Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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As chair of the board at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) since September 2011, Bill Lingard has helped to set the mission for the institute in its pursuit of educational excellence and ensured that it is both financially accountable and responsive to the needs of the communities it serves. With 2,200 faculty and staff and more than 70,000 people enrolledin courses each year,SAIT is a crucial element in the province’s success. Lingard, the CEO of Flint Energy Services since 2005, grew that company to become a major presence in the oil field services sector and oversaw the $1.24-billion friendly takeover of the company by U.S. engineering giant URS Corp. in May. Flint shareholders got $25 per share – a 68 per cent premium on the stock price – in the deal. Lingard remains the CEO of URS Flint.