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CARSON TEMPLETON OC,
Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2004Offer Condolences or Memory
CARSON TEMPLETON OC, P.Eng, LL.D DES, BSc On October 6, 2004, Carson H. Templeton passed away after a short illness, in Victoria, BC. He was 87. Carson is survived by his wife Laurie; sister Adele Begg; daughter Colleen; son Neil; and grandson Rory Nield, all of Victoria. His parents Samuel Howard Templeton and Florence (Porteous) Templeton predeceased him. Carson was born in Wainwright, AB. After high school, he graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Mining Engineering. He learned the work ethic early, starting at the Madsen Red Lake Mine in N.W. Ontario where he was Assistant Assayer, Boat Boy and Post-Office Manager. He later obtained a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta, and was accepted into the Engineering Associations of British Columbia and Manitoba. During the Second World War, he was seconded to the Canol Pipeline Project and later worked on the construction of the airports along the Alaska Highway for the military. After the 1948 Flood, he was appointed Assistant Chief Engineer of the Fraser Valley Dyking Board. After Winnipegs 1950 Flood, Carson was appointed Chief Engineer of the Greater Winnipeg Dyking Board. In 1955 he formed Templeton Engineering Company, a consulting engineering firm. His company was employed as the City Engineer for several of the small cities of the area before the Unicity Amalgamation of Winnipeg in 1972. Carson will be remembered by many young people whom he employed, both as summer students and as long-term employees. Templeton Engineering Company did the engineering estimates for the Royal Commission on Flood Cost-Benefits that resulted in the construction of the Winnipeg Floodway. Carson Templeton partnered Templeton Engineering with Montreal Engineering and Shawinigan Engineering to form Teshmont Consultants Ltd in 1966. Teshmont has since provided engineering services to over 50 percent of the worlds HVDC capacity. During the 70s he was Chairman of the Alaska Highway Pipeline Panel and Chairman of the Environmental Protection Board that pioneered the hearing process for Environmental Impact Assessments for the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry (Berger Commission). This was the work he was most proud of, and in 1978 he was appointed to the Order of Canada because of it. In 1980 he was chosen by the Inuvialuit people to become the Chairman of the Environmental Impact Review Board for the Western Arctic. This was part of the implementation of the Land Claims Settlement of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. During his life, Carson gave much to his community. He served as President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, and served 14 years as a board member of the Childrens Hospital in Winnipeg. Carson Templeton established the Templeton Lecture of Democracy Series at the University of Manitoba in 1997. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of ones choice. A life well lived. Love you Pops. A gathering to celebrate his life for his friends and acquaintances will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 16 at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd., Victoria.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 10, 2004
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