ASTTBC e-News, December 2013
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 web site.
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Thank you to our many Members, Volunteers and Colleagues, for your support in making 2013 a successful year. As we look ahead, 2014 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 23, 2013 - January 1, 2014.
A reminder to all ASTTBC members: please complete the Member Satisfaction Survey and be eligible for a fantastic prize - an iPad Mini by JANUARY 20, 2014. We need to know how ASTTBC is doing and hear your opinions as to where and how best ASTTBC can focus future efforts on your behalf. The survey is on-line and takes only a few minutes. Go to MEMBER SATISFACTION SURVEY 2013
Individual responses are confidential, results are automatically computer-tabulated, and only aggregate results are released. ASTTBC is committed to PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY. Thank you for participating in the ASTTBC Member Satisfaction Survey 2013.
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED: ASTTBC members are encouraged to respond to the call for nominations for one of the Wood Design Awards offered by Wood WORKS! BC. In 2013, ASTTBC member Pam Chilton, AScT, CRD was one of the recipients.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase your work," said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech, as encouragement for ASTTBC members to offer up their work as a nomination.
The deadline for nominations is January 17, 2014. These are the 10th annual awards, with sponsors including ASTTBC. NOMINATE HERE
As well, Wood WORKS! BC is presenting WoodSymposium: 21st Century Wood Design and Construction Solutions on Thursday January 23, 2014. Early bird registration closes December 31, 2014. REGISTER HERE
It was a special night for ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, and Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, when they had an opportunity to meet and speak with Col Chris Hadfield (Retired).
"This was a unique experience to meet a Canadian leader, innovator, science and technology specialist and yes, hero," said Dave Rutherford.
Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut who recently served as Commander on the International Space Station. ASTTBC representatives spoke to Chris Hadfield about science and technology careers and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in K-12.
During the evening Rutherford and Leech presented Science World CEO Bryan Tisdall a $1,000 donation in support of the launch of a new 'Innovators Speakers Series' (ISS). In addition to Rutherford and Leech, ASTTBC hosted a few members of ASTTBC Council, staff and members.
The BC Premier's/Cabinet offices in Vancouver were the location of a chance meeting between ASTTBC representatives and Rick Hansen. Brian Carr, a Public Representative on ASTTBC Council, spoke with Hansen, noting the Honourary Doctor of Law Degree Hansen received in 2005 from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Carr was Dean of the institution at the time the award was presented. He introduced the other members of the ASTTBC team to Hansen.
"It was thrilling to meet Rick and to personally congratulate him on the Honourary Degree," said Brian Carr. "He has done so much for education and many other fields of endeavour."
The brief conversation touched on Hansen's work in BC and globally, the Rick Hansen Foundation and the application of technology in support of people with disabilities. ASTTBC spoke of the Association's connection with the Sam Sullivan Foundation and TETRA. The Rick Hansen Foundation lends support to TETRA, an organization founded by Sam Sullivan to bring together technical experts such as engineers, technicians, technologists, trades and others to develop devices to assist people with disabilities to function better each day. ASTTBC is a sponsor of the TETRA Gizmo awards and has a Memorandum of Agreement with TETRA. See a PHOTO of this meeting.
Earlier this Fall ASTTBC President, Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLA, CLS, and Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, met with MINISTER YAMAMOTO (MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale) to talk about the needs of small business, particularly as it applies to skills shortages and skills utilization. ASTTBC applauded the Minister and Government for its plan to reduce the small business tax rate by 40% by 2016/2017. In its role as a professional regulator and in support of technology education and careers ASTTBC committed to working with members who run small businesses, to assure their viability. The MoU signed between ASTTBC and SMALL BUSINESS BC was identified as tangible evidence of ASTTBC's commitment to support BC's small businesses.
"Minister Yamamoto expressed keen interest in ASTTBC's work in a number of areas," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford. "I am confident ASTTBC's message was heard and that the Minister will be supportive in a number of areas where ASTTBC carries out its mandate to serve the public interest in the field of applied science and engineering technology."
Minister Yamamoto, who knows of ASTTBC and the work of the Association, was interested in connecting with ASTTBC again. During the meeting the three reviewed the important contribution made by ASTTBC's 10,000+ technologists, technicians and technical specialists and talked about industry's need for technology professionals in many areas of the province. MORE MEETING DETAILS AND PHOTO
"It is great to see the media pick up on the award granted to Pam Chilton," said Executive Director John Leech. "When ASTTBC members are profiled in this way we are further enhancing awareness of the great career opportunities in technology."
ASTTBC encourages members to post their profile to TECHPRO
At the September 2013 Council meeting, the nomination committee for the 2013-2014 Council was approved. The committee is now requesting nominations 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 Nomination Committee Chair by February 22, 2014. Nomination submissions should be addressed to:
Bill MacPherson, AScT, Chair, Nominating Committee, 10767 - 148 Street Surrey, BC V3R 0S4, firstname.lastname@example.org
The forum is happening January 22nd/23rd 2014 in Prince George. ASTTBC is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of THIS FORUM which includes a myriad of speakers from government and industry, including Premier Christy Clark, Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett, and President/CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority Don Krusel, among others. Registration is $149 each day, and closes January 10th.
The central interior City of Prince George is the latest to adopt a Bylaw requiring those inspecting, testing and maintaining fire protection systems to be ASTTBC certified. ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, advised that ASTTBC will now get to work on certifying fire protection technicians. "I applaud the decision made by the Prince George City Council to enhance public safety by requiring those inspecting, testing and maintaining fire protection systems to demonstrate full competency, get registered with ASTTBC and be professionally accountable for their work."
Prince George now joins with 20 other BC municipalities that have adopted a Bylaw requiring ASTTBC certification. "Registered Fire Protection Technicians (RFPT) in Prince George will join with over 800 in BC who have for many years accepted professionalism and all that goes with ASTTBC registration, including practice audits to confirm ongoing competency," according to Leech. "ASTTBC will work with individual technicians as well as business owners and other stakeholders to get everyone on board with the new standards."
ASTTBC will travel to Prince George in the near term to learn more about the business environment in Prince George. "We will need to find out how many technicians there are and what their training needs might be," said Leech. "We will work closely with employers and other stakeholders to assure the most effective implementation of the Bylaw." ASTTBC has already connected with the College of New Caledonia to consider how CNC might engage on the training front. It is estimated there are 25 fire technicians who will need to get certified.
The January 2014 issue of the Business in Vancouver Magazine will be focused on choosing 'The Right Course' - professional development, career education and executive training. ASTTBC will be featured via strategic ADVERTISEMENTS highlighting the Association and informing the public about membership in ASTTBC and the work we do. ASTTBC is also featured under the professional designations section, which describes the credentials the Association offers and what it takes to earn them.
The BC Construction Association (BCCA) recently organized the Western Canada Construction Job Expo in Ireland taking place from October 30-November 4. Jason Jung, AScT, Manager of Member & Program Development, joined the BCCA and over 30 employers from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan in Belfast City and Dublin to discuss job opportunities for potential immigrants and temporary skilled workers seeking employment abroad. ASTTBC's role was to support our partners and potential immigrants/workers with understanding technical certification and professional registration requirements in BC. Congratulations to the BCCA for organizing this successful event.
ASTTBC is proud to again be a sponsor of the Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia (SPEATBC). Their Dinner and Awards Banquet will be held on January 25, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Royal King Palace in Surrey, BC. SPEATBC would like to extend an invitation to the event. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children aged 5-12. For those interested, please contact email@example.com for event information or to purchase tickets.
TeamWorks is an innovative program that provides British Columbia's local governments with access to additional, specialized resources to help solve challenging problems. Designed to enhance the informal partnership programs that exist within local government in BC, TeamWorks allows local governments to seek and provide assistance, and share resources. The experience of combining the user and the resource provider together in a hands-on environment not only helps to efficiently solve problems, but will provide unique leadership and training opportunities.
A Reference Group of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a range of disciplines is sought to assist a Regional District complete an operational efficiency and services review. Reference Group SMEs will provide advisory services as part of the core services review, with a particular emphasis on bringing best practice experience to assist the RD in determining service gaps or service improvements.
TeamWorks is reaching out to ASTTBC Members to volunteer their knowledge and experience for this endeavour. Refer to the TERMS OF REFERENCE for the specialized skills being sought for the SMEs.
If you have the expertise and are interested in supporting the Reference Group as a SME, please send along a letter (please attach your c.v.) outlining your experience, areas of specialized interest and how you believe you can support the core service review in an advisory capacity to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer SME letters of interest will be accepted until January 15, 2014. Please contact Paul Thorkelsson for further information at email@example.com
Science World has taken the lead in drafting a Science Charter for BC and ASTTBC has been one of the organizations helping to craft the document.
"In recent years ASTTBC has been encouraging Science World to assume the position of lead agency advancing technology education and careers," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "The Science Charter represents a great beginning in coalescing many organizations in their work to promote STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math."
One of the recommendations in ASTTBC's 'A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British Columbia' is that Science World be the focal point for the advancement of technology education and careers. "It is great that President and CEO of Science World Bryan Tisdall is leading the way with this initiative," said Leech.
Sid Siddiqui, PEng, chair of the Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC), stressed the importance of securing the support and engagement of industry in building an enhanced science and technology culture in BC. "TECC is a group of leaders from industry and education whose purpose is to advance technology education and careers. The Science Charter will help us all focus our work as we invest in a collaborative way to grow BC's understanding of the role of science and technology in all sectors, in all regions of our province."
TECC is an organization pulled together by ASTTBC as part of the association's role in informing government in matters relating to ASTTBC's mandate as a professional regulatory body and the career opportunities in technology. The Science Charter is a foundational piece around which all interested stakeholders can rally. View the SCIENCE CHARTER
Business in Vancouver Magazine reports that FortisBC hopes to proceed with expansion to the Tilbury Island facility.
"ASTTBC tracks key corporate decisions such as this as part of our effort to stay on top of technology careers and skills needs," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE.
"It is obvious that the development of LNG in BC means new economic growth and development and with it more technology jobs and this will have implications for ASTTBC as a professional regulator and lead organization enhancing awareness of technology education and careers."
ASTTBC has been proactively addressing the skills shortage in a number of ways, including by engaging Internationally Trained Technology Professionals through a number of initiatives, encouraging more women to consider technology careers, and expanding awareness of career opportunities with First Nations. READ MORE from Business in Vancouver.
Earlier this year the VSB, BCIT and ASTTBC signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signaling our collective interest in advancing technology education in K-12 leading to special consideration as a student at BCIT. Since signing the MoA, BCIT and VSB have been working on a number of projects in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives.
BCIT Vice President Paul Dangerfield reports, "This has involved BCIT's High School Liaison Team and the School of Computing and Academic studies. Further coordination will take place shortly and will also include the School of Business."
Dangerfield and VSB CEO Steve Cardwell report one concept being discussed is a model where high school students would take STEM type courses in a BCIT type learning environment. This concept has been presented to the School District Principles, who seem interested. BCIT, VSB and ASTTBC will meet soon to consider further program modeling.
On September 4, 2013, Cardwell was interviewed by the Vancouver SUN in which he said, "We know the province is projecting a huge shortage of skilled workers in the future," a key consideration as the educational community considers its focus. The article noted, "The district will try to move more students to work experience and post-secondary institutions. It's working with the B.C. Institute of Technology, or BCIT, to provide opportunities for students to complete secondary and post-secondary courses concurrently, and the board has partnered with Vancouver Community College, which is newly offering five first-year scholarships for aboriginal students."
Cardwell concluded by saying, "We don't want to lose our focus on core subjects such as science and math and English and social studies." On school programming he stated, "The real world isn't an hour of science and an hour of math and an hour of English. It's much more integrated and we want to provide those opportunities."
In our continuing effort to reduce ASTTBC's carbon footprint we sent the 2014 Annual Dues notices electronically on November 25, 2013.
Hard copy invoices were mailed on December 9, 2013. To access your invoice and to pay your dues, please FOLLOW THE LINK
If your dues are paid by your employer, we ask that you pass this information to the appropriate person on staff and request payment within two weeks. Your early payment will save us mailing out reminders. This small effort by ASTTBC helps reduce BC's carbon footprint.
If you still haven't received your 2014 Dues notice, please contact Lumi Guias at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237 for updating your contact information.
We thank you in advance for your prompt attention and your continued support.
The BCIP CALL FOR PROPOSALS is open until January 7, 2014.
Created to bolster innovation in Canada's business sector, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market by:
- Awarding contracts to entrepreneurs with pre-commercial innovations through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process.
- Testing and providing feedback to these entrepreneurs on the performance of their goods or services.
- Providing innovators with the opportunity to enter the marketplace with a successful application of their new goods and services.
- Providing information on how to do business with the Government of Canada.
ASTTBC Council is considering approval of a policy statement on the revision and ongoing management of the National Technology Benchmarks (NTBs) as the standards used for accreditation of technologist and technician programs. ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE reported that the Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) Leadership Council (LC) is being asked to provide a recommendation to their member associations on future direction for the NTB. Your comments on the proposed policy statements are welcome. Please email email@example.com
The proposed policy being considered regarding the National Technology Benchmarks is:
a) That one national standard for the professional certification of technologists and technicians and for the accreditation of technology programs best serves the public, educators and the profession;
b) The 2012 version of the NTB are accepted as an acceptable standard for the purposes of certification and accreditation;
c) Any further changes to the NTB must be based on a quality assurance process that:
- represents 'best practices';
- is open and transparent;
- provides sufficient time for review by all interested stakeholders;
- allows time for review and endorsement by the Professional Associations;
- is managed in an effective and efficient manner with the resources to assure sustainability; and,
- is regularly reviewed to assure the highest standard for a world class standard for the technology profession.
d) A renewal of the NTB process is essential and will be undertaken by the professional associations by December 2015;
e) The professional associations will collaborate with other stakeholders, notably industry and educators, in the development and management of the NTB and in a renewal of the NTB review and approval process;
The proposed policy being considered regarding Canadian Technology Accreditation Board is that:
a) ASTTBC serve notice on CCTT and CTAB, operating as a committee under CCTT, that CTAB accreditations will not be recognized beyond December 31, 2013;
b) Graduates from CTAB accredited programs will, as of January 1, 2014, be required to complete ASTTBC's competency-based certification assessment program; and,
c) Graduates from British Columbia institutions will be 'recognized' by ASTTBC for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements for certification. Graduates will not be required to complete ASTTBC's competency-based certification assessment program. This recognition will apply until December 31, 2015 or some other date set by Council at which time BC technology programs will be required to achieve full accreditation through an accreditation agency with an accreditation model acceptable to ASTTBC.
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 2014 supported by ASTTBC:
- Silver Sponsor of the 11th annual BC Natural Resource Forum, to be held January 22-23, 2014 in Prince George
- Gold Sponsor of the SPEATBC (Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC) 18th Annual Dinner, to be held on January 25, 2014 in Surrey (email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket info)
- Enhanced Bronze Sponsor of the CHBA BC Annual Georgie Awards, to be held on February 1, 2014 in Vancouver (TICKET INFO)
- Participant in the Camosun College School of Trades & Technology and Co-operative Education & Student Employment Trades & Technology Career Fair 2014, to be held January 30, 2014 (for more info: email@example.com)
- Title Sponsor of the Okanagan College Annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest, to be held on March 7, 2014
- Gold Sponsor of the Wood Design Awards of BC, Canadian Wood Council (WoodWORKS!), to be held on March 3, 2014 in Vancouver
- Gold Sponsor of the Transportation Conference 2014, January 28, 2014, Vancouver, presented by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - British Columbia, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and TransLink. READ MORE
ASTTBC is proud to have sponsored Honourary Member Brian Canfield, Chair of TELUS, at the November 13 Sam Sullivan Salon in Vancouver. Canfield has made significant contributions to the growth of TELUS over 50 years, a company that employs more than 400 ASTTBC members. The event included a pre-salon dinner and other speakers/musicians.
View his inspiring November 13th speech
In 2013, the ASTTBC Foundation provided $27,000 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 in BC. ASTTBC and the Foundation wish to thank all our members and friends for their generous support in 2013 and in previous years. Your support helps the youth of today become the techs of tomorrow!
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 ASTTBC Foundation Honour Roll of Donors listing on our website. You can DONATE ONLINE or mail your cheque (made out to ASTTBC Foundation) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.
A part of ASTTBC's mandate under the ASTT Act is to "regulate the standards of training and practice of members and protect the public interest" ('Object' from ASTT Act). As part of the FOCUS 2015: Practice and Accountability program, ASTTBC is enhancing the professional regulatory framework, especially as it applies to professional accountability.
In addition, the Association continues to pursue practice rights that are within the competencies of ASTTBC technology professionals. Practice recognition and rights to independent practice are identified and secured in a number of ways, including being identified as a Qualified Person / Professional and through a modified professional regulatory framework that would include the Professional Technologist. Here are highlights of ASTTBC's work:
Qualified Person (QP) ASTTBC has been pro-actively considering areas where an ASTTBC-registered technology professional might be recognized as a QP. A number of areas of practice have been identified and posted to the ASTTBC website. READ MORE
One example for technologists and technicians is recognition as a Reclamation Specialist by the Oil and Gas Commission, and for Technical Specialists includes fields such as house inspection, onsite wastewater, and fire protection.
ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board The newly formed Joint Board has a mandate to identify areas where a technologist might be considered for QP status. The Joint Board's work will take some time and will be ongoing. "I am very optimistic that working together with APEGBC will help the two associations better serve the public interest and protect health, safety and the environment," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS.
Professional Technologist (PTech) ASTTBC Council has signaled a continuing interest in pursuing PTech in BC. With over 350 PTech (Eng) now registered in Alberta, and the Licensed Engineering Technologist law but not enacted in Ontario, there is greater impetus for action in BC. PTech is also used in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, but in these two provinces the practitioners do not have a practice scope that includes some areas of 'professional engineering' whereas, that is the case with PTech (Eng). ASTTBC's belief that PTech is a key component of the future regulatory model has been raised with the ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board and the APEGBC Council with the hope that APEGBC will join with ASTTBC in support of developing PTech in BC.
Members of ASTTBC shall provide an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge and honest conviction.
Amplification: Members shall clearly distinguish between facts, assumptions, and opinions in reference to applied science technology in the preparation of reports, in conversation with clients and colleagues, in statements to the media, in the publication of papers and articles, and in discussion in a public forum.
Members shall not make statements, criticisms, or arguments generated or paid for by private interests on matters relating to public policy, unless they indicate on whose behalf the statements are being made. Members shall ensure, to the best of their ability, that statements attributed to them properly reflect their professional opinion.
Members shall not misrepresent their qualifications to their clients or their employers. Members shall engage or provide advice on engaging, experts or specialists when, in their judgment, such services are in the best interests of their client or employer.
Commentary: It is the responsibility of the members to clearly and accurately express the results of their work, and avoid bias due to political, economic or other non-technical factors. When called upon, members shall do their best to ensure that their professional opinions are accurately represented. When presenting complex issues to a non-technical audience, in order to avoid misinterpretation, members must simplify their discussions without losing the critical elements. Members shall separate their personal views from their professional activities and be impartial and factual when expressing professional opinions.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC has a new job listing service called TECHJOBS where you can view active listings.
In addition to the CTEN national job posting service, TechJOBS is a member service whereby employers post new career opportunities on the ASTTBC website every week. Employers can find pricing details online. To book a posting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASTTBC encourages you to post your career story. Connect with former colleagues, and get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and the many visitors to the ASTTBC website. Post your profile with photo, 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 TECHPRO
"I have retired from the BIG LITTLE SCIENCE CENTRE. Thanks to all our supporters. The Centre continues to operate, of course, under the leadership of Gord Stewart and Susan Hammond. I wish everyone well in someday finding a permanent home for the Centre."
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.
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:
Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs MORE INFO
BCIT's Part Time Studies MORE INFO
BC Natural Resources Forum, January 22-23, 2014, Prince George MORE INFO
ACEC-BC Transportation Conference 2014, January 28, 2014, Vancouver. MORE INFO
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ASTTBC invites you view the video on the ITTPBC.com MENTORING PAGE and see if mentoring is something you would like to do.
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 email@example.com
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