Centennial Leadership Award o John Lagadin, P.Eng. (Calgary)
John Lagadin has changed the face of the natural gas industry by way
of his vision and determination. A man of firsts, Mr. Lagadin and his
team launched Energy Exchange Inc. in 1994, now Altra Energy Technologies,
the first commodity styled electronic exchange for the purchase and
sale of natural gas in North America. That same year his keen business
sense led Mr. Lagadin to begin the conceptualization of a competitive
new grassroots pipeline project - the Alliance Pipeline. Incorporating
Mr. Lagadin's innovative high pressure mixed gas pipeline technology,
the 3,080 kilometre pipeline stretching from northern British Columbia
to Chicago is expected to be in service by October 1, 2000. Mr. Lagadin
also holds two Canadian patents for his work.
L.C. Charlesworth Professional Service Award o J.A. (Tony) Howard, P.Eng.
There are those who actively seek the spotlight. Others come by it reluctantly,
by virtue of the way they conduct themselves personally and in business.
Such is the case with Tony Howard, who for years has worked assiduously
behind the scenes of the Association to advance its professional status.
His energy, enthusiasm and passion for improving the professions is
evidenced in his involvement on numerous APEGGA committees, his service
on Council and the Executive Committee and as a past president of the
Association. He is currently a director of The APEGGA Education Foundation.
Excellence in Education Award o Anil K. Mehrotra, P.Eng., PhD (Calgary)
The first recipient of this award, Anil Mehrotra has demonstrated a
genuine concern for his students and an enviable enthusiasm for teaching.
Since 1989 he has served as professor and associate head of graduate
studies at the University of Calgary. Dr. Mehrotra has shown outstanding
leadership in advancing the theory, learning and practice of engineering
in an educational environment by introducing three new experimental
apparatus for use in undergraduate courses. He also participated in
the development of a B.Sc. in Oil and Gas Engineering Program at the
university and in the creation of courses by the Faculty of Engineering
for continuous professional development.
Membership o Hon. Stan Woloshyn, MLA (Edmonton)
As Minister of Public Works, Supply and Services until 1999, Stan Woloshyn
was responsible for the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions
(EGGP) Act, an Alberta government statute governing the practice of
these professions. A true visionary, Mr. Woloshyn imparted his innovative
leadership and understanding of the role of self-governing professions,
finding appropriate ways to acknowledge the significant role engineering
technologists play on the engineering team. His philosophies and dedication
to improving the working environments for all engineering and geoscience
professionals was genuinely inspirational.
Membership o Robert E. McTague (Calgary)
Robert McTague appreciates, supports and reinforces the concepts of
professionalism and professional ethics that are of paramount importance
to APEGGA. With his superior knowledge of engineering design, project
and construction management and cost estimating, Mr. McTague, as President
of Optima Engineers and Constructors Inc., has courageously built the
company into a major firm in which business and engineering thrive.
A man of esteemed character and mentor for many employees and clients,
Mr. McTague was instrumental in helping to establish the Chair in Project
Management at the University of Calgary. He continues to impart his
initiative and leadership as a lecturer in the university's Project
Management Specialization Program.
Honorary Life Membership o Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng. (Calgary)
Darrel Danyluk has shown notable service and worked to strengthen the
image of APEGGA's membership in the eyes of employers, government, the
community and academia. Mr. Danyluk was instrumental in formulating
a Memorandum of Understanding between the Consulting Engineers of Alberta
(CEA) and APEGGA, recognizing and defining the relationship and responsibilities
between the two organizations. He speaks widely on the value of the
engineering profession and the need for broadened skill development
for engineering students. As chief operating officer of Reid Crowther
& Partners Ltd. he has developed partnerships with local schools
to promote engineering as a profession. He completed his term as President
of the Association this year.
Community Service Award o David Irvine-Halliday, P.Eng., PhD (Calgary)
This award goes to David Irvine-Halliday for his outstanding commitment
to voluntary service, inspiring professionals to put the needs of others
before their own. Dr. Irvine-Halliday has made a serious commitment
to his community over the years, raising money for aboriginal athletes
and local hospitals through his involvement with the Calgary Roadrunners
Club. Since the early nineties, Dr. Irvine-Halliday has served as chair
of the Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC), promoting engineering
as a career to young women and is a founding member of the TriCouncil
on Education. He is currently a member of the Everest 2000 team now
making its ascent in Nepal.
APEGGA Frank Spragins Technical Award o Gérard Lachapelle, P.Eng.,
Gérard Lachapelle's outstanding dedication is evidenced in his
exemplary contributions towards the development and commercialization
of satellite-based positioning and navigation technology. A pioneer
in the field of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), he was a founding
member of Calgary-based Nortech Surveys (Inc.) and Norstar Instruments.
His efforts in the area of GPS are recognized internationally and used
by organizations such the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and Transport Canada.
Mr. Lachapelle is the head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering
at the University of Calgary and owner of G. Lachapelle Consultant Inc.
APEGGA Project Achievement Award o Wabasca Horizontal Well Network Drilling
How do you develop a heavy oil play where above average rainfall makes
constructing roads on muskeg nearly impossible? The Wabasca Resource
Development Team of Amoco Canada Petroleum realized that success could
be achieved by drilling longer than conventional horizontal wells from
frozen, winter access only sites and communicating them through a networked
system from one permanent surface conduit location. The outcomes were
astounding, resulting in significant cost and operational benefits.
A major win was also achieved on the environmental side, reducing permanent
surface access and flowline requirements. The innovative model of extended
reach wells conceived and executed by Albertans on this project has
been copied, and is being used successfully in Venezuela to reduce the
impact of oil and gas development on the environment.