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Former CCPG Chair Gordon Williams, P.Geol., is Now its President

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, May 30-31.

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."

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