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Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers





The province received some national acknowledgement of the depth of its talent pool in July as Elizabeth Cannon, OC, P.Eng., PhD , and Keith MacPhail, CM, P.Eng. , were elevated to the Order of Canada. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II established the order as one of Canada’s highest civilian honours in 1967 to recognize extraordinary service to the nation, outstanding achievement, and dedication to community. Dr. Cannon was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada, a title that recognizes national service or achievement, for “her remarkable contributions to science, technology, and academia in Canada, notably as an engineer and university administrator.” She’s an expert in geomatics engineering. In 1997, Dr. Cannon became the first Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada/Petro- Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairies. She was the first woman to hold the position of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary, a position she held from 2010 to 2018. These days, she carries the title President Emerita for the university and is professor in the Schulich School of Engineering. Mr. MacPhail, a fellow Calgarian, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada, a title that recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity. The business leader and noted philanthropist is a longtime supporter of his alma mater, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He’s most proud of gifting $10 million to SAIT, though that hasn’t been his only involvement with the school. Mr. MacPhail chaired the Promising Futures campaign, which build the Trades and Technology Complex—the largest expansion in SAIT’s history. His philanthropy in Calgary means that several of the city’s buildings bear his name: the Forzani and MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Clinic, the Markin MacPhail Centre, and the MacPhail School of Energy. The latter was the first academic school to be named for a SAIT alumnus. You’ll also find his name in the Alberta Business Hall of Fame and the Petroleum Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. MacPhail’s executive and board skills have benefited several oil and gas players, including Canadian Natural , Bonavista Energy , and Cenovus .

As the recipient of the Young Professional Engineer Award, he has inspirational words for other young professional engineers: “I think a lot of us became engineers because we wanted to build things. But as I progress through my career, I’ve begun to realize that if all we’re doing is building things, we’re missing the point. “We have the opportunity not to just build things but to build communities—to improve the quality of life for people through the spaces we create. So, my challenge to young professionals entering the field is to find the connections between the work that you do and the people it affects. Then find your opportunity to make decisions that will build better communities.” Ken Galm, P.Eng. , of Edmonton, and Manas Shome, P.Eng. , also of Edmonton, each received a CSCE fellowship.

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) held its annual Civil Engineering Excellence awards gala in Montreal in June, recognizing a number of professionals with fellowships and—as the case of one APEGA member—career-boosting and -defining awards. Steven Oosterhof, P.Eng. , took home the Young Professional Engineer Award for outstanding accomplishments early in his career. A tireless professional structural engineer and principal at DIALOG, Mr. Oosterhof has been performing at the top since earning a civil engineering degree in 2008 and a doctorate in structural engineering in 2013. If you live in or visit Alberta’s capital city, you will almost certainly have seen some of his projects. He’s worked on ICE District, Enbridge Centre, and the TELUS World of Science Edmonton expansion, for example. He currently chairs the Consulting Engineers of Alberta’s Edmonton Buildings Committee, and he’s helping develop Canada’s seismic design code.

WORDS OF WISDOM Steven Oosterhof, P.Eng., reminds young professional engineers that the most important thing they can build is a community. - photo courtesy DIALOG

WITH GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS COME GREAT AWARDS From top, Elizabeth Cannon, OC, P.Eng., PhD, and Keith MacPhail, CM, P.Eng., were named in 2019 to the Order of Canada. - photo top by Trudie Lee Photography, photo bottom cour- tesy Cenovus Energy

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