Paul Pritchard, C.E.T.
Originally from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Paul Pritchard was in Edmonton for a Taekwondo tournament in 1986, and decided to tour the NAIT instrumentation department where his brother was attending school. Realizing he wanted to pursue this field, Paul registered in the fall of that year for the instrumentation engineering technology program and graduated in 1989.
Paul was hired on with Davis Controls Ltd. before graduating, and worked there for a short time. Deciding that Spartan Controls Ltd. would help him on his career path to obtain his journeyman instrumentation and control technician ticket, Paul joined Spartan and remained working with the company for the 30 years making up the rest of his career.
As one of the top 50 businesses in Canada, Spartan provided numerous opportunities for both professional and personal growth. Paul started as a technician, and enjoyed the hands-on assembly of instrumentation and troubleshooting of customer problems for twenty-one years. He then went over to the inside sales position with fire and safety devices. There he worked with EPCs, contractors and end users. He finished his time at Spartan with a position in the direct controls business unit, where he provided day-to-day orders, chiefly to electrical contractors.
On what he would bring to the table as a Councillor, Paul outlines a multi-pronged approach:
“I believe with the current situation around COVID-19, we need to continue to ensure that we support our members with more available online courses, both technical and self-improvement,” he says.
Paul would also like to develop a program aimed at showing potential members that ASET membership is more than just a string of letters at the end of a name. With this program, he would highlight all the value association membership brings.
“For existing and future legislation, we should work to involve more discussions with industry leaders to ensure an entrepreneurial spirit as an integral part of the process,” he says.
Paul feels that education is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life, and ASET is a cornerstone in this. ASET provides numerous benefits to its members, and one of Paul’s goals is to build up an attitude in both employees and employers that these benefits have both financial and professional merit.
Paul’s final goal if elected would entail creating a process where every two-three years, ASET members would review the association’s Code of Ethics, bylaws and legislation.
Even though Paul has a specific series of steps he’d like to take to improve ASET, he’s ultimately a team player, and is ready to work with the rest of the Council to get the work done.
“I do want to stress that I believe the goals of the Council would be developed as a team, and regardless of whether my personal thoughts were incorporated or not, I would work to develop the Council’s goals,” he says.
Paul enjoys exploring Alberta’s outdoors, panning for gold, archery, fishing and hunting. He lives in Beaumont with his wife Colette, and their two children: the oldest is in high school, the youngest in middle school.