This award recognizes exceptional achievement as a mentor.
Mr. Robert Rose, P.Eng., has a passion for his profession that inspires him to devote uncounted time and effort to the mentoring of young professionals and the sharing of his knowledge, experience and passion for engineering with students of all ages. Mr. Rose, a graduate of the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in electrical engineering, recently retired after 35 years from his role as Supervising Engineer with ATCO Electric where he was a founding contributor to ATCO Electric’s Engineers-in-Training (E.I.T.) program. He has also been a mentor in the University of Alberta’s co-op engineering program and an active APEGGA Outreach Program volunteer.
ATCO Electric’s E.I.T. program is built around the four-year Member-in-Training (M.I.T.) period. Mr. Rose has been involved with the ATCO E.I.T. program since its inception in 2003. His commitment to the program has resulted in its growth and development and he was instrumental in the creation of the Coach’s Council, a group which seeks to constantly improve the program.
Mr. Rose’s coaching and teaching style is defined by his willingness to dedicate his time and to make the extra effort to connect with his proteges. One of the features of his mentoring style is the hands-on, practical educational approach he employs. He has remained one of the strongest mentors and coaches in the program, consistently receiving top reviews from E.I.T.s.
Also a long-time supporter of his alma mater’s engineering co-op program, Mr. Rose and his group have employed students continuously for more than 25 years. Mr. Rose plans to continue his contributions to the co-op program even after retirement through volunteer annual lectures.
Mr. Rose has been active in the APEGGA Outreach Program since 1997. In the last 12 years he has shared his passion for his profession in over 150 volunteer classroom science presentations. His school presentations are extremely well-received and he is in high demand. Teachers who have witnessed the impact of his presentations have suggested that every class should have the opportunity to receive a visit from him.
He has also given numerous volunteer science teaching presentations to teachers at teachers’ conferences and conventions. In 2007 and 2008 he attended teachers conferences in Banff and Kananaskis, respectively, where his interactive and hands-on electricity presentation was the most popular presentation.
Even though Mr. Rose has retired, he plans to continue to volunteer with the Outreach Program in schools, speak at teachers conferences and university co‑op student classes and to provide technical training to ATCO’s E.I.T.s on occasion.
Honours, Awards and Distinctions
APEGGA Voluntary Service Award (2007)
Professional Affiliations and Activities
- Member (1974-present)
- Volunteer, Outreach Program (1997-2009)
Mentor and coach, ATCO Electric Engineer-in-Training program
Volunteer speaker, University of Alberta engineering co-op program