Staff Leadership Team

Ann English, P.Eng.

Chief Executive Officer and Registrar

Ann joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC as the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar in 2012. She works closely with Council and staff to advance the organization through the implementation of a dynamic strategic plan.

She brings together her skills in organizational development, operational excellence, risk management, and effective governance to lead the organization in delivering on its public safety mandate. She encourages and challenges the highly dedicated collaborative team of Council and staff to constantly evolve and continuously improve to meet the ever-changing demands of a highly technical environment.

Ann believes that a regulator can be innovative and entrepreneurial in delivering on its mandate, and she supports and encourages a regulatory approach that recognizes and responds to the rapidly changing worlds of engineering, geoscience, and technology. She feels effective regulation is best supported by equipping registrants with the tools they need to rise to their personal best throughout their careers—such as practice guidelines, continuing education opportunities, and practice advice.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Ann has a degree in mechanical engineering and a degree in physiology from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, Ann was Director of Interconnections with BC Hydro, where she led the organization to receive multiple awards for sustainability and innovation as a result of her work on BC Hydro's Olympic Initiatives project. She also has significant experience in the private industry, with nearly 20 years at Foster Wheeler, a large utility equipment, engineering, and construction company.

Tony Chong, P.Eng.

Chief Regulatory Officer and Deputy Registrar

Responsible for facilitating and strengthening collaborative relationships at the provincial and interprovincial levels, Tony Chong oversees the organization's regulatory frameworks, directing efforts to evaluate internationally educated applicants and understand the special needs of industry, construction, and natural resource development.

Tony was Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Port Coquitlam for 17 years. Prior to joining the City of Port Coquitlam, he held senior executive level positions with the Northwest Territorial Government (NWT) as the Regional Superintendent of Public Works for the Western Arctic and Vice President for the NWT Housing Corporation. Tony holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.

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.

Max Logan, Chief of Strategic OperationsMax Logan

Chief of Strategic Operations

Max Logan is the Chief of Strategic Operations for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. His role includes oversight of the organization’s strategic corporate planning, member services, government relations, stakeholder engagement, communications, and brand marketing.

Max has extensive experience in communications, marketing, and government relations. Previously, Max was Vice President, Tolling Operations, for Transportation Investment Corporation, and prior to that, the Director, Communications and Marketing for that organization. He has held positions as Director for the Retail Council of Canada, Chief of Staff to the BC Minister of Finance, and Communications Director for several BC Cabinet Ministers. Max is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and Seneca College.

Gillian Pichler, P.Eng.

Director, Registration

Gillian Pichler is the Director of Registration for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. She is responsible for all registration and licensing activities and is involved in national and international activities at Engineers Canada.

Gillian is a professional engineer, registered as a P.Eng. in BC and an ing. in Quebec. She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and has an MBA from Concordia University. Prior to joining Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Gillian was in charge of Facilities, Plant & Production Engineering at Gillette Canada, Montreal for 16 years.

Peter Mitchell, P.Eng.

Director, Professional Practice, Standards and Development

Peter Mitchell is responsible for overseeing Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s proactive quality assurance programs that support registrants in meeting their professional practice requirements under the Professional Governance Act. These include the development of professional practice guidelines and standards, the audit and practice review program, the regulation of firms program, the practice advice program and the continuing education program.

In addition Peter provides staff support to numerous advisory groups, task forces and panels dealing with a wide range of professional practice issues and directs the organization’s response to various government legislation impacting the practice of professional engineering and geoscience in BC.

Deesh Olychick, GPC.D.

Director, Corporate Governance and Strategy

As Director of Corporate Governance and Strategy, Deesh Olychick provides oversight to Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s governance processes. In this role, she is responsible for guiding the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan through its operational activities, managing the organization’s nominations and election processes, overseeing government relations, and playing a key role in analyzing and responding to changes in Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s governing legislation.

Deesh holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Efrem Swartz, LLB

Director, Legislation, Ethics and Compliance

As Director of Legislation, Ethics and Compliance, Efrem Swartz oversees the effective management of the investigation, assessment, and resolution of complaints against individuals practising professional engineering and geoscience in British Columbia. He is also responsible for the education and promotion of ethical practice and for the interpretation and enforcement of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act.

Efrem first joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC in November 2013 as the Acting Director of Legislation, Ethics and Compliance. Previously, he founded Swartz Law Corporation, an independent firm specializing in professional regulation, administrative law, and civil litigation. He provided a wide range of legal services to many different professional regulatory bodies. Efrem received both his LLB and Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Megan Archibald

Director, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

As the Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Megan Archibald oversees internal and external communications for the organization, including publication production, consultations and engagement, marketing, advertising, awards, and media relations.

Megan holds a BA in Communications from the University of Winnipeg and has a background in hospitality, tourism, and event management.

Don Gamble

Director, Information Systems

Don Gamble is responsible for the resource planning, implementation, operation, and support of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s information technology and telecommunication systems. His role encompasses strategic planning, project initiation and execution in strategizing, and directing the development and administration of the organization’s information systems, including business analytics, database management and security, systems maintenance and development, and telecommunications.

Don has a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University and strong technical expertise in application development, data and system integration, databases and middleware, and hardware infrastructure. He has many years of senior information systems management experience, most recently as the Director of IT Architecture, Database and Application Servers with the Overwaitea Food Group.

Mark Rigolo, P.Eng.

Director, Programs and Professional Development

Mark Rigolo is responsible for Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s continuing professional development program, the mentoring program, the organization’s regional branches, and the affinity program. He is also responsible for overseeing diversity initiatives established by the organization as well as the oversight and delivery of the annual conference.

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 Associate Director, Engineering Admissions, where he was responsible for improving the efficiency of the registration process along with managing all facets of customer service related to the admission of registrants.

Alicia Tan, CPA, CMA

Associate Director, Finance and Administration

Alicia Tan is the Associate Director, Finance and Administration, for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. She is responsible for overseeing the Finance and Administration Department, including finance, accounting, reporting, budgeting, risk management, and administration.

As a senior finance leader with over 15 years of progressive experience, Alicia is known for her ability to guide and align finance functions with operational needs through her collaborative leadership style. Her past roles include Director of Finance and Controller for SNC-Lavalin's Transportation Division and Group Controller for Houle, where she successfully lead teams in the areas of accounting, finance, statutory, management and project reporting, planning and analysis, financial systems, treasury, and internal controls. She also brings with her substantial experience with major projects such as the Canada Line and the Evergreen Line.

Alicia is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). She holds a Diploma of Technology in financial management through the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Kevin O'Connell

Associate Director, Human Resources

As Associate Director, Human Resources, Kevin manages the human resources function for the organization. Along with providing leadership, interpretation and guidance to the organization’s leadership team on human resource related matters, Kevin also manages the areas of compensation and benefits, staff operating policies, recruitment and selection, onboarding, and the performance review program. He also oversees various organizational development and strategic human resources initiatives, as well as all personnel-related matters.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University and a postgraduate diploma in Human Resources Management from Humber College.

Jason Ong

Associate Director, Engineering Admissions

As Associate Director, Engineering Admissions, Jason Ong is responsible for all applications for the professional engineer, engineer-in-training, and professional licensee engineering designations. This includes the assessment of academic credentials as well as the competency-based assessment of engineering experience.

Jason holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia with majors in Psychology and English Literature.

Lindsay Steele, P.Geo.

Associate Director, Professional Practice

As Associate Director of Professional Practice, Lindsay Steele is responsible for the development and management of practice standards for individual registrants. She oversees the Practice Advice Program, the Continuing Education Program, the individual Audit and Practice Review Programs and the initiation and development of professional practice guidelines and practice advisories.

Lindsay is a registered professional geoscientist with extensive experience in mining and mineral exploration. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Advanced Major in Earth Sciences from St. Francis Xavier University. Her past roles include Project Geologist and General Manager of Geotechnical Services for a mineral exploration company, as well as Junior Mine Geologist for a uranium mine in Saskatchewan.

Kelly Dayman, P.L.Eng.

Associate Director, Regulation of Firms

As Associate Director of Regulation of Firms, Kelly Dayman is responsible for the Regulation of Firms Program including the education, support, auditing, practice review of registrant firms, and the organization’s advisory groups related to registrant firms.

Kelly is a Professional Licensee Engineering with extensive experience in manufacturing and consulting. Kelly is trained as an ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor and has audited firms across Canada, both for ISO 9001 and OQM compliance. He joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC in 2012 to launch the OQM Program and brings the value-added approach of the OQM Program to the regulation of firms.

Neil Russell

Associate Director, Information Systems Development

Neil Russell is the Associate Director of Information Systems Development. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and support of the software services used by the Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s staff, registrants, and the public.

Neil has a B.Sc. in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University and brings many years of experience developing, architecting, and managing software projects ranging from custom software solutions to enterprise system implementations.

Ailene Lim

Associate Director, Programs and Professional Development

As the Associate Director of Programs and Professional Development, Ailene Lim is responsible for managing Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s continuing professional development program, annual conference, and affinity program. In addition, she is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the organization’s diversity and inclusion programming.

Ailene holds a BA in Economics and Communications from Simon Fraser University and has a background in business development, marketing, and event management.