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President’s Message, December 2018

Happy Holidays! As the year comes to a close, I would like to thank all of our ISA members, board members, volunteers and sponsors for their continued support and involvement in our Section activities. It has been another great year because of your support!

As we approach 2019, I look forward to another successful year with the ISA Calgary Section. The Section will continue to add more plant tours and monthly technical meetings.

On November 26th we had a great turnout of eighty ISA members and guests. The ISA Calgary Section honoured its ISA members with 25, 30, 35 & 40+ years of continuous membership. 

Congratulations to AUTOSOL for winning the “Corporate Achievement in the Field of Automation” and to Trevor Maine as this year’s award winner for the “Automation Professional of the Year” Award.

After the awards, there was a technical meeting titled “Using Automation to save CAPEX and OPEX on your Next Project. This talk looked at the innovative ways automation can change the way projects are executed, reduce implementations schedules, reduce the manpower and hardware costs while bringing new technology that improves information access and creates a collaborative environment. Thanks to Brad MacDonald and Ryan Warrington for their presentations.

The 2019 ISA sponsorship packages will soon be available! Please watch for more information in the January Trend.

Mark your calendars; April 9 &10th is the ISA Calgary Show & Conference. Call for Papers is now Open! Deadline for abstracts is extended to  Jan 4, 2019, for more information click on https://isacalgary.com/call-for-papers/

Looking for a great gift idea? Why not give a gift that helps a career an ISA Membership! For more information click on the link https://www.isa.org/membership/join-isa/

Lastly, I wish all of you and your families a safe and memorable holiday season.  See you in the New Year!


Mark Arkell
ISA Calgary Section President 

ISA Calgary Board Members

Mark Arkell


James Eddy

Vice President

Ryan Warrington


Mark Tarrant
Mark Tarrant

Secretary, SAIT Student Advisor

Brian Van Vleit
Brian Van Vliet

Past President

Brandon Cornthwaite

District 10 VP

Susan Rathgeber
Susan Rathgeber

Program, Office Manager

Brent Rathgeber
Brent Rathgeber

Trend Editor, Scholarships

Mike Iuliano

Show Chair

Phil Evans

ISA Standards & Practices, ISA Divisions–Construction & Design

David Lewko

ISA Divisions–Analytical

Gary Fraser


Antuaneth Rodriguez

First Student Liaison Chair

Jasmine Virk


Kendra Spiers

Cyber Security