Summit Award Winners
THE APEGGA Centennial
John Lagadin, P.Eng.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON, John Lagadin graduated from
Michigan Technological University in 1962 with a B.Sc. in geological engineering.
He joined Twin City Gas Co. Ltd. in Thunder Bay as a
regional engineer. In 1967, he became associated with Twin City’s parent
company, Northern and Central Gas Co. where, over 11 years, he held various
engineering responsibilities culminating with his appointment as chief
engineer in 1970.
In 1978, Mr. Lagadin moved to Sherwood Park, AB, as vice-president
and general manager for ICG Engineering Ltd., a subsidiary of ICG Utilities
Ltd. During six years with ICG, Mr. Lagadin built the business from a
staff of four to more than 100, focused primarily on developing new natural
gas distributions systems in unserviced areas of Canada.
In 1984, he began his own business centered on natural
gas marketing and predicated on deregulation of natural gas marketing
in Canada. In 1985, with a consortium of 11 producers, he founded Direct
Energy Marketing Limited, which, by 1996, was the country’s largest independent
natural gas marketing company.
In 1994, Mr. Lagadin and his Direct Energy team launched
Energy Exchange Inc., (now Altra Energy Technologies) the first company
to provide the natural gas industry a commodity-styled electronic exchange
for purchase and sale of natural gas in North America.
Mr. Lagadin and his Direct Energy team began the conceptualization
of a competitive new grass-roots pipeline project to help solve the problem
of limited Alberta export capacity and the resultant chronic low well-head
prices for natural gas. As a result of this work, a patented high-pressure
mixed gas pipeline technology was developed. It led to higher specific
gravity gas mixtures and a significant reduction in pipeline size and
the horsepower required to ship the energy.
Mr. Lagadin and his colleagues formed an organization
of producers to advance the business case. These efforts resulted in the
formation of the Alliance Pipeline. In 1998, the National Energy Board
granted Alliance a permit to construct the pipeline. Built at a cost of
$5.5 billion, the Alliance pipeline stretches 3,080 kilometres from northern
British Columbia to a world-scale separation and fractionation facility