2013 RHHS Board of Directors

T.W. (Bill) Graham                  President

Bill continues a long family history in heavy industrial and earthworks construction as the third president of Graham Brothers Construction Group Ltd., a company originally founded by his father in 1920. From his base beginnings as a journeyman heavy duty mechanic, Bill has been instrumental in the development of technologies and systems rendering success to the business ventures where he has been involved. His entrepreneurial spirit and unrelenting drive for excellence are invaluable in resolving business and technological challenges.

G.G. (Gerry)Stotts, B.Sc., P. Eng.

Gerry’s interest in building and machines led him to study at the University of Alberta, where he graduated in 1958 with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. He worked for J.A. Moulson Construction Ltd. while attending U of A, and then was hired on permanently in 1958. The company constructed roads and many other infrastructure projects in Alberta and as far north as Yellowknife. After 14 years with Moulson, Gerry set up his own engineering design and project management companies including Stotts Engineering Services Ltd., Ensteel Industries Ltd., Conmat Engineering Ltd., Precision Concrete Mixers Ltd., and Ensteel Properties Ltd., which were set up to design and build material handling equipment for the construction industry.Gerry has been a member of the Alberta Roadbuilders Association (ARA) since 1958, serving as Director from 1965 to 1969 and President in 1970. As Chairman of the Historical Committee, he worked on several projects that involved the development of books and collections to preserve and showcase the construction industry’s history for the benefit of future generations.

J. Keith Haddock, P.Eng, FCIM Secretary

Keith Haddock was born in Sheffield, England. He attended the Sheffield Hallam University where he earned his Civil Engineering Degree. From the age of 16 Keith spent his summers on surface coal mining operations and major highway projects. In 1966 he went on to work for the UK’s second largest construction contractor, Tarmac Construction Ltd., as an engineer and later as site manager. In 1974 he moved to Canada and worked for Luscar Ltd. in various engineering positions on surface coal mining operations, latterly as engineering manager. Since 1998 he has operated his own company, Park Communications, providing information, books, publications, and photography to the earthmoving and construction industries. Keith has also written and contributed to several books, produced and authored a DVD on surface mining, and appeared on several TV shows.Keith has been very involved in preserving the history of the industry, serving as a member of the selections Advisory Committee, at Reynolds Alberta Museum, Co-founded the Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA), based in Bowling Green, Ohio as well as being Instrumental in establishing the Diplomat Mine Interpretive Centre at Forestburg. He was recognized for his contributions to local history with the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005.

Alvin I. (Al) Reed, P. Eng.

Al graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, in 1957 with a Degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he started as a Project Engineer with Saskatchewan Department of Highways and worked in many areas of the Province as on design, grading and paving projects. He moved to Edmonton to work with Poole Engineering (now PCL) in 1964. With three other partners Al started Carmacks / Skookum Group of Companies in 1974. He acted as President and General Manager until his retirement in 1999.

Al has served as Chairman of the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, Western Canadian Construction Association and also Canadian Construction Association in 1986. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton South since 1975.
Dan Claypool
Board Member, Leduc / Devon Oilfield Historical Society representative

Born and education in Saskatchewan (Beechy).  Dan began a career in the Oilpatch in 1949 roughnecking on a conventional rig in the Leduc-Woodbend Field.  He worked for 37 years with Texaco and six months with ESSO in drilling and production operations.    He supervised drilling activities onshore western Canada and offshore Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Aberdeen Scotland.  Involved in Safety and Environment Consulting for ten years.  Currently serving as Immediate Past President of the Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society where he has volunteered for the past 25 years.

Warren Nelson
Board Member

Warren co-founded NER in 1993 with his brother Darryl.  Warren has spent his entire life thus far working with soil/dirt/earth:  growing up on the family farm (mixed: grain and cattle) near Vermilion, AB, which he continues to operate to this day as a commercial concern, as well as having managed the family’s earthmoving, roadbuilding, and oil-lease building business for many years, prior to the establishment of NER.  Warren is the Owner, COO, & Vice-President of NER Ltd.  He brings over thirty years of dirt-handling experience to his actively overseeing the operational deployment of the Company’s assets, as well as being responsible for strategic planning in the Company’s interests, both in North America and worldwide.  He’s adept at solving complicated logistical challenges in the mobilization and setting-up of thermal desorption plant operations worldwide.  He enjoys running heavy earthmoving equipment, as well as the Company’s TDUs, and he likes getting out into the field to survey potential new jobsites, as well as visiting and spending time working alongside the crews operating deployed TDUs.  On the recreational side, Warren restores vintage farming equipment, roadbuilding machinery, and heavy earthmoving equipment, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Heritage Society of Canada (RHHS) in Devon, AB.  He’s an avid hunter, angler, and a keen outdoorsman.  Warren lives on his acreage near Spruce Grove, AB.

H. Doug Ramsay, BASc., P. Eng.
Board Member

From the age of 14, Doug worked summers in construction as a laborer, equipment operator, and foreman. He attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1952 with a BASc (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering. On graduation, he joined his father’s heavy construction firm and took over management upon his father’s untimely death that fall. Ramsay Construction grew to become a very successful and well respected road building and heavy construction company in the prairies, constructing many hundreds of kilometres of highways and streets, bridges, dams, airport runways, three major excavations on the Winnipeg floodway.

Doug was very active in construction industry association development, serving as President of the Saskatchewan Roadbuilders Association in 1956 and Western Canada Roadbuilders Association in 1961. He was also a founding member and President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association in 1969. He has been elected as an Honorary Life member of each of these associations. He also served 29 years as a Director of nationally known public company Bird Construction CO. Ltd. and was Chair of its Personnel and Safety Committee for 12 years.
Brian Whissell
Board Member
Whissell Contracting traces its roots back to 1970 with the completion of their first contract in Calgary, Huntington Hills, Phase 6. Since the onset, President and CEO, Brian Whissell, has always surrounded himself with like-minded individuals, creating a team that shares his values for safety, people, integrity, respect, innovation and teamwork. Today, almost 40 years later, we celebrate the successful operation of three divisions: Sewer and Water Construction; Heavy Haul Transportation; and Equipment Contracting.


Roy Aitken

Board Member

Roy Aitken was born in New Zealand, 1946. On a dairy farm, hand milking 75 cows morning & night.  He also worked with farm horses and ploughs. Roy left school at an early age and emigrated to Canada in 1973. Through the late fifties into the early seventies, Roy was employed on various jobs throughout the world with New Zealand, Canadian, Australian and American companies. Some of these companies included Fluor Construction, Morison - Knudson  Joint  Ventures, C.W. French, and Thiess.  These jobs ranged from 45 men to over 5000 men. He worked on all types of jobs, from new subdivisions, new railway lines, roads, hydro dams, new mine sites, and airports.  Certainly experienced on all types of equipment including CAT 22 dozer, D2, & D4, & D6,..D8 & D 9 cable control, to D 9's  and tandem D 9's power shift, H.D. 41's, &  C-6, & T.C.12's, excavator's CAT 225,235, Hitachi U.H. series,  CAT 950's, 988's, 992's, loaders,  all CAT track loaders, packers, 631's 641's.  He was worked off highway trucks, as lead hand, foreman, supervisor, and more.  In 1974, Roy became a partner - owner / Field Manager of Twin City Excavating Ltd. in Edmonton. Alberta.  He is also the owner of Roy’s Excavating Ltd, Tristar Investments Ltd, and Orba Contracting Ltd.  In management of field operations of a excavating  business, Roy coordinates jobs,  and deals with customers, supervisors, and engineers.  Roy is also a construction site supervisor developing mobile park homes for Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. in Edmonton, Cold Lake, Wainwright, & B.C.  A past member and past director of the MHPO Alliance of BC. A member of Manufactured Housing Association, Alberta & Saskatchewan.


Dwayne Berlando

Board Member

ARHCA Past Chairman.