Peter Stevens, P.Eng., began volunteering to
find out more about the organization that ‘took’ his dues,
each year. Now, he makes an invaluable contribution to the
branch and APEGGA’s regulatory work, as well as to
the future of the professions, through classroom presentations.
BY HEATHER FRANTZ
Public Relations Coordinator
Peter Stevens, P.Eng., has been a member of APEGGA since
1980. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil
engineering from Carlton University in Ottawa, and did
post-graduate studies at the University of Calgary and
University of Alberta.
His work experience includes hydrology, river engineering,
water resource planning and management, both with the provincial
government and as a consultant. Right now, Peter is an Alberta
The current chair of the APEGGA Central Alberta Branch,
Peter has been a member of the branch executive there since
1999. He also sits on the Enforcement Review Committee. In
addition to his committee work, Peter puts on Outreach classroom
presentations and organizes technical presentations.
Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?
Initially, my primary reason for volunteering with APEGGA
was to learn more about the organization that took my annual
dues. I have since come to appreciate the important efforts
on many fronts made by the APEGGA organization for its
members, and the countless and selfless volunteer hours
put in by APEGGA members.
What value do you get from being an APEGGA volunteer?
Satisfaction of knowing that my efforts, as small as they
may be, are contributing positively to society, meeting and
working with terrific people, and having fun in the process.
What are your other hobbies and interests?
Squash, tennis, curling, volleyball, hiking, watercolour
Have you received an award or special recognition that is
important to you?
Each time a person smiles because of some activity I had
a part in forming is great reward. Nominated by my peers
at the Red Deer Tennis Club, I was recently bestowed a volunteer
certificate of merit from the City of Red Deer.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you
The Maritimes – the last area of this great country
of ours that I have not yet set foot in. Then Patagonia,
for the incredible vistas and hiking experience.
What do you think the next hot subject will be in engineering?
Water issues are increasingly in the realm of public awareness.
As demands for water approach and exceed total supply, conflicts
will arise and changes will be needed to optimize the use
of every available drop. How can you reduce water usage in
your industry and at home? Are there opportunities to use
the same water for multiple purposes? Can water quality be
improved and water supply be increased? Society will be relying
on APEGGA members of many disciplines to help provide these