ASTT e-News

ASTTBC e-News, March 2014

Dear Subscriber,

ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC e-NEWS contains the latest information about 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

"LNG Skills Needs Keeps me Awake at Night" - Minister Rich Coleman

ASTTBC AGM & CONFERENCE - EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTED RATE!

Minister Fassbender Accepts ASTTBC Eagle Feather After Tech Talk

Skills Canada's Amber Papou and ASTTBC's John Leech Meet over Latte

Hon. Linda Reid Schools ASTTBC on Role of Speaker of the Legislature

Technology SIZZLES with MLA Michelle Mungall

ASTTBC Attends Premier's Natural Resource Forum: Meet MLAs Lee and Morris

ASTTBC Attends SPEAT Dinner - Connects with Minister Virk

The Field Book: A New Engineering Blog

Share Your Innovations

BC Jobs Plan: Skills and Training in BC

TechPROfile: Jamie Nelson, AScT, RSD

Onsite Wastewater Survey 2014

Building Smart #19 Seminar: New Energy Provisions in the BC Building Code

NIC President John Bowman Talks Technology with ASTTBC's John Leech

Technology Professionals Canada Joins National Industry-Education Coalition

Women in Technology: The Stats are in!

Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk Poses at Georgies with CHBA, TRU and ASTTBC Folk

Safety Authority, Independent Business and ASTTBC Connect at Georgies

ASTTBC - APEGBC Team Up to Sponsor BCIT Student/Industry Mixer

ACEC-BC President & CEO and ASTTBC CEO Ham it Up at Transportation Conference

CASTTBC-BCWiT Celebrates International Women's Day

Fire Protection: Staffing up to Enhance Professional Regulatory Role

ASTTBC Sponsors Environmental Performance Award at Wood Design Awards

Spaghetti Bridges and ASTTBC Featured in Castanet News

In the Media and on the Move

ASTTBC on Twitter and Facebook

Engineering Consulting Companies Meet ASTTBC

Science World and ASTTBC Folk Dine For Technology

Become a Mentor

Member Satisfaction Survey Update

Finance Department Message

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 6

One Benefit of ASTTBC Certification

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

Update Your Contact Info

Professional Development Opportunities


"LNG Skills Needs Keeps me Awake at Night" - Minister Rich Coleman

Minister of Natural Gas Development and Deputy Premier, Rich Coleman (MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove), was guest speaker at the recent ICBA CEO breakfast, and ASTTBC was a guest.

Speaking to a few hundred at the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC, the Minister stressed the significant long term economic benefits for British Columbians as a result of LNG and called on industry and other stakeholders to 'step up' and contribute in two ways: (a) sign up for BUY BC, as much of the work associated with LNG development will go to BC firms; and (b) contribute to the BC Labour Market Information Database.

Minister Coleman stressed that companies will not invest in BC if we have labour challenges.

"Minister Coleman outlined the current investment of a few billion dollars by several firms in the lead- up to making the much bigger 'go or no go' decision, which would mean upwards of $20 to $30 billion investment per project. This is 'BIG stuff', and as the professional regulatory body responsible for qualifying BC's technologists, technicians and technical specialists we must engage," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE.

ASTTBC has been actively pursuing a number of initiatives, some under contract with the BC Government, to help meet labour market demands by adapting its professional regulatory model to provide a more equitable model for assessment of applicants for certification and registration. ASTTBC is actively promoting technology education and careers to assure a sustainable supply of Technology Professionals.

"ASTTBC is on track to address LNG project skills needs," said Leech.

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ASTTBC AGM & CONFERENCE - EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTED RATE!

For a LIMITED TIME we are offering a special EARLY BIRD RATE of $99 per person to attend the ASTTBC AGM & Conference.

Make plans to attend this year's event on FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey. The full day from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm includes a Continental Breakfast, AGM Business Session, Coffee Break, Awards Luncheon, Exhibitors and Panel Presenters. This year's event will include a panel of experts who will focus on the current and future need for technologists, technicians and technical specialists. You will receive an update on the affairs of your Association, network with other Technology Professionals and gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

Please visit our WEBSITE to find out more information and to REGISTER to attend.

DON'T MISS OUT - REGISTER TODAY!

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Minister Fassbender Accepts ASTTBC Eagle Feather After Tech Talk

ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS presented an ASTTBC eagle feather to the HONOURABLE PETER FASSBENDER (MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood), Minister of Education. ASTTBC met recently with the Minister to talk about technology education and careers. ASTTBC has been encouraging Government to support technology courses in K-12 and for high schools to provide dual credit - the high school Dog Wood graduation certificate plus credit toward technology courses in post-secondary. The Minister, others in the ASTTBC delegation, Public Representative on ASTTBC Council Brian Carr and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, enjoyed a far-reaching conversation including the BC Government's 10 Year Skills Plan.

"We had a delightful chat with Minister Fassbender," reported Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS. "I left with no doubt that Peter has a solid grasp of the role of technologists, technicians and technical specialists and is supporting technology education as a key part of the BC economy."

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Skills Canada's Amber Papou and ASTTBC's John Leech Meet over Latte

It was outside the Pan Pacific Hotel… a cool Vancouver day… sipping on a Starbucks latte… where Skills Canada BC Executive Director Amber Papou met up with ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. Technology education and skills within the Skills Canada BC mandate was the focus of the conversation.

"Amber is working hard to increase the exposure of tech ed," said Leech. "It is a real challenge for Skills Canada to focus more attention on technology without taking away from trades. I applaud her dedication to balancing between trades and technology."

ASTTBC and Skills Canada BC signed a Memorandum of Agreement last year, signaling a joint interest in working collaboratively in support of technology education and careers and, more broadly, on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). During their conversation the two spoke of ASTTBC's efforts to promote tech careers with women and also with First Nations.

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Hon. Linda Reid Schools ASTTBC on Role of Speaker of the Legislature

The Honourable Linda Reid (MLA for Richmond East) reviewed with ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE ,the roles and responsibilities of the Speaker of the BC Legislature.

"I have a basic level understanding of the working of the BC legislature, but did not know a lot about the Speaker's role. Linda was kind enough to walk me through key elements of her job," said Leech.

ASTTBC's CEO has known and worked with Linda since she was first elected in 1991... 23 years!

"Linda Reid has come to know ASTTBC and its role as a professional regulatory body. She has also taken a keen interest in ASTTBC's work to advance technology education and careers and efforts to engage more fully with First Nations and grow the approximately 10% female membership in ASTTBC," Leech continued. "She is a hard worker and is, as far as I can see, very well regarded by all Members of the Legislature. When I think of Linda the phrase 'put more in than you take out' comes to mind."

During his visit with Linda John also updated her on the work between ASTTBC and APEGBC, the status of the ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board and ASTTBC's interest in implementing PTech in British Columbia.

See a PHOTO of the Meeting

LEARN MORE about the speaker

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Technology SIZZLES with MLA Michelle Mungall

MLA for Nelson-Creston, MICHELLE MUNGALL, stopped into a recent meeting of the ASTTBC Council. Michelle was invited to address Council and she did, noting ASTTBC's work to promote technology education and careers and as a professional regulatory body.

"It was a real treat to have Michelle drop into our meeting," said President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS.

Michelle came to know a fair bit about ASTTBC when she served as Opposition Critic for Advanced Education. Today Michelle is Critic for Social Development.

ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS presented MLA Mungall with one of the new ASTTBC aprons sporting the new slogan, 'Technology SIZZLES, Get Cooking with ASTTBC'.

See the PHOTO of ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS presenting MLA Mungall with one of the new ASTTBC aprons sporting the new slogan, 'Technology SIZZLES, Get Cooking with ASTTBC'

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ASTTBC Attends Premier's Natural Resource Forum: Meet MLAs Lee and Morris

The Natural Resource Forum was ramped up this year with Premier Clark leading the 2014 event. The Forum provides an opportunity for industry leaders to share their vision and plans for resource development; and ASTTBC has been a regular sponsor and contributor for years. ASTTBC's purpose is to showcase the roles and responsibilities of BC's Technology Professionals.

"ASTTBC achieved a solid presence at the Prince George-based event," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "As usual we had the opportunity to connect with industry, education and government leaders."

The Premier convened a Liberal Caucus meeting in Prince George and as result most Liberal MLAs were in attendance.

"ASTTBC members contribute a great deal to the BC resource sector. It is important that the Association attend events such as this to highlight the professional role of technologists, technicians and technical specialists," concluded Leech.

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ASTTBC Attends SPEAT Dinner - Connects with Minister Virk

The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists (SPEAT) annually host a social evening for its members and their families, and ASTTBC was a gold sponsor in 2014 along with APEGBC and other supporting stakeholders. ASTTBC member Prakash Joshi, AScT, a supporter of both SPEAT and ASTTBC, was instrumental many years ago in engaging with ASTTBC and drawing the two organizations closer.

Since those early days ASTTBC has been a regular supporter of SPEAT and has found occasion where the two organizations collaborate in serving our common interests.

During the January 2014 SPEAT event Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk, was guest speaker. As Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act, it is helpful that ASTTBC was afforded yet one more opportunity to connect with the Minister, and to demonstrate through the Association's actions and support of SPEAT, that ASTTBC is reaching out to the broader community to support internationally trained technology professionals as they look to make their home in British Columbia.

"Minister Virk gave an excellent talk during which he referenced, at several points, ASTTBC and APEGBC and the work of the two associations," reported Cheryl Blachuras, ASTTBC Coordinator, Customer Service who was in attendance.

More on SPEAT

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The Field Book: A New Engineering Blog

Engineering Technologist August Ustare, AscT, has put together a new blog called THE FIELD BOOK, a website that includes adventures, gear reviews and how-to's in the field.

"It's a blog about my adventures as an engineering technologist," says Ustare, "Over the past ten years, my career has taken me all over this vast province and has allowed me to gain a wealth of field experience."

The original scope of his project was to review gear that he had put to hard use in his every day job of managing hydrological and meteorological data collection programs in BC. He quickly expanded this scope to include field experiences and tips that he could share with other technologists.

Congrats August!

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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 telliott@asttbc.org

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BC Jobs Plan: Skills and Training in BC

Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how student's can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.

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TechPROfile: Jamie Nelson, AScT, RSD

TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.

Jamie Nelson, AscT, RSD, is a Detailer with Whitemud Ironworks (BC) Ltd. in Langley and is also registered with ASTTBC as a Registered Steel Detailer. He has worked for architects, home designers, contractors, design-build companies, engineers, detailers and has had his own consulting company.

Career Highlights...

"I have always enjoyed drawing and studying buildings and architecture," says Nelson. "Building technology allows me to be hands-on, and transfer the design from paper to the real world."

When Jamie is not working he is lending his hand as a leader with First Langley Scout Group, as a member of National Model Railroad Association and as a member of the Steering Committee of the ASTTBC Steel Detailers Institute of BC.

JAMIE'S FULL TECHPROFILE

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Onsite Wastewater Survey 2014

ASTTBC surveyed all Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioners (ROWP) in 2013 and has now issued a Report. This survey was built on the first survey published in 2010 and provides critical information on the state of the industry.

"The Report will provide useful information to guide ASTTBC, the Ministry and industry decision-making as we consider future directions for this sector," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Thanks to Keith Gylander of Gycor Dynamics for his work in conducting the survey and preparing the Report."

COMPLETE REPORT

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Building Smart #19 Seminar: New Energy Provisions in the BC Building Code

ASTTBC works closely with the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) to ensure full competency of all practitioners including ASTTBC members. We encourage ASTTBC members to take advantage of the HPO Building Smart seminars.

The Homeowner Protection Office will be presenting its spring Building Smart seminar series in 21 communities across B.C. from April 7 to May 29, 2014.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

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NIC President John Bowman Talks Technology with ASTTBC's John Leech

North Island College (NIC) is the new home for John Bowman who was, until his NIC appointment in Fall 2013, the President of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.

"John Bowman is a colleague and friend," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "He knows ASTTBC... he supports technology education and skills... he will link with us in areas of common interest."

John was on the NIC campus to talk with John Bowman and Pat Rokosh, Dean of Trades and Technology.

During their discussion the three connected on potential areas for growth of technology programming on Vancouver Island, possibly in collaboration with other post-secondary institutions. Tech programming in K-12 and with First Nations were key talking points.

ASTTBC has been working with many First Nations groups to advance tech careers with First Nations people. The FIRST NATIONS CAREERS COUNCIL was established by ASTTBC to help showcase career opportunities and to inform on services available to First Nations.

John Leech noted that about 10% of the Association's members are female and that ASTTBC would like to see growth in the years ahead. To help promote tech careers with women and young girls ASTTBC launched BC WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY.

North Island College offers an Industrial Automation Technician diploma, a strong technology program that is fully accredited and recognized for CTech registration by ASTTBC.

"I was given a tour of the program, including a little time in the lab where I saw students 'making magic', programming computers to run mechanical devices, creating an automated system," said Leech. "During National Engineering and Geoscience Month ASTTBC is promoting technology education and careers and the key role of ASTTBC's 10,000+ members. What better way than to encourage students in K-12, parents and teachers to look at technology programs at NIC."

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Technology Professionals Canada Joins National Industry-Education Coalition

TPC, an alliance of Technology Professional associations, has been invited by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to join a new coalition of industry and education leaders to address employment and innovation challenges. ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE attended the inaugural meeting as the TPC representative.

"There is a real need to promote technology education and careers and address the skills needs and in many areas of Canada skills shortages," said Leech, "TPC as a coalition and also through the independent initiatives of the member associations is in a position to provide a valuable contribution nationally in these critical public policy issues."

In the inaugural meeting the group talked about the proposed Terms of Reference and explored the focus of the Coalition. Key needs / opportunities identified at this early stage included: career awareness; elevating the profile of a college level education; promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); encouraging more women to consider careers in technology and other male-dominated fields; engaging First Nations; up-skilling; labour market information; and, skills shortages and gaps. While the trades is, and will remain, a high priority, the group acknowledged and supported technology and other career credentials also require serious attention.

VIEW THE ACCC MEDIA RELEASE

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Women in Technology: The Stats are in!

It's not just a man's world anymore in the technological stratosphere and the BC Women in Technology Survey results are in to prove it.

Here are some of the highlights:

FULL SURVEY RESULTS

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Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk Poses at Georgies with CHBA, TRU and ASTTBC Folk

Minister Virk took time at the Georgie Awards to chat with leaders from the CANADIAN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION - BC, THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY and ASTTBC.

"The Minister is always open to discussing issues with industry and associations, especially if the topic is skills training and the linkage between post-secondary institutions and the needs of industry," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "During our time together we connected on technology education and careers, and the tie with the home building sector."

Leech noted that March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month in BC and represents a prime opportunity to profile technology education and the contribution of ASTTBC members to the BC economy.

John Leech talked with CHBA-BC Vice President Simon Howse and Minister about tech careers and the need to draw attention to careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM). Leech also talked about ASTTBC's efforts to encourage First Nations and women to consider tech careers.

CHBA-BC is host for the Georgie Awards, one of the best gala events in which ASTTBC participates. "We value the relationship with CHBA-BC and I am now forging a solid working relationship with CHBA-BC's new CEO, Neil Moody," said Leech.

On the ASTTBC - CHBA-BC linkage Neil said, "Since beginning my role last August I have been getting to know the many organizations with whom CHBA-BC has a relationship. In my short time with the Association I have come to value our link with ASTTBC and my personal connection with John Leech and look forward to cooperating on new initiatives."

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Safety Authority, Independent Business and ASTTBC Connect at Georgies

ASTTBC is a sponsor of the Georgie Awards hosted in February by the Canadian Home Builders Association - BC. Attending this year were ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE.

"It was a thrill to attend and represent ASTTBC at this ‘oscar-like' award program," enthused ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS.

Leech noted that ASTTBC has been a strong supporter of CHBA-BC and their work as an industry association. ASTTBC signed an Agreement with CHBA-BC several years ago for the purpose of signaling a joint interest in advancing initiatives of common interest. One outcome was ASTTBC's (modest) sponsorship of the Georgies. As well, ASTTBC has an ongoing working relationship with the BC SAFETY AUTHORITY and the INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS AND BUSINESSES ASSOCIATION, who were also represented at the Georgies and whose representatives connected with ASTTBC.

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ASTTBC - APEGBC Team Up to Sponsor BCIT Student/Industry Mixer

ASTTBC and APEGBC's Burnaby Chapter teamed up in March to sponsor an industry mixer event at BCIT. It gave students in the Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering programs a chance to network in an informal setting with technologists and engineers. "It was a great opportunity for BCIT engineering students both from the technology diploma and degree programs to connect with industry professionals," added Jason Jung, AScT, "It was also a great chance to celebrate National Engineering and Geoscience Month too".

For more information on ASTTBC's activity during NEGM, CLICK HERE.

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ACEC-BC President & CEO and ASTTBC CEO Ham it up at Transportation Conference

Keith Sashaw, President and CEO for the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC (ACEC-BC) and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, connected at the 2014 ACEC - BC Transportation Conference.

They are PICTURED with the UBC Mechanical Engineering student's fuel-efficient vehicle that has competed in the Supermileage competition.

According to UBC students in attendance the Supermileage is a competition that provides engineering and technology students with a design project that involves the development of a single person fuel efficient vehicle or a four wheeled concept car. Students have the opportunity to set a world record for fuel economy and sustainability.

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ASTTBC-BCWiT Celebrates International Women's Day

ASTTBC sponsored a group of BC Women in Technology (BCWiT) attendees to a special International Women's Day Breakfast hosted by the Honourable Shirley Bond, Prince George Mayor Shari Green, and IMSS Executive Director Baljit Sethi.

BCWIT Committee Member Heather Andreychuk, AScT led the team of female technology professionals to this year's themed event, Inspiring Changes. Inspirational stories of achievement and the path to success from women that made a difference in the Prince George community were shared and enjoyed by all.

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Fire Protection: Staffing up to Enhance Professional Regulatory Role

ASTTBC is pleased to announce the appointment of two new staff members to the Fire Protection Group: Dave Burgess, CFI, CFPE is the new Manager, Fire Protection Registration and Dave Clou is the Compliance Officer, Fire Protection Program.

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ASTTBC Sponsors Environmental Performance Award at Wood Design Awards

ASTTBC sponsored the Environmental Performance Award at the 2014 Wood Design Awards in BC. ASTTBC Chief Executive Officer John Leech, AScT, CAE, was on hand to present the award to recipient John Wall, Principal Architect, Public Design, for his project Centennial Beach Boundary Bay Regional Park Pavilion in Delta, BC. The award recognizes how wood products played a significant role in improving the overall environmental performance of a structure. Projects nominated for this award must demonstrate that through the deliberate use of wood from the outset, the wood products were integral in achieving a measurable lower environmental impact such as lower carbon footprint, reduced energy use, less pollution and higher efficiency.

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Spaghetti Bridges and ASTTBC Featured in Castanet News

ASTTBC was the title sponsor for the Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge Contest held March 7th at the KLO campus in Kelowna.

"It was great to see so many technology enthusiasts participating in the competition," said ASTTBC Regional Manager, Bruce Stevens, AScT, "ASTTBC sponsorship of the event helps us promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - STEM."

ASTTBC has been a long time sponsor of this special event with the hope that more youth, parents and teachers will gain a better understanding of the great STEM careers, especially the technology programs at Okanagan College.

"March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month and a great opportunity for ASTTBC to promote technology education and careers," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Okanagan College does a great job of delivering top quality two year technology programs leading to extraordinary careers."

FULL CASTANET ARTICLE

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In the Media and on the Move

Tanja McQueen has been appointed CEO of the BC WATER & WASTE ASSOCIATION the industry association representing over 4,700 water sector members who are responsible for ensuring safe, secure, and sustainable water and wastewater systems in British Columbia. The BCWWA provides training and education, networking events, and a "voice" for the water and wastewater community. Prior to joining the BCWWA, Tanja spent six years with a Vancouver-based industrial water treatment company with global operations, and 15 years in local government.

Development Officer Susan Walters is retiring from BCIT after 33+ years and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE was on hand to thank her for her work in raising funds... and adding a lot of FUN to the work environment. "BCIT is losing a real gem," said John Leech. "She will be missed. Susan connected with many BCIT alumni, especially in engineering technology, and industry leaders in her three decades plus career."

John presented Susan with one of the new ASTTBC Technology SIZZLES aprons. Susan followed up.

"Thanks so much for your kind words at my retirement gathering last Thursday. I will be wearing the BBQ apron lots during the summer!"

SUSAN AND HER APRON

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Engineering Consulting Companies Meet ASTTBC

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC (ACEC-BC) Executive met recently with the ASTTBC Executive to consider areas of common interest such as promoting engineering and technology careers to youth.

"We had a great discussion spanning over three hours," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS. "ACEC-BC represents 90 employers in BC, almost all employing technologists, technicians and technical specialists. It is natural we would want to maintain a close working relationship with the leaders at ACEC-BC and work collaboratively in areas of mutual interest."

Much of the conversation was linked in some way to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Following the meeting ASTTBC President, Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS presented ACEC-BC Chair, Cameron Gatey with an eagle feather, an ASTTBC-commissioned piece by Salish carver Len McKay.

The two associations have been meeting at least annually over many years, looking for ways to cooperate in the development of the members of the engineering team and encouraging more youth to consider a career in engineering and technology. Topics for the recent meeting included careers topics:

Business-related topics included: Qualification Based Selection; proportional representation; client contract language; and ACEC-BC Fee Schedule.

A number of actions came out of the dialogue. The two senior staff will get together to work on actions and the two Executives agreed to meet again once further work is done on topics covered.

PHOTO of ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS presenting ACEC-BC Chair Cameron Gatey with an eagle feather carved by First Nations Salish artist Len McKay.

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Science World and ASTTBC Folk Dine for Technology

Bryan Tisdall and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE sat in front of a window at the Chambar Restaurant in which Science World was framed in the distance.

Bryan's words were, "I selected this seat for you so you will be reminded of Science World throughout dinner, and in turn you will reflect on the important work we are doing together."

Bryan, President and CEO of Science World, and his wife Kathy invited John and his wife Jennifer Christenson to dine at the Chambar.

"We had a most delightful evening, and yes, with some talk about Science World and programming in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)", said Leech. "Most of our time together was more about family, community and other hot topics of the day."

Bryan is leading many initiatives to excite minds young and not-so-young about science and technology. The conversation flowed nicely throughout the evening according to John Leech, and included how Science World and ASTTBC can collaborate in encouraging young girls and women to consider a STEM career.

March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month and presents a great opportunity to showcase the linkages between ASTTBC and leading S and T enterprises such as Science World.

"It is a real pleasure working with Bryan and Science World on a few projects where ASTTBC can bring something to the table" concluded Leech.

Bryan sits on the Technology Education and Careers Council, formed by ASTTBC to help lend support to the promotion of technology education and careers.

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Become a Mentor

This coming April 6th to the 13th is National Volunteer Week!

ASTTBC invites you view the video on the ITTPBC.com MENTORING PAGE and see if mentoring is something you would like to do.

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Member Satisfaction Survey Update

ASTTBC is finalizing the Member Satisfaction Survey Report, which will be posted online shortly. Please stay tuned for an announcement via broadcast email. On a special note, we would like to congratulate the following prize draw winners:

Kristi Seddon - $100 Early Bird Prize winner.
David Hartman, AScT - Main Prize winner of an iPad Mini

We would like to thank all those that participated and made our results meaningful.

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Finance Department Message

In our continuing effort to reduce ASTTBC's carbon footprint we sent the 2014 Annual Dues notices electronically on November 25, 2013.

Technical Specialist Renewal Fees will be billed in the third week of April.

Hard copy invoices were mailed on December 9th and February 7th, to access your invoice and to pay your dues, please follow the LINK.

If your dues are paid by your employer we ask that you pass this information to the appropriate person on staff and request payment within two weeks. Thanks in advance for your prompt attention. If you still haven't received your 2014 Dues notice please contact Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237 for updating your contact information.

Please pay by March 31, 2014 to avoid late fee of $25 or contact Nicky Malli at nmalli@asttbc.org if facing financial hardship or health problems.

We thank you for your continued support.

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 6

Keep informed to maintain proficiency and competence, to advance the body of knowledge within their discipline and further opportunities for the professional development of their associates.

Amplification:
(a)Members must ensure that both their proficiency and competence are maintained throughout their careers by remaining abreast of developments and knowledge in their area of expertise. This requires a personal commitment to ongoing professional development and continuing education.

(b) In addition to maintaining both their own proficiency and competence, members shall endeavor to contribute to the advancement of the body of knowledge within their areas of expertise.

(c) Members have a special obligation to demonstrate understanding, professionalism and technical expertise to members under their supervision.

(d)Within the framework of the practice of their profession, members are expected to participate in providing opportunities to further the professional development of their subordinates and colleagues.

Commentary:
Should there be a technologically driven or individually motivated shift in the area of technical activity, it is a member's duty to attain and maintain competence in all areas of involvement. Members are free to tackle new challenges and learn new skills through their work as long as successful completion of the assignment is not jeopardized, and honesty is maintained with the client or employer.
Where members render services based on computer programs, they shall do so only after taking steps to thoroughly understand the program, its underlying assumptions and its limitations. Members should actively participate in technical and professional development seminars, continuing education programs and the presentation of papers at professional meetings. They should contribute to the dialogue fostered by their professional journals and support instructional activities in their area of involvement.
Duties assigned to non-certified members should make use of their training and experience and give them maximum exposure to the knowledge of experienced members, which would include informal discussions with senior members on ethical dilemmas, individual employment interests and professional growth to maintain an up-to-date and competitive capability to serve employers, clients and the public.
Non-certified members should be assisted in their advancement through teaching and thoughtful supervision, and encouraged to become certified when they demonstrate adequate qualifications.

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One Benefit of ASTTBC Certification

ASTTBC certification is recognition that education and work experience meet strict national guidelines for competency. This provides potential and current employers assurance that employees are technically competent.

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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.

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Update Your Contact Info

To update your ASTTBC contact information, please use our ONLINE FORM.

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Professional Development Opportunities

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:

Assertive Communication, Victoria, April 9, 2014
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Urban Revitalization , Vancouver, April 11th and 12th, 2014
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KEG Lecture Series Presents - John Claque, Kamloops, April 24, 2014
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