to a member of APEGGA who has 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 the member has conducted, guided or directed
or was responsible for the practice of the specific profession.
The nominee may have also attained the highest distinction
because of invention, research or original work, or an outstanding
or exemplary career in teaching the professions".
Dr. William A. Slusarchuk,
Dr. William Slusarchuk recently retired as
president of Calgary-based AMEC Earth and Environmental Ltd. after
more than 37 years in geotechnical research, engineering and management.
Dr. Slusarchuk is a specialist
in geotechnical, pipeline and permafrost engineering, and since
1966 he has been involved in geotechnical and permafrost activities
in the areas of thaw settlement, frost heave, slope stability, foundation
design and geothermal analysis related to pipelines and landfill
Dr. Slusarchuk received a
degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1963,
a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of
Guelph in 1967 and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Rutgers
University in New Jersey in 1971. Most of his graduate research
was in frozen soil and frost heave.
In 1970, Dr. Slusarchuk joined the National
Research Council (NRC), Division of Building Research, as a Research
Officer. He continued his research in permafrost engineering with
emphasis on the design of gas and oil pipelines in northern areas.
With Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Research Ltd. he participated in the
design, instrumentation and analysis of a full-scale buried hot oil
pipeline at a test facility in Inuvik. He established a permafrost
laboratory at the NRC, and taught an evening graduate course in permafrost
engineering at the University of Ottawa.
He joined AMEC Earth and
Environmental (R.M. Hardy & Associates at that time) in 1973
as Senior Geotechnical Engineer and held positions as Geotechnical
Division Manager, Calgary Area Manager and General Manager - Prairie
Division, before being appointed as President in 1985.
Dr. Slusarchuk became President
of Hardy Associates (1978) Ltd., an employee owned firm with a staff
of 200 and revenue of $13 million. In 1986, AGRA Industries (now
AMEC Inc.) purchased the shares of Hardy employees. He was appointed
to lead a combination of Hardy Associates and BBT Geotechnical Consultants
that AGRA owned. At that time, Dr. Slusarchuk went on a mission
to build the firm through acquisitions and steady internal growth.
Under his leadership, several major acquisitions were made and upon
retirement in December 2000, the company had an organization of
2500 staff throughout Canada, the U.S. and internationally.
The list of projects that
Dr. Slusarchuk has been closely involved in includes Enbridge's
Norman Wells to Zama Oil Pipeline project, Esso/Gulf/Dome Beaufort
Sea Regional Clearance Program, Polar Gas pipeline, Foothills Gas
Pipeline and Arctic Gas Pipeline. More recently, he has been involved
with the two new projects to bring natural gas from Prudhoe Bay
and the Mackenzie Delta to southern markets.
Dr. Slusarchuk was a member
of a number of associations including the Canadian Geotechnical
Society, the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation
Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Permafrost
Subcommittee of the National Research Council, and the Calgary Chamber
of Commerce. He also on the council of APEGGA and the Board of Directors
of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta.
2001 David T. Lynch, P.Eng.,
2000 J. Lagadin, P.Eng.
1999 J.E.C. Carter, P.Eng.
1998 W. H. Dilger, P.Eng., PhD
1997 D. J. L. Kennedy, P.Eng., PhD
1996 M. M. Williams, P.Eng.
1995 L. T. Bruton, P.Eng., PhD
1994 G. J. Maier, P.Eng., FCAE
1993 F. D. Otto, P.Eng., PhD
1992 A. R. Pasini, P.Eng.
1991 A. G. Slekys, P.Eng., PhD
1990 W. Taciuk, P.Eng.
1989 C. W. Bowman, P.Eng., PhD
1988 A. B. Coady, P.Eng.
1987 A. W. Howard, P.Eng.
1986 J. G. MacGregor, P.Eng.
1985 G. M. Furnival, P.Geol., PhD
1984 N. R. Morgenstern, P.Eng.
1983 Award not presented
1982 R. O. Lindseth, P.Geoph.
1981 R. A. Hemstock, P.Eng.
1980 D. B. Robinson, P.Eng., PhD
1979 C. R. Stelck, P.Geol.
1978 W. A. B. Saunders, P.Eng.
1977 R. N. McManus, P.Eng.
1976 F. K. Spragins, P.Eng.
1975 G. Ford, P. Eng., PhD
1974 N. A. Lawrence, P.Eng.
1973 R. E. Follinsbee, P.Geol., PhD
1972 T. Blench, P.Eng.
1971 L. E. Gads, P.Eng.
1970 L. A. Thorssen, P.Eng.
1969 G. W. Govier, P.Eng.
1968 R. M. Hardy, P.Eng.
1967 J. C. Sproule, P.Geol.