Awarded to members of APEGGA who have attained the highest distinction relating to the science of engineering, geology or geophysics, as an executive or director of an outstanding project or continuing enterprise in which they conducted, guided, directed or were responsible for the practice of the specific profession. The nominee may have also attained the highest distinction by reason of invention, research or original work, or had an outstanding or exemplary career in the teaching of the professions. The nominee will have been a member in good standing with APEGGA for at least five years prior to the date of nomination.

The APEGGA Centennial Leadership Award

Dr. Marshall MacKenzie Williams, P.Eng.

The APEGGA Centennial Leadership Award, the Association's most prestigious honour is awarded to Marshall Williams for his outstanding leadership and achievements in engineering, as well as his contribution to the profession and society.

Marshall Williams was born in Nova Scotia and attended Acadia University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia. His career with TransAlta Utilities Corporation began in 1954, and he advanced through its corporate structure, becoming president in 1973 and chair of the board, and president and chief executive officer in 1984. He held those positions until his retirement in 1991. He has since continued his leadership role within TransAlta, serving as a corporate director and consultant.

In his community, Dr. Williams has served as chairman of the Board of Governors of The Banff Centre, vice-president and trustee of the Manning Awards Foundation, a Jaycee senator, chairman of the United Way of Calgary and Area, a director of the YMCA and an active member of Junior Achievement of Canada. He was also founding president of the Society, Environment & Energy Development Studies (SEEDS) Foundation. In 1986, Dr. Williams was recognized with a Distinguished & Dedicated Service Award from the foundation.

An honorary doctor of engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia was awarded to him in 1978 and an honorary doctor of laws degree from The University of Calgary was bestowed in 1991. As well, he received the first Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Electrical Association in May 1991.

Dr. Williams has played a role in the provincial decision-making process. In January 1995, he was asked by the provincial treasurer to chair the Alberta Financial Review Commission, charged with reviewing the financial position of the province. The report was completed with a six-week deadline, presented to the public and formed the basis for Premier Klein's spending reforms and balancing of the province's budget.

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