ASTTBC e-News, June 2014
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More than 200 members and stakeholders joined the ASTTBC Council and staff for the 2014 Annual General Meeting and Conference that took place Friday, May 23rd, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey. An additional 100 participants registered to join us from across the province by webinar.
The event theme 'Technology Sizzles ... Get Cooking with ASTTBC' highlighted the essential role Technology Professionals play in building BC's economy.
The AGM Business Session reviewed ASTTBC's activities for the year 2013 and attended to business items for the coming year. It was another busy, successful year for your association, and attendees heard all the highlights.
The ASTTBC COUNCIL 2014-2015 was introduced at the AGM 2014, and attendees had the opportunity to meet them individually.
Two panel discussions featuring leaders from education and industry shared strategies on building BC's capacity through technology education and careers that fit the skills needs of today's workplace.
The event also celebrated the commitment of ASTTBC members to their association and to their communities and recognized some very special people. Congratulations to all ASTTBC AWARD RECIPIENTS!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 55th AGM. Our PHOTO ALBUM captures the day nicely. We look forward to seeing many more members at next year's event!
ASTTBC extends warm appreciation to our AGM 2014 event partners and all of our sponsors for helping to make this year's event so enjoyable.
BCIT Alumni Association
Lindsay Kenney LLP
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
The ASTTBC Foundation offers $1,000 bursaries to qualifying first and second year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs in BC.
Do you know of a student who could benefit from bursary support? Please check the ASTTBC website for eligible programs and BURSARY SELECTION REQUIREMENTS.
The application deadline is July 31st, 2014 so don't delay. APPLY TODAY!
ASTTBC DUES/ANNUAL RENEWAL INVOICING FOR 2014
Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates, please note to avoid cancellation for non-payment of ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES you must contact our office before July 14, 2014.
FINAL electronic reminders were sent on April 18, 2014. Also, our Retention Phone Campaign has been underway since the middle of May. If you receive a phone call or email from our retention team to discuss the benefits of retaining your membership, please feel free to discuss your concerns or any questions you may have. If you are facing special circumstances concerning the payment of your dues our team will be happy to assist. If you wish to discontinue your membership please let us know in writing via email.
Once your ASTTBC Membership is cancelled for non-payment of dues, a $75 fee is applied to UNCANCEL and RE-INSTATE.
CANCELLATION date July 14, 2014.
TECHNICAL SPECIALIST GROUPS ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES FOR 2014
All Building Design, Construction Safety, Electrical Work Practitioner, Fire Protection, House & Property Inspection, Onsite Wastewater, Public Works Inspection, Registered Reserve Fund Analyst, Registered Technology Manager, Site Improvement Surveying, and Steel Detailing registrants were invoiced for the annual renewal fee on April 17th and a second reminder was sent electronically June 3rd.
A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE will be applied to all late payments after June 30, 2014.
Once your ASTTBC Membership is cancelled for non-payment of dues, a $75 fee is applied to UNCANCEL and RE-INSTATE.
CANCELLATION date JULY 14, 2014.
Four graduating Selkirk College students have been recognized for projects aimed at expanding knowledge in applied science.
At last month's convocation ceremony on the Castlegar Campus, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) presented the four students with its Student Excellence in Technology Award.
"Selkirk College's School of Environment and Geomatics (SEG) has a very unique and exceptional student conference model which enables graduating students to present a summary of their final projects to a gathering of all students in the school," said Bruce Stevens AScT, regional manager for ASTTBC who presented the awards.
At the SEG annual student conference held in early-April, students from the multi-disciplinary program had the opportunity to present projects before peers, instructors and invited members of the industry. Out of that conference, SEG and ASTTBC chose its four winners of the annual awards.
Integrated Environmental Planning student Rob Fox was chosen for his project entitled Climate Change, Terrain Stability and Infrastructure Risk. Forest Technology student Carly Bastien was recognized for her presentation of Managing Forests to Maintain Fungal Habitat for the Pine Mushroom. Laura Smit, a graduate in the Recreation Fish and Wildlife Program, caught the eye of ASTTBC for her work on Assessment of the Impacts of Urbanization on Fish and Fish Habitat in Lower Cottonwood Creek. Geographic Information Systems student Suzanne Fordyce was successful in her presentation of Falling Amazônia: Measuring Deforestation Trends in Rondônia, Brazil.
"The presentations were, without exception, clear examples of the level of understanding these students have of their subjects and the efforts they make to prepare and present in a very professional manner," said Stevens.
Among other criteria, the winners each demonstrated a strong recognition of ASTTBC's primary values, which are, "to serve the public by technology professionals' commitment to a safe, healthy, and sustainable society and environment."
Along with the recognition, students received a scholarship award of $150 each.
SEE PHOTO of the recipients receiving their awards
Langara College has been awarded its first NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council) grant under the College and Community Innovation Program. The Applied Research and Development grant will provide valuable funding to the BIOCHAR PROJECT developed and led by Langara chemistry instructor Kelly Sveinson in partnership with MCCUE ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS.
"With this applied research project, we aim to protect the environment, give students deep learning opportunities, and potentially create market opportunities for our partner," says Sveinson.
Sveinson launched the biochar project at Langara College in 2011 to explore the science of biochar production and use. The project uses Langara's experimental biochar reactor to convert a variety of biomass wastes into biochar, a substance similar to charcoal. Biochar has been shown to improve soil quality and can be used as a renewable solid fuel.
The goal of this new research is to explore the potential of biochar, which has the ability to adsorb metal ions, as a filter medium in wastewater-cleaning technologies. Biochar made from different sources, and chemically modified biochar, will be tested in an effort to find the optimum metal adsorption characteristics. Sveinson and his team will work with their colleagues at McCue Engineering to ensure the work has direct relevance to industrial applications.
"We are excited to receive the support from NSERC to continue important work in biochar research and education," says Marg Heldman, Dean of the Faculty of Science. "This research work will be foundational in the development of information on biochar capabilities, while providing important opportunities for students to work with researchers and industry partners."
Much of the grant will go towards funding student researchers, giving them valuable technical training in biochar production, laboratory experiments, and data analysis.
ASTTBC recently participated in the LGMA AGM and Conference in Vancouver. ASTTBC's booth was on display at the Trade Show held during the event and it was a great opportunity to connect with members, employers, other exhibitors, and of course local government management.
ASTTBC and APEGBC were presenting sponsors of Tetra Society of North America's 2014 Gizmo Awards on May 29 in downtown Vancouver. The Gizmo Awards are a celebration of Tetra's volunteer technicians and engineers who design and build ingenious devices that overcome barriers in the physical world, bringing independence and opportunities to people with disabilities.
Tetra Society is an independent non-profit society that provides custom assistive devices to people with physical disabilities. Its volunteers work individually with people with a specific need, that cannot be met by commercial aids.
Tetra was founded by ASTTBC Honourary Member and current MLA for Vancouver -False Creek Sam Sullivan.
"We really appreciate our relationship with Tetra," said Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member & Program Development, who along with Anne Sharp, Manager, Marketing & Communications, attended the event on behalf of ASTTBC.
"The event left me inspired with a great feeling of the power of people and their ability to give of themselves to ensure others are okay," said Jason. "It was a wonderful event."
SEE PHOTO of Gregg Harris receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from ASTTBC's Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member & Program Development, while Duane Geddes, Tetra Society Executive Director, looks on.
ASTTBC has been a proud Gold Sponsor of the CONSULTANTS INVITATIONAL FISHING DERBY for many years, including this year! As an ASTTBC member, you and your company are invited to attend or become a sponsor of what likely will be the best event of its kind.
The first event was held eight years ago on a rainy day in the back field of Pedder Bay Marina that saw six local civil engineering consultants pit themselves against each other in a friendly fishing derby. About 45 people showed up in the rain for hot dogs and hamburgers and a few modest prizes. $1000 dollars was raised and donated to a local fish hatchery.
Today, the 9th Annual Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby hosts nearly 300 participants that are coming from as far as Ireland! Those involved are from the Engineering, Environmental, Architectural, Construction, Supplier, Local and Provincial Government fields, as well as various other sponsors. So far over $80,000 has been raised for local fish hatchery and stream enhancement projects. This year there will be a raffle of almost $15000 in prizes including:
Five nights at Bear Mountain, three days of chartered fishing in Winter Harbor, a TV, a Travel Gift Certificate and a one night/day fishing charter at Port Renfrew—not to mention thousands in table prizes and other giveaways. No one goes home empty handed! Enjoy a fantastic catered meal with complimentary beverages served by Rics Grill in the four-star Prestige Hotel, with a live band and more!
The main event is Saturday, July 26 at the Prestige Resort Hotel in Sooke on the west coast of Vancouver Island with a complimentary pre-derby RSVP mixer at the Sooke Harbor Resort the evening before. Group rates are available.
Join the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) in Richmond on October 6-7th, 2014 to explore the success stories that have resulted from the work of the Mineral Exploration and Mining Industry Shortage Taskforce over the past four years.
We are noticing increased frequency of non-members using designations that are ASTTBC registered marks. This situation is particularly prominent with some technical specialist designations. We encourage technical specialist members to include the symbol ® after their designation in various print and electronic messages including the electronic signature attached to e-mail messages.
The following examples should include the ® symbol reinforcing your right to use the designation as a registered ASTTBC member:
Certified House Inspector: CHI®
Certified Property Inspector: CPI®
Registered Reserve Fund Analyst: RRFA®
Construction Safety Officer: CSO®
Registered Construction Safety Officer: RCSO®
Registered Fire Protection Technician: RFPT®
Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner: ROWP®
Registered Technology Manager: RTMgr®
If you see an example of anyone using a registered designation that is not an ASTTBC member in good standing, please let us know.
For further information please contact the REGISTRAR
Here are just a few facts from ASTTBC's recent Member Satisfaction Survey on careers and career development:
71% of members feel it is important to continue to receive continuing professional development (CPD) information
72% of members would like to continue receiving career development information
68% would like to see continued promotion of careers in technology.
VIEW the complete results
The Summer Solstice on June 21st 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 for 2014:
- Website featuring new events and links to aboriginal organizations
- Participation in career fairs and school workshops throughout the province
- Awarding of annual student bursaries
- Developing relationships with related organizations
- Signing MoA with First Nations Employment Society
- Signing MoA with First Nations Technology Council
- Participation as an original member of the Project Raven Steering Committee
- Supporting aboriginal educational incentives
- Working with industry to develop opportunities for aboriginal technologists and technicians
- Lobbying provincial and federal governments to provide funding for educational initiatives
- Exploring mentoring opportunities
- Developing the Public Works Technician Program
LEARN MORE about FNCC
Technologists, technicians, and technical specialists certified and/or registered with ASTTBC possess credentials that meet stringent standards. They are identified by a professional designation that sends a signal to their peers, employers, and public that they are QUALIFIED, REGISTERED AND ACCOUNTABLE! Employers rely heavily on the skills and expertise that ASTTBC-certified professionals bring to their teams and knowing they 'have what it takes' based on their knowledge and abilities make them valuable and sought-after individuals.
LEARN how you can enhance recognition of yourself as a technology professional
Olympia Benefits Inc. has become the trusted health and dental plan administrator for Canada's small to medium-sized firms. Providing an option for technologists and technicians who are working on contract or as consultants, and for small to medium-sized firms, this program allows you to have your company pay for your family's medical and dental expenses, then deduct 100% of the expense as a business expense — complete coverage and impressive tax savings at ASTTBC member discount rates!
MORE INFORMATION or call 1-887-866-6368.
We're just in the final stages of coordinating group discount prices on tickets for select BC Lions games for the upcoming season. We'll be highlighting three games this season, one of which will be a special member's day at the BC Lions Game! On top of receiving a discounted ticket price, the BC Lions will be donating $3 from every ticket sold under the ASTTBC group rate to the ASTTBC Foundation. Members will be receiving special notices by email shortly.
In four weeks, an enthusiastic group of Camosun first year Mechanical Engineering Technology students will be ready to roll up their sleeves and work for you. If you can use skills and innovation in the following areas: drafting and CAD, fabrication and machine shop, design and related administrative work please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to post a position. The work term begins July 2nd and ends September 16th.
Please also welcome Karena Dachsel in her new role as the Co-op Employment Facilitator for Engineering Technologies effective July 7th, 2014. Karena can then be reached at 250-370-4185 or email@example.com.
Public representatives serve on ASTTBC Council to assure public interests are reflected in ASTTBC values, policies, certification standards, membership accountability, and decisions pertaining to public safety, public health, and environmental protection.
There are three public representatives on council: Brian Carr, PhD, and Tim Smith, PGeo, EngL, who were appointed in 2012; and James Coble, MA, who was appointed in 2014.
The Public Representatives Report for 2013 was presented at the Annual General Meeting on May 23, 2014. The report focuses on ASTTBC's primary role as a professional regulatory body to serve the public interest. Here are the highlights of the report:
- The role of public representatives on ASTTBC Council is to ensure that public interests are represented in ASTTBC values, policies and certification standards, and in membership accountability pertaining to public safety, public health and environmental protection.
- ASTTBC is to be commended for its ongoing efforts to improve public, educator, and employer awareness of the unique role of technologists, technicians and technical specialists to the applied science and engineering teams, and for promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in K-12.
- ASTTBC and APEGBC are strongly encouraged to establish a framework for the scope of practice and approval responsibility between technicians, technologists and engineers/geoscientists.
- A national forum is essential to the public interest and professional recognition nationally and internationally. The mobility of certified members, and the mechanism to protect public safety in this transferability, is an essential strength that must prevail.
- ASTTBC continues to perform in a professional and suitable manner in representing its members and in respecting the importance of public trust and safety.
The Report of the Public Representatives 2013 was sent to the Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act, and all the other BC Government MPs and MLAs.
"ASTTBC gains much from having the public representatives on council and their outside perspective is very useful to our deliberations," says ASTTBC Council President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS.
On Saturday May 31st, BCWiT Chair Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr®, and her daughter Thea facilitated three BCWiT workshop sessions for the Girls Exploring Science and Technology (GUEST) Event at the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.
They prepared a hydraulics workshop for 60 girls, aged 9-11 from Sooke, Sidney, Victoria, Langford, Nanaimo, Campbell River and Salt Spring Island. The girls, in groups of four, used a set of supplies to move water from one place to another. When presented with problems, they worked together to achieve their goal. At the end, they were smiling and laughing and participating in engineering with great enthusiasm!
Check out all the photos on the BCWIT FACEBOOK PAGE.
The Daily Mailer website has released shots of different locations on the British coastline at high and low tides.
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.
Send 200 words or less to the e-News EDITOR
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC 's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings. Employers currently looking for people include: BC Hydro, Surrey School District, District of West Kelowna, Regional District of East Kootenay, McElhanney just to name a few.
Kala GeoSciences Ltd. in Kamloops is looking for a Field Technician. The closing date is July 2nd, 2014, so visit TECHJOBS today!
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
HEATHER ANDREYCHUK, AScT, is an Engineering Supervisor for the City of Prince George, and a newly appointed 2014-2015 ASTTBC Council Director.
Heather grew up in the East Kootenays of BC. She graduated from BCIT in 1985 with an Economics Major in Building Technology. In 1988, she moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and worked for MM Dillon and Ferguson Simek Clark, gaining experience in the architectural, electrical, civil, mechanical and structural engineering disciplines. In 1993, Heather moved to Prince George, and gained employment with L&M Engineering, a civil engineering firm. In 2006, she joined the City of Prince George as an engineering assistant where she now holds the position of Engineering Supervisor.
- Design Build of a 400 person village in Siberia
- Legislative Assembly building in Yellowknife
- Design of 1000+ residential lots in Prince George
- Assistant Project Manager on large commercial developments in Prince George
- Project Manager of the Cameron St. Bridge and the PG Pulpmill Road Bridge, Prince George
When asked what her greatest career achievement has been thus far, Heather replied:
"After taking part in the design and project management of a wide variety of multi-disciplined projects including the Legislative Assembly Building, hotels, shopping centers, a casino, recreation facilities, community water supply stations, a residential subdivision, bridge replacements, and road design, I would have to say my greatest achievement is stepping into a leadership role and providing mentorship to next generation of professionals in the applied science field."
Report to the appropriate agencies any hazardous, illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by other 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, unskilled practice or unprofessional conduct 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 is contrary to a member's responsibility of self-regulation that is practiced within the Association.
Intentionally refraining from reporting substantive breaches of the Code of Ethics on the part of another member therefore constitutes unprofessional conduct.
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.
To update your ASTTBC contact information, please LOGIN and use our online form.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
EMBRACING CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS IN THE WORKPLACE SEMINAR
Burnaby, BC, July 8th, 2014
IMPACT & CONTROL OF RFIS IN CONSTRUCTION
Webinar, July 23rd, 2014
APEGBC OKANAGAN BRANCH 8TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Kelowna, BC, July 18th, 2014
Thank-you for reading our June e-News and have a wonderful July!