Task Forces Working
On Varied Fronts
Disciplines Task Force, one of APEGGA Council’s current task
forces, is nearing completion of a study into the issues of related
to APEGGA’s relevance to these disciplines.
Chaired by Coun. Elizabeth Cannon, P.Eng., PhD, the task is expected
to report when Council meets Nov. 25. The task force is one of five
established by Council as part of its strategic planning process,
which seeks to better understand trends which may impact the Association,
its Members and the wider society.
The soon-to-be-released Emerging Disciplines Task Force study,
is being conducted by KPMG. The study is limited to the computer
engineering field — along with its sub-disciplines — and has the
- to identify organizations in the engineering emerging disciplines
- to select a representative subset of these organizations
which fall into the computer engineering area (including hardware,
software firmware and communication systems);
- to quantify the number of individuals who are eligible for registration
in this subset;
- to determine the number who should be registered in this
- to compare that number with APEGGA’s data on those who are currently
Data on the age profile of engineers working for these organizations
as well as their market focus (i.e. local or export) also will be
analysed. Data has been collected on approximately 50 firms in Alberta.
The task force expected to use the information to develop a plan
of action to better meet the needs of the emerging disciplines sector.
Other Council task forces also are continuing their work, including
Corporate Practice Task Force which is in the middle of the
stakeholder input phase. The task force, chaired former councillor
Mark Lasby, P.Eng., has received or is scheduled to receive submissions
from the Enforcement
Review Committee, Consulting Engineers of Alberta and a number
of individual engineers, geologists and geophysicists.
Task Force, chaired by Coun. Neil O’Donnell, P.Eng., P.Geol.,
which like the Emerging
Disciplines Task Force, was formed as a result of the 1998 strategic
planning session, submitted a major report to Council in May. Based
on the recommendations, Council approved a series of measures to
enhance communication with geoscientists. A number of initiatives,
including publication of articles about APEGGA in geoscience-related
publications, are under way.
Force on APEGGA Relevancy, formed this year, is chaired of Coun.
Linda Van Gastel, P.Eng., and a fifth task force, on statutory committees,
is led by Past President Dan Motyka, P.Eng.