W.S. (Warren) Barlow

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Warren was born in Toronto on April 16, 1945. He completed Grade 13 at Orillia Collegiate & Vocational Institute in Ontario. He attended the University of Waterloo and took one-and-a-half years of civil engineering. Warren completed his third year of civil engineering at the University of Toronto but then ventured into the survey work field, soon becoming a survey party chief.

In the mid-1970s, Warren moved to the Edmonton area to continue his survey work. In 1977, he joined the UMA Engineering Ltd survey department. He continued formal training as a pupil articled to R. E. Mayne, ALS, CLS, P Eng, MCIP (now retired) during the period from October 23, 1978 to February 20, 1984. He then completed all examinations and was awarded Alberta Land Surveyor commission #557 on January 11, 1985. Previous to that time he obtained Canada Lands Surveyor commission #1289 dated January 17, 1983 and later received License #313.

While working with UMA, for eight years, Warren was able to gain experience in a variety of survey work in different parts of Canada, including Alberta, NWT/NU and Yukon. This included subdivisions, photo-control, bathymetric measurements and topographic, right-of-way, wellsite and construction surveys, to name but a few.

With an independent view of his future career, Warren formed W.S. Barlow Surveying Ltd. (Survey Corporation #P124) on March 18, 1986. He then provided his survey services to a variety of clients from an office located in Spruce Grove. Over the ensuing years there was a great variation in the economic activity in Alberta. Warren adapted by working for other survey firms, as a sole practitioner and through his own company at different times during the next twenty years.

Although many of his surveys were done in Alberta, Warren also made effective use of his CLS capabilities. A check of the CLS record files at Natural Resources Canada shows 270 entries of survey projects listed under his name. These include subdivision plans and field notes, rights-of-way surveys, Sahtu land claim parcels, photo control and reports. This work was done in such places as Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Broughton Island, Igloolik, Resolute Bay, Edmonton, Calgary and other locations in between. He had the enviable chance that most surveyors dreams of; to see extensive parts of Canada and to assist in its development for generations to come.

He began to specialize in work within northern Alberta from 2002 onward, starting in Fort McMurray, then at High Level as an employee with other companies. In 2005 he became a sole practitioner in La Crete, later opening Barlow Surveying Inc. (#P230). However, due to ill health, his operation ceased by June 2013 and his commissions were cancelled. Warren returned to the Washago area of Ontario where he passed away on February 22, 2014, at 69 years of age.

Warren was proud to hold his survey commissions. He supported the survey associations and volunteered on the Systems & Procedures Group and was a regional chairman of the Public Relations Group in the early years. He also helped others by being the principal to a number of articling students. Warren will be missed by his children Amanda (Alex) and Katie (Robbie) of Edmonton. He is also survived by his siblings Barrie (Edith), Wendy, Donald (Cathy) and Terry. He will continue to be remembered by many members of the Alberta survey community within which he actively participated.

Bob Mayne, ALS (Retired)