Member Wins Prestigious Structural Engineering Fellowship

Ramkrishna M. Godse, P.Eng.

The Institution of Structural Engineers in London, England, has named Ramkrishna M. Godse, P.Eng., as a fellow. Mr. Godse, president of R.M. Godse & Associates Ltd., is a professional engineer registered in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. He is also a winner of Saskatchewan’s Premier’s Award of Excellence in Design and the author of numerous technical papers.

Business Award Winners Named
APEGGA permit holder SMART Technologies Inc. of Calgary and co-founders Nancy Knowlton and David Martin picked up the Hal Godwin Award for Excellence in International Business, last month. Calgary Economic Development and the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary are the awarding organizations.

As well, another permit holder, Wi-LAN Inc., won the Calgary Export Achievement Award for Collaborative Partnerships. Wi-LAN, a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, won its award for using collaborative partnerships to develop sales in China.

Founded in 1987, SMART is the industry pioneer and market leader in interactive whiteboards and other communication tools. With offices in Germany, Japan and Washington, D.C., SMART employs about 400 people, sells its products in 65 countries – and quite regularly picks up awards, including Canadian Exporter of the Year in 2000.

“These awards are important because they recognize companies and individuals who are making an impact in the Calgary community by thinking and acting with a global perspective,” says Carol Stewart, interim dean of the Haskayne School of Business.

Edmonton Fabricator Honoured
The 13th annual Alberta Chambers of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction Gala held in February saw Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd. of Edmonton receive the Premier’s Award of Distinction.

“It is a pleasure to be able to recognize Waiward Steel Fabricators’ outstanding achievements in the business community with this prestigious award,” said Mark Norris, Alberta Minister of Economic Development. “They truly exemplify the Alberta Advantage in their approach to doing business and in the contributions to the community.”

On its website, Waiward bills itself as “one of the largest and most automated steel fabrication plants in Canada.”

Clean-Up Kudos
ConocoPhillips Canada, formerly known as Gulf Canada, has received a rare honour from the State of Washington, Business Edge reported Jan. 22. The Calgary oil company was recognized for a $6-million US project to clean up an old gold and silver mine for a popular recreational attraction and wildlife area.

In 1987, known as Gulf Canada at the time, the company inherited responsibility for reclaiming the Cannon Mine, near Wenatchee, Wash., as part of acquiring Asamera Companies’ oil assets. The mine covered more than 1,700 acres, including about 280 acres of leased state land.

ConocoPhillips supported the reclamation project, even though it would cost the company more than $6 million US when a reclamation bond held by the state was worth only $2 million US.

The company “could have walked away, left this $2 million on the table and let (Washington state) deal with it,” say Lin Callow, ConocoPhillips senior manager of environment and regulatory affairs. “This is a Canadian company that lived up to its responsibilities, even though those responsibilities were south of the border.”

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