Summit Awards Recognize Engineering and Geoscience Excellence | APEGA

Summit Awards Recognize Engineering and Geoscience Excellence

The 2017 Summit AwardsDuring the Summit Awards in Calgary on April 27, APEGA honoured nine Albertans for their leadership and excellence in professional engineering and geoscience. Additionally, Pat Lobregt, FEC (Hon.), FGC (Hon.), APEGA's Director, Executive & Government Relations, received the Honorary Membership Award for her outstanding contributions to the engineering and geoscience professions.

Recipients of Summit Awards enhance the lives of Albertans by:

  • reducing environmental impacts and advancing sustainable development
  • improving business effectiveness through new and emerging technologies
  • volunteering their talents in our communities
  • promoting outreach and diversity initiatives
  • demonstrating outstanding innovation and leadership

More than 400 APEGA Members and guests from across Canada attended the awards night at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary. Special guests included Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary.

“I do have tremendous appreciation for the skills and the mindset that it takes for you people to do your jobs,” said the Lieutenant Governor. “You are driven by the spirit of innovation, a tireless commitment to excellence, and a constant desire to make life better for the people and communities who rely on your work.”

Mayor Nenshi echoed this sentiment in his welcome speech, recognizing Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists.

“One of the reasons why I love to come to this event is because I get inspired by the wonderful stories of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists,” said Mr. Nenshi. “I'm learning more about what they've done to create new knowledge, to create economic development, to be entrepreneurial, to mentor others, and to help young people create that opportunity themselves.”

2017 Recipients


Excellence in Education Award

Janet A.W. Elliott, P.Eng., PhD, received the Excellence in Education Award for her enthusiasm for education, genuine care for students, and creative teaching strategies. She is a professor of chemical and materials engineering and the Canada Research Chair in Thermodynamics at the University of Alberta.


Centennial Leadership Award

Gary Faulkner, P.Eng., PhD, received the Centennial Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership as a tireless volunteer, an innovative researcher, and an inspiring teacher and mentor. He has developed pioneering treatments that use robotics, virtual reality, and other innovations in reconstructive surgery.


Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion Award

Jocelyn L. Grozic, P.Eng., PhD, received the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion Award for her passionate support of women in the engineering and geoscience fields. In 2001, she became the first female faculty member in the University of Calgary's faculty of engineering (now the Schulich School of Engineering). Ever since, she has strived to create an inclusive and supportive environment.


Research Excellence Award

Josephine Hill, P.Eng., PhD, received the Research Excellence Award for her leading-edge research on alternative energy and sustainable fuel generation. Her research focuses on improving the efficiency of chemical and electrochemical processes to reduce their effects on the environment.


Early Accomplishment Award

Oliver R. Kohlhammer, P.Eng., received the Early Accomplishment Award for achieving world-class results in several projects in the early stages of his career. A mechanical engineer, he is already recognized for redefining industry limits with projects such as the Lindbergh steam-assisted gravity drainage development in Cold Lake.


Frank Spragins Technical Award

Todd K. Simenson, P.Eng., received the Frank Spragins Technical Award for his technical expertise with real-world infrastructure solutions that positively affect the communities he serves. Most recently, he led Stantec's wastewater and stormwater recovery efforts after last year's wildfires in the Fort McMurray region.


Outstanding Mentor Award

Andrzej Slawinski, P.Geol., PhD, received the Outstanding Mentor Award for his passionate commitment to mentoring. With more than five decades of geology experience, he has an exceptional ability to engage and lead young professionals, freely sharing his technical skills and supporting their career growth.


Community Service Award

Tracey Stock, P.Eng., PhD, received the Community Service Award for outstanding contributions to society. He has given more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service to various non-profit organizations, including 45 years with Scouts Canada, and has made 625 blood, plasma, and platelet donations to Canadian Blood Services.


Environment and Sustainability Award

Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project received the Environment and Sustainability Award. The project, designed and built by APEGA Permit Holder Shell Canada Limited, is the world's first integrated, carbon capture and storage project for oil sands. Quest reduces carbon dioxide emissions from Shell's Scotford Upgrader by more than one million tonnes a year.