"This award is presented to members of APEGGA in recognition of an outstanding contribution they have made to society."


David Pickersgill, P.Eng.

David Pickersgill, P.Eng., graduated in 1961 from McGill University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. In 1965, he joined Con-Force Structures (Genstar Structures) and made rapid progress in the organization. In 1988, he led a management buyout and served until 1993 as president and chief executive officer of the company (Con-Force Structures Limited). Currently, he is both chair and CEO of Con-Force.

Mr. Pickersgill's involvement in community-based and professional activities began at an early age and has continued throughout his entrepreneurial career.

From 1952 to 1969, Mr. Pickersgill concentrated on youth development causes by serving with organizations such as the Regina and Montreal YMCAs and the Regina Basketball Associations. The focus of this early community work was intended to provide personal growth opportunities to less fortunate children.

In 1980, he served as chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, and in 1984, he was elected president of the Canadian Prestressed Concrete Institute. From 1988 to 1990, he served on the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Civic Affairs Committee. In addition, through his various involvement with local political constituency associations, Mr. Pickersgill has promoted society's awareness of and participation in the political process. He has also assisted The University of Calgary through his involvement with the Management Advisory Council and the Entrepreneurship Subcommittee and his participation in raising funds for a Chair in Project Management.

Mr. Pickersgill has always held a soft spot in his heart for children. He has worked extensively with them directly, as his experiences with the Discovery House Shelter and Hull Child and Family Services attest. He also has a history of involvement with institutions dealing with the welfare of children, such as the Mountain Plains Community Services Society, the Big Sisters and Big Brothers Society of Calgary, the Street Teams Society of Calgary, and the Commission for Redesign of Children's Services.

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