APEGGA Volunteer Lands Alberta Ingenuity Appointment

Andy Gilliland, P.Eng.

Alberta Ingenuity has appointed Andy Gilliland, P.Eng., as its new senior adviser, industry. Mr. Gilliland, who just finished his term on APEGGA Council as second vice-president, will inform industry about Alberta Ingenuity’s programs and services, as well as seek industry input on potential new programs and collaborations to encourage their development of science and engineering research.

A news release from Alberta Ingenuity says: “Andy’s background makes him an ideal candidate to promote and advocate the benefits of a research culture to Alberta industry.”

Mr. Gilliland received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University. His career as a construction engineer led to volunteer involvement in the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba and APEGGA.

He has served as a board member of the Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology at the University of Calgary and on the Construction Research Institute of Canada at the University of Alberta, as well as on the board of Inno-centre Alberta. He is a member of the NSERC Associate Committee of University Industry Grants.

Mr. Gilliland was recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community at the 2002 ASTech Awards.

Most recently, he was director for stakeholder relations for the National Research Council’s Institute for Nanotechnology at the U of A. His career with the NRC goes back to 1984, when he joined as regional director for the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program in Alberta.

Alberta Ingenuity’s mandate is to nurture the discovery of new knowledge and encourage its applications to benefit Albertans. It operates at arm's-length from government but is accountable to Albertans.

Alberta Ingenuity is the trade name of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research, established by the Alberta Government in 2000 with an endowment of $500 million. Interest from the endowment is used to support science and engineering research in Alberta.

Councillor Receives
Major Geoscience Award

Dr. Ian A. Mcllreath, P.Geol.

Dr. Ian A. McIlreath, P.Geol., has been recognized for his service to the Canadian earth science community, and his outstanding accomplishments in professional and Geological Association of Canada affairs. The sitting APEGGA councillor represents “the ideal fusion of researcher, administrator, mentor, and manager,” says a news release from the GAC, which awarded him the J. Willis Ambrose Medal.

Dr. McIlreath has served on the executive of 15 earth science organizations, and has chaired or directed 30 major committees, as well as served on many others. He’s been president of three major earth science organizations – the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Association of Canada, and the Canadian Geological Foundation – and is the only person to have served as president of both the GAC and CSPG.

He’s still found the time to author 50 technical talks, publications, and public presentations, primarily in the fields of petroleum exploration and carbonate geology, in which he has made significant research contributions. He was also general chair of GeoCanada 2000, which celebrated earth sciences for the change of the millennium.

Through these accomplishments, Dr. McIlreath has also been senior manager in major petroleum companies in Calgary, which have required him to lead exploration projects at home and abroad, on land and offshore.

Norwest Appointments Announced

Norwest Corporation (Norwest), one of North America’s leading mining and energy consulting companies, has announced key changes to its organizational and corporate structure. Along with the formation of Norwest Corporation International come several key executive appointments. Howard Lutley, P.Eng., formerly president of Norwest in Canada, has been appointed chief executive officer of NCI, and Donovan Symonds, P.Eng., formerly president of Norwest in the United States, has been named executive vice-president.

Javier Sola, P.Eng., formerly a Norwest project manager in Canada, has been named NCI’s manager of corporate finance. Additionally, Joe Aiello, P.Eng., formerly vice-president, has been appointed president of Norwest in Canada.

Norwest has a staff of more than 100 professionals, and offices in North American (including Calgary), the United Kingdom, Australia, India and Indonesia.

Dr. Dennis Becker, P.Eng.,
Receives EIC Award

During National Engineering & Geoscience Week in March each year, the Engineering Institute of Canada recognizes outstanding members of its member societies and others at its annual awards gala. This year, the Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal was awarded to Dr. Dennis Becker, P.Eng.

Dr. Becker received a bachelor of applied science degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in geotechnical engineering at the University of Western Ontario. He has developed his career at Golder Associates Ltd. , where he’s a company principal and senior geotechnical engineer in the Calgary office.

Dr. Becker has experience in prime areas of geotechnical engineering associated with large scale resource development projects, in the civil and mining fields.
In 2001 he received the G.G. Meyerhof Award by the Canadian Geotechnical Society for work on the difficult foundations of the Confederation Bridge. This bridge has exposed piers, loaded not only by the bridge itself but also by the wind, wave and severe ice floes.

“I’m honoured to receive such a prestigious award,” said Dr. Becker.

Dr. John McRory, P.Eng.,
Receives Promotion

TRLabs announced new leadership for its research program. Dr. John McRory, P.Eng., employed at TRLabs since 1992, has been promoted to acting vice-president, research, from director, Calgary operations.

“ John has generated creative inventions and has demonstrated leadership and vision for more than a decade at TRLabs," said President and CEO Roger Pederson, P.Eng. "This new role for John will tap that leadership and vision to maneuver the TRLabs research program to ensure relevance and importance to our industry, government and university partners."

Dr. McRory, a University of Alberta graduate with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, came to TRLabs in 1992 as a staff researcher focusing on radio frequency circuitry. He has since received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, where he’s also an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. McRory’s current research interests include linear radio frequency power amplifiers, integrated circuits for wireless applications, and non-linear systems. His RF research has led to one issued patent and seven patents pending.

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