George S. Hughes
P.Ag. ret. ~ Dr. T. A. (Alf) Petersen Ph.D., P.Ag. ret.
In April of 2001, 23 members of the Edmonton Branch of the AIA
were honored for 40+ years of membership and service to the agriculture industry.Starting in September of 2001, these honorees had their biographies printed in our newsletter.This month we are continuing the tradition of featuring some of these honorees. George S. Hughes P.Ag.
was born in Vegreville and received his
primary and secondary education there.He
graduated from the U of A with a B. Sc. in 1950.Subsequently he
took further training at the Banff School of Advanced Management
in 1961 and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 1971. George
had a distinguished career starting as lecturer and recreational director at Olds College
from 1950 to 1953.After that he
was self-employed for a while, followed by a position as Vice President and General Manager of appraisal for Hu Harries and Associates
in Calgary and Edmonton.In 1968 he started work with the City of Edmonton as City Assessor and Tax Collector.
That was followed by other positions as Commissioner of Public Affairs, Acting Chief Commissioner, Chief Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.In 1974 George
became General Manger of Edmonton Northlands.He
was in that position till he
retired in 1990.Currently he
does some consulting and volunteer work.He
is on the Bar None Endowment Fund, Sports Central (acquisition of used sports equipment and money for fees for deserving young athletes) and on a volunteer committee at Edmonton Northlands.The latter committee's mandate is to develop a museum on Northlands grounds (by 2004) that shows their development over 125 years.Edmonton Northlands started as the Edmonton Agricultural Society
. In addition to his regular employment, George served on many boards and committees such as the Yellowhead Highway Association, Sports Central - Edmonton, the Minister's Committee on School Finance (Government of Alberta), Western Canada Lottery Foundation (Edmonton) and the Edmonton Convention and Tourism Authority.His
community involvement includes chairman of the Ottewell Community League and the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
.During his earlier years he also found time to coach kids in various sports and serve on their administrative boards.
During all of the above George
has accumulated many honours and awards too numerous to list in their entirety.They include life memberships in the Ottewell Community League
, Little League Baseball of Canada
, and awards from many other sports organizations.Other awards relate to his
previous work in assessment and with exhibitions.Of special note are his
awards for Distinguished Professional Achievement from the U of A in 1990, Award of Merit (Alberta Association of Ag Societies) and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. George
is married to Doreen and they have three children.
Dr. T. A. (Alf) Petersen Ph.D., P.Ag. ret.