ASTTBC e-News, January 2016
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.
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Each year ASTTBC recognizes deserving members and employers for their outstanding contributions to technology and the profession. Do you know an ASTTBC member, an employer or a company that makes exceptional contributions to the profession through technical excellence, innovation/creativity or leadership in their field?
Award winners will be honored at the 2016 ASTTBC AGM in May and the 2016 Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration taking place in November. They will also be featured through our website and publications. Your nominations are needed to promote the importance of our members and their contribution to British Columbia.
Prime Minister Speaks on Truth & Reconciliation Commission: ASTTBC Supports Programming for Aboriginal People
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU spoke to Canadians on the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on residential schools. The Prime Minister noted that the report was built from the often painful testimony of thousands of men and women.
"We remain committed to implementing all of its recommendations and will renew and respect Canada's important relationship with indigenous peoples," confirmed the Prime Minister. ASTTBC is fully supportive of Mr. Trudeau's belief in, and commitment to, the First Nations, Metis and Inuit People.
ASTTBC launched the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) on April 24th, 2009 in Kamloops with the assistance of the Tk'emlups Band and many other stakeholders. It was formed for the purpose of working with and supporting aboriginal people in the application of technology, and to enhance technology education and careers with their people.
"As a Canadian who is BC born and raised I grew up and worked with first nations. I know firsthand of at least some of the challenges they have faced as a result of earlier decisions regarding their land, housing, schooling and other elements of everyday life. ASTTBC will continue to collaborate with aboriginal people in areas where we have mutual interest and connections," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE.
Since 2009 ASTTBC has made a modest contribution in supporting aboriginal people in the fields of engineering and applied science technology. A website with career and other information, bursaries, career fairs, mentors and more are all part of ASTTBC's commitment.
VISIT the FNCC website
ASTTBC recently sponsored and attended the BC Electrical Association (BCEA) Annual Awards & Holiday Luncheon held at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre. It was a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues as well as recognize the BCEA's award winners and alumni inductees. To support charity, the BCEA donated proceeds from the luncheon to the BC Easter Seals to support its Summer camps. ASTTBC congratulates the BCEA Board and its President & CEO Barbette Ishii on their successful event!
The Association of BC Forest Professionals announced that Christine Gelowitz, RPF, will be the new CEO of the ABCFP. For the last 20 years Christine has worked with the Provincial Government. Christine is currently an executive with the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and brings a wealth of knowledge of the complexities of natural resource management to the organization. Christine also served on the ABCFP council beginning in 2010 and became president in 2013. Her knowledge of the ABCFP's issues and staff will be a huge benefit as she takes over the reins on February 1st, 2016. ASTTBC extends congratulations to Christine on her appointment as CEO of ABCFP.
ASTTBC is pleased to be a sponsor of the following notable events in the science and technology community in early 2016:
- Gold Sponsor of PREMIER'S BC NATURAL RESOURCE FORUM January 19-21st in Prince George. Also, sponsoring PRINCE GEORGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FORUM on January 19th with CEO John Leech as guest speaker.
- Platinum Sponsor of the TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE 2016 on January 28th, presented by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-BC, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and TransLink, in Vancouver.
- Gold Sponsor of the Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia (SPEATBC) Dinner and Awards Banquet on January 30th in Surrey.
- Bronze Sponsor of the ASSOCIATION OF BC FOREST PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE & AGM, February 24-26th in Vancouver.
- Gold Sponsor of the WOOD DESIGN AWARDS OF BC, Canadian Wood Council (WoodWORKS!), to be held on February 29th in Vancouver.
- Gold Sponsor of ASSOCIATION OF BC LAND SURVEYORS AGM, to be held March 2-4th in Kimberley.
- Gold Sponsor of the WESTERN CANADA ONSITE WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF BC (WCOWMA-BC) CONVENTION March 3-6th in Kelowna.
- Bronze Sponsor of the CHBA BC ANNUAL GEORGIE AWARDS, to be held on March 11th in Vancouver.
ASTTBC Honourary Member Gordon Gore has been selected to receive the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Decoration) from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
The medal, to be presented in 2016, is awarded for an outstanding accomplishment that sets an example for others to follow and brings benefit to Canada.
Gordon is a retired teacher of 40 years, author and founder of the Big Little Science Centre (BLSC) in Kamloops.
MLA for Surrey-Panorama, Marvin Hunt was passing by the ASTTBC office recently and dropped in not only for a visit, but with a specific purpose in mind. Having recently been appropriated of his ASTTBC flashlight - he was looking for a replacement.
After a tour of the ASTTBC office and interesting chats with the staff, we were able to send him off with new flashlight in hand!
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) has adopted the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) as its official standard for accrediting engineering technology and applied science programs. The withdrawal of associations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario from the Canadian Council of Technologists and Technicians (CCTT) and subsequent rejection of Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accreditation standards and procedures, led to the formation of Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) and the desire for a new accreditation model and standards.
The purpose of the TAC Standards Council (SC) is to ensure the appropriate development and maintenance of national standards used for accrediting education programs and supporting the Provincial Association (PA) participation in the accreditation process. The SC also serves as a conduit for information and issues related to the updating and development of the national standards. The SC consists of the Registrar from each TPC province, one representative of educational institutions and the TAC Executive Director. The ASTTBC Registrar is the Chair of the SC for a two-year term ending in June 2017. Yvonne Moritz, Dean of Science, Technology and Health at Okanagan College is the educational institution representative.
Further INFORMATION on TAC and the Standards Council.
The ASTTBC Council Nominations Committee is requesting nominations for election to the council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of ten certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nomination Committee Chair by February 27th, 2016.
Nomination submissions should be mailed to: DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS, Chair, Nominating Committee, 10767 - 148 Street Surrey, BC V3R 0S4
2015 was a banner year for Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) as it marked significant achievements for the new, national accreditation body.
Early in the year, TAC finished its pilot project and awarded its inaugural accreditation to Georgian College's electrical engineering technology program.
After launching full operations in April, TAC awarded it second accreditation to Cambrian College's mining engineering technology program, making it the first educational institution to have a program accredited by TAC that previously received accreditation from another accrediting body.
That spring, TAC executive director Sam DiGiandomenico visited nine western Canadian educational institutions, outlining what sets TAC apart from other accrediting bodies. He visited Ontario educational institutions from March to November.
In fall 2015, TAC adopted the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) as its new standards for accreditation. TAC also confirmed a commitment to review all 37 criteria within CTAC every five years with a standards council designated to oversee this. It established clear and open processes for the review and development of any CTAC. It enlisted the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to assist with launching the review of a CTAC in a pilot project, using the above-mentioned standard setting process.
The TAC board approved a study - also known as the "Ontario colleges project" - to examine if any duplication exists between the TAC accreditation process and the rigorous quality processes undertaken by educational institutions to meet their provincial government's requirements.
In October, directors from TAC's board met face-to-face with the National Council of Deans of Technology (NCDoT) in Victoria.
Soon afterwards, TAC conducted a site visit for the accreditation of an engineering technology program at a Western Canadian educational institution.
Now in 2016, TAC continues to respond to enquiries for accreditation from other educational institutions with numerous accreditations scheduled in the Spring.
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CSA Group, established in 1919 as Canada's first Standards Development Organization, has offered standards-based training for over 20 years, 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.
ASTTBC members receive a variety of training programs, at a preferred rate, in areas including 2015 Canadian Electrical Code, Business & Quality Management, Construction, Infrastructure & Public Works, Energy, Occupational Health & Safety and Health Care. The accelerated learning programs are flexible and can be delivered through a variety of formats, including traditional classroom training, online and on-site at your facility.
WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors has approved the release of two additional proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in 2016.
The proposed regulatory amendment packages under review are:
Section 6.58.1, Substance Specific Requirements, lead
Section 6.110, Substance Specific Requirements, respirable crystalline silica and rock dust.
Don't miss this year's BUILDEX Vancouver which features 70+ accredited educational seminars, 600+ exhibits and an expected 14,000 industry professionals in attendance.
This annual event is the place to connect, learn and discover new products and technologies in two full days. Take the opportunity to network with your colleagues from all corners of the industry.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West - 1055 Canada Place
Registration is now OPEN
Bill 21, The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Amendment Act, received Royal Assent in the Manitoba Legislature on November 5th, 2015. The changes made to The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act outlined in Bill 21 are now law and have come into force, including the provision for a Specified Scope of Practice Licensee (Limited License) in Manitoba.
The Act defines: "specified scope of practice licensee" as a natural person who holds a valid and subsisting specified scope of practice license and whose name is entered on the association's register as a specified scope of practice licensee.
The specified scope of practice licensee category permits certain individuals without the academic qualification required for registration as a professional engineer or professional geoscientist to carry out specific functions normally within the definition of the practices of professional engineering or professional geoscience. A license may be granted to an applicant as an official authorization to practice within a specified scope of professional engineering or professional geoscience. A successful applicant in this category would be entitled to use the title "Engineering Licensee" or "Geoscience Licensee" following their name.
Application, registration and other administrative processes are being developed by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba for receiving applications from Certified Technologists, Technicians and others who may qualify to practice within a specified scope of engineering or geoscience.
Practice as a Licensee will be governed by Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba according to the Engineering & Geoscientific Professions Act of Manitoba, Association Bylaws and the Manitoba Code of Ethics for the Practice of Professional Engineering & Professional Geoscience.
"The BC Tech Fund is great news for British Columbians," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. "The technology sector is vibrant and growing, contributing to the diversification and quality of life that we in BC enjoy."
Below is a copy of the announcement released by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services:
"The BC government announced an investment of $100 million in the #BCTECH Fund as part of the first phase of the #BCTECH Strategy. The fund gives entrepreneurs and tech start-ups the opportunity to access capital they need to grow their ideas and companies in BC. "
Read more HERE
Along with access to capital, the #BCTECH Strategy will deepen the BC talent pool and make it easier to access new markets. READ the first pillar of the strategy.
The full strategy was launched at the first #BCTECH Summit, January 18 - 19th, 2016 ---- an event that will explore how technology is transforming our economy and our lives.
Check out the LATEST UPDATES on the #BCTECH Summit
The technology sector has become a major engine of economic growth in British Columbia - no matter where you live in the province or what you do; your life is affected by what happens in technology. The BC Government recognizes the growth potential in this sector; by capitalizing on it, we can develop a world-class technology community that creates high-paying, skilled jobs and helps build a strong and thriving economy.
2016 Annual Dues Notices have been sent electronically. Hard copy invoices were also mailed in December requesting payment. We hope you received that notification and would like to remind you that paying your professional dues online is easy and secure.
ACCESS your invoice and to pay your dues.
If you have not yet paid your 2016 dues, please do so as soon as possible in order to avoid the late payment fee of $25 + GST that will be applied to dues which have not been paid by January 31st, 2016.
What does professional certification in ASTTBC say about you?
- You are qualified, registered and accountable.
- You belong to one of BC's largest professional associations, 10,000+ strong.
- You are highly qualified and in demand.
If, due to financial hardship, health problems or full-time studies, you would like to have your dues deferred or waived, please contact Lumi Guias at (604) 585-2788, ext. 237 or EMAIL her at your earliest convenience.
We thank you in advance for your prompt attention and your continued support.
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.
Send 200 words or less to the E-NEWS EDITOR, John Morton, at jmorton@ASTTBC.org
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.
ASTTBC in collaboration with three other Associations; Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC), Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC BC) and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST) took part in a recent study of future labour market supply challenges for engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians. The study, titled Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians Labour Market Information, is part of a jointly funded initiative to provide important supply and demand information on 31 occupations in B.C. The study looks at Northern B.C., Southeast B.C.,
Vancouver Island/Coast, Lower Mainland, and B.C. as a whole. "In the near term and continuing over the next decade B.C. will need technology skills in industry sectors directly tied to the province's economic productivity, growth and innovation," said John Leech, Chief Executive Officer, ASTTBC. "The partners who produced this study are committed to working collaboratively with industry and government to address imminent skills gaps in order to create a vibrant B.C. labour supply of the future." To read the complete WIRESTORY or to access the complete STUDY released today
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
Featured Job - BC Hydro looking for GradTechs - 3 positions available. Visit the TechJOBS website for further information and how to apply. Don't delay, the closing date is January 31st, 2016.
Present clearly to employers and clients the possible consequences if professional decisions or judgments are overruled or disregarded.
Amplification: This principle needs no further amplification.
Members may occasionally find themselves in a situation where their employer, client, or another expert is questioning their recommendation.
Communication should be established both in writing and by personal contact, particularly for contentious issues, to ensure that the information and assumptions are laid out simply and lucidly. When disagreement exists between two members and the senior member chooses to overrule the other member's recommendation, the senior member consciously takes responsibility.
Note that members have continuing obligations, even though their recommendations may be overruled (see Principle 9).
Another element of difficulty is introduced when members find their recommendations being questioned by a non-member. The non-member may not have the technical expertise to appreciate both the rationale of the recommendation and the potential consequences of failure to accept the recommendation. Bearing in mind that the member remains the last line of defense for the public welfare, the member must make all reasonable efforts to ensure that an appropriate decision is made.
When a situation arises wherein a client or employer makes a decision that adversely affects the public interest and is contrary to the recommendation of the member, the member must inform the client or employer of the consequences of the decision. If the client or employer is unresponsive, the member should notify the appropriate regulatory authorities that have the ability to evaluate the concerns and the power to suspend activities until the technical issue is resolved.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website 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!
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