2005 - Laying Down
marked one hundred years since the Province of Alberta
entered Confederation. The province planned a number of community activities and
many organizations planned their own celebrations.
Land Surveyors' Association arranged to have Laying Down the Lines: A History
of Land Surveying in Alberta published as its biggest centennial project.
The book was printed just in time for the 2005 annual general meeting although
the project was many years in the making. In 1997, then-president
Stan Longson announced in ALS News
that Council had resurrected the Historical & Biographical Committee and one of
the things the committee might do is "obtain information and stories from
members before they are on the wrong side of the grass."
Doug Barnett served as the
committee's first chairman before having to step down.
Bob Baker filled in as he always seemed
to do for the Association. For the first several years, the Historical &
Biographical Committee met with senior members of the Alberta Land Surveyors'
Association to record their stories and reminiscences. In
2001, Council approved hiring author
Judy Larmour to research and write the book. Hardcover books were sold to
members of the Association and sales were brisk at the 2005 AGM; the book's
publisher, Brindle & Glass, sold the softcover version of the book to retail
While 2005 was a time to look back, the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association
also looked ahead. Council had formed the Future of the Association Ad Hoc
Committee to develop a plan to attract potential Alberta Land Surveyors to the
profession and to review the Association's registration process to ensure that
articling pupils are learning what they need to learn. In
order to effectively plan for the future, the ALSA identified the need for an
objective third-party current state assessment of the profession and hired a
consultant to do that assessment. The goals were to understand the dynamics of
the profession, identify external and internal factors that influence the
profession, and the possible impact on the profession’s future viability. The
consultant concluded that there may be a shortage of Alberta Land Surveyors in
the next five years depending on how quickly the economy grew.
A shortage of Alberta Land Surveyors was not immediately evident in 2005.
Twenty-nine members received their commission in 2005; the most since
1978. The total number of active
members grew to a record 338.
When the national board of examiners initiative fell through in
2004, the Association of Canada Lands
Surveyors proposed that they and the Western Canadian Board of Examiners form a
new board to, hopefully, facilitate the later development into a true national
board. By early 2005, each of the western provincial survey associations and
ACLS had agreed to the formation of the new board.
This year also saw two new business motions from previous years bear the
fruit of a lot of hard committee work. In
2000, the membership approved in new business a motion to provide an avenue
to resolve boundary uncertainties and disputes as an alternative to resorting to
the court process. What finally came out of that motion was the Boundary
Resolution Process. There were two components to the Boundary Resolution
Process. First, if the involved Alberta Land Surveyors cannot informally resolve
the situation themselves, the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association may assist
with mediation. Second, if mediation has failed or does not apply, there is a
referral from the Executive Director to the Boundary Panel who would convene to
determine if the boundary uncertainty is best resolved by Section 9 of the
Surveys Act or some other means. Council approved the Boundary Resolution
Process on a trial basis in 2005.
- In 2002, the membership passed a
motion to have a committee review a method which allows monumentation placed
under Section 26 of the Surveys Act to have official status. The Legislation Ad
Hoc Committee, under chairman Terry Hudema,
looked at a number of different options and ideas. The Ad Hoc Committee took a
concept to the membership at the 2004
annual general meeting but the vote was evenly split and the committee went back
to the drawing board. By 2005, they had refined their ideas and this time the
membership easily approved two recommendations by secret ballot to ask the
government to amend the Surveys Act.
- Back - 2004 -
Something Has to be Done
- Forward - 2006 -