Thiessen, Jacob Werner - 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee

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An agricultural engineer, Jake Thiessen had a significant influence on decisions regarding irrigation water supply infrastructure in Alberta and across Canada. For more than 30 years, Mr. Thiessen had provided all levels of government with sound judgement on water and irrigation policy. Mr. Thiessen was responsible for all aspects of water management in Alberta as Assistant Deputy Minister for Alberta Environmental Protection. Throughout his career, he provided counsel on the restructuring and rehabilitation of numerous headworks and canal systems in southern Alberta. As a skilled negotiator, Mr. Thiessen developed the water resources legislation through an extensive public consultation process. His unending perseverance saw the Old Man River Dam completed on time and on budget, despite the many political and legal challenges the Dam faced. Irrigated acres in souther Alberta doubled during his career, thus providing more opportunities for agricultural producers involved in the feedlot industry and in value-added production. Mr. Thiessen had served on numerous boards and councils relating to Alberta's irrigation industry. He is a long-time member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA).

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