Long-time APEGGA member and supporter Dr. Gordon
Williams, P.Geol., is the new president of the Canadian Council
of Professional Geoscientists, an organization he helped form
in the 1990s. Dr. Williams' move from president-elect to president
became official at the CCPG Annual General Meeting in Vancouver,
Dr. Williams, a former Council member and second vice-president
of APEGGA, first led the CCPG as chair of the board of directors
in 1998-1999. The year before, he chaired the implementation
task force set up by CCPE to establish the CCPG.
A past president of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists,
the Calgary resident takes over the CCPG post from George
Cavey, P.Geo., of Vancouver, who's completed his term.
During a 45-year career in the energy industry and in academia,
the instructor and explorationist has taught, trained and
worked around the world. Dr. Williams is currently president
of Summus Resource Evaluations Limited in Calgary, and his
industry experience also includes time with Chevron Canada
Resources, Amoco Canada Ltd. and Suncor Inc.
He's a past Mount Royal College dean of science and technology
and was a professor in the Department of Geology at the University
of Alberta. In addition to almost 25 years at the U of A,
Dr. Williams spent two years as a senior lecturer at the University
of Queensland's St. Lucia campus in Brisbane, Australia.
Dr. Williams has operated his own consulting and training
companies for 25 years, and he's taught and consulted extensively
in Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Australia,
England and the U.S., as well as in Canada.
"Mobility within Canada and internationally, and portability
of professional credentials, are matters of utmost importance
to practicing Canadian geoscientists. These issues have been
the focus of CCPG over the past few years, and Council and
its committees will continue to direct their efforts into
these areas during the coming year. Much work is yet to be
done," said Dr. Williams.
"In addition, significant amounts of time and energy
will be directed towards putting CCPG on a solid financial
and administrative footing to ensure that it is able to meet
the long-term needs and priorities of its 11 member associations
and their licensed Canadian geoscientists. With several new
faces on the board of directors and an enthusiastic start
at the AGM in Vancouver, CCPG is looking forward to a successful
and productive year."