Director's Brief


January 2021

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Dear fellow SPE members, 

Wishing you and family a very Happy and Healthy New Year! 

I am so glad that the year 2020 is over as it has been a very difficult one for most of us. The happy memory that stood out for me was the virtual SPE North America Holiday Party when I was able to greet and meet with many members from Canada, Mexico and USA. I welcomed and enjoyed the chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.  

I look forward to the year 2021. The best news is that the Covid-19 vaccines have been approved, and millions of doses are being distributed. I begin to see a glimmer of hope because many of us will be able to get the shots within several months. The “normal and happy” days will be here again. For the time being, we should continue to wear the facemask, wash hands often and keep social distances. 

I strongly encourage you to renew your SPE membership. SPE provides opportunities for us to learn technical and business management and leadership skills. One excellent example is the distribution of Regional Event Monthly Calendar for you to sign up and attend technical talks being streamed in the GC, SWNA and WNA regions. As a member, you can also attend the Distinguished Lectures and conferences at discounted rates. SPE also facilitates the networking among members so we can improve our career, job and business connections. The SPE membership is a great investment for our future. 

I also encourage you to nominate a colleague for SPE Awards. You are letting your colleagues know that their efforts and contribution are being noticed. It will motivate them to improve our profession’s technical knowledge and to keep the sections and student chapters going. The deadline for the International Awards will be February 21, and that for the Regional Awards will be March 1. Thanks for considering nominating colleagues. 

Again, may your 2021 be healthy and prosperous. I miss you and look forward to the days when we can meet face-to-face again.

Steve Cheung
SPE Regional Director - North America (GC/SWNA/WNA)