Hugh Impey (1933-2020)

Past-president and honorary life member Hugh Impey passed away on February 11, 2020.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday February 19th at 2pm at the United Church (10206 100 Ave), Grande Prairie.

Hugh Impey was born November 30, 1933 at Breton Alberta (SE1/4 of Sec. 34, Twp. 47, Rge. 4, W4M). He attended SAIT for two years in the Survey Technology Program from 1954 to 1956. Some of the other surveyors in that program period were Walter Kiriak, Rolly Moen, Bernie Rachansky, Keith Smith, Bob Baker and Ernie Tessari.

Mr. Impey commenced articles with D. Rae Sutherland, ALS in 1956 and registered as an ALS in 1959, DLS and MLS in 1962 and SLS in 1965.He moved to Grande Prairie in 1965 to join with Denis Hosford, ALS and Paul White ALS in a firm that was the forerunner of what became HIW Surveys in Grande Prairie. He was the senior partner in this firm for a number of years until retirement in 1997.

Hugh Impey was involved in the acquisition of the first electronic measuring device in Alberta (Geodimeter Model 6) through his firm in Grande Prairie. Also registered the first metric plan in Land Titles at Edmonton (this was later converted to imperial as LTO decided that the legislation was not yet appropriate to handle this after the fact).

Hugh Impey was elected mayor of Grande Prairie in 1980 and played a major role in the Grande Prairie Park developments.

His work within the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association was recognized in 1984 when he received the Outstanding Service Award. Hugh Impey served on numerous ALSA committees and served as vice-president and president in 1993-1994. In 2000, in recognition of all of his achievements, Hugh Impey was made an honorary life member in the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association.

In memory of Hugh Impey, the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association has made a donation to the JH Holloway Scholarship Foundation.

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The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public and administration of the profession.