The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Fellow OACETT 2021 Recipients

OACETT awards most prestigious designation to four certified members

The Fellow OACETT designation is the highest honour bestowed on a member of the Association. The designation recognizes the outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and distinguished service of certified engineering technicians and technologists. OACETT members, who receive this distinction, are committed to shaping the future of the engineering technology and applied science field, and serve as an inspiration to others. 

Congratulations to the 2021 Fellow OACETT recipients! You exemplify the core values of OACETT, including integrity and ethics, professional commitment and readiness to advance the profession. Through your professional achievements and exemplary service, you have raised the profile of OACETT and the profession. Because of this and more, we are incredibly proud to name you, Fellow OACETT.
 
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Whitney Jardine, C.E.T., Fellow OACETT

Whitney Jardine joined OACETT in 2013 and is currently the PASB councillor for the Western Region. She began her volunteer service as Timiskaming Chapter’s regional student representative, hosting local meetings, events, and meet-and-greets between tenured OACETT members and Northern College technology students in Kirkland Lake. In 2020, her move to Windsor-Essex led to her becoming a chapter executive and Women in Technology representative with Windsor-Essex Chapter.

Jardine is a founding member of the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) and played an instrumental role in the Young Professionals Task Force, which later evolved into YPC.
 
She holds a Masters of Manufacturing Engineering from McMaster University, where she graduated with distinction. In addition, she earned a certificate in business management in 2018 from Mohawk College and an Advanced Diploma, Welding Engineering Technology in 2016 from Northern College.

Jardine is currently the lead welding engineer with Lincoln Laser Solutions, a leading-edge company with interesting research projects to grow the laser welding and manufacturing industry in Canada. Her role with the company involves designing and conducting experiments, developing and improving laser-beam and other welding techniques and procedures, working with sales, and much more.

In 2016, she received the Canadian Welding Association Hugh A. Krentz Student Award for exemplary academic excellence and a demonstrated passion for the welding industry, standardization and public safety.


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Albert Paschkowiak, C.E.T., Fellow OACETT  
 
Albert Paschkowiak joined OACETT in 2008 and has been an active volunteer with the Association since the early years of his career. He has served the Kingston Chapter in various capacities, including secretary, public relations and college liaison officer, and is the vice-chair of the Young Professionals Committee.

Paschkowiak has more than 14 years of experience in geo-environmental consulting. He has worked on a broad range of projects throughout that time, including environmental site assessments, facility decommissioning, remediation, excess soils, and risk management, which has involved extensive travel throughout Ontario.

In 2016, he began a part-time teaching career at his Alma Mater St. Lawrence College (SLC) in Kingston, where he delivers soil and site investigations and construction materials courses. In this role, he has spent considerable time mentoring students and promoting OACETT.  His efforts have included integrating student representatives into the chapter executive, increasing engagement through student and young professional-focused events, and representing OACETT at college events.

He recruited the first-ever SLC National Engineering Month college challenge team and guided subsequent teams to first, second, and third-place finishes. As vice-chair and one of the founding members of OACETT’s Young Professionals Committee, he works with staff and other volunteers to increase young professional engagement and modernize operations.
 

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Anita Sparre, C.E.T., Fellow OACETT 
 
Anita Sparre joined a unique engineering co-op placement program created in a partnership between Conestoga-Rovers and Associates Ltd. (CRA), Conestoga College, and the Waterloo Region District School Board in 1996, which piloted her desire to work in the engineering technology profession. Since then, she has never looked back and has felt completely connected with her career path. 
 
Sparre graduated from Conestoga College’s Civil Engineering Technology Program and then worked in consulting and land development in the municipal sector.  Her impeccable work ethic helped her to excel at every job and advance her to the next level. 
 
In the years that followed her technical trainee job, Sparre’s worked her way up to become the Director, Development Engineering at the Town of Milton
. Before that, she led a department of 35 employees with the City of Toronto, providing engineering reviews of the most complex construction projects in North America, including public transit (TTC subway, GO Transit, and light rail transit) and other developments in the City of Toronto. She has extensive experience developing procedures and optimizing current practices and is appreciated for her empathy while leading by example.  
 
Since the early 2000s, she has been devoted to mentorship, leadership, supporting youth in the engineering community, and has been a part time professor Conestoga College in the Civil Engineering Technology program where she's been involved with the college for over fifteen years in various capacities.


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David Tsang, A.Sc.T., Fellow OACETT 
 
David Tsang joined OACETT in 1981 and is a dedicated volunteer with over 20 years of service.  His volunteer career has included serving as the president of the Association, PASB councillor for the Horseshoe region, chair of the Fletcher Foundation and the nominating committee, Niagara chapter vice-chair and many other impactful roles. 
 
Tsang was an active, consistent voice on Council advocating strongly for fiscal responsibility, governance and sustainable growth. He was elected as president-elect in 2005, held the president position in 2007, and finished on Council as past-president in 2011. During this period, Tsang was active inter-provincially with OACETT’s sister associations across Canada and was involved in the national accreditation restructuring. During his presidency, he led a team of engineering practitioners and professionals to visit China’s universities and educational institutions in Beijing and Shanghai as part of the technology and information exchange program. 
 
As the Fletcher Foundation’s chair, he was instrumental in establishing endowments funds in all 24 Ontario colleges and increased awareness of the Foundation among OACETT members. 
 
Tsang graduated from Niagara College’s Civil Engineering Program and studied science at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  He holds the Applied Science Technologist certification with OACETT and the Certified Municipal Manager III – CMMIII from Ontario Municipal Management Institute.
 
For over 22 years, he worked for the City of Welland as the technical services supervisor and taught construction technology at Niagara College in the 1990s. During his long and distinguished career, Tsang was nominated for the Premier’s Award in 2007, awarded the OACETT Life Membership Award and received the Niagara Engineering Award of Merit in 2011. 
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