Larry Staples is co-author of the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR) multi-sector strategic study on the Alberta economy and resource development. The ACR, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011, formulates corporate strategy and public policy to enable orderly and responsible development of Alberta natural resources.
Larry’s working life has encompassed over 35 years of leading engineering consulting and research organizations. Most recently, he was Chair of the Board for the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company, a Mississauga firm that won numerous awards for exporting Canadian high-technology services. He previously served as CEO of CFER Technologies, an entrepreneurial R&D organization which he helped to found in 1984, and as Vice President, Engineered Products and Services of the Alberta Research Council (now called Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures).
Larry Staples is also known for his volunteer leadership, spanning three decades in the engineering profession. He was honoured to serve as the 86th President of APEGGA in 2005 and was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2009. He serves on the Boards of Engineers Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Citadel Theatre, and as a public member on the registration committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Larry and his wife, Moira, live in Edmonton, observing with delight the adventures of their adult children and grandchildren.