M.E. (Monroe) Kinloch

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Monroe Kinloch, ALS
Known for Secretary-Treasurer (2001-2004), Honorary Life Member (2011)

On the occasion of his nomination for Council, 1980

  • Born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Graduated from Western Canada High School in 1957
  • Graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1960
  • Articled to G.C. Walker, ALS, P.Eng.
  • Obtained ALS Commission in 1968
  • Chairman of ALS Northern Region Group, 1972-1973
  • Member of the Canadian Institute of Surveying since 1964
  • 1976 ALSA Convention Committee
  • Member of ALSA Committees including: 1970, Legislation & Publication; 1971-1972, Planning; 1973-1974, Publication and Education; 1975,Publication and Special Committee on Metric Conversion; 1976, Publication; 1977, Publication and Public Relations; 1978-1979; Public Relations Group and ALS News; 1980, Public Relations Group, Planning Group and Education Group.

By John Haggerty on presenting the Professional Recognition Award to Monroe Kinloch, 2009.

I have been given the privilege to stand before you today to present a second professional recognition award in this centennial year to a very fine gentleman. If you have never met this individual, you will certainly recognize him. His list of contributions is long. Most recently he has served on Council as Secretary Treasurer and CCLS Director from 2001 to 2004. He continues to serve on the CCLS Professional Liability Insurance Committee. It is also worthwhile to note the numerous other smaller things that he has done on numerous other projects over the years. Mainly without recognition, if the tent in the historical area doesn’t fall on you, you can thank this man.

I personally had the pleasure to get to know this individual better only a couple of years ago. He was sitting patiently at a display that was proposing a scheme to send a brigade of fur-trading canoes down the river to retrace the steps of David Thompson 200 years later. I was skeptical but curious. How would we find a boat? Where would we stay? What would we eat? Don’t worry, is all he said to me. Monroe had already seen the potential of this historic endeavour and knew that it was a natural fit for the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association. Through the coming months, I would ask again at various times, if anything needed to be done. Don’t worry was frequently the reply. The canoe — Monroe had arranged to find one in Rocky Mountain House and we borrowed it with the understanding that it would be fixed up and returned in ship-shape after the brigade was finished. The trailer, the food and several hundred other details were magically taken care of.

Monroe fixed the canoe up all through the winter, fibre-glassing and painting, and every time we hit a rock on the river, we thought of him. As the brigade travelled and formed into the community that it was, you could always tell when Monroe was working on a problem. Things got done, they were done properly, discreetly and very cooperatively and as though these things were just happening on their own, which we know never happens. Monroe was certainly the main reason that our team succeeded and so he was asked to continue on the full brigade journey to Thunder Bay, where he continued to work his magic with talents for organization, map-reading and problem-solving.

In recognition of his vision and dedication to the David Thompson Brigade and for his other activities in support of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association, I would like to call upon Monroe Kinloch and his wife Ellen to come forward to receive the professional recognition award.

Mr. Kinloch expressed his thanks for the professional recognition award and commented that in his opinion, the Association is in good hands especially with the commissioning of 29 new members at this AGM. He added that there was not doubt that the Association was heading in the right direction.