Susan Chesa, C.E.T., PMP, MTM
Susan Chesa was born and raised in Kenya. As a teenager, she took an interest in math and sciences. This passion drove her towards a career in engineering. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree (hons) in electrical and electronics engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in 2010. She next took up a role as a solar sales engineer at Davis & Shirtliff Group, a leader in water and energy solutions in East Africa. There she helped clients and businesses transition to renewable energy systems.
In 2012 she moved to Canada and became a technical support specialist at Shaw Communications. In 2013, she joined Rotaflow Controls, an engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company based out of Edmonton. At Rotaflow, Susan worked on multiple projects supporting the oil and gas industry, with a specific focus on industrial utilities. While at Rotaflow she became a member of ASET and obtained her certified engineering technologist (C.E.T.) designation.
Following her time in engineering consulting, Susan took up an opportunity in the non-profit sector as a career coach at Bredin Centre for Career Advancement (formerly Bredin Centre for Learning). At Bredin, she supports a client base of internationally trained professionals in the technology fields. These professionals come from engineering, geoscience and architecture backgrounds. Susan assists them in their efforts to integrate into the Canadian workspace, get their credentials evaluated and apply for certification and licensure with ASET, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) and more.
In 2019, Susan graduated with a master’s degree in technology management from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She also holds a certificate in project management from NAIT, and is a member of the Project Management Institute where she obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2016.
One of Susan’s goals if elected as Councillor is to continue to raise ASET’s profile by highlighting membership benefits to different areas where ASET’s visibility is low, such as in immigrant groups and communities.
She would also like to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to make available to members programs and tools that will strengthen their professional development endeavours.
In her career coach role, Susan has noticed a migration of highly skilled science and technology professionals from Alberta to other provinces or overseas, as a result of economic conditions and the pandemic.
“I would encourage ASET to create programs that can help its members adapt to current industry changes, with a focus on embracing and taking advantage of the evolving technology sector in Alberta,” Susan says.
“This can be accomplished by, among other things, providing industry information sessions on emerging technologies, holding forums where companies in growing technology areas provide information, and creating platforms and programs where ASET members can obtain internships, practicums, job shadowing, and other opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in these developing technology areas.”
Finally, she would like to see more mentorship opportunities available to new members, and would work collaboratively with other stakeholders to promote the mentorship program.
Susan believes in work-life balance, and enjoys travelling and camping in the summers with her husband and three kids. She is currently learning how to ski so she can enjoy the outdoors more in the winter.