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Awards

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

In 2017, 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 2019 ASET Annual General Meeting 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’.

Nominations are now open. Entries will be accepted until Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4 PM MST.

Nominate Members

Know of a colleague, instructor, or organization 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 2018 ASET Award!
 

Technician/Technologist of the Year

The award showcases an ASET member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of professionalism and excellence in making a significant contribution to technology. 

Submit a nomination.

First Principle Award

Awarded to those who hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and the promotion of health and safety within the workplace.

Submit a nomination.

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Awarded to those who showcase the expanding diversity of ASET members thereby growing a proud, engaging and professional membership.

Submit a nomination.

Innovations in Technology (Under 50 Employees & 50 or More Employees)

Celebrating the innovations of a project, design and/or program, this will be awarded to those who exhibit outstanding innovative work in the technical arena.

Under 50 Employees: Submit a nominaton.

50+ Employees: Submit a nomination.

Capstone Project of the Year

This award is an instructor nominated award.

Project profiles coming soon.

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.
 

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Darren Dunfield, Patrick Donohue, and Jordan Kruhlak (NAIT)
Capstone Project of the Year

The Cape Verde Electrification through Renewable energy Capstone Project was a pre-feasibility study to shift the two most populous islands of Cape Verde away from fossil fuel electricity generation to 100 per cent renewable electricity generation.

Cape Verde, located 570 km off the coast of North West Africa, and home to over 550,000 people spread across nine electrically-independent islands,  is heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels, with fuel costs jumping over 35 per cent between 2015 and 2016 alone. The costs to residents is over 600 per cent higher than fuel costs in Alberta. Along with concerns regarding both energy security and the environment, the government of Cape Verde has encouraged a commitment to move the country towards 100 per cent renewable energy generation.

Congratulations to the NAIT Cape Verde Electrification Through Renewable Energy team of Darren Dunfield, Patrick Donohue, and Jordan Kruhlak for being this year’s recipients of the Capstone Project of the Year Award.  

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Raf Tenderenda, P.Tech.(Eng.)
Technologist of the Year

Graduating from NAIT’s Civil Engineering Technology Program in 2004, Raf started his career with the City of Edmonton as a contract inspector on neighborhood renewal, then joined Drainage Service with the City of Edmonton as an engineering technologist. From here, he progressed to a management position, and is currently employed as an Operations Manager with EPCOR. 

One example worth noting of Raf’s technical expertise includes providing an effective and unique solution to inflow and infiltration coming into sanitary manholes. With research, Raf was able to design a solution that involved a manhole bowl with a combination of manhole relining to reduce over 98% of the inflow and infiltration that was entering the sanitary manholes. This was a first for the City of Edmonton.

Raf has assisted and coached many engineering technologists to achieve C.E.T. and P.Tech. designations. He promotes ASET and its value at the workplace and he mentors many young engineering technologists.

For demonstrating an outstanding level of professionalism and excellence in making a significant contribution to technology, Raf Tenderenda, P.Tech.(Eng.), receives the 2018 award for Technologist of the Year

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Filmore Construction
First Principle Award

Fillmore Construction has long held an  exceptional safety record, receiving close to perfect ratings in each of their last three audits through Alberta Labour. The company has a well-built and enforced safety policy and systems, and have developed electronic management systems to help manage their field management and safety systems more effectively.

In 2017 and 2018,  Fillmore received the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award for their commitment to building a sustainable best in-class Canadian owned company. This award is given to only 50 companies per year. Also in 2017 and 2018, Fillmore Construction received the Alberta’s Top 70 Employer award. This award is based on a company’s work atmosphere, benefits, communication practices, management practices, skills development, community development, and culture.

For their commitment to hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment, and the promotion of health and safety within the workplace, Fillmore Construction is awarded the 2018 First Principle Award.

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Bredin Centre for Learning
Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals (CSITP) is a non-profit, government funded program within the Bredin Centre for Learning that provides services tailored to meet the individual needs of their clients. The services include the provision of, and occasional financial support for, credential verification. Bredin conducts instructor led study groups and mock tests to prepare clients for licensure exams across a variety of professions. 

Bredin offers a series of Professional Work Search and Canadian Work Skills workshops to prepare their clients for employment. All of these services are provided at no-cost to clients to support them in attaining licensure and employment matching their education and experience. 

Bredin currently provides exam preparation sessions for the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE), and with a new dedicated Career Coach, plan to begin delivering preparation for the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) in the near future.

For showcasing the expanding diversity of ASET members, thereby growing a proud, engaging, and professional membership, Bredin Centre for Learning is presented with ASET’s award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.

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Fillmore Construction
Innovations in Technology (Under 50 Employees)

The key technology utilized by Fillmore Construction that sets them apart from other contractors is the Fillmore Construction Field Management App developed specifically by their team. The app is loaded on the company-supplied cell phones used by every field employee and every office project management employee. The system records time sheets and codes all time to applicable projects and cost codes. 

After starting their day, employees are able to complete daily hazard assessments, site safety inspections, equipment inspections, expenses, and daily site reports within the application. The information is loaded into a back end system  and makes interacting with the information easy and effective. The daily site report component alone has saved Fillmore many thousands of dollars as the project management and executive team are able to see up-to-date pictures and detailed information. This system is updated on a regular basis to include new modules and more effective components. 

For exhibiting outstanding innovative work in the technical arena, Fillmore Construction is awarded the award for Innovations in Technology (Under 50 Employees).

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Chandos Construction Ltd.
Innovations in Technology (50 or More Employees)

Chandos was one of the first general contractors in Canada to utilize Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in the project management/construction process. Chandos has been instrumental in raising the awareness of, and ultimately promoting, the proliferation of IPD across Canada. In using IPD, they have been able to push the boundaries of collaborative delivery, building information modeling (or BIM) and sustainability. IPD projects have also improved individuals and companies who have worked in this delivery method. 

Chandos successfully delivered several IPD projects which have produced schedule and cost efficiencies. The Mosaic Centre was completed 25 per cent ahead of schedule. One school in Red Deer was delivered months ahead of schedule, while another was right on time, but the associated costs between the two projects came in more than five million dollars under budget — allowing the owner to add more value into the schools like a cosmotology lab, commercial kitchen, LED lights, higher-end mechanical system, and maintenance garage.

For exhibiting outstanding innovative work in the technical arena, Chandos Construction Ltd. is this year’s award recipient for Innovations in Technology (50 or More Employees).

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Bernard Berlinguette, C.E.T.
President’s Award for Volunteer of the Year

Ben Berlinguette was born and raised on a small farm in St. Paul, Alberta. Even as a child, Ben was an  enthusiastic builder, creating small, scaled dams, canals, and retention ponds, as well as wooden bridges and tree forts. As a young adult, he tested several career paths, eventually choosing NAIT’s Civil Engineering Technology Program, from which he graduated in 1994. 

After graduation, he and his wife combined hard work, knowledge, and determination to open up career opportunities in the private and public sectors for employers as diverse as as the City of Edmonton, Akita Drilling, Kiewit, AMEC, TransAlta, the Municipal District of Foothills, and Thorhild County. 

Ben is currently a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Assessor, dedicating countless hours in 2017 to not only assess applicant portfolios, but help shape the online application system. When the PLAR program was launched in 2017, Ben was assigned the first ever completed PLAR portfolio and provided key feedback which allowed ASET to revise its training materials to better meet the needs of other PLAR volunteers. 

In recognition of exceptional contribution and participation, Ben Berlinguette, C.E.T., is presented the 2018 President’s Award for Volunteer of the Year.

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Colin Roy, P.Tech.(Eng.)
President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Colin Roy is the Bridge Inspection Group Lead at AECOM Edmonton, and has worked there for the past 11 years. He is a project manager, Alberta Transportation-certified Class A Bridge Inspector and Instructor, and construction supervisor. He has 19 years of experience as a bridge inspector and has worked on numerous bridge construction and bridge condition inspection projects throughout Western Canada, including the NAIT LRT line, the Northeast Stoney Trail in Calgary, and the Northwest and Northeast Anthony Henday structures in Edmonton. 

A graduate of NAIT’s Civil Engineering Technology Program, Colin has, for the past five years, served as a passionate mentor for recent grads, young technologists, new Canadians, and transplanted professionals.

Colin’s mentee stated their goal through the mentorship was to gain skills of seeking a job, meet people from industry to network with, and above all, obtain confidence as they started their career — attributes and skills that Colin was able to instill in his mentee.

In recognition of exceptional contribution and participation, Colin Roy, P.Tech.(Eng.), is presented the 2018 President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.


Past Winners

2017 Winners

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

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Strathcona County
Technical Employer of the Year

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Tyler Morrissette, C.E.T.
Technologist of the Year

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Thian Yew Gan, PhD, PEng, PE
ASET Technical Excellence

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Vivian Chan-Smith, R.E.T.
President’s Award for Volunteer of the Year

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Peter Whyte, C.E.T.
President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring

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Tim Roth, C.E.T.
President’s Award

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Red Deer College - Solar Panel Track System
Capstone Project of the Year

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NAIT - SmartAlert Shoes
Capstone Project of the Year

2016 Winners

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Winners

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

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Spartan Controls Ltd.
2015 Technical Employer of the Year

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

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

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

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

2014 Winners

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

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Tundra Process Solutions Ltd.
2014 Technical Employer of the Year

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

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Brad Mielke

2014 Excellence in Technical Instruction

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

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

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