BY LARRY STAPLES, P.ENG.
Council established a Strategic Plan task force at the June
meeting. The mandate is twofold: pull together existing
elements and some new thinking into a cohesive plan; and
propose an annual planning process to update the strategic
The Task Force met four times during the summer. Approximately
two dozen reports and presentations have been reviewed as
background. These are mostly APEGGA documents, but also include
papers from the Alberta Government, the Canadian Council
of Professional Engineers and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Environmental factors and issues which the professions will
likely face during the next decade have been identified.
A first cut has been made at a “strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, threats” analysis. Preliminary “outcomes” statements
have been formulated, i.e. statements that describe a successful
APEGGA in 2015.
These ideas and statements are being progressively compiled
into a working draft of the strategic plan.
The task force expects to meet several times before year-end,
to flesh out the plan to a consultation draft. Initial dialogue
will take place during the fall with focus groups of APEGGA
volunteers who are already familiar with APEGGA mission and
Broader input will be sought in early 2005 through posting
on the APEGGA website, PEGG articles and the President’s
Visits to the branches.
Fine tuning of the 2005 Strategic Plan will be done at the
Council planning retreat in May 2005, so it can be put forward
for approval at the June Council meeting.
Task force members include Councillors Barbara Howes, P.Eng.,
Chrys. Dmytruk, P.Eng., Dave Chalcroft, P.Eng., Ian McIlreath,
P.Geol.; President Linda Van Gastel, P.Eng.,and Past-President
Mike Smyth, P.Eng.; as well as Public Member Larry Ohlhauser,
MD, and Executive Director Neil Windsor, P.Eng. The chair
is me, Larry Staples, P.Eng., your President-Elect.
APEGGA members are always welcome to provide ideas and references
to “best practices” in strategic plans of other
organizations – these should be submitted to APEGGA
in care of the writer.