ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 39

news

An Opportunity to Harmonise
ASET met recently with Professor Charles Ondieki, PhD,
P.Eng. Tech., Chairman of Kenya's Technology and Vocational
Training (TVET) Curriculum Development, Assessment and
Certification Council. Dr. Onkieki is also a Board Member of
the Kenya Engineering Technology Registration Board (KETRB), his country's national equivalent to ASET and the other
Canadian provincial technology regulatory bodies.
Organised by Alberta Economic Development, Trade and
Tourism's Abiola Sunmonu, the visit was part of a comprehensive fact-finding tour the Government of Kenya is
using to upgrade and standardize requirements and processes relevant to the accreditation of technology education programs and the professional certification of engineering technologists.
What emerged from the afternoon-long discussion was that
Kenyan and Canadian engineering technologists share more
similarities than differences, including the need to justify
their professionalism and competence to an overarching engineering regulator. In fact, we have so much in common that
the next step will likely include the launch of ways TVET and
KETRB can collaborate more comprehensively with Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) as part of a longer-term initiative to harmonise with and formally recognise each other's standards.
"Imagine the strides we could make as a nation, never mind
as technology regulators, if our welcome mat to new Canadians were truly welcoming," enthused ASET Registrar, Jennifer Bertrand. "We're starting with Kenya, but that nation has
strong ties and commonalities it shares with its neighbours
in East Africa. We have an opportunity-actually, it's more of
a responsibility-to streamline processes so that qualified
professionals can transition more fairly to Canadian careers.
This is exactly why ASET has led the way in Alberta with respect to developing and implementing registration practices
that are fair and free of any kind of potential bias."

When asked about his hopes for the future, Dr. Ondieki
responded, "This is a conversation we certainly want to
continue." He went on to explain in more detail. "We would
ideally love an outcome of having ASET collaborate with
KETRB, develop an MOU, and have Kenya as a model for
the technologist accreditation partnership with ASET. We
are going to look at ways to enable us to strengthen our cooperation so that Kenya gains from ASET's and TAC's experiences in certification of technologists and technicians,
and the accreditation of engineering technology programs,
respectively."
A lot of work is required if we are to succeed in this endeavour. But that's to be expected of any initiative that offers such great potential. We'll update you on our progress.
For now, we'll conclude by paraphrasing Humphrey Bogart's
legendary closing line in Casablanca: "ASET members, we
think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

ASET issues call for
subject matter experts
As the extraordinary work ASET members do gains prominence in the media, so may the demand for them to serve
as subject matter experts (SMEs) for media interviews and
public and stakeholder presentations. In anticipation of this,
ASET is seeking members who are extremely knowledgeable about specific disciplines and would be willing to volunteer their time, on occasion, to this end.
Such disciplines include artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, nanotechnology, 5G technology, and any other discipline recently or regularly profiled in the news. ASET would
also like to enlist the help of members who can advise on
what emerging disciplines and related trends one may expect to see over the coming months and years.
If you are interested in being involved, please contact
asetceo@aset.ab.ca, indicating your contact information
and area of interest, as well as any previous experience
you may have as an SME.

TECHNOLOGY ALBERTA | WINTER 2019 | 39



ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019

Table of Contents
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - Cover1
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - Cover2
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - AD
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - Table of Contents
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 5
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 6
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 7
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 8
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 9
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 10
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 11
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 12
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 13
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 14
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 15
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 16
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 17
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 18
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 19
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 20
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 21
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 22
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 23
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 24
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 25
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 26
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 27
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 28
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 29
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 30
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 31
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 32
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 33
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 34
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 35
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 36
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 37
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 38
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 39
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 40
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 41
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 42
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 43
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2019 - 44
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_dec2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/aset55anniversary
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2015
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com