The newest addition to APEGGA's management team accepted
the position to "make a difference in the professions,"
she says. Lianne Lefsrud, P.Eng., began her duties in FEBRUARY
as assistant director of the Professional Practice Department,
a new position made necessary by the Association's dramatic
"APEGGA is very outward looking. This is a chance to
examine the different aspects of the professions, all the
specializations in all the disciplines. It's a very broad
view," says Lianne.
She comes to APEGGA's head office in Edmonton from CN, where
her most recent position was transportation engineer in Transportation
Planning. She advanced through eight positions at CN after
joining the company in May 1996.
Lianne graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor
of science degree in civil engineering in 1993, then continued
on to complete an interdisciplinary master of science degree
in environmental engineering and sociology in 1996. She's
a member of the Edmonton chapter of the Association of Women
in Engineering and Science, and a member of the Alberta Women's
The Professional Practice Department appeals to Lianne because
it's a key part of APEGGA's regulatory role and directly linked
to professionalism. Accepting the position is a good career
move, one that will "most certainly make me a better
professional," she says.
Lianne and her husband Darin Richards, P.Eng., a consulting
engineer, have a three-year-old daughter, Sara, and a son,
Tait, 15 months. The couple just completed the renovation
of their Mill Creek home, which was a project that took up
much of their spare time.
Now that the renovation is complete and her children are older,
Lianne looks forward to focusing more time for her "fairly
standard" set of hobbies - running, reading and golfing.
Ray Chopiuk, P.Eng., the department's director, says: "Lianne
brings a fresh, new perspective to Professional Practice.
I'm very pleased to welcome her aboard."
The Professional Practice Department coordinates and administers
a range of activities related to advising on, establishing,
reviewing and enforcing standards of practice for the three
APEGGA professions. The department and various committees
it's associated with encourage members to practice ethically