Al-Terra Donates $35,000 to The Alzheimer's Society


August 16th, 2016

Al-Terra Engineering is dedicated in making the community they live and work in a better place, and each year the staff select a local charity to support through donations of their time and money. Due to the close impact Alzheimer’s has had with many of Al-Terra’s staff The Alzheimer's Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories was specifically chosen for 2016.

Fundraising efforts were successful through the collection of donations for treats brought into the office and event tickets; additionally the office put a team of over 60 people into the Walk for Alzheimer's, and held a fun golf and BBQ event at Dorchester Golf Course. In a summary of the fundraising efforts for the year, the Al-Terra family donated over $35,000 to The Alzheimer’s Society.

Unexpectedly, our community also came together to support the Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray region evacuees early this summer, and we are proud to say that Al-Terra Engineering stepped up to the plate once again, donating basic essentials, as well as $20,000 to the relief efforts.

Al-Terra and Leo & Vivian Broks help “complete the fleet” of epl2go Literacy Vans


October 28th , 2015

Edmonton Public Library’s EPL2go Literacy Vans bring library programs and services to new and underserved communities within Edmonton. These vans are completely funded through community donations and grants.

On October 28, 2015 Al-Terra joined a group of Edmonton builders and developers at a wine & cheese event hosted by Mayor Don Iveson at the Jasper Place library branch to meet the challenge to “complete the fleet” by funding a van to serve the fourth quadrant of the city.

As strong believers in giving back to the communities in which we live and work, Al-Terra gave $5,000 toward this endeavour, and Leo and Vivian Broks also personally donated $5,000.

More images from this event can be found here.

Al-Terra donation to U of A’s Faculty of Engineering


June 30th , 2015

Al-Terra has donated $50,000 to the University of Alberta to support the construction of the Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering. This new 28,400 sq.m. space supports educational and research activities in the Faculty of Engineering on the U of A main campus.

A grand opening celebration was held on June 30 at the Fred Pheasey Engineering Commons on the 8th floor of the Donadeo ICE. Al-Terra’s donation was acknowledged with the dedication of the Al-Terra Engineering Meeting Room on the 2nd floor.

Al-Terra strongly supports the recruitment and education of engineering students, providing scholarships through the Leo and Vivian Broks Scholarship, and employing students through the University Engineering Co-op Programs. This donation continues their dedication to encouraging future engineers and contributing to the engineering profession.

 

Two Capital Region Engineers receive Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service



February 10th, 2014

Leo Broks, P.Eng. and Corry Broks P.Eng. were awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service at last Thursday evening’s annual Gala of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. Leo Broks is Board Chairman and Corry Broks is President of Al-Terra Engineering Inc. of Edmonton.

“We are very proud to recognize Leo and Corry—they set an example for all of us—not just for their engineering excellence but for what they do outside the profession” says CEA president Craig Clifton P.Eng. “Perhaps their greatest contribution is their commitment to the next generation. They strongly support mentorship as evidenced by having engineering students work in their firm as co-op students. In addition they annually provide $5,000 scholarships to deserving students pursing engineering careers.”

Both Leo and Corry are strong supporters of the community and have a company policy of donating one percent of their gross revenues to charity. Each year they assign a staff member to oversee the charitable initiative. “Their company is built upon the premise of giving back to the community,” adds Clifton.

The two brothers grew up near Winfield and both pursued engineering careers at the University of Alberta. Leo formed Al-Terra Engineering in 1976 and was joined by Corry 18 months later. The two have led the firm through Alberta’s rapid growth of the late 70s, through the recession of the 1980s, and onward to its current position as one of the leading consulting engineering firms in Alberta. Although their business is located in Edmonton the brothers both live in Sherwood Park.

Al-Terra Engineering is known for engineering excellence in the fields of land development, urban transportation, urban renewal, highway engineering, transportation planning, and water resources. Examples of their work diversity can be seen at www.al-terra.com

The Consulting Engineers of Alberta are an important part of Alberta’s knowledge-based economy. The CEA represents 100 member-firms employing over 10,000 professional engineers, technologists and support staff and contribute over $2 billion annually to Alberta’s economy and support more than $20 billion in construction and development.

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For information contact
Craig Clifton, P. Eng.
President, Consulting Engineers of Alberta
1-403-863-2819

Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships

NEWS RELEASE
February 18, 2014

Three University of Alberta students and one from the University of British Columbia were recipients of the Leo and Vivian Broks Scholarships from Al-Terra Engineering Ltd. of Edmonton.

“Each student won a $5,000 scholarship because of the excellence they demonstrated during their engineering placement with our firm,” says Corry Broks, P.Eng., president of Al-Terra Engineering. “Each year we participate in the engineering co-op program and hire students to help our permanent staff with the workload. We usually award two scholarships but this year we were so impressed by the quality and competence of the students placed with us that we decided to award four scholarships.”

The students winning the scholarships were:

· Ali Arshad, University of Alberta
· Bryden Coonan, University of Alberta
· Janet Jorgensen, University of British Columbia
· Susan Hutchinson, University of Alberta

“We do our best to ensure students working with us are given opportunities to put their knowledge to use and we involve them in all aspects in our company,’ says Al-Terra vice-president, Sheldon Hudson, P.Eng. “They participate in all our projects and engineering activities so they get an understanding of the practical application of the things they have learned at university. I was one of those students in 1993 and am extremely grateful to Leo and Corry Broks. The certainly made a difference in my life.”

“We established the scholarship program because we believe in giving back to the community we belong to. And secondly, these young people are the future of our profession. It is important that we support them in any way we can,” says Leo Broks, P.Eng., founder and chairman of Al-Terra Engineering.

The Al-Terra Engineering Ltd. Leo & Vivian Broks Scholarships, established in 2012 are annually awarded to undergraduate engineering students who have completed their second year of studies in a faculty of engineering, and who wish to pursue a career in the consulting engineering industry.

The University Engineering Co-op Programs incorporate a paid, supervised work experience component into the engineering degree program. Co-op students gain valuable experience through paid full-time employment during work terms sequenced with academic terms. In addition to eight, four-month terms of full-time study, students complete five, four-month work terms related to their field of study.

“This scholarship program is one of the reasons that Leo and Corry Broks received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service earlier this month—it is typical of what they do for our community,” says Hudson.

Al-Terra located in Edmonton, Alberta has successfully provided consulting engineering and project management services since 1976. The company takes pride in offering the knowledge and the experience necessary to provide its private and public sector clients with customized, cost-effective and innovative solutions.

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For further information, contact
Sheldon Hudson P.Eng.
780-577-4320
www.al-terra.com

Al-Terra Engineering Submits Rampart Industrial Project for 2014 CEA Showcase Award in the
Environmental & Sustainable Design Categories

Rampart Industrial – Integrating Stormwater Management into the Ecological Network

Firm: Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.

Client/Owner: City of Edmonton - Corporate Properties Land Services

Location: Edmonton, AB

Sub-Consultants: EIDOS Consultants Incorporated, Spencer Environmental Management Services Ltd., Magna IV Engineering, Hoggan Engineering & Testing (1980) Ltd., Pals Geomatics Corporation

Contactors: Sureway Construction Management Ltd, Heritage Nurseries Ltd.

Led by the vision of City of Edmonton – Corporate Properties Land Services to create an “Eco-Industrial Park”, Al-Terra Engineering with sub-consultants EIDOS Consultants and Spencer Environmental provided consulting services to develop Rampart Industrial, a greenfield development which successfully integrated functional and marketable industrial sites with existing ecological features. A retained woodland and wetland are reconnected through bioswales and a dedicated wildlife crossing provides small animal passage. A 10-hectare wetland was built to provide peak storm attenuation, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat and public amenities. The scale and connectivity of the features provides a sustainable ecosystem. The project team also included Magna IV Engineering, Hoggan Engineering & Testing (1980) Ltd., and Pals Geomatics.

Sheldon Hudson Elected CEA 2012-2013 President

Al-Terra Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the election of Sheldon Hudson, P.Eng., as President of the 2012-2013 Board of Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA). Sheldon, Al-Terra’s Vice-President of Transportation, has been a consulting engineer for nearly 20 years.

As CEA President, Sheldon plans to focus on shaping public policy, a key priority in CEA’s strategic plan. “CEA member firms provide valuable services that enhance our communities and benefit our society as a whole. It is our responsibility to effectively communicate our message on issues such as New West Trade Partnership Agreement, qualification-based selection, and fair contract language, to preserve and enhance the health of our industry. A healthy consulting engineering industry is vital for the long term growth and prosperity of Alberta,” explains Sheldon.

To view the full listing of CEA Board of Directors, visit the CEA site.

Consulting Engineers of Alberta is a registered organization representing over 80 consulting engineering firms employing over 9,000 individuals and contributing $1.9 billion annually to the Alberta economy.

Dana Leithead Joins Al-Terra Board, Promoted to Manager

Dana Leithead, P.Eng., was recently appointed Director of Al-Terra Engineering and promoted to Manager, Municipal Infrastructure. Dana joins President Corry Broks, P.Eng., Vice President Sheldon Hudson, P.Eng., and Chairman Leo Broks, P.Eng. on the Board.

The Board guides the strategic direction of the company. “Her leadership will help shape the company as we grow, and she will continue to provide guidance for high quality engineering on our municipal infrastructure projects,” explains Sheldon.

Dana demonstrates excellent judgment in client relationships, technical engineering expertise and corporate management. Dana started at Al-Terra as summer co-op student, and her potential was recognized from the beginning. “Having Dana as a director at Al-Terra is a natural progression in her career and simply a reflection of her talents and capabilities,” shares Sheldon.

Dana graduated with Distinction from the University of Alberta Co-operative program in May 2000, earning a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. She joined Al-Terra full-time in 2000 and quickly progressed from Site Surveyor/Resident Engineer to Project/Design Engineer to Project Manager for Urban Transportation and Land Development projects to her present role as Manager, Municipal Infrastructure. She also actively supports industry associations such as the Consulting Engineers of Alberta and the Institute of Transportation Engineers by volunteering her time.

Announcing the Leo & Vivian Broks Scholarship

NEWS RELEASE

October 25, 2012

Al-Terra Engineering Names $5,000 Scholarships for Company Founder

To honor the company founder and his wife, Al-Terra has established the Leo & Vivian Broks Scholarship, which will be awarded to two post-secondary students who worked at Al-Terra though a summer, work term, or internship employment in the current year of the award. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually.

"Naming this award for Leo and Vivian is appropriate and reflects the lifelong commitment that they have shown towards education as well as their desire to give back to their community," says Sheldon Hudson, Vice President, Al-Terra. "This award encourages more engineering students to consider a career in consulting engineering, which is vitally important considering the shortage of engineers expected in our industry."

The staff and management at Al-Terra were pleased to surprise Leo and Vivian with the scholarship announcement at the grand opening of their new offices at 5307 - 47 Street on October 25, 2012. "Al-Terra has given us incredible opportunity in our engineering careers. It is great to see Leo's hard work and dedication honored through the naming of this significant scholarship opportunity," concludes Hudson.

Al-Terra Engineering Ltd. is a consulting engineering firm in Edmonton with approximately 30 full-time employees. Al-Terra hires roughly 10 engineering students each year, some of which have returned as full time employees. Al-Terra has their head office in Edmonton in the Pylypow subdivision.

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For further information contact:

Sheldon Hudson, P.Eng.
780-577-4320 (office)
780-975-8302 (cell)
www.al-terra.com

Al-Terra Engineering opens new headquarters to mark 35 years in business

NEWS RELEASE

October 25, 2012

Al-Terra Engineering opens new headquarters to mark 35 years in business

Celebrating 35 years in business, Al-Terra Engineering Ltd. officially opened its new offices on October 25, 2012, in its recently built 12,000 sq. ft. building at 5307 – 47 Street in the Pylypow Industrial Subdivision. Al-Terra provided the design and construction engineering services for this subdivision on behalf of its client, the City of Edmonton.

“This is the third move in our company’s history,” says Corry Broks, P.Eng., President, Al-Terra Engineering. “This new office space offers our 30 employees an outstanding work environment and provides us with room to grow and expand.”

Mayor Stephen Mandel, along with company founder and Chairman Leo Broks, P.Eng., President Corry Broks, P.Eng. and other senior company personnel welcomed the many guests and clients that attended the open house festivities.

Al-Terra is employee-owned and many of its staff started out with the company as co-op students. “This organic recruitment approach continues to serve our company and our employees well,” says Broks. To honour both the company founder and his wife, and the success this approach has had on the firm, Al-Terra has established the Leo & Vivian Broks Scholarship, which will be awarded to two engineering students who work at Al-Terra. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually.

Al-Terra has successfully provided consulting engineering and project management services since 1976. The company takes pride in offering the knowledge and the experience necessary to provide its private and public sector clients with customized, cost-effective, and innovative solutions. Al-Terra has significant experience in managing teams of consultants and other firms to carry out large projects. As well, the company is able to provide expertise in non-technical matters such as policy development and project management.

The company has a flat organizational structure that enables employees to be involved in every aspect of a project. “Al-Terra’s project management style offers clients efficient, personalized services from every member of our team,” concludes Broks.

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For further information, contact:

Corry Broks, P.Eng.
President
780-577-4321 (office)
780-910-3478 (cell)
www.al-terra.com