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ASTTBC e-News, December 2012

Dear Member,

ASTTBC 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

Holiday Greetings from ASTTBC Council and Staff
ASTTBC Council Call for Nominations
Premier Clark Congratulates ASTTBC Award Recipients
John Leech Named in BC Homes Top 20
ASTTBC Welcomes Chris Newcomb as Honorary Member
ASTTBC and First Nations Employment Society
ASTTBC at Multiculturalism Week Ceremony
BC Government Program Supports Skilled Immigrants
ASTTBC Mentoring Program Update
Bruce Ralson, MLA Visit to ASTTBC Office
ASTTBC Applauds Okanagan College and RoboCup
ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notice
In the Media and On the Move
Construction Safety Officer Certification
Okanagan College Home Inspection Certificate
ASTTBC Practice Review Board: Case Study
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 2
FNCC Applauds Industry Support
ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming 2013 Events
BCAIU Joins BCNET
TechPRO: Dawn McGrath, ROWP
Post Your Career Story
ASTTBC Foundation Helps Technology Students
Message From: Richard Lee, MLA
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact Info
Join the Twitter Conversation
Everyday Science Music Video

Holiday Greetings from ASTTBC Council and Staff

Thank you to our many Members, Volunteers and Colleagues, for your support in making 2012 a successful year. As we look ahead, 2013 promises to be another exciting and busy year for ASTTBC. We look forward to your continued support, and send you our best wishes for a relaxing Holiday Season and a healthy, prosperous New Year. Please note the ASTTBC Office is closed December 24, 2012 - January 1, 2013.

ASTTBC Council Call for Nominations

Nominations are requested for election to the Council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nominating Committee Chair by February 23, 2013. Nomination submissions should be addressed to: Doug Carter, CTech, 
Chair, Nominating Committee, ASTTBC, 10767 -148 Street, Surrey, BC V3R 0S4
techinfo@asttbc.org

Premier Clark Congratulates ASTTBC Award Recipients

A video message from Premier Christy Clark was played at the ASTTBC 2012 Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration (TARC) on November 3, 2012. The Premier extended congratulations to all award recipients and to the 10,000 members of ASTTBC for their considerable contribution to the growth and development of British Columbia.

"We appreciated the thoughtful comments from Premier Clark," said ASTTBC President Bill MacPherson, AScT. "It is significant that she is aware of the important contribution that ASTTBC members make to the province."

John Leech Named in BC Homes Top 20

BC Homes Magazine and the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC (CHBA BC) have released their Top 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction for 2012. Included on that list is ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE.

"It is quite an honour to receive recognition from BC Homes Magazine," said John on being named to the list. "The credit is shared with so many at ASTTBC who work tirelessly in support of the professional regulation of technologists, technicians and technical specialists. Many of ASTTBC's 10,000 registrants provide a valuable service to the built environment, including building designers, house inspectors, fire protection technicians, and many technologists and technicians who are involved with design, construction, commissioning, inspection, and testing services."

John also commented on ASTTBC's role in advancing careers. "ASTTBC works hard to promote technology education and careers and science and technology in K-12. ASTTBC has been encouraging leaders in BC to adopt a science and technology culture with a solid plan guiding our collective efforts."

ASTTBC Council Member Bob Prasad, AScT, RTMgr, sent John his congratulations: "Fantastic news and no surprise Mr. Leech being listed as one of BC's Top 20 Most Influential in Residential Construction by BC Homes Magazine. He continues to impress and lead by example."

ASTTBC Welcomes Chris Newcomb as Honorary Member

North Vancouver engineer Chris Newcomb, P.Eng, President and CEO of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., has become an Honorary Member of the 10,000-member Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC.

Chris graduated from the University of Manchester in Engineering before immigrating to Canada in 1969. After five years as a Design Engineer at Associated Engineering in Vancouver, Chris spent five more on large-diameter pipeline projects in Tanzania and Ecuador, becoming a specialist in the design of pre-stressed concrete pipe.

Joining McElhanney Consulting in 1981, Chris became President in 1997. McElhanney has since trebled in size, extended its geographic range, and won numerous awards. It has played leading roles in the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Golden Ears Bridge, and the Port Mann Bridge/Trans-Canada Highway upgrading.

Chris served the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies as provincial President in 2002/03, National Chair in 2008/09, and as a member of the international executive committee since 2011. He continues to lead the provincial Task Force on the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.

"Throughout his career in BC, Engineer Chris Newcomb has proven himself a staunch supporter of BC Technologists, Technicians and Technical Specialists," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "We take pride in enrolling Chris Newcomb, P.Eng, as an Honorary Member of ASTTBC."

ASTTBC and First Nations Employment Society

Hon. Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, was event guest speaker and witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between ASTTBC and the First Nations Employment Society (FNES). Minister Chong expressed her gratitude to FNES and ASTTBC for their leadership. "I look forward to hearing of FNES and ASTTBC plans for collaborative work to enhance technology careers within First Nations communities."

ASTTBC and FNES have been working together over the past year to build linkages in support of enhanced awareness and career opportunities in applied science technology. Many other special guests in attendance applauded FNES and ASTTBC. "The MoA is a great beginning and sets the stage for a collaboration that will embrace not only FNES and ASTTBC but many other interested groups," said Norma Guerin, Executive Director of FNES. ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, concurred, pointing to current plans to develop a public works technician program to meet the needs of all communities in BC, with consideration to the interests and needs of First Nations.

ASTTBC at Multiculturalism Week Ceremony

ASTTBC was on hand to celebrate with Hon. John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism as he brought B.C.'s 2012 Multiculturalism Week to a close by presiding at the planting of a 12 feet tall maple tree in Stanley Park. The tree symbolizes the deep roots and flourishing growth of our province's diverse communities. It had been on display for the previous week in Robson Square, where people had been invited to decorate it with paper leaves on which they wrote about what multiculturalism meant to them personally.

BC Government Program Supports Skilled Immigrants

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training announced a program to support and assist internationally training professionals to build careers and settle their families in BC. Technologists and technicians are included, the role of ASTTBC is acknowledged, and Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, is quoted in the government press release.

"This is great news for the 'middle education ground' of diplomas and certificates of technology from institutions such as BCIT, Okanagan College and Camosun College," said John Leech. "I applaud the BC Government, Ministers Pat Bell (Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training) and John Yap (Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology) for this initiative."

ASTTBC has been working with the two Ministries to assure internationally trained professionals (ITPs) that they will face an open, fair and equitable process to get their credentials fully recognized and move as quickly as possible to full and meaningful employment as a technologist or technician.

ASTTBC, with financial support from Government, has developed a number of initiatives to support and assist ITPs:

"The partnership between the BC Government and ASTTBC has significantly helped ITPs, and there is more work planned in 2013," said John. "We are making solid progress and continue to learn of new and better ways."

ASTTBC Mentoring Program Update

On November 26, the first group of ASTTBC members who volunteered as Mentors met their first ITP Mentees. The two groups underwent separate orientation sessions, and then came together at the Sheraton Guildford to plan their projected four-month mentoring periods.

The orientation sessions were conducted by representatives from the immigrant service provider agencies that have partnered with IEC-BC (Immigrant Employment Council of BC): ISSofBC, MOSAIC and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Those representatives will also be the Mentoring Coaches, who will monitor and guide the new mentoring relationships. All who attended were delighted with the results, and we look forward to hearing their success stories as the relationships move forward.

ASTTBC wishes to thank these first Mentors, and the representatives from IEC-BC and the Service Provider organizations for their dedication to this worthy cause. ASTTBC invites more of our members to volunteer as Mentors and be ready for a second Orientation session, now tentatively planned for April 2013.

For more information on this program, and to find the application forms, please go to www.itpbc.com and click on the Mentoring tab.

http://www.asttbc.org/docs/novmentoring.pdf

Bruce Ralston, MLA Visit to ASTTBC Office

Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley, (left) was warmly welcomed to the ASTTBC office (located in his riding) when he met with Executive Director John Leech and ASTTBC staff this past Fall. Bruce Ralston was first elected to the Legislature in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. He serves as opposition critic for Finance and Public Accounts. He is a lawyer in Surrey, where he has operated his own law firm for 18 years.

"While this was a casual visit," said John, "I took the opportunity to review with Bruce the important work of ASTTBC Members and of the need to enhance awareness of, and support for, technology education and careers."

ASTTBC Applauds Okanagan College and RoboCup

ASTTBC was a proud sponsor of the 7th Western Canada RoboCup Junior Games on November 30, 2012 at Okanagan College, which hosted 76 teams, making this the largest competition ever. "The Robocup competition is a natural fit for ASTTBC as we work together with Okanagan College to promote tech careers," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. "There is a real need to attract more young people to technology careers in order to address the skills shortage."

ASTTBC has been taking a lead role in recent years to encourage more youth to embrace subjects that tie to STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Math) and applauds Okanagan College for its leadership in hosting the annual RoboCup competition.

Successful RoboCup teams are eligible to represent Canada in the 2013 World RoboCup championship in the Netherlands. Here are the full results of the competition.

ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues Notice

The ASTTBC 2013 Annual Dues notices were sent by email on November 7, 2012 and hard copies were mailed on December 10, 2012. If you have not yet received your 2013 Dues notice and you have changed your mailing or email address, then please contact Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org or (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237.

In the Media and on the Move

ASTTBC Advanced Technology Award 2012 Recipient Ian Bowman, AScT, and President and CEO of Softac Systems Ltd, was featured in a recent edition of Business in Vancouver highlighting his company's newest Earthquake Technology, QuakeTrip. Its main function is to detect wave acceleration peculiar to earthquakes and to automatically shut off utilities. This device would have enormous impact on residual damage caused by earthquakes, in particular fires caused by ruptured gas and power lines. Both the City of Surrey and the US Government have placed orders with Softac Systems. http://www.asttbc.org/docs/quaketrip.pdf

John Leech, AScT, CAE, attended the Economic Development Association of BC (EDABC) and Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Member Dinner on December 4, 2012 in Vancouver, where he had the opportunity to speak with Hon. Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and key ministry staff. ASTTBC is a Bronze Partner of EDABC.

Lamont (Monty) Hurd, EngL, AScT, CPWI 3, has recently accepted a position as Project Engineer for City of North Vancouver. As Project Engineer, he will be involved in the Port Metro Vancouver Low Level Road Project and City works in the Lower Lonsdale area. ASTTBC congratulates Monty.

Vancouver Island ASTTBC members Nancy Fowler, AScT, and husband Bruce Fowler, AScT, Richard Cave, AScT (member of ASTTBC Council) and his wife Adele, and ASTTBC Media Relations Manager Garry Gaudet and his wife Janice attended the MISTIC Awards Dinner in Nanaimo on November 2, 2012. Nancy presented the ASTTBC Technology Leadership Award to James Smith of the Comox Valley. James has been working for three years on seeding a physical hub to serve as an Innovation Centre in the Courtenay/Comox area. MISTIC is currently reorganizing and redefining itself to better serve its mission and goals under its new brand: Innovation Island Technology Association.

Construction Safety Officer Certification

ASTTBC and BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) have been holding exploratory discussions around the future of certifications for construction safety practitioners in BC.

ASTTBC, as a Professional Regulatory body, has been mandated to govern and administer the CSO Certification Program since 1995 and currently awards certification and the title of Construction Safety Officer (CSO) to applicants meeting the required standard of training and experience. BCCSA is a Provincial Construction Industry Association engaged to deliver the Certificate Of Recognition (COR) Program and issue the Construction Safety Specialist (CSS) designation on behalf of WorkSafeBC.

At the moment the two designations, CSO and CSS, acknowledge slightly different but similar levels of training and experience and deliver practitioners for similar roles in the construction industry. Both ASTTBC and BCCSA believe there may be considerable value in removing some of the confusion that exists with the use of two designations. The discussions between our two associations are aimed at ensuring the needs of industry are met while protecting the integrity and proper governance of any new construction safety practitioner certification program that may evolve.

New Delivery for Okanagan College Home Inspection Certificate

Submitted by Barry W. Brooks, AScT, CHI, PEng, Program Developer and Lead Instructor, Continuing Studies, Okanagan College

Okanagan College offers a comprehensive Home Inspection certificate program that combines theoretical instruction with field training to provide participants with a complete foundation for pursuing a professional career in home inspection.

In addition to a thorough grounding in the basics of inspecting the component systems of a house and in communicating the results of that inspection through proper reporting, students also receive instruction in basic building science, defect recognition, inspector safety, basic code issues as they relate to inspections, and basic legal and business practice issues that inspectors should be familiar with. The final component the program is devoted to the practical application of the knowledge gained through actual inspections in the field.

A new development in this program is continuous intake combined with blended delivery, which is intended to make the program more accessible to prospective students from across the province. Continuous intake will allow students to start the program whenever they are ready and progress through the component courses at their own pace. The blended delivery incorporates a majority of self-study and online learning with one week of face-to-face work on-campus combining seminars and the field inspections. The week-long on-campus session is normally scheduled for the Vernon campus of the College. The purpose of this blended approach is to provide high quality instruction with minimal disruption to work and family life for students.

This program meets the academic requirements of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) for their Certified House Inspector (CHI) designation. Completion of the Certificate with a minimum final grade of 70 percent in each course is required by ASTTBC.

If you have questions about the program or the application and registration process, please contact Lisa Robert at 250-503-2672 or lrobert@okanagan.bc.ca

FNCC Applauds Industry Support

First Nations Careers Council Bill Baglot applauds Hodgson, King and Marble, General Contractors and Construction Managers, for its support of the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) since the Council's inception in 2008. FNCC helps to provide educational opportunities to all aboriginal and Inuit young people, which is crucial to creating skilled workers with the technical skills required for an ever-changing construction industry. "HKM looks forward to becoming more and more involved with the FNCC and being a part of a better future for all aboriginal and Inuit peoples," said Bill Baglot, Grad Tech.

ASTTBC Sponsors Upcoming 2013 Events

One of the important ways ASTTBC connects with the science and technology community across the province is by participating as a sponsor of industry and education events. Here are a few of the notable events coming up in early 2013 supported by ASTTBC:

Check the January e-News for more science and technology community event information in the New Year.

BCAIU Joins BCNET

BCNET, a not-for-profit, shared IT services consortium for higher education and research in B.C., and BCAIU (BC Association of Institutes and Universities) announced that BCAIU member institutions will join BCNET. All BCAIU presidents have signed a letter pledging their institution to join the consortium and cited the value they see in collaborating with the research universities on shared information technology services. The BCAIU presidents agreed that aligning with BCNET will help their institutions pursue their long-term strategic objectives of improved education services delivery and cost-effective procurement of information technology services.

Members of BCAIU encompass eight institutes and universities in British Columbia: BCIT, Capilano University, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, University of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island University.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board: Case Study of a Complaint

A homeowner purchased a lot and built a dream house on a quiet cul du sac in a new development where houses on approximately 3 of the 6 lots were yet to be built. When construction on an adjacent lot started, the homeowner was concerned that the house design did not conform to the guidelines specified by the developer and the municipal authority.

The homeowner submitted a complaint to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) and was subsequently informed that the designer was no longer a member of AIBC. The well-written complaint that was then submitted to ASTTBC included photographs showing the houses in question. The complaint alleged that the Certified Residential Designer (CRD), misrepresented design guidelines allowing for the construction of a house that did not conform to the building scheme. The homeowner also claimed that the house on the adjacent lot exceeded the allowable square footage ratio for the 1st floor and the 2nd floor. A deck and a basement window on the front of the house were also considered contrary to building regulations. Furthermore, the design, size and location of the house on the lot created a canyon affect between the two houses. The homeowner made serious allegations regarding the Certified Residential Designer's integrity and professionalism. He feels that the CRD had ignored his phone calls and email communications and was hiding from the issues. The homeowner implied that the CRD had resigned from the AIBC because of this complaint.

The ASTTBC investigation of the complaint included a review of the design guidelines and the municipal zoning bylaws for the lots in question. The CRD was given a copy of the complaint and an opportunity to respond. The CRD prepared and submitted to the investigator a written response accompanied by photos. The written documentation combined with the photographs was considered adequate evidence to prepare a report for the Practice Review Board (PRB). Interviews and onsite investigation of the complaint were deemed unnecessary in this case.

Some of the photographs sent by the homeowner show the view from the front door as dominated by a wall of the neighboring house. A review of the photographs submitted with the CRD response provides a different perspective in which the claimant's house is set further back from the street compared to the house that is thought to be in violation of design guidelines.

When viewing the photograph of both houses from the street the canyon effect claimed by the homeowner is not evident. The house in question is similar in style to others on the cul du sac. The complainant's house is a different design given that the second floor is built within the roof structure. Housing lots in a circular cul du sac can frequently produce irregular wedge-shaped lots. The lot for the house in question is one such challenging lot. However, the designer has met all the required setbacks.

The investigator concluded that the CRD complied with all the necessary design guidelines. Although during construction, the complainant observed an opening in the wall framing leading to an open area where no flooring was to be built, we cannot assume that joists and flooring would be constructed to fill in the open space at some time in the future. Such a divergence from the approved design would be a complaint to the municipal building department. The investigation also revealed that the reason for the CRD to discontinue membership with the AIBC was completely independent and had nothing to do with the complaint.

The Practice Review Board decided that that since there is no evidence to substantiate a violation of the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice on the part of the Certified Residential Designer, no further action is required and the file be closed.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 2

Members of ASTTBC shall undertake and accept responsibility for professional assignments only when qualified by training and experience.

Amplification: Members shall not sign, seal or take credit for plans, specifications, reports or parts thereof unless actually prepared by them or prepared under their direct supervision. The seal and members signature must only be applied to work after the responsible member is satisfied the document or component for which he or she is professionally responsible is complete and correct.

Commentary: Members shall offer services, advise or undertake professional assignments only in areas of their competence by virtue of training and experience. This includes exercising care and communicating clearly and accepting or interpreting assignments and in setting expected outcomes. It also includes the responsibility to obtain the services of a specialist or an expert if required or, if the technique is uncertain, to proceed only with fullest disclosure of the experimental nature of the activity to all parties involved. Hence this requirement is more than simply duty to a standard of care, it also involves honesty with one's client or employer and one's self.

In this age of rapidly expanding technologies and new concepts and theories, members cannot be expected to be conversant with every new development of knowledge. Thus, members have increased personal responsibility to employ the services of others who have expertise to supplement their own capabilities. This responsibility is most important when adopting new processes like computer software to ensure the programs are site-specific to the member's project. (Also see Principle 6).

Registrants have a duty to continuously pursue such Professional Development as is relevant to ensure their continued competence in their specific discipline. Throughout their career Registrants have a personal responsibility to diligently assess their continuing education and training needs, to ensure both currency and competence in their work.

Complete Code of Ethics

TechPRO: Dawn McGrath, ROWP

Dawn McGrath, ROWP, earned an ASTTBC Professional Achievement Award in 2012 for 20 years, and counting, of service to central and northern BC communities.

Dawn became a Technology Professional because she enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, whether indoors or out. She started out working for her First Nation on a waste water system.

She earned a Thompson Rivers University diploma in Engineering Drafting and Design Technology, and qualified as an ASTTBC Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner. Dawn is now reading for a Master's in International Construction Management through the University of Bath and BCIT.

Currently a Senior Construction Manager with the Skeetchestn Indian Band, Dawn has operated heavy equipment, surveyed and laid out projects, estimated, planned wastewater systems, and worked with the Provincial Emergency Program. She has worked on Civil projects with Breakout Contracting and as an Assistant Area Manager for the BC Transportation Ministry.

Dawn takes pride in contributing her knowledge and skills to First Nations communities in the BC Interior, and looks forward to mentoring others to develop their technology careers.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Dawn in posting your career story at www.techprofile.ca. Connect with former colleagues get your name 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 e-News, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page. See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website.

ASTTBC Foundation Helps Technology Students

In 2012, the ASTTBC Foundation provided $23,000 in bursaries and awards for technology students across the province. The Foundation's mission is to help science and technology students of all ages, and to support science and technology education and career awareness.

ASTTBC and the Foundation wish to thank all our members and friends for their generous support in 2012 and in previous years. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference to the work of the Foundation.

If you are not yet a donor, then please consider ASTTBC Foundation in your charitable giving. Your gift is income tax creditable, and your name (not the amount of your gift) will appear on the annual Foundation Honour Roll of Donors listing on our website. You can donate online www.asttbc.org/donate or mail your cheque (made out to ASTTBC Foundation) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

Message From:

Richard Lee, MLA for Burnaby North: "Congratulations to the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia on your 2012 Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration Gala. It is indeed a pleasure to extend my best wishes and congratulations as you celebrate this special event."

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

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

Professional Development Opportunities

There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, seminars and coming events on the ASTTBC website. Here's just a sample if you follow the links:

Update Your Contact Info

To update your ASTTBC contact information, please use our online form.

Join the Twitter Conversation

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Everyday Science Music Video

ASTTBC commissioned another fun music video by The Kerplunks to engage children in math and science. Science World had this to say about Everyday Science: "Kudos to ASTTBC for finding a way to put the words centrifugal, propulsion and diffraction into the same song." Have a look and pass it along!