Environmental Excellence Award

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Mr. Larry Staples, P.Eng.


Mr. Larry Staples, P.Eng., has 30 years of experience leading engineering consulting and research organizations. After graduating with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta, he joined the Arctic Group of EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., and then worked for A.V. Carlson Construction Corp., providing building science advice to design teams. As one of the original employees of C-FER, he was instrumental in growing the industry research consortium to a 60-employee R&D service company with an international reputation.

As Vice-President of Russell Technologies Inc., Mr. Staples led the spinoff of a high-technology business to inspect municipal water lines, and is named as a co-inventor on two U.S. patent applications for water line evaluation methodologies. He serves on the Board of the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company, a Mississauga firm that has won numerous Ontario and Canadian awards for exporting Canadian high-technology services to the U. S. and abroad. Mr. Staples currently heads the business development activities for the Prairie Region of Acuren Group Inc., Canada’s pre-eminent materials engineering and testing consultancy.

Mr. Staples is also well known for his volunteer leadership in APEGGA, spanning almost three decades, as well as with a variety of technical societies and community organizations. He lives in Edmonton with his wife, Moira, and they have four wonderful adult children, a great son-in-law and a granddaughter. He enjoys the outdoors generally and backpacking particularly.

Professional Affiliations and Activities

    - Member, Council (2004-present; 1982-1985)
    - Chair, Strategic Planning Task Force (2004-2005)
    - Member, Professionalism and Ethics Committee (2002-2004)
    - Member, Chair, Discipline Committee (1996-2004; 1983-1985)
    - Chair, Permit to Practice Task Force (1993-1994)
    - Member, Chair, Practice Review Board (1987-1993)
    - Member, CSEG / CSPG / APEGGA Liaison Committee (1985-1989)
    - Member, Chair, Career Development Advisory Committee (1977-1981)
    - Member (1974-present)

  • Edmonton Citizens Advisory Board – Salvation Army (2000-2004)

  • Board of Directors, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Society (1999-2004)

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (1992-present)   

  • Associate Warden, Warden, Honorary Warden, Camp VI - Iron Ring (1989-present)

  • Annual lecturer on engineering ethics for University of Alberta ENGG 400 class (1985-2004)

  • Member, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (1974-present)

  • Elected as Fellow (2001)

  • Edmonton Section Executive (1989-1993; 1979-1981)