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For councillor

For councillor

Neal Isaac,

Darren Machula,

C.E.T., PMP, CISSP

C.E.T.

I AM A SECURITY AND RISK LEADER in the Canadian

UPON OBTAINING MY Mechanical Engineering Diploma from

Finance Sector, with a passion for promoting a culture of risk
awareness and responsible handling of Information. Currently
leading the Emerging Risk and Insights team at ATB Financial, I
work closely with the Government of Alberta, FS-ISAC and other
industry partners to actively foster the growth of a risk culture
across all technology platforms.

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2005, I was
quick to exercise my learnings as a draftsmen for a Canadawide backup power generation company. Following this role,
with my foot in the door to the Alberta industry, I progressed
to an engineering research firm where I spent eight years
constructing and operating apparatus used for experimentation
and qualification of oilfield related tools and equipment. This
experience allowed me to obtain a promotion and expand
my mechanical strengths into the realms of instrumentation,
electrical and project management; while working with teams
made up of a variety of engineering backgrounds.  For the past
four years, while continuing to leverage my organizational skills
and experience, I have actively participated in the expansion of
the firm into a second facility.

Alberta is gifted with resources, talent and innovation making
us a technology leader. Every member at ASET is a technology
expert in one or more areas. All those areas leverage
information in some way and there is a giant reliance on the
information that we work with each and every day.
I am proud to be a member of ASET and my way of giving
back to this community has been through volunteering to help
ASET leaders understand our changing landscape around
Information and promoting ways to support leadership in areas
of stewardship and governance. I am honored my peers value
my contribution in this effort and have recognized me with a
nomination for council.
Information Technologists comprise a small proportion of
our membership yet this area is a significant contributor
to our provincial economy. According to Information &
Communications Technology, a GOA information brochure,
"Alberta's robust ICT sector has enabled growth across all
sectors of Alberta's economy. The solid company base of
Alberta's ICT industry includes more than 4,300 companies
and 54,500 employees generating over $10.2 billion in annual
revenues, making ICT Alberta's third largest value-added sector."
There is tremendous opportunity for ASET to provide further
leadership and governance in this area. With the support of
like-minded members, my role on council would be focused
to advocate awareness and development of this area, not
only within our membership but with industry partners and in
government.
Thinking big, this would not just guide our ASET members,
rather employers, peers and industry leaders who need support
for showcasing Alberta as a leader of Information Technology
the same as we have among other areas of Technology.

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Recognizing the benefits of an ASET membership and in search
of summer work, I became a student member in 2004 and
actively utilized ASET's job postings. While not the only avenue
for career opportunities, I found success twice with lasting
employment which I directly accredit to ASET membership.
This value provided to ASET members is one of many that
has inspired me to want to give back to the organization and
to other members alike. I feel that being a part of the council
would allow me to be the voice of all of the technologists and
technicians I have had the opportunity to work with on his
journey, as well as represent other members who look to ASET
as a source of growth and empowerment.
When awarded with 'down time', I enjoys tackling projects such
as deck building, maintaining my family's fleet of aging vehicles,
and experimenting with unusual culinary techniques. I enjoy
pushing my comfort zone by traveling and is never far from
my camera gear. Staying active and involved is also important
and I do so by participating in team sports and organizing my
company's Partners for Life blood donation pledge.



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