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ASTTBC e-News, February 2016

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

PTech Certification Board (PTCB) Inaugural Meeting

March is National Engineering & Geoscience Month!

SAVE THE DATE - ASTTBC's 57th AGM - May 27, 2016

Minister of Education Connects with ASTTBC

Technology Leaders Meet Official Opposition

Minister Mike Morris Connects with ASTTBC

ASTTBC Council Update - Webinar Review

New Immigrants: ASTTBC is Ready

2016 ASTTBC Photo Contest - Get Snapping!

ASTTBC Benefit of Membership - Career Development & Continuing Professional Development

Friend from 'Down Under' Meets ASTTBC CEO

ASTTBC Appoints Chief Compliance Officer

Call For ASTTBC Award Nominations

BCWiT Celebrates International Women's Day

BCEDA Ministry Dinner - ASTTBC a Sponsor

SPEATBC Annual Dinner and Banquet

Draft Provincial Manual Looking for Feedback

Saskatchewan Polytechnic 1st Educational Institution in Western Canada To Have TAC Accreditation

Technology Accreditation Canada Launches New CTAC Committee

Underground Utility Locator Certification Program to Launch

Panel Discussion: Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists

2016 UnTapped Luncheon Series

TechPROfile: Michael John Seymour, AScT

Camosun VP & ASTTBC CEO Meet on Tech Educations

Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

BC Government Offers Support to Young Entrepreneurs

ASTTBC Code of Ethics 9

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

Professional Development Opportunities

Finance Department Update: Dues Notice

Update Your Contact Info

ASTTBC Social Media



PTech Certification Board (PTCB) Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the PTech Certification Board took place on January 19, 2016 at the ASTTBC Office. The seven Council-appointed members of the Board discussed key issues regarding the structure and function of the new Board. The first order of business was the appointment of Bill Sims, AScT (Civil) as the Chair and Robert Bedard, AScT (Civil), CPWI-3, Eng.L. as Vice-Chair. The other members of the PTech Certification Board are: Nancy Fowler, AScT (Electronics), Aaron Mulaley AScT, (Mechanical), Eng.L., LEED AP, Ian Rood, AScT (Industrial), CHSC, Prakash Joshi, AScT (Chemical), Eng.L., and Ken Schmidt, AScT (Electronics), P.Eng. (Electrical).

Council approved the PTech Certification Board policy that specifies the composition and function of the Board on September 24, 2015. The Board is responsible for evaluating applications for certification as a PTech and will meet a minimum of 5 times annually with the majority of meetings being via conference call. “Conducting the first meeting of the PTech Certification Board within 4 months of Council approval is a significant achievement for ASTTBC” said CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE.

To qualify for PTech, you must be an AScT senior technology practitioner with a minimum of six years (AScT 2 years + PTech 4 years) relevant work experience typically in the design of products, procedures, or the provision of services in complex technological areas. PTech applicants that meet the certification criteria will be registered as a Professional Technologist (PTech). The PTech designation shall be used in conjunction with the Applied Science Technologist (AScT) as specified in the ASTT Act.

The online application process for certification as a PTech will be available starting March 1, 2016. For further information on the criteria and how to apply please VISIT here!

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March is National Engineering & Geoscience Month!

March is an exciting month for all members of the Engineering Team. NEGM is an annual celebration of engineering and geoscience across Canada. ASTTBC technologists, technicians and technical specialists are a vital part of BC's engineering teams. ASTTBC and our members join our engineering partners across the province to showcase the application of engineering technology and its invaluable contribution to BC's economy.

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.

Let's get out and CELEBRATE our profession and recognize the contributions made by Engineers, Geoscientists, Technicians and Technologists across the province. ASTTBC is actively engaged in a wide variety of activities throughout the month.

Some of the many activities ASTTBC is involved with or is sponsoring include:

We encourage our members to visit the NEGM WEBSITE for a list of the many opportunities and happenings taking place in March.

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SAVE THE DATE - ASTTBC's 57th AGM - May 27, 2016

TECH Professionals in Demand!

All of this and MORE! Join us at our 2016 Annual General Meeting & Conference on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey from 7:30am - 3:30pm.

Mark your calendars, and see YOU there!

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Minister of Education Connects with ASTTBC

The Honourable Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South, caught up with ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE and MLA Richard Lee (Burnaby North) while attending the Premier's Natural Resource Forum in Prince George.

“We connected at an evening reception and took a little time to chat about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the K-12 system,” said ASTTBC's Leech. “Mike was interested… actually he was very keen to talk about what we need to encourage more young British Columbians to stay connected with STEM subjects throughout their K-12 education experience. “It was a very lively conversation,” said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. “Both Mike and Richard Lee were fully engaged and exploring opportunities for getting young minds excited about STEM.”

The three discussed women in technology and the need to encourage girls in the STEM subjects as well as strategies to peak their interest in technology-related fields. John spoke about ASTTBC's BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) program and their work to showcase women in technology, serve as role models and provide bursaries and various forms of recognition for women currently engaged in technology.

The conversation moved to First Nations and ASTTBC's work through the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) to enhance awareness of technology education and careers and the application of technology in First Nations communities. ASTTBC will meet Minister of Education Bernier this Spring to advance this initial discussion in a more formal setting.

See photo here!

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Technology Leaders Meet Official Opposition

The Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC) met at the invitation of the BC Official Opposition to talk technology education and careers. TECC is a group of technology, business and education leaders brought together by ASTTBC to address opportunities and challenges relating to technology education and careers. The lead for the Official Opposition was George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview who serves as the Opposition Critic for Green Economy, Technology, Film/TV, and Translink.

"As usual our meeting with the MLAs was energetic, informative and productive," said TECC Chair, Sid Siddiqui, PEng. "TECC welcomes any and all opportunities to engage with elected officials and others who have an opportunity to communicate the need to promote STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - and the importance of Technology Professionals to BC's economy."

The group focused their 60 minutes on a number of related topics from K-12 education and the importance of encouraging young people to stick with STEM subjects, to coding as part of the K-12 curriculum, career counselling, career prospects in technology and the need for greater numbers of technologists and technicians through the BC education system, particularly in central and northern BC. The recent Labour Market Information study completed by ASTTBC, 2 of 2 APEGBC and ACEC-BC and managed by the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table helped TECC showcase the need for technology professionals well into the future. TECC pointed to the BC JOBS Plan and the Skills for Jobs Blueprint as helpful to industry, education, various associations including professional groups like ASTTBC as they grapple with the need to better understand the needs and availability of human capital and as a planing resource as businesses large and small develop their human resource plans.

Immigration and the need to effectively assess foreign credentials led to a robust conversation about ASTTBC's achievements in building a tool kit that is leading edge for a professional regulatory body. It was noted that the resources now available through ASTTBC were developed in partnership with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

The role and contribution of Technologists, Technicians and Technical Specialists and need to remove barriers and red tape to realize their full utilization was mentioned. So, too, was ASTTBC's request for modest legislative change to ensure a sustainable legal foundation on which to secure ASTTBC member's independent practice rights within their competencies.

At the end of a busy 60 minutes Sid Siddiqui thanked the MLAs who invited further discussions to better understand the issues and frame messaging around technology education and careers.

Clear here to see photo!

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Minister Mike Morris Connects with ASTTBC

The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George Mackenzie, met with ASTTBC Councilor, Heather Andreychuk, AScT and CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, prior to the Premier's BC Natural Resource forum that took place in Prince George mid-January.

The three talked about a number of topics including the challenges ASTTBC members face in their rights to independent practice, implementation of PTech in BC and ASTTBC's proposal to change the ASTT Act to include a definition of scope of practice and rights to practice. ASTTBC has long proposed re-building technology programming at the College of New Caledonia and this was another key topic covered.

ASTTBC supports the development of a Civil Engineering Technology Program. The Minister was most engaging and aware of ASTTBC members and the contribution technologists, technicians and technical specialists make to BC's economy and the environment.

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ASTTBC Council Update - Webinar Review

The fourth in a series of Council Webinar Updates was held in early February to enable ASTTBC members to be apprised of the current, on-going and future Association initiatives. Hosted by ASTTBC President Keith Trulson, AScT, Eng.L. and moderated by CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE the topics included: Recognition & Practice, Labour Market, Meetings & Services and Council Governance.

Also included throughout the webinar were a number of poll questions that members were asked to respond to. “As we continue to reach out to our Members, it is critical that we have their participation as the Association moves forward” stated CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. John went on to say “we have always had a positive response to our webinars and we value the input that we receive from them.

Click here to VIEW all the poll questions and results.
For members who were unable to join in on the webinar you may view it HERE.

Future webinars have been scheduled for 2016 - so keep an eye out during the year!

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New Immigrants: ASTTBC is Ready

For several years ASTTBC has been working with the BC and federal governments to enhance the Association's positioning to more effectively address newcomers to Canada. Changes to certification policies, putting in place software programs to assess credentials based on competencies, and resources such as career information, videos, and much more have been part of this work.

"ASTTBC is leading in many ways when it comes to credential recognition of Internationally Trained Technology Professionals," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. “This would not have been possible if it were not for the partnership ASTTBC has with the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training." Visit ASTTBC.org to view the many services available to new immigrants.

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2016 ASTTBC Photo Contest - Get Snapping!

ASTTBC is once again calling for submissions for our 2016 Photo Contest. After the wonderful response to last year's contest we are excited to see this year's photos. Running in conjunction with National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM) the contest begins March 1, 2016 and ends midnight March 31, 2016.

“Technology - Building BC” sets the tone for the submissions and we invite our Members to watch for further broadcast emails, or check asttbc.org for more details - including PRIZES!

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ASTTBC Benefit of Membership - Career Development & Continuing Professional Development

ASTTBC provides dedicated web resources to members looking for career development tools and advancement. The Careers Development Resources website is designed to assist members with job search strategies and resources to enhance careers - whether it's keeping your resume up to date or you're looking for some guidance, we're here to support you. Members have exclusive access to our Career Manager.

CPD Courses and Seminars
ASTTBC regularly posts continuing professional development opportunities for its members on our website at Events, Conferences & Seminars. As well, we have partnerships with CPD providers to offer members relevant, technical seminars and courses at rates exclusive to ASTTBC.

CSA Group offers standards-based training drawing on the expertise of instructors who, in many cases, have contributed to the development of standards. CSA training helps organizations advance their knowledge of standards, technical skills, codes and management systems. For course information and registration

TechPM Leadership Strategies provides project management training for all skill levels. These instructor led programs are designed to provide comprehensive project management skills development in an interactive workshop format. For TechPM Spring 2016 Program

EPIC Education delivers short courses/seminars on specialized topics in an all-inclusive range of technologies. Every EPIC course is designed specifically for engineers and technical specialists and is taught by a leading professional with extensive experience. Discover EPIC courses at a special promotion price of 20% off from February 15, 2016 to March 15, 2016. Visit EPIC to view all courses and complete discount details.

Also, don't forget to save on hundreds of everyday purchases when you take advantage of the discount offers available with the ASTTBC Member Discount Program provided by Endless Savings & More (ESM).

Download a free ASTTBC-specific ESM app to your mobile device or smartphone to access hundreds of savings. Your mobile GPS automatically shows merchants and savings that are closest to your location - wherever you may be! You can redeem savings in store by simply showing the offer on your smartphone and exchanging a code with the merchant.

The Endless Savings ASTTBC Discount Program is now available in Apple's app store and Google Play for Android smartphones.

To get the ASTTBC version of the ESM App, go HERE and use the “Organization Code”: Link for Code

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Friend from 'Down Under' Meets ASTTBC CEO

Graeme Wells, an active volunteer leader with the Engineering Associates Registration Board (EARB), New Zealand, passed through Vancouver on his way back to NZ.

While in BC Graeme was able to meet up with ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. Several years ago Graeme connected with ASTTBC and indicated that the EARB identified ASTTBC as a model globally that EARB wanted to study. The result of these exchanges led John Leech, AScT, CAE to write a paper for EARB and deliver the paper to the NZ Board and also to the NZ Minister responsible for the EARB Act.

Graeme and John and their spouses have since connected on several occasions. During the visit Graeme updated John on developments in NZ and John gifted Graeme with an ASTTBC feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.

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ASTTBC Appoints Chief Compliance Officer

The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Hein, ROWP, as the Association's first Chief Compliance Officer (CCO).

Ron is an onsite wastewater professional with over 26 years of experience in onsite wastewater services, education and training, and inspection. He will be responsible for overseeing and managing quality assurance and compliance issues of the association.

Ron joined ASTTBC in 2004 as a Technical Advisor then was quickly assigned to the role of Manager, Onsite Wastewater Registrations. Recognizing his extensive knowledge and experience in criminology, Ron was appointed to the role of Director, Practice & Compliance in 2013 where he was involved with the strategic planning and development of various programs, policies and guidelines from registration to practice within technical and registration groups.

His educational background includes studies from Douglas College, Trinity Western University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Royal Roads University, and the Justice Institute of BC, with a subject matter focus on criminology, environmental sciences, conflict resolution, compliance, enforcement and investigations.

His commitment to excellence and dedication to public safety will continue to benefit ASTTBC. “We're pleased to appoint Ron Hein to his new role. This change will elevate the presence and role of professional compliance within ASTTBC”, states ASTTBC Chief Executive Officer, John Leech, AScT, CAE.

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Call For ASTTBC Award Nominations

Do you know or work with an outstanding Technology Professional, Colleague or Employer who should be recognized for their exceptional leadership and achievement?

We need your assistance to help identify and recognize those who are deserving of an ASTTBC Award. We are currently seeking Award Nominations for ASTTBC Service Awards and Certificates of Appreciation to be presented at our AGM & Conference on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Please visit our WEBSITE for more information on all our Awards and to submit your Nomination.

Submissions must be received by MARCH 15, 2016 - your nominations are needed to promote the importance of Technology Professionals and their contributions across BC!

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BCWiT Celebrates International Women's Day

International Women's Day is March 8th with the theme this year being “Pledge for Parity”. Although there is still much to do towards gender parity, we also recognize and share in the celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women thus far.

Celebrations marking this day include:

... More events to come.

BCWiT is a core group of women, members of ASTTBC, representing various disciplines in the technology field. For more information on BCWiT and above events

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BCEDA Ministry Dinner - ASTTBC a Sponsor

ASTTBC sponsored the 5th Annual BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) Dinner that took place in early February. In attendance were Ministers Shirley Bond (Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training) and Teresa Watt (International Trade) as well as members of their staff, to speak with small groups of attendees.

“One of the key elements of the dinner is how the Ministers and key staff take turns at each table as each course of the meal arrives,” said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. “It is a fabulous opportunity to talk 'close up' with leaders in these two Ministries.” ASTTBC had solid presence at the event and worked towards positive outcomes on behalf of ASTTBC as a professional regulatory body and it's over 10,000 members.

The BCEDA has grown to 460 members, with a large portion of the growth accomplished in the past 5 years. BCEDA members include: Economic Development Officers, Mayors, Chiefs, Councilors, Senior Government officials, professional and other associations, plus those who work together to grow local economies. BCEDA offers unique member and partner benefits.

ASTTBC members working with small and medium sized enterprises may wish to check them out at bceda.ca.

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SPEATBC Annual Dinner and Banquet

ASTTBC recently sponsored the Society of Engineers and Technologists of BC (SPEATBC) Annual Dinner and Banquet event. Guests were treated to a full experience including special achievement awards, partner recognition, and amazing entertainment. We would like to congratulate all award winners as well as President Jessie Hundal, SPEATBC's first female President on a spectacular event.

For more information on their organization, visit www.speatbc.org.

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Draft Provincial Manual Looking for Feedback

The Health Protection Branch (Ministry of Health) has been working to develop a Provincial Manual of Composting Toilet and Greywater Practice for wastewater practitioners to utilize in the design, installation, and maintenance of composting toilet-based sewerage systems in BC as an alternative to conventional systems. Through initial consultation with the Ministry of Environment, Regional Health Authorities, and BC Building Code authorities, an updated draft has been developed which is now posted on the Ministry of Health website inviting broad stakeholder feedback.

The Ministry is inviting YOUR feedback. If interested, send your review comments to the Ministry using the feedback form found on their WEBSITE and forward to: rupert.benzon@gov.bc.ca no later than April 19, 2016.

Please email a copy of your response to: Jim Andersen, ASTTBC Compliance Officer, Onsite Wastewater at jandersen@asttbc.org.

The Sewerage System Regulation (SSR) is applicable to these systems. The regulatory provisions for Authorized Persons, Filings, Certifications etc. apply. The Manual of Composting Toilet and Greywater Practice is intended to supplement and be used with the BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic 1st Educational Institution in Western Canada To Have TAC Accreditation

Technology Accreditation Canada's (TAC) governance and audit council (GAC) recently conducted its second-level review and approved awarding accreditation to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's mining engineering technology program, making the educational institution the first in Western Canada to receive a TAC accreditation. It's also the first time the mining engineering technology program has undergone an accreditation by an accrediting body.

TAC continues to respond to enquiries for accreditation from other educational institutions with several accreditations on the roster for 2016, including multiple site visits in Western Canada planned for March and May.

Visit here for more information about Technology Accreditation Canada.

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Technology Accreditation Canada Launches New CTAC Committee

A special Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) committee, the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) standards development committee - PGLOY, has begun meeting to review and improve the technologist program general learning outcomes criteria (PGLOY). CTACs, including the PGLOY, are being used by TAC for accreditation of engineering technology and applied science programs at educational institutions.

The review is being carried out in accordance with the CTAC development process which is available for viewing on the TAC website (www.technologyaccreditation.ca), and will ultimately result in the publication of a revised TAC standard. TAC's mandate is to have each of the CTAC standards reviewed every five years. There are 37 standards in total, and PGLOY was the first standard chosen for review.

The committee consists of 21 members from Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan. During its inaugural meeting on January 15th, chaired by George Fletcher C.E.T. of OACETT along with vice chair Darrin Heisler A.Sc.T. of ASTTBC, 17 members attended, representing industry, educational institutions, and Provincial Professional Associations (PPAs). Also participating were staff from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), OACETT registrar Barbara Chappell, and TAC executive director Sam DiGiandomenico. A second meeting took place on February 5th.

The committee will generate a draft of the revised PGLOY CTAC which will be made available for public consultation for at least 61 days. The draft will be posted on both the TAC and CSA websites. At that point, TAC will invite stakeholder participation in the interest of fostering an open and transparent process for the revising and maintaining of quality standards.

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Underground Utility Locator Certification Program to Launch

In spring, ASTTBC is poised to launch its new Underground Utility Locator Certification program (UUL). Developed in partnership with the BC Common Ground Alliance and other key stakeholders, the program will bring an enhanced level of safety to the public.

Many people will recognize the phrase “Call before you dig” as a safety measure to prevent potential utility strikes. The role of a locator is to identify the likely presence and location of underground utilities including telecommunications, electricity, gas, water, sewer and other services or materials, which may be present or otherwise previously identified - a critical role when involving any type of ground disturbance.

For more information on the Locator Certification Program, please visit the ASTTBC.org.

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Panel Discussion: Internationally Trained Engineers and Geoscientists

With focus on internationally trained engineers and geoscientists, the APEGBC Vancouver Branch has organized a panel discussion on findings of the recent Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians (EGTT) Labour Market Information Study conducted by APEGBC, Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST), Association of Consulting Engineering Companies in British Columbia (ACECBC), and Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).

Click HERE for full event details.

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2016 UnTapped Luncheon Series

The 2016 UnTapped Series is a series of four employer-focused events that looks at concrete strategies for solving the skills shortages and growing need for talent in British Columbia. Each event features industry leaders who share how they've used diverse recruitment to create inclusive cultures, resulting in greater engagement and increased productivity.

The official series launch takes place on March 8th at the Four Seasons Vancouver. The inaugural speakers at the first of four luncheons are: Randy Lewis, former Senior Vice President at Walgreens and Kerry Jothen, CEO & Principal, Human Capital Strategies.

WHEN: March 8th, 2016
WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W Georgia St, Vancouver
TIME: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Click here For tickets with a VIP discount!

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TechPROfile: Michael John Seymour, AScT

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

Michael John Seymour, AScT, Eng.L.
Principal, MSR Solutions Inc.

Michael Seymour graduated with a Diploma of Technology in Civil Structural Technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 1985. Michael is active in the BCWWA as a Member at Large on the Board, and continues to attend water and wastewater courses on an ongoing basis. He is also a Certified Open Water Scuba Diver, Advanced, for the occasional look at outfalls, but primarily recreational.

Michael Seymour's career started in 1985 working as a Technologist first for David Mann Engineering and then Cedar Consultants Inc., both in Victoria, BC. In 1990 Michael transitioned to Senior Designer and Construction Manager for NovaTec Consultants, where he successfully became one of the first Engineering Licensee's with APEGBC.  Mike moved to Senior Engineer for Komex (now Worley Parsons), which included one year in Calgary, and three years in the California office. In 2002 Seymour was hired as the Manager Water and Wastewater for The Focus Corporation (WSP) where he remained until 2009. Currently Michael Seymour is the Principal of MSR Solutions Inc. providing water and wastewater services throughout BC for small to medium sized systems.

Career Highlights

Professional & Community Activities

Additional Honours & Awards
ASTTBC congratulates Michael Seymour for his exceptional contributions to the IEC-BC's Mentor Connect Program but more specifically for his valuable contributions to the Group Mentoring initiative.

Why I Became a Technology Professional
“I Became A Technology Professional because I have always been fascinated by creating and developing and this was a way to obtain hands on skills and opportunities. I absolutely love this profession, and the opportunity to provide back to the engineering community through mentoring.”

Click here to submit your TechPROfile with us today for a chance to be featured in future eNews.

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Camosun VP & ASTTBC CEO Meet on Tech Education

Camosun College (Victoria and southern Vancouver Island) Vice President, Education, John
Borass met recently with ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE to talk about technology education at the
College.

They spoke about accreditation of technology programming through the newly formed
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and the great working relationship that exists between Camosun leaders (including faculty and staff) and ASTTBC. The Women in Technology
programming was discussed as was the engagement of Aboriginal youth in tech programming.
Both organizations wish to see improvements in both these areas.

The two tech champions considered the possibility of formalizing the linkages through a
memorandum of agreement.

See photo here!

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Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBCTECHJOBS website to view our current postings.

Featured Job
RAM Engineering has three openings with applications currently being accepted:

  1. Civil Design Technician
  2. Electrical Design Technician
  3. CAD Technician

 

Click on the positions above to learn more about each one.

RAM Engineering Ltd. is a rapidly growing Vancouver based engineering and construction management consulting company. Our focus is in the utility and heavy civil sectors. We are seeking someone who wants the opportunity to directly contribute to the company's growth and development.

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BC Government Offers Support to Young Entrepreneurs

The BC government is investing in emerging business leaders with new funding to expand a
successful Futurpreneur program that offers business skills and coaching for young
entrepreneurs launching new small businesses.

The government is providing $50,000 to Futurpreneur so it can expand its reach by offering
Rock My Business Plan workshops in Prince George, Nanaimo and Kelowna. The curriculum
of the one-day sessions will be tailored to the participants with personal coaching for business
planning and marketing.

"ASTTBC applauds Government's support for the Futurpreneur program and plans to point
ASTTBC members to this organization and their offerings," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE.
"ASTTBC is working with the BC Government Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape
Reduction to put together a report on ASTTBC members involved with small and medium sized
enterprises. We will also work with Small Business BC to make their many services and
programs available to ASTTBC members."

Members can read more about the grant here.

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: 9

Report to the appropriate agencies any hazardous, illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by other members, or others.

Amplification
Members must immediately report any hazardous, illegal or unethical conduct of which they become aware and take all measures required to correct or block the conduct. This principle is not limited to the workplace.

Commentary
Through informal contact, normal working relationships, or special circumstances such as design reviews, one member may develop the opinion that the work of another member is deficient. The inadequacies may arise from unskilled practice and/or unprofessional conduct.

If the immediate physical safety of the public is in jeopardy, speedy notification of the owner, operator or appropriate regulatory authorities is the immediate duty of the member. Prompt notification is necessary to prevent potential harm to the public through the continuation of unacceptable practices. Members have a responsibility to be aware of hazards to society created by their profession, and also have a responsibility to report unethical practice, unskilled practice or unprofessional conduct so it may be dealt with through the disciplinary process.

Some hazards are slow to develop, yet are of potentially great danger, such as chemical waste disposal. Such actions should be reviewed with the same concern for maximum public protection and minimum environmental impact.

Ignoring unprofessional practices, either for expediency or sympathy, may indirectly endanger the public and is contrary to a member's responsibility of self-regulation that is practiced within the Association. Intentionally refraining from reporting substantive breaches of the Code of Ethics on the part of another member therefore constitutes unprofessional conduct.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

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

Professional technologists, technicians and technical specialists are accountable to the public and their profession. As a professional regulatory body ASTTBC is required to assure the public that members continue to meet the high standards set for registration and the CPD Program provides a guide for members as they consider their continuing education needs.

Click here to read out policy.

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Professional Development Opportunities

There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as technology professionals! Here are some featured upcoming events:

 

Click here for more info!

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Finance Department Update: Dues Notice

2016 Annual Dues notices were sent electronically on November 16, 2015 and January 18, 2016.

Hard copy invoices were mailed on December 14th and January 25th, to access your invoice and to pay your dues, please follow the link:
https://secure.asttbc.com/registration/dues/payment.php

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 2016 Dues notice please contact Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org, (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237 for updating your contact information.

Please pay by May 31, 2016 to avoid cancellation and contact Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org if facing financial hardship or health problems.

What does professional certification in ASTTBC says about you?

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Update Your Contact Info

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