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ASTTBC e-News, July/August 2013

Dear Member,

ASTTBC 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

ASTTBC President Future Directions
ASTTBC Congratulates Premier on Skills Plan
ASTTBC and Skills Training for First Nations
ASTTBC Applauds BCIT - Okanagan College MoU
ASTTBC Qualified Professional (QP) Areas of Practice
TechJOBS Career Listings Online
ASTTBC Dues: Annual Renewal Invoicing for 2013
Technical Specialist Groups Annual Renewal Fee for 2013
Public Works and ASTTBC
ASTTBC Calls for Changes to Regulation of Home Inspectors
Selecting an ASTTBC Property Inspector
ACEC Canada on Licensing of Engineering Technicians and Technologists
ASTTBC 9th Largest Professional Association in BC
ASTTBC Partners with Small Business BC
Dave Boswell, AScT, Steps Down from AIBC Council

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 9
TechPRO: Paul Wellington, AScT
Post Your Career Story
GradTech Survey Report
Insurance for Retired ASTTBC Members
Member Event: BC Lions Game Sept 15
BIG Little Science Centre on Trip Advisor
Innovation Island Tech Summer Party
Vancouver Community Science Celebration
Hire a Co-op Student
Message From: Paolo Salvador, AScT, CRD, RD.AIBC
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact info
Become a Mentor
Share Your Innovations
Support the ASTTBC Foundation
ASTTBC on Twitter and Facebook

ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford Future Directions

At ASTTBC's recent 2013 Annual General Meeting, incoming President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, spoke of three key areas of opportunity in describing the Association's pathway to the future.

His first key area is collaboration with other organizations. "ASTTBC is but one of many professional regulatory bodies in the engineering and applied science sectors in British Columbia. All of us are about protecting the public interest - it makes sense that we can be more effective by working together," said Dave. 

"The second area of opportunity I see for ASTTBC during my term (2013 - 2015) as President is FOCUS 2015: Practice and Accountability.  This is a targeted program that will see improved service to the public and profession as a result of enhancements to ASTTBC's professional regulatory framework, including policies, processes and services."

Dave then identified the third area, the national scene. "ASTTBC will remain very active on ramping up Technology Professionals Canada. This is an alliance of the BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario technologist and technician associations that is developing a renewed national accreditation model."

Dave also pointed to the need to renew our relationships with all Provincial Technology Associations and align our technologist and technician designations to provide clarity across Canada.

ASTTBC Congratulates Premier on Skills Plan

ASTTBC applauds the BC Government's commitment to develop a 10- year 'skills plan' and encourages the Government to pay close attention to the need for a greater number of engineering and applied science technologists and technicians. The Premier's Speech from the Throne on June 26, 2013 said in part, "To continue equipping our institutions, set targets to match skills to jobs and ensure a seamless delivery of skills training from high school through to entry in the workforce, your government will develop a comprehensive 10-year skills-training plan."

"Premier Clark has set the right course to address the jobs gap with a plan that will engage all levels of education and help focus attention on career connections," says ASTTBC's Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "ASTTBC has been talking with Government and educators in recent years about the real need to rationalize education and focus decision-making and funding on education that leads to areas where there are skill shortages."

The Throne Speech went on to say, "Preparing the workforce with skills that match current and future job opportunities where people live and in the communities they love, is essential to ensuring that British Columbians are first in line for jobs."

ASTTBC released a report earlier this year that focused on the skills shortages and the different approaches to address the needs of industry. ASTTBC, BCIT and the Vancouver Board of Education signed an agreement to commit resources to technology education programming in K-12 that will lead to consideration for direct entry to BCIT. As well, the Kamloops School District has embarked on a new Trades and Technology High School and is in discussions with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and Okanagan College (OC) about linking new technology courses in K-12 with two-year Diploma of Technology programs at TRU and OC.

First Nations, women, and internationally trained professionals also figure prominently in ASTTBC's list of solutions to address the skills gap. ASTTBC launched the First Nations Careers Council in 2009 and the BC Women in Technology to provide support and assistance leading to careers in technology. ASTTBC has developed many tools and resources to assist internationally trained professionals seamlessly enter the BC workforce and build engineering technology careers. 

"These initiatives will most certainly help young people appreciate the great career potential as an engineering technologist or technician," says Sid Siddiqui, MSc, PEng, Vice President of Stantec and Chair of the Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC), a group of industry, education and professional association leaders. TECC was established by ASTTBC to help inform Government on technology education and careers.

"Industry needs many more technologists and technicians and we believe our primary objective should be to educate British Columbians so they can prepare for rewarding and meaningful careers in applied science and engineering technology, adds Sid.

ASTTBC and Skills Training for First Nations

ASTTBC and the First Nations Careers Council  plan to meet Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad to explore areas where First Nations groups, Government and ASTTBC can work together to enhance technology education and careers among First Nations. The Minister's mandate letter from Premier Clark outlines clear expectations for enhanced skills training for First Nations.

"Minister Rustad knows ASTTBC and our work both as a professional regulatory body and also in promoting technology education and careers," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "ASTTBC's launch of the FNCC in 2009 to assist and support First Nations in pursuing careers in engineering and applied science technology is a strong signal of this Association's commitment to serving the public interest."

John Leech pointed to the shortage of technologists and technicians in engineering technology throughout BC and indicated that the growing number of First Nations youth with the right skills are a partial solution to the skills crisis. ASTTBC is partnering with First Nations groups like the First Nations Education Society (FNES) and the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) as they build their human capital in technology to effectively manage First Nations lands and to help First Nations pursue rewarding careers in technology that can be applied in all sectors across the province. To map out the work ahead and signal its commitment to act, ASTTBC signed agreements with each of the FNES and FNTC. 

FNCC Chair Bill Baglot, GradTech, reported much progress by FNCC in their first four years of operation, with FNCC volunteers attending career fairs, providing bursaries through the ASTTBC Foundation, mentoring young First Nations, helping develop a new ASTTBC certification program in public works and similar initiatives. Wendy Grant-John, from the Musqueam Nation and a Public Representative on the governing Council of ASTTBC, congratulated both FNCC and ASTTBC for their work in promoting technology education and careers.

ASTTBC Applauds BCIT - Okanagan College MoU

BCIT and Okanagan College (OC) signed an agreement outlining areas for collaboration. "This agreement is exactly what ASTTBC has been encouraging as a way to better use the resources at our post-secondary institutions," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "This agreement ties in with the ASTTBC 2013 Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British Columbia.

The Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC) has been working hard over the years to encourage greater cooperation and collaboration between educators, government, industry, professional associations and other stakeholders. TECC Chair Sid Siddiqui, PEng, who is Vice President of Stantec, a large international architectural and engineering consulting company, indicated support for initiatives such as the BCIT - OC agreement. TECC is a group of committed leaders from industry, education and professional associations that advocates for technology education and careers.

ASTTBC Qualified Professional (QP) Areas of Practice

ASTTBC has been working diligently and continues to develop areas of Qualified Professional (QP) status for its technologist, technician and technical specialist members. There are a number of areas where ASTTBC certified and registered members can take professional responsibility for their areas of practice, such as Qualified Landfill Assessments, Qualified Reclamation Specialists, etc.

A number of Technical Specialists also work in areas that require ASTTBC registration and certification to work in various municipalities around the province, such as Onsite Wastewater Practitioners, Fire Protection Technicians and ASTTBC Property Inspectors.

For a full listing of Qualified Professional areas of practice, please download the following PDF tables:

To find out more about registration requirements, please visit www.asttbc.org or contact a member of our ASTTBC Registration Staff directly at 604-585-2788. ASTTBC invites members and registrants to send us information on areas of practice where an ASTTBC credential has been recognized and/or is required. Please email details to techinfo@asttbc.org. A member of staff may follow up with you if further information is required.

TechJOBS Career Listings Online

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC has a new job listing service called TechJOBS at www.asttbc.org/jobs where you can view active listings.

TechJOBS, ASTTBC's latest service to members, has been very successful. Employers continue to post new career opportunities on the ASTTBC website every week. The high number of unique and return visitors to the page has kept it one of the top visited pages. Details for EMPLOYERS on posting requirements and pricing:

For more information or to book a posting, please contact Cheryl Blachuras at techinfo@asttbc.org.

ASTTBC Dues: Annual Renewal Invoicing for 2013

Attention Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates: to avoid cancellation of your membership, please contact our office by July 31, 2013.

Technical Specialist Groups Annual Renewal Fee for 2013

All Building Design, Construction Safety, Electrical Work Practitioner, Fire Protection, Onsite Wastewater, House and Property Inspection, Public Works Inspection, Registered Technology Manager, Site Improvement Surveying, and Steel Detailing registrants were invoiced for the annual renewal fee on April 15, 2013.

Public Works and ASTTBC

Executive Director of Public Works Association of BC Jeannette Austin and ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech signed a Memorandum of Agreement between PWABC, the Public Works Inspectors Society (PWIS) and ASTTBC at a PWABC meeting in July 2013.

The MoA outlines how the three organizations will work together to better serve this sector. PWIS will roll its operations into that of PWABC and ASTTBC will continue to support both associations by continuing the professional certification as a CPWI, developing a new Public Works Technician program for First Nations and others, supporting the associations in their work, collecting annual renewal fees for ASTTBC-certified CPWI and others, and any assistance as required to assure continued growth and development.

ASTTBC Calls for Changes to Regulation of Home Inspectors

House inspections by inspectors who are NOT registered with ASTTBC continue to be the focus of media attention because of alleged questionable house inspection practices.

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, has expressed concern about the current Regulation governing house inspectors. "The current situation, with a total of four separate groups recognized by Consumer Protection BC, does not serve the best interest of the consumer."

Recently, ASTTBC met with Rob Gialloreto, the new CEO for Consumer Protection BC (CPBC), to talk about ASTTBC's mandate as a professional regulatory body in technical fields including house and property inspection. "It was a great meeting with a lot of information exchanged including some preliminary discussion about the anticipated process for re-designing the certification and licensing regime," says John Leech. Minister Rich Coleman has been asked by Premier Clark to address the issue and find solutions. "I am fully confident that, with good will and the respectful consideration of all stakeholders, a better model will emerge as a result of consultations."

ASTTBC is calling for changes to the Regulation that will bring in one, and not four separate standards, for professional certification. "ASTTBC has a mandate through self-governing professional legislation as one body fully capable of providing professional regulation for inspectors in BC," says John. "High standards for certification, a track record as a professional regulator, and the capacity to regulate - these are the key elements that should be considered by Government when changing the Regulation."

On July 4, 2013, The Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development, Minister Responsible for Housing, and Deputy Premier, appeared with Vaugh Palmer, host of Shaw TV's Voice of BC. While touching on all the Minister's portfolios, house inspectors and accountability were addressed. Rich Coleman spoke about the task of professionalizing the industry and the need for errors and omissions insurance.

Selecting an ASTTBC Property Inspector

The role ASTTBC Property Inspectors (PI) play in protecting the public is involves much more than only pre-purchase property inspections. Examples of the types of property inspections include:

A Certified House Inspector (CHI) provides residential dwelling inspections up to a maximum of four units, whereas the Certified Property Inspector (CPI) can provide residential and commercial building inspections with no restrictions. Registered Reserve Fund Analyst (RRFA) is a new designation offered by ASTTBC that meets the requirements of the BC Strata Property Act.

ACEC Canada on Licensing of Engineering Technologists and Technicians

John Gamble, President of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada, provided a report called Year in Review for ACEC-Canada that was published in the ACEC-BC Annual Report 2012-2013. This report speaks to the role of ACEC, their many achievements, and opportunities for this sector. 

John Gamble reported on a policy statement by ACEC that pointed to the role of technologists and technicians and a licensing model / approach that could be supported by ACEC. John stated, "The (ACEC-Canada) Board struck a task force and approved a policy statement on this issue that technicians and technologists are important contributors to the consulting engineering industry and that allowing appropriately qualified technicians and technologists to perform Professional Engineering within defined scopes of practice strengthens the consulting engineering sector."

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, indicated that this is a most encouraging statement by ACEC. "This recognizes the contributory role of technologists and technicians to the consulting engineering sector and more generally throughout other sectors here in BC," said John. "ASTTBC has gained modest recognition as a Qualified Professional / Person (QP) over the years and, with this acknowledgement by ACEC, I see another door opening to more fully engage and utilize the competencies of ASTTBC members."

John Gamble went further in reporting on the ACEC policy statement by defining a recommended legislative model, "However, ACEC believes that the regulation of engineering by all practitioners must fall within the same provincial / territorial legislation that defines and regulates the practice of Professional Engineering."

This endorsement ties in with the current joint work of ASTTBC and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) where the recently formed ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board is considering opportunities where an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) might be recognized within a professional reliance model. The Terms of Reference for the Joint Board also calls on the Board to consider a one act - two associations or other mutually acceptable model for the regulation of practice.

"ASTTBC is a self-governing professional association incorporated under the ASTT Act and, while this legislation has provided a solid foundation for the past 25 years since enactment, it is time for a change," said John Leech.

Recently appointed ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, said the ACEC statement lends support to ASTTBC's decades-old efforts to secure appropriate recognition for BC technologists and technicians in engineering and applied science technology. "This statement sends a positive signal to the BC Government, which we hope will translate into consideration of legislative changes that will put us on a solid foundation for the recognition of all members of the engineering team," said Dave Rutherford. "ASTTBC-registered technologists and technicians are involved with the design, construction, inspection, testing and maintenance of BC's infrastructure and in these roles are required to protect public health and safety and the environment."

The ASTTBC President concluded by saying that health care professionals are fully regulated under one statute and called on the BC Government to focus attention on legislative changes that will ensure full utilization of the competencies of ASTTBC members, BCIT and college graduates in the engineering and applied science technology fields. 

ASTTBC 9th Largest Professional Association in BC

Business in Vancouver magazine lists ASTTBC as the 9th largest professional association in BC. "ASTTBC slipped from the 8th position that we held in recent years due to a revision in how we calculate total numbers. We realized that some members were being counted twice when they are registered as AScT or CTech and also hold a technical specialist designation," said Registrar Charles Joyner, AScT. The list also shows some of the annual fees, with ASTTBC ($334 for AScT and CTech) reasonably positioned relative to comparable organizations like APEGBC ($386 for PEng) and ABCFP ($511 for RPF and $480 for RFT). Some of the groups listed have a different mandate than a self-governing professional association. Business in Vancouver top 20 associations in BC.

ASTTBC Partners with Small Business BC

ASTTBC has signed a Memoradum of Agreement with Small Business BC and encourages the tech community to take advantage of the many services and seminars the organization offers to their members. Apply to join

Dave Boswell, AScT, Steps Down from AIBC Council

A recent AIBC e-newsletter reported the following, "David Boswell, AScT, has resigned from his role as the Building Designer / Residential Designer Liaison to AIBC Council, effective July 18, 2013. In stepping down, Boswell noted that council's recent decision to amalgamate the associate categories of Architectural Technologist, Building Designer and Residential Designer into a single category (Architectural Technologist) effectively eliminated the need for a BD/RD liaison at the council table. Current Architectural Technologist Liaison Michael Currie has agreed to continue in that capacity."

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, said he has been in touch with Dave Boswell to extend his thanks for his service. "Dave is a highly skilled professional who believed the world of designers could be better within the ranks of AIBC," said John. "I applaud his effort and huge commitment of time and expertise to this cause, even though it did not materialize."

Here is a backgrounder on ASTTBC and AIBC relations and the issue of practice rights for ASTTBC building and residential designers.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 9

Members of ASTTBC shall report to the appropriate agencies any hazardous, illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by fellow 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 work place. 

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 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 certainly circumvents the responsibility of self-regulation that has been granted to the Association. Intentionally refraining from reporting substantive breaches of the Code of Ethics on the part of another member therefore constitutes unprofessional conduct. 

Complete Code of Ethics

TechPRO: Paul Wellington, AScT

Paul Wellington, AScT, admits his career as a technology professional was predicted during his childhood in New Zealand - where he grew up with a collection of Tonka toys in a big sandbox.

As he considered possible careers, a friend of the family suggested civil engineering.  The idea of designing civil construction projects and being involved onsite to see his plans being implemented fascinated Paul.

After graduating High School, Paul completed a year of full-time classes toward his New Zealand Certificate in Civil Engineering. Then he joined the survey and design department of a large land developer, completing his studies part-time in the evenings.

After gaining a few years' experience on subdivision developments in New Zealand, Paul signed up for a multi-week Bus Tour of Europe, where he met his future wife - a young Canadian woman named Shannon from Smithers, BC.

In 1993, Paul moved to Canada. He and Shannon worked in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for a few years, with Paul doing site servicing, road and subdivision projects. The couple moved to Smithers in 1997, when Paul joined Opus DaytonKnight Consultants. He started as a Civil Technologist and progressed to be Project Manager in the Smithers area and Manager of the branch office. In 2002, he joined ASTTBC, gaining Canadian recognition of his New Zealand credentials.

Paul has overseen many major potable water, wastewater and stormwater projects for Smithers and other communities, and First Nations settlements, throughout the region. The firm also does design and engineering contracts for private firms such as ICBC and Safeway as well as home owners and land developers. In 2012, he received an ASTTBC Professional Achievement Award.

Paul's community activities include service as Chairman of the Bulkley Valley Economic Development Association, Director of the Smithers Minor Hockey Association, and as a Past Leader of the Smithers Cub Scouts. Paul and Shannon are the busy parents of three children. 

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Paul in posting your career story at www.techprofile.ca. Connect with former colleagues get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile and if your name is mentioned in the e-News, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page. See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website.

GradTech Survey Report

Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member & Program Development presented the results of the 2012 GradTech Survey to the ASTTBC Council. The Report was well received and Council expressed support for the conclusions that were drawn. ApartySTTBC Staff and Council are committed to looking at ways to enhance the level of recognition for the GradTech designation as well as encouraging GradTechs to display and use their designation. GradTech Survey

Insurance for Retired ASTTBC Members

ASTTBC in cooperation with Willis Canada provides excellent rates on errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, and on corporate public liability (CPL) insurance. A major reason for lower rates is because the high ethical and practice standards of ASTTBC members has resulted in few claims and therefore we are a preferred group for insurance coverage.

Only ASTTBC members insured through Willis when they decide to retire may now enjoy peace of mind knowing they are covered by E&O / CPL insurance for work they completed BEFORE retirement. This is a special, added benefit unique to retired members who remain in good standing with ASTTBC.

However, AFTER retirement, anyone who does any volunteer or part-time work, paid or unpaid, is not considered retired by Willis and must subscribe to E&O / CPL insurance. Protecting your financial future through the appropriate level of insurance coverage is an important element in personal and professional risk management.

Member Event: BC Lions Game Sept 15

Last year about 100 ASTTBC members attended our Member Event to watch the BC Lions defeat the Toronto Argonauts at BC Place. A great time was had by all with lots of ASTTBC spirit to cheer on the Lions! We're excited to announce this year's Member Event at the upcoming BC Lions game on Sunday, September 15 at 1:30 pm when they take on the Montreal Alouettes at BC Place Stadium.

All ASTTBC members and friends have access to specially discounted tickets at a price of $42 with $3 from each ticket sold going to support the ASTTBC Foundation. Members attending the game will receive a fun gift from ASTTBC, so come out to the game to show that ASTTBC spirit and support our Foundation. We'd love to see you there! To purchase tickets, please contact Hermon Tesfaghebriel at 604-930-5452 or email hermont@bclions.com.

BIG Little Science Centre on Trip Advisor

The BIG Little Science Centre, based in Kamloops, has relocated and is seeking the support of ASTTBC members to build greater awareness of their new location through Trip Advisor.

"I encourage all ASTTBC members, family and friends to log on and support this great Centre," said ASTTBC's Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "ASTTBC is a lead supporter and sponsor of BIG Little, having provided over $25,000 in sponsorships and contributions in the past four years. ASTTBC encourages all School Districts in BC to develop a program similar to BIG Little."

The BIG Little Science Centre has hosted approximately 120,000 visitors to date, and does a great job of exciting young minds about science and technology.

Innovation Island Tech Summer Party

ASTTBC members, in particular those on the Island, are invited to join Innovation Island and the tech community on August 9, 2013 at 5 pm at the Nanaimo Cruiseship Terminal for their Summer Tech Party. Purchace Tickets

Vancouver Community Science Celebration

The Vancouver Community Science Celebration at TELUS World of Science on September 28 and 29 is part of Around the Dome in 30 Days: A Month Long Science Festival.

This weekend of activities will bring the community together to showcase and explore science and technology to cultivate a general public informed, inspired and engaged with the wonders of science. The Celebration includes eye-popping science shows, demonstrations, challenges, and an opportunity to meet people in your community doing cool science every day.

Hire a Co-op Student

Invest in the future and consider where a co-op student can contribute to your business. To hire a Camosun Co-op student, contact Nan Judd, Co-op Employment Facilitator for Engineering Technologies: 250-370-4185.

Okanagan College invites you to recruit Engineering Technology Co-op students. Job descriptions are posted from January through September. Co-op students in Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Water Engineering Technology are available to apply their knowledge and skills from May-August and September-December (4 or 8 month work terms). To begin the recruitment process, e-mail your job description to: coop@okanagan.bc.ca or use the Okanagan College job posting form.

Message From:

Paolo Salvador, AScT, CRD, RD.AIBC, Consultant: "I have decided to retire in August 2013 from my current Building Design customary practise. I will be pursuing other semi-retired activities and therefore will not be renewing my RBD registration at this time.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my professional years of service within the field and appreciate all of the advantages that the ASTTBC and, by extension, the Building Designer's Institute of British Columbia (BDIBC) have provided me over the years. I would like to thank ALL of you; the staff of the association, it's leadership, the support teams, friends, colleagues, associates and anyone else I may have missed that has had a positive impact in my career development. Many, many thanks to all of you! I will continue my ASTTBC membership as a "retired" status this upcoming year and beyond."

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

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.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, seminars and coming events on the ASTTBC website.

Here's just a sample if you follow the links:

BCIT Lean Six Sigma Principles Associate Certificate: Part-time courses start September 2013.

Public Works Association of BC Conference - Trade Show, September 16-18, 2013, Nanaimo.

BC Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) Conference and AGM, September 25, 2013, Vancouver.

APEGBC Annual General Meeting and Conference, October 24-26, 2013, Whistler.

Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs

BCIT's Part Time Studies

Update Your Contact Info

To update your ASTTBC contact information, please use our online form.

Become a Mentor

ASTTBC invites you view the video on the ITPBC.com Mentoring page and see if mentoring is something you would like to do.

Share Your Innovations

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 editor@asttbc.org

Support the ASTTBC Foundation

The ASTTBC Foundation is the charitable foundation of the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia. Donations to the ASTTBC Foundation support bursaries and awards for post-secondary technology students, and help to fund science and technology education and awareness in BC.

Thanks to generous donor support since the Foundation was established in 1990, the ASTTBC Foundation has achieved a Technology Legacy Fund of $500,000. This Fund will help the youth of today to become the techs of tomorrow, for generations to come.

Donors are Recognized and Appreciated

As an ASTTBC Foundation donor, your name is recognized (not the amount of your gift) in our Honour Roll of Donors posted annually on the ASTTBC Foundation website.

Donor Recognition Levels:

Your contribution to the ASTTBC Foundation is income tax creditable. It's easy and secure to donate online, or mail your cheque (made out to ASTTBC Foundation) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

ASTTBC Foundation Student Awards and Bursaries

The ASTTBC Foundation offers bursaries and awards to qualifying first or second year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs in British Columbia. Bursary selection is based on a written statement on career goals, community involvement and financial need. The ASTTBC Foundation provides approximately $25,000 in student support each and every year.

Leaving a Bequest to the ASTTBC Foundation

Leaving a charitable bequest in your will is like sowing a seed. A seed sown today reaps a harvest tomorrow. "Gift planning" can be a beneficial part of the estate planning process while balancing personal, family, and tax considerations.

Making a charitable bequest to the ASTTBC Foundation is a way to help technology students of today and tomorrow. If you are considering a planned gift, please contact Anne Sharp, Executive Director, ASTTBC Foundation at asharp@asttbc.org

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