Councillor Profiles

President

Carol Park

Carol Park, P.Eng., is the Executive Director of Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering, providing biomedical engineering services to the lower mainland regional health authorities. She has over 20 years of experience in biomedical engineering, and 9 years of experience leading collaborative change initiatives transforming primary and community care delivery in BC. Carol has her undergraduate degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, a master's degree in Clinical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a master's degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. She has served on Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Council, Standing Awards Committee, Interview Panel, ASTTBC Joint Committee, and the Audit Committee.

Vice President

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Mark Adams, P.Eng., is currently Vice President of Studies & Technology and Global Mining Sector Lead at SNC-Lavalin. He has worked in the mining industry for over 15 years in engineering, operations, technology management, and business development roles. Mark holds both a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. In addition to his full-time work, Mark has served on boards and committees for many non-profit organizations advocating for youth, veterans, education, healthcare, and STEM. He also spent over a dozen years as a reserve officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Prior to joining Council, Mark served on the Continuing Professional Development Committee for close to 7 years, most recently as Chair.

Immediate Past President

Larry Spence

Larry Spence, P.Eng., is a Senior Project Manager for Wood (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler). He has worked for operating companies, OEM’s, service companies, and consultants throughout the province and earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has more than 35 years of experience as an engineer during which he has worked in project management and several other capacities. Larry is also a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. He has served on Council since 2016 and has also served on the Registration, Professional Practice, Governance, and Executive Committees. This year marks his term as President on Council.
 

Councillors

Michelle Mahovlich

Michelle Mahovlich, P.Eng., P.Geo., is Director of Engineering and Public Works for the City of Langford where she has worked for the past 12 years. Prior to working for the City of Langford, Michelle was the Project Manager overseeing the remediation of the former cement plant at the 1,500 acre Bamberton site and then the site’s Development Manager. Her 17 years of private sector work experience included both geotechnical and contaminated sites engineering work. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology, minor in Biology from McMaster University and a master's degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Michelle most recently served on Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Investigation Committee as Vice-Chair and as an executive member of the Municipal Engineers Division. Michelle spends much of her volunteer time with the University of Victoria, Camosun College, and local school districts promoting women in STEM and is a strong proponent of ongoing professional development for her work team.


Jessica Steeves

Jessica Steeves, P.Eng., is a Senior Business Advisor at Teck’s Highland Valley Copper Mine (HVC) in the interior of BC. She began her time at HVC as a Project Engineer in the Water and Tailings group before working as a Mine Operations Supervisor/Autonomous Haulage Supervisor. Prior to joining HVC, she worked in geotechnical consulting for BGC Engineering. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University. She also recently completed her Master of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University. She has continuously volunteered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC during her career and is also actively involved in her community.
 


Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), is a senior engineer with Westrek Geotechnical Services Ltd. in Kamloops. He graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1987. His practice includes geotechnical engineering and landslide risk assessment and mitigation in the BC southern interior. Prior to joining Westrek in 2008, he was a regional geotechnical engineer with the BC Ministry of Forests and Range for 12 years.

Kevin has a long service history with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He has volunteered in the South Central Branch since the early 1990s and on the branch executive since 2005. He served on the Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector executive (2001–2003) and on the ABCFP/APEGBC Joint Practice Board (2005–2006). He was a member of Council from 2006–2010. During that period, he served on the Registration Committee, Executive Committee, and on the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Forest Engineering Task Force. He chaired the Geoscience Committee from 2007–2014 and currently serves on the Mentoring Committee. Kevin is a general and technical practice reviewer and is a designated reviewer. For his service to the professions he was awarded the D.C. Lambert Professional Service Award in 2017.


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Dr. Brent Ward, P.Geo., is a Quaternary and Applied Geologist in the Centre for Natural Hazards Research, Earth Sciences Department at Simon Fraser University. His research interests are focused on paleo-environmental reconstructions associated with glacial and non-glacial periods, mainly in the Canadian Cordillera; his applied research includes drift prospecting, terrain analysis, and natural hazards, mainly landslides. His landslide research is mainly focused on failures in surficial sediments, but recently he is working on volcanogenic landslides in BC and Peru. He has extensive experience with Engineers and Geoscientists BC having been a long-term member of the Geoscience Committee, an initial member of DEGIFS (now Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division), and is the National representative on the Geoscience Canada’s Geoscience Standards Council.


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Jens Weber, P.Eng., is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Victoria. His research, teaching and professional interests are in software safety and security engineering. Dr. Weber served as the Director of the accredited Bachelor of Software Engineering degree program from 2007–2014 and as Acting Associate Dean in 2021. He was an industry research fellow with the BC Advanced Systems Institute from 2004–2008. Dr. Weber has been licensed with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional engineer since 2009. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Paderborn (Germany) and was awarded the Ernst-Denert Software Engineering Prize in 2000.
 

Government Order in Council Appointees

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Suky Cheema, CPA, CA, is a partner in Audit and Assurance at BDO, specializing in private and public companies. With over 15 years of working as a CA, her industry experience includes real estate, construction, manufacturing, retail, owner-managed businesses, and not-for-profit.


Leslie Hildenbrandt

Leslie Hildebrandt, ICDD, LLB, is a Corporate Director with over 25 years of strategic governance, legal, and regulatory experience. She is a Board Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria where she serves as 1st Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Facilities Committee. Prior to her retirement from the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC in 2018, Leslie was Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary, where she delivered a new Board governance framework, delivered corporate legal services, and managed strategic government relations. Previously, she served as Chief Advisor to the Province of BC on land title and survey systems, regulatory reviews of BC’s environment assessment, crown land management, and environmental protection programs.


Emily Lewis

Emily Lewis, CPA, CMA, is a management consultant with ERPIE Advisory Inc. and Associate Faculty member in the School of Business at Royal Roads University. Prior to this, Emily spent 17 years in the public and private sectors, and has experience in real estate, transportation, and financial, regulatory, and program management in all three levels of government. She is also a Director at the John Howard Society Pacific Region and has extensive prior volunteer board experience.


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David Wells, JD, is the Dean of the Schools of Arts and Sciences at Vancouver Community College and previous to that was the Academic Dean at the NEC Native Education College. David volunteers his time on several other very important boards such as the Open Door Group, the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee, and the Urban Aboriginal Advisory Committee. David has served Engineers and Geoscientists BC in a variety of volunteer positions including Chair of the Nominations and Elections Review Task Force and a member of the Professional Practice Committee and Governance Committee.