The Board is Engineers Canada’s governing body. Its role is to provide strategic direction and ensure appropriate financial and risk management for the organization. Comprised of volunteer Directors and an advisor from the Chief Executive Officers’ Group, the Board’s responsibilities are outlined in the Bylaw and Board Policy Manual. In general, the Board is responsible for:

  • Holding itself and its direct reports accountable.
  • Sustaining a process to ensure ongoing engagement with regulators.
  • Providing ongoing and appropriate strategic direction.
  • Ensuring the development and periodic review of Board policies.
  • Monitoring and managing risk.
  • Providing orientation for new Board members and continuing Board development to current Directors and others who work closely with the Board.
  • Maintaining a relationship with key stakeholder organizations.

The Board is composed of 23 Directors who are nominated by their engineering regulators and approved by all of the regulators at a Meeting of Members. Each Director may serve up to two 3-year terms, in addition to potential terms as President-Elect, President, and Past President.

2022-2023 Engineers Canada Board


portrait photoKathy Baig, MBA, FIC, ing., DHC

Kathy Baig, MBA, FIC, ing., ASC, DHC, is Vice President, Positioning and Business Development, with Stantec’s Quebec team. Prior to joining Stantec, Kathy was President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) from 2016 to 2022. Under her leadership, OIQ developed and implemented the ENG2020 Plan and the ENG 20-25 Plan, becoming the reference for public protection within Québec’s professional system. These efforts have helped to restore confidence in the engineering profession following the findings of the Charbonneau Commission.

Kathy’s accomplishments have been recognized with an honorary degree from the École de technologie supérieure, the Mercury Award by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Québec for her leadership, and bein named Fellow of both Engineers Canada and by the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Additionally, in 2019 she received a Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award.

Before being elected President of the OIQ, Kathy enjoyed an engineering career of over 10 years with companies such as IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pyrogenesis and Aéroports de Montréal.

Kathy has a degree in chemical engineering (Polytechnique Montréal) and in business administration (HEC Montréal). She also holds a corporate governance certification from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés at Université Laval.


Nancy HillNancy Hill, B.A.Sc., LL.B., FCAE, FEC, P. Eng.
Founding Partner, Hill & Schumacher

Nancy Hill is an engineer, lawyer, patent agent, and trademark agent. She is a co-founder of the firm Hill & Schumacher. For over 25 years, Hill has been managing intellectual property rights for clients worldwide, including many universities across Canada. Hill’s areas of focus are robotics, structural steel, healthcare, and green energy, and many of her clients have gone on to win prestigious awards for their innovations. 

Hill has been an active volunteer throughout her career, contributing at PEO, universities, and other STEM organizations. She has a long history of volunteering at PEO where she served on a wide variety of committees, task forces, and Council. She was elected as the 100th president of PEO (2019-2020). Hill has worked tirelessly to effect positive change within PEO, and was instrumental in amending the Professional Engineers Act to include harassment as part of the definition of professional misconduct and in instituting term limits for all elected councillors. 

In 2008 she was invested as a Companion in the Order of Honour. In 2014, she was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and in 2017, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.


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Danny Chui, FEC, P.Eng.
Past President

Danny Chui is a Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Canada since 2009. He retired at the end of 2020 after working for over 30 years in the capacity of Manager, Capital Works Department with the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, City of Toronto.  He was responsible for the planning, budgeting, programming, implementing, managing and administrating of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place annual Capital Works Program and undertaking major construction support and advisory functions.

Danny had been a corporate member of Ontario Construction Users Council (OCUC) since the mid-1990s until last year.  He has also been appointed by its board as Executive Director (Volunteer Position) since 2015 and he continues to serve in this capacity after his retirement.

Danny graduated from the University of Calgary in 1984 where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He later obtained a Personnel Management Certificate from Humber College.  He further obtained a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University in 2018. He served on PEO council for 7 terms, elected by members as West Central Regional Councillor. Together with his services as Mississauga Chapter Executive prior to his involvement in PEO Council, he received a 25-year service award from PEO Council and from the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in 2017.  He has also been elected twice by PEO Council to be one of its Engineers Canada Directors for two 3-year terms, serving until May 2023.


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Alison Anderson, P.Eng.
Instructor/Coordinator, Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator Program, Yukon University

Alison Anderson is a systems engineer, small water system operator and project management professional. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering, they moved to the Yukon and managed the design, construction, and commissioning of drinking water systems throughout the territory while at Opus International Consultants.

As the Technology Innovation Officer at Yukon College, Alison led the creation of the Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) Associate Chair program to increase the awareness and participation of women in STEM in the Yukon.

In addition, Alison is the past chair and one of the founding members of the Engineers Yukon 30 by 30 Committee, and they are a member of the Engineers Yukon Continuing Professional Development committee. Alison is currently Instructor/Coordinator of the Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator Program at Yukon University.


Arenja Arjan

Arjan Arenja, MBA, P.Eng.
President, Spectrum Business Development Inc.

Arjan Arenja is a professional engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and volunteer. A graduate of University of Waterloo (BASc., Civil Engineering, 1992), Arjan was licenced with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) in 1994. Arjan spent his early career in consulting engineering focused on building science and structural testing. He later moved to Royal Group Technologies to focus on obtaining building code approvals for an innovative new building system in Canada, USA, Argentina, Poland, and China. His tenure at Royal included starting up Royal Telecom Structures, a new division within Royal Plastics and he later managed the Royal Rainware Products Division.

Having enjoyed his business management experience, in 2005 Arjan enrolled in the Executive MBA at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and graduated in 2007. He later joined Bruce Power, the world’s second largest nuclear power facility, where he spent nearly a decade in senior management roles. Currently, Arjan is a real estate investor in Grey and Bruce counties, developing high quality rental accommodations.

Currently, Arjan is a councilor on the Professional Engineers Ontario Board and Chair of their Governance and Nomination Committee. He is also a board member for the Electrical Safety Authority and is a member of their People, Culture and Governance Committee and their Audit and Investment Committee, and is a past member of their Regulatory Affairs Committee. Arjan also serves as a director on the Engineers Canada Board and is a member of their Governance Committee.

His volunteerism and community work include: past Co-Chair of Telecare Direct (a local distress call centre, Brampton); president of the Kincardine badminton club; co-founder of the Bruce County branch of Southwestern Chapter of the Project Management Institute; and various executive roles with Georgian Bay Chapter of PEO, including Government Liaison Program Chair, Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair.


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Natasha Avila, P.Eng.
Senior Process Engineer, Cenovus Energy Inc

Natasha Avila graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2009. She has worked her entire career as a process engineer in industries such as automotive manufacturing, consumer goods manufacturing, and, currently, oil and gas. 

She began her career as a Process Engineer EIT for Procter & Gamble, starting up the first commercial line for the Always Infinity FlexFoam™ material. She moved onto the oil and gas industry in 2013, when she started working for Cenovus Energy. She is now the Senior Process Engineer for the Solvent Pilot Projects for Cenovus’ Innovation Gateway (research and development) department.

Natasha got involved with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in early 2014, and in that time has led a committee of members responsible for reviewing APEGA’s bylaws and proposing recommendations to council for the Legislative Review.


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Ernest Barber, FAIC, FCSBE, FEC, FGC (Hon.), PAg (ret), P.Eng.

Ernie Barber retired from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. He holds degrees in agriculture and engineering from the University of Alberta and the University of Guelph, and is a past president of APEGS.

Following five years as an extension engineer in British Columbia, he joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1981. He was named Professor of the Year by students in both engineering and agriculture in recognition of teaching excellence. His research focused on design and testing of HVAC equipment, indoor and exterior air quality, environmental control, and human/animal health in livestock buildings. His scholarly work was characterized by a deep commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and industry relevance.

Leadership roles at the University of Saskatchewan included department head of agricultural engineering, dean of engineering, dean of agriculture, vice-provost teaching and learning, provost and vice-president academic, and deputy director of the Global Institute for Food Security. In retirement, he served for one year as associate dean (engineering) at UNBC where he led the early development of the new School of Engineering. Over his career, he has served on a number of non-university boards as well provincial and national committees.


Anne Baril

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Directrice générale, Innovation, Management & Communication

Anne Baril is a civil engineer and graduate of Polytechnique Montréal. She began her career as a remote engineer with the Ministère des Transports du Québec. She was successively promoted as team manager, department head and then director throughout her 35 years with the ministry. 

She has been involved with l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) for 10 years, serving the past eight as a councillor. She is a volunteer with the Fondation de l'Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and has been president of the board for the past 5 years. She has also volunteered in activities organized by the OIQ to promote engineering among young girls. 

For the past year and a half, she has been volunteering with a local non-profit organization (NPO) to help seniors. Since January 2021, she has offered services to ensure the home maintenance of sick, elderly or handicapped people for another NPO in her neighbourhood. Having sick children at heart, she has been organizing fundraisers for Opérations Enfant-Soleil for the past 5 years.


portrait photoMaxime Belletête, ing.
Strategic Development Director - Industry, EXP

Maxime Belletête holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and has spent more than 11 years as a manager in engineering and construction. Initially hired as a site supervisor, he climbed the engineering ladder and has worked on several municipal infrastructure and industrial engineering projects, developing the design of municipal multi-disciplinary projects and managing the engineering and construction of various worksites. Following this experience, he was promoted to Industrial Director at EXP and now collaborates in business development.

Proud of his profession and concerned about the importance of commitment, Maxime joined the OIQ Board of directors in 2018 as a director and is active in several committees. He also worked as an administrator for the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Drummondville.  He is currently completing his training as a Corporate Coach in Neuro-Linguistic Programming in order to obtain the status of certified coach.


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Christian Bellini, FEC, P.Eng.
Principal, Blackwell Structural Engineers

Christian began his engineering career in 1995 at a small structural engineering firm called Blackwell. Today, he is a principal at the same firm, now with a staff of 60 with offices in Toronto, Waterloo, Victoria and Halifax. Blackwell encourages a high level of engineering engagement at all levels, allowing him to do engineering design daily in addition to his administrative duties.

He began volunteering at PEO in 2005, when he joined the Experience Requirements Committee, serving in later years as chair. He has served on and chaired many of PEO’s regulatory committees and task forces. In 2016 he was elected to serve on PEO Council as Councillor-at-Large.  He has also served as Vice-President (Elected), President-Elect, President and now serves as Past-President.

From 2018-2021 he served on the Board of Directors of Engineers Canada including terms on the CEQB and FAR committee. He has contributed to various Engineers Canada initiatives, including competency-based experience assessment, the Canadian Framework for Licensure and as vice chair of PEO’s 30 x 30 Task Force.

Bellini has taught structures courses at the University of Waterloo and Laurentian University. He is also frequently invited as a guest critic at Architecture Studio Reviews at University of Toronto, Ryerson and Dalhousie.


portrait photoVictor Benz, FEC, FGC (Hon.), P.Eng. (retired)
Retired engineer, APEGA volunteer

Victor received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1976 and registered as a Professional Engineer with APEGA in early 1979.  His 40-year career has spanned Canadian oil refining and fertilizer manufacture, international hydrometallurgical base metal recovery, and Alberta’s coal and power industries. Over the last ten years of his working career he managed his own engineering consultancy. 

Over the same period, Victor has volunteered his time with numerous organizations. Most notably, over a 30-year span, he has served the APEGA as a member of the Investigative and Discipline Committee, the Appeal Board, the Joint Appeal Board, and a number of special committees. This includes a ten-year stint as Chair of APEGA’s Appeal Board.

His love of sports led to coaching both hockey and ringette, and to many years as a Ringette Alberta referee, culminating in several years as the Zone 5 Referee-In-Chief.

Victor currently also serves as Environment Chair for the Alberta Fish and Game Association and Membership Chair for the Wildwood and District Rod and Gun Club.


Geoffrey Connolly

Geoff Connolly, Q.C. FEC, P.Eng.
Prince Edward Island
Lawyer, Stewart McKelvey

Geoff is a lawyer and professional engineer. He graduated from University of New Brunswick with his B.Sc. Civil Engineering and LLB. Geoff is a Partner in the law firm Stewart McKelvey where he has practised law since 1992. Geoff’s practice includes construction law and corporate commercial law.

Geoff has been a volunteer with Engineers PEI since 1995 and has served on the executive for five years, including president. Geoff has served on the Council of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors for nine years and in the spring of 2021 was awarded an Honourary CLS designation in recognition of his service to the profession.

Geoff serves on a number of community volunteer associations and is currently president of Communities 13 Inc., which runs the community rink and gym, and is president of Queens County Residential Services (QCRS), a not-for-profit company that provides housing and day programming for adults with special needs in his community.


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Crysta Cumming, FEC, P.Eng.
Nova Scotia
Program Engineer, Halifax Regional Municipality

Crysta Cumming is a Professional Engineer, and Fellow of Engineers Canada with 16 years of progressive applied experience in Municipal and Provincial government, consulting engineering, and regulation. She currently works in Nova Scotia as a Program Engineer with Halifax Regional Municipality’s Infrastructure Planning team. Her expertise includes property planning and development, civil infrastructure, environmental stewardship and habitat protection, policy development, regulatory compliance, research, reporting, technical review, team management, project management, and executive leadership.

Crysta has volunteered with Engineers Nova Scotia since 2016, serving as a member of the Emerging Professionals Committee, member of Council (2016-2018), and President (2020-2021). Crysta has a personal interest in how engineering affects society and impacts the lives of those practicing and is strongly motivated to collaborate with her peers and industry stakeholders to uphold, and continuously improve, Canada’s excellence in engineering self-regulation.


Ann English

Ann English, FCSSE, FEC, FGC (Hon.), P.Eng. (retired)
British Columbia
Retired CEO & Registrar

Ann is a retired CEO & Registrar and current Board Director. She is known for bringing together her skills in organizational effectiveness, operational excellence, financial acumen, and risk management in collaborative settings to create effective stewardship and organizational progress. Under Ann’s leadership, Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia was recognized as one of the 2021 Top Employers in British Columbia and Ann was recognized as the CEO of the Year in Public Accountability by Business in Vancouver. Ann was also recognized as a nominee for the BC YWCA 2021 Women of Distinction Award.   

She is a professional engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering and has significant experience working on projects in the private and public sector. In addition to substantial regulatory expertise, she also has experience in utility operations and multi disciplinary project management. Under her leadership as Director of Olympic Planning for BC Hydro, the project won multiple government and industry awards for sustainability and innovation. She also has extensive training in corporate governance and enjoys board work in her community and in industry.


portrait photoSudhir Jha, M.Eng., FEC, P.Eng.
Northwest Territories
Manager, Risk management, Government of NWT

Sudhir Kumar Jha has served the Canadian engineering profession for more than 18 years and is currently Manager, Risk Management & Safety for the Department of Infrastructure, and Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). He moved to this position after six years as GNWT Manager, Community Infrastructure Planning. 

Jha volunteers extensively professionally and personally, and has been recognized with several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for his outstanding volunteer contributions. He has also received Fellowship designations from Engineers Canada and CIQS. 
Jha earned an M.Eng. (Civil) from Concordia University and has diplomas in arbitration, construction estimating, and software technology. Additionally, he has completed risk management and business analysis courses at George Washington University.   

Jha is serving, or has served, on the boards of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG), the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) - Prairies & Northwest Territories, the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM), Canadian Regulatory Council of Plumbing, Smart Communities Society and Skills Canada NWT. He is also a member of Asset Management Canada, PEO, and the Project Management Institute. 


portrait photoTim Joseph, PhD, FCIM, P.Eng.
Principal Engineer, JPI Mine Equipment & Engineering

Tim Joseph is in consulting engineering practice as the  Principal Engineer, JPI Mine Equipment & Engineering, servicing the global mining industry and its mining equipment manufacturers. The firm is active on four continents, providing engineering solutions and professional development. Since 2015, Joseph has been active in working with Canada’s missions to Latin America, enhancing and promoting environment and community, as well as responsible mining operation activities. 

Dr. Joseph is Professor Emeritus, Mining Engineering, formerly at the University of Alberta. A past Vice-President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Alberta (APEGA) and Ambassador of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Dr. Joseph is a recipient of the SMART Distinguished Service Award, the CIM Distinguished Service Medal, and the CIM Past President’s Medal for contributions to the global mining industry and mining engineering education.


Dawn Nedohin-MacekDawn Nedohin-Macek, FEC, P.Eng.
Cyber Security and Enterprise Architecture Director, Manitoba Hydro

Dawn Nedohin-Macek graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. She has worked for Manitoba Hydro since graduation in a variety of roles, and has over 20 years experience working in the power utility industry. Ms. Nedohin-Macek is currently the Director of Cyber Security and Enterprise Architecture. In this newly formed role, the Director is responsible for transforming an operational, technology-focused, and reactive security group to a strategic, principle-driven, and risk-managed, enterprise-level Division that is enabled by a federated enterprise architecture practice. The combination of the cyber security and enterprise architecture functions is strategic for Manitoba Hydro because of the planned investment in digitization within the context of the utility industry-wide and its elevated cyber risk profile. 
Ms. Nedohin-Macek served as President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba from 2012 to 2013 and has been active in many of its committees. Ms. Nedohin-Macek is also a past Chair of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association and lends her time to various other organizations including WISE Kid-Netic Energy, and the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Engineering.


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Marlo Rose, MBA, FEC, P.Eng.
New Brunswick
Area Technical Manager, Irving Oil

Marlo is originally from Newfoundland and proud of her east coast roots. She moved to New Brunswick to study Chemical Engineering.  In 2003 she graduated from the University of New Brunswick with her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and later obtained an Executive MBA. 

Marlo has spent 20 years of her career working at the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John New Brunswick.  She started as a summer student which led to full-time employment as an Area Contact Engineer. Marlo has followed a technical career path and is currently an Area Technical Manager of a suite of operating units within the refinery. She is responsible for maintaining safe reliable operation of the equipment and identifying capital investment projects to mitigate risk and improve unit performance.

After moving to Saint John, Marlo wasted no time in getting involved in her community and her professional organization.  Marlo has been a long-standing volunteer with APEGNB-SJ local branch and has been busy organizing engineering and geoscience outreach at the elementary and high school levels.  Marlo served nine years on the APEGNB provincial council and was elected as the 101st president of APEGNB (2020-2021).  In her spare time, Marlo enjoys participating in Triathlon and cani-cross dog running events. She is also a volunteer with Triathlon New Brunswick and Fundy Extreme Triathlon Club.


Darlene Spracklin Reid

Darlene Spracklin-Reid, FEC, P.Eng.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Lecturer, Memorial University

Darlene Spracklin-Reid is a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. She is an engineer and educator with a background in project management, curriculum development, and accreditation. She is a past chair of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) and has served on the boards of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association, and the American Concrete Institute. She is currently a director on the board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. She received the PEGNL Outstanding Community Service Award, the President’s Award for Exemplary Service to Memorial University, the Fry Family Foundation’s “Top 1% Elite Award” in recognition of commitment to community service, and the Memorial University Alumni Award for Community Service.


Marisa Sterling

Marisa Sterling, FEC, P.Eng.
Assistant Dean and Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Professionalism, University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Marisa Sterling is a distinguished engineer and academic administrator with over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in the private and public sectors. She was elected the 101st president of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and is currently the assistant dean and director of diversity, inclusion and professionalism at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Her extensive strategic and operational stewardship positively impacts students, engineers, and the public. During her eight-year presidency of the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, she helped over 1,000 students. Since 2009, she has advanced EIT leadership development by creating PEO’s G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award, named after her late father, an Engineers Canada president. And since 2015, she has been championing the Engineering Change Lab to transform the engineering community to better serve Canadians. 

A chemical engineer and member of the Oxford Business Alumni Network, Sterling received the Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award for Community Service in 2016 and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Canadian National Exhibition Association. In her spare time, she enjoys being a Warden of Camp 1 and annually obligating students and graduates who have the academic qualifications for the P.Eng. licence.


portrait photoNicolas Turgeon, M.Sc., EMBA, ing.
Director, Investissement Québec - CRIQ

Nicolas Turgeon holds a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Laval University (Quebec) in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Switzerland), a Master's degree in civil engineering (environmental option) and a Master's degree in business administration, management for practicing executives (EMBA), also from Laval University. He has more than 20 years of experience as a technical expert in the field of industrial innovation (Air and Climate Change) and as a manager at Investissement Québec-CRIQ.

Nicolas was elected as a director of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) in 2017 for a three-year term. As a member of several committees at OIQ, he was President of the Professional Development Committee in 2018-2020.

Proud to be an engineer, Nicolas is actively involved in Quebec's innovation ecosystem as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Réseau Environnement, the largest group of environmental professionals in Quebec. He was president of the Association for the Prevention of Air and Soil Contamination (APCAS-A&WMA Quebec Chapter) from 2016-2020. He also acts as a mentor for the next generation, a subject that is particularly close to his heart for the future of the profession.


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John Van der Put, FEC, FGC (Hon.), P.Eng.
Project Manager, Pipeline at Woodfibre LNG Ltd.

John is an Energy Industry Executive with 38 years of accomplishments in upstream oil, gas, and pipeline development across the Americas. He has been consistently recruited to be at the pointed end of the spear on high-risk, complex business challenges. Sometimes a constructive disrupter – John is known for both challenging and unifying teams that deliver above expectations. As an innovator he has pioneered new approaches to secure stakeholder buy-in and earn social acceptability for challenging projects. John is committed to knowledge sharing and valued by his senior peers as a teacher and mentor, contributing to their professional development.

John has been very active at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) over the past fifteen years as a Councillor, on the Discipline Committee and most recently as the President (2020-2021).


Michael WrinchMichael Wrinch, PhD, FEC, P.Eng., ICD.D
British Columbia
President, Hedgehog Technologies Inc.

Michael Wrinch received his PhD from the University of British Columbia and his B.A.Sc and M.A.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has been the president of Hedgehog Technologies, an electrical engineering consulting company, for over 20 years. He is a past president of Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.

Dr. Wrinch is an experienced company leader and professional electrical engineer specializing in energy delivery and safety-critical systems. He has designed rail systems, roller coasters, solar farms, natural gas infrastructure, and electric submarines. He is also certified by TÜV Rheinland out of Germany for safety-instrumented systems design.

Dr. Wrinch is the past-president and councillor of Engineering and Geoscientists BC and a fellow of Engineers Canada. He has served on multiple boards and most recently received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.



Lia Daborn
Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Geoscientists New Brunswick

An award-winning Association Executive, Lia Daborn possesses two decades of experience in managing self-regulated professions.  Her work experience is complemented by volunteer service at the national, provincial and local level.  She is past Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and obtained her designation as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 2008.  She currently volunteers as a government-appointed public representative for two self-regulating bodies in New Brunswick, in addition to serving as the CEO and Registrar for APEGNB.  Throughout her career, Lia has focused on member service while balancing the needs of the public and other stakeholders.  Versatile and adaptable, she has earned the respect of members, volunteers and stakeholders through her dedication and hard work.


Chief Executive Officer

Gerard McDonald

Gerard McDonald, MBA, P.Eng., ICD.D
Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada

Mr. McDonald obtained his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo and complimented this with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Ottawa.

Prior to joining Engineers Canada, Mr. McDonald was Registrar of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), after spending over 31 years in the Public Service of Canada. While with the Public Service, he worked primarily in the transportation sector, where he held various positions including Assistant Deputy Minister of Safety and Security at Transport Canada; Executive Director of the Transportation Safety Board; Director General of Marine Safety at Transport Canada; and Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Privy Council Office.

Secretary to the Board

Evelyn Spence, LL.B., CIC.C, GPC.D
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Ms. Spence is a lawyer and member of the senior leadership team at Engineers Canada. Before moving into the role as in-house counsel with a provincial regulatory body in 2011, Ms. Spence worked as part of a busy commercial litigation group in a mid-sized Toronto law firm.  

 Ms. Spence is committed to serving her community and shares her time, skills and experience with a number of diverse organizations. She currently acts as a part-time adjudicator with the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal and is a director on the Ottawa Department of Medicine and Volunteer Ottawa Boards. She has served as the Complaints Review Councillor and as a member of the Discipline Committee with Professional Engineers of Ontario, and, for the past three years, has held a position on the Elections Committee of the Immigrations Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.