National, Oct 28, 2013

    The 2013 CISC Lifetime Achievement Awards were given out at a gala dinner during the CISC Annual Convention on September 21, 2013. This year’s honorees were Alan Lock, Paul Collins, Dr. Siegfried Stiemer and Stig Skarborn.

    The CISC Lifetime Achievement Awards honour individuals that have made a significant contribution to the development, advancement, and success of the Canadian steel industry over a sustained period of years. This award recognizes individuals participating within the structural steel design, construction and academic community.

    The individual should have:

    • made a positive impact on advancing the use of structural steel;

    • earned recognition by other industry groups;

    • the respect of professional peers;

    • been generally acknowledged as having reached the pinnacle of their profession or industry; and

    • demonstrated, over an extended period of time leadership, innovation and/or originality in design, construction or academic concepts in structural steel design.

    Alan Lock graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Halifax in 1969 and earned his Masters from the University of Alberta in 1970.  He began his forty plus year career in the structural steel fabrication and erection industries as a Research Scientist for the Defense Research Establishment in Ottawa.  He then spent 14 years in a variety of roles at Robb Engineering and   became their Sales and Engineering Manager in 1987. He joined Dominion Bridge Atlantic as an Operations Manager in 1990 and worked his way to General Manager in 1993.  In 1995 he became the General Manager of Ocean Steel with full responsibility to supervise and direct the overall function and activities of the Sales, Estimating, Engineering, Production, Purchasing, Quality Control, Project Management, Maintenance, Shipping and Erection Departments until 2002 when he started his own consulting firm, NALA Consulting Inc.  In 2004 he joined the CISC as the Atlantic Regional Manager coordinating pertinent activities between all Atlantic CISC Members, Consultants, Owners, Developers, Educational Institutions and various Government Departments.  He remained in that role until 2012.

    Paul Collins founded Collins Industries Ltd. in 1984, and owned and operated the company for 28 years before selling it to his two sons in 2012. Prior to establishing his company, Paul worked with his older brothers fabricating and installing miscellaneous and structural steel in the Edmonton area. He then obtained his journeyman boilermakers ticket, and worked his way up to foreman on Oil sands projects in Northern Alberta. During his tenure at Collins Industries Ltd. Paul served in many voluntary Board and committee positions related to the steel industry. These positions included: The Alberta Regional Chair for the CISC, the Alberta Regional Design Awards Committee Chair and a member on The National Marketing Committee. Outside of the CISC, Paul served on the Alberta Apprenticeship Board of Directors, CAREERS the Next Generation Board of Directors, and several Boards related to compassion work both locally and abroad. At this stage of his life Paul is able to dedicate his time raising funds for compassion work in Guatemala, Nicaragua and South Africa. He also enjoys spending time with any of his 10 grandchildren. Although retired from day to day business operations, Paul remains passionate about steel fabrication and the construction industry in general. He remains connected to the CISC by working in an advisory role in the Alberta region assisting with the new sponsorship program which was rolled out in the summer of 2013.

    Beginning his career as a steel apprentice and an apprentice in airplane construction, Dr. Siegfried Stiemer graduated with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and Space Technology at the University of Stuttgart in Germany in 1972 and went on to earn a Doctoral Degree in 1979. He worked in a variety of roles over the next few years and began his career with the University of British Columbia in 1981 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.  He then became the Associate Dean for the faculty of Applied Science and then Faculty of the Shad Valley Program.  In 1990, he became a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, a position that he still holds today.   His teaching lies in the area of structural design focusing on steel structures, experimenting with and introducing various methods using modern information technologies and actively engaged in mentorship, learning-centered curricula development, and facilitating of active learning and critical thinking skills with his students.

    Stig graduated with honors in Civil Engineering from the Technical College in Stockholm, Sweden in 1964. After a year working as a structural designer and draftsman with Stockholm’s Department of Public Works he and his wife, Marianne, emigrated to Canada where he worked within the consulting engineering field in Vancouver, Toronto and Sudbury.  While in Sudbury he enrolled in Cambrian College’s welding program. He wasn’t as adept at this as he had thought, but became fascinated with the welding field, and thus concentrated his continuing education efforts and was eventually recognized as a welding engineer by the Canadian Welding Bureau. His work involved primarily heavy civil and marine projects.  In 1981 he started his own consulting practice in Fredericton, NB, providing design and welding engineering services. Within the latter field he has assisted over 90 clients with welding certification and procedure development and has been involved in buildings, bridges, ship building, offshore structures and pressure vessels. His company regularly gives seminars on topics relating to welding.

    Stig is designated an International Welding Engineer, is an Associate of the CISC, sits on the Board of the Steel Structures Education Foundation, and belongs to the professional engineering associations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. He has participated in the development of CSA standards for welding aluminum, offshore structures and ferry boarding facilities, and is a member of the American and Canadian Welding Societies and the American Institute of Steel Construction.”