With over 32 years of experience as a technologist, I am currently working with Stantec Engineering. With a background in Architectural Technology, I am called upon for Architectural, structural, industrial projects and project management for many clients.
With almost 32 years of experience as a CET in Alberta, working with fellow technologists, engineers, architects, and project managers, I bring my multifaceted perspective of working in harmony with other regulated professions. As a project manager, I bring extensive expertise in integration between technologists and other professionals. The ASET Council is expected to tackle a myriad of issues soon, and as a Councillor I need to see the plan and prioritize the key issues affecting our profession such as self-regulation and expanded scope of practice.
The most important issue affecting ASET today is our continued efforts to maintain self-regulation.
Technologists are imbedded into every area of industry: industrial construction, oil & gas, mining, residential and commercial, etc., and it is the job of ASET to ensure self-regulation continues. Technologists are indeed the subject matter experts on their profession and we need to convince the Government of Alberta, who owns the Engineering Professions Act, that we should remain their gatekeepers.
Another issue dominating the narrative is the need to expand our scopes of practice. Increasingly, technologists are called to run projects or operations, because of their great wealth of knowledge and experience. And ASET is doing a great job of defining this scope. But with great power comes great responsibility, of course, therefore I am a strong supporter of proving we can expand our scope of practice and at the same time absorb the required liability exposure that comes with it.
I am very proud of our profession and of our practitioners so I expect they will welcome the added liability if it means we can further enrich our careers. Our colleagues in the engineering and architecture professions are a great example on how technologist can structure the profession. I think that being a Councillor of ASET will allow me to lend my skills while working closely with self-regulation and expanded scope of practice, both essential to our success.