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Lin Callow – (1951-2017)

Lin Callow died suddenly on September 16, 2017. Lin was a professional biologist based in Calgary who spent his career working on environmental management of energy and mining projects. Lin excelled at bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to cooperate and solve complex or new challenges that arose as industry environmental work began and matured.

As a child, Lin experienced life in many communities across the prairies and northern Manitoba. His exposure to the wild, rugged environment of the north helped foster his connection, love and respect for the natural world.

After graduating from University of Saskatchewan, Lin got his first industry job working on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project. This was followed up by work with Panarctic which took him to the high Arctic islands, a unique experience that he always treasured. During a one year trip to the South Pacific, he worked as curator of the orchid and bromeliad collection in the Cairns Botanical Garden, Australia. Upon his return to Canada, he went to work for Gulf Canada, beginning a thirty year career working in the area of environment, health and safety for Gulf and its successor, ConocoPhillips Canada. During this time, Lin achieved positions of increasing responsibility, and hired and mentored many industry professionals.

Lin took particular pride in his work to decommission the Pincher Creek gas plant in southern Alberta and reclamation of the Cannon Mine in Washington State. For his work on the mine, he and the company were given “The Recognition for Reclamation Award” by Washington State acknowledging that “you would be hard-pressed to ever tell there were mining activities in the area.” The mine became a place where wildlife returned and people were able to enjoy recreational activities. The last project of his career took him back to the beginning, working once again on the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline Project, revisiting the communities of the North, and participating in the Joint Review Panel hearings for the project.


Lin and his wife Jean retired to Brentwood Bay, BC. Lin continued to contribute to causes near to his heart, most notably as the Chairman of the Peninsula Streams Society, restoring salmon habitat in the area.

Throughout his life, Lin was respected for his leadership, fairness, kindness, curiosity, and passion for the natural environment. He was able to negotiate and gain acceptance, trust, and friendship with all sorts of people.

In his honour, and in recognition of his interest in mentoring those interested in working with diverse interests to protect the environment, the L.T.L. (Lin) Callow Memorial Award has been established. The purpose of the award is to assist third and fourth year undergraduate Natural and Environmental Science students in financial need who wish to pursue careers that reflect Lin’s interests and experience: botany, remediation and reclamation, zoology, climate science, northern ecology, marine science, or management of industrial and human activities.
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