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NLC Celebrates PEMAC Award Winners

Posted on Oct 20, 2021

Slave Lake, Alberta (October 20, 2021): Northern Lakes College instructors and students were celebrated at PEMAC’s annual MainTrain Conference in September. The recognition was for contributions to the profession as well as achievement in the Asset Management Professional (AMP) and Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) programs. 

Lifetime Membership was awarded to NLC instructors Larry Cote and Len Middleton. The membership is bestowed upon retirement from a formal position with PEMAC to recognize individual contribution to the Association. The Sergio Guy Memorial Award was presented to Rob Lash, who completed AMP with NLC. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the profession and PEMAC.

The recipient of the Asset Management Leadership Award, Dharmen Dhaliah, teaches in the AMP and MMP programs. The award recognizes contributions to the field of asset management and celebrates an individual who inspires the advancement of asset management in Canada.

MMP Capstone Awards were awarded to NLC students Brendon Binns and Taylor Christie for Business Process, and Joseph Soenen for Technical Focus. The awards recognize excellence in the Capstone project, which students in the AMP and MMP programs must complete at the end of their programs. Explains Joseph Soenen, “The MMP program increased my knowledge and confidence as a leader, and gave me realistic tools to apply within my role at CNRL. The courses were challenging but manageable while working full time, and the instructors offered support when needed.”

The PEMAC Maintenance Team of the Year for a large organization went to the Irving Pulp & Paper Maintenance Team, which included NLC students Andrew Booker and Cody Munford. Comments Cody Munford, “As a maintenance planner with Irving Pulp & Paper, participating in the MMP program was extremely valuable for me. I learned about maintenance strategies and how to apply them to real projects. I was able to work on several improvement initiatives while completing the courses, which not only helped me to learn the material, but also had a positive impact on our business.”

Comments Amy Saitz, Dean of Business, Academics, Trades, & Regional Stewardship, “On behalf of Northern Lakes College, I congratulate the 2021 PEMAC award recipients. Northern Lake College has a long-standing relationship with PEMAC to provide training which supports organizations to increase capacity through effective maintenance and management of assets.”

NLC has been offering PEMAC’s MMP program since 2004, and AMP program since 2018, with enrolments from participants across the country and around the world. To watch the 2021 PEMAC Awards Celebration video, go to

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