Lloyd Linkiewich, R.E.T., PMP
Lloyd Linkiewich was born in Edmonton, and grew up in Vegreville, Alberta, before moving back to the city. He’s been captivated with everything electronic from his teenage years, taking electronics classes and working for an electrician in high school.
Lloyd graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 1981. He took the electronics engineering technologist program, with an option in telecommunications. After graduation, Lloyd landed a job with TELUS, precursor Ed Tel. In his 29 years with the company, he spent fifteen years in outside plant design before moving into project and senior program management.
Besides an illustrious career as a technologist, Lloyd turned his other passion for photography into an award-winning business with his wife, for 17 years. When Lloyd left TELUS in 2010, he opened a cupcake bakery with his wife.
Telecommunications soon called him back, and Lloyd returned to TELUS. He’s worked at four different telecom companies since, including his current employer Aecon. Since returning to the field, Lloyd’s roles have varied from project management to vice president of operations.
While holding these positions, Lloyd received ASET certification as a C.E.T. and R.E.T. He eventually became a professional licensee in engineering (P.L. (Eng.)) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). On top of all these licenses, he added a project management professional (PMP) certification. While at TELUS, Lloyd began giving back to his profession when he started as an auditor with the R.E.T. joint registration board.
Since he started volunteering, Lloyd hasn’t stopped. At ASET, he has chaired for the inaugural P.Tech. and practice review boards. He’s also serves as a sitting member for the practice review boards, senior technology committee, and currently holds an auditor position with Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).
With a rich history of both membership and volunteerism with ASET, Lloyd wants to continue contributing to the association as a Councillor. Over 39 years he’s fostered an aptitude for leadership. He plans to use this skill to benefit the profession and the association’s membership. Never one to back down from a challenge, Lloyd is outspoken on contentious issues. He’s also a stickler for the right solution, and always takes the time to find the right answer through rigorous research.
Lloyd’s specific goals if elected will be to work with government and industry leaders across Alberta to help the province keep up with the rest of Canada in technological progress.
“The combination of Alberta’s recession, a global pandemic and government cutbacks have contributed to a regression in Alberta’s potential to lead the country in technical advances,” Lloyd says. “As we transition from an energy-based history to a greener future, we must continue to look at new options like transportation, artificial intelligence and less reliance on carbon fuels for jobs.”
To accomplish this, Lloyd holds that the ASET Council will “need to lobby the Alberta government to support and offer incentives to get technologists back to work in new growth opportunities, like AI, new energy sources and further emission reductions.”
ASET has the power to bring about these transitions, which is exactly what Lloyd aims to leverage.
“We as the ASET team must get behind the drive to bolster the talented individuals that we have in this province to become the Canadian leaders in technological advancements,” he says.
“With these challenges taken into consideration, ASET must re-ignite Alberta’s passion for leading Canada’s innovation in technology.”
Lloyd has been married to his wife Tracy for 37 years. They have two beautiful daughters, both in their twenties. The couple still continue their passion for photography, cruising and their love of Siamese cats. Lloyd is a certified drone pilot. He tries to get as much flying time in as he can.