Back row: John Sieswerda, P.Eng., facilities engineer,
Devon Canada Corporation; Rob Will, P.Eng., manager,
Peace River Arch exploitation, Devon Canada Corporation;
Chris Seasons, P.Eng., VP, Exploitation, Devon Canada
Corporation; Mike Perlette, P.Eng., manager, planning
and evaluations, Devon Canada Corporation.
Front row: Dr. David Lynch, P.Eng., dean of the University
of Alberta Faculty of Engineering; Allison Aherne, exploitation
E.I.T., Devon Canada Corporation; Nadine Pettman, corporate
communications, Devon Canada Corporation; Caryn Boyko,
production E.I.T., Devon Canada Corporation; Gerald
Feschuk, P.Eng., senior environmental adviser, Devon
New to the University of Alberta will be the
EnCana Natural Resources Engineering Learning Common, after
a $1 million donation from EnCana Corporation. As part
of the growing Faculty of Engineering at the university, the
EnCana Common will house two state-of-the-art, high-use computer
laboratories, two design laboratories, one classroom and a
"Our company is pleased to assist the Faculty of Engineering
in providing top quality learning facilities for its students.
As a proud Canadian company, we see the EnCana Engineering
Learning Common as a place that will inspire students to develop
the skills needed to compete head-to-head with the world's
best, just as EnCana competes with the world's best,"
said Gwyn Morgan, P.Eng., president and CEO of EnCana Corporation.
Honorary Degree Granted
The name Gwyn Morgan, P.Eng., has come up in relation
to another post-secondary institution. SAIT has awarded an
honorary bachelor of applied technology degree to Mr. Morgan
for his significant contribution to Canada's energy sector,
the Calgary community and the technical education of Canadians.
"Gwyn Morgan is a strong advocate of technical education
and the role SAIT plays in enabling his company to grow and
prosper," said Irene Lewis, president and CEO of SAIT.
"It is really inspiring for me to look out upon new graduates
in important disciplines, successful in their studies, brimming
with potential, and ready to take their places in the exciting
future of our country," said Mr. Morgan.
After receiving a $250,000 donation from Devon Canada Corporation,
the University of Alberta has been able to create a full multimedia
lecture theatre. The Devon Canada Engineering Lecture Theatre
is unmatched in Canada, says a university news release. With
individual Internet and power connections at each of its 100
seats, the theatre has the capability of linking up to 1,500
students in-house or joining 19 post-secondary institutions
in Alberta. It has an interactive, multi-point video-conferencing
system by way of a high-speed fibre connection.
The theatre becomes a virtual lecture class for unlimited
participants at post-secondary institutions and industry sites.
The lecture theatre will "transform the student experience
and will extend the contact between the faculty and its partners,"
says the news release.
"Devon is a strong supporter of education throughout
Western Canada, and in particular Alberta. This teaching,
learning and research space is directly linked to Devon's
core areas of activity in the natural resources industry,"
said John Richels, Devon Canada's president and CEO.
Devon is an independent energy company engaged in oil and
gas exploration, production and property acquisitions.
Canadian President Leads NACE
Jean Pierre Crevolin, P.Eng., has been chosen to represent
the National Association of Corrosion Engineers International
as its new president for the 2003-2004 term. Mr. Crevolin
is only the fourth Canadian to become president of the organization
since its inception in 1943. A member of NACE for more than
25 years, Mr. Crevolin has served most offices of the Edmonton
section and the Canadian region's northern area. He received
his bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering
from the University of Alberta, followed by a professional
degree in 1971. Mr. Crevolin received the 1992 NACE Canadian
Region Outstanding Service Award.
Chinese Library Rebuilt
With Calgarian's Donation
Dr. Judith Lentin, P.Geol., chair of APEGGA's Calgary
Branch, has turned a concern for her Chinese colleagues into
a gift of knowledge. While on a six-month lecture tour in
China, Dr. Lentin was often asked by colleagues at the China
University of Geosciences in Beijing to identify fossils they
"I kept asking them, Why don't you look at the paper
on that?" she recalled. She soon discovered that there
was no library at the university due it being destroyed during
the Communist nation's purge of intellectuals. After hearing
of this catastrophe, she decided to help rebuild their library.
During the process of collecting information on dinoflagellates
for the first index to be published on the subject, Dr. Lentin
had accumulated a superb library of her own. So her gift to
the China University of Geosciences was $350,000 worth of
her own scientific materials - all of which have been catalogued
and had their titles translated into Mandarin.