations Sloan d’Entremont , P.Eng. BRANCH CHAIRS Calgary Tibor Kaldor, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Central Alberta Jeff Krehmer, P.Eng. Edmonton Andrew Liu, P.Eng. Fort McMurray Siddarth Gautam, P.Eng. Lakeland Anmol Bansal, P.Eng. Lethbridge Ahmed Ali, P.Eng. Medicine Hat Clayton Bos, P.Eng. Peace Region Kimberly Chin, E.I.T. Vermilion River Dustin Wiltermuth , P.Eng. Yellowhead Leonard Sanche, P.Eng.

Jennifer Enns , P.Eng. Darren Hardy , P.Eng. Tim Hohm, P.Eng. RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng. David Johnson, P.Geo., PhD Walter Kozak , P.Eng. Manon Plante, P.Eng., MDS, CD1 Melanie Popp, P.Eng. Bob Rundle , P.Eng., PMP Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng. Claudia Villeneuve, P.Eng., M.Eng. Emily Zhang , P.Eng., PMP

It’s the Right Document for the Future That seems a bit obvious, I know. Strategic plans are supposed to look ahead. However, none I’ve seen do it quite as well as this one. Other than a few Government of Alberta priorities that we know will affect APEGA, we can’t see specifically into the future. What we can do is recognize and understand the implications of trends and make sure we—our professional members and staff—constitute an organization that’s nimble enough to react quickly to change. Our strategic plan does not lock us into operational detail that could become irrelevant or less important tomorrow. Instead, it looks at the big picture, in a clear and inspiring way. Continued next page

Mary Phillips-Rickey , F CA Georgeann Wilkin , RN, LL.B., MBS

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