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.
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