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McIntosh Perry geoscientist named president of APGO

I feel honoured to be in the role and I am following in the footsteps of several great geoscientists.

A professional at McIntosh Perry now holds a prestigious position with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Mark Priddle, Vice-President of Private Sector Services at McIntosh Perry, was recently named the president of the APGO, after serving a year-long term as vice president of the organization.

APGO governs the practice of professional geoscience in Ontario and reports to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines. The legislation protects the public and investors by establishing a regulated association of geoscientists with the power to admit only qualified persons, to encourage continuing professional competence, to discipline members for professional misconduct and to prevent unqualified individuals from practising.

Priddle is no stranger to the organization, as he has been involved for eight years in various roles. In fact, his resume includes vast professional experience, being active in the fields of hydrogeology, geochemistry, and contaminant issues for almost 30 years.

Priddle said he is looking forward to leading the regulatory body for a year, with the help of an engaged council which governs the affairs and business of the association. “I feel honoured to be in the role and I am following in the footsteps of several great geoscientists,” he said.

Priddle notes three things he looks forward to focusing on in the coming months: promoting professionalism, inspiring volunteers as well as their employers, and continuing the road to mobility across the country.

“We are all well-trained in technical skills, but the challenges that come up regularly relate more to being a professional,” he said, specifically referencing ethics and legal issues.

In terms of encouraging volunteers, Priddle said the organization always has opportunities for more willing people in various roles, noting that even though the APGO is a regulatory body with staff in Toronto, much of the work is undertaken by volunteers.

Lastly, he said it’s still difficult for geoscientists to practice in other jurisdictions without becoming fully registered in other provinces.  “This is a challenge as many of us work for large companies with offices across the country or, by the nature of our profession, we have to work at mines and contaminated sites across Canada. I would like to make this simpler,” he said.

Priddle, who oversees services at McIntosh Perry such as environmental science and engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, land development and land use planning services, still enjoys technical work primarily in the field of environmental geoscience.

He said that the management of McIntosh Perry’s engineering and related professional services firm supports and encourages its staff members to take on roles within professional organizations. This allows staff to learn and share information about market trends with a specialized peer group that may not be internally available.

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