|Christina Dingman, P.Eng., and Stuart Torr, E.I.T.
Elizabeth Cannon, PhD, P.Eng.,
and Ron Triffo, P.Eng. – two
APEGGA 2004 Summit Award® winners – have been appointed
by an Alberta Government Order in Council for second terms
as trustees of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science
and Engineering Research. The foundation, known by the trade
name Alberta Ingenuity, supports science and engineering
research in Alberta.
Dr. Cannon is a University of Calgary professor of geomatics
engineering who currently holds the National Science and
Engineering Research Council Petro-Canada Chair for Women
in Science and Engineering at the University of Calgary.
She’s been active in encouraging women to seek careers
in science and engineering, and she’s gained international
recognition from her research into satellite-based navigation.
Dr. Cannon became the first non-American to serve as president
of the U.S. Institute of Navigation.
Mr. Triffo, a past APEGGA councillor, is chairman of Stantec
Inc. He holds a degree in civil engineering and a M.Sc. in
engineering. He serves on a number of corporate and non-profit
boards, including NAIT, the University of Alberta and Junior
Achievement. He is a past president of the Consulting Engineers
of Alberta and the Association of Consulting Engineers of
Canada, which last year awarded him the Beaubien Award for
In this year’s Summit Awards®, Dr. Cannon received
the APEGGA Frank Spragins Technical Award, and Mr. Triffo
received the APEGGA Centennial Leadership Award.
Gord Johnson, P.Eng.
Komex President Appointed
Gord Johnson, P.Eng., was recently appointed president of
Komex International Ltd. Founded in 1977 in Calgary, Komex
is an environmental, water resources and engineering firm,
with offices and projects around the world. Mr. Johnson now
heads up Canadian operations and sits on Komex’s international
board of directors.
A civil and geotechnical engineer, Mr. Johnson has more than
20 years of experience in designing, implementing and managing
Renewable Energy Program Earns Kudos
Two of Komex International Ltd.’s employees are making
news with their renewable energy program, which has won this
year’s Alberta Venture Magazine Business Results – Quality
Enhancement EAward for improving their company’s product.
Christina Dingman, P.Eng. ,and Stuart Torr, E.I.T., created
the renewable energy program after recognizing that generators,
the traditional source of power for remote projects, needed
expensively transported fuel to operate and were a source
of pollution. The duo also won the 2004 APEGGA Environmental
Excellence Summit Award®.
While working on a pipeline break in a remote area two years
ago, the pair was confronted with residual hydrocarbons even
after the bulk of the oil-saturated soil had been dug out.
Typically, says Mr. Torr, the solution would be to cut down
even more trees to dig an even bigger hole, or to bring in
a generator to help with the clean up. “I think it’s
absolutely ridiculous that you’re burning propane or
diesel when you’re trying to get hydrocarbons out of
the ground. It’s like you’re robbing Peter to
pay Paul,” says Mr. Torr.
The two forged a partnership with a supplier of solar panels
and worked to adapt the technology for oilfield applications,
eventually creating a line of custom made systems that provide
power at a fraction of a generator’s cost.
Peter Toma, PhD, P.Eng., a distinguished scientist in residence
at the Alberta Research Council, has been named a Fellow
of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The fellow grade
is conferred upon an ASME member with at least 10 years of
active engineering practice and who has made significant
contributions to the profession.
Mr. Toma earned his doctorate in multiphase flow and heat
transfer from the Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest, Romania.
He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.