APRIL 2008 Issue





APEGGA Past-President David Chalcroft, P.Eng., left, shakes hands with Lt.-Gov. Norman L. Kwon, after receiving the Consulting Engineers of Alberta’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement. Mr. Chalcroft received the honour during the CEA’s Showcase Awards, Feb. 1, in Edmonton. Despite an award-winning career of service to his profession and industry, Mr. Chalcroft downplayed his own accomplishments. More important is that the award reflects the respect consulting engineering has earned in society, Mr. Chalcroft said. For more on the Showcase Awards, visit www.cea.ca and check out the February Bullet, under Publications.

Report on Business has named PCL Constructors Inc. one of the top 10 employers in Canada. PCL has moved up in the ranks from last year, to third from fifth.

Every year, the magazine names its top 50 best employers in Canada. It compiles surveys from more than 100,000 employees, 1,400 leaders and 115 human resources professionals.

PCL also made Alberta Venture magazine’s list of the best workplaces in Alberta. Based on detailed questionnaires companies filled out online at the magazine’s website, a panel of judges selected the winners in each of 11 categories.

Permit holders on the Venture list are Midwest Surveys Inc., topping the field as Best Workplace for Health and Safety. PCL won for Best Work Place for Training and Development, and Best Overall Workplace for over 500 employees. Crescent Point Energy Trust took home top honours for Best Workplace for Benefits, Perks and Incentives.

TV Stars in the Making
Look out Gemini Awards: Brian Fleck, P.Eng., and Marc Huot, E.I.T., are the next Canadian idols. To us, at least.

The pair star on Project X, a new, weekly half-hour TV series on CBC. A team of scientific sleuths search for answers to fascinating and relevant science questions.

“This is not geared to an academic audience. It is for everyone else, although even academics may find it amusing,” says Mr. Fleck. “Our aim is to make science fun and cool, and to convey that education is fun and forward-looking.”

Project X airs Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Oilweek Readers Choose Husky
For the second time in five years, Husky Energy is the Oilweek Producer of the Year.

The magazine’s readers were asked to rate producers based on revenue performance, success in risks taken and new avenues of business. From the choices of Husky Energy, Petro-Canada, Harvest Energy Trust and Galleon Energy Trust, readers chose Husky as the 2007 winner by a healthy margin.

This is the first time in Oilweek’s 59-year history readers have selected the Producer of the Year.

Total revenue for Husky grew to $12.7 billion from $10.3 billion, due largely to the White Rose oilfield deal in Newfoundland and the Wenchang sweet crude project southwest of Hong Kong, as well as the discovery of four-to-six-trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the South China Sea.

Getting Bigger
Alberta Venture has again listed those companies whose growth has surpassed all others. Among them are a number of APEGGA permit holders.

In the category for over $20 million in revenue, the top 25 names on the magazine’s list include Tarpon Energy Services Ltd., Divestco Inc., Breaker Energy Inc., Canadian Sub-Surface Energy Services, Phoenix Tech Income Trust, Crescent Point Energy Trust, Willbros Canada, Focus Corporation, Flexpipe Systems, Bankers Petroleum Ltd., Hemisphere GPS Inc. and Design Group Staffing Inc.

The list of those with under $20 million in revenue includes Micralyne Inc., Decision Dynamics Technology Inc., Cyntech Corporation and Mentor Engineering Inc.