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
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.
Major Geoscience Award
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
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. John McRory, P.Eng.,
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,
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.