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APEGA Members Named to List of Alberta's Top Influencers

The latest list of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in 2016 — so named by Alberta Venture magazine — is called a round-up of “Albertans from every walk of life who are doing extraordinary things.” This year’s list includes some heavy hitters in the business world, some of whom also happen to walk the walk of being Professional Engineers.

We’ll start with Paul Douglas, P.Eng., President and CEO of Edmonton-based PCL Construction, and Venture’s 2015 Business Person of the Year. A civil engineer (University of Toronto, ’78), he joined PCL in 1985 and was named CEO in 2009. His company is building some of the biggest infrastructure project in Alberta, including Edmonton’s Rogers Place Arena and the Sturgeon Refinery.

Mr. Douglas has received numerous other awards for his contributions to the construction industry and his community service, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Citation.

Another civil engineer, Bob Gomes, P.Eng., (University of Alberta, ’78), made the list — and for good reason. Under his leadership, Edmonton-based consulting giant Stantec has emerged as a global leader in engineering and design, with 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations worldwide. Edmonton employees will soon move into the 62-storey Stantec Tower, the tallest building in the city and the tallest in Canada beyond Toronto.

Mr. Gomes joined Stantec in 1988 and became President and CEO in 2009. In March, the company closed the largest acquisition in its 62-year history, purchasing MWH Global for $1 billion and expanding its international portfolio from three per cent to 30 per cent.

Next up: entrepreneur Scott Saxberg, P.Eng. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Calgary-based Crescent Point Energy. Thanks to many shrewd investments and acquisitions, the company has grown from a junior producer to the energy sector’s seventh-most-valuable producer, all in a span of about 15 years. Despite the eco­nomic downtown, Mr. Saxberg continues to build the company’s assets, recently acquiring Legacy Oil + Gas for $1.53 billion.

A mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Manitoba, Mr. Saxberg got his start working for oil and gas com­panies in Saskatchewan, before launching Crescent Point. He’s also a co-owner of a professional hockey team, the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.

Rounding out the list is Neil Shelly, P.Eng., Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association. Since taking on the role in 2007, this U of A mechanical engineering graduate has been a strong proponent of diversifying the province’s energy sector through value-added processing. The region he represents — a 600-square-kilometre area northeast of Edmonton — is already home to Canada’s largest concentration of petrochemical processors, and another $15 billion in developments are under construction.

Mr. Shelly began his career as a process engineer. He has also worked as an environmental contractor and in government.