APEGGA and Your Altruism
Acknowledging Our Volunteers’ Dedication
Is One of My Delightful Presidential Duties


APEGGA President

One of the many delightful duties I have as APEGGA’s president is to represent your Association at recognition functions. Over the last few months I’ve represented APEGGA at dinners held to recognize the work of our Outreach Program volunteers and to honour our life members. I’ve also attended our Excellence in Education Awards functions.

Outreach is the largest volunteer program APEGGA sponsors. APEGGA members take time from their busy schedules to volunteer in a variety of capacities, including working with students and teachers in classrooms to deliver programs, representing our professions at career fairs, and acting as judges at science fairs.

We hear many wonderful anecdotes from students, teachers and parents, who tell us about the lasting impression this program makes on students and the impact it has on their career choices. Judging by the number of volunteers and their enthusiasm for the program, this is a very rewarding activity — and one that you can be part of. There’s more information about this wonderful program on our website.

The Excellence in Education Awards function has a dual purpose — to recognize superb teachers in math and science — teachers “who make school cool” — through APEGGA’s Teacher Awards program, and to encourage outstanding science and engineering students through a variety of scholarships awarded by APEGGA’s Education Foundation.

What a treat to spend an evening with some of the winners of theses awards! The evenings were inspirational and humbling.

A Life-long Commitment
The Life Member Dinners recognize the long-standing commitment to our professions made by the select group who qualify for life membership status, each year. There were about 140 new life members last year.

These individuals are retired from active professional practice and have been members of a professional association for at least 25 years, the last 10 of which have been with APEGGA.

The Life Member Dinners are unusual in that there is no keynote speaker. Rather, the new life members are given the opportunity to come forward and spend a few minutes discussing what the profession has meant to them over their professional careers.

There are a wide variety of moving stories and interesting anecdotes. These individuals are keen to talk and to share their experiences. More importantly, there is a strong sense of commitment to our professions and gratitude for the long and successful careers that began so many years ago in university.

One comes away from these dinners with a fresh appreciation for our professions and a renewed commitment to preserving and enhancing their practice.

Shining Example
Shifting gears a bit, my thoughts turn to Stewart McIntosh, P.Eng., the 79-year-old stalwart who recently retired from his 17-year second career working with the APEGGA organization. Stewart is, for me and many others, a shining example of what commitment to your profession can mean.

Stewart had retired from a long and successful career that culminated in the presidency of a significant oil and gas company, but when he was asked to help out with some short-term APEGGA issues, Stewart readily agreed — and then kept on agreeing to help a bit more.

Over the years Stewart recruited many of our members, including me, to serve on his committees, and he kept them coming back and involved with APEGGA as much by force of example as by his use of more direct persuasion. Stewart sets a high standard for those who feel a need to give something back to their profession, and his example continues to inspire many volunteers today.

Giving some of your valuable time back to your profession can be very rewarding. As a self-governing profession APEGGA relies on volunteers, over 500 of them, to carry out many important functions.

Our volunteers are critical to the ongoing success of our professional organization. Without them, we could not begin to fulfill our regulatory mandate, or provide the range of associated services we as members now enjoy.

We do not recognize their contribution as often or as widely as we perhaps should, and I want to take this opportunity to do that now. Thanks to all of you who volunteer your time and talents to support APEGGA — your efforts are greatly appreciated.

And to those of you who might be thinking of volunteering, I urge you to take the time to visit our website and let us know what you’d like to do.

Nomination Time
Finally, because it has been a discussion point recently, I want to touch on the Nominating Committee.
As you can see on Page 3 of this month’s PEGG, this committee has finished its work and put forward a list of candidates for election to Council.

The committee considers potential candidates from a variety of sources, including lists of APEGGA volunteers, and tries to identify candidates with a variety of backgrounds. The committee cannot be aware of all potential candidates, however.

A nomination only requires the signatures of 10 other members of APEGGA. If you are interested, I encourage you to seek the needed support and submit your nomination. A form to help you do this also appears on page three.

I welcome comments from readers. Please e-mail me at, and I look forward to hearing from you.





Stewart McIntosh, P.Eng., Retires


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