2008: Gordon D. Williams, P.Geo., PhD, FGC, FEC (Hon.)


Gordon Williams was born and raised in a farming community in southwestern Manitoba. He obtained his B.Sc. from Brandon College (former affiliate of the University of Manitoba) in 1955 and his PhD in geology in 1960 from the University of Alberta.

Over the course of his career, Williams has worked on numerous oil and gas, oil sands, oil shale and coal projects across Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. Today, he operates his own consulting company.

Williams has been active in the advancement of the geoscience profession and its future professionals. He taught geology and served as chair of the Geology Department at the University of Alberta. Williams also taught at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and served as dean of Science and Technology at Mount Royal College. Currently, Williams is a sessional instructor in petroleum land management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business

Williams has been a key player in APEGGA’s regulatory functions. An active APEGGA volunteer for more than 30 years, Williams served as a member of the Board of Examiners, the Nominating, Discipline and Investigative Committees, the Practice Review Board, Education Coordinating Committee, CSEG/CSPG/APEGGA Liaison Committee, Student Liaison Committee, Geoscience Liaison Group, Communication Committee and the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee.  He was a member of council (1989-95) and as second vice-president for two years before becoming president in 2008. 

Nationally, Williams played a pivotal role in establishing the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG), serving as both chair of its Board of Directors and as president.  He is an honorary member and past-president of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), a distinguished fellow of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) and an honorary fellow of Engineers Canada. In 2013 he was named a fellow of Geoscientists Canada.

Williams has also been recognized by receiving APEGGA’s L.C. Charlesworth Professional Service Award, APEGGA’s Honorary Life Member Award (2009). CCPG’s first-ever Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award, GAC’s J. Willis Ambrose Medal and CSPG’s President’s Award.