Dr. Frederick John Longstaffe, P.Geol., has
been awarded the Logan Medal. Dr. Longstaffe has built a distinguished
academic career in the University of Alberta and the University
of Western Ontario, propelling himself to international preeminence
as a geochemist by pioneering the use of stable isotopes to
improve fundamental understanding of processes operating on
and within the Earth.
He has addressed such diverse issues as the
evolution of ancient crustal rocks, clay-mineral genesis,
fluid movement in sedimentary basins, formation and exploitation
of heavy oils and oil sands, natural generation of greenhouse
gases, plant biomineralization, and paleoclimatic reconstruction.
A teacher of high repute, his pedagogical skills have been
manifest not only in the university classroom, but also, nationally
and internationally, in the lecture circuit and in short courses
offered in his profession.
A university department head and dean, Dr. Longstaffe
has also served his professional community, as a former president
of the Geological Association of Canada, director of the Earth,
ocean, and atmospheric division of the Royal Society of Canada,
chairman of NATO's Advisory Panel on Advanced Study Institutes,
and chairman or member of more than 50 other organizational
bodies in the geosciences outside his university. Dr. Longstaffe's
accomplishments amount to an academic tour de force richly
deserving of recognition at the highest level.
The Logan Medal is the highest award of the Geological Association of Canada. It is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to geoscientific knowledge in Canada.
A.D. Williams Wins Chinese Contract
A. D. Williams Engineering Inc. beat out an Ontario company
and the SARS outbreak in China to be awarded a contract that
will provide engineering and equipment for central heating
systems to the Provincial Capital of Shanxi Province. A $5-million
US contract has been signed with Taiyuan City in China.
"This is a truly positive venture for China and for our firm," says company president Allen Williams, P.Eng. "This project allows our company to export our engineering and manufacturing expertise to a part of the world that will truly benefit."
Robert Pitour, vice-president of the A. D. Williams' international division, was involved in all negotiations and was on hand for the official signing ceremony in China. It was also attended by David Wong, representative of the Government of Alberta with the Canadian Embassy in China, as well as the Taiyuan mayor, the deputy mayor and 17 other civic government officials.
Levelton Appoints Environment Manager
Robert Kemp, P.Eng., has been appointed manager of the environment
and energy division of Levelton Engineering in Calgary. Mr.
Kemp is a chemical engineer with more than 20 years of experience
in environmental approvals for industrial facilities, resolution
of air quality issues, remediation of contaminated sites and
other environmental projects. He has worked as an environmental
specialist with the City of Calgary and as manager of approvals
for the Bow Region of Alberta Environment. His regulatory
and environmental experience is important to Levelton's growing
engineering and scientific services work in Alberta and Northeastern
Senior Consultant Named
Stantec has named Dwayne Kalynchuk, P. Eng., as a senior
consultant based in the Edmonton office. Mr. Kalynchuk will
assist in the areas of infrastructure management and pavement
engineering, as well as transportation and environmental infrastructure
practice, primarily in their marketing efforts. A professional
engineer who has worked for municipal government for 24 years,
he's held the position of St. Albert's general manager, planning
and engineering, for 14 years. Mr. Kalynchuk has been a member
of American Public Works Association for 20 years and has
been involved at the national level for 12 years. He will
become the fourth Canadian president of APWA at its congress
in San Diego in August.
Golder Associates Ltd. Selects New Associates
Golder Associates Ltd., Prairie Region, has appointed new
associates to its Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife offices.
Dr. Nathan Schmidt, P.Eng., is a senior water resources engineer in the Edmonton office, specializing in river engineering and geomorphology, hydrology and water management. He is registered in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories/Nunavut and has broad experience in the oilsands, mining and transportation industries.
Terry Winhold, P.Eng., is a senior water resources engineer in the Calgary office. He has more than 25 years experience in water resources engineering in Western Canada, with expertise in hydrology, river engineering, project management and regulatory review.
Greg Herasymiuk, Applicant, in the Edmonton office, focuses on geological and hydrogeological site characterization, groundwater supply assessments, predictive modeling, environmental impact assessments, mine depressurization, and dewatering and unsaturated flow.
David Caughill, P.Eng., is the manager of the Golder office in Yellowknife and has 13 years of experience in consulting and industry. He is a geotechnical engineer with expertise in project management, arctic engineering, slope stability analysis for open pit mines, analysis of underground openings and lab testing.
NSERC Funding Research Announced
Anne McLellan, Minister of Health, on behalf of Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, announced recently that Alberta professors are receiving 290 new grants worth $34.4 million to conduct advanced research and train students in the natural science and engineering fields. The funds provide primary support for research in dozens of fields such as chemistry, life and material sciences, mathematics, and civil engineering.
NSERC is a federal agency investing in people, discovery and
innovation. The council supports both basic university research
through research grants, and project research through partnerships
among universities, governments and the private sector, as
well as the advanced training of highly qualified people.
The complete list of Alberta discovery grants and profiles of researchers can be viewed at www.nserc.ca/media_e.htm.
Researchers Share in $7 Million
Researchers and researchers-in-training from three Alberta
universities were recipients in two Alberta Ingenuity award
categories. Fellowship and studentship awards are going to
36 University of Alberta, 32 University of Calgary and four
University of Lethbridge science and engineering researcher
and researchers-in-training. They will share in $7 million
in new research funding.
The 2003 Alberta Ingenuity Fellowship Awards competition will provide more than $2 million in funding. Each of the 21 fellowship awards consists of a $48,000 annual stipend and research allowance of up to $7,000 per year.
The 2003 Alberta Ingenuity Studentship Award competition will contribute more than $5 million in funding. Fifty-one university graduate students will receive a $20,000 annual stipend and research allowance of $1,500 per year, for up to five years.
The following APEGGA members were award recipients:
Kenneth J. Chau, E.I.T.
Preston C. Holloway, E.I.T.
Jeremiah Hu, E.I.T.
John C. Koob, P.Eng.
Brent S. Prickett, E.I.T.
Jeffery R. Spiers, E.I.T.
Brooke A. Berard, Geoph.I.T.
Greg E.O. McFeetors, E.I.T.
Georgia Fotopoulos, E.I.T.
BW Technologies Named Export Award Finalist
BW Technologies Ltd. has been selected as one of 25 finalists
for the 2003 Canada Export Awards. These awards are presented
by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Twelve winners will be announced on Nov. 24 in Toronto at
the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters 2003 Trade Conference.
BW Technologies Ltd. is a Calgary manufacturer of gas detection instruments. Known for reliable, innovative and cost-effective equipment, it has been responsible for setting many industry standards. These standards led BW Technologies Ltd. to be ranked among Canada's top businesses by two leading business publications in the country. It's ranked 429th in Report on Business magazine's annual top 1,000 list. Canadian Business magazine lists BW Technologies at 77th on its national tech 100 list, as well as 13th in terms of growth and 22nd in profit.
ATCO Structures Expands Into
ATCO Structures Inc., a world leader in the construction of pre-fabricated building systems, will expand into the United Kingdom with the establishment of a space rentals business.
ATCO Structures UK Ltd, based in the South Midlands region, will supply innovative products ranging from single stand-alone buildings to large multi-storey complexes, supported by a full range of services including design and engineering, transportation, installation, maintenance and after sales service. ATCO Structures Europe will be responsible for this new space rentals business in the UK.
"ATCO around the world is recognized for delivering top-quality products and we enter the UK space rentals market with a long term commitment to growth and service excellence," said Harry Klukas, president of ATCO Structures Inc. "Research shows the UK represents strong potential for market growth and the opportunity to build solid, sustainable partnerships with clients."