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Convocation date: October 24, 1992
Discipline / contribution: geophysical engineering ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Mr. Byron J. Seaman, a most distinguished engineer, entrepreneur and business man. Although a long time resident of Alberta, Mr. Seaman was born and raised in Saskatchewan and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1945. After graduating, he spent a year at the university as an instructor, teaching drafting and surveying. He then moved to Alberta where he has been with the oil industry.Degree received: Doctor of Science
Mr. Seaman worked first as a geophysicist with Carter Oil Company, and then as a liaison engineer with Gulf Oil and a seismic operator with Western Geophysical.
In 1949 Mr. Seaman joined his brother Daryl as a partner in Seaman Engineering and Drilling Company Limited in what was to become Bow Valley Industries Ltd. The following years were marked by numerous and rapid changes in the professional life of Mr. Seaman. He became Vice-President and Director of Bow Valley Industries in 1960, Senior Vice President in 1968, and Executive Vice-president in 1975. Later, he became Chief Executive Officer of Bow Valley Resource Services Ltd. Mr. Seaman has been, or still is, a director of Bow Valley Industries Ltd., Bovar Inc., NOVAtel Communications Ltd. and Encal Energy Ltd. amongst others.
To his great credit, Mr. Seaman has given freely of his time and resources to a wide variety of other activities. He has been, a member of the Premieres Advisory Council on Science and Technology, and a member of the Federal Government's liaison body for providing management assistance to developing countries. He is currently assisting the Federal Government in the transfer of Canadian technology to developing countries.
Mr. Seaman has also been roost active in charitable and community activities. He was or is chairperson of the Canadian Committee of Det Norske Veritas, a member of the Board of the Salvation Army, and a member of the Board of the Calgary Children's Hospital and three of its committees. He has served on committees of the YMCA and UNICEF. He is on the Senior Advisory Committee of the Canadian Foundation of Ileitis and Colitis, and has assisted in two major fund raising campaigns for this foundation. Recently, he was involved in the formation of the Calgary branch of the Links Fellowship. He also actively supports and participates in the International Hockey Centre for Excellence.
Busy as he is, Mr. Seaman has not forgotten his home province. He has always been a good friend of the College of Engineering and the University of Saskatchewan. He participated in the original University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering Equipment Fund Campaign and in 1986 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Engineering Advancement Trust.
Mr. Seaman is the recipient of a number of awards. One came from his peers in Alberta. In 1987 he was the recipient of the award for outstanding contributions to society from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. Another came from the College of Engineering of the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 when he was named the College's most Distinguished Graduate.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Byron J. Seaman and ask that you will confer on him the Degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Peter Nikiforuk , Dean of Engineering
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