For Immediate Release
March 9, 1998


The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) recently registered its 30,000th member, making it the largest professional association in Alberta, and the third largest engineering and geoscience association in Canada. APEGGA registers between 1,200 to 1,500 professional members annually.

The announcement of the membership figure was made today by the Honourable Stan Woloshyn, M.L.A., Minister of Public Works, Supply and Services, during Members' Statements in the Alberta Legislative Assembly.

Alberta's engineers, geologists and geophysicists are in demand across the country and around the globe. Their work contributes more than $9 billion annually to the provincial economy, ensures the safety of the public and enhances the quality of life of Albertans and Canadians.

With Alberta's current economic upswing, it is anticipated that over the next several years there will be a shortage of engineers in Alberta. However, increased enrollment in engineering, geology and geophysics programs at the University of Alberta and The University of Calgary will help to meet this challenge.

Established in 1920, APEGGA serves society by regulating, enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of the engineering, geological and geophysical professions in Alberta. Empowered by the Government of Alberta through legislation, the Association registers, regulates and sets practice for its members. APEGGA also raises awareness of its members and the professions through its many communications and student outreach initiatives.

For more information:

Sherrell Steele
Manager, Public Relations
Phone: (780) 426-3990 or 1-800-661-7020 (toll free in Alberta)
Fax: (780) 426-1877