The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APE

November 05, 2014 17:29 ET

APEGA President Steps Down to Avoid Conflict of Interest

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 5, 2014) - APEGA President Dr. Jim Gilliland, P.Eng., has chosen to resign in light of a potential conflict of interest. Gilliland is an employee of the Canadian consulting engineering firm Williams Engineering Canada Inc., which was named in a recent provincial court ruling regarding breaches of the Alberta Building Code at the Rocky Mountain Court building parkade.

"Maintaining the integrity of APEGA as a self-regulating entity is critical to maintaining our social licence. I have tremendous faith in the network of highly dedicated volunteers and employees that discharge the association's regulatory functions on a daily basis. I believe that by stepping down, APEGA's integrity can't be questioned as they move forward," said Gilliland.

"It's been a remarkable privilege to serve APEGA and all Albertans during my terms as councillor, president-elect and president," he added.

Professional engineer and APEGA President-Elect Connie Parenteau will not become president until April 2015 but will assume the responsibilities of the president immediately.

"APEGA understands and supports Jim's decision to resign and thanks him for his contributions," said Parenteau. "I've appreciated Jim's professionalism and dedication, and it's with sadness that I assume these new responsibilities."

"As CEO, I've worked closely with Jim over the past year and a half. I've come to respect him greatly both as an engineer and as a man of principle and integrity. It's most unfortunate that his tenure should be concluded under these circumstances, but I completely respect and support his decision to put the needs of APEGA ahead of everything else," said APEGA CEO Mark Flint, P.Eng.

Established in 1920, APEGA is responsible for regulating the practices of engineering and geoscience in the province of Alberta. The association's 74,000 members play a significant role in every segment of the economy, and their technical and management expertise ensure Alberta remains at the forefront of technological innovation.

Contact Information

  • Philip Mulder, APR
    Director, Communications
    (780) 426-3990 or toll free 1-800-661-7020
    Cell: (780) 499-3873