Staff Leadership 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.

Jason Ong

Director, Registration

Jason has been with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a member of the Registration Department since 2008. Throughout his time with the organization, he has held a variety of positions and has been a part of the department’s management team since 2012. Jason holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia with majors in Psychology and English Literature.

As Director, Registration, Jason Ong is responsible for all applications for professional registrant and trainee status for engineering and geoscience. This includes oversight of the registration process and in particular the review of academic credentials and the evaluation of experience through competency-based assessment.

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.

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.

Ailene Lim

Acting Director, Programs and Professional Development

As the Acting Director of Programs and Professional Development, Ailene Lim is responsible for the strategizing, planning, and directing the development and administration of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s programs including the continuing education program, annual conference, mentoring, branches, career awareness, and affinity program. In addition, she is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.

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

Alicia Tan, CPA, CMA

Director, Finance

Alicia Tan is the Director, Finance, 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

Director, Human Resources & Facilities

As Director, Human Resources & Facilities, 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.

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.

Rohan Hill

Associate Director, Legal

As Associate Director, Legal, Rohan Hill is responsible for the management of unauthorized practice and misuse of title enforcement, as well as providing internal legal and strategic advice to staff, senior leadership, and Council, on all aspects of corporate governance, interpretation of and compliance with the Professional Governance Act, privacy matters, and contractual obligations.

Rohan is a lawyer with a background in litigation and privacy and holds a JD from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Rohan was a litigator in private practice at a national law firm. Rohan also holds a Certified Information Privacy Manager designation from the IAPP.

Jesse Romano

Associate Director, Investigation and Discipline

As Associate Director, Investigation and Discipline, Jesse Romano oversees the complaint, investigation, and discipline processes related to conduct complaints against registrants, as well as manages the Investigation and Discipline Team in the carrying out of processes related to complaints under the Professional Governance Act and Bylaws. Jesse supports the Investigation Committee and the Discipline Committee of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Jesse joined Engineers and Geoscientists BC in 2016 as an Investigator and has been part of the management team since 2017. Jesse holds a BA in Political Sciences from Trent University. Prior to joining Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Jesse was employed with a regulator conducting audits and investigations of private post-secondary education institutions.