ASTT e-News

ASTT e-News, January 2012

Dear Member,

ASTT e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTT e-NEWS contains the latest information about ASTTBC’s role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC web site.

Table Of Contents

Consultation on Professional Technologist Concept for British Columbia
Don't Miss the ASTTBC "Technology" Video for Kids
2012 ASTTBC AGM
ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration
Every FEAT Donor Makes a Difference
Awards Presented at the Awards & Recognition Celebration
Dues Invoicing Changes for 2012
TechPRO: Heather Andreychuk, AScT, Earns Professional Leadership Award
Post Your Career Story
Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?
ASTTBC Moves to Online Certification and Registration Process
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: ROWPs and Health Canada
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 3
ASTTBC Supports Internationally Trained Professionals
Tim Duerden, AScT: First Nations Careers Video
ASTTBC Council Nominations
ASTTBC Seeks Public Representative for Governing Council
BCIT and ASTTBC Renew Memorandum
Technology Jobs and Training in the North
Dave Hayer, MLA and John Leech Talk Technology in Victoria
Gordon Hogg, MLA Talks Government Processes with ASTTBC Executive Director
ASTTBC Featured in Gary Coons, MLA North Coast Newsletter
ASTTBC's TechGREEN Award to Coast Tsimshian Makes News in Terrace
Camosun Technology Co-Op Students Available for Work Terms
BCIT Student Association and ASTTBC Team Up for IEEE Event
Coquitlam District Career Fair
Contact Information for ASTTBC
ASTTBC Featured in Scrivener "Strengthening the Home Team"
Camosun College/University of Victoria Offer Engineering Bridge Program
Green Building Design Program Offered at Okanagan College
ASTTBC Honours Director of the Kamloop's BIG Little Science Centre
TechACTION:
ASTTBC Members in the News
Thanks From:
Message From:
CEBC Sponsors Young Professionals Group
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities

Consultation on Professional Technologist Concept for British Columbia

In June 2011, the Councils of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) appointed a PTech Framework Development Group, composed of equal members of both association Councils, to advise on the options and preferred alternative for the development and regulation of the designation “PTech” (Professional Technologist) in BC.

After several meetings the group prepared an interim report presenting a concept for the development and regulation of PTech to both the ASTTBC and APEGBC Councils. The concept was approved in principle by both Councils, as was the undertaking of formal stakeholder consultation "to provide input to shape the future direction of the P.Tech concept, including benefits, opportunities and concerns."

The PTech Concept represents a significant development by ASTTBC and APEGBC as we work together to define the proposed Professional Technologist in BC. More information is posted on the ASTTBC website. The full text of the report, A Conceptual Framework for the Development of the Professional Technologist in B.C. can be found on the ASTTBC website.

An online survey will be sent to all members and licensees of the two associations in February. Members are encouraged to participate in the upcoming survey. ASTTBC and APEGBC have also established a mailbox where members can voice additional opinion: ptech@apeg.bc.ca. Emails sent to this address distribute to both APEGBC and ASTTBC.

Following stakeholder consultation, the final report of the PTech Framework Development Group will be submitted to both association Councils by April 15, 2012.

Don’t Miss the ASTTBC “Technology” Video for Kids

Don’t miss the ASTTBC produced "Technology" music video for children designed to attract children and their parents to technology education and careers. Performed by the Kerplunks, 3 time Juno nominee and Gold Medal winner of the Parent’s Choice Awards, “Technology” is a fun look at the importance of technology in our everyday lives. Check it out and pass it on, particularly to families with young children and your local elementary school.

ASTTBC is hoping this is just the first of several successful music videos designed to heighten awareness of careers in technology but we need everyone’s help to spread the word.

Ian Emery, AScT, RFT and President, Association of BC forest Professionals says, “I’ve had a chance to watch the new video and I was really impressed. I’ve attached a link to this in my FaceBook page to try and spread the message even more.”

2012 ASTTBC AGM

Date: Friday, May 25, 2012, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Place: Hilton Hotel Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave., Burnaby

Guest Speaker, Cheryl Cran, a leadership and generations expert will discuss leading change in a Technologically fast-paced and multigenerational workplace.

ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration

ASTTBC continued its tradition with the hosting of the 2011 Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on November 5 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced and Education and Minister responsible for the ASTT Act, was a special guest and spoke very highly of the work that is done by technologists, technicians and technical specialists. “Your work touches each and every one of us in every corner of the province - making our world safer, more accessible, more efficient, more productive and more enjoyable,” she said, and after listing a variety of tasks as well as specific mega-projects involving ASTTBC members, added that “through your talents, creativity and commitment you’re building British Columbia, and we in government greatly value your contributions.”

Minister Yamamoto also acknowledged the work of ASTTBC to regulate standards and practice to protect the public and to encourage young people, First Nations and women to consider careers in applied science and technology. She spoke of the respect that ASTTBC has garnered from many and gave as proof the many distinguished guests from industry, academia and government that were in attendance. She thanked ASTTBC for its contribution and specifically for its work with APEGBC on the two joint task forces - the Limited License Renewal Task Force and the Professional Technologist Task Force - , noting that these represent “a significant step forward for both organizations.”

Every FEAT Donor Makes a Difference

In 2011 ASTTBC's charitable foundation, the Foundation for Education & Advancement in Technology (FEAT), continued to provide thousands of dollars in bursaries for technology students.

ASTTBC and FEAT thank all our members and friends for their generous support of FEAT in 2011 and in previous years. Together, by supporting the Ignite the Spark! Campaign, we succeeded in building the ASTTBC-FEAT Technology Legacy Fund to $500K.

Members can still make a difference. Donate on line or mail your cheque (made out to FEAT) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

If you are not yet a FEAT donor, then please consider FEAT in your charitable giving. Your gift is income tax creditable, and your name (not the amount of your gift) will appear on the annual FEAT Honour Roll of Donors listing on our website. Each and every gift matters to FEAT.

Awards Presented at the Awards & Recognition Celebration

Three Professional Achievement awards were presented.

Brian Benson, AScT, Vice President of Morrison Hershfield’s Canadian Building Science Division, has operational responsibilities for more than 100 staff from Victoria to St. John’s. Brian began his career with a large I.T. company but when a small home renovation sparked his interest in construction and engineering, he quit his job, moved to Vancouver and enrolled in the Building Technology program at BCIT. Benson joined Morrison Hershfield as a CAD drafter and soon became a field technologist, specializing in roofing and building envelope rehabilitation. His responsibilities expanded to department manager in the Vancouver office, then to Director of Operations for Western Canada.

Ron Elliott, AScT, is Vice President, Blasting Division, at Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. A BCIT alumnus, his 40 year career has brought him recognition as an industry leader.

With a family in the construction industry for generations and a keen interest in geology, Ron’s choice of a career in mining and as a blasting technologist in the construction industry has allowed him to combine the best of both fields. Ron Elliott has co-authored several technical papers for the International Society of Explosives Engineers. Currently he is serving as the first non-US President of the ISEE.

Dale Black, AScT, joined the Council of Forest Industries research and technical lab after graduating from the BCIT forestry program. Promoted to Inspector, he was assigned responsibility for quality certification operations in 1986.

Dale became a key part of the team negotiating recognition of Canadian plywood by Japan, becoming the first professional in the wood industry to gain foreign acceptance in Japan for numerous products. He is now recognized in Japan as a leading foreign educator/trainer for JAS quality systems worldwide. Dale also gained international accreditations for his Association for access to key markets including the USA and the European Union. As a result, he has earned international recognition as a leading auditor/inspector of quality control, in compliance with ISO 9000 Series guidelines.

Other achievements in Black’s career include service on the Tri-National Standards Advisory Committee between Canada, the USA and Japan, the Canadian Home Builders Association Technical Research Committee, and the Canadian Standards Association, Technical Subcommittee on Softwood Plywood Standards.
Dale Black is well-known as a reviewer for applicants in forestry resources, and says that his experience volunteering on the Board of Examiners broadened his horizons and has been an invaluable aspect of his working career.

Peter Allen Leadership Award to Dan Mooney, AScT, for “his demonstration of exceptional leadership within the Association and local community by promoting careers in technology”.

Mooney is Manager of Roads and Traffic Operations with the City of Coquitlam. Executive Director John Leech says the Mooney nomination credits Dan with a passion to make our transportation network safe and efficient for the public. “Dan’s Motto is ‘See one, Do one, Teach one’. This means to lead by example, empower your staff, make yourself redundant, and then move on to new challenges.”

In 1985 Dan’s employer offered to pay his annual ASTTBC dues, and Dan felt he should involve himself in an organization that his employer valued so highly. He served as President of ASTTBC from 1991 to 1993. He continues to serve on the board of FEAT; our Nominations Committee; and our Awards Committee.

A Fire Department volunteer, Mooney has responded to more than 1,500 emergency calls. Entering a burning building, he says, knowing that the alarm and fire suppression system and the water supply have been designed, installed and maintained by engineers, technologists, technicians and skilled trades people, gives him great confidence. He also says that it’s a lot of fun to drive the ‘Big Red Fire Truck’ and the kids especially love you, but truth be known, Technology Professionals save more lives than First Responders every day. For that Dan says he is extremely proud and eternally grateful.

Life Membership to Past President Doug Carter, C Tech
Executive Director John Leech (AScT, CAE) commended Carter’s service as President who “focused on our goal of a defined scope of work for technologists, technicians and technical specialists’ independent practices.”

Prior to becoming President, Carter served in various roles for several years on the ASTTBC Council, and served six years on the University of Northern BC Board of Governors. As UNBC’s Assistant Director - Physical Plant, Sustainability, Capital Projects, Doug played a lead role in developing the campus’ award winning bioenergy heating plant. Doug has recently moved to the BC Safety Authority.

Honourary Membership to:
Sid Siddiqui, PEng: ASTTBC was the driving force behind BC’s Technology Education & Careers Council. Sid Siddiqui was an inaugural board member of the Council and recently assumed the position of Chair. For his great commitment and service to his profession and ASTTBC, he was presented with Honourary Membership in ASTTBC.

A consulting engineer for more than 35 years, Siddiqui is Vice President, Buildings Engineering Stantec. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with a special interest in the application of alternate energy sources and energy conservation in buildings. In 2008, Sid was awarded a Certificate of Fellowship from Engineers Canada in honour of exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada. Sid is a Past President of the Consulting Engineers of British Columbia. He volunteers his time for the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC, for BCIT and for ASTTBC.

Trevor Williams, P.Eng is the Dean of the School of Energy at BCIT with responsibility for 11 accredited engineering technology programs in the chemical, electrical and mechanical disciplines, as well as two Bachelor of Technology programs. He is additionally responsible for two engineering degree programs as well as several programs in technical studies and trades.

Trevor’s engineering career began as an aircraft design engineer at the Boeing Aircraft Company and he worked as an engineering consultant in oil exploration, machinery and structural manufacturing.

Trevor began his career as an educator at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology and in 1989, he joined the Mechanical Design and Manufacturing department at BCIT as Associate Dean for the department. In 1998, Trevor was appointed Dean of the School of Manufacturing, now known as the School of Energy.

Dues Invoicing Changes for 2012

ASTTBC is making a number of significant changes to dues invoicing for 2012. We encourage all Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates to take note of the immediate changes.

Major Invoicing changes for AScT, CTech, Grad Tech and Associate members:

“These changes will ensure a smoother and more timely handling of Annual dues invoicing, achieve greater effectiveness and further advance ASTTBC’s TechGREEN agenda,” said ASTTBC’s Executive Director, John E. Leech. “We hope members appreciate the efforts being made to make better use of the funds entrusted to the Association.”

TechPRO: Heather Andreychuk, AScT, Earns Professional Leadership Award

Heather Andreychuk, AScT, is ASTTBC’s most recent award recipient, earning the ASTTBC Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology, an award that honours an ASTTBC woman who has distinguished herself in her field of technology and has demonstrated leadership within the Association or local community by servings as a role model and promoting careers in technology.

It’s bewildering to Heather Andreychuk, AScT ,that while the northern half of BC is exploding with massive development projects and job opportunities, municipal and engineering employers struggle to find workers and have to recruit internationally for qualified staff.

“We have a great community here in Prince George. Everything you could need is here, and you’d never believe the outdoor recreation, Summer and Winter!” Heather enthuses. “Folks can fly to Vancouver in a little over an hour for major shows and sports - we don’t feel deprived. People are friendly, helpful, and career opportunity is wide open.”

Heather grew up in Kimberley and Cranbrook, and then graduated from BCIT in 1985 with a diploma in Building Technology, majoring in Economics. For a few years she divided work seasonally, summers working for BC Parks (Bowron Lakes and Barkerville), and winters at Blackcomb.

Heather and her husband located in Yellowknife, NWT in 1988. There she increased her experience in architectural, electrical, civil, mechanical and structural engineering, registering with ASET, with jurisdiction in Alberta and NWT. Working for GCG Dillon Consulting and Ferguson Simek Clark, Heather had a hand in the upgrading of the original DEW Line, the civil and architectural design of the NWT Legislature building, and crafting the design of a 400-resident village - Yakutsk, Siberia!

“The site location was in a heavily forested region so the exercise included teaching the people of Yakutsk to design and construct buildings making maximum use of wood. Using provided site survey and contour information I laid out homes, a health centre, school and community centre and took part in the design of roads, water supply and sewage treatment infrastructure. Dimension-cut Canadian timber and all the equipment and tools and were barged from BC up past Alaska and around to the Laptev Sea.”

The family made Prince George their home in 1993. Here Heather spent 13 years with L&M Engineering, working on an array of municipal, commercial and residential projects for several northern communities, taking a hand in designing at least 1,000 residential lots. She also worked as an AutoCAD lab instructor at the College of New Caledonia. Heather then joined the City of Prince George in 2006 as an Engineering Assistant, advancing to the post of Supervisor, Transportation Engineering, where she oversees the design and project management of major capital projects, and placement and operation of traffic signals and street lights. She was Project Manager for two major bridge projects in the city, and currently supervises a new Boundary Road Connector to open up a new Airport Light Industrial Park.

Heather promotes applied science and technology careers for women as a committee member of ASTTBC’s Women in Technology group (bcwit.com), and serves as a Director of NTES - the Northern Technology and Engineering Society. A most fitting recipient of the ASTTBC Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology!

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Heather in posting your career story at techprofile.ca. In addition to providing career information to others, TechPRO listings allow you to ‘catch up’ with former colleagues and find out who is working in your community. Posting your profile provides another way for self-employed practitioners to get their names in front of 9,500 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile and if your name is mentioned in the eNews, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page.

Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?

Have you tried posting your TechPROfile but had trouble with the system? See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website. www.techprofile.ca

ASTTBC Moves to Online Certification and Registration Process

As of November 22, 2011, ASTTBC became Canada’s first provincial association for technology professionals to fully transition to the Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) web-based online certification and registration process. ASTTBC will now receive and process all applications for certification, reclassification and change of discipline - both from Canada and from around the world - over the internet. All individuals applying to ASTTBC for certification, reclassification and change of discipline are now required to use the TRC web site to conduct a self-assessment of their technical competencies, select ASTTBC as the association to which they wish to apply, and complete and submit an online application form.

Since the National Technology Benchmarks (NTBs) are outcome competency-based, it is critical that applicants provide evidence in support of any competency claimed and nominate qualified individuals who are willing to act as technical references and validate the applicant’s claims for competency.

Once an application has been submitted, the applicant can monitor the status of their application and study the requirements for professional practice and ethics through an online manual.

Student members who graduated from a Canadian Nationally accredited program are not required to provide details of how their education supports the competencies claimed in their application. However, they are still required to complete a self-assessment so they can document their work experience for each competency claimed and technical references can in turn validate their claim

Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) was developed in partnership with Canada’s other provincial associations for technology professionals over the last three years. The main objectives of TRC are to promote labour mobility in Canada and from overseas while ensuring applications are processed with fairness, transparency, timeliness and consistency. Other benefits include the ability of subject experts to review applications from anywhere in Canada and eliminate paper from the certification process.

TRC is built on the same national standards that are used for the accreditation of technology programs offered by colleges and institutes across Canada: the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB). The TRC project has led to the development of common practices that help technology professionals have their training and experience fully recognized at a time when the availability of qualified practitioners is becoming a critical issue in many fields and areas of the country.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: ROWPs and Health Canada

Statement of complaint:
That a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP) installed a sewage holding tank on native land without obtaining a permit from Health Canada, and ignored the express direction of an Environmental Health Officer (EHO).

Background:
ASTTBC staff was contacted by an Environmental Health Officer from Health Canada regarding a ROWP who was reportedly installing several holding tanks on lake-front native land. The EHO was familiar with the ROWP and knew the ROWP was familiar with Health Canada regulations and policies.
The EHO contacted the ROWP and explained that they would not issue permits for holding tanks on the properties. The ROWP informed the EHO that the tanks were for holding water, not sewage. A week later, the EHO received information from several individuals that the tanks were installed as sewage holding tanks. The EHO was unable to observe the ROWP in the act of installation, therefore was unable to deal with the ROWP directly. The EHO was also concerned that the ROWP was being hired specifically to avoid site appropriate, and more costly, onsite systems.

Investigation:
The ROWP claimed to be following the direction of the property owner, a former Chief, who was acting on advice from legal counsel. The ROWP attached a copy of a letter from that counsel relevant to this matter. The letter is an agreement between the Band and parties leasing the properties that mentions the need for a sewage holding tank. The ROWP claims to be following the directions set out by legal counsel within this letter, and since the client was a former Chief of the Band, the client had the authority to direct the ROWP.

The EHO responded that the ROWP had been informed numerous times in the past that all applications must be handled through Health Canada and, regardless if the site is challenging for onsite sewage systems, all types of systems must be explored first. The Health Officer pointed out, “the cheapest option is not the only option”.

Discussion:
Health Canada has jurisdiction on native land but the application of authority varies. Agreements are often in place between Bands and Health Canada on such matters, and where it is not, then an advocacy approach is taken to foster best practices while maintaining respect. Where Health Canada does not have a Federal regulation, it adopts a Provincial regulation and sets this out within policies as the best practice to follow. For sewage systems, the BC Sewerage System Regulation and the Standard Practice Manual are used along with encouraging ROWPs to undertake the planning, installation and maintenance of the systems wherever possible. The only difference with projects on native land is that a permit is still required from Health Canada and an EHO still reviews the application and inspects the project.

The ROWP was informed of this through the EHO several times prior to the event and does not deny having done this work without involving an EHO. Further, the ROWP was verbally aggressive and abusive to the EHO. The ROWP appears to be following the direction of the client for expediency and cost-savings while not respecting the direction and concerns of the EHO.

For this particular property and event, the ROWP has breached Principle 1 of the Code of Ethics but also of concern is the disrespectful attitude to the Health Officer, a person of authority with whom the ROWP is expected to cooperate and comply.

There is cause for concern that the ROWP is continuing to undertake work in a manner contrary to Health Canada regulations and policies, but insufficient evidence limits the investigation to this single property and event. Should additional information become available to further the investigation onto other properties, this will be done.

Outcome:

The Practice Review Board required the ROWP to:

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 3

Members of ASTTBC shall provide an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge and honest conviction.

Amplification:

  1. Members shall clearly distinguish between facts, assumptions, and opinions in reference to applied science technology in the preparation of reports, in conversation with clients and colleagues, in statements to the media, in the publication of papers and articles, and in discussion in a public forum.
  2. Members shall not make statements, criticisms, or arguments generated or paid for by private interests on matters relating to public policy, unless they indicate on whose behalf the statements are being made.
  3. Members shall ensure, to the best of their ability, that statements attributed to them properly reflect their professional opinion.
  4. Members shall not misrepresent their qualifications to their clients or their employers.
  5. Members shall engage or provide advice on engaging, experts or specialists when, in their judgment, such services are in the best interests of their client or employer.

Commentary:

It is the responsibility of the members to clearly and accurately express the results of their work, and avoid bias due to political, economic or other non-technical factors. When called upon, members shall do their best to ensure that their professional opinions are accurately represented. When presenting complex issues to a non-technical audience, in order to avoid misinterpretation, members must simplify their discussions without losing the critical elements. Members shall separate their personal views from their professional activities and be impartial and factual when expressing professional opinions.

The complete Code of Ethics is available on the web site.

ASTTBC Supports Internationally Trained Professionals

For the past few years, representatives from ASTTBC and APEGBC’s Registration Dept. have worked together to strengthen the established ties with Internationally Trained Professionals through the joint presentations of seminars hosted by Immigrant Assistance agencies. Those agencies include PICS, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., MOSAIC, SPEAT, SITEBC, MHHS, NSMS, ASPECT, ArriveBC and several others known by equally mysterious acronyms! In addition to ITPs being better informed about their professional affiliation options, an ASTTBC rep has worked for several years with Vancouver Community College staff on cultural and language assistance programs and courses aimed specifically at Technicians and Technologists (and Engineers), and served on related Program Advisory Committees.

A significant proportion of the attendees at the joint affiliation option seminars apply for membership with ASTTBC within a few months of the seminars, and the large majority of those applicants become ASTTBC members within a few months, some via the Provisional Membership route.

ASTTBC greatly values the connections it has with the ITP community, and anticipates that any future mentorship programs will be closely affiliated with that community, working closely with the many existing job-search assistance programs so competently administered by those ITP assistance agencies.

ASTTBC has been accepting application from Internationally Trained Professionals with a focus on assisting the ITP achieve certified membership through gap training analysis. Since 2006, 95 ITPs have been processed. The status of these 95 is as follows:

Tim Duerden, AScT: First Nations Careers Video

The Inaugural Chair of the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC), Tim Duerden, AScT is interviewed by ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE. Tim talks about his career, how he started in a logging job and then returned to school, achieving his Diploma of Technology from Camosun College. Tim is building a rewarding career in engineering technology. Check out this video and the FNCC website, fncc.asttbc.org.

ASTTBC Council Nominations

At the September 2011 Council meeting, the nomination committee for the 2012-2013 Council was approved. The committee is now requesting nominations from election to the Council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nomination Committee Chair by February 25, 2012. Nomination submissions should be addressed to:

Doug Carter, CTech
Chair, Nominating Committee
10767 -148 Street
Surrey, BC V3R 0S4
techinfo@asttbc.org

ASTTBC Seeks Public Representative for Governing Council

ASTTBC is currently accepting expressions of interest from non-members who wish to explore the role of a Public Representative on the ASTTBC governing Council. This is an excellent opportunity to make a positive contribution and influence how ASTTBC carries out its role as it regulates technology professionals and advances technology education and careers.

Public Representatives are appointed by the ASTTBC Council on a recommendation from the ASTTBC Nominating Committee. Information on criteria and role of the Public Representatives as well as a copy of the Reports of the Public Representatives are on the ASTTBC website. If this is of interest we ask that you send to ASTTBC a statement as to your reason for wanting to serve as a Public Representative and provide background information on your education, career and community interests and involvement. Expressions of interest should be sent in confidence to techinfo@asttbc.org to the attention of the Executive Director by the end of the business day February 17, 2012.

BCIT and ASTTBC Renew Memorandum

The BC Institute of Technology and ASTTBC recently renewed a Memorandum of Agreement in which the two organizations agree to cooperate and collaborate in the promotion of technology education and careers. BCIT President Don Wright and ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech signed the MoA at a recent meeting of the Technology Education and Careers Council. Don Wright serves as a member of TECC.

“ASTTBC and BCIT enjoy a strong working relationship,” said Executive Director John Leech. “As a BCIT grad and former member of the BCIT Board of Governors I know first-hand the quality education and training offered at BCIT.“ BCIT assists ASTTBC on a number of fronts including making registration as a Student Member seamless. ASTTBC is a major champion in BC for technology education and careers. “Our partnership is decades old and has shown much progress over the years,” concluded John Leech who also served two separate terms as President of the BCIT Alumni Association and is a supporter of the BCIT Foundation. A photo is posted at What’s New.

Technology Jobs and Training in the North

ASTTBC has been working with several partners in support of technology jobs and training in the north of the province. The following in an excerpt of a letter written by Executive Director John Leech and sent to the Hon. Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and copied to all MLAs:

I just learned of your plans to promote career opportunities in the North. As you know the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) has for some time stressed the need to enhance awareness of technology education and career opportunities in the Northern regions of BC. ASTTBC has hosted several Technology Skills Workshops around the province, including in Prince George and other centres. The consistent message we received is ‘we cannot find the highly skilled workers we need to meet current needs.’ This message holds for other regions. In the Kootenays recently, I spoke with employers who are struggling to find the technologists and technicians they require TODAY for their businesses.

As you work to attract highly skilled technology workers to the North we also ask that you continue your efforts to support new engineering technologist and technician programming at the College of New Caledonia and other northern institutions. The current needs will become critical if we are not training ‘in the North for the North.’

Government’s efforts in recent years to gather Labour Market Information and to post this along with useful tools for employers and workers are a significant step in the right direction. As noted in previous conversations, and now referenced in the BC JOBS PLAN, it is CRITICAL that educational decisions and funding be directly tied to labour market demands. This again points to new technology programming in fields such as Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technologies in Prince George, ideally in collaboration with Northwest Community College and Northern Lights College.

Best wishes and let us know what we can do to be of assistance.

Dave Hayer, MLA and John Leech Talk Technology in Victoria

Surrey Tynehead MLA, Dave Hayer met with ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech in Dave's Victoria office. "Technology education and careers and ASTTBC's work to enhance practice rights of technology professionals were the two priority topics," said Leech. “Dave has always been open to talking with ASTTBC and generally supporting most of ASTTBC initiatives. Dave has said he values ASTTBC as a professional regulating body and for its work in promoting technology education and careers.”

On the careers front ASTTBC is stressing a few key areas:

ASTTBC has significantly enhanced awareness of technology education and careers in recent years. "I believe it is accurate to say that ASTTBC is THE lead organization for the province in promoting technology education and careers. We are active on a number of fronts,” added Leech. In his conversation with Dave Hayer, John stressed that there is much more to do and committed ASTTBC to addressing this critical issue on top of its role in regulating technology professionals.

“Dave and I also talked about professional recognition and rights to practice for ASTTBC-registered technology professionals," said Leech. "We have established a strong brand with the many professional titles and designations offered by ASTTBC. ASTTBC titles are valued by members, employers and regulatory bodies." Leech went on to update Dave on the progress made on ASTTBC registrants' practice rights, noting house inspection, onsite wastewater, fire protection and site improvements surveying. "In addition to these technical specialists, AScTs and CTechs have been recognized as Qualified Professionals (QP) in various Regulations pursuant to the Environment Act and by the Oil and Gas Commission." John stressed that there is much work to be done and said he is hopeful there will be forward movement, in particular as ASTTBC and APEGBC work together in joint task groups to address practice rights for the yet-to-be-implemented Professional Technologist.

Gordon Hogg, MLA Talks Government Processes with ASTTBC Executive Director

While updating MLA Gordon Hogg (Surrey - White Rock) on ASTTBC matters was the reason for a chat in Gordon’s office this fall, the conversation also focused on some of the workings of government. Gordon has worn many hats since first being elected to the BC Legislature in 1997, including that of Caucus Chair. ASTTBC’s Executive Director, John Leech, came away from the meeting with a better appreciation of how Caucus operates and more specifically the role of the Chair. Naturally John took the opportunity to update Gordon on a few matters of interest to ASTTBC such as technology education and careers, the professional recognition of ASTTBC members and a few special public policy initiatives. The two talked about open government, an appropriate topic for Gordon who serves on the Cabinet Committee for Open Government. A photo is posted on the What’s New website.

ASTTBC Featured in Gary Coons, MLA North Coast Newsletter

John Leech, ASTTBC Executive Director met with Gary Coons in his Prince Rupert office this past summer. This meeting was the subject of Coon’s newsletter on his website Sept. 21. Leech was pleased to see this as it represents time well spent getting out the word about what ASTTBC is and what it does for its members and for the public.

ASTTBC’s TechGREEN Award to Coast Tsimshian Makes News in Terrace

The Coast Tsimshian received one of the ASTTBC TechGREEN Awards at the Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration hosted by ASTTBC in November. The Northern View newspaper in Terrace reported on the award. A link to the article is on the website.

Camosun Technology Co-Op Students Available for Work Terms

Students in their second year of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program offering skills in manufacturing and design are available from April 2nd until June 22nd while students in their second year of the Electronics & Computer Engineering - Renewable Energy are available from April 2nd to September 14th.

Please consider where a technology co-op student can contribute their skills to your operation and contact: Nan Judd: 250-370-4185 or Jacquie Burden: 250-370-4182.

BCIT Student Association and ASTTBC Team Up for IEEE Event

On November 18 the BCIT IEEE Student Branch hosted their annual LAN party with the BCIT Starcraft II Club and the Games Development Club. ASTTBC helped sponsor the event and prizes for the online gaming tournament attended by over 100 students. Congratulations to Koji Otomo, Chair of the BCIT IEEE Student Branch on a successful night of gaming! As well, thank you to the BCIT Student Association for the opportunity to team up with them on another student event.

Coquitlam District Career Fair

ASTTBC attended the Coquitlam District Career Fair held at Gleneagle Secondary School in November. The career fair is an annual event in which students from all 8 high schools in SD#43 attend to gain exposure to a variety of different career paths and options. ASTTBC distributed career profiles, provided information and answered questions about different technology career occupation choices available to youth.

Contact Information for ASTTBC

Please remember to update your contact information if you have moved recently or you are planning to move soon. Send updates to techinfo@asttbc.org or call the ASTTBC office at 604-585-2788.

ASTTBC Featured in Scrivener “Strengthening the Home Team”

An article entitled “Strengthening the Home Team”, highlighting the importance of house and property inspectors and outlining the work of ASTTBC appears in the fall edition of the Scrivener, the journal published by and for the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Here are some key quotes from the article:

“When (clients) ask about inspections, I recommend they look for CPI or CHI accreditation.” Richmond Notary, Tammy Morin-Nakashima

“For my clients’ protection, the more accurate the property inspection, the better. I’ve heard past concerns about inspections done by people with minimal training. Proper inspection gives buyers confidence that they’re getting full value for their investment.” Penticton Notary Bill Binfet

“I always recommend a visit to the BC Institute of Property Inspectors Website, www.bicipi.ca”. Delta CPI, Ken McNames

“Think of everything that’s connected to your home: Hydro, gas, water and sewer lines, phone, and cable. All those services rely on certified technologists, technicians, and technical specialists. I feel for the first-time buyers, anxious about committing their future earnings to mountain-sized mortgages, they need reliable property information.” John Leech, AScT, CAE, Executive Director, ASTTBC

Camosun College/University of Victoria Offer Engineering Bridge Program

Camosun College and University of Victoria are offering a bridging program to assist people with an engineering technology diploma who wish to get an engineering degree. Apply online by February 15.

Green Building Design Program Offered at Okanagan College

Intended for the professional who designs or builds with a focus on sustainability, this 360 hour certificate program will blend online instruction with workshops and classes in the college’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, one of the world’s greenest buildings. Intake started in January. More information is available.

ASTTBC Honours Director of the Kamloop’s BIG Little Science Centre

The Executive Director of the Kamloops BIG Little Science Centre, Gord Stewart, has been presented a Certificate of Appreciation by the ASTTBC. The ASTTBC’s Executive Director, John Leech (AScT, CAE) lauded Stewart’s dedication and leadership in promoting science and technology to the region’s students in making the presentation. A photo of the presentation is posted at What’s New.

In presenting the award, Leech said, “Gord’s inspirational leadership and a ‘can-do’ attitude has made the BIG Little Science Centre a huge success story in BC and is opening youngsters’ eyes to the wonders and practical applications of science and technology. The Centre’s team really makes it happen.”

ASTTBC is a strong supporter of The BIG Little Science Centre as part of its mandate to inform the public of the many roles its members perform in society. “We need to share our excitement about science and technology with young people, and encourage them to pursue careers as technologists, engineers or geoscientists,” notes the ASTTBC Executive Director.
The BIG Little Science Centre hosts 14,000 visitors a year. ASTTBC’s contributions to the Centre over the past four years now total $21,000.

Visit the BIG Little Science Centre at the George Hilliard School at 985 Holt Street (Brocklehurst), Kamloops, BC V2B 5H1 for hands on science exploration and fun. Check out the website www.blscs.org or phone 250-554-2572.

TechACTION:

The Homeowner Protection Office offers a new technical bulletin clarifying the building code and BC Energy Efficiency Act requirements and standards for windows, glazed doors and skylights used in residential buildings.

Survey of Building Industry, BCBC Part 10 and ASHRAE 90.1 ComplianceBC Building and Safety Standards Branch is undertaking a survey of industry (professionals and officials) to get feedback on the implementation and compliance with BCBC Part 10. The survey also includes a few questions regarding the BC Energy Efficiency Act. The survey will be distributed through AIBC, APEGBC, ASTTBC and BOABC through their upcoming newsletters or broadcasts. ASTTBC encourages member participation.

ASTTBC Members in the News:

Joe Trasolini, AScT and former Port Moody mayor has been acclaimed as the B.C. NDP’s candidate in the coming byelection for Port Moody-Coquitlam.

Thanks From:

Canadian Wood Council Wood WORKS! BC:

As a sponsor of last year’s Awards, your contribution was instrumental is allowing us to continue this much-anticipated event for the building and design community in BC - Your participation enables Wood WORKS! BC to help fulfill our mandate of promoting a “wood culture” where wood is viewed as the first and best value building material for all types of construction.

Message From:

Andrew Torgerson, Principal of Surface & Edge 3D Laser Scanning who said:

I am a fairly new member of ASTTBC and was talking with Bill Sims (AScT) who was manning the booth at the MISTIC tradeshow. We were discussing the difficulty of getting people interested in what ASTTBC does and I showed him some video on my phone of some 3D Laser Scanning that I do. He mentioned that technology like this would be very interesting to have as part of the display. Would that be something ASTTBC is interested in? You can check out my website to get more of an idea of what I do.

Consulting Engineers of BC (CEBC) Sponsors Young Professionals Group

The Young Professional Group meets regularly for breakfast seminars and networking opportunities. To learn more about this group send an email to ypg@cebc.ca

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement

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

Professional Development Opportunities

Please note that links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, seminars and coming events can be found on the ASTTBC website.

Following is just a small sample. For links to these and many other activities, follow the links above: