ASTT e-News

ASTT e-News, August 2011

Dear Member,

ASTT e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTT e-NEWS contains the latest information about ASTTBC’s role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC web site.

Table Of Contents

Registrar Job Search
TechPRO: Atoine Archie, GradTech Serves on FNCC
Post Your Career Story
Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?
Top in TECHnology Awards
Executive Director and Registrar’s Reports - May 2011
ASTTBC and APEGBC Issue Joint Reports re: PTech & EngL
Report of the Public Representatives 2010
ASTT Regulations’ Amendments
Mark your Calendars for these ASTTBC Events
AGM 2011 Photos Posted
First Nations Agreement ASTTBC AGM: Minister Polak Witnesses
Let’s take the Technology Legacy Fund over the Top!
Follow ASTTBC on Twitter
Contact Information
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint:
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 9
ASTTBC Registrar Attends OACETT AGM and Council of Registrars
ASTTBC Renews BC Accreditation Board
Early Days at ASTTBC with Don MacPherson - member #479
ASTTBC’s Year of Science Job Shadowing & Work Experience Placement Project

Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Public Safety
ASTTBC Sponsors 6th Annual Consultant’s Invitational Fishing Derby
Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC Built Green Awards
ASTTBC Sponsors BC Science Teachers’ Conference
ASTTBC Team at Norm Letnick, MLA Golf Classic in Kelowna
ASTTBC Teams at the 8th Annual Northern Liberal Golf Tournament
Camosun College Co-Op Students Available September 26, 2011 to March 16, 2012
Northwest Science & Innovation Society Launches New Ideas Contest
Green Corner: Green Driving Tips
Thanks From:
TechACTION:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement
Registration for the Fall term at BCIT is now Open
Selkirk College GIS Program for Fall 2011 offers Advanced Diploma
ASTTBC Member Service: Technical CPD Courses through EPIC
Management Skills Training Courses
British Columbia Municipal Safety Association Training Schedule
Professional Development Opportunities

Registrar Job Search

The current Registrar, John Shortreid, AScT, CLS will retire early in 2012 and ASTTBC has initiated a search for his replacement. Information on this position and the process for application is available on the website.

TechPRO: Atoine Archie, GradTech

Serving on ASTTBC’s First Nations Careers Council (FNCC)
MATH ! AtoineArchie has always enjoyed math immensely, learned it quickly and felt natural and comfortable with the subject. Although he didn’t always know what his career path would be, he knew that Math would be a part of it.

Originally from Canim Lake, Atoine graduated from Peter Skene Ogden Senior Secondary in 100 Mile House. With no specific career in mind, he enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program of general studies which soon seemed like a waste of precious time and resources so Atoine decided to refocus his energies and start fresh. He spent a year working as a vegetable gardener, Heli-logger, and general labourer with a construction company.

An academic advisor introduced Atoine to the Thompson Rivers University Architectural & Engineering Technology (TRU ARET) program - all Applied Science and the majority of the courses are math related. Atoine knew this is what he wanted to do - apply his math skills to the real world. He took some night classes to earn the prerequisites and happily excelled in this program from the first class. Atoine was the recipient of two ASTTBC FEAT bursaries sponsored by Teresen, now FortisBC.

From laboring for a construction company, Atoine moved on to design and draft his own residential construction plans and details with the help of the ARET program. His first house was designed as ‘Net Zero’, producing as much energy as it consumed, using solar panels and geothermal technology.

Atoine completed two CO-OP work terms with FortisBC drafting electrical, mechanical, civil and instrumentation drawings using computer aided drafting (CAD) microstations. He enjoys the work environment at FortisBC, currently working there as an engineering drafter in the Engineering Services Department for the 3rd summer and hopes to work full time there in the future.

Atoine has volunteered many hours of math tutoring to fellow TRU students. He is a proud member of the ASTTBC First Nations Careers council (FNCC), promoting technology and technical careers to Aboriginals.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Atoine in posting your career story. www.techprofile.ca In addition to providing career information to others, TechPRO listings allow you to ‘catch up’ with former colleagues and find out who is working in your community. Posting your profile provides another way for self-employed practitioners to get their names in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile and if your name is mentioned in the eNews, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page.

Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?

Have you tried posting your TechPROfile but had trouble with the system? See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website. http://www.techprofile.ca/

Top in TECHnology Awards

This spring a number of Top in TECH awards have been presented at members’ meetings around the province and at the Annual General Meeting in Surrey. Following are a list of the recipients.

Terrace April 20:

Kamloops May 3:

Salmon Arm May 4:

Penticton May 5

Surrey May 27

Executive Director and Registrar’s Reports - May 2011

The Executive Director and Registrar both report formally at each meeting of the ASTTBC Council. Their reports provide a wealth of information on the activities at ASTTBC. Read the Executive Director’s Report. Read the Registrar’s Report.

ASTTBC and APEGBC Issue Joint Reports re: PTech & EngL

ASTTBC and APEGBC Councils formed two joint forces in December 2010, one to consider the implementation of the Professional Technologist (PTech) in BC, taking into account the Alberta model where PTech is now law, and the second to advise on an improved and more effective system for regulating limited licenses to practice professional engineering and professional geoscience.
The ASTTBC and APEGBC Councils have now reviewed the Reports and are working to implement the recommendations of the two Task Forces. More information including these reports is available on the website.

Report of the Public Representatives 2010

The two public representatives serving on the ASTTBC Council have posted their report for 2010. Jim Blake, CA, MBA and John Murphy tabled highlights of their Report at AGM 2011. The Report was sent to the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act and to all BC Members of the Legislative Assembly and BC Members of Parliament. The 2010 Report focuses on professional regulation and practice. A copy of the report is posted on the website.

A few of the recommendations of this report are that ASTTBC should:

ASTT Regulations’ Amendments

The ASTT Regulations may change from time-to-time. The ASTT Act requires that the Regulations be put to the members of the Association for ratifications at the ASTTBC Annual General Meeting. At the May 2011 AGM, the following amendments were approved:

Repealed:
2.3 b) Forest Measurements

Accredited Timber Evaluator ATE
Accredited Timber Cruiser ATC
Registered Forest Measurements Specialist RFMS

Revised:
4.7 e) Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee will be appointed by the Practice Review Board from members or registrants of the Association or representatives from appropriate professional associations, excepting members of Council and the Practice Review Board, and in accordance with the Regulations. The number of members of the Discipline Committee will be determined by the Practice Review Board, but not be less than three (3), including a Chairperson. The Registrar may, in their sole discretion, provide reasonable compensation to any or all of the members of the Discipline Committee.

New:
6.1 f) Electronic Meetings Authorized

A meeting of the membership, Council or a Board may be conducted by means of the electronic or other communication facilities.

Revised:
8.1 b)

The Nominating Committee shall ensure at least one (1) nominee for each position on Council. No persons shall be nominated for or elected to Council unless he or she is a certified member in good standing, with the exception of public representatives who shall not be certified members.

Mark your Calendars for these ASTTBC Events

The ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 5th at 5:30 pm at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. This special event provides us the opportunity to recognize our hardworking volunteers, award recipients and BC leaders who have contributed to the growth and development of technology, technical education and advancing careers. The Hon. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act will bring greetings. More details on ASTTBC’s annual gala event will be sent in September. Make plans to attend!

Next year’s Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Day will be held on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown. We are working towards more technical and educational sessions and will provide more information at a later date. This is one event you will not want to miss!

AGM 2011 Photos Posted

View photos of AGM 2011. Over 250 members and guests were in attendance.

First Nations Agreement ASTTBC AGM: Minister Polak Witnesses

ASTTBC and our First Nations Careers Council signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the First Nations Technology Council at AGM 2011. The Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation was on hand to witness the signing. The MoU links the work of the FNCC / ASTTBC with that of the FNTC. The organizations will work to enhance technology education and careers with First Nations communities. Photo is posted at ASTTBC’s What’s New.

Let’s take the Technology Legacy Fund over the Top

We are getting closer and closer to our $500,000 target for the ASTTBC-FEAT Technology Legacy Fund, thanks to all who have already donated to the 500x50 Ignite the Spark! Campaign.

This Fund provides bursaries for technology students and supports science and technology education and awareness in B.C.
John Leech, AScT CAE and Executive Director of ASTTBC has a special video message for you about this campaign.

Here’s what one grateful bursary recipient told us:

"I am the proud father of a two-year-old girl. This award allows me to put full effort into my studies and still have time to spend with my family. Your support is greatly appreciated." Matt Holland, recipient of FEAT Bursary.

We are so close to our $500M goal, that we have a special incentive to encourage you to make your gift today.

When FEAT receives the donation that takes the Technology Legacy Fund over the $500,000 mark -the 'Over the Top' gift - we will contact that donor and offer two complimentary tickets to the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration gala event on November 5, 2011.

It's easy and secure to donate online at http://500x50.asttbc.org or simply mail your cheque (made out to FEAT) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

The Foundation for Education & Advancement in Technology (FEAT) is the charitable foundation of ASTTBC, so your gift is income tax creditable. And who knows? Your gift may be the ‘Over the Top’ gift!

Follow ASTTBC on Twitter

The twitter link is www.twitter.com/ASTTBC

Metro Electric Corp. (@MetroCorp) is now following ASTTBC on Twitter. Metro Electric Corp. is successfully providing Electrical services for its Light industrial, Commercial and Residential Clients in the Greater Vancouver area.

Contact Information

Please remember to update your contact information if you have moved recently or you are planning to move soon. Send updates to techinfo@asttbc.org or call the ASTTBC office at 604-585-2788.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: ROWP Planners “Supervising” Installations by Non-ROWP Contractors

Statement of Complaint:
That a ROWP Planner supervised the installation of an onsite sewage system by a non-authorized person and submitted a Letter of Certification without being, or in consultation with, the original ROWP Planner who registered the Filing.

Background:
ASTTBC staff was contacted by a Health Authority when a suspicious Letter of Certification (LoC) was submitted by a ROWP Planner. Staff noticed that the Filing associated to this LoC was registered by another ROWP Planner, and upon checking the ROWP’s registration status, found that the “supervising” Planner is not registered with ASTTBC as an Installer. As a result, the LoC was refused and ASTTBC was contacted for advice.

Investigation:
An investigation was initiated by ASTTBC and determined the following:
The ROWP Planner who filed the plan had no knowledge of the supervision activities of the other ROWP Planner, had no knowledge that the system had been installed, and had not agreed to this action.

The supervising ROWP Planner described having been approached by numerous property owners who wished to hire non-ROWP Installers and purchase supplies from the supplier of their choice as a cost-saving measure. The ROWP was aware of the recent change in the Sewerage System Regulation that allows a property owner to install their own system under the supervision of an Authorized Person and received confirmation from a wastewater association representative that as the Planner is an Authorized Person, the Planner can “sign-off” on this work. The Planner then allowed the property owner to hire a non-ROWP contractor and stopped by on several occasions to see how the installations were progressing.

Discussions:
While the change made to the Sewerage System Regulation does state “Authorized Person” in a general manner, the Sewerage System Regulation also sets out ASTTBC as the body that registers ROWPs and it is the ASTTBC’s registration policies that dictate what categories of registration a person holds. The granting of a category of registration is based on education and experience that is intended to demonstrate competency and, since the “supervising” ROWP Planner has not been granted the Installer category, ASTTBC is unable to confirm competency to undertake such work.

This ROWP Planner described having tried to become registered as an Installer years ago but became frustrated and did not pursue it further. The ASTTBC Investigator reviewed the ROWP’s application file and found that the Planner was denied Installer status as the references could not attest to the Planner having ever installed a system. Even the references to support the Planner registration were limited and only to gravity systems, to which the Planner is restricted.

The ROWP Planner acknowledged that assistance could not be obtained at this point from a ROWP Installer since that would require the Installer to make false statements about the person who actually installed the system and place that ROWP Installer into a position of violating the ASTTBC Code of Ethics. The ROWP Planner saw that seeking assistance from a Professional was the only option available regardless of the fact that this could become very costly and time consuming.

Outcome:
The Practice Review Board required the ROWP Planner to arrange and pay for a Professional to review the installation and provide a Letter of Certification stating the system will not pose a health hazard and all other supporting filing documentation. After several attempts a Professional agreed to this, the work was done, documents were supplied and the file was closed.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 9

Members of ASTTBC shall report to the appropriate agencies any hazardous, illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by fellow members, or others.

Amplification:
Members must immediately report any hazardous, illegal or unethical conduct of which they become aware and take all measures required to correct or block the conduct. This principle is not limited to the work place.

Commentary:
Through informal contact, normal working relationships, or special circumstances such as design reviews, one member may develop the opinion that the work of another member is deficient. The inadequacies may arise from unskilled practice and/or unprofessional conduct.
If the immediate physical safety of the public is in jeopardy, speedy notification of the owner, operator or appropriate regulatory authorities is the immediate duty of the member. Prompt notification is necessary to prevent potential harm to the public through the continuation of unacceptable practices. Members have a responsibility to be aware of hazards to society created by their profession, and also have a responsibility to report unethical practice so it may be dealt with through the disciplinary process.

Some hazards are slow to develop, yet are of potentially great danger, such as chemical waste disposal. Such actions should be reviewed with the same concern for maximum public protection and minimum environmental impact.

Ignoring unprofessional practices, either for expediency or sympathy, may indirectly endanger the public and certainly circumvents the responsibility of self-regulation that has been granted to the Association. Intentionally refraining from reporting substantive breaches of the Code of Ethics on the part of another member therefore constitutes unprofessional conduct.

ASTTBC Registrar Attends OACETT AGM and Council of Registrars

ASTTBC Registrar, John Shortreid, AScT attended the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) AGM and the Council of Registrars (COR) meeting in Toronto in June. The primary focus of the COR was to review possible amendments to the National Technology Benchmark (NTB) outcome competency standards and to make recommendations to the National Technology Benchmark Committee for approval for the January 2012 NTB updated release. The NTBs are used by all provinces as the standard for certification/registration of applicants and accreditation standards for technology program training. A photo and further information is available on the website.

ASTTBC Renews BC Accreditation Board

The ASTT Regulations calls for the appointment of an Accreditation Board. When ASTTBC turned over to the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board responsibilities for the accreditation of technology programs in BC, the BC Accreditation Board was discontinued. In the ensuing years there has been discussion within ASTTBC about revitalizing the Board to provide support for the CTAB accreditations, assist in securing and training Accreditation Team members, work with the educational institutions and assist ASTTBC staff and the accreditation program generally. ASTTBC has been in discussions with the members of Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) and have reached general understanding that it would be beneficial for each of the TPC associations to have an active Accreditation Board. Further that these Boards should connect and support and assist each other and their accreditation programs. The ASTTBC Council has approved the Terms of Reference for a revitalized Accreditation Board and plans to appoint the Board this fall.

The Purpose of the Board: The Accreditation Board shall be responsible for the oversight of the method and procedure for accreditation of technology and academic programs so as to maintain acceptable standards of certification in the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia. Members of the Board will include practicing certified or registered members of ASTTBC, preferably with prior accreditation experience, training, or a commitment to acquire familiarity with the process through participation on a team or through a training session on appointment to the Accreditation Board plus a representative from BCIT and two other provincial colleges or universities that have nationally-recognized or eligible programs. The current Chair of the BC Deans of Technology and the BC provincial representative to the designated National Accreditation Agency shall be invited to sit as non-voting, ex-officio members of the Board.

Early Days at ASTTBC with Don MacPherson - member #479

Don MacPherson AScT, member #479, was admitted to ASTTBC 1967. He attended a member meeting in Kamloops this spring and was on hand at the AGM in May to collect his 40 year certificate and to watch his son Bill MacPherson AScT take on the presidency of ASTTBC.

Recently he sent a note to John Leech, AScT CAE, Executive Director ASTTBC to say that he had been doing some unpacking after moving last fall and discovered a long lost report dated March 9, 1965. This report has special significance for Don.

In 1963, Don applied to have his status elevated from technician to technologist after completing the 4 year City and Guilds of London Institute program to become a Telecommunications Technician. He had been practicing in the BC Tel Radio Engineering department as a technical specialist in Antenna Systems for 4 years. He was required to write a technical paper. Instead from September of 1963 to August 1964, he acquired his Grade 13/Senior Matriculation qualifications at the combined Adult Education Night School in Kamloops, Department of Education, Victoria correspondence and UBC Summer School. This was not enough; he still had to write a technical paper. During the winter of 1964/65, he engineered a microwave system using equipment that had been moth-balled and collecting dust in a warehouse. Some of the technical procedures had been destroyed, so Don had to come up with some new ones. The result was the necessary meat for the required technical paper and shortly after Don was granted the status of Technologist.

In his note Don added that his 40 Year certificate is proudly displayed on his wall.

ASTTBC’s Year of Science Job Shadowing & Work Experience Placement Project

With the help of funding from the province’s Year of Science (YoS) ASTTBC launched a Job Shadowing and Work Experience Placement Project which ended with the schools’ year end. An overwhelming 717 placements throughout the province were created. Thank you to all those willing to offer placements. Here are a few key points from the ASTTBC’s report to the Year of Science ministry department.

Lessons Learned

  1. Employers and post-secondary institutions are overwhelmingly enthusiastic about providing opportunities to showcase technology -related careers
  2. The YoS project created new and valuable linkages between school districts and employers that will be used in the future, regardless of whether placements took place during this project
  3. There is a clear need to build strong and lasting career preparation linkages between employers and the secondary school system. The human resources needs in the technology sector are greater than ever and employers are more than willing to contribute but career preparation resources in the school system are seriously depleted and therefore challenged to respond to available opportunities.

Recommendations

  1. Implement a long-term experience and job shadowing program that builds and manages the linkages between British Columbia’s technology-based companies and institutions and the secondary school system
  2. Placements need to start in September with all arrangements made the previous spring so that opportunities can be included in the school and career time tables for the fall and employers can plan
  3. Student target groups should be Grade 10 for job shadowing and grades 11 and 12 for longer work placements

Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Public Safety

The 7th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety will be held November 16 to promote safe practices, procedures, behaviours and attitudes. Individuals and organizations that make our communities and workplaces safer will be honoured.
Do you know a safety superhero? A person, an organization or a group of people in your community or workplace that should be recognized for making British Columbia safer? The BC Safety Authority wants to know who they are, recognize their work and honour their contribution to safety. Nominations close September 12. For more information see their website.

ASTTBC is a sponsor of this event.

ASTTBC Sponsors 6th Annual Consultant’s Invitational Fishing Derby

ASTTBC is sponsoring the 6th Annual Consultant’s Invitational Fishing Derby which takes place on August 20th 2011 out of Sooke Harbour Marina. This event invites the engineering community for a social gathering over a friendly fishing competition with associated dinner event raising money for the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society. The Derby Committee invites all disciplines of consulting engineering companies to join them for a fun day of fishing and for the subsequent casual dinner event with live music, food, beverages, many prizes and the opportunity to mingle with other participants. For more info on their efforts to assist the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society or to participate, please visit their website. www.consultantsinvitational.ca

Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC Built Green Awards

With over 2300 completed Built Green™ BC Homes across British Columbia, and many more under construction, Built Green™ BC is becoming the leading standard for sustainable, residential construction in the province. The user friendly program promotes construction of buildings that are healthier for the occupants and healthier for the environment. Most Built Green™ homeowners enjoy lower utility cost and significantly better indoor air quality. More information on Built Green BC. Contact Program Director Vanessa Joehl. For early bird rates for tickets to the second annual Built Breen BC Awards, held in Vancouver on September 30th, go to before August 26th.

This event will be held Sept 30 in Vancouver. ASTTBC will be on hand and a Trophy Sponsor of this event.

ASTTBC Sponsors BC Science Teachers’ Conference

ASTTBC will be a gold sponsor of the BC Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA) Catalyst Conference in Richmond, BC on October 21st/22nd.

ASTTBC Team at Norm Letnick, MLA Golf Classic in Kelowna

Sunset Ranch Golf Course was the setting for the "Norm Letnick Golf Classic", hosted by Kelowna - Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. The ASTTBC Fearsome Foursome captained by Jared Wilkison, AScT and team mates Gerry Born, AScT, Bruce Stevenson, AScT and Garry Threlfall, CTech represented ASTTBC at this afternoon of golf and fun, followed by an awards evening at Sunset Ranch Golf Club. Garry Threlfall said "Although our team didn't find any "hole in ones" we did take a break on the 13th hole to spend some time relaxing with Norm Letnick". Thanks guys for a great effort! Thanks also to Bruce Stevens, AScT, ASTTBC Regional Manager, Okanagan for arranging our participation. A photo is posted on What’s New.

ASTTBC Teams at the 8th Annual Northern Liberal Golf Tournament

The Northern BC Liberal Party recently held its 8th Annual Golf Tournament at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club and ASTTBC was in attendance with two outstanding teams - the AScTechs and the TechPROs. The ASTTBC team members included: Heather Andreychuk, AScT; Jim Blake, Public Representative on ASTTBC Council; Frank Blues, AScT; Doug Carter, CTech and ASTTBC Past President ; and, Luke McDonald, AScT.

Camosun College Co-Op Students Available September 26, 2011 to March 16, 2012

Employers, in September this enthusiastic and energetic group of the province's upcoming Mechanical Engineering Technology professionals will be completing their program with ready-to-apply skills in: drafting and CAD, fabrication and machine shop, and design. For detailed information about the Mechanical Engineering Technology program go to:

Please consider where a Mechanical Engineering Technology co-op student or intern can contribute to your business and follow these 6 easy steps to hire:

  1. Post your job on line at Co-op Posting form or email Nann Judd or Bella Nicholls
  2. After the closing date, we'll send you the students' applications.
  3. You review the applications and determine a short list.
  4. We'll contact our students to arrange interviews on or off campus.
  5. After you decide, let us know and we'll extend your job offer.
  6. Enjoy the benefits of a skilled and motivated employee.

Northwest Science & Innovation Society Launches New Ideas Contest

The Northwest Science & Innovation Society has been active this summer offering summer science camps and they have also launched a “new ideas contest”. This is a competition and showcase platform for entrepreneurs, innovators and companies with a science or tech-focused business idea. It features mentoring and networking opportunities in addition to great prizes. Deadline for submissions is December 1. More information is available on their website.

Both teams fared fabulously well on the greens and had a great afternoon of fun in the sunshine! A photo is posted on the website.

Green Corner: Green Driving Tips

In the second installment of our 3-part GREEN DRIVING TIPS series, let’s examine other ideas that can help you lower your driving costs while producing fewer pollutants to the environment:

Want fries with that alternative fuel? With obesity rates on the rise, one thing we have plenty of is fat, and it turns out you can run your car on it. Alternative fuels, like biodiesel allow an engine to run off of natural, renewable fuel sources like plant or animal oils. The downside is that there isn't as much energy in these oils as there is in petroleum-based oils like gasoline or diesel, so mileage is lower. A second and more practical gas alternative is ethanol. Ethanol is fuel made from plant material like corn or wood pulp. It's essentially alcohol with a little bit of gasoline mixed in. General Motors has several models it designates as flex fuel capable—can run either on gasoline or ethanol.

Time to trade in for a more efficient car - Switch from a large gas-guzzling vehicle such as an SUV to a smaller more fuel-efficient car. Go even greener and consider a gas-electric hybrid car. Hybrids obtain excellent gas mileage due to their efficient gasoline engine that shuts off at low speeds or in stop-and-go traffic. In those situations, the car is powered by an electric motor, which means no gas is used and no pollutants are emitted.

Car Pooling - Grab a friend and break up the lonely commute! When two (or more) people buddy up and ride together, the number of cars on the road drops and gas is saved. It's that simple! Some heavily congested areas use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes so car poolers benefit by saving time and the city they're in benefit by having fewer cars on the road and less pollution. Ride sharing is another car pooling resource many areas have. Ride sharing is a formal program that matches interested car poolers together. Alternating driving days with others saves on the overall wear-and-tear of your car which in turn reduces routine maintenance car costs and helps with its resale value.

Thanks From:

Dr. Moira Stilwell, Parliamentary Secretary wrote to John Leech, ASTTBC Executive Director
On behalf of the Province of British Columbia, I would like to thank you for participating in the Year of Science: Science and the Arts Expo…Your expertise and enthusiasm added tremendously to the event, as more than 5000 participants explored the science and technology behind the arts, and all that the Royal BC Museum has to offer.

The goal of the Year of Science is to increase interest in science among young British Columbians - to show that science is all around us and that an education in science and technology fields can lead to today’s most interesting and rewarding careers.

Mary Tracey, Executive Director for the Canadian Wood Council wrote:
I would like to extend a sincere thank you to ASTTBC for sponsoring the Green Buildings Award at our recent 2011 Wood Design Awards. … Your continued support enables Wood WORKS! BC to continue our vision of promoting a “wood culture” where wood is viewed as the first and best value building material for all types of construction.

Erin Handy Program Coordinator for Kootenay Association for Science and Technology wrote:
Thanks so much for the promo items you sent previously. They’ve been really popular and appreciated. I’ve still got a drawerful, which is great. I’m using some of the water bottles as prizes at a Science Champions in Education recognition event we’re hosting next Sunday. I took some of the other stuff to an environmental networking seminar in Castlegar, which had about 50 registrants.

Those little wooden ASTTBC gliders were super popular with the kids at our April Community Science Celebration, and I thought they might be a good fit for our upcoming raft of summer science camps. This will impact up to 500 kids in the communities of: Rossland, Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Blueberry Creek and Robson. Thanks!

TechACTION:

Maintenance Matters Bulletins: The Home Owner Protection Office has made available online a series of new Maintenance Matters bulletins, designed to assist homeowners, strata councils, maintenance managers, housing cooperatives and building owners . These bulletins contain Information on extending the service of the building envelope and practical tips and checklists to help you stay on track with maintenance requirements.

BC Common Ground Alliance Develops Best Practices Manual: A Best Practices manual Version 2.0 was approved by the BCCGA board in February and is now available on their website.These practices represent a statement of the type of activities that BCCGA believe provide optimum levels of diligence towards preventing damage to underground infrastructure. BCCGA welcomes all industry stakeholders to submit suggestions and to join Best Practice committee meetings.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement

ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC’s policy on Continuing Professional Development and utilize the web site designed to help members record CPD activities.

Registration for the Fall term at BCIT is now Open

Studying part time is a great professional development opportunity. Taking classes in the evenings, on weekends or online allows you to keep on top of changes in your field or industry. By taking individual courses you can brush up your skills, advance your career or explore new career possibilities without a full-time commitment.

BCIT provides continuing education through a variety of Part-time Studies courses and programs in many sectors including: Business, Computing, Engineering, Applied and Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Trades, and Academic Studies.

You already have a credential, but by taking just a few more courses, you could be well on your way to turning your certificate into a diploma, or your diploma into a degree.

So, take a few moments to browse through the Fall 2011 Part-time Studies Flyer to see where BCIT Part-time Studies can take you. Register online

Selkirk College GIS Program for Fall 2011 offers Advanced Diploma

If you are considering CPD opportunities in GIS, a personal career shift or need GIS trained staff within your organization, Selkirk College in Castlegar has seats available Fall 2011.

Selkirk College’s Advanced Diploma in GIS program offers state of the art training in GIS. This year Selkirk has a brand new teaching facility under development.

Selkirk College is adjacent to the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers and offers an integral hiking and biking trail system just seconds from the classroom doors.

As well the low cost of living in the west Kootenay is bonus. For more information contact Derek Marcoux, M.Sc., R.P. Bio. Chair, School of Environment and Geomatics Selkirk College. Phone 250-365-1392.

ASTTBC Member Service: Technical CPD Courses Through EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center

ASTTBC members can now take advantage of a wide range of technical oriented continuing professional development courses and workshops from our preferred CPD partner EPIC.

When registering, use the following ASTTBC promo code EPBCT589 to apply your member savings benefit.

Management Skills Training Courses

The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing and the Wood Manufacturing Council have developed a set of 8 online management skills training courses. Each course is designed to be completed entirely online over a 6 week period.

  1. Quality management and control
  2. Safety and Human resources management
  3. Business Finance and Investment Evaluation
  4. Sales and Marketing
  5. Production Planning
  6. New Product Development
  7. Factory Layout and Equipment Justification
  8. Supply chain management

British Columbia Municipal Safety Association Training Schedule
A wide range of seminars are available. See their schedule

Professional Development Opportunities

Please note that links to many worthwhile professional development opportunitis, seminars and coming events can be found on the ASTTBC website. Following is just a small sample. For links to these and many other activities, follow the links above: