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Canada’s Governor General Honours Inspiring Surveyor with Prestigious Award

WSP is proud to announce that Thomas Kraus, one of our colleagues from the Lethbridge, Alberta office, has recently been honoured with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award by the Governor General.


Tom’s story is truly inspirational. Prior to working at WSP, Tom worked for 10 years as a Road Construction Contractor, working his way up from shovelling to operating a grader before deciding to go back to college to study Geomatics. “What drew me to surveying was the adventure aspect; being the first person in an area doing the preliminary survey and then the last person off a job doing the as-built work,’’ said Tom.  After many years of working in the field, he is now a Survey Technologist at WSP for over a year.

One of WSP’s guiding principles is “we value our people and our reputation.’’ This is something very important for Tom. “As a Surveyor, I interact directly with clients on site. I can see how my work performance directly impacts our reputation and how, in turn, our reputation directly affects future survey contracts. I’m constantly trying to provide the best service to our clients for this reason.’’ It’s clear that with employees as passionate as Tom, our reputation will only get stronger.


About the Award

The Governor General’s Academic Medal is awarded to the student with the highest standing in his or her institution. The role of the Governor General dates back more than 400 years to 1608, and is the oldest continuing public office position in Canada. The Governor General presents honours and awards on behalf of all Canadians to recognize people who have demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service that brings credit to Canada.

Congratulations on your achievement, Tom!