May 2006 ISSUE

87th President Takes Oath

New President David Chalcroft, P.Eng., reads his Oath of Office, while outgoing President Larry Staples, P.Eng., shifts to the background.

Gavel Moves To New Hands At AGM

David Chalcroft, P.Eng., rose from  President-Elect to President, April 22, saying that strategic planning in a booming economy and a new deal with ASET will be among his priorities in 2006-2007. Mr. Chalcroft, who first volunteered for APEGGA in 1990, told a crowd of nearly 200 people at the Annual General Meeting that the boom has put extra pressures on the self-regulating Association and on Alberta.

He pointed to the volume of applications before the Board of Examiners in 2006, to the so-called “off-shoring” of professional work, and to mobility between the U.S. and Canada as continuing issues. “Alberta is in an unprecedented high-growth period, with every sector of the economy firing on all cylinders,” said Mr. Chalcroft.

Mr. Chalcroft, who spent 37 years with UMA working on projects here and abroad, has served on Council since 2003.

For more about Mr. Chalcroft and his views, see his first President’s Notebook on page 5 and a Meet the President question-and-answer feature on page 6. Other AGM and Annual Conference coverage appears throughout this month’s edition.