checking in


Editor's Note: Checking In, a regular feature of The PEGG, is designed to keep you up-to-date on APEGGA's numerous and varied programs and initiatives. Consider it a project report and news digest, with website links and PEGG references to help you find out more.

√ Innovation 2005

The first of approximately a dozen 60-second Innovation 2005 video vignettes are airing on Global TV across the province.

The first episode features oil sands innovator Dr. Karl Clark, P.Eng. In mid-June two medical innovators will be featured. The end of June and beginning of July will see an episode that includes the work of Dr. Dave Irvine-Halliday, P.Eng., and his adaptation of white LED technology to provide safe, low-cost lighting for the developing world. The lamps can light an entire village using less energy than a 100-watt bulb.

More vignettes will be produced and aired throughout the summer and into the fall.

The vignettes are one part of Innovation 2005, a celebration of the Alberta Centennial co-managed by APEGGA and the Science Alberta Foundation. Co-sponsors are APEGGA, Science Alberta Foundation, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Alberta Innovation and Science, Alberta Lottery Fund, TELUS and media partner Global Television.

Related Links

APEGGA Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation,
The PEGG, January 2005

Science Alberta Foundation


√ Canadian Engineering Competition

Students from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary placed in five of the eight categories in the Canadian Engineering Competition held this year in Calgary . The winners are: Extemporaneous Debate, third place awarded to U of A students Bryce Pinto and Paige Smith; Senior Team Design, second place to U of C students Jordan Abbott, Darcy Funk, Daryl van Boom and Joshua van Lindenberg; Junior Team Design, second place to U of C students Michael Akre, David Castelino, Lionel Li and Brendan MacDougall; Editorial Communications, second place to U of C student Joseph Chang; special award for social awareness to U of C student Allison Hagerman.

APEGGA is proud to have been a sponsor of this event, which brought together representatives from 26 engineering schools from across Canada.

Related Link

Canadian Engineering Competition


√ Student Liaison Committee in Calgary

Penny Colton, P.Geoph., APEGGA Manager of Geoscience Affairs, has joined the University of Calgary Student Liaison Committee as part of APEGGA’s ongoing commitment to enhance professional development of university students enrolled in engineering, geology and geophysics. The committee is enthusiastic about Ms. Colton joining the group and looks forward to working with her in the upcoming school year. She and Nancy Toth, Manager of Professional Development and a member of the University of Alberta Student Liaison Committee , are collaborating to maintain consistency in APEGGA’s involvement with both universities.

Related Link

APEGGA Programs for University Students


√ Engineers Without Borders

The founders of Engineers Without Borders were recently recognized in Canada ’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards. Parker Mitchell and George Roter, graduates of the University of Waterloo with degrees in mechanical engineering, were inspired by the enormity of the challenge to fight global poverty. In 2000, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Roter combined their credit cards to raise $30,000 for their first trip overseas. Today, Engineers Without Borders has more than 9,500 members and 22 chapters across Canada , including the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

Related Links

Engineers Without Borders

Going The Distance Misses Fort McMurray
The PEGG, April 2005

EWB Seeks to Make History
The PEGG, April 2005


√ Ballot Counting Committee

Each year APEGGA members elect a new president, president-elect, vice-president and Council, but did you know how the process works?

The ballots are distributed and collected by the executive director 120 days prior to the annual conference. The executive director then hands over the ballots to the Ballot Counting Committee, which processes them through an optical scanning system.

If a ballot is marked incorrectly — for example a pen is used instead of a pencil — the system alerts the committee, and its members go through the rejected ballots and process them manually.

This year ballots were mailed to 31,601 of our 42,500 members since, at present, students, exam candidates, members-in-training, registered professional technologists and licensees are not eligible to vote. Of the 5,334 returned ballots, 26 were spoiled or invalid, bringing the total counted to 5,308.

Related Link

The EGGP Act


√ National Professional Practice Examination

Did you know that APEGGA produces, prints, ships and marks the National Professional Practice Examination on behalf of 10 provincial/territorial associations? The exam is written four times a year (January, April, July and October). During the first half of 2005, APEGGA administered a total of 1,553 exams, and more than 1,000 of these were written by candidates applying for registration with APEGGA.

The next exam is scheduled for July 18, 2005.

Related Link

National Professional Practice Examination