BY CARMEN KILLLICK
APEGGA Public Relations Coordinator
Frank Scheibli, M.Sc., P.Geol., is a dedicated APEGGA volunteer
with the Outreach Program (three years) and with APEGGA's
Environment Committee. Frank, completed his undergraduate
degrees in geology and geography in 1987 and his graduate
degree in geography in 1990 from the University of Western
Ontario. He has accepted increasing levels of responsibility
as an environmental consultant in the private and public sectors
across Canada. He is currently the senior technical manager
with Newpark Environmental Services in Calgary. Frank and
his wife Annemarie have two girls.
Why did you join APEGGA?
One of the first things I did upon moving to Alberta was
to seek professional designation. I became involved and developed
an appreciation for the positive impacts (integrity, accountability
and competency) derived from my association with APEGGA.
Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?
Society benefits from mentoring. It is important for children
to be aware of the opportunities available in life. Sharing
information, especially through hands-on exercises, gives
the creative minds of tomorrow the opportunity to make career
choices based on practical exposure to science. Enabling and
providing opportunity is the start, it is a critical step
toward discovery of all the possibilities available.
What value do you get from being an
The sense of well-being that comes from introducing or facilitating
a person's understanding of a concept is a gift that doesn't
require any thanks.
Is there a person who has or had been
helpful in your development as a professional?
There have been several people that have had an influence
on my career. There are two people in particular who stand
out. They are Mr. Garnet Meloche, P.Eng. (deceased), and Dr.
Stephen Hicock. Mr. Meloche was our group leader at facility
engineering with Chrysler Canada. As an engineer, he was a
role model to our group and demonstrated the merit of being
cordial without ethical compromise. He encouraged individuals
to be heard, have faith in their abilities and to challenge
the status quo. Dr. Hicock was my undergraduate adviser at
Western. He encouraged people to follow their aspirations.
He demonstrated that the application of science was not limited
to traditional concepts and that imagination is the essence
Who do you admire the most and why?
There are several individuals that are worthy of mention;
however, there are two people I would like to reference: my
dad and my wife. Dad for encouraging me to always, "Do
your best." My wife for her wisdom and encouragement
to be flexible and receptive to options. "Be spontaneous!"
What is your favourite movie?
October Sky. The movie documents the challenges facing four
boys in small town North America. They want to break free
of the dominating coal-mining livelihood that looms in their
future. During their high school days, they aspire to build
a model rocket against adversity including conflicting moral
decisions. Each individual achieved their dreams through the
collective combination of their skills. The characters did
what they thought was right. They supported design considerations,
where possible, with science and followed their instincts
when this wasn't possible.
What is your favorite chemical?
Water. It can be present in three phases, you can swim in
it, skate and ski on it, and it's a raw material for some
of my favourite beverages.