Student Night 2018 Expert Panel Advice & Networking - ISA Edmonton

Student Night 2018
Expert Panel Advice & Networking!

January 29, 2018 | Yellowhead Brewery

Our annual ISA Edmonton Section Student Night connects 100+ post secondary students with automation professionals! The theme for this year’s event is Expert Panel Advice & Networking. 

Students, here's your chance to hear career advice from a panel of automation industry experts (Managers, Directors and Vice Presidents), and to network with these experts plus 20 other automation industry professionals that sit on the ISA Edmonton Section Board. 

Expert Panel Topics

Questions for our panelists will revolve around the following four topics: 1) Graduating! What's Next?, 2) How To Network, 3) The Interview, and 4) Economy

Time-permitting, students will have the opportunity to ask questions to our panelists after the formal question period. 

Meet Our Experts

We're delighted to announce that we've recruited our experts from Enbridge, Magna IV EngineeringTundra Process Solutions, CB Engineering & AltaSteel!


Dion D. Dubé
Director Network Services

Dion graduated as an Electrical Engineer from the University of Alberta in 1995 and has enjoyed a diversified 20+ year career in industrial control systems and information technology including over 12 years with Enbridge in various roles within Liquids Pipelines and Corporate Services. In his current role Dion oversees a diverse group of professionals that work both in the office and in the field.  Safety is at the core of who he is and he strives to lead by example to ensure safety is always our Number 1 priority in everything we do — for the community, for the environment, and for every member of our team.

Dion has been an active ISA Edmonton Section Board Member for many years and served as ISA Edmonton Section President in 2014/2015. 


Magna IV Engineering
Kelly Butz, P.Eng.

Kelly Butz, P.Eng., has been part of the Magna IV Engineering team for over 12 years. He has amassed a deep diversity of electrical and business leadership experience ranging from repairing breakers to detailed design, and from managing maintenance shutdowns to leading multi-regional operations. In his previous role as Vice President of Engineering, Kelly's entrepreneurial spirit was on display in his focus on Magna's growing markets in Western Canada and the United States. 


Tundra Process Solutions 
Blaine Barnes
Vice President Marketing & Strategic Initiatives

Blaine is an Alberta graduate of the SAIT Instrumentation Engineering Technology program  and a Journeyman Instrument Technician. He started his career in a fabrication facility (mfg. control panels), worked for an oil and gas producer in northern Alberta gas fields, and more recently celebrated his 16th year with Tundra Process Solutions Ltd.  Blaine now serves as the Vice President Marketing & Strategic Initiatives for Tundra Process Solutions and is based in Edmonton, AB.

Blaine is an ISA Edmonton Section champion! He has been involved with the organization for years and is currently serving in his second year as ISA Past President.


CB Engineering 
Darrell Kowalyk

Darrell graduated from  NAIT’s Chemical Technology program in 1995 and landed a job in Sherritt's lab.  Fortunately, he got the opportunity to install and maintain their process analyzers, and this was the catalyst to a career in instrumentation.  Over the last 20+ years, he has been primarily focused on process analyzers and applying them in the optimization of various chemical processes.  In 2005, he become the Business Development Manager of CB Engineering’s Analyzer business and over the last 13 years he assumed various leadership roles.  In January of 2017 he became President of CB Engineering. 

Darrell has been a huge supporter of the ISA Edmonton Section for many years by participating in many events and through sponsorship. 


Alta Steel 
Gary Ng, P.Eng., M.Sc., Eng.D.
Advanced Automation & Electrical Drives Engineer

Dr. Gary Ng is currently working as an Advanced Automation and Electrical Drives Engineer at AtlaSteel Ltd. He has 14 years of industrial experiences as a project manager and lead technical engineer in various projects ranging from $100K to $2M. He also has 1.5 years full time teaching experience at NAIT’s Electrical Engineering Technology program.

He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Alberta and received a Diploma, B.Tech., M.Sc. and Eng.D. degree in Electrical engineering major in Electric Machines and Drives. Dr. Ng’s research interest focuses on using Direct Torque Control (DTC) and Field Oriented Control (FOC) methods of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) to accurately control the position, speed and torque on Crop Cobble Shears and Flying Dividing Shear in Steel Rolling applications. 

Schedule of Events

5:45pm - Check-In

6:00pm to 6:30pm - Networking, Drinks & Sloppy Joes with all the fixin's!

6:30pm to 8:00pm - Expert Panel Advice

Food & Drink

Food (included in ticket price) - Indulge in gourmet sloppy joes with all the fixin's! A vegetarian meal option is available, please email us to request this in advance at

Drink - Guests will also be offered a beer sample or pop (included in ticket price). Yellowhead Brewery will also be offering a pint special ($4 for their Premium Lager, $5 for Specialty Beers). Please drink responsibly. 

Location & Transportation

This event takes place at the Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 - 105 St NW. The nearest LRT station is Bay Enterprise Square Station (it is just a few blocks away). There are also plenty of paid parking lots that will be readily available in the evening, and there should be some street parking available too.       

Event Etiquette

Dress is business casual. This is an opportunity to learn and network, please do not bring your resume or ask for a job. Please do not bring backpacks. Again, please drink responsibly.


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