Albertans Honoured by Engineering Institute of Canada

. . .former APEGGA councillor is named a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

The Engineering Institute of Canada has announced the 2004 recipients of its honours, awards and fellowships, and a number of APEGGA members are on the list.

Senior awards of the EIC are the highest distinctions awarded and seven senior awards are being presented this month in recognition of outstanding service to the engineering profession. Edward C. McRoberts, P.Eng., of Edmonton, will receive one of the senior awards, the Julian C. Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada.

Another senior award goes to Dennis E. Becker, P.Eng., of Calgary. The Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal, which recognizes many years of leadership and service by members of societies within the institute at the regional branch and section levels.

Annually, the EIC elects a number of engineers to the grade of fellow for their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. Among the 2004 fellows are Kenneth C. Porteous, P.Eng., of Edmonton, Amin Ghali, P.Eng., of Calgary, and David Cruden, P.Geol., of Edmonton. Dr. Porteous is a past APEGGA councillor.

Magazine Honours Permit Holders
Alberta Venture magazine has released its 2004 list of Alberta’s 30 Fastest Growing Companies. Several APEGGA permit holders are among the recognized: Replicon Inc., BW Technologies, WellPoint Systems Inc., GeoCan Energy Inc., Ceapro Inc., Red Flame Hot Tap Services Ltd., CSI Wireless Inc., AltaGas Services Inc., and Zi Corporation.

U of C Dean’s Award Winners Named

The University of Calgary of Engineering and the Engineering Associates Program has presented the 2003 Dean’s Award for Corporate Leadership to VECO Canada and Burlington Resources. “VECO Canada and Burlington Resources are both active members of the Engineering Associates Program, strong supporters of our engineering internship program, and strong contributors to advisory councils and research initiatives,” says Engineering Dean Dr. Wirasinghe, P.Eng. “Thanks to their partnership, we are able to provide award-winning education.”

EBA Expands
Paul Ruffell, P.Eng., president and chief operating officer of EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., announced recently that EBA has acquired a controlling interest in Hay & Company of Vancouver. The merger between the two firms recognizes the growing importance of water resources on a global basis, an EBA news release says.

Engineer Receives WCB Appointment
Fauzia Lalani, P.Eng., has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Workers’ Compensation Board. Mr. Lalani will be part of a board that will help set the strategic direction of Alberta’s workers’ compensation system.

“ I’ve asked these talented people to apply their skills to keep Alberta’s workers’ compensation system among the country’s strongest,” said the Hon. Clint Dunford, Alberta Minister of Human Resources and Employment and the minister responsible for the Workers’ Compensation Board. (Mr. Dunford is also responsible for the EGGP Act, which APEGGA must adhere to in governing its professions.)

Ms. Lalani, president and CEO of Aquila Networks Canada, is an electrical engineer with over a decade of project management and executive experience in the energy sector. An advocate for leadership training that includes a diverse set of perspectives, she is also a community volunteer for organizations that support quality of life, economic enhancement for the poor, and the development of children and youth.

One Engineer’s Globe-Trotting Career
Chuck Brawner, P.Eng., has written published a book on his career, called Engineer…Around the World in Fifty Years and published by BiTech Publisher Ltd. Mr. Brawner, an APEGGA member now living in B.C., is an accomplished professional with numerous achievements on his resume. He has been recognized as a senior engineer in various organizations and societies.

Mr. Brawner received the Daniel C. Jackling Award, which is the highest award from the American Society of Mining Engineers; the President’s Medal of the Canadian Good Roads Association; and the McParland Memorial Medal from the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He was also elected a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Mr. Brawner has provided consulting engineering in over 40 countries and on all continents, including Antarctica.

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