In honour of 160th Nikola Tesla’s birthday, the Society, nicknamed Alberta's Tesla Wave, was established in July of 2016. It aspires to facilitate and advance scientific and technological progress in the province and serve as an example to other regions as to what a group of dedicated people can accomplish and propagate the Alberta Tesla Wave beyond the province’s boundaries.
Our Mission and Vision Statements, along with the Objectives suggest how we plan to proceed. One thing is for sure: we are starting small, but we are thinking big – much like the momentum of a wave – and hope that you will join us in achieving our goals.
Dynamic and energetic, we hope to honour Nikola Tesla for what he stood for, namely a better world, while enjoying social interactions and discussions with like minded people.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Alberta's Tesla Wave. We accept memberships from all over the world.
Nikola Tesla Historical Society of Alberta 2017/2018 Board
Lillian D. Beltaos, President
Lillian D. Beltaos, holds a BSC (Mathematics with Distinction) from the University of Alberta and MLS from the University of Western Ontario (Western University). She spent many years in senior Administration and IT Management in various Canadian higher education institutions. Lillian has conceptualized and implemented many world's "firsts". Among these are the First International Virtual Chess Championship under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), a pioneer multi-media project Classic Images in partnership with NeXT and Alexandria II, a virtual Library project demonstrated during the G7 Summit in Halifax. Lillian is a former Research Fellow and a Board member of Telecom Applications Research Alliance in Halifax. One of Lillian’s recent interests is looking at the history to bring forward and recognize individuals, such as Nikola Tesla, for their contribution to our modern world. Lillian is also a co-organizer of a Banff International Research Centre’s (BIRS) Workshop, March 16-18, 2018 on Women in Mathematics, titled Putting Women into the Equation, highlighting known and not so well-known women mathematicians who had made a significant contribution to the field of mathematics. In 2015 Lillian was a nominee for a Canadian Every Day Political Citizen for her extensive community work. She is an invited life member of Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Science Honor Society.
Lydia Emanuel, Vice President
Lydia grew up in Winnipeg where she obtained a B.A. from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Anthropology. After moving to Edmonton, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. Her early career included being the Northern Region Supervisor for the Alberta Human Rights Commission shortly after its inception under Premier Lougheed, then a lengthy career with the City of Edmonton where she was a Senior Negotiator in Labour Relations before leaving to work for Telus as the Manager of Labour Relations for Alberta. Happily retired after some thirty years in the workforce, she enjoys numerous hobbies, especially gardening, and has been a member of the Edmonton Horticultural Society for many years. She is a frequent contributor to the Hervey Foundation Newsletter, a long-time member of the YMCA and an ardent supporter of theatre and arts. In addition to her hobbies, Lydia welcomes opportunities for new experiences and interests, believing that keeping fit, active and open to fresh ideas is critical to personal growth and fulfillment.
Robert Litschel, Treasurer
Mr. Robert Litschel is a man of many talents. He has been in store management, most notably at Kresge’s in Saskatchewan and Red Deer. He is a journeyman baker and worked in Hollandia Bakery in both Northern Alberta and Adrian’s Bakery in Edmonton for over a decade. In 2003 Robert was diagnosed with Bakers Lung, and subsequently retrained by WCB as an accountant. He has worked for Ducks Unlimited, TIC Canada, Ganotec West, and Kiewit Corporation (Peter Kiewit and Sons). During the tax season, Mr. Litschel is a Tax Preparer for Alberta Efile, specializing in personal income taxes. Beyond his training as a baker and an accountant, Mr. Litschel holds a pastoral degree from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta. When not working, Mr. Litschel’s hobbies include cooking, reading, golfing and woodworking. Recently, he created a hanging swing with fold down cup holders for his in-laws. He is married to his lovely wife of 26 years, Rosemary, and together they have three children.
Elaine Beltaos, Secretary
Dr. Elaine Beltaos holds a PHD Degree in Mathematics from the University of Alberta. She is an Associate Professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton. Elaine is an algebraist with research applicable to quantum physics, and more recently to biology. Elaine has a passion for discovery and innovation and her love of mathematics and science enters every aspect of her life. Elaine’s hobbies include singing, piano playing, dancing and baking.
Ryan Pavey, Director
Mr. Ryan Pavey, a Professional Engineer, is a Principal at Cardinal Engineering Ltd., a fire protection engineering firm based in Vancouver. He is professionally licensed in British Columbia and Alberta. Ryan is also Director at Valdor Technology International Inc, a fiber optics components company specializing in the design, manufacture and sale of passive fiber optic components, including some that use Valdor proprietary and patented technologies. Ryan hobbies include travelling, hiking and painting.
Brian Testo, Director
Brian “Griz” Testo is an Alberta-based entrepreneur who has been involved with mineral exploration and prospecting in Alberta and British Columbia for over 25 years. Mr. Testo, as the founder of Grizzly, has been instrumental in assembling significant land positions hosting potential for gold, silver, copper, potash and diamond deposits, and funding its exploration programs. He also holds trade certificates in welding, welding inspection, as a steam fitter, pipeliner and has a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Alberta.
Mirko Dumanovic, Director
Mirko grew up in Krusevac, a city once the capital of medieval Serbia, where he finished elementary and technical high school. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mirko went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Belgrade. He spent the following 12 years working in a variety of industrial settings, advancing his career from junior production engineer to senior researcher and manager. During this time, he produced more than 40 scientific papers that were published and distribution in many countries. In 1995, he moved to Edmonton with his wife Dragica and sons Milos and Nenad. For his first several years in Canada, Mirko worked as a machinist and pursued the P. Eng. designation, which he obtained in the year 2000. Since then he has worked in a variety of engineering roles and has left a lasting impression on local industry in terms of innovation, research, and development. Today he teaches at NAIT at the School of Applied Sciences and Technology (SAST), Mechanical Engineering Technology. He has written several manuscripts for his students, and has published a Serbian novel titled “Pisano iz TOPLE SOBE” (Written from within a WARM ROOM). His favorite hobbies include reading and collecting antique memorabilia that ranges from coins to medals and fine art. He regularly makes new additions to his personal library in Edmonton, which to date contains more than 750 titles in five different languages. Besides his APEGA and NASA membership, Mirko is also in good standing with the Edmonton Numismatic Society, the Nikola Tesla Historical Society of Alberta, and the Canadian Military Medals Society. When time allows, he enjoys gardening, fishing, hunting, and writing on topics that relate to history and coins.
Eastern Canada Liaison: Dr. Amenda Chow
Western Canada Liaison: Dr. Leola Chow
International Liaison: Mr. Veljko Radoja
Nikola Tesla Historical Society of Alberta Past Board
Marija Nikolic- Jaric, Director
Dr. Marija Nikolic- Jaric obtained her PhD in Physics on biological materials at SFU in Burnaby, BC, and continued to do research on electromechanical properties of living cells. She has worked in both university and industry settings on interdisciplinary projects that combined physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and materials science. Her applied science experience includes a variety of microfluidic lab-on-a-chip applications, design of MEMS devices for an all-electronic approach for simultaneous physical manipulation and interrogation of biological cells, and a novel technology for pasteurization of liquid foods using high-strength electric fields. She is a two-times recipient of APS Blewett Fellowship, and holds a patent for an electronic detector of the physiological state of living cells. In addition to research, Marija enjoys teaching physics and mathematics. She volunteered in programs that promote STEM education through Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at the University of Manitoba, and she has created and ran her own program for teaching mathematics to young children through puzzles and games.