Having graduated in 1985 with a Diploma in Electronic Technology, Dr. Donald Wilson began his career in technical sales with a local industrial distribution company. Later moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, Don was employed in a technical marketing role at BC Hydro and later employed with SOFTAC Systems in the promotion of systems integration. After being invited to manage a medium-sized electrical repair facility in Winnipeg, MB, Don moved and later took an equity position in the company in 1996. A decade later Don moved to Edmonton where he served with Siemens Canada in several national roles: a business development manager, a segment manager, a director of Large Drives business unit and finally as Country Lead of Portfolio Companies: Large Drives Applications and Process Solutions.
A member of several professional associations, Dr. Wilson has served on the executive of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) Council (most recently 2015 to present); Founding member and board member of TAC: Technology Accreditation Canada (2015 to 2019); Chair, NAIT Bachelor of Technology Program Advisory, Edmonton, (2008 to 2019); IEEE, Electrical Safety and Technical Mega-projects [ESTMP], Steering Committee and Various Committee Chair positions, (2007 to present); Ex-officio, IEEE Northern Canada Chapter, Industrial Relations Committee, Edmonton, (2010); Founding member, President and Chair, Grain Elevator and Processing Society, Winnipeg, (1998-2001); and Board Member, Manitoba Electrical League (MEL), Winnipeg, (1997-1999). Dr. Wilson is also a member of the adjunct faculty of the Bachelor of Technology program at NAIT, Edmonton, Alberta, instructing Risk Management in evening and online programs (2009-2019).
Having completed two graduate degrees in business, Don’s work is firmly rooted within the framework of Engineering Technology, having been a Certified Engineering Technologist in 3 provinces. Don also brings a unique passion for educational advancement for technologists and an understanding for students desiring a path toward higher learning. The NAIT BTech program represents a Technologist bridging program for which Don has both personally sought in the past, and more recently supported in terms of assisting other technologists both in assisting in facilitation of and instructing in the program.
Don mentors candidates from ASET as well as other mentoring advocacy groups. Don has several other interests including additional study interests in business and computing, as well as writing, recording, and performing popular music (www.thenameeludesme.com).