ASTTBC e-News, May 2015
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BC's economic advantage and current professional opportunities were the main topics of discussion at this year's AGM in Surrey, BC. ASTTBC Council and staff were pleased to welcome close to 200 members and stakeholders to the Sheraton Guildford Hotel and even more participants via webinar from throughout BC for this informative session.
The event theme 'Technology Professionals — BC's Economic Advantage' showcased the vital impact Technology Professionals have on building a vibrant BC economy and stressed the growing demand for qualified techs as a result of demographic and economic trends.
The day commenced with video greetings from Premier CHRISTY CLARK and Hon. ANDREW WILKINSON, Minister of Advanced Education acknowledging the important contributions ASTTBC members provide to BC's economy.
The Business Session shared highlights of ASTTBC's initiatives for 2014 and the coming year as well as announced the ASTTBC Council for 2015-2016:
Council Directors: Heather Andreychuk, AScT, Lisa Bailey, AScT, ROWP, Todd Blackstock, AScT, Jeff Collins, AScT, Russell Dobie, AScT, Edzel Escala, AScT, Dmitri Gulak, AScT, PQS, MRICS, Kai Hui, AScT, David Sparanese, AScT, CPWI 3
The culmination of the morning session celebrated ASTTBC members with 25, 40 and 50 year certificates acknowledging their continued commitment to ASTTBC.
ASTTBC welcomed keynote speaker and economist Ryan Berlin of Urban Futures Inc., who provided thought-provoking insight through visual graphic wizardry into economic and demographic trends, and explained how aging and immigration are impacting the labour market.
The guests were treated to a discussion panel entitled Embracing Emerging Opportunities in BC's Marketplace. It consisted of the following industry leaders:
Marcus-Ewart-Johns, VP BC Division, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Dale Wheeldon, President & CEO, BC Economic Development Association
Jonathan Kassian, Project Manager, Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table
Presenters stressed our diverse economic base, the heightened pressures resulting from a shortage in skilled labour, increased opportunities in manufacturing in general and more specifically in shipbuilding, mining, LNG, forestry and from the SITE C project.
Thank you to the discussion panel for delivering an informative session!
ASTTBC was pleased to have Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley and Marvin Hunt, MLA for Surrey-Panorama share a few words during lunch.
The afternoon panel session was entitled Engaging BC's Best — A Professional Reliance Discussion and included:
Diane Nicholls, RPF, Acting Chief Forester in the Resource Stewardship Division of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Garth Webber Atkins, MSc, RPF, Manager, Crown Land Planning in the LNG, Crown Land Opportunities and Restoration Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, Immediate Past President of ASTTBC, Instructor and BCIT Program Head in the Geomatics Engineering Technology and Degree program.
Evelyn Syjuco, AScT was the winner of the iPad Mini for early-bird registration!
ASTTBC recognizes and thanks our AGM 2015 Event Partners and Sponsors:
BCIT Alumni Association
Lindsay Kenney LLP
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
Horseshoe Press Inc.
VIEW the ASTTBC Annual Meeting photo album at...
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto (MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale), talked with ASTTBC leaders about opportunities to work together with government to learn more about ASTTBC members working in small business.
"Many members of ASTTBC own and operate or work for small and medium size firms and through their services make a significant contribution to BC's economy," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford. "We had a great chat with the minister and as a result identified a few areas where ASTTBC can help government move forward as they work to support and assist small business."
ASTTBC council member David Sparanese, AScT, CPWI 3 and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, joined Dave at the meeting with the minister. ASTTBC committed to working with the minister by identifying areas where current regulations hinder small business and offering up suggestions where new regulation might assist BC businesses.
SEE the photo
ASTTBC has announced that Professional Technologist (PTech) will be implemented in BC before the end of 2015. A statement dated May 4th, 2015 on PTech frames the new professional title that will be available for Senior Certified Members of ASTTBC.
"Professional Technologist - PTech - is a new professional designation in BC that will better serve the public interest," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford. "Regulatory bodies and governments at all levels will look to PTech as a professional credential for work and services requiring an ASTTBC member with an advanced level of technical and professional competency."
Rutherford noted a parallel with health care professionals saying, "The PTech is similar in some ways to the Nurse Practitioner, where ASTTBC senior members will be recognized to carry out work and provide independent services in areas within their competencies, just as the Nurse Practitioner has been given rights to practice that in the past were restricted to others in the health care team."
ASTTBC-registered members are currently recognized by some legislation or regulation to assume independent responsibility in the fields of engineering and applied science technology for services normal to the competencies of these technology professionals. A decade ago the Environment Act was changed to include 'technologist' in the definition of a 'qualified professional'. The Oil & Gas Commission recognizes ASTTBC members as 'reclamation specialists'. Other similar recognition has been given to members of ASTTBC in the past decade, and more acceptance of ASTTBC members is likely in the future, especially with the PTech credential in place. ASTTBC technologists typically hold a Diploma of Technology from BCIT, college and universities or equivalent foreign credential and have acquired technical competencies as required to meet ASTTBC certification standards.
There are some cool draw prizes available but only if you have filled out the survey! It takes only about 10-12 minutes of your time.
You won't want to miss this. Up for grabs is a 60-Minute Discovery Flight with King George Aviation where you can sit back and enjoy the view on a flight with an instructor or grab hold of the controls and experience it for yourself. How cool is that for a prize?
The data we gather from the Member Compensation Survey is critical and can impact both employees and employers when it comes to negotiating your wages.
We hope you'll do your part today and fill out the 2015 Member Compensation Survey today!
PARTICIPATE now and view past survey reports
The first ASTTBC Photo Contest garnered plenty of interest and plenty of entrants. A total of 120 photos were submitted and almost all aspects of ASTTBC were represented. The range and quality of the shots made it very difficult for our independent panel of judges. The judging panel was made up of three members of the association. After narrowing it down to a selection of 20, the judges worked together to come up with our four prizes winners and four Honourable Mentions.
Patrick Cochrane, our Gold Photo winner, was on his way out the door for another three months in Uganda when he was notified of his winning, and was so pleased to hear of the recognition for his photo:
"I must say I am most grateful for being awarded for a submission to the ASTTBC Photo Contest. I'm especially pleased that the photo chosen reflects my passion — empowering design professionals, both in Canada at Thompson Rivers University, and in the developing world, with Engineering Ministries International. It's my hope that this will encourage others to use their skills and resources to build capacity in others, and help make this world a better place," said Patrick.
The prizes were awarded as follows: Grand Prize: Andi Buechi, AScT
Gold: Patrick Cochrane, AScT
Silver: Art Schimpel, CTech
Bronze: Alejandro Aceytuno, GradTech
Ian Emery, AScT
Roger Strukoff, AScT
Avril Sullivan, AScT
John Chabada, AScT
Congratulations to all our entrants!
SEE our winning photos and all the entries.
The role of technologists, technicians and technical specialists and how they provide services to local government was part of the conversation at a recent ASTTBC member meeting in Victoria. On hand to speak to the 60 members was the Executive Director of the Local Government Management Association, Nancy Taylor.
"Local governments are a large employer of ASTTBC members and they also engage the services of ASTTBC members either directly or through the member's employer," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE.
"We appreciated that Nancy took time out of her busy schedule to talk about the role of LGMA and of her members, the Chief Administrative Officers and senior staff of local and regional levels of government."
ASTTBC and LGMA have been connecting over the past three to four years for the purpose of staying in touch on key issues and to collaborate in areas of common interest.
SEE the photo of Nancy receiving an ASTTBC clock as a thank you gift.
The new CEO for the Architectural institute of BC (AIBC), Mark Vernon and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE met for a 'get-to-know-you' lunch.
"We had a delightful conversation over a great lunch at the Pan Pacific Hotel," remarked Leech. "Mark has a broad background in educational leadership, including in the international arena with over 30 trips to China!"
This experience has already led to an exchange between the two CEOs on an ASTTBC special project in which the association is loading foreign credential recognition information into a database. Mark offered to assist ASTTBC in this and related projects.
The ASTTBC CEO indicated that he looks forward to a great working relationship with Mark as the two associations carry out their respective mandates.
ASTTBC's Building Designers met in early May 2015, to discuss the ways and means of renewing and reenergizing the focus of this particular discipline. There was a palpable excitement in the air about the path ahead.
"This meeting was a modest first step in reigniting ASTTBC building designers," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "When the Architectural Institute of BC launched an effort almost a decade ago to draw architectural and building technologists into their association, ASTTBC put our Building Designers Institute of BC on hold. Recently AIBC decided it would accept 'architectural technologists' but would not embrace building designers in independent practice. It is now timely that ASTTBC revitalize our designers in order that the association is on top of designers' interests and needs and is poised to address their issues."
SEE photo of the meeting
Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates, please note that the CANCELLATION DATE is scheduled for end of May and if you haven't paid your 2015 dues yet please contact our office as soon as possible.
EMAIL Lumi Guias or call her at (604) 585-2788 ext. 237
We have sent several reminders this year and have contacted members by phone to answer questions and concerns addressed in regards to membership and annual dues. Reminders were sent on May 12th to give ASTTBC members two weeks notice to pay before cancellation. We encourage you to pay your dues online.
A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE has been applied to all late payments after January 31st, 2015.
A $75 FEE will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of dues to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership.
Cancellation is at the end of May 2015.
Technical Specialist Groups Annual Renewal fee for 2015
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, Steel Detailing registrants were sent electronic invoices for the annual renewal fee on April 7th and fees are due and payable before June 1st, 2015.
Hard copy invoices were mailed April 27, 2015.
A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE will be applied to all late payments after the first week of June.
A $75 FEE will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of fees to uncancel and reinstate membership.
CANCELLATION for non-payment will occur much earlier in 2015, than in previous years.
"Technologists, technicians and technical specialists are a significant part of the engineering community," says the Past President of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - BC (ACEC-BC), Cameron Gatey, PEng.
Gatey attended a recent Kamloops ASTTBC meeting and spoke about the role of their association and the important contribution ASTTBC members make to the 90 companies that are members of ACEC-BC.
"Cameron delivered a brief but key message to ASTTBC members," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "He stressed that technology professionals are critical to the engineering consulting sector and would encourage young British Columbians to consider a career as a technologist or technician."
Gatey talked about the 90 firms that belong to ACEC-BC, an industry that contributes some $6 Billion to the BC economy. On careers in engineering technology Gatey said, "ASTTBC members offer valuable services that are in demand. Our firms could not get by without technology professionals."
When Sarah Campden, CTech polled the BCWiT group of women, requesting mentors to participate in the Skills BC Trades and Technology Conference in Abbotsford on April 15th, Justine Parco was thrilled to say yes!
As both a Red Seal Electrician and an Electronics Engineering Technologist, Justine was excited to represent both technology and trades to the young women. She was paired up with a female carpenter, and together they went from table to table discussing their education, career path and adventures along the way, to a group of approximately 120 high school students. Justine was armed with her map of Canada to show the girls where she has lived and worked throughout the country, as well as describing how having her AScT designation sets her apart from the traditional roster of electricians, making work more abundant in times of recession.
Justine passed around her pair of 1000V rated gloves, complete with leather protectors and hard-hat with arc flash shield, to provide the girls with hands-on experience of Personal Protective Equipment. Coming from the perspective of someone whose daily activities focus on automation, she knew that most high school students would be unaware of exactly what it encompasses.
It was gratifying to Justine to see this discussion open young minds to the idea of skilled trades and technology. She overheard one woman describing the financial struggle she endured following high school and after working in retail realized 'you need skills to pay the bills!'
The ASTTBC Foundation provides thousands of dollars annually to support first and second-year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs. Students must apply directly through the awards office of their college or institute or check with their instructors.
To determine if your program is eligible, please CLICK HERE.
To be eligible to receive an ASTTBC Foundation bursary or award, you must be a full-time student and a member of ASTTBC. The ASTTBC Student Membership is free. To apply, CLICK HERE.
One $1,000 bursary is offered directly from the ASTTBC Foundation each year to a Grade 12 student who is a child or a grandchild of an ASTTBC member.
APPLICATION CRITERIA and how to apply.
EMAIL your complete application by July 31st to the ASTTBC Foundation, c/o Heather Stevens.
To be eligible to receive an ASTTBC Foundation bursary or award, you must be a full-time student and a member of ASTTBC. The ASTTBC Student Membership is free. To apply, CLICK HERE.
ASTTBC was once again a proud sponsor at the Bronze Level, for the Skills Canada BC Provincial Skills Competition held at Tradex in Abbotsford, BC on April 15th, 2015.
Thousands of people including students, parents, friends and the public came to Tradex to watch secondary and post secondary students compete in a number of trades and technologies competitions.
"This is always such an impressive event to come to every year." says Jason Jung, AScT, Manager of Professional Practice and Development.
ASTTBC also supported the Jr. Skills Gearbots Competition, organized by Dereck Dirom of the Abbotsford School District. Adds Jason, "It's also inspiring to see young, talented students enjoying competition and learning how to problem solve."
Congrats to Amber Papou, Executive Director of Skills Canada BC and her staff for another incredibly successful competition.
MORE information and results
As an association supporter of DEX for the last two years, ASTTBC has been impressed with the number of local, innovative manufacturing industries who exhibit their products and services at the engineering expo.
"Focused on the mechanical-electrical design and manufacturing sector, the event is very well supported by industry, including many ASTTBC members who stopped by at ASTTBC's booth", said Jason Jung, AScT, Manager of Professional Practice and Development at ASTTBC.
Also at the event representing ASTTBC at the show were Jacqueline de Raadt, Manager of Executive Initiatives and Alex Thomson, on his second stint as a summer intern at ASTTBC.
We would like to acknowledge Alan MacPherson and his team at Design Engineering for the opportunity to become an industry supporting association at the event.
MORE information on Design Engineering, the hosts of DEX
A group of Grade 7 students from McGowan Park Elementary in Kamloops, BC made the news recently when their project was accepted in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP). Though off to a rocky start when the rocket booster that was carrying the experiment exploded on lift off, the project was duplicated and eventually made it up to the International Space Station where successful, measurable findings were achieved.
Now in Grade 8, the students have been invited to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC on July 2nd, 2015 to present their findings. They need your help to raise the money for the four students and one teacher involved in the project to get to Washington and for accommodations.
ASTTBC and the ASTTBC Foundation are pleased to support this group of BC kids that will show the world the quality and depth of technology skills in our school system.
"ASTTBC is a champion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is honored to support these students as they represent their school, their city and their province," stated ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE .
If you would like to make a donation please send to:
McGowan Park Elementary SSEP Project
245 Kitchener Crescent
Kamloops BC, V2B 1B9
The Kamloops School District will issue receipts.
FURTHER information on the project and to donate through paypal
With a donation of $2,500 handed to the Kamloops based Big Little Science Centre (BLSC), ASTTBC donations over the past 7 years rose to just over $38,000.
"The Big Little Science Centre helps excite young minds, old and new, to the wonders of science and technology," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE.
Gord Stewart, the Centre's Executive Director, replied on receiving the donation:
"ASTTBC has been a real friend to our centre and a great partner. With the help of ASTTBC and so many other donors the Big Little Science Centre can offer programming to school children in grades K-12 and also to the broader community."
The centre was founded by Gordon Gore a local teacher, scientist and author. Gore is an Honorary member of ASTTBC.
SEE the photo
A recent article in the Kelowna Daily Courier featured the British Columbia Secondary School Mathematics Contest (BCSSMC). ASTTBC was one of the sponsors of this annual event. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Mathematics Contest, which began in 1990 and is hosted at Okanagan College.
"ASTTBC is always proud to support STEM activities that give youth in this province the opportunity to show their stuff," commented ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE.
Read the FULL ARTICLE
We're all getting older! ASTTBC's membership now includes more than 2400 (of the total of about 10,000) who are 55 or older. This suggests that the impending retirements of a large segment of our province's technical workforce will have far-reaching consequences unless we can act together to ensure that the skills and knowledge which contribute so much to our economic well-being are passed along to others.
One very effective way of making that happen is for the prospective retirees to become mentors. At this time, only about eight of our several thousand members have registered and been active as mentors. One of the many Immigrant Service Agencies with which ASTTBC routinely liaises, has asked us to provide mentors for thirty of their clients who are seeking work as engineers and/or technologists, in almost all the disciplines we recognize.
So, if you're one of the 2400 who is likely to retire in the next ten years, please seriously consider giving back to the association, to the community, to the sector and to the economy by becoming a mentor. Pass your wealth of experience to others who can help ensure that your pension is safe! You will find it to be a highly rewarding and critically needed activity.
VISIT the mentoring page on the ittpbc website and sign up!
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
ASTTBC is pleased to welcome the addition of Local Hospitality (LHI) to TechCLUB, our member services program that provides ASTTBC members with valuable insider discounts on various products and services.
Local Hospitality is a hotel and car booking engine that is turning the traditional travel agency model upside down to deliver control and value back to those who truly deserve it—the users that are doing the traveling. As a member of ASTTBC, you will benefit from exclusive travel discounts on car rentals and hotel rooms in Canada and internationally. Exclusive discounts as high as 50%, and averaging 10-20% savings below market on a worldwide inventory of hotels, as well as from over 1,200 rental suppliers at over 30,000 locations around the world. LHI provide the best inventory, availability and rate-type options.
Whether you're making plans for summer vacation or business travel, enjoy the convenience of one-stop shopping with unbeatable hotel rates! Any hotel, any car, anytime, anywhere.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Richard Cave, AScT, is a Senior Design Technologist for Koers & Associates Engineering Limited.
After attending BCIT, he was hired on as a technologist for Chatwin Engineering.
Richard considers some of his career highlights to be obtaining a position with Koers & Associates Engineering Limited and becoming a shareholder, helping develop the Awassa Hand Pump for use in developing nations, and receiving an ASTTBC Top on Technology Award.
Richard enjoys spending time with his wife, children and new grand-daughter. His sports interests include cycling and curling and he is also a drummer for his church worship group.
For his work as ASTTBC Council Director from 2010 to 2015, Richard received an ASTTBC Service Award at our 2015 AGM. Congratulations Richard!
The BIG Little Science Centre Exploration Room is open for public drop in from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m, with special activities and shows running on Saturdays.
Saturday, May 30: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles! 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Huge Bubbles, Square Bubbles, Bubble Foam! Create amazing and fun bubbles all day long.
Saturday, June 6: Air Pressure Show at 11 a.m and at 1:30 p.m. Air is a force of nature that demands respect. Join us for this interactive show to learn why!
Saturday, June 13: Kite and Flight Day, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. See rocket demonstrations, make your own Alka Seltzer rockets, make your own colourful kites and more.
Wednesday June 17: Stormwater Trees at McArthur Island, 7 p.m
Saturday, June 20: Static Electricity Show at 11 a.m and 1:30 p.m. Time for a Science Centre Hairdo! Join us to learn about Static Electricity and see some great sparks!
June 25, 26, 27, 30: Construction Days: LEGO! Megablox, MagNext and more! Building materials will be out all day for creative constructions.
EMAIL Susan Hammond, Assistant Operator, for more information.
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.
HY Engineering is a Surrey, BC based company, looking for a Civil CAD Drafter.
Promote public knowledge and appreciation of applied science, information and engineering technology and protect the Association from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.
The principle is self-explanatory and no amplification is needed.
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.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website 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:
HPO PRESENTS - BUILDING SMART #21 - CHANGES TO 9.32
VENTILATION IN THE BC BUILDING CODE
Williams Lake BC, June 2nd, 2015
EPIC PRESENTS - FOUNDATION DESIGN
Vancouver BC, June 3-5th, 2015
APEGBC PRESENTS - SMALL BUSINESS ESSENTIALS
Webinar, June 25th, 2015
Thank-you for reading our May e-News and have a wonderful June!