Winter 2024 – ED Update

We’re finally through the darkest days of the year and are moving closer to the equinox. It’s been a busy couple of months at NAPEG as we opened membership renewals, awarded scholarships, celebrated the holidays, kicked off our 2024 elections, and began planning the 2024 Professional Development Symposium. 

We’ve also been working with the Government of the Northwest Territories to continue to work towards incoming regulatory changes to the professional practice of engineering and geoscience.

Learn about this and more in this winter edition of the Winter 2024 – ED Update below. 



NAPEG Education Foundation 2023/2024 Scholarships


The NAPEG Education Foundation offers scholarships to undergraduate students to encourage the achievement of excellence in engineering and geoscience professions in the North. Congratulations to all of the 2023/2024 recipients, who include:

Graduate Scholarships:

Seth Aumond, M.Eng Candidate, Concordia University

Justin Kokoszka, M.Sc. Candidate, University of Northern British Columbia

Jade Lockie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia


Undergraduate Scholarships

Lily Allison, mechanical engineering, University of Victoria

Ethan Aumond, mechanical engineering, University of Waterloo

Jacob Bailey, engineering, University of Calgary

Isabella Karl, engineering, University of Alberta

Stella Wong, B.Sc. Applied Science engineering, University of British Columbia





Rock and Roll Social 

NAPEG Members and Members-in-Training pictured at the Rock and Roll social event on November 28, 2024.


We had a great time at the Rock and Roll social in November at Kingpin Bowling in Yellowknife with NAPEG members and members-in-training. Pizza, beverages and a bit of healthy competition were enjoyed by all. Thank you to everyone who joined us! 




NAPEG’s 2024 Elections 


NAPEG’s 2024 Elections are now open. Elections are being held for the offices of President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, and three Councillors. Any NAPEG Member in-good-standing may appear on the ballot by having support and signatures of five (5) NAPEG Members. Annual dues for 2024 (as applicable under NAPEG Acts and bylaws) must be paid to run for election, to nominate and to vote during the election.

Important dates:

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2024 (5:00 p.m. MST) 

Electronic voting opens: April 19, 2024 

Polls close: May 1, 2024 (Noon MDT)

Annual General Meeting: May 15, 2024


For more information and for the forms, click here.



You’re Invited: 2024 Bridge Building Competition 


You’re invited to NAPEG’s annual Bridge Building Competition. Students from across Northwest Territories and Nunavut will have their bridges tested for strength and design.


March 2, 2024
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Visitor’s Centre, Centre Square Mall
Yellowknife, NWT

Registration is required. Please email



2024 Professional Development Symposium


The wheels are already in motion planning the upcoming 2024 Professional Development Symposium: Building A Resilient North: People, Projects and Professions.


Save the date to attend from May 16 – 17th, 2024 at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife.

Here’s a sneak peek on a couple confirmed topics and speakers (titles subject to change):


  • Examining Pipe Breaks in Iqaluit’s Water Supply Network – Andrew Colomba, PhD., P.Eng., National Research Council of Canada 
  • Energy Challenges in Nunavut and Renewable Energy Initiatives – Taufik Haroon, P.Eng., Qulliq Energy Corporation 
  • Processed Kimberlite to Mine Workings – Rebecca Saari, P.Eng., Diavik Diamond Mine


Registration to attend will open in early March – stay tuned!



The Regulation of Professional Engineering and Geoscience in the Northwest Territories is Changing 

On October 3rd, 2023, after many years of collaborative work between NAPEG and the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly passed Bill 93. This thrusted the new Practice of Engineering, Geoscience and Applied Science Technology Act into action.

The new, modernized Act will help match industry standards in the territory to other Canadian jurisdictions and it will give NAPEG authority and duties that have become common in other professional associations in Canada. 

The new Act will require significant work by NAPEG drafting bylaws and new policies – work that has already begun and will continue to roll out in a staged approach over the next two to three years. To learn about what these new changes will concentrate on, read more here.


Thanks for reading!


Vince McCormick 

ED and Registrar, NAPEG