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Dr. Hans R. Kivisild

Hans KivisildHans R. Kivisild was born in Tartu, Estonia. He grew up in the Estonian capital of Tallinn before moving on to Stockholm, Sweden where he completed a PhD. in Engineering at \the Royal University of Technology (RUT). For a brief time he worked for a Swedish engineering firm before he decided to immigrate to Canada in 1950.  He moved around quite a bit in looking for a job that suited his talents, working at FENCO in Vancouver and Toronto before finally moving to Calgary in 1973 where he was appointed vice-president of FENCO's western region. He retired in 1985 as vice-president of Lavalin Offshore Inc., the company that bought FENCO in 1975. After having worked over 30 years in the field as an Engineer for FENCO and its affililiates, Mr. Kivisild decided to form his own consulting company, HRK Consulting. In 1985, Hans Kivisild was awarded the Manning Innovation Award of Merit for his work in developing ice platforms for petroleum drilling in the Canadian Arctic. Mr. Kivisild was also instrumental in designing an earthquake-proof George Massey Tunnel, which is situated under the Fraser River in Vancouver, British Columbia. Perhaps his most fitting contribution to the engineering world were the designs he created that allow the port of Paldiski in Estonia to harbour ships year-round. Mr. Kivisild spent much of his professional life in Canada, and Alberta. His contributions to the engineering field were enormous. He passed away at his home in Calgary, at the age of 78.

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