Welcome to Boomtown
BY MITCHEL AZMIER,
Fort McMurray Branch Chair
The oilsands are booming! APEGGA members here and throughout the province
are supporting the design, construction and operation of projects in the
Fort McMurray region. In addition to many feasibility studies and pilot
plant facilities, there are new plants being built and existing plants
Another large portion of our membership works for the growing number of
manufacturing and engineering firms in town.
As might be expected, the population of Fort McMurray is increasing rapidly.
Infrastructure improvements are under way to support the development in
the region. The highway north to the plant sites was recently expanded
to four lanes to improve safety and traffic flow, and a new overpass is
planned for one of the major intersections downtown.
The rate of development is exciting and challenging to our members. As
such, our branch executive and volunteers have planned the following events
to support the membership.
September: Members, MITs and Students Casual Evening
October: Professional Development Day
November: Wine and Cheese Evening
December: Mentoring Evening
February 2002: President's Visit and Induction Ceremony
March 2002: Branch AGM
Various: Technical Nights with CIM.
The branch executive is looking forward to enjoying these events with
you this year, and we hope to see you out! We would like to welcome those
of you who are new to the area, and invite you to join us as well.
Further details on the branch and its activities can be found at www.apegga.org/aboutappegga/branches/index_fortmc.htm;
if you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.