ASTT e-News

ASTTBC e-News, August 2014

Dear Subscriber,

ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC 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 website.

Table Of Contents

Mount Polley Mine — People. Regulations. Standards & Practices

ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration — Save the Date!

ASTTBC Day at BC Lions Game! September 13th

Andrew Saxton, MP Talks Internationally Trained Technology Professionals with ASTTBC's John Leech

Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray 'Ties One On' with ASTTBC

ASTTBC's CEO Quoted in BC Government Release Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition

MP Jean Crowder Meets ASTTBC's John Leech — Talk Tech Careers for Aboriginal People

ASTTBC Members Invited to Attend ACEC-BC Training: Business Development for Engineers

2015 Canada Winter Games Business Readiness Workshops in Prince George

Georgie Awards 2014 Call for Entries due September 30th

BCIT Hosts 50th Anniversary GALA October 6th in Vancouver: ASTTBC is a Sponsor

BCIT Engineering Programs Granted Accreditation

ASTTBC Benefit of Membership

Member Services Partner Spotlight: Manulife Financial

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Advises Steps to Reducing E-Waste

WorkSafeBC Releases new OHS Policies on Combustible Wood Dust Canadian

Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and ASTTBC Explore Connections

LandlordBC and ASTTBC Build Linkages

Canada-EU Agreement Text Reached: ASTTBC Calls for More Technology Professionals

Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby a Success with Carl Wilkinson, AScT Taking Lead Role

ASTTBC Member Brings Home GOLD from BC Summer Games

ASTTBC President Hosts Council Update Webinar

TechPROfile: Allan Suckling, AScT, RTMgr

Share Your Innovations

BC Jobs Plan: Skills and Training in BC

Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 1

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

Update Your Contact Info

ASTTBC on Twitter and Facebook

Professional Development Opportunities


Mount Polley Mine — People. Regulations. Standards & Practices

The people and the standards they work with will emerge as a key focus of the BC Government ANNOUNCED INQUIRY into the Mount Polley dam breach according to ASTTBC, a professional regulatory body responsible for registering engineering and geoscience technologists and technicians who are a part of the professional team inspecting BC's mines.

"Inspecting dams in BC is often a team effort requiring a mix of skill sets, all working to assure public health and safety," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT. "ASTTBC works with the BC government and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) to make sure that mine inspections are carried out by professionally qualified and accountable specialists."

ASTTBC is of the view that British Columbia has solid standards in place to help guide the professionals involved in mine inspections.

ASTTBC, as the 8th largest professional association in BC with over 10,000 technologists, technicians and technical specialists, is working to assure best practices to help guide ASTTBC members who are involved in the inspection of dams, whether as part of a team or as an independent practitioner.

"For example, we are reviewing the APEGBC Dam Safety Guidelines and will consider endorsing this standard as a guide for ASTTBC members' practice," said Leech. "ASTTBC is also considering who is participating in dam inspections as technologists and technicians, and will report to government on the numbers who are currently registered with ASTTBC as either an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) or Certified Technician (CTech)."

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ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration - Save the Date!

Saturday, November 1, 2014
5:30 pm — 10:30 pm
The Westin Bayshore Hotel
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

Our annual gala TECHNOLOGY AWARDS & RECOGNITION CELEBRATION is our premier event of the year and a highlight for BC's science and technology community!

This event provides ASTTBC with the opportunity to recognize BC's technology professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements. It is also our way to say thanks to our many volunteers and partners who contribute to the growth and development of the association.

The evening starts with a reception and silent auction fundraiser for the ASTTBC Foundation including entertainment by Andrew Johns (back by popular demand), followed by a delicious dinner, award presentations and social time.

Making a contribution to our silent auction fundraiser is a great way to help the ASTTBC Foundation while enhancing your company profile. For details, please EMAIL Debbie Walker.

For more info on the gala event, EMAIL Cindy Aitken, Manager of Governance & Events.

ASTTBC members, dedicated volunteers and committed partners are the very heart of our success and we invite you to join us for an evening of celebration on November 1st!

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ASTTBC Day at BC Lions Game! September 13th

Join CEO JOHN LEECH, council members and ASTTBC staff on September 13th for ASTTBC Day at BC Place Stadium. The BC Lions are taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and we want YOU to show your Lions PRIDE! ASTTBC members receive up to $10 off tickets AND for every ticket sold to our members, $3 goes to the ASTTBC Foundation! It is a WIN-WIN-WIN! Invite your family, friends and colleagues. To order tickets call Hermon at the Lion's office at 604-930-5452 or EMAIL him.

We look forward to seeing you there!

BC Lions Game DETAILS

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Andrew Saxton, MP Talks Internationally Trained Technology Professionals with ASTTBC's John Leech

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, ANDREW SAXTON, Member of Parliament representing North Vancouver, met with ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT to review latest developments at ASTTBC, notably ASTTBC's work to assist and support Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP).

ASTTBC has received funding in the past three years to develop programs and various resources that will further enhance and refine ASTTBC tools to assess international credentials, inform ITTPs as to the world of work in BC / Canada and support ITTPs as they get settled in BC. The funding is part of the federal contribution to the provincial government in support of the Labour Market Agreement.

"Andrew was quite interested in learning of the various new resources including a number of dedicated websites developed to house information for ITTPs," said JOHN LEECH. "I focused much of our time reviewing a number of new programs and services developed for ITTPs and that assist those in Canada get registered as quickly as possible so they can enter the job market with a credential that is accepted by BC employers."

ASTTBC's CEO also spoke of the role of technologists, technicians and technical specialists and the importance of promoting technology education and careers. Leech mentioned ASTTBC's role in advancing technology careers with First Nations and the need to grow participation of women from the current 10% membership. Andrew encouraged John to follow up with him on this and the other subjects covered during their conversation.

A regular at ASTTBC functions such as the Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration, Andrew knows of ASTTBC and the association's work as a professional regulatory body.

"It was a pleasure sitting down with Andrew again; and to know we have someone who is well informed on ASTTBC and the important role of technology professionals in BC's and Canada's economy," concluded Leech.

VIEW the feather presentation

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Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray 'Ties One On' with ASTTBC

Technology SIZZLES as ASTTBC's new slogan to help promote technology education and careers, was one of the key topics discussed during a meeting early this summer between ASTTBC Community Representative Henry Murphy and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT with Mayor Gray of Kelowna. The mayor was, as usual, most welcoming to the pair from ASTTBC and was game to 'tie one on'... the ASTTBC Technology SIZZLE apron that is!

Several topics discussed during the one hour visit: technology education in the Okanagan Valley, attracting women and First Nations into tech careers, house inspection standards and ASTTBC registration as the highest professional regulatory standard in Canada, certification of fire protection technicians to assure competency and accountability, technology businesses in Kelowna and surrounding area...and where to get the best wine in Canada!

"Walter was as welcoming as ever," said JOHN LEECH. "He engaged in an active dialogue on many issues of interest to ASTTBC as well as the association's role as a professional regulatory body and a key promoter of technology education and careers." John has had several meetings with the mayor during his time in office. Mayor Gray has decided he will not run again in the Fall 2015 election. John and Henry wished the mayor the very best in all that lies ahead.

PHOTO of the meeting

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ASTTBC's CEO Quoted in BC Government Release Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition

More skilled technologists and technicians will have their professional qualifications recognized through ASTTBC with the renewal of the Foreign Qualifications Recognition (FQR) funding agreement between the federal government and the Province of BC.

"ASTTBC has been working in partnership with the BC Government on FQR projects designed to support and assist Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP) get their credentials assessed and secure meaningful employment in their respective fields of applied science technology," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT.

"This partnership has produced significant results over the past 2 -3 years and there is more ahead."

Read the BC Government PRESS RELEASE in which quotes are provided by BC Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond, BC Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk, federal Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada, Jason Kenney and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH.

Outcomes to date from the ASTTBC - BC Government partnership agreements include:

New projects have just been launched and these include:

"ASTTBC is at the forefront of programming to assist and support ITTPs as they make their way to BC / Canada seeking rewarding technology careers," concludes ASTTBC's JOHN LEECH.

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MP Jean Crowder Meets ASTTBC's John Leech— Talk Tech Careers for Aboriginal People

Federal Member of Parliament JEAN CROWDER (Nanaimo-Cowichan) met early this summer with ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT to talk about ASTTBC's work with Aboriginal people. Official Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Jean received an ASTTBC eagle feather from John, carved by Salish artist Len McKay.

The federal Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Jean Crowder, MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan, talked with ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH about ASTTBC's efforts to enhance the level of awareness of technology education and careers for aboriginal people. John pointed to the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) established by ASTTBC to engage ASTTBC First Nations members in the promotion of technology careers. Since its inception FNCC volunteers and ASTTBC staff have attended many career fairs, provided information to interested youth, parents and the general public, engaged with various agencies and offered bursaries to First Nations students. ASTTBC First Nations members have served as role models to aboriginal communities.

"Jean was keen to know all about ASTTBC efforts and to work with ASTTBC / FNCC in advancing technology careers for First Nations," said ASTTBC's CEO. "We had a great chat, covering the role and contribution of ASTTBC members to the BC economy."

PHOTO of the meeting

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ASTTBC Members Invited to Attend ACEC-BC Training: Business Development for Engineers

Although proficient in their technical abilities, engineers are also recognizing that the skill of business development is essential for expanding business, securing more profitable work and moving into senior management and leadership roles. Understanding the business development process and developing the associated skills for securing new work, retaining existing clients and increasing scope of existing projects are becoming the core competencies for many engineers.

After two sold out sessions in 2013, ACEC-BC in conjunction with Ralph Kison of Growth Through Learning are excited to offer a half-day workshop on business development for engineers. Ralph will present his proven business development process that has enabled engineers and firms in the AEC sector to successfully differentiate themselves on the value of their services and expertise, increase their fees and strengthen their brand and market position.

"I encourage ASTTBC members to consider this special training opportunity," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT. "The special invitation and rate for ASTTBC members has come out of the close link between ASTTBC and ACEC-BC. A positive response from ASTTBC members will lead to greater opportunities in the future."

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
ASTTBC and ACEC-BC Members: $195 + GST
Non-Members: $280 + GST

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2015 Canada Winter Games Business Readiness Workshops in Prince George

The Canada Winter Games and related events in February 2015 offer exciting opportunities for Prince George's retail, hospitality and other service businesses to showcase their products and generate additional business. But those opportunities come with an inherent risk, and the profitability of that additional business could easily be destroyed if you have too little, too much or simply the wrong staff or inventory when the guests arrive.

Initiatives Prince George is the Official Business Engagement Partner of the 2015 Canada Winter Games and, in partnership with Northern Development Initiative Trust, Downtown Prince George and Community Futures of Fraser-Fort George, is offering a three-hour workshop to help all hospitality and retail business owners, managers and supervisors plan and manage that risk.

Workshop leader Ted Topping of Creative Insights Inc., Vancouver, has led numerous workshops on business strategy, inventory management, marketing, selling and service across North America. He will help you clarify exactly what you are trying to achieve in terms of business during the games, and then help you identify the most productive and profitable way of achieving it.

REGISTER for the september workshops

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Georgie Awards 2014 Call for Entries due September 30th

The Georgie Awards, operated and hosted by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, are recognized both provincially and nationally as the residential construction industry's most prestigious awards program. The annual awards honour outstanding excellence in all areas of building including planning, design and construction, renovation, marketing, innovation, special achievement and more.

Entering the awards provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase projects, innovative designs and the high standard of quality that conveys a company's level of commitment and professionalism to customers while gaining valuable exposure.

Eligibility
The Georgie Awards are open to all members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC including members from its ten local affiliated home builder associations located throughout all regions of British Columbia. Members are encouraged to enter regardless of the size of their company or project.

Projects and products built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed for the period of January 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014 are eligible for entry. Winners will be announced at the 23rd Annual Georgie Awards Gala on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver with more than 500 industry professionals, senior government officials and media in attendance.

MORE INFO

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BCIT Hosts 50th Anniversary GALA October 6th in Vancouver: ASTTBC is a Sponsor

ASTTBC will have strong presence on October 6th at a very special GALA CELEBRATION of BCIT's first 50 years. ASTTBC is the professional 'home' to many BCIT graduates. BCIT invites their graduates to join the dinner.

The BCIT invitation says, "We hope you will be one of the 1,000 guests coming together for this one special evening: key business, political and industry leaders, public and private sector partners, alumni, Honorary Doctorates, past Distinguished Alumni recipients, major donors, faculty and students."

ASTTBC President DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS, a BCIT graduate and now department head and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, a BCIT grad, invite you to visit the BCIT website and sign up for the dinner.

"I hope to see many BCIT graduates and my past students at this historic event," said President Rutherford.

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BCIT Engineering Programs Granted Accreditation

BCIT's BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING received accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The CEAB was established by Engineers Canada to examine Canadian undergraduate engineering programs and accredit those that meet the profession's high education standards. Graduates of accredited programs are considered to have the necessary academic qualifications to be licensed as professional engineers in Canada.

This is the first accreditation for the program and is valid for three years. Since the first class of students graduated from the program in 2009, eighty students have earned the BCIT Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. The 18 graduates from the class of 2014 can now directly apply to register as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Previous graduates were required to write the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in order to register.

According to CEAB, accredited undergraduate engineering programs not only lead to professional engineering designations, but also provide quality assurance (high standards and continual improvement) and mobility (provincial, territorial, and international recognition).

"The Mechanical Engineering program is very pleased to receive accreditation from CEAB and is thankful for the support received from across BCIT," says Paul Morrison, Associate Dean of Mechanical Engineering. At the same time, BCIT's BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING was reaccredited for a six-year term—the maximum period for which accreditation is granted. The continued accreditation is welcome news for a program that conferred its first Bachelor of Engineering degrees in 2011 and has since graduated 33 students. "The Electrical Engineering Program is delighted to receive a six-year renewal of our accreditation and we thank everyone for all the work that made this possible," says Craig Cowan, Associate Dean, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The BCIT Bachelor of Engineering in CIVIL ENGINEERING Program, first accredited in 2010, received a six-year renewal of its accreditation in 2013.

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ASTTBC Benefit of Membership

Today's fast-changing and competitive environment demands the very best people and at a time of increasing professional reliance, employers are attracted to ASTTBC technology professionals because they can be assured our members are qualified, registered and accountable.

Qualified. ASTTBC is considered a critical element in the career of technologists, technicians and technical specialists and businesses, industries and government recognize our credentials as key indicators of competence and quality.

Registered. ASTTBC has a mandate under provincial legislation to maintain, improve and increase the knowledge, ability and competence of our members. By setting and maintaining standards of excellence, members, employers and their clients all benefit from a culture of professionalism.

Accountable. ASTTBC regulates standards of training and practice of, and for, its members and to protect the interest of the public. Certified members are required to follow a CODE OF ETHICS and are subject to practice review and discipline therefore assuring professionalism in the execution of their duties.

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Member Services Partner Spotlight: Manulife Financial

For over 65 years now, Engineers Canada and the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife Financial) have been offering a combination of low group rates and industry-leading benefits to members of Canada's engineering regulators.

Today, the Engineers Canada-sponsored Insurance Plans are among the oldest and biggest group plans in Canada with over 80,000 of your peers and their families making it their coverage of choice.

Whether it's extended health, accident protection, disability, dental or group term life insurance, learn more about how these plans can protect you, your family and your income at exclusive rates not available to the general public.

Call Manulife Financial toll free at 1.877.598.2273 or visit their WEBSITE.

Note: Life insurance is not available to those in our Special Certification Programs.

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TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Advises Steps to Reducing E-Waste

As electronic gadgets get replaced by better, faster, smaller and lighter versions each year, the amount of electronic waste — or e-waste — dumped into our landfills is growing at an alarming rate. Take THESE STEPS to reduce e-waste the eco-friendly way.

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WorkSafeBC Releases New OHS Policies on Combustible Wood Dust

The WorkSafeBC Board of Directors has approved three new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies that take effect on September 1, 2014. The policies are directed to employers, workers and supervisors in relation to the hazards of combustible wood dust.

ASTTBC encourages members to take note of the new WorkSafeBC policies and be governed accordingly.

VIEW press release and policies

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Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and ASTTBC Explore Connections

Marcus Ewart-Johns, Vice President, CME BRITISH COLUMBIA, met recently with ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT to talk about possible connections between CME-BC, ASTTBC and the members of both associations.

"Marcus and I identified several points of contact between CME-BC and ASTTBC," said JOHN LEECH. "ASTTBC members are employed by CME-BC firms and ASTTBC members have businesses that are already or could become members of CME-BC."

Leech also noted that manufacturing is the 4th largest contributor to the BC Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 3rd largest employer. Marcus and John agreed to pursue the natural linkages between the two organizations including issues such as the need for skilled workers in BC, promoting technology education and careers, the application of technology in manufacturing, and the general profile of manufacturers and exporters.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is the country's leading trade and industry association serving as the voice of 10,000 leading companies. The association focuses on improving business competitiveness through:

As Canada's leading business network, CME also chairs the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition which unites 53 industry associations, more than 100,000 companies and two million employees from coast to coast.

VIEW the meeting

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LandlordBC and ASTTBC Build Linkages

ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT has met several times in the past year with LandlordBC CEO David Hutniak and continues to build and develop the relationship between the two associations.

LandlordBC is a newly minted alliance to better serve owners and managers of rental housing. LandlordBC serves and represents over 3,300 members who manage more than 130,000 residential rental units in 6,000+ buildings throughout BC.

"It has been a great learning experience for me as I come to better know LandlordBC," said John.

"David and I see great potential for solid business connections between ASTTBC and LandlordBC, something we will likely formalize in the next couple of months." David has expressed interest in linking ASTTBC certification programs with LandlordBC members, notably fire protection and house and property inspection registration.

READ more on LandlordBC

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Canada-EU Agreement Text Reached: ASTTBC Calls for More Technology Professionals

The proposed Canada-EU Trade Agreement moved one step closer to a final deal with the text now completed. The agreement will result in a 20% increase in bilateral trade and translate into more jobs for Canadians according to Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast.

"Fair trade deals such as this lead to greater opportunity and certainty for most fields including manufacturers and exporters, the high tech sector, engineering services and the resource industry" said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT. "Such growth will inevitably add more pressure on the BC and Canadian job market, with technical skills at or near the top of the list. ASTTBC will continue to encourage the provincial and federal governments to invest in technology education and careers and more generally, in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)."

REVIEW the press release from the Canadian government

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Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby a Success with Carl Wilkinson, AScT Taking Lead Role

The 9th Annual Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby held on July 26th raised $18,500 in support of salmon enhancement/restoration on Vancouver Island, reports Carl Wilkinson, AScT. ASTTBC has sponsored this event since 2011, and all the derbies to date have raised a total of $100,000.

An ADVERTISEMENT thanking all sponsors appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist.

"Thanks for all the support," said Carl in a note to ASTTBC staff. "As you know this year was another for the records. We raised $18,500—more money for charity than in any other year. In a last minute plea to our guests, we were short only $700 dollars of raising a grand total of $100,000. The extra funds poured in, achieving the total raised since 2006 of $100K."

Carl Wilkinson, a Transportation Technician with the City of Victoria and the key organizer for the Invitational Derby, believes about 100 of the participants were ASTTBC members!

See the derby WEBSITE for a wrap-up and photos

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ASTTBC Member Brings Home GOLD from BC Summer Games

The Thompson-Okanagan girls' soccer team played their way to gold this past month at the 2014 BC Summer Games held in Nanaimo.

The BC Summer Games challenged teams from across the province to compete against one another in the weekend long tournament. The Thompson-Okanagan soccer team, coached by ASTTBC member Dave Notte, AScT, was able to come away victorious over a tough Vancouver-Squamish team with a 2-0 victory.

Lindsay Notte, daughter of Dave Notte, played an essential role for the team, and was one of only two players to score in the final.

After the game Dave had nothing but admiration for the team, saying that, "They came together a month and a half ago from all across the region, and all of them have just gone above and beyond. I have been so impressed with the passion, commitment, enthusiasm, and mainly the support for each other that they have showed since the very beginning. I had confidence coming into this that we could do really well and after I saw how well the girls played in their first game, I knew we had a chance to get the gold."

ASTTBC congratulates Dave and his team.

Well-done ladies!

SEE the team

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ASTTBC President Hosts Council Update Webinar

The topics for the recent ASTTBC Council Update Webinar ranged from PTech implementation in BC to mandatory reporting of CPD. Professional standards and accountability are KEY issues for ASTTBC as it looks to further enhance the association's mandate as a self- governing professional association.

Incorporated under the ASTT Act and Regulations to serve and protect the public interest by providing professional certification and registration for technologists, technicians and technical specialists, ASTTBC Council has asked staff to direct greater resources to professional regulation and accountability.

"ASTTBC-registered technology professionals make an important contribution to the growth and development of BC's economy and protection of health, safety and the environment," said President DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS. "The ASTTBC Council Update Webinar gives me, as Council President, the opportunity to update members on a number of key elements of ASTTBC's work."

See the WEBINAR in session

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TechPROfile: Allan Suckling, AScT, RTMgr

TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.

ALLAN SUCKLING, AScT, RTMgr is Manager, IT Core Services at RCMP E-Division for the RCMP in Delta.

He started his career in the sound and lighting industry, working during high school fixing and installing sound equipment. After completing an Electronics Technology Diploma in Telecommunications at BCIT, Allan was sworn in as a Civilian Member of the RCMP and posted in Terrace BC.

He relocated to Prince George with the RCMP and later to Vancouver, both in project management roles engineering and implementing new communication systems and dispatch centres within BC.

Along the way, Allan attended BCIT to complete a BTech in Technology Management. This helped lead to a management role, overseeing the Communication Systems Program for the RCMP in BC.

When asked what made him want to be a technology professional he replied:

"I first took electronics classes in high school," says Allan, "My dad was an electrician, and had the ability to fix anything. His patience and skill made him one of the best mentors a tech could have."

ALLAN'S FULL TECHPROFILE

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Share Your Innovations

Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.

Send 200 words or less to the E-NEWS EDITOR  

BC Jobs Plan: Skills and Training in BC

Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.

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Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.

Featured Posting
CREUS Engineering Ltd. in Vancouver is looking for an Intermediate/Senior Civil Engineering Technologist.

FULL POSTING

EMAIL us for further information on the TechJOBS program

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 1

Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety within the work place.

Amplification:

(a) This principle must be considered the most significant in the Code of Ethics. Realistically any project undertaken involves some risk to safety, health and welfare and may have some impact on the environment. To 'hold paramount' is to emphasize the need to give diligent regard to this principle and to rank it ahead of expediency or economic gain to either client or self.

(b) Members shall take appropriate action and notify proper authorities if in their professional opinion, unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment do exist.

(c) Members shall not complete, sign or seal plans or other documents that, in their professional opinion, would result in unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment, or do not conform to current standards. If the clients or employers insist on such conduct, and members are unable to dissuade them, then the commentary regarding Principle 8 should be followed.

Commentary:
Members must be familiar with current safety codes, standards and other external regulations pertaining to their discipline. They must understand their implications to the safety and welfare of the public.

Members should maintain a responsible interest in both the immediate and long-term effects of the application of practices that affect the public welfare and should be aware that the use of technology may create situations that endanger the long-term safety and welfare of the public. If necessary, members should advise clients, corporate management or appropriate agencies accordingly.

Occasionally the obligations that members have to their clients/employers and to the public may be in conflict. While the members are obliged not to disclose confidential information, or to use such information to the disadvantage of the clients/employers, failure to report a situation that members believe may endanger the safety or welfare of the public would be contrary to this paramount principle. There should be no doubt as to how members must act.

When members are retained as an expert in litigation cases, any information received or developed in the case is bound by the general rules of litigation, including rules of privilege and disclosure. Members face a dilemma when information they have poses an imminent danger to the public but is bound by legal privilege.

Members must act out of a sense of duty, and although the member's ultimate responsibility is clear, there is no universally applicable procedure to be used for discharging it. Responsible disclosure must be conducted with the interest of the public in mind, and obviously requires that the members put their names on the action and sometimes their occupations on the line.

All members, who provide services directly to the public or perform work as independent contractors, have a duty of care to ensure adequate financial protection to their clients in the event of their errors and omission. The Council of ASTTBC may also from time-to-time specifically name certain registrants (practicing), who then become obliged under the ASTT Act, to carry errors and omission insurance.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.

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Update Your Contact Info

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Professional Development Opportunities

There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!

Here's just a sample if you follow the links:

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION (GITA) PACIFIC NORTWEST ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Vancouver BC, September 29-30th, 2014

CANADIAN URBAN FOREST CONFERENCE - URBAN FORESTS BY DESIGN
Victoria BC, September 30-October 2, 2014

CANADIAN TRADE COMMISION - TECHNICAL SEMINAR TO SHOWCASE CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 1, 2014

Thank-you for reading our August e-News and have a wonderful September!

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