Dr. Raj Rajan, P.Eng.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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