A Century Well Built
2020 is a special year for APEGA. We are celebrating a century of serving the public interest through the regulation of the engineering and geoscience professions in Alberta. APEGA members play a critical role in building a sustainable and diversified economy by developing innovative solutions across all industries.
Learn more about how you can join us in celebrating A Century Well Built.
Did You Know?
A Historical Fact About APEGA and Our Members
June's Trivia Fact: Slide Rules
The slide rule is an important tool in engineering and science and had many uses in daily engineering calculations right up until it was outmoded by the portable electronic calculator in the early 1970s. Slide rules typically had scales to facilitate speedy multiplication, division, and square root calculations—some slide rules could even calculate trigonometric functions! But to really appreciate the innovation that made the slide rule possible, we must thank Scottish mathematician John Napier, who invented logarithms in 1614 that allowed for simplified mathematical calculations.
The slide rule shown here belonged to John Staples, P.Eng., a civil engineer who graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1949. It was used in many class assignments, and later to check calculations in the field. After graduation, Staples moved to Alberta and joined Imperial Oil, eventually becoming a partner in McGregor Johanson, a pioneering oilfield contractor in Alberta and the Canadian Arctic. John bequeathed the slide rule to his son, Larry Staples, P.Eng. (APEGA past-president, 2005), who used it for the first two years of his engineering classes at the University of Alberta, after which he switched to a handheld four-function calculator (which cost two weeks of summer wages).
Discover APEGA and Our History
Do you know how Alberta’s first female geoscientists chiselled, charted, and championed the way for women in the profession? How a tiny hamlet holds the key to landmine and explosives detection? How one city’s breakthrough in transplant technology
changed the global landscape of diabetes treatment?
As we celebrate our centennial, we’re commemorating the many ways our members have shaped our province over the past 100 years—and we’re bringing their stories to you. How much do you know about the history of engineering and geoscience in Alberta?
Social Media Partner Toolkit
You can help spread the word! We’ve created an e-toolkit that includes suggested copy and images for communication on your social media, websites, e-newsletters – wherever you engage with your community.
- A PDF with background information and instructions
- Four suggested messages with APEGA's social media handles and hashtags
- 30 image files (10 base images, each in 3 variations formatted for different social platforms)
APEGA's Centennial in Video
Watch all of the latest videos, and check back often for new ones.
More to See
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Watch: Panel on Disruption and Opportunity in a Digital Future
Watch: Centennial Media Launch (Edmonton)
Watch: Kids Imagine the Not So Distant Future, with McNeil the Engineer-in-Training
Watch: Kids Imagine the Not So Distant Future, with Shar the Professional Geoscientist
Watch: Kids Imagine the Not So Distant Future, with Jessica the Professional Engineer
Watch: A Century Well Built
Watch: Global News Interview, February 15
Watch: Global News Interview, February 4
Other Media Coverage of APEGA's Centennial
To celebrate a century of commitment to public safety and well-being, check out our centennial-branded clothing and accessories. See what we have—pride in your profession looks good on you! Order your custom APEGA centennial gear now.
Centennial Photo Contest
In June 2019, to celebrate our centennial year, we asked APEGA members to send us their best photos capturing the spirit of engineering and geoscience in Alberta. Our members enthusiastically answered that call: we received almost 200 photos exhibiting the fascinating province around us, and it was almost impossible to select the 13 best.
Check out the winners in the photo gallery.