Father’s Day has special meaning for technologist who followed in her dad’s career footsteps

13, Jun, 2023

EDMONTON, June 13, 2023 – This Father’s Day, Alexa Levair, a former long-time Lethbridge resident with current ties to the city, will not only be celebrating her dad, KC Stone, but also the major influence he has had on her career.

Stone worked for the City of Lethbridge Water Treatment Plant for 41 years and retired in 2022. Levair grew up learning about water treatment and municipal government from him, and watching with him TV shows like Mega Engineering and How It’s Made. She says her father was the single key reason she went into engineering technology, and why she chose to transition into municipal government.

“Because of my dad’s influence, it seemed natural to move into an engineering-related field,” said Levair. “When I went to school, I didn’t initially plan on working in municipal government or water treatment but it was possibly destined to happen.”

Levair, a civil engineering technologist, now serves as director of operations & infrastructure for the Town of Pincher Creek where she’s integrally involved in the oversight of water, wastewater, drainage, roads, solid waste, and cemetery services. She works with the municipal council to ensure that the town provides services that are satisfactory to residents and the community while keeping those services affordable. She is responsible for the long-term planning for infrastructure to ensure that when residents turn on their taps, there’s clean, safe water to drink, and that toilets flush as expected.

“At any time, I can call my dad for advice if I need an outside opinion,” said Levair, who has been a member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) for at least a dozen years and earned her certified engineering technologist (CET) designation through ASET in 2014.

She says the best advice she ever received from him was specifically related to disaster management and emergency situations.

“He said to make the best decision you can with the information you have at the time. In emergency situations, you will never have all the information,” said Levair. “After the fact, you will have the benefit of knowing the outcome, which wasn’t the case beforehand.”

“It is always refreshing to see women pursuing careers in engineering technology because of the influence and guidance they received from their fathers who are in a similar profession,” said ASET CEO Barry Cavanaugh. “Alexa Levair is an excellent example of an ASET member carrying on the family legacy in a profession that is exciting, challenging, and concerns the operation of services on which Albertans depend.”

Levair believes that it’s important to celebrate Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day) because parents provide for their children when they’re young and are also their first introduction into the working world, familiarizing them with what they do on a daily basis.

“Father’s Day is truly an opportunity to show our fathers our appreciation of the commitment they made to our childhoods,” she added.

Levair has lived in Pincher Creek for the past five years and is on the board of directors for the Southern Alberta Bowhunters Association, which is based in Lethbridge.

About ASET
ASET is the professional self-regulatory organization for engineering technologists and technicians in Alberta. ASET currently represents over 17,000 members, including full-time technology students, recent graduates and fully certified members in 21 disciplines and more than 120 occupations across a multitude of industries.

Media Contact:
Michele Penz, Calico Communications for ASET


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