D.A. Lindberg Centre Honours
Memory of Former President
friends and colleagues of the late Dennis A. Lindberg, P.Eng., gathered
as an APEGGA conference centre named in his honour was officially opened
on Nov. 24.
The D.A. Lindberg Conference Centre, which is dedicated to the memory
of APEGGA's 1997-98 President, forms part of the APEGGA head office in
Edmonton. The facility is designed to accommodate a variety of APEGGA
functions and activities. Equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual,
computer and Internet access, as well as video conference capabilities,
the centre will be the venue for APEGGA Council meetings scheduled for
Edmonton. (The first Council meeting was held Nov. 25.) It also is expected
to provide meeting space for APEGGA committees and boards, professional
development seminars, issue forums, corporate receptions, discipline hearings
During the dedication event, a framed photo of Dennis was unveiled by
Mrs. Jacquie Lindberg and APEGGA President Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng. The
portrait has been placed prominently in the lobby of the conference centre.
Mr. Danyluk paid tribute to the dedication that Mr. Lindberg, who be
came ill during his
term and passed away shortly after it was completed, demonstrated to his
profession over many years.
"It is because of this dedication over the years, that we dedicate this
facility to his name," Mr. Danyluk told the gathering.
APEGGA Past President Dan Motyka, P.Eng., recalled the wise counsel and
encouragement his predecessor provided in moving APEGGA forward in a number
of areas, including toward a new governance structure. Mr. Motyka also
praised the courage with which Mr. Lindberg contributed to the Association
as his health deteriorated. "We remember Dennis fondly and, for decades
to come, this room will remind us of Dennis."
In thanking APEGGA for the efforts that went into the centre and the
dedication ceremony, Jacquie Lindberg said: "I know that the greatest
honour that Dennis could have been given was to be recognized for his
contributions to APEGGA, which was his passion, and to engineering, which
was also his passion."
"WE REMEMBER DENNIS FONDLY AND, FOR DECADES TO COME, THIS ROOM
WILL REMIND US OF DENNIS." APEGGA Past
President Dan Motyka, P.Eng.
Executive Director Capital Projects Property Development with Alberta
Infrastructure Hoang Le, P.Eng., brought greetings from the provincial
government and Infrastructure Minister Ed Stelmach. Mr. Le noted Mr. Lindberg's
efforts to develop good working relationships with the provincial government,
other associations and technical societies. He added that the centre will
"foster the teamwork which has been exemplified by Dennis Lindberg".
Those attending the dedication included representatives from Thurber
Engineering, the geotechnical engineering firm with which Mr. Lindberg
was associated for many years. Thurber Principal Dimitri Papanicolas,
P.Eng., and Mr. Danyluk unveiled a painting which the firm donated to
the centre in Mr. Lindberg's memory. Following the unveiling of the painting
by Alberta artist W.H. Webb, Mr. Papanicolas said: "Dennis was totally
dedicated to Thurber Engineering from where he practiced his profession
to his fullest."
The Thurber official spoke of his firm's expansion under Mr. Lindberg's
leadership. He also drew attention to his mentorship role and his ability
to provide "practical, down-to-earth engineering solutions" -- especially
in his special area of expertise, landslides.
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