Councillor Profiles

President

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Mark Adams, P.Eng., is currently Vice President of Studies & Technology and Global Mining Market Lead at SNC-Lavalin. He has worked in the mining industry for nearly 20 years in engineering, operations, technology, and project development roles. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering and a Master of Business Administration both from the University of British Columbia. In addition to his full-time work, Mark served 13 years as a reserve officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and sits on boards and committees for numerous non-profit organizations advocating for youth, veterans, education, healthcare, and STEM, notably the UBC Mining Industry Advisory Committee and the UBC Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Advisory Council. He is currently in his tenth year volunteering with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, having previously served on the Continuing Education and Professional Practice advisory groups, and the Audit, Governance, and Executive sub-committees. Mark is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, the Business in Vancouver 40 Under 40 award, and was included on Business in Vancouver's 2022 list of the 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in BC.

Vice President

Michelle MahovlichMichelle Mahovlich, P.Eng., P.Geo., FCSSE, is currently the Director of Engineering and Public Works for the City of Langford where she has worked for the past 14 years. Previously, Michelle was the Project Manager that oversaw 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 holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a minor in Biology from McMaster University, along with 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. Michelle is an experienced volunteer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC and has served on Council for more than 2 years.

Immediate Past President

Carol ParkCarol 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, Executive Sub-Committee, Standing Awards Advisory Group, Registration Interview Panel, ASTTBC Joint Practice Board, and the Audit Committee.

Councillors

Karen Ling

Karen Ling, P.Eng., is a well respected senior leader in the construction industry, experienced in mentoring teams, assessing risk, and overseeing revenue and profitability of operations. Having held roles such as Vice President of Operations and Project Director, she is skilled at strategic operations and change management, including development of succession plans and introduction of equity, diversity, and inclusion policies. Karen has served the engineering and geoscience community recently as the outgoing Chair of the Board of Directors for the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Benevolent Fund Society, and continues to focus on public outreach as a volunteer mentoring and educating children in engineering, science and technology in classrooms.  Karen is a collaborative communicator, directing team members’ focus towards common goals to build agreement and action. Overseeing project teams within the construction industry requires bringing a broad range of opinions to consensus, often involving stakeholders of differing backgrounds and motivations. Karen has had a wide variety of experience in leadership roles, including as a construction industry executive and as a small business owner.


Mahsoo Naderi-Dasoar

Mahsoo Naderi-Dasoar, P.Eng., is Director of Engineering Projects at the City of Burnaby where she oversees the Capital Project Delivery of Infrastructure Projects’ Portfolio as well as managing the Survey Department. Mahsoo is a dynamic and seasoned strategic leader with 20 years of experience in engineering management, governance and major infrastructure delivery. Expert in complex multi-discipline and cross functional organizations, Mahsoo holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and two master’s degrees. She received her Master of Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Alberta with specialty in Risk. Mahsoo is an avid advocate for climate resilience as well as enhancing equity and inclusion within engineering and geoscience sectors. She has been a former elected councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) from 2014-2017. Mahsoo volunteers for boards to serve the communities that she lives, works, and belongs to.


Kevin Turner

Mark Porter, P.Eng., StructEng., is a Designated Structural Engineer with over 25 years of experience. His work around sustainability and climate change has been recognized by the award of Fellowship in the Institution of Structural Engineers and Engineers Canada. A champion of sustainability since the early days of his career, he has led and been part of cross-disciplinary structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering teams on award-winning and boundary-breaking projects. Mark brings a deep recognition of the essential value of prioritizing people in design and in leadership, finding great motivation in investing in leadership development, mentorship, and serving with committees and code-development projects to advance sustainability in the built environment. He was the founding Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Group to Engineers Geoscientists BC , and also serves on the Wood First Advisory Committee for the Forestry Innovation Investment Group as well as CSA Code Development Committees. Mark is the Vice President of Engineering at Nexii Building Solutions.


Jessica SteevesJessica 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.
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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.