Life Members Named to Petroleum Hall of Fame

New to the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame are life members Peter Stuart Grant, P.Eng., and Robert B. Peterson, P.Eng.

Originally from Ontario and a graduate from McGill University, Mr. Grant came west in 1948 in search of black gold. He spent 36 years with Barber Machinery and its successor, Bralorne Resources, as a manager and developer of products, services and technology personnel. Making a second career of rescuing another leader of the oilfield sector, Dreco Energy Services, from bankruptcy and then merging it with National Oilwell, Mr. Grant has proven his ambition and vision.

Mr. Peterson’s impressive 41-year-career starts in 1958 when he was a summer student attending Queen’s University at Kingston, Ont., and working for Imperial Oil’s producing department. He rose to chief reservoir engineer and to the helm of Imperial’s Calgary-based Esso Resources. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Peterson played a key role in developing the Norman Wells oilfield in the Northwest Territories, the most notable project in Imperial Oil’s history when it was completed in 1985.

U of A, U of C Net New Grant Dollars

The University of Alberta and University of Calgary are the workplaces of 10 researchers who have been awarded the Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Grant worth $1.2 million. The grant’s goal is to expand and strengthen Alberta’s science and engineering research capacity by helping with start-up support for independent researchers who have their first-ever academic and tenure-track appointments at Alberta universities or colleges.

Among the researchers are Dr. Gamal El-Din, P.Eng., Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, U of A, who is researching “Advanced oxidation treatment of wastewater: treatment enhancement and reactor design,” and Dr. Edward Vigmond, P.Eng., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, U of C, who is researching “A fluidic-mechano-electrical computer heart model based on single cell discretization.”

Each new faculty grant consists of up to $55,000 a year for two years and may be used to defray part of the costs associated with the establishment of a new research laboratory and program.

Maier Named Engineering Leader

Gerry Maier, P.Eng., a life member and former APEGGA president, has been awarded the first Canadian Engineering Leader Award from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Calgary. “It is our privilege to pay tribute to this outstanding leader,” says Engineering Dean Dr. S. C. Wirasinghe, P.Eng. “Mr. Maier is a man of honour and integrity. Not only has he played a pivotal role in establishing Calgary as an engineering centre, but he has been an outstanding U of C volunteer and created fundamental linkages between industry and the Faculty of Engineering.”

A respected professional in all aspects of his work and the corporate leader of TransCanada Pipeline Limited for 14 years, Mr. Maier has cultivated a powerful corporate community presence. He has helped build Calgary’s reputation as a successful centre for engineering, economic, social and culture success.

Member Leads IEEE Canada

W. O. (Bill) Kennedy, P.Eng.

W. O. (Bill) Kennedy, P.Eng., is president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Canada for the next two years. As president, Mr. Kennedy will also sit on the Engineering Institute of Canada board as president to the Canadian Society of Electrical and Computer Engineers.

Mr. Kennedy has been an active member with IEEE for over 30 years. He’s a member of the Power Engineering and Industrial Applications societies and he is also working with the Power System Relaying Committee.

The principal engineer with the Alberta Electric System Operator, Mr. Kennedy has extensive experience in utility and industrial power systems and is the author of many papers on power system protection.

Franceschini Makes Best Boss List

How’s your boss rate? If you work for Stantec Inc., well up the ladder, The National Post has determined. In its annual ranking of Canada’s corporate heads, The Post names Tony Franceschini, P.Eng., president of Stantec, as the 12th best boss in the nation.

American Association Names Kvisle to Chair

Hal Kvisle, P.Eng., president and CEO of TransCanada Corp., has been elected to the 2004 Interstate Natural Gas Association of America chair. Mr. Kvisle is the first Canadian to be elected into the position – an indicator of the significant contribution Canada makes in meeting the natural gas demands of North America.

Steel Designs Awarded

The Alberta region of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction has announced the 2003 Alberta Region Steel Design Awards of Excellence. CISC recognized One Executive Place in the architectural category and Foothills Medical Centre Parkade #8 in structural, both constructed in Calgary.

The One Executive Place development team included Poon McKenzie Architects, Wiebe Forest Engineering Ltd., Clark Builders Ltd. and Moli Industries Ltd. And on the Foothills Medical Centre Parkade #8 development team are Stantec Consulting Ltd., Cana Management Ltd. and Collins Industries Ltd.

“ The Steel Design Awards is an annual initiative that recognizes unique steel design and development in Alberta,” says Peter Timler, P.Eng., CISC western regional executive director. “We are thrilled to showcase and award the outstanding efforts of these individuals who strive to make the steel industry strong and progressive.”

Dr. Tom Harding, P.Eng.

U of C Names Head Of Chemical, Petroleum

Dr. Tom Harding, P.Eng., manager of petroleum engineering at Nexen Petroleum, has added another feather to his hat as the new professor and head of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Calgary. Mr. Harding has a lengthy work history, nationally and internationally, in the heavy oil, conventional oil and gas operations sectors.

“ We are thrilled to have him on our team,” says Engineering Dean Dr. S. C. Wirasinghe, P.Eng. “In addition to being an exceptional individual, Tom Harding’s understanding of academia, complemented by his vast experience in industry, give him a vision and a unique set of leadership skills, which will be instrumental as we build a world class faculty.”

Rio de Janerio Presentation

Lance Thomas, P.Eng., of AMEC, and Rick Marsden, P.Eng., of EnCanad, were recently honoured with an invitation from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to attend the Rio Pipeline Conference and Exhibition 2003 in Rio de Janeiro. The two presented a paper they co-authored on buried steam-assisted gravity drainage flow lines.

The paper summarizes the successful design, installation, commissioning and operation of a unique undergound steam and emulsion pipeline system at EnCana’s Senlac Thermal Project.

Mr. Thomas and Mr. Marsden originally presented the paper at the 2002 International Pipeline Exposition in Calgary. AMSE selected their paper-and-presentation combination as the best of the conference and invited them to Rio.

E.I.T.s Create Solar Solution

Christine Dingman, E.I.T., and Stuart Torr, E.I.T., have developed an innovative renewable energy option for clients of Komex International Ltd. Companies in remote areas commonly use generators as their energy source, but Ms. Dingman and Mr. Torr created a customized solar power solution that provides power at a fraction of the price of conventional energy systems.

Not only is the system cost effective and environmentally friendly, it has inspired Komex. “Their achievement have revolutionized and inspired our company,” says Marc Bowles, P.Geol., president of the company. “Its effect has been to impress clients, generate new business for Komex and improve long-term profitability.”

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