Two Prominent APEGGA Members Reappointed

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 Lifetime Contributions.

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 environmental projects.

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.
ASME Fellow

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.

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