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ASTTBC e-News, December 2015

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 our 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

BC Brothers Pedaling Grain in Rural South Sudan

Premier Christy Clark Congratulates Award Recipients and ASTTBC

ASTTBC Congratulates Minister Polak on Signing Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance

Ralph Sultan, MLA & ASTTBC Honourary Member, Connects With ASTTBC CEO

MLA Mike Morris Appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Deputy Minister, Small Business Talks Red Tape Reduction with ASTTBC

ASTTBC Public Representatives Meet Minister Wilkinson

The #BCTECH Strategy 2015

13th Annual 2016 BC Natural Resource Forum: Save the Date

SPEATBC Scholarship Application Deadline Jan.15th, 2016

Call for BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations 2016

Professional Technologist Title Available Early

TechPROfile: William John Alexander McMillan, AScT

CSA Technical Committee Seeks Members

Four Sections of Building Act Come Into Force December 15th, 2015

ASTTBC Council Nominations Requested

Finance Department Update

Camosun Students Showcase Innovative Real-World Technology Projects

In the Media and on the Move

Save the Date! GLOBE 2016

Salish Artist Len McKay Carves Eagle Feathers for ASTTBC

Looking for a House Inspector? Check out the ASTTBC Video

ASTTBC Benefit of Membership

Member Services Partner Spotlight: Imagewear by Mark's Work Wearhouse

Underground Utility Locator Certification Program to Launch in 2016

Technological Innovation

BC Jobs Plan: Skills and Training in BC

Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

ASTTBC Code of Ethics 7:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

Professional Development Opportunities

Update Your Contact Info

ASTTBC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn



BC Brothers Pedaling Grain in Rural South Sudan

In 2008, an artisan flour miller from the Sunshine Coast invented a makeshift grain grinder using the peddling motion of an old bike to mill small amounts of grain. His unique invention attracted significant attention however the invention's economic viability was questionable. The grain grinder was a fun party trick, but not able to make money for the young entrepreneur.

However, Chris Hergesheimer, the inventor, wanted more than to simply make a profit, he was questioning our system and the proliferation of “big processors” as the path to grow, process and deliver grain and flour to market. Chris and his family were more committed to the community, wanting to encourage and educate them about connecting with their food producers, potentially having a lower impact on the environment, and explore “flapjacks only fresh-milled flour can make”.

What happened next was unexpected. This unique contraption led Chris Hergesheimer and his brother, Josh, in a direction they never expected. Seeing a potential use for this machine, a friend, originally from South Sudan, brought the pair to Panlang village in rural Africa. ASTTBC assisted the local brothers before they departed and provided this update on the outcome.

Rather than bring a fully manufactured grinder they decided to teach locals the skills necessary to build their own. The result was a bike-mill built at the Juba Technical School, a high school where students from across the country learn basic trades. The welding instructor and several of the students took the design, cut up some old school desks, and made it happen. The machine was quite strong, which was a good thing, since it travelled 800 kilometers on a very bad road to its final destination! It is now in Panlang village, where a women's cooperative uses it to grind sorghum for home cooking and for local markets.

In Feb 2014, they returned and saw it still going strong! In fact, it has been so popular that Chris and Josh have been using the proceeds from their book THE FLOUR PEDDLER to pay to construct more mills. To build the frame costs around $600 USD in South Sudan, mostly due to the high cost of petrol for the generator and the scarcity of scrap metal.

What is next? Recently, an NGO in Mozambique approached the bothers expressing interest in hosting them to build a bike-mill for their village program. In April 2016, Chris and Josh are flying to Mozambique (covering all of their own travel expenses, approx. $2,000) and the organization, KUWANGISANA has enthusiastically agreed to house and feed them during their visit.

LEARN more about this project

ASTTBC admires their work but as Chris Hergesheimer shares “this is not work, it's just passion.”

GLOBAL NEWS VIDEO

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Premier Christy Clark Congratulates Award Recipients and ASTTBC

The annual ASTTBC Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration (TARC) provides the opportunity for ASTTBC to recognize many members and employers for their contribution to the growth and development of BC. Speaking to the audience of 275 through a personal video, Premier Clark said about the province, “We are a leader in developing and growing BC technology companies. We are a destination for technology investment from around the world.”

The premier, who has kindly provided a video for each of our recent TARC events, expressed appreciation for ASTTBC's work: “The ASTTBC plays a key role in helping keep that momentum going."

The premier took time during her video message to congratulate the award recipients and to extend thanks to the members of ASTTBC and others joining ASTTBC at TARC.

“Thanks to everyone in the room tonight for everything that you do to make sure BC is a province that is always building for the future.”

Premier Clark provided a letter of congratulations to each award recipient.
Watch the premier's VIDEO

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ASTTBC Congratulates Minister Polak on Signing Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance

ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE sent a congratulatory note to BC Minister of Environment Mary Polak and the BC government for signing on to an international alliance that has BC moving to zero emission vehicles by 2050.

Minister Polak made the announcement December 11th, from Paris, where she is attending the 2015 Climate Conference.

"This is quite the commitment with a clear target," enthused Leech. "Big goals like this will cause British Columbians to rally."

Quebec is the only other province in Canada to join the alliance.

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Ralph Sultan, MLA & ASTTBC Honourary Member, Connects With ASTTBC CEO

MLA Ralph Sultan, PEng, an Honourary Member of ASTTBC, and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE, enjoyed lunch together earlier this month. The conversation included a number of topics of interest to ASTTBC including the association's role as a professional regulatory body, ASTTBC linkages with MLAs, the contribution of ASTTBC members to the BC economy, practice rights for ASTTBC members, and promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The two also talked briefly about the role of the Public Representatives on ASTTBC Council and their Annual Report for 2014. Ralph and John rounded out their 90-minute conversation reflecting on joint and several liability (an issue connected to a change in the limitation period for liability enacted by government during his mandate), and ASTTBC's connections with other professional associations, notably APEGBC.

“Ralph is very engaging, considerate and interested in how he might serve his constituents and the province,” observed John Leech. “I always enjoy my time with Ralph and I was again reminded of the Honourary Membership he holds with ASTTBC, and of his respectful consideration of ASTTBC members.”

READ about Ralph Sultan, MLA for West Vancouver-Capilano

SEE photo of MLA Ralph Sultan and ASTTBC CEO John Leech catching up over lunch

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MLA Mike Morris Appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

MLA for Prince George - Mackenzie, Mike Morris, was sworn into Cabinet last week. Mike has been leading initiatives of interest to ASTTBC including a review of the government's Professional Reliance Initiative.

ASTTBC has been actively involved with the proposal since it was launched several years ago.

The BC government, with this initiative, is working to have ‘Qualified Persons / Professionals' assume responsibility within their competency and as allowed for in law.

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Deputy Minister, Small Business Talks Red Tape Reduction with ASTTBC

Tim McEwan, Deputy Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction met recently with ASTTBC representatives MJ Whitemarsh and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE to talk about red tape reduction and a survey on small and medium size enterprises (SME) that ASTTBC is conducting with its members.

Developed jointly by ministry staff, Small Business BC and ASTTBC, the SME survey will help define ASTTBC members' involvement and role with SMEs as well as members' need for services and training. The results will be published in the early part of 2016.

On red tape reduction, ASTTBC reported on the status of a call for ASTTBC members to offer their views on areas in government where change might achieve greater effectiveness.
"Some great ideas have emerged from this request," said ASTTBC Manager, Executive Initiatives, Jacqueline de Raadt, who is managing the project.

PHOTO of MJ Whitemarsh, Manager, Strategic Partnerships and ASTTBC CEO meeting with Deputy Minister of Small Business Development and Red Tape Reduction, Tim McEwan

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ASTTBC Public Representatives Meet Minister Wilkinson

The public representatives on ASTTBC Council met October 30th with the Minister of Advanced Education, Andrew Wilkinson, to review their 2014 report.

Brian Carr, PhD, James Coble, MA and Rob Campbell, PEng attended and spoke with the minister on topics such as the evolving role of technologists and technicians. The public representatives talked about how changing new technologies require continuous adjustments to the working relationships and practice boundaries between engineers and technologists / technicians. The four talked about this reality in the workplace and the need for APEGBC and ASTTBC to work closely together to ensure that each professional's role is being fulfilled effectively.

The conversation moved to a discussion of the important work of ASTTBC and APEGBC members and of their respective associations. Professional accountability of members and the critical role of the associations in assuring professional standards were discussed, with the minister noting the heavy responsibility this placed on associations. There was an understanding that APEGBC and ASTTBC are expected to work together to resolve practice matters in ways that best serve the public interest. It was recognized that self-governing associations are called to muster the volunteer and financial resources needed to carry out these responsibilities. The meeting was described by the public representatives as positive and very productive.

PHOTO of ASTTBC Public Reps on Council, Rob Campbell, PEng, Brian Carr, PhD, James Coble, MA, and Hon. Andrew Wilkinson at the minister's constituency office

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The #BCTECH Strategy 2015

Today, government announced an investment of $100 million in the BCTECH Fund as part of the first phase of the #BCTECH Strategy. The fund gives entrepreneurs and tech start-ups the opportunity to access capital they need to grow their ideas and companies in B.C.

Along with access to capital, the #BCTECH Strategy will deepen the B.C. talent pool and make it easier to access new markets.

READ the first pillar of the strategy

The full strategy will be launched at the first #BCTECH Summit on January 18th to the 19th, 2016 — an event that will explore how technology is transforming our economy and our lives.
The technology sector has become a major engine of economic growth in British Columbia — no matter where you live in the province or what you do, your life is affected by what happens in technology.

CHECK OUT the latest updates on the #BCTECH Summit

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13th Annual 2016 BC Natural Resource Forum: Save the Date

ASTTBC is once again a sponsor for the Premier's BC Natural Resource Forum that takes place in Prince George on January 19th to the 21st, 2016.

“With a diverse line-up of forums, workshops and keynote speakers, I encourage our members not to miss this annual event that ASTTBC is proud to sponsor,” said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE.

As well as ASTTBC's presence at the tradeshow, John will be moderating a panel on technology in the resource sector.

With BC poised for historic growth that will result in new investment and job creation, ASTTBC members should make plans to attend all or part of this dynamic event.

For INFORMATON and to register

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SPEATBC Scholarship Application Deadline Jan.15th, 2016

The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia (SPEATBC) is accepting applications for five scholarships until January 15th, 2016.

MORE info

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Call for BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations 2016

Do you know members of the BCIT community, and in particular BCIT alumni and students, who have distinguished themselves in their lives and careers, and who exemplify BCIT's polytechnic approach to applied learning and research?

The next Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients are waiting, and you can be the one to nominate them. The accomplishments of BCIT's global community of over 160,000 alumni represents an inspiring account of change that BCIT brings to the world. The Distinguished Alumni Awards provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding alumni who bring acclaim to BCIT.

BCIT DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATION FORM

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Professional Technologist Title Available Early 2016

ASTTBC is working diligently to put the PTech designation in place for the New Year. The policies have been approved. The board has been appointed and they will make application for consideration by the ASTTBC Council at the council meeting in January. Additional work is required on the database and some fine-tuning of processes. It is anticipated that ASTTBC will be ready to accept applications by March 2016. Please stand by for updates.

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TechPROfile: William John Alexander McMillan, AScT

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

BILL MCMILLAN AScT is a Utility Tech 2 and the Chief Treatment Plant Operator with the City of Castlegar. After graduating in 1997 from Okanagan University College in Water Quality Technology with an academic award, McMillan started his career with the Ministry of Environment in Penticton working in water licensing. After that, he pursued employment as an operator for Big White Ski Resort working in all four EOCP disciplines and then worked his way up to foreman at Rutland Waterworks. During his time at Rutland, if he was not fixing water leaks, he was monitoring ground water.

Bill McMillan's career highlights include a BCWWA Academic Achievement Award and successfully achieving EOCP Water Distribution Level 4. His professional & community activities include playing hockey on both competitive and recreational teams as well as enjoying fishing. 

Why Bill Became a Technology Professional:

Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the outdoors and wanted to make a career out of protecting the environment,” shares McMillan, “I started in a Bachelor of Science degree program and then discovered the shorter 2 1/2 year WQT Program at Okanagan University College.”

MCMILLAN'S FULL TECHPROFILE

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CSA Technical Committee Seeks Members

The CSA Technical Committee on Bituminous Roofing Materials, responsible for the development of the CSA A123 series of standards, is seeking new members who represent the regulatory point of view. This committee typically meets twice a year at the CSA offices in Toronto; however, participation via teleconference and WebEx is always an option. Anyone interested in getting involved in the development of standards for the roofing industry is encouraged to contact: Ana-Maria Tomlinson, Ph.D. Project Manager, Environment & Climate Change CSA Group 178 Rexdale Boulevard Toronto, ON M9W 1R3. You can also call her at 416 747 4140 or EMAIL her.

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Four Sections of Building Act Come Into Force December 15th, 2015

As of December 15, 2015 new sections of the BC Building Act are now in force. The Building Act is B.C.'s first act dedicated just to building and construction - it's designed to modernize and streamline the building regulatory system.
The sections of the act that are now in force are ones that deal with consistency and will not apply until December 2017.
The updates are listed below:

For further information on this important act VISIT the website.

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ASTTBC Council Nominations Requested

The ASTTBC Council Nominations Committee is requesting nominations for election to the council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of ten 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 27th, 2016.

Nomination submissions should be mailed to: DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS, Chair, Nominating Committee, 10767 - 148 Street Surrey, BC V3R 0S4

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Finance Department Update

ASTTBC 2016 Annual Dues are due and payable now.

Hard copy invoices were mailed on December 14th. 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.

Please note, after January 31st, 2016 a late penalty of $25 plus GST will be added to all outstanding dues.

If you still haven't received your 2016 dues notice please EMAIL Lumi Guias or call her at (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237 to update your contact information.
Thanks for your continued support! Wishing you Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

ACCESS your invoice and to pay your dues

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Camosun Students Showcase Innovative Real-World Technology Projects

After months of hard work to complete their diploma, students of Camosun's Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program highlighted their four innovative Capstone projects to the public and potential employers on campus December 11th. ASTTBC was pleased to be a sponsor and attend the event.

“The mix of projects is inspiring,” said Alan Duncan, Chair of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Department. “Each team tackles a complex technology challenge and comes up with a tangible and workable solution that has a real-world application. It helps our students to launch successful careers in engineering and technology after graduation.”

The public and media were invited to join students and faculty as they showcase the following four projects:

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In the Media and on the Move

David Sparanese, AScT, CPWI 3 Appointed Manager of Public Works - Saanich
Congratulations to ASTTBC Council Director, DAVID SPARANESE, AScT, CPWI 3 on his appointment as Manager of Public Works with the District of Saanich.

Harley Machielse, PEng, Director of Engineering for the District, said on making the announcement:

"David has over twenty years of progressive experience in engineering and public works within local government. Thirteen of those years have been with the District of Saanich as Manager Street Operations and most recently acting as Manager of Transportation & Development Services.”

"In 2014, David was appointed to the Council of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and is the Past President of the Public Works Association of BC (PWABC) and BC Chapter Delegate of the CPWA and APWA. David has not only represented Saanich through these outside professional associations but he has also expanded his leadership abilities and promoted education and training.”

"Throughout his career, David has provided exceptional leadership and management skills and has motivated, developed and supervised large and effective operational and technical teams. I am confident David will naturally transition into his new position and continue to provide strong leadership in the public works division."

ASTTBC wishes all the best to David on his appointment!

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Save the Date! GLOBE 2016

GLOBE 2016 — The Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business is taking place in Vancouver from March 2nd to the 4th, 2016. Make sure you mark your calendars. Join delegates from over 50 countries to share, network and advance global business and sustainability agendas. The conference offers a variety of themes and sessions and one of particular interest — Technology Game-Changers & the Energy Transition should appeal to technologists and technicians.

MORE information on this session and the entire summit schedule/program

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Salish Artist Len McKay Carves Eagle Feathers for ASTTBC

ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE struck up a relationship with Salish carver Len McKay who has been supplying eagle feathers to ASTTBC for almost two years. The feathers have been gifted to a number of leaders in BC in consideration of their role in advancing technology education and careers or leadership in other areas of endeavour linked to ASTTBC's mandate.

Len recently visited the ASTTBC office to drop off another supply and while there showed John the progress of his work from a block of cedar to the finished product. “Len has become a part of the ASTTBC family, contributing his talent to the association's work to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and technology careers,” said Leech. “He and I have spent a fair bit of time getting to know each other.”

Len's is from the Nlaka'pamux Nation, Boothroyd Band, in Boston Bar, BC, of the Interior Salish. Len learned his craft from his uncle Geo McKay (his art name). Len and his mother, Susan, have a great, caring relationship which is evident to John as eagle feathers are crafted, delivered and presented.

“I have yet to meet Susan but we text back and forth and in the process I have come to know more about their family. The relationship deepens,” said Leech.
John Leech concluded, "It is a real delight being able to report on Len's contribution when presenting one of his eagle feathers to very deserving leaders throughout BC.” John has presented feathers to First Nations leaders, BC Cabinet Ministers and MLAs, elected officials at the national and local level, leaders in business and industry and with various organizations.

PHOTO of Len in the ASTTBC office, displaying his work from a raw block of cedar to the finished eagle feather

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Looking for a House Inspector? Check out the ASTTBC Video

As this year draws to a close ASTTBC reminds all 10,000 members that you need look no further than ASTTBC when sourcing a house inspection. ASTTBC-registered Inspectors are the best BC has to offer!

To help promote house and property inspectors ASTTBC created a new WEBSITE that shows how to locate an ASTTBC-registered Property Inspector.

We also produced a video showcasing a house inspection to assist potential house and property inspector clients better appreciate the service they will receive.

WATCH the ASTTBC Property Inspection video

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ASTTBC Benefit of Membership

ASTTBC works diligently to bring members great services including:

And so much more...

We continuously strive to provide great value-added services to your registration!

READ more about ASTTBC's Member Services Program

If you have any comments and/or suggestions of products or services added, please EMAIL Karen Taylor, Manager of Member Services and Operations.

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Member Services Partner Spotlight: Imagewear by Mark's Work Wearhouse

In the crowded apparel market, Mark's stands out for its commitment to comfort, quality, style, and innovation. Though their roots are in industrial work wear, they have also become known for outfitting Canadians with casual and active wear for everyday living. Their clothes are engineered to function, feel and look better. Their reputation as an innovative retailer is one that resonates with their customers and helped them grow from one store in 1977 to over 380 stores across the country.

Imagewear is a division of Mark's Work Wearhouse and is Canada's single largest supplier of industrial and corporate footwear, clothing and logoed apparel for men and women.  To save 10% off regular retail prices on select items at all Mark's Work Wearhouse stores, look for your Imagewear by Mark's Work Wearhouse discount card in the recent mail-out of the ASTTBC Connect Newsletter!

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Underground Utility Locator Certification Program to Launch in 2016

ASTTBC is pleased to announce that it will begin registering Underground Utility Locators in 2016. Utility locators perform a critical role in helping identify the location of underground utilities and services which may present potential hazards when preparing to disturb or break ground.

While final arrangements are being made to the new technical specialists online registration system, we encourage you to stay tuned for more information.

Please check the ASTTBC website in early 2016 where information will be posted on program information and registration requirements.

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Technological Innovation

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

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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
The City of Campbell River is looking for an Engineering Technologist 11. The job closes on January 8th, 2016.

FULL POSTING

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: 7

Conduct themselves with fairness, honesty, courtesy and good faith toward clients, colleagues and others, give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional comment.

Amplification:

(a) Members will not maliciously injure the character or the prospects of business of another member or individual, being as careful with a colleague's reputation as with their own.

(b) Members will exercise restraint when commenting upon the work of another member.

(c) Members will not, except in cases where review is usual and anticipated, evaluate the work of a fellow member without the knowledge of, and after communication with, that member where practicable.

(d) Members shall not attempt to supplant another member in a particular employment after becoming aware that definite steps have been taken toward the other's engagement.

(e) Members will not use the advantages of a salaried position to compete unfairly with another member.

(f) Members will not compete improperly by reducing charges to underbid a fellow member after having been informed of that member's charge.

(g) Members, when using designs supplied by a client or by a consultant, shall recognize and protect the ownership of the designs by the client or consultant and refrain from duplicating them for others without express permission.

(h) Members, before undertaking work for others which involves improvements, plans, designs, inventions or other records which may be copyrighted or patented, shall attempt to enter into an agreement regarding the ownership of such copyrights or patents.

(i) Members shall provide, when requested, a frank but private appraisal of employees or of members being considered for employment.

(j) Members will not use an affiliation with a non-member, a corporation or a partnership as a ‘cloak' for unethical acts or to avoid acceptance of personal responsibility.

(k) Members will refrain from distorting or altering facts in an attempt to justify decisions or avoid responsibilities.

(l) Members will advise the client or employer when it appears that a project will not be in the best interests of the client, employer or the public.

(m) Whenever possible, members shall acknowledge contributions of others for work with which the member is associated and name those who were individually responsible for designs, inventions, writings or other accomplishments.

(n) Members shall be open and receptive to new approaches or criticisms offered in a positive vein, and not overly defensive regarding preconceived positions.

(o) Members may promote and advertise their work or abilities provided that:

(p) Members will not offer to pay or agree to pay either directly or indirectly, any commission, political contribution, gift, or other considerations in order to secure work.

(q) Members will not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one interested party for the same service, or for services pertaining to the same work, unless there is full disclosure to, and consent of, all interested parties.

(r) Members will not accept financial or other considerations, including free services, from material or equipment suppliers as a reward for specifying their product.

(s) Members will not accept commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from contractors or other parties dealing with their clients or employer in connection with work for which they are responsible.

(t) Members will endeavor to provide prospective employees with complete information on working conditions and proposed status of employment and after employment, keep them informed of any changes in such conditions or status.

Commentary:

Unless convinced that responsibility to the community demands it, members will not express professional opinions that reflect on the ability or integrity of another person or organization.

Contacting a member whose work is to be reviewed not only is a professional courtesy but also provides the opportunity for the exchange of pertinent information, which would assist in the review. If the results of such a review demonstrate safety or environmental concerns, it is mandatory that the member responsible for the work be contacted again to review these concerns in order to provide the member with an opportunity to comment prior to further action. (See also Principle 9).

If a client requests a review of the work of a member and further stipulates that this member not be contacted, the client should be advised that these instructions are contrary to the spirit and intent of the Code of Ethics.

Members are entitled to review and evaluate the work of other members when so required by their employment duties and when the experience and knowledge is appropriate. For an adequate review it may be important to be aware of the nature and conditions attached to the assignment handled by the first member. Open communication should exist between the two members so that the reviewing member understands underlying assumptions and so that the first member has an opportunity to respond to any comments or criticisms. If a document is simply being read for information it is not being evaluated. The essence of evaluating is that the document be read in a critical manner and that the statements are confirmed or rejected by the reader.

This process of criticism is not limited to the obvious formal full techniques of analysis and calculation; it can be quite informal and based simply upon experience.

Members, when accepting assignments, should ensure this subject is introduced in pre-contract discussions. They should not continue to seek employment on a specific engagement after being advised that another member has been selected. Members should not engage in outside technological work to an extent prejudicial to their salaried position.

Members should not use the influence of a salaried position to direct clients to an office in which they have a financial interest.

Members should not use equipment, supplies, and laboratory or office facilities of their employer to carry on outside practice without the employer's consent.

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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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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!

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Update Your Contact Info

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We would like to send out a sincere happy holidays' to all of our members and supporters. Enjoy the rest of 2015, and all the best to you in 2016!

 

 

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