Terri-Jane Yuzda


Leap of Faith Lands
In 25-Year Celebration

In the late 1970s, Janko Misic, P.Eng., took a leap of faith and began working as a consultant from his bungalow in Duggan, on Edmonton’s south side. Now, the company that decision spawned, Techna-West Engineering Ltd., is celebrating 25 years in the industry.

Within a year Dr. Misic was able to move his up-and-coming company into a rented quarters on Edmo 106th Avenue. Mahary Gregory, P.Eng., now Techna-West’s president and CEO, and Rolly Marcos, who has an architectural background, formed parts of the nucleus of an employee-owned company with many successes in its future.

Several moves later, Techna-West has 75 employees and annual revenues of more than $10 million, and has built a solid reputation in civil, electrical, environmental and structural engineering, as well as other areas, among them industrial architecture. “Good engineering has definitely contributed to our growth but so have the good business relationships we have developed within and outside our company,” Dr. Misic says in a news release.

One project of note is a modernization worth $300 million US of North America’s largest cement plant in Union Bridge, Md. The plant is owned by the same company that operates Lehigh Inland Cement in Edmonton, where Techna-West was the prime engineering consultant for several major expansions and modifications.

Those include a fuel-diversity project that earned Techna-West the latest in a series of Consulting Engineers of Alberta showcase awards.

Kresta Named Woman of Distinction

Suzanne Kresta, P.Eng., PhD

Suzanne Kresta, P.Eng., has won the YMCA Women of Distinction Award in the science and technology category. APEGGA supported Dr. Kresta’s nomination.

Dr. Kresta joined the University of Alberta as an assistant professor in 1992, becoming the second female engineering professor at the university. Within five years, Dr. Kresta became the associate chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.

As one of the founding members of the Edmonton Chapter of the Association of Women in Engineering and Science, Dr. Kresta is a role model for women pursuing engineering and science careers.

Dr. Kresta has served on APEGGA’s Board of Examiners, and has served as a warden for the Iron Ring Ceremony. She was awarded the early accomplishment and the young engineer awards from APEGGA and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers in 1998.

Dr. Kresta “exemplifies professionalism through her service to the academic community, to peers and protégés, and to the profession as a whole,” says the APEGGA nomination letter.

Strand Named Company Director

Pamela Strand, P.Geol., president and CEO of Shear Minerals Ltd., has been appointed director of Firestone Ventures Inc. in Vancouver. Ms. Strand is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. She has more than 15 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry, working as an executive and geologist before founding Shear Minerals Ltd. in 1997 to explore for diamonds.

APEGGA Members Earn Respect

Alberta Venture magazine has published its Most Respected Corporations survey, four years running. As usual, APEGGA members and permit-holders are among those recognized.

“The Most Respected Corporations survey is an interesting way for us to explore what the business community itself sees as excellence in leadership style,” says Ruth Kelly, Alberta Venture publisher and editor-in-chief. “Identifying leading-edge business practices and helping our readers understand how these kinds of practice will benefit their businesses is fundamental to the mandate of Alberta Venture.”

Pat Daniel, P.Eng., president and CEO of Enbridge Inc., was citied as a corporate leader, for providing visionary leadership his organization and for providing a purposeful voice for the industry.

Cited as leaders in human resources practices were Syncrude Canada Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc., PCL Construction Group Inc. and EnCana Corporation. The most respected company in environmental stewardship was Syncrude Canada Ltd., and also citied were Suncor Energy Inc., TransCanada Corporation and Shell Canada Limited.

Corporate performance and culture of innovation categories included runners-up notations for Suncor, Syncrude and PCL.


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