ASTT e-News

ASTT e-News, June 2011

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

Bill MacPherson, AScT Takes Oath of Office as President
ASTTBC AGM & Professional Development Day
Premier Clark Addresses ASTTBC AGM
Minister Yamamoto Greets ASTTBC Members at AGM
Please Support the FEAT Technology Legacy Fund
ASTTBC Member Compensation Survey is Live - Win an iPad!
Follow ASTTBC on Twitter
Contact Information
TechPRO: Bill MacPherson, AScT: Newly Installed President of ASTTBC
Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?
Search for the Next Registrar for ASTTBC
Building Officials' Association of BC Seeks Executive Director
Technology Professionals Canada is Launched
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Alleged Violation of the Code of Ethics
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 8
Become a Mentor
BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) Promoting Women in Technology
TECC and ASTTBC Host 40 MLAs to Lunch
TECC and ASTTBC Meet Cabinet Ministers

Watch the Video Prince Rupert Mayor Meets ASTTBC
Executive Director

Joe Cave, CTech, Member #33 Receives Life Membership
Martin Dunsmuir, AScT Recognized for Role on Council and CCTT
'Big Guns' Attend Victoria Meeting
Mayor of Campbell River Meets ASTTBC Members
Forest Professionals President is ASTTBC Member
ASTTBC Executive Director Visits North Island Community College
Members Meet in Courtenay
MISTIC Executive Director Speaks to ASTTBC Members in Nanaimo
ASTTBC Meets Members in Penticton
Canadian Standards Association Call for Participation from ASTTBC Members
Green Corner: Green Driving Tips
Summer Camps at BIG Little Science Centre
Messages From:
Member in the News:
TechACTION:
ASTTBC Member Service: Technical CPD Courses through EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center
ASTTBC Members Savings at Victoria's Hotel Grand Pacific
Professional Development Opportunities

Bill MacPherson, AScT Takes Oath of Office as President

ASTTBC’s AGM brought a change in the elected leader for our association. Doug Carter, CTech handed the gavel to Bill MacPherson, AScT at the conclusion of the General Meeting. In accepting the gavel and ASTTBC ‘Talking Stick’, Bill thanked Doug for his excellent leadership during the past two years. “Doug brought to the position of President considerable leadership and board governance experience, having served for several years on the Board of the University of Northern BC’, said MacPherson. “He did much to advance ASTTBC and the professionals regulated by the Association”.

ASTTBC AGM & Professional Development Day

This year's AGM and Professional Development Day on Friday, May 27th at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel set an attendance record with over 235 participants including 15 exhibitors and government officials, academic and business partners.

Highlights included:

Thanks to all those that attended this year's AGM and CONGRATULATIONS to our Award Recipients!

TOP in Technology Award Recipients:

Tim Binnema, AScT
Richard Mayer, AScT
Rick Boates, AScT
Don Norrish, AScT
Fred Carey, AScT
Srecko Skoro, AScT
Don Delcourt, AScT
Michael Sullivan, CTech

In addition to these 8 Top in Technology Award recipients, there have been several other awards made around the province. Watch for the complete list with a brief description of each in the next issue of eNews.

Service Award Recipients:

Ken McNames, CTech, CPI - For Service on ASTTBC Council and BCIPI Leadership
Jan van Huigenbos, CHI - For Outstanding Service to ASTTBC and BCIPI
Rick Cox - For Service on the Construction Safety Certification Panel

FEAT:

FEAT raised $2,000 at the AGM from a Silent Auction & Raffle and is now closer to its goal for the year thanks to the generous support received at the AGM.

FEAT Raffle Winner: Sam DiGiandomenico, BA and Registrar with OACETT (ASTTBC’s sister organization from Ontario) wins Canucks Hockey Jersey signed by Mason Raymond.

Hotel Grand Pacific Business Card Draw: John Murphy with Underwriters Laboratories and one of the public representatives on the ASTTBC Council wins two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

We encourage you to make plans to attend next year's AGM and have the opportunity to network with colleagues and get updated information on key initiatives of your Association.

Premier Clark Addresses ASTTBC AGM

Premier Christy Clark sent video greetings to the attendees at ASTTBC’s AGM 2011. The Premier provided positive remarks about ASTTBC and the contribution of ASTTBC members throughout BC. “While the Premier was not able to join us in person, it is appreciated that she took time out of her busy schedule to send a video message to ASTTBC members and guests attending AGM 2100,” said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. (techprofile.ca/jleech).The Premier and ASTTBC got to know each other a bit when she sat as an MLA a few years ago. Leech continues, “We hope to meet with the Premier sometime in the near future to update her on ASTTBC’s current role and mandate as a professional regulatory body. We also wish to talk with her about some of our current issues and seek her consideration and support for change, especially to such initiatives as ‘Professional Technologist’. View the message.

Minister Yamamoto Greets ASTTBC Members at AGM

Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto provided a video address for the ASTTBC members attending AGM 2011. Minister Yamamoto, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, spoke about the important role of ASTTBC members in building BC’s economy. “You also help keep BC at the forefront of innovation in science and technology”, said Minister Yamamoto. View the video.

Please Support the FEAT Technology Legacy Fund

"I'm a FEAT donor because I want to improve access to science and technology education for young people in BC," says ASTTBC President Bill MacPherson, AScT.

The Foundation for Education & Advancement in Technology (FEAT) is the charitable foundation of ASTTBC. A highlight of this year’s AGM was a Canucks Memorabilia Silent Auction for FEAT, which garnered $2,000 for the Technology Legacy Fund.

As well, ASTTBC leaders and long-time members gave generously to a FEAT spring appeal for the Ignite the Spark! Campaign. ASTTBC committed to match donations received in time for our AGM, dollar for dollar up to $5,000 in total.

As a result, we are now $10,000 closer to our $500,000 target for the Technology Legacy Fund. Donations to FEAT are income tax deductible and help the kids of today to become the techs of tomorrow!

Please help us reach our goal. It's easy and secure to donate online at www.500x50.org/donate or simply mail your cheque (made out to FEAT) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St., Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

For more about how important your support is for FEAT view this video presentation by ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech.

Thank you for your support!

ASTTBC Member Compensation Survey - Still Time to Complete

The Member Compensation Survey contains valuable labour market data for both members and employers and is a service that ASTTBC has provided since 1977. The member compensation survey results are compiled and published for members to use as a salary guide for the various disciplines of ASTTBC registrants.

Please assist us with this important member service.

By completing this short online Member Compensation Survey, you’ll also be entered to win a 16 GB iPad or other great prizes.

Other prizes include:

Complete the member survey today. It’s on the website. www.asttbc.org/mcs Deadline to complete is June 30, 2011.

Follow ASTTBC on Twitter

The twitter link is www.twitter.com/ASTTBC

Contact Information

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.

TechPRO: Bill MacPherson, AScT: Newly Installed President of ASTTBC

ASTTBC’s newly installed president, Bill MacPherson, AScT, grew up in Kamloops and Little Shuswap Lake where he enjoyed water skiing. Knowing that he was “mechanically inclined and a natural innovator for the best solutions”, when he decided to “get serious” he took some pre-engineering courses at college in Kamloops and then proceeded to BCIT.

On graduation from BCIT with diplomas in Mechanical Systems Engineering and Business Administration, Bill worked as Project Management Administrator on a $6.4B offshore oil platform project in Europe. Returning to Canada, he spent eight years with Johnson Controls in Vancouver. Bill has been with his present employer, Broadway Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Co. Ltd. for the past fifteen years where he enjoys the professional challenges of developing new energy-efficient and green heating and cooling systems for commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

Bill MacPherson has served on ASTTBC’s governing Council as a Director, Secretary Treasurer and most recently, Vice President. Bill has devoted years of service to the Board of ASTTBC’s educational charitable organization, FEAT. His BCIT connection includes membership on the President’s Advisory Council and Director for the Alumni Association for 16 years. He retains appointments to two BCIT Program Advisory Committees.

The incoming President told ASTTBC’s annual meeting in May that his priorities are to “adopt the credential of Professional Technologist - PTech - and continue to engage with the technology associations in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, within Technology Professionals Canada. And we will continue to build on the good relationships we enjoy with our professional partners, especially BC’s Professional Engineers and Geoscientists. ”

“I’ve been active with ASTTBC since my student days, beginning in 1983,” Bill says. “Credit my father, Don, an ASTTBC member for over 40 years, with passing along his passion for innovating and building, and for community service. Eleven members of our family are in applied technology careers,” the incoming ASTTBC President smiles.

Aside from his ASTTBC commitments, Bill’s community activities include supporting Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

ASTTBC encourages you to join Bill in posting your career story. www.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 10,000 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? Well here are some new and very clear instructions.

Search for the Next Registrar for ASTTBC

The current Registrar, John Shortreid, AScT, CLS will retire early in 2012 and ASTTBC has initiated a search for his replacement. Formal applications will be accepted, but not until July. For now we encourage interested parties to review more detail on this unique position and participate in a webinar on July 13 at 12:00. To participate in the webinar, please register at gotomeeting.com. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now. A broadcast will be sent to all members to advise how to register for the webinar. For more information on this position go to the website.

Building Officials’ Association of BC Seeks Executive Director

The Building Officials' Association of British Columbia (BOABC) located in Richmond, BC provides education and certification for persons involved with building inspections, plan reviews, or with administering the Provincial Building Code.

BOABC is seeking an Executive Director to plan and direct programs and activities, participate in strategic planning, exercise budgetary and documentation controls and promote the Association's objectives. A competitive salary is offered.

Qualifications: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible management experience in a not-for-profit organization; some work experience in a regulatory environment is an asset.

Visit www.amcdirectory.com to view the Position Description and Statement of Qualifications.

If you are interested in the position, or if you know someone who might be interested in this position, contact Tom Abbott and/or apply online at tom@amcdirectory.com . While the closing date is June 17, 2011, we have been advised that an application by June 25 will be considered.

Technology Professionals Canada is Launched

The BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario associations responsible under provincial statute for the regulation of Technologists and Technicians came together to create a new alliance, Technology Professionals Canada (TPC). The Presidents of the four associations, representing about 85% of the Technologists and Technicians registered in Canada, met in Calgary to sign a Memorandum of Alliance. Also attending were the Vice Presidents and CEOs of the four associations. The inaugural meeting of the TPC Leadership Council held following the signing of the MoA, generated a high level statement of the mission and goals of the new enterprise. The four associations withdrew membership in the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists as a result of issues regarding the fundamental purposes and authority of the CCTT federation. “This alliance will be built on a foundation respectful of the founding associations,” said then President Doug Carter, CTech. “I am certain this is a good move for ASTTBC and the 9,500 technology professional registered with ASTTBC. We look forward to working with the other associations in areas of mutual interest.” For a photo see What’s New.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Alleged Violation of the Code of Ethics

Statement of complaint: An Applied Science Technologist certified and registered member is alleged to have violated ASTTBC’s Principles #4 & #7 of the Code of Ethics.

Background: A member’s previous employer raised concerns with ASTTBC, related to the behaviour of the member, when the employer came across email correspondence between the member and another employee of their company. The employer believed that the member was in violation of Principle #4 of the Code of Ethics, which states “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” and Principle #7, which states “conduct themselves with fairness, courtesy and good faith towards clients, colleagues and others, give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional comment”.

Investigation: The member responded to the complaint by his previous employer, suggesting that the employer did not specifically outline what the ‘ethical concerns’ were. The member noted that the ‘volume’ of email correspondence submitted as ‘concerns’ was between himself and another employee from August 25, 2008 to August 31, 2009. The member left the company on May 8, 2009 to take a position with another company. The member stated that he couldn’t see in any of the email correspondence, how there was a violation of the Code of Ethics and in fact the member abided by the company’s requirements between the times a notice was provided and the member actually departed from this employer. The member further stated that once he left this previous employer, the email correspondence between the member and the other company employee was more of a personal nature, regrettably. However, the member also said some correspondence was in relation to assisting the other member with projects that the member was involved with while under the employ of his previous employer.

The complainant reviewed the response from the member and stated in the response letter to ASTTBC that “I am not making any specific claim referring to your code of ethics to apply to (the member). I only came across the correspondence to bring it to your attention, which now has been done.” As a result of this statement, there appeared to be no specific correspondence relating directly to a breach of the Code of Ethics.

Discussion: There are two possible practice breaches that were investigated by the Practice Review Board (PRB). The first is a violation of the Code of Ethics, which was the basis for the complaint and the other was a violation of accepted codes and standards. The ASTT Act and Regulations, in the provision of professional certification of technologists, technicians and technical specialists, requires that members adhere to a Code of Ethics and provides a disciplinary mechanism to deal with breaches of the Code.

Outcome: While the PRB dismissed the case, it did determine that there was sufficient antidotal evidence that some communications were inappropriate and the member was reminded of the requirements of Principle #4 of the Code of Ethics.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 8

Principle 8 - Members of ASTTBC shall: 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.

Commentary: Members may occasionally find themselves in a situation where their recommendation is being questioned by their employer, client, or another expert.

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 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, he or she 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 who have the ability to evaluate the concerns and the power to suspend activities until the technical issue is resolved.

Become a Mentor

Geoff Sale, AScT. recently attended the ISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society) Mentoring Connections program’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration. ASTTBC is listed as a partner on the Mentoring Connections.

Here’s what Geoff had to say: “I heard several inspiring success stories of immigrants who had been assisted by mentors linked to them through one of the ISSofBC partner organizations. It continues to be clear that mentors get as much from their volunteering of time and expertise as do the mentees, who are now able to launch what should be long and satisfying careers, a win-win situation!

One of MC’s primary partners is CGA BC, with more than forty mentors during the past year. I’d like to believe that Technicians, Technologists, and Technical Specialists can more than match this benchmark! I’d also like to suggest that mentoring is the duty of any professional, just as are ethical behaviour and environmental responsibility.

If you can see yourself volunteering a few hours of your time to help an immigrant professional find his or her feet, and maybe even a job in their field of expertise, I would invite you to contact me gseale@asttbc.org and allow me to connect YOU with Mentoring Connections. I guarantee it will be more than worth your valuable time!”

BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) Promoting Women in Technology

Clarissa Brennan, AScT LEED A.P. and Sarah Campden, CTech attended a meeting of many organizations to explore a joint approach to promoting engineering, science and technology careers for women. Clarissa and Sarah collaborated in submitting the following report.

ASTTBC's BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) group has joined the Westcoast Women of Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) Council, a collaboration of organizations from across BC and the Yukon who promote women in science, engineering, and technology. The BCWiT mission is to provide support, be an information resource and promote awareness to women in technology careers and to women seeking new career opportunities; as such, participation on the WWEST Council was only natural.

Almost 20 individual groups with similar mission statements participated at WWEST Council's inaugural meeting. Each organization identified its goals, endeavours, and events. As a result, a comprehensive mind map was created to identify relationships between each group's target audience, geographic reach, and activity types. The mind map will enable each organization to more easily collaborate with other groups with similar objectives and coordinate joint events.

In addition to producing the mind map, a list of resources that could be available to the other groups was created. This list will allow each of the groups to draw on the resources of the others to contribute to the overall success of the promotion of women.

Exciting tools such as a Google event calendar (to encourage networking between all the groups and their audiences, and discourage conflicting event dates) and a single webpage (to link each of the organizations together for a "one stop" location for information) will be developed as a result of meeting.

The WWEST Council endeavours to meet biannually to continue to support and collaborate with each organization. BCWiT is excited to contribute to the WWEST Council and thus the global success of promoting women in technology. To find out more about BCWiT and view the complete list of the organizations that have joined to form the WWEST Council go to www.bcwit.com

TECC and ASTTBC Host 40 MLAs to Lunch

40 Members of the BC Legislative Assembly (MLA) joined the Technology Education and Careers Council and ASTTBC for lunch in May to talk about technology education and careers and the key role of ASTTBC technology professionals throughout BC. MJ Whitemarsh, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders Association (BC) provided an overview of TECC and the work of this leadership group during its first three years. “TECC has moved the goalposts in its first three years as we work together to build a much stronger profile for technology education in BC,” said MJ. “As one of the industry leaders at TECC I can say we at TECC appreciate the interest of all MLAs. We encourage greater support for tech education throughout BC, especially in the northern part of our province.” ASTTBC’s Executive Director, John Leech, provided input from ASTTBC, noting the work of ASTTBC members and their critical role in economic development and the environment. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the Hon Ida Chong (Oak Bay-Gordon Head) responded for the Liberal Caucus and Bruce Ralston (Surrey-Whalley) offered his thoughts for the NDP Caucus. Both Ida and Bruce congratulated TECC and ASTTBC on their work to enhance technology education and careers.

TECC was created by ASTTBC in 2008 to provide strategic leadership and advocacy in advancing technology careers and education in BC. TECC is a catalyst for action and an industry voice into governments and educational systems on policy issues. The Council is composed of senior business and education leaders. “It was a great day with very positive feedback from the MLAs who attended the lunch,” said ASTTBC’s John Leech. “We see much growth in understanding of the roles of BC’s technology professionals and of ASTTBC’s role as a professional regulatory body. It is great to have ‘ASTTBC’ trip off the tongues of MLAs today whereas a few years ago they asked ‘ASTTBC who?’”. This is the second year for an all party meeting, with the first year attracting 30 MLAs. See the photo on What’s New.

TECC and ASTTBC Meet Cabinet Ministers

The Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC), formed three years ago by ASTTBC, met with Ministers Bell (Jobs, Tourism & Innovation), George Abbott (Minister of Education), Naomi Yamamoto (Minister of Advanced Education) and Moira Stilwell (Parliamentary Secretary to Pat Bell) to talk technology education and careers. TECC was created by ASTTBC to provide strategic leadership and advocacy in advancing the importance of technology careers and education in British Columbia. TECC serves as a catalyst for action and an industry voice into governments and educational systems on policy issues. The meeting was fairly informal with a lot of exchange between TECC and the government leaders. See the photo on What’s New.

Watch the Video Prince Rupert Mayor Meets ASTTBC Executive Director

Prince Rupert Mayor, Jack Mussallem, met with ASTTBC’s Executive Director, John Leech during a recent visit to the City. John was in Rupert to meet with ASTTBC members and employers to talk technology careers. Mayor Jack talked with John about the current and future economic developments in the City and region, speaking optimistically about the changes coming to the city as a result of the Asia Pacific gateway. The Mayor talked about the role of ASTTBC members on staff at the City and in the community. Jack and John talked about looming skills shortages and the need to train more technologists, technicians and technical specialists in the north. “Jack is a great supporter of ASTTBC and professional registration with ASTTBC as a key signal that professional registration is important as the City meets the needs of the members of his community. Jack indicated that the City supports membership in ASTTBC and encourages techs to get registered,” said John Leech. See What’s New for a photo.

Better yet, check out this video interview between Mayor Mussallem and Executive Director John Leech.

Joe Cave, CTech, Member #33 Receives Life Membership

Joe Cave, CTech, member number 33, received Life Member in recognition of his considerable contribution to our profession and his long term membership in ASTTBC. Members in Nanaimo joined Executive Director John Leech at a breakfast meeting to get an update on recent developments and to see Joe receive his Certificate. Joe is a senior Civil Specialist / Group Leader with over 50 years of experience. He has contributed his expertise to a wide variety of industrial, commercial and municipal applications, and successfully worked as an independent consultant for more than 10 years. Joe’s experience spans the globe and includes projects in the Magadan Region of Russia, The Republics of Kazakstan in the CIS, Mozambique, Tanzania, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Ireland, UK, West Germany, USA and Canada. Photo is on What’s New at ASTTBC.

Martin Dunsmuir, AScT Recognized for Role on Council and CCTT

ASTTBC Council awarded a special certificate in recognition of Martin Dunsmuir’s contribution to the ASTTBC Council and as ASTTBC representative on the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. Martin has had a long history with ASTTBC dating back to 1973 when he first registered with the Association. He was Chairman of the Islands Chapter during which time he organized the 1977 AGM including a live feed with counterparts in Australia. He then became a Board reviewer, Community Representative and Council Director and Director on CCTT. Martin has had a long and rewarding career as an electronics technologist including a decade with Teleglobe Canada and 14 years as an instructor at Camosun College. He retired from Camosun in 1997 and set up White Squall Consulting Inc. Martin was on hand at an ASTTBC member meeting in Nanaimo to receive his award. Congratulations and many thanks, Martin. Photo is on What’s New at ASTTBC.

‘Big Guns’ Attend Victoria Meeting

The Victoria meeting of ASTTBC members this spring attracted over 80 members and guests, including a few prominent members. Among the ‘Big Guns’ in attendance were Marsh Heinekey, Past President of ASTTBC and of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists; Larry Pedersen, Honourary Member and former Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Forests; and, Seaford Jack , former President of the Manitoba Association and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. A photo is posted on What’s New.

Mayor of Campbell River Meets ASTTBC Members

Charlie Cornfield, Mayor of Campbell River, attended an ASTTBC member early this spring to chat about issues such as economic growth and the role of ASTTBC members in contributing to the economy in northern Vancouver Island. Also attending was the Dean (Don Gillingham) and other reps from North Island College and the President of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Ian Emery, AScT, RFT. “While a small group of members, we had a lively discussion about the need for ASTTBC-registered technology professionals as we see a skills shortage looming on the horizon,” said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. See the photo on What’s New.

Forest Professionals President is ASTTBC Member

The President of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Ian Emery, AScT, RFT,attended a recent meeting of ASTTBC members in Campbell River and took time to meet with ASTTBC’s Executive Director, John Leech to chat about matters of interest to both ABCFP and ASTTBC. “I am pleased to represent the forest professionals as President and in my term hope to take a little time to address the skills shortage issue. Working together we will hopefully attract more youth to forestry and technology careers,” said Ian Emery. The two talked about convening a meeting of the joint executive, arranged for early June. There is a photo on What’s New.

ASTTBC Executive Director Visits North Island Community College

ASTTBC Executive Director visited the NICC this spring and spoke with students of the Industrial Automation Technician program. “It was a great opportunity to see first-hand what students are doing in the classroom and lab,” said Leech. Along with the Dean, Don Gillingham and instructor Andrew Marr, AScT, John attended the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition or SCADA course in which students learn to create a Graphical User Interface or GUI that plant operators use to view, monitor, and control industrial processes such as level, pressure, flow or temperature control schemes. The software the students learn to use is Allen-Bradley RSView and Invensys Wonderware. This graphical software is controlled by the Programmable Logic Controller or PLC that actually runs the process. The students build the graphics by either using library symbols or a drawing program and then breathe life into them by writing scripts in Visual Basic or C+. A photo with more information is available on What’s New.

Members Meet in Courtenay

ASTTBC members gathered this spring in Courtenay to get an update from Executive Director, John Leech, on the latest developments with the association. John spoke about the work of the ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Task Forces, implementation of PTech, Year of Science, enhanced professional regulatory developments / initiatives, ASTTBCs promotional activities, and public policy efforts such as BC Women in Technology and First Nations Careers Council. FNCC Past Chair, Tim Duerden, AScT http://www.techprofile.ca/techprofile.php?Udura was on hand at the meeting. See the photo at What’s New. www.asttbc.org/docs/2011courtenay2.pdf

MISTIC Executive Director Speaks to ASTTBC Members in Nanaimo

Paris Gaudet, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Mid Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council, spoke at a spring meeting of ASTTBC members in Nanaimo. Paris noted the great work of MISTIC to advance science and technology in this region of the province and highlighted the strong working relationship with ASTTBC. “MISTIC and ASTTBC have built a great working relationship in recent years, which has meant great attention to technologists, technicians and technical specialists,” said Gaudet. “We value ASTTBC’s support of MISTIC awards (ASTTBC is a major sponsor of the annual MISTIC Awards) and your contribution to science celebrations and career fairs, especially those geared to First Nations.” See the photo on What’s New at ASTTBC.

MISTIC acts as the 'first point of contact' for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s), entrepreneurs, students, business persons and researchers seeking information related to knowledge sector industries. MISTIC’s role is that of catalyst, facilitator and liaison with industry, post-secondary institutes and government to ensure that the region’s potential for growth in the technology sector is realized. MISTIC’s success lies in building partnerships with business, education, financial and other professional institutions, local governments, and with agencies of similar mandates.
MISTIC is one of nine regional councils in the Province of British Columbia and is a member of the BC Regional Science and Technology Network (BCRSTN).

Last fall ASTTBC and MISTIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agreed to work together to advance technology education and careers.

ASTTBC Meets Members in Penticton

Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE and Regional Manager, Okanagan, Bruce Stevens, AScT attended and spoke with ASTTBC members in Penticton. Bruce talked about his work in the region to enhance awareness of ASTTBC, the technology professionals registered with ASTTBC and technology education and careers. John briefed members about new initiatives such as the joint Task Forces with APEGBC regarding the Limited License and Professional Technologist.

Victor Lipp, AScT, retired from a long and rewarding career at TELUS, attended the ASTTBC member meeting in Penticton and took a number of photos. Vic said, “Here are the pictures from your meeting in Penticton. Sorry, some are not so great, in spite of what the subject line says, new camera and for some unknown reason, unknown to me, some came out in 'motion picture' mode, I'll fix this before our next meeting! Thanks for being here in Penticton. Ciao, Vic” Thanks Vic for the shots which you can view on What’s New.

Canadian Standards Association Call for Participation from ASTTBC Members

Standards affect our lives in hundreds of ways every day and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is dedicated to making standards work for people and business.

Did you know that Standards are developed by committee volunteers who contribute their time and knowledge to a consensus process? Are you active in the area of Energy Efficiency? Membership in Canadian Standards Association is an opportunity to make a difference - in your industry and in the world at large.

READ MORE about new CSA Energy Efficiency Projects starting soon, or recently underway and Committee Membership opportunities.

Green Corner: Green Driving Tips

Let's face it: gas will likely never go on sale, but by modifying some of your driving habits, you can increase your fuel efficiency and use less gas, bringing the overall driving cost down.

And that’s better for the environment. Better fuel economy means less pollution emitted by cars and less dependence on oil. Here are just 3 basic tips and principles of green driving.

Clean out the Junk in your trunk. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that for every extra 100 pounds your car carries, it loses 2 percent in fuel economy, so just by cleaning out your trunk, you can save gas.

Properly inflated tires have less contact with the road; with less friction the engine doesn't have to work as hard to move the car. EPA estimates that properly inflating your tires can increase fuel efficiency by 3 percent.

Limit your need for speed. According to EPA, speeding, accelerating and braking hard can deplete your fuel efficiency by 33 percent. The EPA says that most cars run at maximum efficiency at 60 miles per hour, and every five mph over 60 decreases efficiency by 6 percent. So on your next road trip, slow down. You'll make up the time by not having to stop for gas as often.

Summer Camps at BIG Little Science Centre

Interactive fun, hands-on science camps are available for kids age 6-12 this summer in Kamloops. Once again this year ASTTBC is a proud sponsor. Take a look at what BIG Little Science Centre has to offer.

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Member in the News:

Congratulations to Chris Pieper, ASTTBC Student Member, who not only just completed the 2 year civil engineering diplomas at Okanagan College in Kelowna and went straight into a job with Baskin Associates doing quality control work on highway projects, he was also the Okanagan College valedictorian. Chris, 27, chose to go back to school after several years of making good money working on the gas wells up north. He’s a single dad with two young daughters.

TechACTION:

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS): WorkSafeBC is requesting feedback on a discussion paper and proposed new policy on OHS Injunctions. Your comments will be accepted until 4:30 Friday, September 16, 2011. The draft policy, more information and online feedback option are available online.

Stage 7 Amendments to the Contaminated Sites Regulation came into force May 31 replacing the existing drinking water standards in the Regulation for aluminum, iron, manganese and MCPA, with the corresponding drinking water standards in the Director’s Interim Standards for Contaminated Sites, “Generic Numerical Drinking Water Standards for Aluminum, Iron and Manganese.”

ASTTBC Member Service: Technical CPD Courses Through EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center

ASTTBC members can now take advantage of a wide range of technical oriented continuing professional development courses and workshops from our preferred CPD partner EPIC. See the full list of courses.

When registering, use the following ASTTBC promo code EPBCT589 to apply your member savings benefit.

ASTTBC Member Savings at Victoria’s Hotel Grand Pacific Savings

The Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria is offering ASTTBC members, special rates on hotel room reservations.

This modern luxury hotel is conveniently located on the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia.

To take advantage of great group rates, guests need only to call 1-800-663-7550 and ask for the “ASTTBC Rates”.

For more information, visit the hotel website.

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: