#ISAutoIRL 2011 Society Award – Emerging Leader

Unusually one of the awards presented at the Ireland ISA Section awards ceremony was a Society award. This was presented to André Michel, of the Montreál Section in Quebec, who was unable to attend the annual H&A Event which was part of the highly successful ISA Automation Week 2011 in Mobile (AL US) due to his secondment to a project in Ireland. The Section was delighted to be able to offer a platform for the public presentation of this award.

Seated from left: Section President John Downey, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald, Awardee André Michel. At Back, Billy Walsh and Eoin Ó Riain ISA Executive Board Members, Awardee's Daughter, Kevin Wilhem, Director ISA Pubs, Awardees Wife, Brian Curtis, Honours & Awards Committee.

Criteria:
This award was established to give Society-wide recognition to members with no more than ten (10) years of accumulated membership, whose accomplishments and responsibilities has contributed significantly to the Society and its organizational units.
Unlike the Section awards, this award is being presented by the Ireland Section on behalf of the wider ISA Society.

Recipient: Mr Andre Michel, Skilpad, Quebec, Canada.
Nominated by: Mr. Dave Adler, ISA Indianapolis Section and VP-Elect Publications Department

Andre has 25 years of successful automation project delivery in a wide variety of industries and projects. Andre has been a member of ISA since 2001 and has been active at the Section, District, Division and Society level of the ISA. Andre is currently the President-Elect of the ISA Montreal Section, where he has held roles of Secretary and Professional Development Chair. In these roles Andre has developed partnerships with REAI (the organization of Automation Manufacturers in Quebec) and RVA (Rendez Vous of Automation).

At a District level (District 12) Andre has held the role of Leadership Development Chair and participated and presented at the 2011 District Leadership Conference in Toronto and 2010 District Leadership Conference in Montreal. Within the Food and Pharmaceutical Division (FPID) of ISA, Andre has been very active helping to develop and roll out aprogram of web-based seminars on Pharmaceutical Automation while also being the Newsletter Editor for the last 4 years.

At a Society level Andre has been an information member of the ISA106 standards committee on Procedural Automation for Continuous Process Operations, which addresses topics such as physical, procedural and application models, lifecycle management best practices, and training and certification best practices. Andre has also been involved in the ISA Expo and Automation Week events as session and track organiser for Human Asset Optimization and Process Automation for the last four years.

About Eoin Ó Riain

Sé Read-out iris uaithoibríoch, ionstraim agus stiúradh na hÉireann agus an "Signpost" a áit ar an idirlín! Read-out is Ireland's journal of automation, instrumentation and control and the Instrumentation Signpost is it's web presence.
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