APEGA has existed for almost 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 made its mark on the world and on APEGA.

All of these outstanding people helped make APEGA what it is today, and all were thanked for their service with an Honorary Life Membership award—a framed medallion memento—inducting them as life members of APEGA.

1962: Norman J. Allison, P.Eng.


A native of Paisley, Scotland, Norman Allison spent the early part of his career in the shipbuilding industry and during the Second World War rose to the rank of commander in the Royal Indian Navy and was in charge of planning, construction, and operation of a base for the repair of landing craft.

Toward the end of the war, he worked with the production department of Imperial Oil in Calgary in 1948 and later joined Interprovincial Pipeline, eventually becoming manager of its western division.

Allison served as deputy registrar of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta (APEA; now The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta) in 1958-59 and in 1959 was elected to council. He served as the association's vice-president for two years, prior to assuming the presidency in 1962. He was subsequently awarded Honorary Life Membership in the association.

He took early retirement from Interprovinical and then studied divinity, before becoming ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Canada. Allison served congregations in Whitehorse and in Kingston, Ont., where he subsequently retired. He passed away in October 1995.