Terri-Jane Yuzda


An Interview With
Ron Tenove, P.Eng.

It's been over a month since Ron Tenove, P.Eng., took over the helm as APEGGA president, and his second regular column in The PEGG appears on the next page. The column will help keep you up-to-date on some of APEGGA's major issues throughout the year, as well as challenge you to help improve the role and profile of your profession and your Association.

But The PEGG wanted to impart more information on Mr. Tenove's plans, what he sees as the challenges ahead, and what he brings to the table. The interview below, therefore, is designed to give you some extra detail on the man behind the Council gavel.

Mr. Tenove, APEGGA's 83rd president, is a 54-year-old, Edmonton-born consulting engineer. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta in 1970, followed by his master of engineering degree in soft and rock mechanics in 1971. He is the director, corporate development, at the Focus Corporation in Edmonton.

Mr. Tenove and his wife, Pat, a physiotherapist, have two adult sons - Chris, a freelance journalist in Vancouver, and Colin, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Calgary.

Following are Mr. Tenove's responses to a series of questions posed by The PEGG.

1) What excites you the most about taking the helm of APEGGA?

The potential to make a meaningful contribution to a profession that has exceeded my expectations of career fulfillment; giving back in a manner that encourages young professionals to enjoy similar opportunities within the privileged framework of self-governance.

On a self-serving note, the opportunity to widen my horizons of awareness and relationships.

2) What are the main challenges and issues facing the organization?

· We are quite apathetic about the privilege of being self-governing professions and are not really vigilant as to how to remain relevant to both government and our membership. Specifically, I suspect the corporations (including permit holders) who use the services and skills of our members do not have a strong bias to what would be different if our regulatory role was absent. Because this is a global issue does not mean we should not ensure there is real value and differentiation in being a professional engineer, professional geologist or professional geophysicist in Alberta and Canada.

· We do not understand the role of emerging disciplines and other technology practitioners within the APEGGA framework, but the public readily assumes all technology providers will ensure the same professional conduct and concern for public welfare as APEGGA strives for within its mandate.

3) What are the main challenges and issues facing APEGGA's professionals, on an individual, on-the-job level?

· With global mobility being an everyday experience for our members, there is some urgency to put in place mobility agreements with those U.S. jurisdictions where two-way movement of professionals is increasing.

· Likely the most prevalent situation is to ensure lifelong employability, which means taking the initiative to participate in a range of Continuing Professional Development activities that increase your communication, business acumen and leadership skills. The rapid nature of business evolution supports survival of the fittest and this includes differentiation from other technology practitioners outside APEGGA.

4) What do you bring to this job that is unique or of particular interest to members?

· Well, having been around the block certainly helps. I guess my interest in the big picture and the national landscape allows me to look to the outcomes as a priority rather than the means to get there.

· I believe I have good leadership, facilitator and communication skills, but I hope to improve notably.

· I enjoy the role as chairman of meetings or groups and encouraging others to participate in decision making. Being somewhat unflappable helps.

"I suspect the corporations (including permit holders) who use the services and skills of our members do not have a strong bias to what would be different if our regulatory role was absent."

5) What kind of perspective does your career background provide?

· I enjoyed a long career, consulting to business and industrial corporations and governments. I have a good perspective of how to ask the questions on what customer needs and expectations are.

· Having worked on exciting projects throughout western Canada and the Arctic, I understand the diversity of our role and audiences.

6) How did you become interested and involved in APEGGA?

· I started at the branch level in 1977 as chair and have been involved intermittently ever since. As one of the founders and the ongoing operator of the APEGGA Golf Tournament for 25 years, I have maintained dialogue with many members.

7) Do you have any APEGGA or other mentors you'd like to mention?

· I have been fortunate to have many good mentors starting with Jack Clark, P.Eng., in my formative years as a consultant and Larry Staples, P.Eng., as a big picture realist, as well as several other members of the community who help me to keep professionalism in perspective. Most importantly, my wife, who is a continual source of common sense and ability to focus on the real issues at hand -- being family, society expectations and personal growth.

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