Dan Motyka Receives Order of U of C
Life Member Dan Motyka, P.Eng., has received one of the University of
Caglary's highest honours for his years of work for the institution. During
convocation ceremonies June 14, Mr. Motyka, a past APEGGA president, was
presented the Order of the University of Calgary.
"You do these things out of a sense of duty, to give something back
to your professions, to help improve the well-being of society and all
that good stuff. But still, when you receive something like this -- all
I can say is, Wow."
Receiving the award was "humbling yet very satisfying," said
Mr. Motyka, because it puts him in the company of deserving people who've
accepted the order in years past. "It was a great, great day. It
The university newspaper, The Gazette, credits Mr. Motyka as one of the
key builders of the engineering and management departments. He "has
helped those two (departments) gain an international reputation of excellence."
The newspaper continues: "(Mr.) Motyka has worked unceasingly to
create a world-class engineering facility at University of Calgary."
He began volunteering for U of C in 1980. As chair of the Petroleum Society
of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Mr. Motyka
helped with sponsorship and fundraising for the university's chair in
Later he became founding chair of the advisory council for the joint engineering-management
program in project management. "Through his leadership and participation
over eight years on the council, the program has grown in stature to the
point that it is one of the flagship programs of the university,"
says The Gazette.
He was a founding chair again in 1990, this time for the Engineering Associates
Program, which brings the community and the engineering industry into
the process of advising the faculty. He returned to chair a steering committee
to reactivate the program, from 1994 to 1996.
Then he returned to the petroleum chair, spearheading the 1998 fundraising
drive to endow the chair. That job wrapped up in 2000, but Mr. Motyka
carried on, this as part of the search committee to find his replacement.
In addition to his work with the unversity and with APEGGA, Mr. Motyka
was twice chair of the board of directors of the Centre for Cold Ocean
Resource Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was a
member of the management audit team for the Deep Ocean Drilling program
at Texas A&M University.