McIntosh, P.Eng., has retired after his second career,
a 17-year stint with APEGGA.
A director whose second
career spanned 17 years of service to APEGGA and its members
retired last month – and
this time, he means it. Stewart McIntosh, P.Eng., who was
most recently the Director, Special Projects, is known as
the colourful, Glasgow-born bagpipe player and golfer whose
professionalism was always delivered with good humour and
His job extended throughout the regulatory side of APEGGA,
since he came on board to help his Association through some
tricky transitions. “If you could stay on and help
a bit, it would sure be appreciated,” he was told several
times over those years, as he became a go-to expert on the
business of self-regulation.
Staff, Council, volunteers, his wife Bertie, other family
and other well-wishers praised him for his work ethic, his
intelligence, and his cool-headed fairness in the difficult
area of investigations. He did it with panache – and
loved it. Few people enjoy their job as much as Mr. McIntosh
TGIM, he used to tell staff when the week began – thank
God it’s Monday. “I should have copyrighted that.
I could have made a lot of money on it,” the 79-year-old
Mr. McIntosh quipped at a gathering of staff.
He was also known to regale staff with Danny Boy on St. Patrick’s
Day. The performance is rivaled only by his Auld Lang Syne,
which he sings on New Year’s Eve.
Several APEGGA leaders and volunteers spoke of the role Mr.
McIntosh has played in their professional and personal lives.
Executive Director & Registrar Neil Windsor, P.Eng.,
said that when he took the top staff position, Mr. McIntosh
quickly became a crucial confidante on work, personal and
APEGGA President Linda Van Gastel, P.Eng., said Mr. McIntosh’s
influence changed her life. “It was he who called me
about 15 years ago and invited me to volunteer for the Practice
Standards Committee. I say invited, but dragooned might be
a better word.
“But on a serious note, and please excuse me if my voice waivers
here, my life hasn’t been the same since then. Thanks,
His Canadian career began in British Columbia, and in late
1948 he joined Imperial Oil in Calgary. His path led him
to the presidency of Northern and Central Gas Corporation,
now known as Norcen Energy Resources, the position he retired
from in 1984.
In 1987 career number two began, as Director, Professional
Practice, for APEGGA. His reputation as a consummate professional
grew. “Stewart has been a much-appreciated and greatly
influential mentor, guide and example of professionalism
and exemplary ethical behaviour,” said Ms. Van Gastel.
Investigative Committee Chair Paul Preville, P.Eng., said
Mr. McIntosh was always forthright, fair and always able
to “cut through to the bottom of an issue.”
Mr. McIntosh called his APEGGA career “exciting, challenging
and very rewarding, all the time. It certainly wasn’t
temporary, but it was most worthwhile.”