Senia McPherson, C.E.T.

Senia McPherson, C.E.T.

Senia brings over 30 years of experience ranging from laboratory testing to operations management. As a NAIT chemical technology graduate, she has been a C.E.T. member of ASET for over 26 years.

Senia started working as a chemical technologist with Acuren Group Inc., where she developed special expertise in materials testing, including the chemical and physical properties of metal. Throughout her 23-year career at Acuren, she served as laboratory analyst, quality assurance assistant, business development associate and department supervisor for the materials testing division. For the past 10 years, she has managed the compositional laboratory with Bureau Veritas, which provides analytical data of natural gas, hydrocarbon liquids, carbon isotope and simulated distillation in one of the largest gas chromatography laboratories in North America.

Senia recognizes the value of giving time to various organizations. For over 11 years, her family has provided food hampers and gifts through a charitable organization. To advance her professional development, she has recently joined the Gas Processor’s Association Analysis Committee. She has also dedicated four years to the Canadian School of Hydrocarbon Measurement as both an instructor and moderator at the annual events held in both Calgary and Grande Prairie.

As an active volunteer with ASET for the last three years, she takes pride in being a spokesperson for the association. Senia has given over thirty presentations to post-secondary students enrolled at NAIT, SAIT, Red Deer Polytechnic and Lethbridge College. ASET uses her presentation as a reference training tool for incoming volunteers.

She has also represented ASET at the chemical engineering technology advisory committee. She has assisted in vetting the ASET volunteer portal and was recently appointed to the association’s investigative committee. For her dedication, Senia received the 2023 ASET Volunteer of the Year Award.

Senia, along with other industry representatives, provides strategic direction for services and programming, having attended program advisory committees for polytechnic programs with NAIT. As an oil and gas representative, she has consulted at the advisory committee for chemical technology instructional program, providing input and guidance on the needs of industry for three sessions.

If elected, Senia will target enrolment numbers and spread the word about the true meaning of a professional technologist. To Senia, it is important to recognize technologists as professionals because their work touches on every aspect of our daily lives. To address challenges of low enrolment but growing demand for graduates with professional engineering skills, and continual changes in process, technology and equipment, it is essential to keep updated on current technology, Senia emphasizes. This is where highlighting the ASET Continuing Professional Development program can help.

“As Councillor, I intend to continue bringing awareness and understanding to the public of what membership means, the benefits of being a professional in one’s technology and advocating for professional recognition. Students enrolled in engineering technology programs represent the future of our profession and I understand the influence and magnitude of mentorship, having been mentored by industry renowned experts,” Senia says.

“As a Council member, I will increase public awareness of ASET to encourage and grow membership enrolment. In presenting to the vast range of technology groups, it thrills me to see more women in various industries. Enrolment of women is historically lower in technology programs. I will endeavour to motivate young women to enroll in technology and to engage with ASET.”

In Senia’s spare time, you can find her exploring the beauty and vastness of hiking trails in Alberta and British Columbia, and capturing images with digital photography.

 

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