For Immediate Release
May 4, 2000

Sue Evison, P.Eng., to Lead APEGGA for Next Year

Sue Evison, P.Eng., has been sworn in as president of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), becoming the first woman to serve as president of the largest professional association in Alberta with 33,000-members.

Ms. Evison, who is manager of business development and a senior geotechnical engineer with Klohn-Crippen Consultants Ltd. in Calgary, assumed the APEGGA presidency during the association's annual general meeting, held in Edmonton on April 28. She takes over from Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., of Reid Crowther & Partners Ltd., in Calgary.

Ms. Evison holds undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and mathematics, respectively from the universities of Canterbury and Otago in New Zealand, where she was born and raised. She obtained her master's degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Klohn- Crippen, she was employed as a geotechnical engineer with several Alberta consulting firms.

The newly installed president served as an APEGGA Councillor from 1996 to 1999 and was elected first vice-president in 1999. Prior to being elected to the APEGGA Council, she was an active volunteer with the association serving on several APEGGA committees, including the Public and Members Relations, and the Convention Planning committees. She was also a director of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

Ms. Evison notes that the engineering and geoscience professions face a number of challenges brought about by globalization and the emergence of new technologies. As a result, she said: "we must recognize that the boundaries between disciplines are being pushed up against each other. At some point, we may have to decide whether we maintain boundaries or look for ways to dissolve them. Because of its very make-up -- three professions within one organization -- APEGGA has had more experience than most professional groups in accommodating divergence and convergence."

In accepting the APEGGA presidency, Ms. Evison said taking on the leadership of such an important professional organization has been made easier by the supportive attitude of her employer Klohn- Crippen.

"I appreciate the vote of confidence I have received both from members of APEGGA and Klohn- Crippen," Ms. Evison said.

Also elected in the APEGGA elections, were:
First Vice President Dale Miller, P.Eng., of Lethbridge ; Second Vice-President Gordon Williams, P.Geol., PhD, of Calgary; and as councillors Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., Calgary; Ron Triffo, P.Eng., Edmonton; Shawn Morrison, P.Eng., Calgary; and Peter Putnam, P.Geol., PhD, Calgary, joining serving councillors Elaine Honsberger, P.Geoph., Mike Smyth, P.Eng., Gordon Stewart, P.Eng., Linda Van Gastel, P.Eng., Ken Porteous, P.Eng., Bill Roggensack, P.Eng., Ron Tenove, P.Eng., and Brenda Wright, P.Geol.

Established in 1920, APEGGA is responsible for regulating the practice of engineering, geology and geophysics in the province of Alberta and this year celebrates 80 years of service to Albertans. The Association and its 33,000 members are committed to promoting the role science and technology plays in the lives of Albertans, particularly the contributions of engineers and geoscientists.

For more information contact:

Chrys. Dmytruk, P.Eng.
Director Communications & Public Affairs
Telephone (780) 426-3990 or Toll Free 1-800-661-7020
Fax (780) 425-1722

Bronwen Stembiski
Public Affairs Officer
Telephone (780) 426-3990 or Toll Free 1-800-661-7020
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