G.K. (Ken) Allred

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By Don George on the occasion of the presentation of Honorary Life Membership to Ken Allred in 2010

Council may award honorary life membership to any Alberta Land Surveyor or retired member who has rendered signal service to the Association and the betterment of mankind.

But what does “signal service” mean? It’s not a term we use that often anymore. So Council sat down and tried to define what signal service is. And this is what Council came up with.

If you’ve been an Alberta Land Surveyor for 45 years, that’s signal service.

If you’ve served on Council, that’s signal service.

If you’ve also served as president of this Association, that’s signal service.

If you have been Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer of this Association, that’s signal service.

If you’re the only Alberta Land Surveyor who has been president of the Canadian Council of Land Surveyors, that’s signal service.

If you’ve been the author of numerous articles and reports on the surveying profession in Canada and around the world, that’s signal service.

If you’ve been a vice-president of F-I-G, the international federation of surveyors, that’s signal service.

If you’re a past director of the J.H. Holloway Scholarship Foundation, that’s signal service.

If you have served on city council, regional planning commissions and now serve as the MLA for the riding of St. Albert, that’s signal service.

If you have done all of those things, your name is Ken Allred and you are the newest honorary life member in the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association.

Marge, would you please escort Ken to the front so both of you can receive this award.


Mr. Allred addressed the luncheon as follows:

Thank you very much, Don. I guess that explains the frequent phone calls to my wife over the last month or so. I don’t know if it’s signal service or just perseverance. Like I said earlier, I am very proud to be a member of the survey profession.

As Don said, I’ve been a member of this Association for 45 years and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. The surveying profession offers so many things that are not available to other professions. Unfortunately, we are not recognized and particularly young people and a lot of the general public don’t understand what surveying is all about.

Again, as I said earlier, communication is so important. We have to educate the public about what surveying is. As the Honourable Justice Cote said in one of our seminars a few years ago, the surveying profession is unique. We are like the advocates in Quebec in that we don’t serve a client simply, we serve society as a whole and there are very few other professions that have that uniqueness. Certainly lawyers are there to advocate and serve their client; doctors are there to serve their patient—not the general public. That makes us so unique and I guess that’s one of the reasons I am so proud to be an Alberta Land Surveyor.

Thank you very much.


By John Deyholos and Bill Hunter on the occasion of the presentation of the Professional Recognition Award to Ken Allred

Ladies and Gentlemen: It is a distinct pleasure to stand before you this day, and present my remarks in support of the nominee for this prestigious award. My role is to present the background of the nominee and provide a touch of nostalgia. My credentials are that of a member of Council, vice-president, President and Past President of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association during that period of time that the Association committed itself to full time paid employees; and, in today's language, went "big time."

G. Kenneth Allred was born in South Western Alberta. Formal education began in Waterton Park, through Mountain View and Red Deer, a touch of Engineering at the University of Alberta, and graduation from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. His involvement in continuing education throughout the years is mind-boggling as student, organizer, and resource person.

Prior to his employment by the Association, Ken spent 16 or 17 years in several surveying related occupations ranging from field work with Highways and major consultants in Edmonton and Red Deer, City Surveyor with the City of Red Deer, with Assistant Surveyor and Surveyor to the Land Titles Office in Edmonton as his last stop prior to his commitment to the Association. This hands-on experience provided him with a strong experience base to support his activities with the Association.

During the early 1970s it became apparent to the Council of Management that the workload of the Secretary-Treasurer had grown beyond the capacity of any part-time individual, and that a major decision must be made by the members. Referring to the 1974-1975 Secretary's Report "One hundred and forty-two articled pupils were recorded as actively pursuing their careers." This student activity was in response to Association efforts to upgrade the entry requirements, long standing students were given the option to complete their examinations within a deadline. Failure to do so would require writing under a new syllabus. Mr. Reg Watson, Past President, was assigned the task of conducting a feasibility study to determine a solution to our problems.

In summary, Resolution #10 was passed by the Annual General Meeting of April 1976, tabling the results of a management study and instructing Council to initiate action. The mid 1970s were, in comparison to the past decade, busy times for land surveyors. Bid requests from clients were almost unheard of and most purchasers of survey services were grateful for a return call. In this environment, the selection committee received only three replies, none of whom totally satisfied all the criteria set out for the position.

In my President's remarks at the 1977 Annual General Meeting, I apologized to the membership that the mandate of Resolution #10 was as yet unfulfilled. We had however, hired a very competent young lady as an office assistant to our incumbent. Our alternative, rather than mass circulation for the Secretary-Treasurer position, would be to try the direct approach to Association members.

The Selection Committee had the following qualifications in mind: an individual with strong administrative skills to handle, specifically, the massive load of articled students; an individual with a vision for the future of the Association -a builder; and an individual with strong communication skills, a capacity for dialogue, and a capacity for detail.

The end result was that in November of 1977, G. Kenneth Allred left the security of the Land Titles Office to test the unknown administrative and economic waters as the first permanent Secretary-Treasurer and Registrar of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association. His efforts on behalf of the Association at the provincial and national levels during his tenure will be reviewed by the nominator. Mr. Hunter, please.

Thank you John, for Ken's background. It is important, especially for younger members, to receive an outline of Ken's activities before becoming the Executive Director of our Association in 1977. This broad background of experience and education coupled with his drive for excellence is always evident in Ken's input on committees, work in Association affairs, decisions, and in the numerous articles written by him.

I will now provide you with the reasons we have selected Ken for the Alberta Land Surveyor's Professional Recognition Award. We consider this award, that is, recognition by one's peers for professional excellence, to be the highest honour that can be bestowed on anyone.

Ken did not invent a new technical device to make surveying easier or better, nor did he undertake and complete a large project to achieve notoriety. Ken's contribution to our profession was, and continues to be, in the academic arena to develop, through education, a professional surveyor dedicated to serve in the best public interest.

Ken is one of the greatest advocates for a solid professional background for new surveyors and for continuous professional education for members. He practices what he preaches in this regard as can be witnessed from following his own professional development career. I present to you what we consider a few of the more significant contributions. At one time or another he has either served, provided advice or guidance on every committee the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association has put together in the past 20 years; he has assisted with cadastral studies courses at the University of Alberta; he is well known for his relentless attempts over this entire career of improving the professional image of the Association in general, and the individual member in particular; he is always willing to create, assist, and support all continuing education seminars, cadastral studies at the University of Alberta, and upgrading of the cadastral component of the University of Calgary; he has willingly dedicated whatever time necessary for student guidance; he has given his continuing assistance to the surveying profession by writing informative and educational articles in ALS News; he has provided assistance to the surveying profession by conducting research into court decisions related to the surveying profession and translating "legalese" into understandable words; he is the author of numerous papers on survey matters and contributed a chapter to the Survey Law Text.

These examples are provided to provide an insight into what one man has done in his unquenchable thirst to assist in the professional development of others. Furthermore, these tasks have, and are being performed with zeal and the appearance of enjoyment; however, we know these accomplishments are a matter of self discipline, integrity, and hard work.

Ken has left an unparalleled professional development course as a legacy which can be found between the covers of ALS News for current and new members to master.

It is our opinion, through the aforementioned activities, Ken has made a large and lasting contribution in the enhancement of the land surveyor's image in the eyes of the public and provided the information necessary for individual professional perfection. We trust you will concur, that these activities and attitudes make George Kenneth Allred worthy and deserving of this year's Professional Recognition Award.

Engraved on this award are the words, "Perseverance, intellect and idealism towards developing a dynamic professional association, serving in the best public interest," which we believe exemplifies our impression of your dedication to our Association.


On the occasion of his nomination for president, 2001 and updated in 2010

  • Graduated from SAlT in 1961 with Gold Executive Award
  • Articled to Jerry Iwanusiw, ALS, Ilmar Pals, ALS and Hugh Impey, ALS
  • Received ALS Commission in 1965, CLS Commission in 1968
  • Served on ALS Council-1972 to 1976
  • Served as ALSA Executive Director from 1977 to 1991
  • Member of most ALSA committees at one time or another
  • Editor ALS News from 1980 to 1991
  • Served on Editorial Committee for The Canadian Surveyor 1986-1989
  • Director and Secretary-Treasurer, JH Holloway Scholarship Foundation-1977-1991
  • Served on CCLS from 1977 until 1986 as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and President
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta-1984-1992
  • Author of The Surveying Profession, Survey Law in Canada, Carswell, 1987
  • Canadian delegate to International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Commission 1 - Professional Practice-1980-2002 -(Chair -1994-1998)
  • Life Member, Canadian Institute of Geomatics
  • Member, Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (1988-2002)
  • Alderman, City of St Albert for 15 years
  • Chair, Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Planning Commission-1993-1995
  • Member, Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal-1994-1998 and 2002-2008
  • Member, Assessment Appeal Board, City of St Albert, 1999-2000
  • Member, Health Professions Advisory Board (2002-2005) and Automobile Insurance Dispute Resolution Committee (2004-2006)
  • President, St. Albert PC Association from 2000-2003 and a candidate for the Reform Party in 1988.
  • Member, Distance Learning Committee
  • Chair, ACLS Discipline Committee, 1999-2001
  • Chair, CIG National Committee on FIG, 2000-2006
  • vice-president, Alberta Land Surveyors' Association-2000-2001
  • Member, FIG Task Force on Cultures and Languages in FIG
  • Practice includes cadastral research, forensic investigations, professional seminars and adjudication
  • Prior employment with all three levels of government; private practice, resource exploration and association management
  • Attended every ALSA annual meeting since 1965.
  • President of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association in 2001-2002
  • Vice-president of FIG, 2004-2008
  • Awarded honorary membership in FIG, 2009
  • Awarded honorary membership in the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors, 1997
  • President's Citation, Canadian Institute of Geomatics, 2007