Sandi Seidle, P.Tech.(Eng.)
Sandra Seidle received her electronics engineering diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She was hired by General Dynamics Canada, a military contract company, in 2002.
Over her illustrious career with the company, Sandra has held a litany of different job titles. She’s been a systems design engineer, a team lead and worked in system integration, testing and qualifications. She is currently the technical manager for multiple departments working on a British military upgrade program called the MORPHEUS project.
She’s gathered years of leadership and mentoring experience, largely from her involvement with ASET. Sandra served on ASET’s Council for a term between 2015 and 2016. She’d have run for election again but was sent by her employer to the UK. Sandra was also a board member of the ASET/APEGA Joint Review Committee and volunteered with the C.E.T. Exam Steering Committee.
Attaining her P.Tech. (Eng.) designation in 2011 was a significant moment for Sandra. It filled her with pride and allowed her to advance in her career by gaining new and varied field experience. Despite the opportunities available today, Sandra believes she and other members can benefit even further, if ASET can define a scope of practice for technologists in the province.
“These efforts may be at a standstill,” Sandra admits, “but I have every confidence ASET will succeed, as it has done for many obstacles in the recent past (most notably Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and self-regulation).”
Sandra’s goals upon election would be adjustments on a global scale. Specifically, she thinks the association could take lessons it has learned nationally and helped members who’ve moved across the world.
“ASET has made astronomical achievements in the national forum in the advancement of Technology Accreditation Canada,” Sandra says, “making it easier to land in a new province and (almost) seamlessly continue on this path.
“But – consider globally. What if an ASET member wants, or needs, to relocate to another country? We are exponentially becoming a global world, and we shouldn’t be left behind.”
Sandra has ideas to make sure ASET keeps up. She thinks creating a global mentorship community resource could go a long way to help ASET member technologists who’ve just left Canada.
“Members who have worked, travelled, relocated and/or lived in a foreign country could register as a volunteer,” Sandra explains. “It could even be added as a branch to the existing volunteer database. Consider for example how much value our international members that have relocated to Canada and joined ASET would add!”
She sees this resource as incredibly helpful not only to members who’ve moved to a new country, but also to those yet to leave.
“An ASET member looking to relocate to a certain country would register to the mentor database looking for information on a specific country,” she says. “Information may be anything from cost of living to political climate, and anything in-between.”
Sandra has personal experience as a Canadian technologist whose work required her to move away from home. “I have relocated to the UK several times over the past two decades, and I would still have greatly benefited from help and advice,” she says.
Sandra would be honoured to serve on ASET council once more. She hopes “to make a difference for fellow ASET members, and to give back to the association that has done, and continues to do, so much for us.”