Sean Gifford, BSc, EIT

Sean received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2009. During his studies, he participated in an Engineering Internship at the Institute for Biomedical Technology, ETH Zurich from 2006 to 2007, where he worked in a micro CT laboratory as a project manager with cutting-edge technology.

Sean was the Clinical Research Assistant for the Clinical Research Office at the Alberta Cancer Board’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre from 2008 to 2009. During his time there, he worked as a software developer generating tools which facilitated organization for the clinic’s operations. Sean interacted in multiple interdisciplinary environments while working with healthcare professionals and others at the Foothills Hospital.

From 2009 to 2010, Sean served as the Quality Assurance Analyst at Strata Health Solutions. In this position, Sean continued to accrue software development experience, teamwork and collaboration skills and gained significant interpersonal and managerial skills.

Sean has notable expertise in project management, communication, and a flexible high-level understanding of computer software and hardware. Over the course of the last two years, he has acquired a greater understanding of SAGD and regulatory requirements and processes as well as water treatment instrumentation related to the energy industry.

At Alberta WaterSMART, Sean provides coordination support for the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative’s Water Management Working Group (OSLI WMWG). He provides additional project support on OSLI WMWG Projects including: Best in Class Practices, Improved Waste Management, Mass Spectrometry Membrane Induction (MIMS), Next Generation Steam Generation Smart Systems and the Water Technology Development Centre.

Sean believes he is a part of a generation that is closer to environmental issues and he strives to be a mindful and practical environmental steward. The creative problem solving that was required for Cross Iron Mills, the megamall in Balzac Alberta, piqued Sean’s attention. He iterates that since water is fundamental for life, managing Alberta’s water resources is the single most important issue for humanity.