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.
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
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.
|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
Best Boss List
How’s your boss rate? If you work for Stantec
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.”