Councillor Profiles 2019/2020

President

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 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. This year marks her term as President on Council.

Vice President

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 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 marks his term as Vice President on Council.

 

Immediate Past President

Dr. K.V. (Katherina) Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), 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. Katherina 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. Katherina received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, her Master 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 Immediate Past President on Council.

Councillors

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.


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. Susan earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Hons. 1st Class) from Queen’s University.

She 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.


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, Brock was a consulting Civil Engineer working in the land development and municipal engineering markets. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Brock 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.


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.

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.


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 University of British Columbia Tri-Mentoring Program.


N. (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 Bachelor and Master Degrees 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.


C.E. (Christine) Plante, 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.


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T. (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.


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M.A. (Mark) Adams, P.Eng., is currently Director of Global Proposals Management at 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 degree 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.


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Dr. B. (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

A.J. (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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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.

 
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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. 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.


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.