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How long have you served on Council prior to your
new position? I've been very fortunate to have served on
council for 3 years as Councillor, before moving into the
roles of Second Vice-President, First Vice-President and
now, President.

has requested. There are a lot of behind the scenes
initiatives that advance the profession and the profile of
technologists, and these are going to continue. These are
the mainstays of what ASET does, and I look to continue
this work as President.

What are some of your personal goals and objectives
as ASET President?
Hmmm, this is a really big question - it's tough to pick
just a few topics!
A few things really capture my attention. The first
is members who don't renew their membership,
along with student members that don't continue their
registration. I don't get that, and want to understand
it further so we can retain more members and have
more qualified professionals out there. I am interested
in the transferrable skills that people have, and strongly
believe a person should keep their designation even if
they aren't working directly in the profession. I would
consider myself to be one of those people - as a project
coordinator, I am not doing any direct technology work,
however my education and designation are important
to my employer and are relevant to my job. Working in
technology does not always mean you are designing the
next innovation or making sure the bridges stay up - it
all has value, from one end of the spectrum to the other,
and maintaining your designation is important. If you let
it go, you may regret it later.
We have started an initiative for Women in Technology,
though my focus isn't necessarily to attract females to
STEM careers (let's face it, there are lots of initiatives out
there that are already doing that, although of course this
is part of our goal). What I am interested in is identifying
the challenges they face and keeping the ones that have
worked so hard to attain a designation. I have anecdotally
heard that in other, high-profile professions, women will,
for example, have a career span of 10 years compared to
a man's 25 years. We haven't looked at the numbers, but
I don't see why we would be any different. Women have
worked just as hard to attain their designations, so why
are some leaving it? If we understand what is happening,
then hopefully we can work on initiatives that will support
them and keep them in the profession. We have a great
team that has taken this on, and we can look forward to
some exciting developments.
ASET has been working on BIG things - things like
enhancing our profile and the profession both to industry
and in government, updating standards development
so we know new technologists and foreign-trained
technologists are well educated and well trained,
and working on the legislative review government

How has the technology profession changed since
you've become a technology professional? How has
ASET evolved to match changes in the industry/
profession? ASET is constantly looking at how we can
make things better, evolve our processes, advocate for
the profession, and look to the future. It's not always
easy to keep up because the pace of change is so
rapid, but staff and ASET Council are always looking
ahead. We are ahead of the curve in many ways, such
as with our competency-based assessment, our
website, our place in legislation, and our initiatives with
Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) and Technology
Accreditations Canada (TAC).
In your opinion, what are some of the biggest
challenges that technology professionals, and the
Association, have over the next five years?
Keeping up with changes to industry and education, and
translating these to the best practices of the profession
are challenges that we are already meeting. However, the
needs are fluid and require constant readjustment. We
can't reach the peak and then sit on our laurels - we are
always striving to reach the next peak.
Finally, is there anything else you would like
members to know about you?
I have a passion for passions! I find that when I have
a passion about something that consumes all of your
thoughts and energies, it really makes life worth living.
When I first started with ASET Council, I was very involved
in our local community theatre, both on stage as well as
on the board. Now I have moved on to new things - my
family has always loved horses, so we now have one each
and are building on an acreage. I was always involved with
horses when I was younger, so it's fantastic that we can
do this as a family. We are having a lot of fun together. 

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