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For councillor

For councillor

Tara Chahl,

Kyle Gee,

C.E.T., PMP

C.E.T., PMP, GSC

ONE OF THE MAJOR ISSUES facing the science and

IT IS TIME for the engineering education and accreditation

technology industry in Alberta is the lack of women in senior
leadership roles. Women in the Alberta energy industry make
up less than ten per cent of corporate board members, and
with the recent layoffs due to the economic downturn, this
number has been reduced closer to five per cent. In the
past, and unfortunately still, an ongoing issue is women are
considered a quota rather than being acknowledged for their
experience and contributions to industry.

bodies within Alberta and Canada to modernize and get with
the times. Recognized and accredited distance engineering
and technology programs (Washington and Sydney Accord)
have been popping up all over the world. Yet, Canadian
universities have not been able to offer any such programs
due to backlash from provincial engineering bodies and
Engineers Canada.

All individuals with the same level of expertise, experience,
qualifications, designations, and good business ethics
should be valued the same among colleagues and earn a
competitive salary regardless of gender, race, religion, age or
other discriminating factors.
One of the first steps to resolve the lack of women in
leadership roles would be to change the culture of workplace
diversity in the industry, but unfortunately this is not a simple
task. A simpler approach is to make the issue more visible to
the industry by empowering women with the confidence and
education to know that they are equally capable and deserve
to perform the same leadership positions as their male
counterparts. This training or education could be offered in
technical institutions or through a specific ASET mentorship
program.

With the finalization of the legislative review approaching,
ASET is positioned well to turn its focus to lobbying for formal
online and distance education options for its members.
Options that would allow full-time parents and full-time
professionals to turn their engineering technology diplomas
into recognized science and engineering degrees.
If elected, I will push for ASET to form a task force which will:
1.	 Lobby distance education universities in Alberta to offer
post-diploma engineering and geoscience programs,
2.	 Lobby support from APEGA , and
3.	 Assist education providers with approaching Engineers
Canada for program accreditation.
Canada is the only English-speaking Washington Accord
signatory (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South
Africa, United States and United Kingdom) which does not
have, nor accredit online engineering degree programs.
Online, open education is not a filthy word, it is the future.
Professionally, I am a Project Management Professional with
more than 15 years of diverse experience within engineering,
planning, procurement and construction, on a wide variety
of land development, utility, community and transportation
infrastructure projects.

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