Brenda Stanek – WCW Member Profile

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Brenda StanekName: Brenda Stanek
Position: Manger, Environmental Analytical Laboratories (EAL)
Organization: Saskatchewan Research Council/Saskatoon
Born and Raised: Saskatoon

Education/Training

Chemical Technology Diploma/BSc U of S

History in the industry and as a WCW member

I started off as a technologist in the inorganics lab, and after six years became supervisor of the Inorganics Lab at EAL and then became the manager of EAL in 2005.  SRC has been a member of WCW for 30 or more years. EAL has been attending the conferences and exhibiting at the tradeshow for many years.  We have also presented at the conferences and carried out workshops on water sampling and testing for WCW.

Typical day

My day is spent doing quite a variety of tasks, including all that goes along with managing a business such as budgeting and planning, business development, looking at new instrumentation and methodology to improve efficiency and quality of results.

Job Satisfaction

I like the variety and I like the interaction with people-both clients and staff.  It’s always challenging and keeps me on my toes.  Our goal is to provide the highest quality results to our clients and to provide them with not only data but insight that comes from being in the business for a long time.  All of the people on our management team have many years of experience and can add value to lab data by providing interpretation of the test results, along with technical advice.  There’s a long history with many of our clients- we know the people and their samples.

Main challenges

The lab business is very competitive. The challenge is to increase efficiency through automation in order to keep costs down while maintaining quality.

Career Highlights

My mentors were many over the years.  One that comes to mind is Dr Gene Smithson-he was my boss for many years and he hired me.  He had a vision and turned a small internal SRC lab into a highly respected commercial lab that has stood the test of time. Brenda was presented the WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award by WCWEA in September 2014

Advice

Don’t limit yourself to what your job duties are.  Look for new challenges and take on tasks that are outside of your job description but need doing.

Time away from work

My husband and I like to travel.  My retirement is not far away and although I will miss work, I am looking forward to having unlimited days to travel.

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