For Immediate Release
September 18, 2000


EDMONTON - Executives from Alberta's largest professional association, The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), will gather at the Medicine Hat Lodge on September 21st to discuss issues of importance relating to APEGGA and the professions during the second Council meeting of the 2000-2001 term.

With nearly 34,000 members across Alberta, it is imperative that APEGGA's governing body remains in-touch with professionals living and working outside of Alberta's two major urban centres. Therefore, Council selects one of APEGGA's nine branches as the host site for a fall Council meeting every year. The Medicine Hat Branch boasts 162 professional members working in a variety of related industries, including agriculture, oil and gas, defense and for the city of Medicine Hat.

In addition to the scheduled Council meeting, executives will tour Cancarb Limited on the afternoon of September 20th. Cancarb Limited is the leading international manufacturer and marketer of medium thermal carbon black, with customers on six continents.

The Hon. Clint Dunford, Minister of Alberta Human Resources and Employment will join Councillors and special guests at the Medicine Hat Lodge on the evening of September 20th to mark a milestone in APEGGA's 80-year history. Seven individuals will be recognized as the first to receive the Registered Professional Technologist (Engineering) designation from APEGGA.

Following changes to the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions (EGGP) Act in June of 1999, Registered Engineering Technologists, who are members of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists (ASET), are now eligible to register with APEGGA as Registered Professional Technologists (Engineering) and practice engineering independently within a defined scope of practice as prescribed by APEGGA's Board of Examiners.

APEGGA President Sue Evison, P.Eng., and Executive Director Neil Windsor, P.Eng., will be available for media interviews during the Council Meeting on Thursday, September 21 (Noon).

APEGGA serves society and protects the public by regulating, enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of engineering, geology and geophysics in Alberta. Under the Engineering, Geology and Geophysical Professions (EGGP) Act, a provincial statute, APEGGA ensures only properly qualified engineers, geologists and geophysicists are allowed to practice, and that they do so according to professional standards and a Code of Ethics.

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For more information contact:

Sherrell Steele
Manager, Public Relations
Phone: (780) 426-3990 or 1-800-661-7020
Fax: (780) 425-1722

Vern Fedor, P.Eng.
Medicine Hat Branch Chair
Phone: (403) 544-4782
Fax: (403) 544-4798