Bob Tipman is a descendant of the Tipman's. The Tipman's were an Estonian family who migrated to Canada in 1902 from Nurmekunde, a village near Tver, Russia. Bob grew up on a farm near Stettler, Alberta. He attended university and obtained a PhD in Mineral Engineering. For the next eight years he worked for INCO, a large nickel producing company and worked in Toronto and Thompson, Manitoba. He later worked for Syncrude where he held a number of research and managerial positions for over 20 years.
Upon retirement, he shared his valuable skills and knowledge in the field as a consultant for Shell Canada. His primary concern was the design of a new oil sands plant. He had been involved in the design, engineering and construction of the state-of-the-art facility over a ten year period. In 2003 he received the Alberta Science and Technology Award for Innovation in Oil Sands.
Bob represented Alberta's Estonian community from 1979-1988 as he was as a member of the Alberta Cultural Heritage Council and the Alberta Cultural Heritage Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, he served as the first ever president of the Alberta Estonian Heritage Society.
Bob is married to Cathy and they have two children who reside in Calgary and Saskatoon. He remains semi-retired and lives in Calgary, but spends his winter months in Mexico.