ASTTBC e-News, February 2015
ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC e-News contains the latest information about ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC website.
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This month-long event promotes awareness of the engineering, geoscience and technology professions, highlights career choices in these fields, and reminds the public of the many ways in which engineering and geoscience touch everyday life.
"Today's youth are already immersed in technology, daily using computers, smart phones, robotics and games," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Through NEGM we hope students and their parents and teachers realize they can build great careers using and advancing technology, within engineering, geoscience and technology teams."
ASTTBC is sponsoring many events and activities in the science and technology community and promoting technology education and careers. Here's a short listing of the events we're proud to be a part of during NEGM:
- ASTTBC Photo Contest — members can submit photos of themselves at work, making a difference for a chance to win prizes!
- Title Sponsor of the Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge Contest
- Working on the organizing committee of the BC Science Outreach Workshop on March 2nd at Science World
- Award Sponsor of the 11th Annual Wood Design Awards of BC
- Silver Sponsor of the Association of BC Land Surveyors AGM
National Engineering Month Drawing Contest
The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) are holding a drawing contest to get kids thinking about how engineering and geoscience is used in their everyday lives. The drawing contest encourages children to think creatively about science and science-based jobs.
The 2015 National Engineering and Geoscience Month Drawing Contest asks children ages 4 to 12, to draw a picture of something they are curious about and how they can use science to explore it and discover how it works.
The prizes are $50 Chapters gift cards and three winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups: 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The contest is open to the public. Parents, teachers and anyone working with children are encouraged to get them involved in this engaging exploration of science.
It's called the ASTTBC Member Photo Contest!
Beginning March 1, 2015 as a part of National Engineering & Geoscience Month, members are being challenged to submit awesome and cool photos of themselves at work! Whether you're working in the office, out in the field at a jobsite, in the lab, or strapped to a building we want a photo of you 'doing your thing'.
There will be a bunch of cool prizes up for grabs for the best of the best!
We're still working on the final details but be on the lookout for an email headed your way with the fine print.
In the meantime, SEE what else we're doing to promote engineering and geoscience technology careers.
The ASTTBC Annual General Meeting & Conference takes place on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey. This event conducts the business of ASTTBC, including a review of the association's previous year and offers members the opportunity to participate in career related presentations, network and connect with ASTTBC council and staff.
This year's theme is TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS — BC's ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE. We invite you to learn how YOU fit in the growing demand for qualified techs and take your career to the next level. Online registration will be made available in April.
This is your opportunity to let the ASTTBC Awards Committee know about an outstanding individual, organization or volunteer who has enhanced our profession through distinguished service, exceptional leadership or technical achievement. For more information and to make a submission please visit our WEBSITE.
We are currently requesting nominations for awards to be presented at the ASTTBC AGM & Conference on May 22nd, 2015. Submissions are due by MARCH 13th, 2015 for the following:
- Certificate of Appreciation
- Service Award
From JUNE 1st to AUGUST 14th, 2015 we are requesting nominations for the following awards to be presented at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on November 14th, 2015:
- Advanced Technology
- Employer Award for the Enhancement of Career Success of Technology Professionals
- Honourary Membership
- Life Membership
- Peter Allan AScT Leadership
- Professional Achievement
- Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology
- R. Littledale Memorial
You are welcome to submit an award nomination at ANYTIME during the year (nominations will be kept on file). Also note that nominations for 'TOP in Technology' awards can be submitted all year as they are presented at member meetings in the recipient's local community.
Your nomination is KEY to determining worthy candidates for our highly prestigious awards. Nominations will be accepted from members as well as non-members of the association and it only takes a few minutes to submit an award nomination.
If you require any assistance or have questions regarding your award nomination please EMAIL Cindy Aitken, Manager Governance & Events.
NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!
The Electrical Work Practitioner (EWP) Program has been put in abeyance pending the outcome of a British Columbia Supreme Court hearing and decision on a challenge by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The basis of the IBEW challenge is primarily the question of the BC Safety Authority's authority to issue licenses to qualified ASTTBC members to perform very limited electrical work that is normal to their occupation as Certified Technicians and Applied Science Technologists in Electrical, Electronics or Biomedical Engineering Technology.
A decision is not expected until May 2015, at the earliest. In the meantime, the meetings of the EWP Certification Board have been suspended, a decision that ASTTBC legal counsel supports out of respect for the court. Staff from ASTTBC will continue to take the names of those interested in applying, but will not be accepting applications until the status of the EWP program is clarified.
Startup Weekend is once again taking place in Prince George. This is a weekend that is technology focused with participants that are developers, designers or simply someone who is ready to take their ideas and start out on their own. Events like Startup Weekend not only promote and grow a culture that is healthy for the technologist ecosystem of Northern BC, but it also provides a risk-free experience inside starting, owning and running an innovative and possibly life changing business for technologists.
For more information and to buy tickets please go ONLINE. Early Bird Pricing runs till March 6th!!
As a sponsor of the event, ASTTBC has two passes for the entire weekend. If you are interested in attending this event, EMAIL us with all your contact information and type Prince George Startup Weekend in the subject line — the first two to respond will receive the passes!
APEGBC is please to host its 18th Annual Ultimate Bridge Building Contest and GeoRocks event. This event will take place on March 21st at the Pine Centre Mall. ASTTBC has been a regular supporter of this event and this year it starts to get REAL! In the Adult and Professional Category, Lee Peltz, PEng, Chair of the APEGBC Central Interior Branch, has CHALLENGED ASTTBC members to enter more bridges then APEGBC!!
The bridge kits are available free of charge and can be picked up from McElhanney (ask for Lee Peltz) or Scouten Engineering (ask for Ben Crimp). APEGBC will also be handing out kits at Pine Centre Mall on March 14th, 2015. If there is significant interest from ASTTBC members, Lee would be pleased to drop off a large number of kits where ever they are required.
Let's show the engineers how bridges are built!
ASTTBC council member Heather Andreychuk, AScT and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, spoke with the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services, Amrik Virk and the Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto at the Premier's Northern Resource Forum in Prince George this past January.
Both ministers are very supportive of technology education and careers and speak highly of ASTTBC's role as a professional regulatory body.
ASTTBC welcomed Honourary Member Ralph Sultan, MLA for West Vancouver - Capilano, as the guest speaker at an ASTTBC Member Meeting held in Victoria last fall.
Ralph spoke about the important role of ASTTBC members and their contribution to BC’s economy.
Ralph is the first sitting Member of the Legislature to be granted Honourary Member in ASTTBC.
The President and CEO of Science World, Bryan Tisdall, received his Honourary Member certificate at a recent meeting of ASTTBC Council.
"Bryan is an ideal candidate for Honourary Membership in ASTTBC," said President Dave Rutherford in presenting the award. "Bryan's leadership has gone a long way to promote science and technology and to excite young minds about the wonders and real applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)".
Bryan is a member of ASTTBC's Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC) and serves in many capacities in support of science and technology awareness across BC.
The Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education and responsible for the ASTT Act, was the special guest speaker at an ASTTBC member meeting that took place in Prince George in January.
The minister spoke about career pathways and the resources available through government to help British Columbians and new immigrants come to better understand their interests and the pathway to a rewarding career. The minister, installed in the advanced education portfolio in December 2014, was in Prince George to attend the Premier's Natural Resources Forum.
Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George - Mackenzie, attended and spoke at a recent ASTTBC meeting in Prince George. Mike talked about technology careers in the resource and other sectors and pointed to the significant contribution made by technologists and technicians. Mike has taken time since being elected in 2013 to come to know ASTTBC, and the role ASTTBC members play and the impact their contribution makes to public health and safety and to a strong infrastructure for the province.
"I value the work of ASTTBC members and what you do for this region and for the province," said Mike. "I know you enjoy rewarding careers and that every day you make a difference in people's lives."
Many guests attended the Prince George meeting including City Councillor Garth Frizzle, who sent ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, the following note:
"Thank you very much for hosting us again. Having ASTTBC present in our community for these breakfasts is important to us all."
ASTTBC will continue throughout the year to reach out to ASTTBC members and their communities with future ASTTBC member meetings.
SEE photo of MLA Mike Morris, Prince George — Mackenzie addressing ASTTBC member meeting
Cynthia Johansen, Registrar of the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) hosted ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, at her office recently to compare notes on practice rights and the process for reviewing practices on a regular basis. Leech had asked for the meeting as he has done for several years in order to stay current and look for best practices in dealing with changing circumstances. Of particular interest this visit was the impact and outcomes of the Premier's mandate letter to Minister Terry Lake, Minister of Health. John presented Cynthia with an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by First Nations artist Len McKay.
In honour of International Women's Day, join hosts MLA Stephanie Cadieux, Surrey-Cloverdale, Barinder Rasode and Yvonne Hogenes for the #MAKE IT HAPPEN Breakfast on March 6th at the Kwantlen Polytechnic Campus in Cloverdale BC. Start this day of celebration with inspiring interviews, networking and great prizes!
For more information and to purchase tickets for this event please go ONLINE
As one of the sponsors for this event ASTTBC is pleased to offer FIVE of our female members a complimentary ticket. If you are interested in attending please send an EMAIL with International Women's Day in the subject line.
1. Join us for an ASTTBC Council Webinar March 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm
2. ASTTBC Nanaimo & Area Member Breakfast Meeting — March 17th at 7:30 am
3. ASTTBC Penticton & Area Member Lunch Meeting — March 19th at 12:00 noon
The College of Applied Biology is hosting the conference 'A Changing Landscape: Natural Resource Management in BC' on March 13th. Registration is open to non-College members, and participants can register for a live online webcast, or to attend in-person at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport. The CONFERENCE will feature presentations and panel discussion on the changing roles of First Nations and local governments in environmental policy and natural resource management, as well as the complex relationship between science, policy, and decision-making. Register online by March 9th.
Interested in graduate school or know a colleague or friend who might be? Build a solid business foundation with SFU's MBA in Management of Technology, a part-time business curriculum tailored to the challenges technology managers face. Hear one of SFU's renowned faculty members deliver a mini-case, alumni and/or students share their experiences, the Career Management Center's advice on how an MBA can advance your career and the Admissions team's overview of the program and it's requirements. Light lunch will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:00 PM
Location: Segal Graduate School of Business, Vancouver, BC
Super Science Camp: a full week camp for children in grades 2 and up Monday March 16th to Friday March 20th, 9am to 3pm
Join the BIG Little Science Centre for fun and exciting hands-on science. Explore the physical world with crafts, shows, games and science experiments. Yes, there will be explosions! Sign up online or in person. $180 per child, for full week only.
Daily Science Fun Camps: Sign up for a day or for the whole week!
From Monday March 23rd to Friday March 27th, 10:30am to 12pm, each day will have a different science theme and include super science fun. Sign up online or in person. $50 per child for the week or $15 per day.
EMAIL Susan Hammond, Assistant Operator, for more information
March 6th, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm at the Four Points by Sheraton, Kelowna Airport Hotel, Kelowna, BC
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas formed from the decay of uranium. Long-term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Radon can enter homes through building foundations. Indoor radon can accumulate to high levels posing health concerns to occupants. The Canadian Guideline for radon is 200 Bq/m3. Reducing radon exposures in BC homes and workplaces should be a public health priority. To achieve this goal, radon must be addressed at individual, community, provincial and national levels.
CLICK HERE to view Mike Holmes' Radon PSA
ASTTBC welcomes Endless Savings & More (ESM) as a new partner to the TechCLUB line up!
Save hundreds of dollars per year when you take advantage of just a few of the discount offers available with the ASTTBC Member Discount Program provided by ESM. Members view and realize savings from hundreds of offers from merchants that include restaurant meals, entertainment, travel, clothing, consumer goods, by tapping a ASTTBC icon on their smart phone or mobile device.
As an added bonus, purchases also generate donations to the ASTTBC Foundation. To find out how to start saving today, VIEW Endless Savings & More!
For the 4th consecutive year, ASTTBC has promoted the important role of technologists, technicians and technical specialists on Radio NL in Kamloops and in other communities. This year's message is "Technology Sizzles - Get Cooking with ASTTBC!".
The ads are running throughout the month of March so make sure you listen to RADIO NL610 or click on the following links to hear them right away!
On Wednesday, February 4th, BCWiT Chair Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr, facilitated a BCWiT workshop for 15 girls at the 27th Victoria Girl Guide unit. The girls learned about civil and structural engineering.
"I was impressed at how the girls already had a good grasp of the importance of both of these fields. They were familiar with seismic upgrades and drainage issues in their neighbourhoods. They were excited to work in teams and make their challenges a success," said Sarah.
BCWiT has been asked to facilitate a workshop for a Girl Guide unit in Prince George on June 2015, as well as other upcoming events
Sam DiGiandomenico is the new executive director of Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) — a world class, national accreditation model for the engineering technology and applied science profession which is preparing to launch full operations in the coming weeks.
DiGiandomenico, a University of Western Ontario graduate and former member of TAC's board of directors, served as OACETT registrar for the past 14 years as well as for other professional organizations. He also has experience with academic institutions.
Having been in the TAC executive director role since Jan. 2, he is excited about heading up an organization poised to change the face of accreditation for engineering technology and applied science programs at post-secondary institutions.
"I really believe in national accreditation and that the colleges contribute greatly to our economy and well-being. I sincerely hope that TAC can play an active part in assisting our colleges in fulfilling their mandate," added DiGiandomenico.
He values the dedication from everyone associated with TAC and particularly from the TPC provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan). He looks forward to his involvement with the 2015 board which continues to include representation from academia.
Incorporated in 2013, TAC will officially begin accrediting engineering technology and applied science programs at post-secondary educational institutions this year.
The Building Excellence Research & Education Grants Program is currently being offered by the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) and is available to ASTTBC members who qualify.
This grant program provides a streamlined approach and enhanced framework to support and encourage externally generated research and education projects that align with the HPO mandate.
It's an opportunity for industry and consumer organizations, education providers and independent researchers to apply for funding for projects that improve the quality of residential construction and enhance consumer protection for buyers of new homes in British Columbia. Eligible projects may receive up to a maximum of $40,000 annually.
For more information, please VISIT the website where you will find:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Step-by-Step Guide to Completing Your Application
- Application Form
The deadline to apply is 4:00 pm on March 16, 2015. We encourage applicants to apply early as funding decisions made throughout the application period. If you have questions please contact HPO toll free at 1-844-648-6400 or EMAIL them.
ASTTBC would like to inform you of the introduction in the legislature of the Building Act. The Building Act is British Columbia's first act devoted solely to building and construction. It is a key part of the province's commitment to improve and streamline the building regulatory system, and a historic moment for all British Columbians involved in building and construction.
The Building Act introduces three main changes to B.C.'s building regulatory system:
- Consistency: It establishes the Province as the sole authority to set building requirements. The objective is to create more consistent building requirements across BC, while still providing local governments with flexibility to meet their needs.
- Competency: It establishes minimum qualification requirements for building officials to improve consistency in how the BC Building Code is interpreted, applied and enforced.
- Innovation: It supports local governments and other local authorities through the implementation of a provincial review process to evaluate innovative building proposals.
These changes will be introduced gradually as supporting regulations are developed, and a transition period will give those affected ample time to prepare.
The development of the act has involved EXTENSIVE STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION over many years.
ASTTBC was once again a proud sponsor and participant at the Premier's BC Natural Resource Forum that took place in Prince George BC from January 20 - 22, 2015.
Our ASTTBC booth was taken care of by enthusiastic and energetic Prince George members, who volunteered their time to share the value of ASTTBC membership with forum participants.
Those who visited the booth were able to enter their names in a Business Card Draw and our "Grand" Prize Winner was Kathy Zimmerman, Executive Director of Resources North.
In our continuing effort to reduce ASTTBC's carbon footprint we sent the 2015 annual dues notices electronically on November 10th, 2014.
Hard copy invoices were mailed on December 15th and January 26th. 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. Thanks in advance for your prompt attention.
If you still haven't received your 2015 dues notice please EMAIL Lumi Guias or call her at (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237 to update your contact information.
Please pay by March 31st, 2015 to avoid cancellation and EMAIL Nicky Malli if facing financial hardship or health problems.
What does professional certification in ASTTBC say about you?
- You are qualified, registered and accountable
- You belong to one of BC's largest professional associations, 10,000+ strong
- You are highly qualified and in demand
We thank you in advance for your prompt attention and your continued support.
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.
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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.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC 's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
The Recycling and Waste Management Division of the Cowichan Valley Regional District is seeking a temporary full time Environmental Technologist in Duncan. The closing date is March 4th.
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.
(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:
- the advertising preserves the public interest by reporting accurate and factual information which neither exaggerates nor misleads,
- the advertising does not impair the dignity of the members or profession,
- the statements do not convey criticism of other members directly or indirectly.
(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.
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.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.
To update your ASTTBC contact information, please LOGIN and use our online form.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
VOI ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING PRESENTS — ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Comox BC, March 3rd-5th, 2015
KAMLOOPS EXPLORATION GROUP (KEG) PRESENTS — THE YELLOWSTONE HOT SPOT
Kamloops BC, March 5th, 2015
BC TECH FORUM: LEAP-FROGGING INNOVATION TO BUSINESS REVOLUTION
Vancouver, March 20th, 2015
Thank-you for reading our February e-News and have a wonderful March!