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.