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.

1959: Charles A. Stollery, P.Eng.


Born in Edmonton, Charles Stollery graduated from the University of Alberta in 1941 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

Over the next two years he worked as resident engineer in power plant construction for the City of Edmonton, storage building constructor for the Demerara Bauxite Company in British Guyana, and design engineer for the Aluminum Company of Canada in Montreal.

In 1943 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy to oversee the repair of ship hulls in Halifax and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant commander. Stollery then joined Poole Construction Ltd., remaining with the company until his retirement in 1965 as general manager, vice-president and director of its Calgary division.

A short time later he bought Watson Construction Ltd. of Calgary and continued in the construction industry for several more years.

Stollery became a member of council of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta (APEA; now The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta) in 1952, was elected association vice-president in 1958 and president in 1959. He was subsequently awarded Honorary Life Membership.

He also chaired the public relations committee and was a member of the Calgary branch of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He passed away in 1975 and was posthumously awarded the L.C. Charlesworth Professional Service Award the following year.