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Dorothy Marshall
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Email: dorothym@aset.ab.ca

The Council

The ASET Council acts as the governing body of ASET, and represents the Association’s members in determining and demanding appropriate organizational performance.  Obtaining its authority from ASET members, the Council is accountable to both its members, and the public.

 

2017 ASET Council Election


The 2017 ASET Council Election is now LIVE. All Regular or Retired Members (C.Tech., C.E.T., R.E.T., and P.Tech.) in good standing are eligible to vote, and will have received an electronic ballot from ASET (Informz Mailings). If you are an eligible voter and did not receive an electronic ballot, please contact asetadmin@aset.ab.ca.

The final list of nominations for the 2017-18 ASET Council are now available to view online. 

The deadline to vote in the 2017 ASET Council Election is Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.


Current Council


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Eric Amphlett, P.Tech.(Eng.), PMP
President

A member of the BCIT Mechanical Technology class of ’96, Eric Amphlett spent the first seven years of his career working for the ground-breaking Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems. By the time he left, he was leading a team of technologists responsible for Prototype Design and Testing of portable, stationary and automotive fuel cell stacks.

In 2003, Eric started a two-year stint with an Edmonton company as supervisor of a team of technologists responsible for the engineering and technical aspects for ball, gate and check-valve manufacture. That same year, he obtained his C.E.T., which he eventually upgraded to the R.E.T., and moving on to qualify for his P.Tech. (Eng.) in 2013.

For the past 12 years, Eric has worked at C-FER Technologies, starting off managing and executing a number of testing projects and progressing up to his current role as Technical Services Manager, which requires that he oversee all aspects related to facilities, management of testing equipment, instrumentation and calibrations, software development, computing services, and various corporate functions such as capital asset management and internal project management training for engineers and technologists. This last function is possible because his constant pursuit of professional development led him to earn his PMP designation in 2008.

Eric first became interested in running for Council in 2009 and was eventually elected in 2014, becoming President two years later. Though not sure what to expect at the outset, he has found the experience of service to the profession to be extremely valuable, providing him with a deeper understanding of what goes into making ASET the organisation it is.

Married for 16 years and the father of two wonderful daughters, Eric and his family enjoy traveling and, while Alberta holds its attractions, Maui is a favourite spot. He is particularly proud that as a youngster, he played for the same hockey club that produced Glen Anderson, Paul Kariya, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. All we’ll say about that is we’re sure he’s a much better…ahhh…technologist than they are. Yeah, that’s where we’ll leave things.

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Sandra Pippus, C.E.T.
1st Vice President

You’ll find no stronger advocate for ASET's many programs and activities than Sandra Pippus. She believes Council and staff are paving the way for great things that will benefit technicians and technologists nationally as well as provincially. While many members do not see what’s happening behind the scenes, myriad activities are consuming the efforts of volunteers and Association employees, as they strive to stay ahead of the curve and think big to the ultimate advantage of current and future members and the profession as a whole.

Sandra believes her C.E.T. designation forces others to see in her what she knows herself to be: a competent, highly professional technologist who happens to be a woman. Over time she has come to understand that even when people don’t know what “C.E.T.” stands for, the very fact of having those letters after one’s name signifies competence and the need to be taken seriously. That feeling of support extends to why Sandra decided to serve on Council. “I felt disconnected from the profession. As an Industrial Engineering Technologist, I don’t necessarily enjoy the same roles and responsibilities available to many of my fellow professionals. This opportunity has provided me that connection to engineering technology.”

Prior to settling in at SAIT, where she obtained diplomas in Medical Laboratory Technology and Industrial Engineering Technology, Sandra studied at both Camrose Lutheran College and the University of Calgary. Upon graduation she went on to work in planning for two municipal governments before being offered her current position with Alberta Infrastructure’s Health and Government Facilities Directorate, where she is part of the site project management team responsible for building the Grand Prairie Regional Hospital.

Recently, Sandra’s down time has undergone a dramatic change. Where she used to devote herself to theatre, singing, and exercise, she, her husband, and their daughter now share an interest in equestrian pursuits, and the family owns and rides three horses, Sophie, Fallon, and Husker.

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Adam Campbell, C.E.T., MBA
2nd Vice President

Adam has parlayed a strong academic career into a management position with his hometown’s municipal government. Starting off with a diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology from Lethbridge College, he moved on to a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lethbridge before earning an MBA from Athabasca University. His early employment saw him working as a survey assistant and drafting technologist in the oil patch. In 2007 he was offered a position as Water & Wastewater Technologist with the City of Lethbridge, a post he held until 2013, when he was promoted to manager.

Adam, who is currently second vice-president of ASET, began volunteering with the Lethbridge chapter. That led to his realising that his professional background and educational credentials made him a logical choice to run for Council. He thoroughly enjoys the challenges that come with the commitment, including meeting with APEGA on legislative review issues and working with other provincial bodies to advance the cause of applied science and engineering technology across Canada.

When he’s not hard at work protecting the Lethbridge water supply and the interests of ASET-certified technicians and technologists, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and infant daughter and their two dogs, a pug and a bug—that’s right, a pug/Boston terrier cross.

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Norman Kyle,
P.L.(Eng.),
P. Tech.(Eng.)

Past President

Norman graduated from what was then known as Lethbridge Community College in Civil Engineering Technology with a focus on Municipal and Water Resources. Since then he has built a career that includes obtaining professional designations in Alberta (P.Tech. (Eng.), P.L. Eng.) and Saskatchewan (Engineer Licensee, A.Sc.T.). He believes these certifications have been instrumental in his being considered for several of the positions he has held, including his current role as the City of Regina’s Director of Roadways & Transportation, and past jobs such as Manager of Development and Traffic Engineering for the City of Grande Prairie, Aquatera Utilities’ Infrastructure Development Coordinator, and senior opportunities with the City of Yellowknife and the Government of Northwest Territories.

Norman has spent many years volunteering for ASET in various capacities, including two terms as President. He feels honoured to have spent so many years on Council. “I believe strongly in the value technologists bring and have focused much of my effort on the need to gain recognition for their professional contributions. That is, in large part, why I strongly support a requirement for all technologists to be covered by legislation.”

One of nine children, Norman enjoys travelling and spending time with his dogs.

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Deanna Burgart, P.Eng., C.E.T.
Councillor

A proud member in good standing of both ASET and APEGA, Deanna studied Chemical Engineering Technology at SAIT and Chemical Engineering at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Her dual designations have benefited her career because they demonstrate not only her ability to achieve at the highest levels of education, but also because they indicate her commitment to the professionalism demanded by both regulatory bodies.

Deanna has enjoyed many years in oil, gas, and pipelines, focusing primarily on regulatory and environmental compliance, risk management and leadership. She and her business partners recently leveraged that sectoral experience and regulatory acumen to launch Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc., a consultancy that seeks to help industry, communities, and government find solutions to today’s challenges in Indigenous engagement, sustainability, risk management, and compliance. The firm came about as  result of the founders’ personal Indigenous perspectives and their commitment to mentoring and developing the next generation of STEM professionals while simultaneously empowering Indigenous communities and people in a meaningful way. 

Deanna’s corporate view is linked inextricably to her personal ethos, which is predicated on the importance of giving back to her community and her profession. That explains her commitment to ASET and her accepting to serve on Council, an enriching experience she highly recommends to anyone seeking a real opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Blessed with neurodiversity (she calls herself a “purple squirrel”), Deanna is mother to three neuro-diverse children aged six to 21. This personal experience has fed her desire to promote the role of neurodiversity in the workplace, where inclusion of unique attributes tends to promote innovation, organisational change, and balanced risk management. And before you accuse of her of being a total workaholic, Deanna would like you to know she loves improv, karaoke, and—speaking of neurodiversity—Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Tanya Hunter, C.E.T.
Councillor

Tanya Hunter holds a Nova Scotia Institute of Technology diploma in Water Resources Technology and a certificate in Environmental Resources Management from the University of Alberta. Her 17-year career has seen her tackle a range of roles related to her education, including stops as a water/wastewater operator, environmental coordinator, pollution prevention officer, and industrial wastewater investigator. This variety of professional experience has prepared her well for her current position of Alberta Environment and Parks’ Team Lead for the Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program.

Tanya acknowledges that while most of her positions have required her to have a professional certification, others didn’t. The notion of need is something she’s never factored into her decision-making regarding her association with ASET. She’s proud to hold a designation provided by an organisation whose mission is to support a profession framed by a strong code of ethics. In fact, that framework extends ASET’s relevance far beyond the profession, which explains her desire to volunteer to serve on Council. “I wanted to see where I could make a difference to influence decisions and policies to promote my profession within the technology community while finding opportunities to engage and educate the public.”

When Tanya isn’t working and volunteering, she’s running and enjoying the outdoors with her husband, Jeff, also a C.E.T., and their three dogs, Mugzy, Rio, and Dotty.

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Blair Martin, C.E.T., P.Eng.
Councillor

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Tyler Morrissette, C.E.T.
Councillor

A graduate of SIAST—now Saskatchewan Polytechnic—Tyler Morrissette operates TVSMor Drafting Services Ltd. out of his Lloydminster home. The 13 years he spent at Midwest Surveys provided him with a strong skill set that has allowed him to diversify from a focus on oilfield work to civil and structural jobs. Because he is now self-employed, Tyler’s C.E.T. designation demonstrates to existing and potential client that TVSMor is run by a qualified, trained technologist whom they can trust to do the job professionally.

That notion of professionalism is important to Tyler and it’s why he has spent so much time over the years volunteering for ASET, first as a Chapter Leader and more recently in his current role of Councillor. He encourages other certified technicians and technologists to volunteer, noting that, “A membership [in ASET] is only as good as you make it, so get involved and enjoy yourself.”

A Prairie boy through-and-through, Tyler can be found at all Saskatchewan Rough Rider home games during the CFL season, making the 10-hour round trip with his wife, Vine, nine times a year. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about his driving in bad weather, as the Green and White aren’t expected to play past the end of the regular season anytime soon, leaving the Morrissette clan lots of time to hang out with the family pooch, Tucker. 

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Ray Wilkinson, C.E.T.
Councillor

Ray started his career in the trades, earning his steamfitter/pipefitter, plumber, and gasfitter tickets through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology before going on to obtain a NAIT Building Construction Engineering Technology diploma in 1988. An independent contractor since graduation, he was encouraged early on by engineers and other technologists to pursue certification; as a result, he has proudly held the C.E.T. designation since 1992, noting that, “I have experienced occasions when my C.E.T. added value to my professional findings or observations.”

Ray’s efforts as a member of the Board of Examiners drew the attention of ASET’s Registrar, Jennifer Bertrand, who asked if he would consider running for Council. His interest was piqued so he threw in his hat and is now glad he did. “It is a rewarding feeling to be able to participate with the other Council members in the continued growth and development of our professional organisation.” What really stands out is how little he appreciated the level of work and commitment required to keep ASET on track. That said, there is much left to be accomplished and he plans to stick around for a while yet.

Ray’s true passion is traveling Alberta’s back roads, discovering aspects of his province that few ever experience. He likes the pace of knowing that he can just pull over and let someone pass; or, better yet, stop completely and go explore some random, interesting site. This pursuit has allowed him to “discover” treasures like teepee rings, turn-of-the-century (the 20th, not the 21st!) cemeteries, one-room school houses, windmills, working ferries, and abandoned homesteads. But what really grabs this Alberta boy is the chance to see natural wonders such as, “Fantastic looking bush, woods, meadows, foothills, hoodoos, valleys, coulees, gullies, sloughs and a few big sky places where you can ‘stretch your eyes’ and listen to only the wind rustling in the grass.” Our Ray Wilkinson may be a technologist by training but he possesses the soul of a Prairie poet.

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Don Wilson,
C.E.T.

Councillor

In addition to having obtained a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from Red River College, Don holds a Master’s degree (Royal Roads University) and a Doctorate (University of Phoenix), both in Business Administration with a focus on technology. A lifelong believer in the value of both education and certification, he is serving his second term as an ASET Councillor, in addition to the time he spends mentoring individuals and advocacy groups, and working with various Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) committees. Rounding out his volunteerism is his current stint as chair of the NAIT Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech) Program Advisory Committee. He is also a sessional BTech lecturer, teaching an evening and online Risk Management module.

Don’s professional background makes him an excellent choice to represent and advocate on the behalves of ASET-certified technicians and technologists. After graduation in 1985, he spent some time in technical sales and then moved to Vancouver, where he held progressively responsible positions at various firms, including BC Hydro. From the mid-1990s to 2006, he managed a Winnipeg-based electrical repair facility before being named Siemens Canada Ltd.’s Director of Large Drives, which necessitated his transferring back to Alberta.

Don’s view is that ASET can and should serve an essential function beyond providing a piece of paper that allows technicians and technologists to land jobs. Our province’s current economic climate makes it more important than ever for professionals to separate themselves from the pack and demonstrate their worthiness to be considered for important career opportunities. They can do this best through certification and continuing professional development, two of the ASET pillars to which Don is most committed.

Don lives in Edmonton with his wife, Debra, an HR professional and psychologist, and their two daughters.

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Peter Portlock,
P.F.S.C.

Public Member

The term “eclectic” does not do justice to Peter Portlock’s remarkable journey; we’d prefer to call him a renaissance man, given his background and expertise in the military, health administration, accreditation, governance, music, and travel.

Peter’s academic credentials include a pair of degrees from the University of Alberta, a B.A. in French and a Master’s in Health Services Administration, obtained 19 years apart. A career personnel administration officer with the Canadian Forces, he left the military as a Major in 1980  to pursue his interest in health administration. Among his various roles were serving as Western Canada’s first Patient Ombudsman, as well as CEO of:

  • The Canadian Diabetes Association (AB-NWT)
  • The Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society
  • Swim Alberta
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association (AB)
  • The Alberta Alliance on Mental Health & Mental Illness
  • The Alberta Physiotherapy Association
  • Lethbridge Family Services
  • The College of Alberta Denturists

In addition to having been a public member of ASET Council since 2007, Peter is the Association’s representative to Technology Accreditation Canada, serving as its Board Chair. A self-proclaimed governance “nut,” he has occupied various roles on the boards of more than half-a-dozen other organisations across Alberta.

He and wife, Linda Long, QC, have three sons, and are also proud grandparents seven times over. In his spare time, Peter plays lounge piano and the church organ, directs a choir, and uses his “portly” figure and white beard to great advantage as Santa in Christmas celebrations throughout Alberta. For good measure, he completed a Travel Counselor certificate program at Medicine Hat College in 2011 and, lest we forget, since 2012, Peter has worked with the NYC-based Council on Accreditation as a peer reviewer and team leader, leading some six to eight accreditation site visits of human service agencies across North America annually.

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Linda Wood Edwards,
CAE, B.Admin.

Public Member

In addition to a Bachelor of Administration, Linda has earned various management and administration diplomas and certificates, building on her professional designation as a Certified Association Executive and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Currently enjoying her second three-year term as an ASET Council public member, Linda was appointed to her post by the Government of Alberta because of her extensive experience in all matters related to governance. Her background includes working in Grant MacEwan University’s Faculty of Business, as well as serving as Executive Director and Registrar of a professional association. Those roles prepared Linda well to launch LUE-42 Enterprises in 1999, allowing her to provide governance-related services to associations, not-for-profits, and the corporate sector.

When Linda isn’t working  for boards, she’s, well, serving on them. However, lest you think she has no other interests, she is a life-long fan of the Canadian Football League with a special nod to the Edmonton Eskimos, an award-winning playwright, a world traveller, and the proud mum of two cats, Montford and Grace.

Staff Management


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Barry Cavanaugh
Chief Executive Officer & General Counsel

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Norman Viegas
Director, Finance & Administration and Privacy Officer

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Mat Steppan
Director, Programs & Services

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Jennifer Bertrand
Registrar and Director, Registration & Practice

Annual Reports

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