APEGA has existed for more than 100 years, and for every year of its existence, there has been a president of Council to uphold the pillars that APEGA stands for: integrity, accountability, innovation, and service. Through the decades of change and growth, the men and women listed below led APEGA’s Council.

They have worked across the globe, from Mississippi to Venezuela, but all settled their talents here in Alberta. Each came from different walks of life, from serving in the Second World War, to teaching aeronautics, to instigating first-time overseas ventures. This incredible group of outstanding people made their mark on the world and helped make APEGA what it is today.

1928: Robert S.L. Wilson, P.Eng.


Born in Lunenburg, N.S., Robert Wilson received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from McGill University in 1911.

After working in the construction industry for several years, he became professor of civil and municipal engineering at the University of Alberta in 1919.

Ten years later he was appointed dean of the faculty of applied science, a post he held until retiring to Victoria in 1946.

A charter member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta (APEA; now The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta), Wilson served as its first registrar from 1920-25 and chaired the association's board of examiners.

He was elected vice-president in 1927 and president in 1928. Wilson is fondly remembered for tireless dedication to his students. Following the Second World War he reduced his lecture hours to give returning veterans as much individual attention as possible.  Wilson passed away in 1967.