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ASTTBC e-News, March 2016

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 our 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 website.

Table Of Contents

BC Government Proclaims Technology Skills Appreciation Week March 21-25

Minister Shirley Bond Talks Tech Skills with ASTTBC

ASTTBC Meets Minister Oakes and Talks Red Tape Reduction

ASTTBC Members Eager to Apply for PTech Registration

SAVE THE DATE - ASTTBC's 57th AGM

Underground Utility Locator Certification Program to Launch

Important Building Act Update

BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative

2016 Georgie Awards Winners Announced

ASTTBC Bronze Sponsor: VIBE Awards Gala April 16th

ASTTBC Member Vies for 2016 National Master Curling Title

President of SITE-BC Elected For Additional Term

TechPROfile: William Moroz, AScT

Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

WorkSafeBC: 2016-2018 Policy Priorities Workplan

ASTTBC 'Pipe Dream' Gift to BCIT Installed on Burnaby Campus

Construction Employers Leader Meets with ASTTBC CEO

BC Science Outreach Workshop

College of Applied Biology - 2016 Conference & AGM

Science Odyssey Takes Place May 6 - 15

ASTTBC Partners with BIM to Offer Access Funding for Training

Climate Leadership Plan Engagement - Built Environment

2016 Local Economic Development in B.C. survey

Science World Announces New CEO

Wood Design Awards BC 2016 Winners

Invitation Hire Civil Engineering Technology Co-op Students

Introduction to the BIG Little Science Centre

Member Services Partner Spotlight: TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

ASTTBC Code of Ethics 10

Technological Innovation

Finance Department Update

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

Update Your Contact Info

ASTTBC Social Media



BC Government Proclaims Technology Skills Appreciation Week March 21-25

The BC Government proclaimed March 21st - 25th as the first ever Technology Skills Appreciation Week. Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services, made the announcement at a celebration event on March 17th at the B.C. Legislature.
The proclamation recognizes the valuable contribution of people working in applied technology and skilled trades to the province's economy and labour force. Since B.C.'s technology sector is growing faster than the overall economy, it is critical for the province to attract, retain and develop in-demand skills.

“Technology Skills Appreciation Week provides a great opportunity to showcase the application of technology skills throughout the B.C. workforce,” said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CEO. “Technology skills are critical to the safety, growth, development and sustainability of B.C.'s economy and the environment. We applaud the BC government for recognizing the contribution of the many workers who employ technology skills every day whether as a technologist, technician, tradesperson, forester, construction worker, engineer, biologist, or one of many other careers.”

On March 21, to kick off Technology Skills Appreciation Week, ASTTBC was invited by the City of Surrey to tour its state-of-the-art Traffic Management Centre. The ASTTBC office is located in Surrey. The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux and MLA Marvin Hunt, along with guests from the Surrey Board of Trade and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, joined ASTTBC staff for a tour led by General Manager of Engineering and Acting CAO Fraser Smith, PEng, and ASTTBC members of his staff.

Click here to watch a video from ASTTBC CEO John Leech recognizing valuable contribution of people working in technological skilled trades.
Click here to read the full press release from the BC Government.
Click here to watch a video from the BC Government announcing Technology Skills Appreciation Week.

Here are a few quick facts:

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Minister Shirley Bond Talks Tech Skills with ASTTBC

Technical skills and careers are important to BC's growth and development and this recognition
has served as the driver behind a partnership between the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills
Training and ASTTBC. “Over the past four to five years ASTTBC has put in place world-class
systems and services to assist new immigrants work through self-assessment against ASTTBC
standards and then on to application with ASTTBC as a technologist, technician or technical
specialist," said ASTTBC CEO, John Leech who with MJ Whitemarsh, were the ASTTBC
representatives at a recent meeting with Minister Bond. “The Minister and Ministry staff has
been incredible partners in driving change that will assure newcomers to BC and Canada that
they can get into a technical career as soon as possible.” ASTTBC has noted, for example, that
some engineers in other countries cannot get registered as a PEng with APEGBC but they then
can look to ASTTBC as an alternate pathway.

During the meeting the Minister indicated support for future initiatives that showcase technical skills and assist British Columbians as well as new immigrants get their skills assessed and move to a technical career. In some instances this will mean transitioning from one career area to another, due to technological change or changing demands of the marketplace. The Minister encouraged ASTTBC to support refugees as they find their way into the BC workplace.

ASTTBC has been working with pilot programming for First Nations. One example is a Public Works Technician program that ASTTBC is working on with the Musqueam and a number of First Nations communities. ASTTBC anticipates roll out of a pilot program later this year.

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ASTTBC Meets Minister Oakes and Talks Red Tape Reduction

The Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Coralee Oakes, recognized Red Tape
Reduction Day on March 2 and ASTTBC was involved. A meeting with the Minister in advance
of Red Tape Reduction Day provided ASTTBC an opportunity to report on preliminary work to
identify areas where changes to current legislation, regulation, policies and procedures will assist in making business more effective.

In a letter March 2 to ASTTBC CEO John Leech the Minister said," I wanted to take a moment
to personally thank you for your efforts on behalf of your members to identify items and
solutions to reduce red tape.”

Minister Oakes wrote an Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed) piece on red tape reduction.

To read the Op-Ed piece click HERE

“We had a great meeting with the Minister during which ASTTBC reported on preliminary
suggestions for reduction of red tape,” said ASTTBC CEO John Leech. “ASTTBC also reported
on a survey we conducted with ASTTBC members involved in small and medium sized
enterprises (SME).” The survey was developed by ASTTBC in collaboration with Ministry staff.
ASTTBC has committed to building into its new database information on SMEs that will be of
benefit to the Ministry in terms of better understanding the linkages of Technology Professionals
to small and medium sized enterprises.

The Minister provided a list of recent changes made by Government to make business more effective.

To read the list of changes to red tape reduction click HERE.

The subject of practice limitations and restrictions facing ASTTBC members was also discussed, with ASTTBC offering a few suggestions as to how this critical issue might be remedied. Further follow up meetings are anticipated.

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ASTTBC Members Eager to Apply for PTech Registration

Over 50% of the ASTTBC members participating in a webinar indicated they plan to apply for PTech in 2016! During the ASTTBC UPDATE, webinar President Keith Trulson and staff providing information on the status of PTech roll-out in BC. the results of the poll showed 52% indicating they will be making application this year.

Click HERE to watch the webinar if you missed it.

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SAVE THE DATE - ASTTBC's 57th AGM - May 27

TECH Professionals in Demand!

All of this and MORE! Join us at our 2016 Annual General Meeting & Conference on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey from 7:30am - 3:30pm.

Mark your calendars, and see YOU there!

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Underground Utility Locator Certification Program to Launch

April is Safe Digging Month and ASTTBC is poised to launch its new Underground Utility Locator Certification program (UUL). Developed in partnership with the BC Common Ground Alliance and other key stakeholders, the program will bring an enhanced level of safety to the public.

The slogan “Call before you dig” is a safety measure to prevent potential utility strikes. The role of a locator is to identify the likely presence and location of underground utilities including telecommunications, electricity, gas, water, sewer and other services or materials, which may be present or otherwise previously identified - a critical role when involving any type of ground disturbance.

For more information on the Locator Certification Program, please visit ASTTBC.org.

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Important Building Act Update

The Building and Safety Standards Branch has sent out an important bulletin on updates to the
Building Act. The updates include the following:

Click HERE to read the entire bulletin.

More information about the Building Act will be coming later this spring, including information
about how to apply for a local variation under section 7 of the Act. In the meanwhile, if you
have questions about the Building Act or its implementation, please see the Building Act
WEBSITE or contact Dale Anderson in the Building and Safety Standards Branch at
dale.anderson@gov.bc.ca

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BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) is currently offering the opportunity of wage subsidy for technology companies that are looking to hire a summer student. The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program is delivered through co-op departments at BC post-secondary institutions. It encourages student training and job readiness through work terms with small firms in tech or any companies hiring for tech roles.

The BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative (BCIC-ISI) is designed to cultivate future technology entrepreneurs and innovators with the ultimate goal of creating quality, high-paying jobs for the BC economy. BCIC-ISI is focused on fulfilling regional industry needs while preparing students to start companies, in addition to filling jobs.

We hope ASTTBC Members (whether students or Small Medium Businesses) are able to take advantage of this chance to provide business, technical, innovation and entrepreneurial training, skills and experience to meet the needs of industry in BC.

Don't delay - the deadline for applications has been extended to April 16th, 2016.

View the PROGRAM GUIDE

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2016 Georgie Awards Winners Announced

BURNABY, BC (March 14, 2016) - The Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC) is pleased to announce the winning entries for the 2016 Georgie Awards.

The winners were announced on Friday, March 11, in Vancouver in front of over 600 members and guests at the sold-out 24th Annual Georgie Awards Gala. The event featured emcee Todd Talbot, from W Network's Love it or List it Vancouver, opening act Fresh Dance Crew and a performance from break-dance crew Now or Never in the second half of the program.

To be eligible for a Georgie Award, members of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC submitted entries from across British Columbia that were built, renovated, developed, created and/or marketed during the period of January 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015. The finalists and winners were selected by a panel of out-of-province industry professionals.

"The Georgie Awards continue to be the premier housing awards program in Canada because of the diverse and high-level entries we receive from across British Columbia," said CHBA BC's CEO Neil Moody. "This year was no exception and all of the winners represent the level of quality and professionalism we have come to expect within the residential construction industry in the province. Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners for their accomplishments."

Click HERE for the full list of winners of the 2016 Georgie Awards.

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ASTTBC Bronze Sponsor: VIBE Awards Gala, April 16th

The VIBE Awards, owned and produced by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of Vancouver Island (CHBA-VI), is Vancouver Island's premier housing awards program that highlights and celebrates excellence in home building on Vancouver Island.

The Awards aim to showcase the commitment and dedication to the high standards that CHBA Vancouver Island member companies strive to uphold.

CHBA Members that enter the VIBE Awards may also enter the provincial CHBA Georgie Awards and the CHBA National Awards of Excellence.

Click HERE to read more about Gala night and purchase tickets!

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ASTTBC Member Vies for 2016 National Master Curling Title

Throughout his technical career in the electrical industry and along with his active participation as a leader with ASTTBC, Past President Keith Switzer, AScT has honed and maintained his competitive curling skills.

Just two years ago, Keith's Vancouver based mixed (two men, two women) team won the BC Championship and represented BC in the 2014 National Finals in Ottawa. This, naturally whetted his interest in more. A new team was formed a year ago - intending to play the 2015 Men's Masters competition in BC. Keith and his team of Vic Shimizu, Ben Nishi, and Wayne Saito earned a spot in the BC Masters Final after playing in the Lower Mainland regional qualifier. They went on to win the BC Masters through the week of March 8 - 13th, and now are heading to Halifax (and Wolfville - Kentville), Nova Scotia (April 3rd to 10th) to represent the province in the Canadian Championships.

Good curling, Keith - and may the broom technology controversy not interfere with the games you play!

Check out Keith's team HERE!

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President of SITE-BC Elected For Additional Term

On Saturday March 19, at the SITE-BC AGM held at VPL, Fernando Borja, P.Eng., was elected for an additional term as President of SITE-BC.

ASTTBC has been working with Fernando and SITE-BC Past President K.C. Chau for many years, and we expect the By-Law change which recognizes the right of Certified Technicians and Applied Science Technologists to apply for membership (until now restricted to persons who are, or who are eligible to be, APEGBC members) to be formally recognized by the BC Government within the month. This long-awaited change will open SITE-BC's membership up to all ITPs whose education and work experience was not fully recognized by APEGBC, or who chose not to apply, opting instead for ASTTBC membership.

ASTTBC congratulates Fernando on his re-election, and looks forward to continuing to support the good work done by SITE-BC.

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TechPROfile: William Moroz, AScT

An online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.

Featured TechPROfile: William Moroz, AScT
Senior Civil Technologist at McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd

William Moroz, AScT, is a Civil Technologist with a varied background including: topography/structural surveys, construction quality management and site inspections, process requirements, computer analysis of field data, design and drafting, and cost/quantity estimating. He is a Registered Civil Technologist for McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd with experience in the use of AutoCAD, Softree and EaglePoint software packages, among others.

Specific career Highlights include...

Professional & Community Activities
First Place "Deputy Minister's Consulting Awards" - "Specialized Engineering" Ellis Creek Fish Ladder. McElhanney Consulting Services and Urban Systems Ltd. of Kamloops took the top award for Specialized Engineering Services at the 12th annual Deputy Minister's Consulting Engineers Awards, for their work on the Ellis Creek fish bypass channel in Penticton. The two firms were awarded a $175,000 contract to design an upstream fish passage that would allow fish species such as kokanee, salmon and rainbow trout to freely navigate around a 1.5-metre high obstruction, put in place more than 50 years ago on Ellis Creek. Removing this barrier was not an option as it contains an active municipal sewer main. Other design challenges included variable stream flows and limited space for the works to be constructed.

Why I Became a Technology Professional
“I have always enjoyed the physical building of structures with my Dad (journeyman carpenter) and wanted a career where I could do both design and construct. Now after 20+ years in Civil design and construction, I have been apart of teams and projects that are truly incredible.”

Click HERE to submit your TechPROfile with us today for a chance to be featured in future eNews.

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Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS website to view our current postings.

Featured Job:
The Krahn Group of Companies has two openings with applications currently being accepted:

  1. Structural Drafting Technician
  2. Architectural Draftsperson (Landscaping)

Click on the positions above to learn more about each one.

Established in 1984, the Krahn Group is a full-service programming, design, and engineering firm dedicated to providing creative solutions to the most challenging structural, civil, and building design projects. Over the past 29 years, we've established a reputation for providing the most innovative, comprehensive, and cost-effective solutions to our clients across Canada.

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WorkSafeBC: 2016-2018 Policy Priorities Workplan

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division (PRRD) has prepared a draft Policy Priorities Workplan for stakeholder review and comment. This workplan encompasses proposed policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments, and occupational health and safety (OHS). OHS regulatory amendments will be included in the consultation.

The discussion paper with details of the proposed projects for the workplan is now available on WorkSafe BC's WEBSITE for comment. Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed workplan, and to provide feedback by April 4, 2016.

After the consultation period, the PRRD will present the Board of Directors with the proposed workplan and any stakeholder feedback for their consideration and approval. Once approved, the workplan will be available on WorkSafe BC's WEBSITE.

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ASTTBC 'Pipe Dream' Gift to BCIT Installed on Burnaby Campus

For BCIT's 50th Anniversary in 2014, ASTTBC commissioned Pipe Dream, an original
sculpture by BC artist Douglas Walker, celebrating the Association's 50-year partnership with
BCIT.

After finding a permanent home in Building SW9 on the BCIT campus, BCIT and ASTTBC
folks were on hand for the formal unveiling on Monday March 21st, 2016.

“This sculpture represents the enduring relationship that ASTTBC has had and will continue to
have with BCIT” remarked CEO John Leech.

"An inquiry leads to an idea, and an idea leads to a process when dreaming and creativity take
place. Pipe Dream is a three dimensional collection of engineering artifacts that engages the
mind and kick-starts a whole new process." Artist's statement.

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Construction Employers Leader Meets with ASTTBC CEO

Clyde Scollen, President and CEO of Construction Labour Relations Association of BC, and
ASTTBC CEO John Leech met at the CLRABC office to reflect on areas of common interest
between the organizations. The two have crossed paths in a number of areas over the years, most recently as Directors on the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table and when Clyde was the
volunteer President of the Board for Skills Canada - BC.

The two reviewed the key purpose of both enterprises and explored areas for joint engagement.
A worthwhile meeting with likely connections moving forward.

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BC Science Outreach Workshop

As a Science Charter Member, ASTTBC was pleased to volunteer many hours to support this year's BC Science Outreach Workshop on March 7th. Hosted by Science World, this successful event attracted approx. 100+ members of the science outreach, education and communications communities from across BC.

The event opened with an inspirational keynote speech by Dr. Elizabeth Croft, Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development at UBC about Gender Engagement followed by breakout sessions on STEM in high school, social media, collaboration and building lasting relationships and supporting teachers in Place Based Learning. From the morning sessions participants moved into a networking lunch and the launch of the new Science Charter WEBSITE.

In the afternoon the conference was thrilled to have Paolo Pietropaolo speak about Creative Communication followed by additional breakout sessions on topics like professional development best practices, building science kits, the future of social media and STEM in the aboriginal context.

ASTTBC thanks Bill Baglot, Chair of FNCC for his valuable contributions the STEM in the Aboriginal Context breakout session. Involving the group of panelists pictured above, the session was opened by Roberta Price, Coast Salish Elder (Snuneymuxw and Cowichan Nations) and involved informative presentations about successful outreach programs in BC and a moving inspirational story by Janelle Dobson-Kocsis about her personal STEM educational journey. She is currently enrolled in the psychiatric nursing program at Douglas College and we wish her all the best with her education!

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College of Applied Biology - 2016 Conference & AGM

The College of Applied Biology's Earth Day Conference will feature presentations and panel discussions on recent developments and new expectations impacting natural resource and environmental professionals. Specific topics include:

Registration for a live online webcast is available for those who are unable to travel to the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in person. Discounted registration rates are available for members of any professional regulatory organization, including ASTTBC!

VIEW THE SCHEDULE
REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE WEBCAST OR TO ATTEND IN PERSON
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

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Science Odyssey Takes Place May 6 - 15

There is good news for the celebration of science and technology in Canada: what was previously known as the annual National Science and Technology Week is in a process of revitalization and resurgence. Under the lead of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), it is now known as Science Odyssey and will take place from May 6 to 15, 2016.

With a particular emphasis on Canadian youth, Science Odyssey will be ten days of discovery and innovation. Hundreds of events will take place all across Canada, bringing science to the streets and the general public closer to research labs, museums, research centres, and many other science & technology institutions and organizations.

We encourage ASTTBC Members to watch for further details regarding activities across the Province during the month of May and to let us know of any happenings taking place in your community.

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ASTTBC Partners with BIM to Offer Access Funding for Training

ASTTBC & Canada Jobs Grant
ASTTBC has partnered with Back in Motion (BIM) to offer members the Canada-BC Job Grant (CJG). This is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that is designed to help employers offset the expense of employee training. The grant covers up to two-thirds of the cost of training an employee, to a maximum government contribution of $10,000 for each employee trained.

How we can help
Back in Motion (a government approved Delivery Partner) offers free individualized support to
employers throughout the process, from providing information on the CJG through to the final application submission. We can even help assess training needs, develop training plans and organize group training. Additionally, through our other FREE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, Back in Motion is able to help employers to find the right employees for their needs.

Who can apply?
The CJG is currently accepting applications from BC employers who plan to train new or existing employees. Funds have been allocated for BC Jobs Plan PRIORITY SECTOR employers, and any employers planning to train New Canadians and/or Refugees.

Training must commence on or before March 31st, 2016 to be eligible, so don't delay!

How to Get Started?
To learn more about the CJG and how you can apply, please complete this FORM and an Employer Coordinator will contact you shortly.

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Climate Leadership Plan Engagement - Built Environment

A meeting called by the BC Provincial Government's Housing and Construction Standards Branch's Office of Building and Safety Standards was held on Friday January 22nd in Victoria. The meeting was attended in person by about 30 people, with another 50 or so listening on their home or office phones. A wide variety of stakeholders comprised the total attendance, with representation from many branches of Government, professional associations (ASTTBC being one), industry associations, utilities, construction equipment and materials manufacturers, First Nations representatives and several others.

All were in the room to hear how the government intended to address the process of updating the BC Building Code to best comply with the need to tackle climate change, and all learned that they were expected to be part of that update process, with a broad objective of significantly reducing the emissions of GHGs (greenhouse gases) from all buildings, public and private, small and large, new and old, over the next few decades. Here's an excerpt from the Terms of

Reference:
“If the Province pursues ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets from the building sector, this transition would require support for and from a wide range of stakeholders. A comprehensive approach that considers construction standards as well as advancements in areas such as manufacturing, community planning, maintenance and the use of buildings, and job skills, training and advanced education will be required.”

The agenda covered the broad basic plan for wide consultation to address a huge variety of issues related to this objective, and it was made clear that the changes we can expect will be both revolutionary and challenging. The next three meetings will start to 'drill down' into the possible details of this impressive and truly ambitious series of consultations, and I believe that we (as Technologists) can expect to be closely involved for many years to come, with the Building Code updates coming every five years. Continuous change will be the norm, and adaptability will be required of all of us as new standards are developed and implemented, new materials continually introduced and past changes measured and evaluated. I see this as a macro-application of the Deming Cycle - PDCA: plan > do > check > act > repeat.

As well as ongoing participation and support for this process, which will affect a significant proportion of the ASTTBC membership, we will need to develop our own initiatives, activities which only we can implement. Among those should be (I would suggest) are:

  1. Education: add one more stand-alone primary topic to the list of Generals in the National Standards (either/both editions) - Climate Change Awareness. This topic would be addressed by one or more mandatory courses in the basics of climate change, and would include the needed math (primarily statistics), physics and chemistry for graduates from ALL technology programs in all disciplines to emerge with a clear understanding of the issue, on an equal par with (e.g.) safety, ethics, math, etc.
  1. Communication: working closely and continuously with APEGBC (and all other stakeholder professional associations) to ensure that all planned, pending and superseded Building (and Electrical, etc.) code changes are quickly and thoroughly dispersed throughout the sector to our members and non-members. Ensure that code updates are actively implemented by all practitioners throughout our sector.

Click here to read more about the upcoming public consultations for Climate Leadership Plan Engagement.

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2016 Local Economic Development in B.C. survey

The BCEDA asking for economic development practitioners, local leaders, community officials, local government staff, and other key local economic development stakeholders to take 15-20 minutes to complete this survey, which will inform the work of the provincial government, UBCM and BCEDA.

The survey will be open until 5:00pm (PDT) on Friday, April 1st. Since the survey is anonymous, feel free to forward the link to those involved with economic development in your community (particularly any local government staff members). Participation in the survey is voluntary, and a response is encouraged, not required. The data is being collected by the Government of British Columbia and will be shared only in aggregate form as general conclusions.

Click HERE to participate on or AFTER April 1st!

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Science World Announces New CEO

On March 18, 2016 Science World British Columbia was pleased to announce the appointment
of Dr. Scott D. Sampson as its incoming President and CEO effective July 4, 2016.

Dr. Sampson will take over from Bryan Tisdall, the long-standing and current President and
CEO, who will retire after 19 years of service on June 30, 2016. Bryan is a good friend and Honorary Member of ASTTBC and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

Click HERE to read the Media Release.

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Wood Design Awards BC 2016 Winners

ASTTBC was proud to once again sponsor the Environmental Performance Award at the Wood Design Awards BC, presented by Wood WORKS! BC. 

More than 350 design and building professionals, including architects, engineers, designers, project teams, industry sponsors and guests, gathered to honour the nominees and winners of the 2016 Wood Design Awards BC, held on February 29 in Vancouver. The 12th annual awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre recognized leadership in advancing wood use in design and building, while celebrating structural and architectural achievement using wood. 

Here are the winners of this year’s Wood Design Awards BC

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Invitation Hire Civil Engineering Technology Co-op Students

ASTTBC invites members to post positions with the intent to hire Civil Engineering Technology Co-op students from Camosun College, as they are currently accepting co-op opportunities for the Summer 2016.

Consider where in your operation the following skills could be of benefit:

Click HERE to begin an application!

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Introduction to the BIG Little Science Centre

The BIG Little Science Centre (BLSC) was started in February 2000 by Gordon Gore, a retired science teacher who has dedicated his life to teaching science in an interactive environment. Over 184,000 guests have visited the Centre in our 15 years of operation. They are a not-for-profit society and is a federally registered charity. Volunteers play a critical role; as the board of directors, assisting with larger groups, running off site activities and special events. Located in Kamloops, British Columbia our guests include school groups from multiple school districts, local families, and travelers from all over the world.

BLSC is dedicated to developing a passion for science in people of all ages. Operating six days a week, year round, they provide educational science fun to a broad audience of all ages, in an intimate, non-intimidating atmosphere. They offer amazing shows, labs, lectures, camps, parties and special activities for the public and school students, workshops for teachers. The main Centre has over 140 different interactive science exhibits in the Exploration Room. Hands on exploration, awesome quality science programs, and a great deal of FUN; that is the BIG Little Science Centre.

Learn more about BLSC here.

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Member Services Partner Spotlight: TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex (TDMM) has been an ASTTBC group benefit partner since 2001. As a leading provider of group home and auto insurance, TDMM continually strives to provide our members with quality products and services at preferred group rates and attentive, professional customer service.

In 2015, 523 members participated in the Insurance program, holding a total of 594 policies and generating $716,050 in annual written premiums; an increase of 5% in written premiums.

Click HERE to learn about available coverage options.

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: 10

Promote public knowledge and appreciation of applied science, information and engineering technology and protect the Association from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

Amplification:
The principle is self-explanatory and no amplification is needed.

Commentary:
The general public’s image of ASTTBC and its members is based on impressions gained from many sources. These perceptions are, in turn, biased both by the context in which they are encountered and by the past experience of the observers. Typical sources of these impressions include students of technology, the media, friends, relatives and teachers, some of who may be members, and so on.

Members of ASTTBC are role models and must be aware of it. What they do and say, and the manner in which they communicate, is observed, absorbed and reported by others including children, non-member associates and friends. It is apparent, therefore, that what the public understands about members and their work depends upon members’ actions and what they understand themselves to be.

A positive image of the Association, its members and its technologies can be promoted in many ways including conscientious work, a caring attitude towards others, particularly students, and active participation in educational programs such as high school career days and science fairs.

Members should be prepared to defend the Association in the light of unfair and defamatory comments. They must, however, beware of the danger of compounding a problem with an inadequate or incorrect rebuttal.

Guesswork must be avoided and correct facts obtained. If necessary, a source that has the facts and that can follow up on the matter properly should be sought. The staff at the ASTTBC office can help in this regard. Helping the public to become better informed and drawing its attention to our good works will promote and enhance our professional image.

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Technological Innovation

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, John Morton at jmorton@ASTTBC.org

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Finance Department Update: Dues Notice

2016 Annual Dues, electronic and hard copy invoices have been mailed several times this year, to access your invoice and to pay your dues, please follow the link HERE.

If you still haven't received your 2016 Dues notice please contact Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org (604) 585-2788 Ext. 237 for updating your contact information.

Please pay immediately to avoid cancellation and contact Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org if facing financial hardship or health problems.

A $100 fee plus GST will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of dues to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership.

What does professional certification in ASTTBC says about you?

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

A reminder that ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.

Professional technologists, technicians and technical specialists are accountable to the public and their profession. As a professional regulatory body ASTTBC is required to assure the public that members continue to meet the high standards set for registration and the CPD Program provides a guide for members as they consider their continuing education needs.

Click here to read out policy.

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Update Your Contact Info

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

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