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Message from
the President
Don Wilson, C.E.T., MBA, DBA, MIEEE
Equidistant between the start and finish of my current role as
ASET president, I reflect upon the aim and goals I assigned
myself, and often the same points discussed within Council.
This includes the priorities of value, equity, and progress:
The value we offer members and stakeholders; equity as the
filter we employ when making decisions of the greatest value
for ASET members; and progress in how we best serve the
ASET membership by advocating for engineering technologists' national interests, as well as continuing to create alignment within the value chain in a global sense.
We are now witnessing a continued increase of direct and
indirect member value associated with the privileges of
ASET membership: pride in the profession; collegiality with
other technologists; discounted rates for the best available
group home and auto insurance plan; and benefits accruing from complementary professional liability insurance
and commercial coverage for one's business. Additionally,
retiring members who maintain their ASET memberships
may seamlessly transition benefits from their old plan to the
Alberta Retired Teachers Association retiree benefits plan.
Value will continue to be an ASET priority moving forward,
and we look to the membership to provide feedback on what
we should add or improve.
We are stepping up recognition, in acknowledging our
new members' significant achievement in demonstrating
their belonging within the definition of Certified Engineering Technologists in Alberta, and by facilitating their ability
to transfer their designation to other provinces more easily than ever before. They join a group of professionals who
are recognized for their skills and capabilities, and who are
certified to a higher degree than ever before in the field of
Engineering and Geoscience Technology. I look forward
to honouring the Association's newest crop of technology
professionals at a welcome reception on the evening of December 10, 2019.
I feel fulfilled in having played small, if varied, roles over
the last 10 years in advancing the development of Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), a national organisa-

tion employing best practices to accredit engineering and
geoscience technology educational programs. First, ASET,
ASTTBC, SASTT, and OACETT formed Technology Professionals Canada (TPC). TPC then presided over a transition
from CTAB, the former accrediting body, to TAC as one of
two separate accrediting organizations, and on to TAC's imminent emergence as the single, confirmed independent
Canadian mechanism for auditing our profession's educational programs. TAC focuses on continuous improvement
in verifying Canada's polytechnic and collegiate offerings,
creates alignment among the provincial associations, and in
the near future may even play a role in forging international
connections - if the planets line up. In the meantime, we will
soon meet with our counterparts from the other provinces
as we continue to seek progress in unifying all the Canadian
technologist associations under a single umbrella. Results
to date have been quite encouraging and I will do my best
to provide a strong voice advocating Alberta's support of
this cause.
Sadly, we seem to be at a standstill in our mission to define
a scope of practice for ASET's engineering and geoscience
technologists. This is not for a lack of time or effort. Rather,
it is mostly a function of our inability to find any reasonable alignment with those with whom we have attempted to
negotiate. It has been said that we have two organizations
- two very distinct groups of professionals - in Alberta.
Therefore, to deny a definition of Engineering Technology
is quite simply to deny the existence of the profession itself.
But the work continues. After all, it took 30 years to gain
professional acceptance within a single piece of Alberta
legislation. I expect that, just as we fought for our right to
practice as Professional Technologists (P.Tech.), and given
the considerable national discussion regarding the need to
define a scope of practice, we should see progress on this
front in the coming years.
I am always glad to be asked to address my fellow members.
I wish you all the best for the holidays, and hope that you all
stay safe and make some headway in this otherwise tempestuous environment in which we live.

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