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Do you know a fellow ASET member, instructor, or employer who makes outstanding contributions to the profession through technical excellence, innovation/creativity, leadership in their field and organization, and professionalism? Help recognize their talents and achievement through an ASET Award!

The 2016 ASET Award winners were recognized for their readiness to invest in technical training and support employees’ career development, innovation in technology and support of fellow professionals, dedication to helping the next generation of technology professionals succeed, and efforts to help their professional community reach its goals. 

Award winners will be honored at the 2017 ASET AGM and featured through our website and publications. Your nominations are needed to promote the importance of our members and their contributions across Alberta to ‘make it happen.’

Nominate Members

Have a colleague, instructor, or company who you think exhibits high levels of technical knowledge, leadership, creativity/innovation, community involvement, and professionalism? Honour their daily contributions to the profession and nominate them for a 2017 ASET Award!

Technician/Technologist of the Year

The Technician/Technologist of the Year showcases an ASET member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of professionalism and excellence in making a significant contribution to technology. 

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Technical Employer of the Year

The Technical Employer of the Year award is presented to an employer for their outstanding contribution to technology and recognizes organizations that excel at supporting, promoting, utilizing, and rewarding technicians and technologists. 

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ASET Technical Excellence

The ASET Technical Excellence awards individuals or organizations for their consistently outstanding work in the technical arena. Criteria include significant contributions to technical works, innovative technical solutions, leadership, education, consistent professional attitude and progressive contributions to the advancement of technology. 

This award may be presented to both members and non-members.

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Excellence in Technical Instruction

The Excellence in Technical Instruction award showcases a technical instructor who has demonstrated an outstanding level of professionalism and excellence in making a significant contribution to the study of technology. 

The award is open to active (employed full- or part-time at a technical program in a discipline recognised by ASET) or retired instructors.

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President’s Award for Volunteer of the Year

ASET's volunteers are the lifeblood of the Association. Members contribute an immense amount of their time, energy and enthusiasm in helping the Association achieve its aims. In recognition of exceptional contribution and participation, an ASET volunteer is awarded this honour each year.

The award is a staff/council nominated award.


President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring

ASET's mentors used their wealth of experience and knowledge to help junior members understand what is needed to succeed as a technology professional. In recognition of their commitment to helping the next generation, an ASET Mentor is awarded this honour each year.

The award is a staff/council nominated award.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Honoured Members

Each year, the ASET community highlights deserving members and employers for ASET Awards.


ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
2016 Technical Employer of the Year

ISL is committed to client success in every aspect of its project work. This commitment is built on shared values: people, relationships and sustainability.

ISL considers its clients part of its project teams and believes they can work together to produce positive results and lasting relationships while continuing to improve the environmental, social and economic fabric of their communities.

ISL proudly invests in technical training, supports its employees’ career development, is a leader in sustainability, integrates technology into its projects, uses technology to collaborate with clients and each other and supports its communities.

For their support of the continued professional development of its technicians and technologists, and the continued integration and growth of technology in their work, ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. has been named this year’s Technical Employer of the Year.

Read More: Western Canadian firm recognized for their support of its technology professionals


Ryan Blair, C.E.T.
2016 Technologist of the Year

Ryan graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2008, and soon after returned to his hometown of Calgary. He started as a designer at Evraz, where he quickly expanded his responsibilities to include design and project management roles for increasingly large projects. Recently, he was given hiring and management responsibility for the Engineering department’s co-op students.

Since graduating, Ryan has been constantly looking for ways to give back to the profession, and enjoys any opportunity to do so. He acts as a mentor for new colleagues, as well as through the ASET mentoring program. He has sponsored various capstone projects at SAIT and Red Deer College, sits on the panel of reviewers during capstone presentations, and does presentations at both SAIT and RDC on the importance of ethics in the profession and membership with ASET. He also runs annual tours of the Evraz production facilities with SAIT.

For his various contributions to his organization, ongoing innovation in the technology profession, and his continued support of fellow professionals, Ryan Blair, C.E.T. is recognized as this year’s Technologist of the Year.

Read More: Making a lifelong passion into a fulfilling career


Gary Dale Helmer, R.E.T.
2016 Excellence in Mentoring

Gary Dale Helmer has been a member of ASET for more than 30 years. He is happily married to Debra, has a great family and enjoys a challenging and exciting life.

Gary graduated from SAIT’s Chemical Technology program in 1978. He’s worked at Nova Chemicals for more than 34 years - as a lab coordinator, in the lab, and has also been involved in several major projects with waste management issues.

Gary has served ASET in various volunteer positions over the years, such as Chapter Chair and as Invigilator for the ethics exams. Gary especially enjoys mentoring the students and graduates from SAIT and NAIT.

Gary is proud to be a Chemical Technologist, and is also proud of ASET and its numerous accomplishments. He looks forward to continuing to contribute to ASET as a volunteer and seeing where technology will take Alberta in the upcoming years.

Through his dedication in mentoring the next generation of technology profesionals, Gary Dale Helmer, R.E.T., is the 2016 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Read More: Dedicating his time and knowledge to enrich the next generation


Cecil T. Kijewski, R.E.T.
2016 Volunteer of the Year

Born in Wetaskiwin and educated in Edmonton, Alberta, Cecil Kijewski spent over four years coordinating the Edmonton Chapter as Vice-Chair & Secretary and then Chapter Leader, in addition to serving on the Board of Examiners for the last three years.

Working in various careers before he became a technology professional – first as a plumber and pipe fitter for three years, and then in a health care career for eight years, Cecil graduated from the NAIT Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) program in 1978. After joining ASET as a student member in 1977, he received his C.E.T. designation in 1982 and his R.E.T. designation in 1992. He then worked at Alberta Public Works (APW) in the Mechanical Division for 17 years designing HVAC systems, before starting his current position at H.O. Engineering Ltd. designing HVAC systems for hospitals, commercial buildings, and schools.

He volunteers with ASET to develop friendships with fellow members, learn new skills, and for the satisfaction he gains from helping ASET reach its goals.

For his commitment and contributions to ASET through his work with the Edmonton Chapter and Board of Examiners, the President’s Award for Volunteer of the Year is presented to Cecil Kijewski, R.E.T.

Read More: Committed to Serving ASET and its Members


Christopher Warren, Q.C.
2016 President's Award

Christopher Warren, Q.C. has practiced law in Red Deer, Alberta since 1980, specializing in the areas of corporate, commercial, real estate, wills and estates.

Mr. Warren was formerly a public member of ASET from 2005 to 2015.

Since 2005 he has served as Director of the public company, High Arctic Energy Services Inc. where he is Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Warren joined the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) Board in December 2013 and is Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee.

Mr. Warren is actively involved in a number of charities and service clubs in the Central Alberta community.

For his years of service and commitment to serving the public interests of Albertans, Christopher Warren, Q.C. is presented with the President’s Award.

Read More: Representing the interests and safety of Albertans

Past Winners

2015 Winners

Each year, the ASET community highlights deserving members and employers for ASET Awards.


Darren Machula, C.E.T.
2015 Technologist of the Year


Spartan Controls Ltd.
2015 Technical Employer of the Year


Andre Lucena, B.Arch., MA
2015 Excellence in Technical Instruction


Ray Wilkinson, C.E.T.
2015 Volunteer of the Year


David M. Humphreys, R.E.T., A.Sc.T.
2015 Excellence in Mentoring


David J. Merralls, R.E.T., P.L.(Eng.)
2015 President's Award

2014 Winners


James Hogan, C.E.T.
2014 Technologist of the Year


Tundra Process Solutions Ltd.
2014 Technical Employer of the Year


Roger Fluter, P.Tech. (Eng.)
2014 Technical Excellence


Brad Mielke

2014 Excellence in Technical Instruction


Tanya Hunter, C.E.T.
2014 Volunteer of the Year


Nicholas Scott, P.Tech. (Eng.)
2014 Excellence in Mentoring


Barry Cavanaugh, J.D.
2014 President's Award