Executive Team

Heidi YangHeidi Yang, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Chief Executive Officer

Heidi Yang, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) is a collaborative leader with a strong vision for the future of engineering and geoscience regulation in BC. She has broad-based experience in the regulatory, forestry, and manufacturing sectors and a proven track record of building positive workplaces, developing value-added programs, engaging stakeholders, and leading organizations through times of change.

Throughout her 26-year career, Heidi has provided strategic leadership that has enabled her teams to implement effective systems to support innovative and sustainable operations. Most recently, she led engineering operations—including research, project management, product engineering, manufacturing process engineering, and facilities and maintenance engineering—for the largest privately-owned window and door manufacturer in Canada. She also held several senior executive roles with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), including one year as their interim CEO, where she led a rigorous business planning process that enhanced APEGA’s ability to deliver on its regulatory mandate and strengthened internal operations. Prior to her time with APEGA, Heidi spent 20 years at Weyerhaeuser, providing leadership for the quality management, customer strategies, and operations processes at the Grande Prairie, Alberta plant.

Heidi graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. She is committed to lifelong learning, with recent certifications through the Executive Program at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and Lean Six Sigma. Heidi is also a dedicated volunteer who has held several academic and community board roles, including with the Glenora Rotary Club—the first rotary club in North America to be chartered by professional women. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Jennifer Cho, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial and Administration Officer

As Chief Financial and Administration Officer, Jennifer Cho plays a leading role in the annual audit, budget, annual renewal process, risk management, human resources, as well as management of a variety of administrative responsibilities.

Jennifer is a Chartered Professional Accountant and brings many years of accounting experience from her role as a Controller at Aquilini Development and Construction Inc. and Intrawest ULC, as well as budgetary experience from her role at the City of Vancouver.

Mark Rigolo, P.Eng.

Acting Chief Regulatory Officer and Registrar

Mark Rigolo is responsible for all of the organization’s regulatory functions including admissions, registration, professional practice, enforcement, investigation, discipline, legislation, information systems, and governance functions. He works with other provincial regulators as part of Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada planning and solving problems of mutual concern, and supports the President, CEO and appointed Directors on matters that pertain to Engineers Canada and Geoscientist Canada. In this role he also develops and leads key strategic initiatives to achieve the regulatory mandate of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, working collaboratively with the CEO, CSO, CFAO, and other key staff.

Mark is a registered professional engineer with 25 years of engineering experience in the areas of chemical engineering, fuel cell development and manufacturing, and product development. His past roles involved polymer process development at DuPont Canada, fuel cell test engineering, and manufacturing process development at Ballard Power Systems, as well as managing the operation and safety of research and undergraduate laboratories within engineering departments at the University of British Columbia. He was previously Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Director of Programs and Professional Development, and prior to that, its Associate Director, Registration and Licensing.

Deesh Olychick, GPC.D.

Acting chief operating officer

As Acting Chief Operating Officer, Deesh is responsible for ensuring that the organization is positioned to perform at a high level and respond to the demands of its operating environment. This includes providing ongoing analysis of the operating environment and developing the organization’s strategy – both long-term corporate strategies and short-term operating plans – and driving alignment of key internal resources to meet those demands. To achieve these objectives, Deesh oversees the enrichment, management and sustainability of strategic relationships that provide insight into Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia’s environment – government, the public, registrants, industry and other key stakeholders – all those associated with and reliant on the regulation of engineering and geoscience in BC.

The operational functions the role directs include communications, programs and professional development, corporate governance and strategy, government relations, information systems, and privacy, as well as overseeing corporate business maturity efforts, business resilience functions, and monitoring drivers of business performance.

Deesh has held various senior roles within the organization and has experience in corporate governance, board operations, strategy development, marketing, and registrant programs. Deesh holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.