Evison: Ready to Follow New Paths
Speaks to The PEGG
Evison Sworn in as
History was made at APEGGA's 2000 Annual Meeting on April 28 in
Edmonton as Sue Evison, P.Eng., was sworn in as the first woman President
in the Association's 80-year history.
Ms. Evison is manager of business development and a senior geotechnical
engineer with Klohn Crippen Consultants Ltd. in Calgary. After taking
her oath of office, she thanked those, including members of her family,
who made it possible for her to assume the APEGGA presidency. She said
she was"humbled" by the support she received from the membership.
Ms. Evison noted that the professions represented within APEGGA, as indeed
are other professions, are evaluating their relevancy as professionals'
exclusive claim and access to certain knowledge are drawn into question.
"We are firmly pursuing the relevancy of APEGGA," and this will be a
top priority in the coming year, Ms. Evison explained. She added that
getting to the "essence of the issue" will require "a clear understanding
of being a professional" in today's rapidly changing technological, economic
and social climate.
In addition to Ms. Evison, who served as APEGGA's 1st Vice-President
in 1999-2000, the results of the 2000 Council elections, announced at
the AGM, resulted in the following being elected or rejoining Council:
1st Vice-President Dale Miller, P.Eng.; 2nd Vice-President Gordon Williams,
P.Geol., PhD; and as Councillors, Nima Dorjee, P.Eng.; Ron Triffo, P.Eng.;
Shawn Morrison, P.Eng., and Peter Putnam, P.Geol., PhD.
Following up on debate at the 1999 AGM on possibly paying APEGGA presidents
an honorarium, former president Dan Motyka, P.Eng., outlined to the 2000
AGM plans, endorsed by Council, to review the demands placed on the Association's
president. Mr. Motyka noted that because of the adoption of a new governance
model in the mid-1990s, there have been changes in the role and expectations
placed on the president. A five-member Council committee (including a
Public Member) to be chaired by Mr. Motyka, will analyse the issue and
report to next year's AGM.
Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., offered some reflections on his past year as
APEGGA President, suggested that the implementation of an inter-association
mobility agreement facilitating movement of professional engineers among
Canadian jurisdictions was a major achievement. "It has really strengthened
the professions across the country," said Mr. Danyluk.
The proclamation of a new Registered Professional Technologist (Engineering)
designation under the Engineering Geological and Geophysical Professions
Act was, he said, "a step in the right direction in a changing world".
However, he cautioned, "we have to be vigilant about how it will impact
on the Association." Implementation of new statute of limitation legislation
in Alberta, reducing the period in which professionals maintain legal
liability for past projects, places Alberta in a leadership position within
Canada and North America.
There is, the departing President said, a continuing need to alert APEGGA's
membership of developments such as the statute of limitations and the
mobility agreement. Mr. Danyluk said he had enjoyed the many opportunities
throughout the year to participate in events relating to students, life
members, member inductions and branch visits.
He paid tribute to members of APEGGA Council who showed a very "open-minded
and professional approach" in debates, dialogues and discussions. He lauded
an Executive Committee unafraid to make tough decisions and, in thanking
staff, noted APEGGA Executive Director Neil Windsor's "good, plain, Newfoundland
common sense." He also thanked his firm, Reid Crowther & Partners
Ltd. and his family for putting up with the many absences necessitated
by APEGGA business.
Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Chair Richard Hancock, P.Eng.,
thanked APEGGA for its contributions to the national body and CCPE Alberta
Director Fred Otto, P.Eng., PhD, reported on representations CCPE has
made to a panel examining the software engineering issue. He added "significant
progress is being made." (See
also related news item) Gordon Williams, P.Geol., PhD, brought greetings
from the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists and its chair,
Hugh Miller, P.Geo., PhD. Advances continue to be made across Canada on
registration of geoscientists and recent developments in Ontario are particularly
encouraging, Dr. Williams said.