Brian Tobin was sworn in as the sixth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on Friday, January 26, 1996. He was born and raised in the western Newfoundland community of Stephenville and worked as a journalist before entering politics. He grew up in and represents a riding whose residents are heavily dependent on seasonal employment in fisheries and forestry.

Mr. Tobin was first elected to the House of Commons in 1980 as Member of Parliament for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. He won re-election in 1984, 1988 and 1993 and was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on November 4, 1993. In 1989, he was elected chair of the national Liberal caucus. He served as a member of the 1993 Liberal national campaign and national platform committees. Prior to being elected, he served as Executive Assistant to the leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Tobin, who studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is married to Jodean Smith of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. They have three children: Heather Elizabeth, Adam Vincent and John Joseph.


The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) is responsible for regulating the practice of engineering, geology and geophysics in the province of Alberta. APEGGA's authority for this is a statute of the province of Alberta. The Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions (EGGP) Act. Under the EGGP Act, registration with APEGGA is required to practice engineering, geology and geophysics in the province of Alberta.

The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) has served Albertans since 1920 and this year celebrates 80 years of service to Albertans. With over 33,000 members, APEGGA is the largest professional association in Alberta.


The APEGGA Education Foundation was established in 1996 as a registered charitable organization. One of its mandates is to support those activities of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), which are aimed at enhancing the education and development of its members and potential members.

Academic fees have been increasing, placing additional burdens on the students in engineering, geology and geophysics. To support the furthering of education in these professions The APEGGA Education Foundation facilitates donation of funds for education purposes from members, businesses and other interested parties. The foundation is separate and distinct from APEGGA. It is registered under the Societies Act (Alberta) and with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. The foundation is governed by a Board of Directors elected from its members.

The foundation:

1. encourages and assists educational institutions in defining the educational needs of the professions of engineering, geology and geophysics, and in developing and delivering educational programs,

2. encourages and assists students, teachers and educational institutions by providing financial assistance and/or awards,

3. Encourages and assists with the interaction between industry and educational institutions at both a corporate and an individual level, and

4. The APEGGA Education Foundation serves the professions of engineering, geology and geophysics by meeting these objectives through assembling and managing funds, building endowments, encouraging voluntary donations, distributing funds for scholarships and awards, and support of special projects.

Membership with The APEGGA Education Foundation is open to individuals who are (1) over 18 years of age, (2) residents of Alberta; (3) recommended by the Council of the Association, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta; and (4) who have received a favourable vote by a majority of members of the foundation.

For further information on the foundation please contact:

The APEGGA Education Foundation
1500 Scotia Place 10060 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4A2
Telephone: 780-426-3990
Fax: 780-425-1722


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