• Q&A with Dion Dubé

    Dion D. Dubé, P.Eng., is the Senior Manager of the Pipeline Controls Systems group, Enbridge Pipelines Inc., which  manages instrumentation, control systems, SCADA and related infrastructure for the Liquids Pipeline business unit for North America. Dubé graduated from the University of Alberta in 1995 with bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He is President-Elect of the ISA Edmonton Section for the 2013-14 year and has served on the ISA Edmonton Board in 2011 and 2012 as section webmaster. In his responses below, Dubé emphasizes the importance of attending the upcoming ISA Edmonton Automation Conference, which will be held 30 April through 1 May.

    1. Please describe your involvement with the ISA Edmonton Automation Conference.
      DD >> As President-Elect for the ISA Edmonton Section, it is my responsibility to act as an executive sponsor, collaborator, and advisor to matters related to and subjects selected for the conference.  Additionally, it is my duty to promote the conference on behalf of the Board of Directors of the ISA Edmonton Section and to encourage my peers and other end-users to attend.

    1. What were some highlights of past conferences?
      DD >> There are numerous highlights but some of the top ones include: taking part in networking opportunities, meeting industry experts, interacting with new and exciting automation equipment and ideas, and gaining a deeper understanding of where the industry is currently and where it is headed.

    1. How is ISA Automation Week Revisited going to add value to this year’s event?
      DD >> We have always attempted to add a valuable educational portion to the ISA Edmonton Automation Show. After attending ISA Automation Week in Nashville in 2013, I felt the key issues and global topics presented at that event would be of great interest to automation professionals in the Alberta marketplace. While I was only able to attend the keynote speech at the ISA Automation Week 2013, my colleagues in the ISA Edmonton Section attended the full conference and recommended specific speakers and topics. It is an exciting opportunity as it will present the very latest in terms of what's trending in the international world of automation and how it applies to the Alberta market.

    1. Do you have any advice on how to make the most of the conference?
      DD >> First, make sure to attend and get involved! Come prepared with questions that pertain specifically to your business. At the end of each presentation there will be an open forum for both questions and subsequent discussion.

    1. In what other ways have you been involved with ISA and the ISA Edmonton Section?
      DD >> My first exposure to the ISA Edmonton Section was as webmaster. In the position, I established online payments for technical meetings and sponsorships through our section website.  Now, as PresidentElect, I get involved by inspiring others involved with the section, adding excitement to meetings, sharpening our focus on goals, promoting realistic results, and ensuring at the end of the day we have fun!