APEGS held its 18th annual MLA Reception on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Regina. The reception provides an opportunity for MLAs to meet with members of the Association including Council, past presidents and committee chairs. A variety of issues related to the engineering and geoscience professions were discussed in an informal setting.
PEGS President Stormy Holmes, P.Eng., welcomed all in attendance and presided over a short program, which included greetings from the Honourable Warren Kaeding and Trent Wotherspoon.
APEGS Government Relations
The privilege of self-regulation for engineering and geoscience is granted through The Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, an Act of the provincial legislature. APEGS’ role of safeguarding the public and regulating the professions in the public interest is clearly stated in the Act and Bylaws. It is through a variety of government relations activities that APEGS builds relationships with our elected representatives, both government and opposition, to ensure that they understand the role of engineers and geoscientists in creating “a safe and prosperous future” for Saskatchewan.
Some of the opportunities for interaction are initiated by APEGS. Some of the opportunities are created by the elected representatives and some of the opportunities are created by third parties. For example, the annual APEGS MLA reception is an integral part of APEGS’ overall government relations activities, and is initiated by invitation from APEGS. Events such as the Premier’s and opposition leader’s receptions, dinners and golf tournaments are initiated by invitation from the respective political parties. Both APEGS and elected representatives are often invited to and interact at events organized by third parties.
It is through these relationships and government relations activities that our elected representatives recognize APEGS’ contributions and view APEGS members as “trusted advisors”.