Ernie Tessari, on the occasion of the
presentation of the Professional Recognition Award to Alex Hittel)
- Alex is probably best known for his
zeal in promoting surveying professionally, and for his
dedication to pursuing advanced technology in surveying and
sharing knowledge gained through such pursuits with his
That Alex was attracted to surveying at a very young age seems
evident in the records of his birth, for his birth was recorded
as happening August 19,
on Section 13, Township 19, Range 26, West of 3 (Near Fox
Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada).
Following high school he was employed by the federal government
under the direction of D M. Hornby,
ALS, P. Eng., at Medicine Hat, Alberta. He enrolled in
"Surveying and Drafting" at the Provincial Institute of
Technology and Art (now Southern Alberta Institute of
Technology), Calgary, graduating in
On graduation, Alex accepted employment with Shell Canada
Limited under the direction of R. E. Squire, P.Eng., and
H. G. Falkenberg, ALS, P. Eng.,
at Regina, Calgary and Edmonton.
He completed requirements and obtained his Alberta Land
Surveyors' Commission in
and Dominion Land (now Canada Lands) Surveyors' Commission in
Since joining Shell he has held a number of challenging
positions and presently heads the surveying division for
Sheltech Canada, exercising direction and supervision over some
fifty surveyors and survey engineers
Early in his career, Alex took a keen interest in advanced
instrumentation and systems for survey measurements, positioning
off shore and positioning in other non-surveyed areas.
Throughout the development of Doppler Satellite Positioning in
Canada, he has been instrumental in the development of computer
programs and observing techniques. As technology advanced, Alex
was relentless in both the pursuit of related knowledge and
imparting same to members of the surveying community. Throughout
his career, Alex Hittel has been an ardent promoter of
organizations for the purpose of furthering professional
education and enhancing the surveying profession. Specifically,
Alex has served the profession:
i) as Chairman, Surveying and Mapping Committee, Canadian
ii) as Council member, Alberta Land Surveyors' Association for
seven years, one of which was served as President.
iii) as Chairman of several ALS committees, including
iv) as lecturer, on occasions too numerous to recount, for the
purpose of furthering technical and professional advancement of
colleagues and students of surveying.
v) by taking a major role, nationally, in the organization of
courses, seminars, and similar programs for continuing education
in the survey community.
vi) as member of the National Research Council sub-committee on
vii) as member for the past seven years of the National Advisory
Committee on Control Surveys and Mapping.
viii) as author of numerous technical papers
ix) as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Surveying
Engineering Program at UNB
x) through an active program of research and sharing of
xi) as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Surveying
Engineering Program at the U of C.
xii) as a well known and respected expert in his field,
dedicated to sharing that expertise with the surveying
During his recent terms of office as Vice-President, President,
and past President of the Association, the University of Calgary
forwarded a letter of intent to the Department of Advanced
Education and Manpower, relative to instituting a Surveying
Engineering Program. That program became a reality in September,
due, in large part to the sincere dedication and efforts of Alex
Attesting to Alex's exemplary professional contribution is the
"Award of Merit", in recognition of his outstanding service to
the oil and gas industry, conferred in
by the Canadian Petroleum Association.