About Us

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines. From factory floor to high-rise construction, from military weaponry to home products, AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all North Americans.

Executive Board

Board Member Current Position Company Email
Wanda Griesheimer Chairman Aecon Group Inc. Email
Dustin Meunier Past Chair & Publicity Chair T.D. Williamson Email
Connie Williams 1st Vice-Chair University of Alberta Email
Darryl Fischer 2nd Vice-Chair Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Email
Dale Lesik Treasurer ATCO Pipelines Email
Rick Witzke Secretary ATCO Pipelines Email
Thomas Bachand Program Chair Supreme Group Email
Chris Vrolyk Sponsorship Chair T.D. Williamson Email
Matthew Yarmuch Scholarship Chair MattCo Engineering Solutions Inc Email
Kioumars Poorhaydari Awards Chair Acuren Email
Patricio Mendez U of A Education Chair University of Alberta Email
Cory McIntosh U of A Education Chair University of Alberta Email
Timothy Schwalfenberg U of A Student Rep University of Alberta Email
Gordon Krug NAIT Education Chair Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Email
Raeanne Moore NAIT Student Rep Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Email
Jim Mitchell Calgary Co-Rep Canadian Natural Resources Limited Email
Shawn Wylie Calgary Co-Rep Canadian Natural Resources Limited Email
Kimberley Meszaros Member-at-Large CASTI Email
Veera Abbayi Member-at-Large Supreme Group Email