Member Biography

William Wayne Stockton

Commission #197
Articled to G.N. Bennett

I grew up in Maryfield, Saskatchewan where I attended Public and High School. Coincidentally, when I was in Grade 12, John Lennon, Commission No. 184, was in Grade 10. Unfortunately, John died accidentally several years ago.

The day after I graduated from high school in 1952 I started work with Saskatchewan Highways & Transportation as a rodman working on the Trans-Canada Highway at Broadview.

In the fall of 1952 I attended the College of Engineering at Regina College but did not complete the year. I rejoined Saskatchewan Highways in the spring of 1953 working as a rodman, party chief and Engineering Assistant until the fall of 1956 when I attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed first year in the College of Commerce.

After a stint as a security salesman, I rejoined the surveying world in the fall of 1959 as a party chief with Rowe Engineering in Regina working on grid road construction. In the spring of 1961 Rowe was bought out by UMA Engineering and I joined the UMA staff in Saskatoon as a Grid Road District Supervisor. This all happened in the same week that Marie and I were married.

In the spring of 1962 I moved to North Battleford as Grid Road District Supervisor. Our son Paul was born in Saskatoon in 1962 and our son Brian was born in North Battleford in 1964.

In the fall of 1964 I had an opportunity to move back to Regina with UMA Engineering and begin my S.L.S. Articles under George Bennett, S.L.S., D.L.S. who was employed by UMA at the time. In 1967 George purchased the Legal Survey Division of the Regina Branch of UMA and formed the company Southern Surveys Ltd.

I obtained my S.L.S. Commission in 1968 and went into partnership with George. In the fall of 1969 George purchased my shares in Southern Surveys and I formed my own company Stockton Surveys Ltd.

In the fall of 1970 I joined the staff of the Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw as an Instructor in Survey Technology but kept my company active at the same time. In the spring of 1971 I resigned my position at S.T.I. and returned to work full time in my survey company.

In the spring of 1981 I obtained my commission as a Canada Lands Surveyor. In May of 1997 I sold my survey company to Fugro/SESL Geomatics of Calgary. My original contract called for me to remain with Fugro for 2 years, however, 10 years later I am still employed there.

(Information provided by W.W. Stockton)