Terri-Jane Yuzda

Fort McMurray Branch Mourns
Loss of Enthusiastic Engineer


An active engineer on the job and in APEGGA Fort McMurray Branch activities died suddenly on Nov. 22. Krishan (Kris) Kumar, 57, chaired the branch in 1995-1996 and introduced the concept of new member induction ceremonies.

Born in the Lahore District of the Punjab State of British India in 1945, Mr. Kumar was raised in Delhi, after partition of India. He graduated from Delhi University in mechanical engineering in 1965. Then in 1970, he earned his master of technology degree in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.

In Canada, he earned a master of engineering degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., in 1972, and went on to a career including mechanical engineering, process engineering and project management positions with Esso, Suncor and Syncrude. He was also on loan from Syncrude to Keyano College of Fort McMurray to teach first-year engineering students.

Mr. Kumar was known for the kind of enthusiasm that helped elevate Fort McMurray to most active branch. "Kris, proud as he was to be a professional engineer, started introducing new APEGGA members into the profession with great pomp and show," says obituary information provided by the branch. "He introduced the concept of the new member induction ceremony at Fort McMurray in the presence of the APEGGA president, high-level local Politicians and CEOs, as well as other dignitaries and celebrities."

Mr. Kumar is survived by his wife Manju, daughter Christina and son-in-law Arun.

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