Jim Beckett Appointed as Engineers Canada President

YELLOWKNIFE, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Engineers Canada is pleased to welcome W. James Beckett, FEC, P.Eng., as its president for the 2013-2014 term. Mr. Beckett will lead the Engineers Canada Board in support of the provincial and territorial engineering regulatory bodies, representing the over 250,000 members of the profession, to build a stronger engineering profession and to increase Canadian's awareness of the contributions of engineers to society.

Mr. Beckett was born and educated in Edmonton, Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta, where he obtained a B.Sc. (with distinction) in electrical engineering. He was a member of the university's Board of Governors, the University Senate, the university's Engineering Advisory Board and has been the Alumni Association's president, vice-president and faculty advisor.

Jim retired in his 37th year of working with the ATCO Utilities Group, rising to the position of executive vice-president, regulatory and chief regulatory officer, and is now principal at Beckett Consulting.

He is a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, was the association's president in 2009-2010 and has represented the association on the Engineers Canada Board since 2010. He has been a member of numerous Engineers Canada committees and is currently a Board representative on Engineers Canada's Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Beckett will be joined by the following members of the Executive Committee: Past-President Catherine Karakatsanis, FEC, FCAE, P.Eng. (PEO); President-Elect Paul Amyotte, FEC, P.Eng. (Engineers Nova Scotia); Zaki Ghavitian, FIC, ing., M.ing. (OIQ); Rick Kullman, FEC, P.Eng. (APEGS); Darryl Benson, FEC, P.Eng. (PEGNL); and Engineers Canada's Chief Executive Officer Kim Allen, FEC, P.Eng. They will be supported by the Engineers Canada staff in Ottawa.

Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 250,000 members of the engineering profession. Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.


SOURCE: Engineers Canada

For further information:

William Meyer
Manager, Communications
(613) 232-2474, ext. 249


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