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.

1964: Douglas R. Craig, P.Eng.


Born in Calgary in 1919, Douglas Craig worked for the Canadian Bank of Commerce from 1936-40. Following overseas service as a navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force, he worked as a surveyor for the provincial Department of Transport (1947) and the Alberta Research Council's bitumount oil sands project (1948). He then attended the University of Alberta, graduating in 1949 with a B.Sc. in chemical engineering.

Craig joined the staff of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Conservation Board in Calgary upon graduation, spending two years in oil field operations. He was a sessional lecturer in 1951-52 in petroleum and chemical engineering at the University of Alberta.

A member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta (APEA; now The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta) since 1952, his contribution to the association encompassed serving on the discipline committee, councillor (1960-63) and on the executive committee as vice-president (1963-64) and president (1964-65). He was subsequently granted Honorary Life Membership in the Assocation.

Craig retired in 1977. He passed away in September, 1991 at the age of 72.