ASTTBC e-News, January 2014
ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC e-NEWS contains the latest information about ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC web site.
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Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman (MLA for Langley- Aldergrove), was guest speaker this past Fall at a Surrey Board of Trade lunch. ASTTBC was one of the sponsors of the event. The Minister spoke about Government plans for LNG (Liquified Natural Gas). The Minister encouraged British Columbians to 'Chance the Vision', indicating that BC faces a great opportunity and encouraging all to 'get on board' in support of BC's future prosperity.
As a sponsor, ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, was afforded an opportunity to address the approximately 200 attendees at lunch. Leech spoke of ASTTBC's role as a professional regulatory body and of the Association's work to address the skills shortage. He referred to ASTTBC's 2013 Report, 'A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills for British Columbia' and ASTTBC's considerable efforts to provide BC with highly skilled technology professionals. ASTTBC's lead role in promoting technology education and careers was also highlighted in Leech's brief time at the podium.
In the mid 1970's ASTTBC Council decided it was time for the Association to pursue a provincial statute governing technologists and technicians. Then ASTTBC President Doug Duncan, AScT (1972-74) had worked with a young PEng, Rick Lindsay, who was, in the late 1970's, studying law at UBC.
The Legislation Committee, chaired by Ron Green AScT (President 1977-79), decided to engage Rick to help write the ASTT Act, which he did as his thesis toward his law degree. The Council made a formal submission to Government in 1977/78. At the time we naively thought the job was pretty much done and that Government would enact the proposed legislation in no time at all. Alas, ASTTBC came to learn that these matters take time.
After several submissions and much advocacy, it was suggested that we ask a non-member of Cabinet to put forward a Private Bill.
John Reynolds (an Honourary Member of ASTTBC) stepped up to the plate and with the support of Government as well as the Official Opposition, the ASTT Act was introduced and proclaimed (Order in Council 1825) in 1985.
For his work on the ASTT Act and his considerable support of ASTTBC over the years Rick was made a Honourary Member of ASTTBC. In addition to his volunteer work on the ASTT Act, ASTTBC engaged Rick Lindsay as ASTTBC's legal counsel, a relationship with the firm that endures to this day.
At the September 2013 Council meeting, the nomination committee for the 2013-2014 Council was approved. The committee is now requesting nominations for election to the Council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nomination Committee Chair by February 22, 2014. Nomination submissions should be addressed to:
One of the many projects that ASTTBC undertook in 2013 was the "Working in BC" Project. This endeavour was in partnership with the Government of BC and aimed to address the barriers facing Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP), including evaluation and certification of credentials, employment strategies and understanding the Canadian business culture.
As part of this project, ASTTBC developed and delivered a set of information and training materials which was targeted to ITTPs, employers and industry partners such as immigrant settlement providers.
Included within the parameters of this Working in BC project were Workshops and Webinars, a series of 12 VIDEOS (including one specifically targeting employers) and other supporting materials that include promotional banners and BROCHURES. Visit the ITTP WEBSITE for further information.
APEGBC, in partnership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, has developed a new online self-assessment tool to assist internationally trained professionals entering the engineering and technology fields in British Columbia. This easy-to-use tool will help you determine whether you should pursue a career in an applied science technologist/technician field with certification through ASTTBC, or as a professional engineer with registration through APEGBC. Based on your academic background and work experience, the tool will also provide guidance on what to expect during the qualification review process at APEGBC or ASTTBC.
ACCESS THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL
We're winding up the ASTTBC Member Satisfaction Survey. It's your opportunity to let us know how what level of satisfaction you have with your association. If you haven't had the chance to complete the survey, please help us by logging in at the ASTTBC website today. All entries will be included in the grand prize draw for an iPad Mini.
Congratulations to the winners of our early bird draws!
PLEASE NOTE: The DEADLINE to complete the survey is February 10.
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A special thank you goes out to those individuals who have completed the survey already.
One of the important ways ASTTBC connects with the science and technology community across the province is by participating as a sponsor of industry and education events. Here are a few of the notable events coming up that are supported by ASTTBC:
Gold Sponsor of the Transportation Conference 2014, January 28, 2014, Vancouver, presented by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - British Columbia, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and TransLink.
Enhanced Bronze Sponsor of the CHBA BC Annual Georgie Awards, to be held on February 1, 2014 in Vancouver
Title Sponsor of the Okanagan College Annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest, to be held on March 7, 2014
Gold Sponsor of the Wood Design Awards of BC, Canadian Wood Council (WoodWORKS!), to be held on March 3, 2014 in Vancouver
Silver Sponsor of Association of BC Land Surveyors AGM, March 19-21, 2014.
New energy efficiency requirements for the BC Building Code came into effect December 20, 2013. Designers and developers will have a choice of energy efficiency standards for complex buildings (Part 3). This includes large residential, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings but does NOT include houses or small buildings.
Designers can use the 2011 National Energy Code or ASHRAE 90.1 (2010), creating greater flexibility for the construction industry. Government reports that, on average, each standard can increase energy savings up to 15 per cent over the previous requirements, depending on the type of building. Both standards are also associated with improved comfort for building residents.
The B.C. government adopted the new energy efficiency requirements in April 2013.
From new BC Target stores to growing neighbourhoods and tiniest condos, 2013 was an interesting year for business.
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The January 2014 issue of the Business in Vancouver Magazine focused on choosing 'The Right Course' - Professional Development and Executive Training. ASTTBC was featured via strategically placed ads highlighting the Association and informing the public about membership in ASTTBC and the work we do.
ASTTBC convened a Webinar on December 3, 2013 with 45 residential and building designers online. ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, led the presentation and dialogue, focusing on the current environment and looking ahead to the next steps as ASTTBC re-engages with designers.
The members connecting through the Webinar agreed that ASTTBC should renew its work in recognizing and promoting professional registration and recognition of Certified Residential Designers
(CRD) and Registered Building Designers (RBD). The Webinar participants agreed ASTTBC should re-ignite to attend to the interests of building designers.
The International Housing & Home Warranty Conference (IHHWC) is coming to Vancouver in September 2014. Held every three years, this prestigious conference brings together warranty organizations, government representatives, home builders and housing professionals from around the world.
Experts in building science/construction, finance, insurance, social housing and politics will share their perspectives in shaping the future of home ownership.
Prospective speakers are invited to submit their papers and abstracts to the IHHWC 2014 before April 4, 2014.
Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and assess the emotions of oneself and others and then to use that information to guide one's actions. Participants of this workshop will learn to utilize emotional intelligence more effectively through both self-assessment and skill development exercises, resulting in an increased sense of how to engage more effectively with others.
ACHIEVE Training Centre is offering the following workshops in British Columbia this February and March. If you register early you save 10%.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - Value in the Workplace
Vancouver: February 19, 2014 (early rate deadline Jan 29)
Victoria: February 20, 2014 (early rate deadline Jan 30)
Kelowna: February 27, 2014 (early rate deadline Feb 6)
On November 29th, 2013, over 200 elementary and secondary students from across the Okanagan valley came to the ASTTBC sponsored Robocup Games to participate in three robot inspired challenge categories:
Soccer - autonomous mobile robots tracked a light-emitting ball in an enclosed field and attempted to score goals
Rescue- robots followed a course, negotiated uneven terrain and identified victims within re-created disaster scenarios
Dance- teams performed with their robots in choreographed routines set to music and collected points based on robot programming, design, costume, use of stage and entertainment value
The top three winners in each category now qualify to compete in the World RoboCup, which will be held in July 2014 in Brazil. Congratulations!
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how student's can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.
Henry Justesen passed away peacefully on October 21, 2013. Henry was born in Denmark, November 7, 1926 and came to Canada in 1929 with his parents Edward and Clara.
"Henry provided leadership in trades and technical training in BC spanning decades. He is remembered by many, especially those who were involved with the Pacific Vocational Institute and BCIT in the 60s and 70s," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE , "Henry was an Honourary Member of ASTTBC. My condolences to his wife Gerda and family."
ASTTBC attended a career information evening at Belmont Secondary in Sooke on January 14th. There was an excellent turnout by students and parents hoping to hear career information from various industry sectors. ASTTBC's Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member & Program Development delivered a presentation to the approximately 100 people in attendance on technology careers including labour market, salary information and 'in-demand' technologies. Other sectors represented were construction, health care, hospitality and tourism, information and communication as well as post-secondary education. "It was not only a great opportunity to talk about the contributions technology professionals make every day, but to highlight the extensive options and career pathways available for ASTTBC techs", said Jung.
By now, hopefully you're familiar with our great new service TechJOBS. Launched last year, ASTTBC began offering an employment opportunities listing service on the ASTTBC website. Our goal was to offer a cost effective way for employers to post career opportunities for technology professionals in the ASTTBC community.
Employers you can start taking advantage of 60 day postings for as low as $200 + GST per listing, for complete price list visit TechJOBS.
Members, if you know your company is hiring for a career opportunity, please pass this notification to your hiring manager / HR Dept.
TechCLUB partners Accent Inns offers excellent, low corporate rates for members of ASTTBC. With 5 locations including Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamloops, members can take advantage of low rates starting at $77 sgl/dbl per night. And, the rates are valid for both business travel and personal travel. To make reservations, call 1-800-663-0298 and tell them you are with the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC. For more information, view the
Act with integrity towards clients or employers, maintain confidentiality and avoid a conflict of interest but, where such conflict arises, fully disclose the circumstances without delay to the employer or client.
(a) Members shall act judiciously when administering a contract on behalf of their client or employer and be realistic and honest in all estimates, reports and statements.
(b) Information gained in confidence during the course of assignments shall not be used for personal gain, or divulged to either another client or new employer without the express permission of the previous client or employer.
(c) Any conflict of interest concerning, for example, personal friends, close associates or relatives shall be revealed immediately to the client or employer. If, in spite of a conflict, members are instructed to continue, the client's or employer's interests shall be held paramount over the member's interests.
(d) Any outside activity shall be avoided if it will have an adverse affect upon their client's or employer's business.
The interpretation of agreements and contract documents must be undertaken with fairness and impartiality, and if members become aware of errors or omissions in their services they should report immediately to their superiors and work to rectify these problems.
Any information received of a confidential nature during the performing of their professional service shall be deemed the exclusive property of its owner and shall not be disclosed to others or used by the member except with the owner's specific approval.
When members use designs supplied by clients, the designs remain the property of the clients and should not be duplicated by members for others without express permission from the first client.
Technical knowledge of a non-confidential nature gained by the member through exposure to the work environment is part of a member's experience and may be used in subsequent projects without further consent.
Members should be careful in their business that potential conflicts of interest within their control are avoided. Precise rules in conflict of interest are not possible and members must use their common sense, conscience and sense of honour for guidance. In any inquiry to adjudicate an alleged conflict of interest the total circumstances surrounding the conflict must be investigated.
COMPLETE CODE OF ETHICS
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Tanya Steele, CSO, is a Construction Safety Officer and Director Of Training & Client Services for ER Plus Risk Management Group Inc. Her instruction has been described as passionate, energetic, relatable, powerful, and funny. She uses her field experience as an OFA & Safety Officer of over 20 years, to offer her student's real life scenarios and solutions to draw from. Tanya also teaches the Construction Safety Officer Course offered at ER Plus Risk Management, which is regonized by ASTTBC.
- Highland Valley Copper Mine - Safety, Security and Rescue
- Film Industry Stunt Standby - Ambulance
- Vital Mobile Services Owner - Temporary work placement of OFA/CSO
- ER Plus - First aid & Safety Training
- BCCSA - COR Auditor, Injury Management, Foundations for Excellence Instructor
Professional & Community Activities
Chair Canadian NAOSH Committee, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Executive Board Director. President of the BC NAOSH Steering Committee for Health & Safety Week. VRCA Education Committee Board Member. CSSE Outreach Committee & Accreditation Committee.
In November 2013, Tanya was presented with a Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology, at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration (TARC). Congratulations Tanya!
ASTTBC encourages you to post your career story. Connect with former colleagues, and get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and the many visitors to the ASTTBC website. Post your profile with photo, and if your name is mentioned in the e-News, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page.
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"I moved to Kelowna without any work secured and because of my technical training and background I was able to find employment. I am currently employed by a large heavy civil construction contractor. The technologies are truly an incredible education and highly transferrable... . I am more than happy to do my part for my professional association."
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the web site designed to help members record CPD activities.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
Canada's New Anti-Spam Law, Vancouver, March 3th
Critical Non-Technical Skills: The Essentials for Success in a Diverse Workplace, Webinar, January 30th
Industrial Maintenance Management: A Rational Approach Seminar, Vancouver, February 3rd
The ABCFP's 66th conference and AGM, Kelowna , February 12-14th
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ASTTBC invites you view the video on the ITTPBC.com MENTORING PAGE and see if mentoring is something you would like to do.
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments. Send 200 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org
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