I sit here, yet again, at my kitchen table, formulating my third president’s message about two of my top three* favourite professions.
This edition celebrates the cool kids embracing their geeky cousins (you decide) and making the province all the better for it. That’s right, it is the geoscientist and engineer collab ** Professional Edge edition.
ooking over the articles, I cannot help but smile with a little pride at my industry and our province punching well above its weight class on the world stage. We are featuring Mosaic and its Belle Plaine solution mine, a prime example of engineers and geoscientists relying on each other’s expertise to overcome a technical challenge. The professionals work together to minimize the surface disturbance and potential environmental impact, while effectively mitigating the risk of potentially catastrophic tailings breaches.
The modern technical solutions developed by our license holders reinforces the social and environmental value APEGS, as a self-regulating profession, provides on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan.
Mining doesn’t have exclusive rights over engineers and geoscientists solving cutting edge environmental challenges. APEGS members are working with Leduc and the University of Calgary to develop a triple-threat landfill technology to divert organics, reuse previous landfill material and reduce emissions.
How does it work? As far as my mechanical mind can tell, the secret is a cool technical name (evapotranspiration landfill biocovers) converted into an excellent acronym (ETLBC***). I assume everything else is just window dressing after that, but I suggest you read the article to make up your own mind.
I want to take the last paragraph to highlight the great work by our members, this time related to our governance changes. You can read more about our multi-discipline team developing the implementation plans necessary to allow our organization to adopt modern governance best practices.
This will hopefully make our operations run even smoother, delivering consistent, fair, transparent and ethical **** regulation over the practices of professional engineering and geoscience in Saskatchewan.
* My Friday morning cinnamon bun restauranteur will always be my #1. Sorry, APEGS.
** Collab is me grasping at youthful slang.
*** They may have just had a nice egg-tomato-lettuce-bacon-cheese sandwich and named it after that.
**** Speaking of ethics, check out the new one-hour CPD ethics course online, free for members: https://apegs.vocalmeet.com/home/