Community and collaboration filled the air at the Schulich School of Engineering’s 24th annual Dean’s Holiday Reception. Around 500 business leaders, donors, alumni and industry gathered to celebrate leadership in engineering on December 9. The crowd also included students, faculty and staff from the University of Calgary.
“This event recognizes the value of leadership in engineering,” said Bill Rosehart, dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. “The Schulich School has been fortunate to have the support of our diverse engineering community. This support makes it possible for us to be one of the best engineering schools in the country with a focus on student success, fostering diversity and research that makes a difference.”
Rosehart presented Fluor Canada with the Dean's Award for Corporate Leadership for its significant leadership in supporting research and educational activities in the Schulich School of Engineering and the University of Calgary.
Fluor Canada general manager Simon Nottingham said they were incredibly proud to receive the award.
“Fluor is honored to accept this award and we are incredibly proud of our continued relationship with the Schulich School of Engineering,” says Nottingham. “As a company that prides itself on delivering innovative solutions in engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction for our clients, we continually rely on the bright minds of young men and women, like those at the University of Calgary, to challenge us with new ideas and continue to move us forward in today’s marketplace.
For more than 10 years, Fluor has been active in the Engineering Associates Program. The company also funds student scholarships and helps support undergraduate labs and research chairs at the University of Calgary.
The Canadian Engineering Leader Award was presented to Sue Riddell Rose, President and Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Energy Inc., for her outstanding achievements, determined leadership, and generosity in sharing.
“This is an incredible honour and I deeply appreciate the opportunity to accept this,” Riddell Rose told the audience after receiving the award from President Elizabeth Cannon. “U of C has done an incredible job in terms of what has been built. I’m proud to be part of a city that hosts a university as successful as what you have created here.”
Riddell Rose was described by Cannon as a role model in the engineering profession and an inspiration to future generations. She graduated from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in geological engineering and began her career as a geological engineer with Shell Canada. She has close to 30 years of experience in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry and serves as a governor for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is actively involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations including United Way of Calgary, the Premier’s Council for Alberta’s Promise, UNICEF Canada, Fulbright Canada and Queen’s University.