Dr. Raj Rajan, P.Eng.


Longtime Volunteer Named
to Petroleum Hall of Fame

Gerald DeSorcy, P.Eng., has been inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame. Mr. DeSorcy has served on 16 different APEGGA committees since 1960, and was on Council from 1983-1986. He chaired Iron Ring Camp #18 and in 1989 received an APEGGA Summit Award, the L.C. Charlesworth Professional Service Award.

ARC Recognizes Raj Rajan, P.Eng.

Dr. Raj Rajan, P.Eng., was recognized by his peers with the Alberta Research Council 2003-2004 corporate award for outstanding contribution to the community. His contribution includes voluntary service to the engineering and science professions, as well as the general public.

Past President to Run in Election

APEGGA Past President Mike Smyth, P.Eng., has won the provincial Tory nomination for Calgary-Varsity. Mr. Smyth was elected on the first ballot, Sept. 14, with more than 50 per cent of the vote.

He won over longtime provincial and federal Tory Mike Gladstone and Dawna Haslam, a former elected board member of the Calgary Health Region.

O'Connor Associates Fights Cancer

In memory of Mary O’Connor, O’Connor Associates organized a five-km run and walk with proceeds donated to Unit 47 of the Tertiary and Palliative Care Cancer Unit of the Foothills Hospital.

The Landmark At Work
A train travels the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, an engineering landmark and subject of an upcoming History Channel documentary.

The non-competitive event, May 2, attracted 334 participants and donations that totalled over $65,000.

Mike O’Connor, P.Eng., P.Geoph., president of O’Connor Associates Environmental Inc., said: “It was Mary’s wish that the wonderful staff at Unit 47 be recognized for their dedication, kindness and the outstanding care that they provided to her during her illness.”

Many O’Connor Associates employees shaved their heads to raise additional funds – and other participants join them at the last minute.

Member Works on Railway Documentary

Ken Johnson, P.Eng., of Earth Tech, provided on-camera and off-camera technical assistance to a History Channel crew as it worked on a documentary about the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. The program is part of a series on the building of the nation.

Mr. Johnson is a recognized authority on the featured railway, through his work on the CSCE/ASCE International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark designation. In 1994 the railway was given the designation, and The PEGG told the story in September 1994.

Mr. Johnson was in the Yukon in mid-June with the director and the cinematographer, providing on camera commentary about the engineering challenges associated with the cold region construction over a century ago. An extra for the documentary's perspective is his cold region engineering expertise – and Mr. Johnson has written numerous PEGG articles on the subject. Watch for the documentary on the History Channel in early 2005.

Biggest Companies Named

Alberta Venture has made public the magazine’s 2004 list of the largest private, public and Crown corporations in Alberta. Venture 100 + The Next 50 is the ranking of Alberta’s largest corporations.

The list is generated by research conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers. It sources publicly available financial statements for public companies and requests private companies to provide their financial information.

Of the 100 largest corporations in Alberta this year, 62 are APEGGA permit holders. Leading the charge are EnCana Corporation, Petro-Canada, Shell Canada Ltd., Husky Energy Inc. and Suncor Energy Inc.

Novel Penned

Paul Brown, P.Eng., of Calgary recently unveiled his book Of a Foreign Field. Mr. Brown, a graduate for Auckland University, has worked as a process controls engineer in Canada, the Netherlands, the U.S., Indonesia and Malaysia.

Of a Foreign Field is a novel about a family experiencing culture shock when they leave the suburbs of London and enter the jungles of Borneo. Collaborating on the book was Auckland engineer Steve Crisford, and they wrote it under the pseudonym Bernard Paulsen. Publisher is the Book Guild Ltd. in Great Britain, www.bookguild.co.uk/.

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