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Barry Lester receives Consulting Engineers of Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Award

Barry Lester, P.Eng. won the CEA Lieutenant Governor's Award for Distinguished Achievement.


Barry Lester, P.Eng. won the CEA Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement.

Mr. Lester was a founding member of his own structural engineering company, Simpson Lester Goodrich, and later became executive vice-president of Stantec Consulting, responsible for a 4,000 strong multidisciplinary workforce.

Some of Lester’s pioneering work includes the first indoor wave pool in Canada at Calgary’s Village Square Leisure Centre, the first covered speedskating rink in the world, for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and the first steel-free continuous bridge deck in the world on Calgary’s University Drive. It was made with high-strength glass and carbon fibre reinforcing.

He was also the driving force behind the Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump museum in Alberta, and was a key leader of the engineering team for Confederation Bridge, which linked Prince Edward Island to mainland Canada for the first time.

He is Canada’s only engineer to win the Schreyer Award twice in the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.