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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 closed.

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. 

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.

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

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

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.

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.


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Honoured Members

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

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Tyson Bradley, Randy Homberg and Allan Johnson (Lethbridge College)
Capstone Project of the Year

The project set out to validate, through experimentation, the structural suitability of natural bamboo and polyurethane injected bamboo as eco-friendly and potentially cost effective alternatives to embedded steel reinforcement bars (rebar) to strengthen concrete.

Around the world, the rebar needed by construction industries is often produced from costly imported steel. However, many such regions have access to abundant and readily renewable resources such as bamboo. Knowing steel is stronger in compressive and tensile strength than bamboo, the team's goal was to establish what extent steel rebar trumps bamboo rebar in its physical properties, the cost effectiveness of bamboo and the tested variants.

Aside from social and environmental considerations, ecofriendly building materials such as bamboo can positively impact construction economics through significant cost savings or returns through programs such as LEEDS, increased material efficiencies, a reduced overall carbon footprint, a decreased dependence on imported steel, and less strain on non-renewable local resources.

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Patty Podoborozny, C.E.T., PWSIII
Technologist of the Year

Patty Podoborozny, currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Bruderheim, is also the Past President of the Alberta Public Works Association, Director for the Canadian Public Works Association and Liaison Officer for the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. After graduating from NAIT's Survey Technology Program in 1986 she returned to NAIT to take Business Management. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Alberta with her National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administrative Level II.

As a young technologist, Patty realized her passion for the design and layout of infrastructure projects in a rural setting. Her advocacy for asset management and infrastructure led her to train and mentor public works professionals in emergency management. Patty has helped connect all levels of government with allocating resources during emergencies. Most recently, she reached out to First Nations communities to offer assistance with infrastructure maintenance training, and connected emergency responders to public works professionals across North America.

Throughout her career, Patty has mentored many young technologists to continue with formal training after receiving their C.E.T. or P.Tech. designations. She continues to promote women in technology and reaches out to young professional women to provide support and resources to help advance themselves to management positions. 

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Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
First Principle Award

Enbridge Pipelines Inc. is a global energy infrastructure leader, with diversified and balanced natural gas and oil assets that provide integrated services and connectivity to key supply basins and demand markets. Enbridge transports, generates and distributes energy to fuel people's quality of life.

The Liquids Pipelines business unit operates the world's longest and most sophisticated crude oil and liquids transportation system, with approximately 17,000 miles (27,400 km) of active pipe. They deliver an average of 2.9 million barrels of crude oil each day through their Mainline and Express pipelines, and transport 25 per cent of the crude oil produced in North America.

Operating under the values of Safety, Integrity, and Respect, their number one priority is safety and operational reliability. Enbridge is an industry leader in pipeline safety results and innovation. Their Path to Zero safety principles demonstrate Enbridge's belief that all injuries, incidents, and occupational illnesses can be prevented, and that all operating exposures can be controlled.

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Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
Excellence In Diversity and Inclusion

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) is a non-profit organization that has been provided resettlement and integration support to immigrants and refugees in Calgary and Southern Alberta for over 37 years.

Under four divisions (Business, Employment and Training Services; Resettlement and Integration; Community Development/Southern Alberta Rural Initiative; and Family and Children's Services), CCIS delivers a spectrum of customized programs and services designed to help newcomers, representing a diverse range of skill sets, educational and professional backgrounds, cultures and experiences, to overcome barriers to settlement and successfully integrate into our communities, our workplaces and Canadian society at large. These services are enriched by the support of government funders, local employers, community partners and dedicated volunteers.

CCIS is a recognized leader in the field of settlement and integration, and has been recognized locally, provincially and nationally for its innovative program design, commitment to community engagement, delivery of client-centred services and impactful best practices.

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Negar Mackie, P.Tech.(Eng.)
President's Award for Volunteer of the Year

Born and raised in Iran, Negar Mackie first completed a B.Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics. She then left Iran to come to Canada in 2007, initially pursuing a career in physics, but found her passion in instrumentation and automation. Graduating from NAIT's Instrumentation Technology Program, Negar has worked in Alberta since 2010, becoming an ASET member in 2012.

Aside from the worlds of physics, instrumentation, and technology, Negar has always gathered a tremendous sense of fulfillment from helping others. Starting her volunteer work as a tutor in high school, she took every opportunity to continue volunteering throughout her career. As an ASET volunteer since 2014, Negar as served in a variety of roles, including Item Writer, File Reviewer, Subject Matter Expert, Steering Committee member for the instrumentation examination, and as a member of the Board of Examiners.

Negar describes working as a volunteer with ASET as a great opportunity, giving her valuable life experiences and skills, but also giving her the chance to meet an extremely interesting and diverse set of people along the way. Most importantly, Negar feels she has been able to make a difference.

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Sabrina Pelley, C.E.T.
President's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Sabrina Pelley grew up in Spruce Grove and developed a passion for environmental science through summers spent outdoors at her family's cabin. She completed her education at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, where she now resides with her husband Gavin. For the last 11 years, she has worked in a variety of roles in environmental technology, including aquatics monitoring, groundwater sampling, soil salvage, and coordinating environmental teams. She is currently the Manager of Field Services with Suncor, where she oversees a large, multi-disciplinary team of engineering technologists.

Sabrina enjoys working with students and is passionate about sharing the opportunities of a career in the environmental technology field. In addition to her time as an ASET Mentor, she also volunteers with Careers - The Next Generation, and meets with high school students to share information about environmental careers. She is a yearly judge for the local school science fairs, and has worked as an advisor for Inside Education.

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Peter Portlock, CD, MHSA
President's Award

Peter Portlock's academic credentials include a Bachelor's degree in French and a Master's degree in Health Services Administration, both from the University of Alberta. A career personnel administration officer with the Canadian Forces, he left the military as a Major in 1980 to pursue his interest in health administration. Peter has served as Western Canada's first Patient Ombudsman, as well as CEO of numerous organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Association (AB-NWT), the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, and Swim Alberta.

Starting as a Public Member on the ASET Council in 2007, Peter has demonstrated his invaluable knowledge and expertise, now acting as Special Advisor to the Council. He is also the Association's representative to Technology Accreditation Canada, serving as its Board Chair, and has occupied numerous roles for other boards across Alberta. In addition, Peter works with the NYC-based Council on Accreditation as a peer reviewer and team leader, leading six to eight accreditation site visits of human services agencies across North America annually.


Past Winners

2018 Winners

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

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Filmore Construction
First Principle Award

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Bredin Centre for Learning
Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

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Fillmore Construction
Innovations in Technology (Under 50 Employees)

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

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

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

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

2017 Winners

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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