Councillor Profiles 2018/2019
K.V. (Kathy) Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, teaches mechanical engineering at Camosun College, in Victoria, and at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, and is Principal at the Lokhorst Group Ventures Inc. Dr. Tarnai-Lokhorst has served in the education sector in academic and institutional governance, and in Engineers and Geoscientists BC on Council, on the Mentoring, Governance, Audit, and Executive Committees, on the ASTTBC Joint Board, as Chair of the Foundation, as well as at the division and branch level for many years. Her industrial experience is primarily in aircraft manufacturing and design. Dr. Tarnai-Lokhorst received her Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and her Doctorate in Social Sciences from Royal Roads University, which focused on an educational solution to the gender imbalance currently existing in engineering and geoscience. This year marks her term as President on Council.
H. (Harlan) Kelly, P.Eng., P.E., is a private consultant, previously a Vice President and CEO, with Opus DaytonKnight and Dayton & Knight respectively. In prior years he worked as a private consultant and as a project engineer with McElhanney as well as the GVRD. Harlan has worked in the environmental engineering discipline for water resources including wastewater, drainage, irrigation, and drinking water facilities throughout the province and in North America as well as Japan and New Zealand. He has been an adjunct professor and taught at UBC for over 12 years. He served on Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s council preciously for 6 years where he volunteered on several committees. He was also a past Board Member of BCWWA where he served as President. Harlan has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and Master’s of Engineering from UBC. He has published over 70 papers and received several awards from his peers for his engineering contributions.
C.J.E. (Caroline) Andrewes, P.Eng., CPA, CMA, is an independent consultant working in Vancouver. She previously worked as a Director with Creation Technologies (Burnaby), and a Senior Engineer at Ballard Power Systems (Burnaby). Ms. Andrewes was first elected to Council in 2014, and has volunteered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as Treasurer, Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division, as a member of the Standing Awards Committee, she has served on the Governance, Audit, and Executive Committees and President (2017–2018). Ms. Andrewes received her Bachelor of Engineering Science in materials engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 1998. She is currently Immediate Past president of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
D.W. (Doug) Barry, P.Eng., has a 32 year career in BC’s natural gas industry. Roles included Manager of Operations Excellence and Operations Management Systems at Enbridge and Director of Field Engineering for Western Canadian operations at Spectra Energy. He also served in a variety of other Directorial positions with focus on safety, environmental stewardship, regulatory compliance, and efficiency. Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has been involved in Engineers and Geoscientists BC activities for several years as a volunteer and Past Chair of the Peace River Branch as well as a member of the Nominating Committee, the Elections & Nominations Task Force, the Registration Committee, the Audit Committee and the Continuing Professional Development Committee. Doug has served on Council since 2017.
A. (Antigone) Dixon-Warren, P.Geo., is a Senior Project Manager with BC Hydro. Previously, Antigone worked for various local, provincial and state governments including Corporation of Delta, Township of Langley, Province of BC, and State of Illinois. Antigone has volunteered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC in various capacities, including serving as the Chair of the Geoscience Committee and as Member of the Mentoring Committee. Antigone has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Master of Science in Earth Sciences from Simon Fraser University and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. She is actively involved in her community and currently serves on the board of the New West Hospice Society.
C.J. (Catherine) Hickson, P.Geo., FGC, is Chief Operations Officer and Director at Dajin Resources Corp. She is also President of Tuya Terra Geo Corp and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at the University of British Columbia. Previous to this Dr. Hickson was Vice President of Exploration and Chief Geologist at Alterra Power Corp as well as a Research Scientist Level 5 at the Geological Survey of Canada. Dr. Hickson earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology and her Doctor of Philosophy in Geology from the University of British Columbia. She has served Engineers and Geoscientists BC's in several capacities over the years. She is President of Geothermal Canada and is actively involved in her community in a variety of roles including President of the Wells Gray Wilderness Society. Dr. Hickson is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the University of the Fraser Valley as well as the Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s C.J. Westerman Memorial Award.
S. (Susan) MacDougall, P.Eng., is a Principal and Building Energy Advisor at Focal Engineering Inc. and has worked in the building industry for nearly 15 years. She has continuously volunteered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC during that time. Mrs. MacDougall earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Hons. 1st Class) from Queen’s University.
Mrs. MacDougall has an impressive volunteer history with several respected organizations that reflect her passions for sustainability and supporting women in STEM, such as IBPSA BC (the provincial energy modelling association) as Chair, the YWCA Metro Vancouver as a High School Mentor, Light House Sustainable Building Centre as a Director, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a triathlete, and World Vision as a Child Sponsor and volunteer for more than 20 years.
L. (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 Masters 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 APEG 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.
B. (Brock) Nanson, P.Eng., is a Civil Engineer serving as the Director of Engineering and Construction Services at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Previous to this he was a consulting Civil Engineer working in the land development and municipal engineering markets. Mr. Nanson earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Kamloops chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, and as Vice President of the Tesla Owners Club of BC.
R.N. (Nimal) Rajapakse, P.Eng., is a Professor at the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University and was, until November 2016, the Vice-President (Research and International) of Carleton University, Ottawa. Previous to this he was Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He was Head of and a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia from 2000 to 2007. He was a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba from 1985 to 2000. Dr. Rajapakse earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Sri Lanka and his Masters in Engineering in Structural Engineering and his Doctor in Engineering in Structural Engineering at the Asian Institute of Technology. He has served in a variety of capacities including as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Electricity Human Resources Canada, as a Member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Health Technology Initiatives for the City of Surrey, as a Member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Clean Energy Initiatives for the City of Surrey, as well as a Member of the Examination Board of the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (APEGM). Dr. Rajapakse is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award by Engineers and Geoscientists BC in 2005. He is actively involved in his community as a Benefactor for the Maithree Orphanage for Girls in Colombo, Sri Lanka and was also a Volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in both British Columbia and Manitoba.
L.B. (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's of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has more than 30 years of experience as an engineer, during which he has worked in project management and several other capacities. This year is his third on Council where he has served on the Registration Committee, Professional Practice Committee, Governance Committee and now on the Executive Committee.
K.P. (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.
Mr. Turner 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 to 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 to 2014 and currently serves on the Mentoring Committee. Mr. Turner 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.
J.D. (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 UBC Tri-Mentoring Program.
T.C. (Tim) Watson, P.Eng., In May 2018 Tim joined the board of Southern Peaks Mining as an independent director. He retired as Senior Vice President at Teck Resources Limited in April 2018 and, previous to this, was the Senior Vice President of Project Development at Teck as well as the Chief Operating Officer of the Power and Process Division at AMEC. Tim earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of British Columbia as well as completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He serves as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
A.J. (Alan) Andison, BA, LLB, is 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. Mr. Andison 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.
S. (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.
L.R. (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.
D. (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. Mr. Wells 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.