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Syncrude CEO Awarded
Eric Newell, P.Eng., CEO of Syncrude Canada, has received the Northern Lights Award of Distinction from Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. The award is given to those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership while significantly impacting the economy in accordance with the chamber's principles and values. Mr. Newell was praised for his impressive contributions to Alberta's northern resources and its communities, through the development of products and commodities that have become the life-blood of Alberta. Mr. Newell also supports northern education, literacy, arts and culture - which has prompted the local business community to unveil the Eric Newell Northern Lights Bursary. It's designed to help First Nations, Metis and northern residents attend the University of Alberta.

Alberta Engineer Chairs CCA
The Canadian Construction Association has announced that its 2003 chairman of the board is Tom Brown, P.Eng., senior vice-president of Ledcor Alberta Limited in Edmonton. Mr. Brown is responsible for the Alberta road building operation and highway maintenance operations. A 1971 civil engineering graduate from the University of Alberta, Mr. Brown has worked on projects across Western Canada.

Business Booms for Young Company
Ready Engineering Corporation in Spruce Grove was presented with the CIBC Small Business Award of Distinction in February. In a few years of operation, the company has experienced steady and impressive growth in employees, revenue and net income. Ready Engineering's growth includes sales in the United States, Australia, Indonesia and Russia.

'Banner Year' Merger Underway

The anticipated merger of A.D. Williams Engineering Inc. of Edmonton and CWA Structural Engineers Ltd. of Calgary is underway. "This is a banner year for our firm," says Allen Williams, P.Eng., president and CEO of A.D. Williams. "The merger with CWA is a win-win situation for both of our companies, all of our staff and clients."

Adds David Woodall, P.Eng., president of CWA Structural Engineers Ltd.: "We are pleased to enter into this merger with A.D. Williams Engineering Inc. It presented an opportunity that could not be missed. The new firm provides the ability to make a greater impact on the construction scene in Alberta, and to provide better service to our clients while maintaining our values as a consulting firm."

Robot Helps Researchers
University of Calgary bioengineering researchers now have the capability to uncover why injured joints often develop osteoarthritis. Their ROTOPOD system, the first of its kind in the world, will assist researchers in finding ways to improve the healing of damaged ligaments. "This new robot will help us take a significant step forward in our research," says Dr. Nigel Shrive, P.Eng. Killam Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Shrive, Dr. Janet Ronsky, P.Eng., Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and their colleagues will use the ROTOPOD to perform simulations of what happens in a live body. These experimental findings and analytic models will help researchers better understand why injured joints develop.


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