APEGGA's first-ever president-elect will become the Association's
second-ever female president when her term at the helm begins
next year. Linda Van Gastel, P.Eng., of Calgary topped the
annual election for vice-president, members heard at their
83rd Annual General Meeting in Calgary, April 26. That automatically
makes her president-elect, and guarantees her the president's
job in 2004-2005.
She will join Sue Evison, P.Eng., who was master of ceremonies
at this year's Summit Awards, as the first women to lead the
Association. Ms. Evison was president in 2000-2001.
Under a recent change to the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical
Professions Act, there will no longer be elections for president
each year. Instead, members from now on will elect a president-elect
the year before, to ensure continuity at the top.
Mike Smyth, P.Eng., of Calgary went uncontested in the election
for president, taking over the reins from Ron Tenove, P.Eng.,
of Edmonton. Past President Dale Miller, P.Eng., shifts off
the APEGGA Executive Committee, but will retain contact with
APEGGA Council as a director of the Canadian Council of Professional
Ms. Van Gastel served on APEGGA Council from 1998 to 2001.
She chaired two Council task forces - on relevance and work
place issues - and is a member of the Council Task Force on
Licensure. She also served on the Council Task Force on Regulation
of Corporate Practice and various other committees, dating
back to 1991.
She is currently EnCana's vice-president of applied reservoir
development, in the company's offshore and international operations
Vice-president of the new council is Andy Gilliland, P.Eng.,
of Edmonton. His APEGGA activities date back to 1980. Mr.
Gilliland was second vice-president in the last term and a
2001-2002 councillor. He's been a member of the nominating,
investigative, discipline and other committees, and he's chaired
the Honours and Awards Committee.
Mr. Gilliland, the winner of an ASTech award last year, works
in Edmonton as the director of stakeholder relations for the
National Research Council's National Institute for Nanotechnology.
In the mail-in balloting members also elected four new councillors
- Dave Chalcroft, P.Eng., Kim Farwell, P.Eng., Darcie Greggs,
P.Geol., and Barbara Howes, P.Eng. Continuing in office are
Julie Aitken, P.Geoph., Paula Harding, P.Eng., Jack Hole,
P.Eng., Mike Koziol, P.Eng., Ian McIlreath, P.Geol., Dr. John
Moldon, P.Eng., Dr. Rob Stewart, P.Eng., and Nick Trovato,
Dr. Larry Ohlhauser joins Hugh Planche and Dr. Norm Wagner
to make up the public members of Council. Public members are
Photos of councillors, public members, the Executive Committee
and Summit Awards® winners appear in the issure of this
month's PEGG. (Summit Award winner photos and biographies
can be viewed here.)