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ASTTBC e-News, June 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

Aboriginal Day and FNCC
Bruce Ralston Speaks at ASTTBC's AGM
ASTTBC Partners with Skills Canada to Promote Tech Careers
ASTTBC Applauds Telus Expansion in BC
ASTTBC at APEGBC Branch in Kamloops
ASTTBC Online Job Listings Service
Take the Member Compensation Survey
ASTTBC Dues/Annual Renewal Invoicing for 2013
Technical Specialist Groups Annual Renewal Fee for 2013
Skeetchestn Students Pioneer House Inspection Training
ASTTBC Property Inspectors Accountable
House Inspection Issues in the News

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 8
Government Tenders on New Website
Share Intercultural Engineering Project Experiences
BCWiT Update
Allan Coyle Honoured by ASTTBC
TechPRO: Todd Letourneau, AScT, RSIS
Post Your Career Story
ASTTBC Foundation Offers Bursaries
Hire a Co-op Student
Message From: John Murnane
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact Info
Become a Mentor
ASTTBC on Twitter and Facebook

Aboriginal Day and FNCC

The Summer Solstice marked Aboriginal Day and a time to celebrate the work of ASTTBC and the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) to advance technology education, careers and their application in First Nations communities.

Highlights of ASTTBC and FNCC initiatives:

Canada's National Aboriginal Day is annually held on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation's Aboriginal peoples. There are three Aboriginal groups in Canada - the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

Bruce Ralston Speaks at ASTTBC's AGM

Bruce Ralston, MLA-Elect for Surrey-Whalley, the riding in which the ASTTBC office is located, addressed attendees at ASTTBC's AGM Awards Luncheon on May 24, 2013.

"It was great to have Bruce join us. He has come to know ASTTBC, our work and the contribution of our 10,000 registrants to the economy of BC," said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Bruce had made a visit the ASTTBC office previously to chat about ASTTBC's role as a professional regulating body and to talk about the interests and needs of the Association and its members."

Photos of the ASTTBC AGM and Professional Development Day.

ASTTBC Partners with Skills Canada to Promote Tech Careers

ASTTBC was on hand at BC Place in Vancouver from June 5-8 as Skills Canada British Columbia, in partnership with the ITA, hosted the 2013 Skills Canada National Competition.

More than 500 competitors competed in 40 contest areas, including

Mechanical CADD, Electronics and Robotics, to name a few. Education, industry, labour, and government representatives provided over 10,000 spectators with hands-on opportunities to discover trades and technologies and resources to help guide young people into rewarding careers in the Skilled Trades and Technologies.

Jason Jung, AScT, Manager Member Development for ASTTBC joined other ASTTBC Members who volunteered to attend the ASTTBC info booth and act as Competition Ambassadors to share their expertise. Amber Papou, BEd, MBA, Executive Director of Skills Canada BC, contributed an article about the role of parents in creating awareness of trades and technology careers to the Vancouver Sun on June 1.

ASTTBC Applauds Telus Expansion in BC

BC Technologists, technicians and technical specialists are celebrating expanding career opportunities in an announcement by Telus of a new $3 billion provincial Telus commitment over the next three years.

The telecomm giant will invest $1 billion in facilities and infrastructure in 2013 alone, part of a three-year, $3 billion dollar province-wide boost to its systems. In addition, construction of Telus Garden, a $750 million, one million square foot headquarters development in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, is now underway.

"Already employing more than 8,000 British Columbians, Telus is at the forefront of today's telecommunications industry," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Technology is BC's fastest-growing sector, and this telecomm expansion and growth gives still more evidence of career opportunities for math and science oriented young people, and adult career-changers."

Telus President and CEO Darren Entwistle states that new investments will include connecting hundreds of businesses and homes directly to fibre-optic cable; opening a cloud-computing data centre in Kamloops; and installing dozens of new wireless sites in urban areas. "Our sustained investment in technology and infrastructure since 2000 has already made British Columbia one of the most connected places anywhere in the world," said Darrin.

The new Telus infrastructure and Telus Garden combined will employ increasing numbers of designers, architects, engineers and their teams of ASTTBC technology professionals. "ASTTBC and Telus fully embrace sustainable design and building," said John Leech. "Telus Garden will incorporate a 24-storey LEED Platinum office tower, a LEED Gold 53-storey residential tower with at least 425 green homes, and retail space along Robson and Georgia streets. The new Telus headquarters is planned to be among the most technically advanced and environmentally benign and sustainable structures in the world."

ASTTBC at APEGBC Branch in Kamloops

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, was a guest speaker at the APEGBC South Central Branch in Kamloops on June 6. John spoke about the loooong history between APEGBC and ASTTBC going back 55 years to the inception of ASTTBC when APEGBC administered the professional certification of technologists

and technicians. With his presentation entitled 'The Engineering Team: Built Thru Parity of Esteem', Leech talked about the critical role of APEGBC and ASTTBC as self-governing professional associations enacted by the BC Government to protect the public interest through professional registration and regulation of engineers, geoscientists, technologist and technicians.

Mike Bapty, PEng the Vice President of APEGBC was the other guest speaker at the AGM. "Mike did a great job of speaking to the privilege of self-governing status and the critical role of APEGBC and their members," said John. "Mike spoke to recent developments at APEGBC and future opportunities. He acknowledged the ties between APEGBC and ASTTBC and encouraged more APEGBC members to get involved as volunteers." Mike goes back some time with ASTTBC, assisting with the accreditation of technology programs.

According to ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, "Key" issues for the two associations include:

John spoke to the many points of contact between ASTTBC and APEGBC over the years, including a MoU in the late '90s and a five year investment of formal merger discussions. "I was delighted to be

asked to speak with the APEGBC members in attendance," said John. "I spent time getting to know many of the attendees, once again reinforcing my view that the members of the Engineering Team are well qualified professionals providing an essential service in every corner of BC, 24/365."

John paid tribute to APEGBC as an exemplary professional association and stressed how he makes this point in all his discussions with elected officials and senior staff at all levels of government and industry. He committed a donation to the Branch Bursary Fund in appreciation of the dinner invitation and opportunity to speak with APEGBC members.

APEGBC Branch Vice Chair Maggie Sheu, BBA, BASc, EIT, stated in a follow-up email to John, "It was a pleasure to have you speak at that AGM. I've received so much positive feedback from our members about your visit, and am sure this will not be your last." Maggie is a Project Engineer with McElhanney in Kamloops.

ASTTBC Online Job Listings Service

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC's new job listing service, TechJOBS, is now active. Members can visit www.asttbc.org/jobs to view active listings.

Employers can post for the small fee of $275 + GST for 60 days. For more information and to search job listings, visit www.asttbc.org/jobs Contact techinfo@asttbc.org for information on posting jobs.

Take the ASTTBC Member Compensation Survey

Please take some time to complete the 2013 ASTTBC Member Compensation Survey (MCS) and give yourself a chance to win a great prize from Future Shop. This survey only comes around every two years and ASTTBC counts on its members to provide important compensation information so we can publish a useful guide to the full membership. All results are confidential. ASTTBC does not share any personal information that would tie your information to a salary.

It is very important that members take some time to fill in the survey so we have the best results possible. Take the survey now. www.asttbc.org/MCS

ASTTBC Dues/Annual Renewal Invoicing for 2013

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

Technical Specialist Groups Annual Renewal 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.

Skeetchestn Students Pioneer House Inspection Training

Students at the Skeetchestn Indian Reserve, near Savona, BC received completion certificates following an historic 12-week BCIT House Inspection program. The course is the first of its kind in Canada and follows negotiations with CMHC, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The intensive training, which was specially designed to be delivered on the reserve as a full-time program, is usually delivered at the BCIT Burnaby campus as a series of units in the Part-time Studies Department. The program is being closely watched by other First Nations in the province as a model for future training opportunities on other reserves.

The ceremony was attended by Skeetchestn band council members, Dawn McGrath, ROWP, Senior Construction Manager of the Skeetchestn Band and a member of First Nations Career Council; Wayne Hand, BCIT Associate Dean; and instructors Mike Battistel, AScT, and Ken Mayo, CHI, RRFA(L).

Students expressed thanks to the band council and BCIT for their commitment to providing this much-needed training on the reserve. With their newly acquired knowledge, the students will soon provide more accurate assessments of the condition of homes in the community, making them safer places to live. ASTTBC welcomes the opportunity to work with the students, as they are now eligible to apply for certification, which leads to home inspector licensing from Consumer Protection BC.

ASTTBC Property Inspectors Accountable

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.

House Inspection Issues in the News

House inspections by inspectors who are NOT registered with ASTTBC have been the focus of media attention recently because of alleged questionable house inspection practices. An incident this past Spring in Kelowna was covered by CBC TV, and ASTTBC-registered Bruce Hunter, CTech, CHI, was called by CBC TV to offer his expert comment.

ASTTBC Manager, Property Inspection Registration, Peter Link, CTech, CPI, stressed the importance of ASTTBC to continue to enhance standards for professional certification and continuing competency so ASTTBC can assure the public of the highest quality inspection. While media reports on house inspections this year have not involved ASTTBC inspectors, Peter said, "Claims against any home inspector puts a blemish on all inspectors and their respective certification organizations, regardless of their track record."

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, was interviewed on the CBC Radio Early Morning Show April 10, 2013. John expressed concern about the current Regulation governing house inspectors. "While we applaud the BC Government initiative in 2009 to make licensing mandatory, we believed then and even more strongly today, that the Regulation is inadequate and needs serious overhaul to assure the public of a high quality, professionally-regulated inspector," said John.

The current Regulation calls on Consumer Protection BC (CPBC) to license house inspectors while designating organizations to provide certification leading to a license issued by CPBC. "The current situation, with a total of four separate groups recognized by Consumer Protection BC, does not serve the best interest of the consumer," said John.

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," said John. "Two of the currently recognized

organizations are based in Ontario, and one has five licensed inspectors in BC. Without calling into question the inspectors or the organizations, I cannot see how a system that recognizes four separate and very distinct organizations can adequately assure the public of professional regulation."

ASTTBC is concerned about out-of-province associations providing professional certification. "High standards for certification, a track record as a professional regulator, and the capacity to regulate are key elements that should be considered by Government when changing the Regulation," said John Leech.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: 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 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 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 that have the ability to evaluate the concerns and the power to suspend activities until the technical issue is resolved.

Complete Code of Ethics

Government Tenders on New Website

Federal government tenders (tender notices and bid solicitation packages), formerly on MERX, have moved to a Government of Canada website. No subscription required, free and anonymous single window access to federal government tenders and procurement data are some of the benefits of the new site.

Share Intercultural Engineering Project Experiences

APEGBC, ASTTBC, BCIT and Camosun College are partnering to develop a course on intercultural engineering for BC engineers and technologists. To gather case studies, course designers are seeking to speak with individuals willing to share their experiences of working on multicultural teams or as a part of a technology or engineering project whose outcome was affected by non-technical considerations such as culture and language.

Participation would take less than an hour by e-mail or phone. The names of companies and individuals will be changed for anonymity unless participants indicate otherwise.

This BCcampus-sponsored online course will examine the role of culture and language in technology and engineering projects, including international development projects. Case studies will be used to analyze the ways in which non-technical considerations may affect project success or failure.

To share your experiences in intercultural engineering, contact Joyce van de Vegte, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. by phone at (250) 370-4438 or e-mail at vandevegte@camosun.ca.

BCWiT Update

After attending the 2013 ASTTBC Annual General Meeting, Sarah Campden, CTech, Meagan Herrington, AScT, and Karen Taylor, DipBM, ASTTBC Operations Manager, met for the BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) Spring Face to Face meeting. The group continues to advocate for Women in the Science, Engineering and Technology fields and network with other groups. They will be working with the other provincial Women in Technology groups across Canada. BCWiT is also researching the possibility of preparing an in-school workshop catered to kids in the K-12 system.

Allan Coyle Honoured by ASTTBC

At the 2013 ASTTBC AGM on May 24, Allan Coyle, Director of Public Affairs at Okanagan College, received an ASTTBC Certificate of Appreciation for promoting and marketing technology education for the past 15 years. Allan's strong support of many ASTTBC partnership initiatives has excited students across the province about careers as technicians and technologists.

"Allan's ongoing efforts have helped to grow ASTTBC recognized diploma and certificate programs throughout the College region, from the Shuswap and Kootenays to the Boundary-Similkameen," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE.

TechPRO: Todd Letourneau, AScT, RSIS

Todd Letourneau, AScT, RSIS, grew up in the Okanagan and began surveying in Salmon Arm. He started out as a Rodman in the early 1990's with Brown, Johnson & Associates, and worked on various projects with local surveying firms, before enrolling in BCIT's Geomatics Technology Program in 1998.

After completing his BCIT studies, Todd gained additional experience in the oil and gas industry, before receiving a welcome job offer from Hawaii. There he worked with a land surveying company on the big island for "five glorious years".

The Hawaii posting with The Independent Hawaii Surveyors led Todd to a Project Managers position. He became senior Party Chief of several crews, managed the training of new employees and also assisted with CAD design duties.

Todd and his wife eventually returned to Canada where he joined T.E. Ferguson in Kelowna, and prepared to launch his own business. He was welcomed into ASTTBC in 2005.

Presently Todd owns Geosurv Solutions Inc., a surve ying and mapping company located in Kelowna. He lauds his ASTTBC Professional Technologist designation of AScT, as a "very significant career asset to a small business owner".

Todd received an ASTTBC TOP in Technology award in 2012, which recognized professional excellence and dedication and service to the community. Todd's service credentials include active membership in the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce; volunteering in local S.P.C.A. events; participation in various sports and activities and membership in the Kelowna Fish and Game Club.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to post 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.

ASTTBC Foundation Offers Bursaries

The ASTTBC Foundation offers bursaries to qualifying first and second year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs in BC. Check the ASTTBC website for eligible programs and bursary selection requirements. Deadline to apply is July 31, 2013.

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:

John Murnane, Director of Project Services, Facilities and Campus Development, BCIT: "Thank you for extending an invitation to me on the Annual AGM and Pro D day. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to you and ASTTBC for the offer, and I now know what I have been missing these past few years. Next year I will be there for sure. It was ironic that I got a BCIT truck as a door prize, but I am sure it will generate a few questions from the other schools on campus when they see it on my desk."

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:

Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs More info

BCIT's Part Time Studies More info

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.

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