H.E. (Hugh) Impey
From Alberta's Land Surveying History
- Born November 30, 1933 at Breton Alberta (SE1/4 of Sec. 34, Twp. 47, Rge. 4, W4M).
- Grew up on a farm at the above location.
- Attended school in Breton until 1951 when he left to work in the oil patch on a seismic crew.
- Attended SAIT for two years in the Survey Technology Program from 1954 to 1956.
- Some of the other surveyors in that program period were Walter Kiriak, Rolly Moen, Bernie Rachansky, Keith Smith, Bob Baker, Ernie Tessari.
- Commenced articles with D. Rae Sutherland, ALS in 1956 and registered as an ALS in 1959, DLS and MLS in 1962 and SLS in 1965.
- Moved to Grande Prairie in 1965 to join with Denis Hosford, ALS and Paul White ALS in a firm that was the forerunner of what is now HIW Surveys in Grande Prairie. He was the senior partner in this firm for a number of years until retirement in 1997.
- All of his experience was in the area of private practice. He carried out surveys from the Yukon Territory, Northern BC, throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as in a number of communities in NWT.
- Apart from some municipal surveys in the north, his specialty was mining claims. The sample plans for mining claims in the old DLS manual were a copy of some plans he had prepared during the late 1960s.
- Did a lot of claim surveys at Thompson, Manitoba. His first trip to Thompson in 1958 was when there was only a fuel barrel and a lake there. worked with W.H. Jones, MLS, ALS during several seasons there.
- Also surveyed some major mining properties in northern Saskatchewan using Doppler techniques which was a first also in that field.
- He was involved in the acquisition of the first electronic measuring device in Alberta (Geodimeter Model 6) through his firm in Grande Prairie. Also registered the first metric plan in Land Titles at Edmonton (this was later converted to imperial as LTO decided that the legislation was not yet appropriate to handle this after the fact).
- His practice in the south (of 60) was generally related to oilfield and municipal work, included a retracement of the Trans-Canada Pipeline from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Moosomin, Saskatchewan.
- In more recent years, he was involved in a couple of survey control and mapping projects in Peru, South America. Since retirement, he did some volunteer work in both Peru and Bolivia on property identification projects.
- Hugh Impey was elected mayor of Grande Prairie in 1980 and played a major role in the Grande Prairie Park developments.
- His work within the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association was recognized in 1984 when he received the Outstanding Service Award. Hugh Impey served on numerous ALSA committees and served as vice-president and president in 1993-1994. In 2000, in recognition of all of his achievements, Hugh Impey was made an honorary life member in the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association.