Councillor Profiles

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.

Vice 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.

Immediate Past President

Lianna Mah

Lianna Mah, P.Eng., FEC, is the Vice President of Business Development at Associated Engineering and, since 1990, has served in various other roles there as well. Previous to this she was a Project Engineer at M. M. Dillon Ltd. Lianna earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering as well as her Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering at the University of British Columbia. She has served Engineers and Geoscientists BC in a variety of volunteer positions including Director and past Chair of the Foundation, a member of the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Task Force, a member of the Professional Renewal Task Force, and a member of the Editorial Board. Lianna is an Advisor in the Master of Engineering Leadership at the University of British Columbia, as well as an Advisor in the Women in Science and Engineering BC/Yukon at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Lianna is also active in her community involvement and was for a length of time, the President of the Seaforth Chinese School, as well as a Member of the Scholarship Committee at the Science Council of BC.

Councillors

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Mark Adams, P.Eng., is currently Vice President of Global Proposals Management at Metso Outotec and 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 a passion for giving back and serves on boards and committees for numerous non-profit organizations advocating for youth, veterans, education, healthcare, and STEM. He also spent 13 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.


Tomer Curiel

Tomer Curiel, P.Eng., FEC, is a Senior Project Manager with TransLink. He received his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal and his M.A.Sc. in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia. His work has taken him to every corner of the province—from Fort St. John to Prince George to Osoyoos; from Fernie and Nelson to Nanaimo and Port Hardy; and everywhere in between—with a focus on community building through the delivery of public infrastructure. Tomer has been actively involved with Engineers and Geoscientists BC since joining the Vancouver Branch in 2005, serving in many capacities including leadership roles within the branches, as a member of a variety of committees and task forces, and as a mentor.


Christine Lambert

Christine Lambert, P.Geo., is a Senior Project Manager for Land Development Branch with the Yukon Government. She received her B.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of British Columbia and her M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Christine plays an active role in her community on a variety of councils and boards, and was recently appointed by the Commissioner of Yukon to a second term as a member of the Judicial Council, Yukon Territorial Court. Various other endeavors include participation with the Canadian Mountain Network, Yukon Women in Mining, and the Canadian Geotechnical Society.


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.


Nathan Ozog

Nathan Ozog, P.Eng., FEC, has been an engineer in the electrical utility sector since 2008 and currently leads a Protection and Control (P&C) team, as well as a Cyber Security team at BC Hydro. Having grown up throughout British Columbia in Tumbler Ridge, Salmon Arm, 100 Mile House, Prince George, and the Okanagan Valley, Nathan is well acquainted with his home province and proud to have a role in contributing to its infrastructure. He attended the University of British Columbia in 2001, where he received his Bachelors and Masters of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering, and taught there as an Adjunct Professor until 2016. Nathan has been an active volunteer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC since 2006, serving as member or chair of a variety of committees, task forces, and the Vancouver Branch, always with the goal of improving and raising the profile of Engineering and Geoscience in British Columbia. He has also volunteered in the community as a Big Brother, he is an avid squash player, and was awarded Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Young Professional Award in 2018.


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.


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Dr. Thomas Tiedje, P.Eng., is a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Victoria, where he served as Dean of Engineering from 2008–2018. During this period the Faculty established new degree programs in Applied Data Science, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Telecommunications and Information Security. Before moving to Victoria, Thomas was a faculty member in the Physics and Astronomy, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments at the University of British Columbia and served as head of Physics and Astronomy. His research is in the area of semiconductor materials and devices. He began his professional career at Exxon Research and Engineering Company in New Jersey where he worked on thin film photovoltaics for solar electricity production. He has received a number of awards including the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Applied Science, Dean’s Medal of Distinction. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, and master's and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of British Columbia.


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.


Jeremy Vincent

Jeremy Vincent, P.Geo., returned to school in September 2018 to pursue a Master of Science degree in Applied Geostatistics. Previous to this, he was responsible for managing the mineral resources and collaborating with the mine-site operations teams on grade-control and reconciliation objectives at a mid-tier copper mining company. Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Science in Earth and Ocean Science at the University of Victoria, as well as a Citation in Applied Geostatistics at the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Geoscience Experience Review Panel, as well as a Mentor within the Mentoring Program within Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Jeremy has served as a Member of the Mineral Exploration Roundup Organizing Committee, as well as the 100th Anniversary Organizing Committee for the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME). He has served his community in his position as Director at the UVic SEOS Alumni Bursary Committee as well as in his position as Mentor in the University of British Columbia Tri-Mentoring Program.


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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.

Government Order in Council Appointees

Alan Andison

Alan Andison, BA, LLB, was the Chair of the Environmental Appeal Board, as well as the Forest Appeals Commission (appointed 2000), and is the Chair of the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal (appointed in 2010). He has held a variety of positions with the BC Public Service, including terms with the Office of the Ombudsperson, the Human Rights Council, and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. He has a B.A. in History (1974) from Simon Fraser University and a LLB (1985) from the University of Victoria, with experience in the areas of administrative, environmental, forestry, and natural resources law. Alan is past Chair of the British Columbia Circle of Chairs, past member of the Executive for the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals, and is a past member of the Executive of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.


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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.

 
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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.


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.