ASTT e-News

ASTTBC e-News, November 2015

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

ASTTBC Technology Awards Gala a Tradition of Success

Government Enhances Financial Position of Persons with Disabilities — ASTTBC Plans to Open Doors to Technology Careers

Milestone Achievement for the APEGBC-ASTTBC Joint Board

Minister Letnick says Hello to ASTTBC & ACEC-BC

Consul General for Colombia Talks Portability with ASTTBC

ASTTBC Registrar Speaks at ASPECT Provincial Conference

Past President Dave Rutherford Serves as BCIT Greeter

ASTTBC Sponsors BC Science Teachers

Fire Sprinkler Group Reports: Minister Coleman Appreciative of ASTTBC Involvement

ASTTBC Leaders Chat with Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education

ASTTBC Donates to Ontario Tech Foundation

ASTTBC Council Nominations Requested

A Coaching Approach to Leadership Event in Victoria February 2016: Early Bird Price Available Now

ASTTBC Members Attend Imagining Possibilities Conference for Young Women

Nanaimo VIBE Awards Gala Night, April 2016: Call for Entries

ASTTBC Hits the Newswire — Looming Labour Market Supply Challenges

Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

13th Annual 2016 BC Natural Resource Forum — Save the Date!

BC Ministry of Environment: Site Profile and Soil Relocation Paper Comment Documents Posted

Finance Department Update

TechPROfile: William Patrick Sparling, CD MA-DEM MA-WS AScT

RTMgr Profile: Peter J. Foodikoff, AScT, RTMgr

Call for Retired or Nearly Retired Mentors

ErinPatrick Williams, RCSO Receives National Award

Rob Campbell, PEng — Honourary Member & Public Representative — Visits ASTTBC Office

In the Media and on the Move

CSA to Manage Changes to Canadian Technology Accreditation Standards

LNG-Buy BC Business Kit now Available

Honourary Member Janna Kumi Meets with ASTTBC CEO John Leech

Foresters and ASTTBC Connect

Become a Mentor!

Member Services Partner Spotlight: Local Hospitality

ASTTBC Benefit of Membership: TechCLUB Member Services Discount Program

Technological Innovation

BC Jobs Plan: Skills and Training in BC

Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: 6

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

Update Your Contact Info

ASTTBC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

Professional Development Opportunities



ASTTBC Technology Awards Gala a Tradition of Success

ASTTBC’s 27th Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration was held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown hotel on November 14th, 2015. The annual gala is ASTTBC’s opportunity to recognize BC’s technology professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, and to say thank you to our many volunteers and partners who have contributed to the growth and development of the association.

ASTTBC was honoured to have the Minister of Advanced Education and minister responsible for the ASTT Act, the Honourable ANDREW WILKINSON, MLA from Vancouver - Quilchena, speak at the event.

“The minister spoke of the important role technology professionals play in their own communities and in building the BC economy,” said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. “It was a pleasure having him with us for the evening.”

Other MLAs in attendance were GEORGE HEYMAN, MLA from Vancouver – Fairview, RICHARD LEE, MLA from Burnaby North and Deputy Speaker, DR. DARRYL PLECAS, MLA from Abbotsford South, SHANE SIMPSON, MLA from Vancouver – Hastings, and ASTTBC Honourary Member RALPH SULTAN, MLA from West Vancouver – Capilano.

The event was very well attended and featured entertainment by ANDREW JOHNS (back by popular demand), a delicious dinner, award presentations, the ASTTBC Foundation 25th Anniversary Silent Auction, and many, many good friends.

“Always building for the future” — Message from BC Premier Christy Clark
The ASTTBC technology awards gala opened with a video greeting from BC Premier Christy Clark. ASTTBC asked the provincial government to proclaim National Technology Week in BC during the first week of November, and Premier Christy Clark sent a letter of congratulations to each of the 2015 technology award recipients.

View the video HERE

Congratulations to TARC 2015 Award Recipients
Honourary Membership in ASTTBC:

Employer Award for the Enhancement of Career Success of Technology Professionals:

Advanced Technology Award:

TechGREEN Award: TBF Environmental — accepting Dave Pasin

Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology: REBECCA DONNELL, AScT

Professional Achievement Award:

Peter Allan AScT Leadership Award: DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS

Life Membership: DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS

View Award Recipient PHOTOS

‘Science is the Recipe’ music video by The Kerplunks
The Kerplunks fourth music video produced by ASTTBC was unveiled at TARC 2015.

“The video showcases general elements of scientific methodology in a fun way," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. "The music video is designed for kids to learn about STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — and to promote awareness about careers in technology."

View the music video on the ASTTBC YOUTUBE CHANNEL  

ASTTBC Foundation 25th Anniversary Silent Auction
At this year's event, a very successful silent auction raised over $11,500 for the ASTTBC Foundation. Money raised at this event provides bursaries and awards for technology students and supports science and technology education and awareness in BC. Thanks to all the donors and bidders who made this year’s silent auction such a great fundraiser. The ASTTBC Foundation is helping the youth of today become the techs of tomorrow!

From the guests ...
“Evelyn and I had a great time at TARC. It is always special to catch up with the ASTTBC community. Food was fabulous.  A great evening all round.” ~ Ted Nodwell, photographer and former Executive Director, ASTTBC Foundation

“What a night! All the people at ASTTBC did a great job with this event. Thanks again for everything.” ~ Andy McKinlay, Market Development Director - Residential, North America, Premier Tech Aqua

“Just a quick note to thank you for the invitation to the ASTTBC awards event, and to congratulate you on a fantastic evening!
I was very impressed with the representation from government. Fantastic silent auction, and I’ve got tickets for the family to an upcoming Canuck’s game thanks to the Foundation fundraiser!
All and all, a great night.” ~ Chad Rintoul, CEO, Association of BC Land Surveyors

View photos of this year’s gala HERE

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Government Enhances Financial Position of Persons with Disabilities — ASTTBC Plans to Open Doors to Technology Careers

The BC government announced a major change in the assets that can be held by persons with disabilities (PWD), a decision applauded by ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. British Columbians receiving disability will be able to hold significantly more assets and receive financial gifts and inheritances with no impact in their monthly assistance according to a BC government public release.

The new arrangement announced by the government and commencing December 1, 2015, allows persons with disabilities to hold assets of $100,000 for one and $200,000 for a couple if both hold a PWD designation. The current limits are $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. 
"ASTTBC's interest is in developing a program that will reach out to employers and potential employees with disabilities to inform them of the many rewarding careers that can be found, built and sustained in engineering and applied science technology", said Leech. ASTTBC is exploring possible partnering arrangements with groups like Community Living Society BC (CLSBC) that will better serve people with disabilities and increase the number of employers engaging persons with disabilities.

"The recent Labour Market Study completed by ASTTBC, APEGBC and ACEC-BC under the management of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table points to a shortage of technology skills well into the future," stressed Leech. "Being more proactive in engaging people with disabilities and potential employers is a natural role for ASTTBC. We are certain the ASTTBC program once fully launched will help address the need for highly qualified technology professionals." 

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Milestone Achievement for the APEGBC-ASTTBC Joint Board

ASTTBC and APEGBC have a joint board that reports to their respective association’s council and whose purpose is primarily “to pursue activities that are common to both associations through effective collaboration, holding paramount the protection of the public, where both associations contribute to the engineering team and value each member’s contributions to problem solving and innovation in accordance with their competencies”.

Both associations support an environment where all members of the engineering and geoscience team contribute to the primary goal of upholding the public interest, and do so within the scope of responsibility appropriate to their level of education/experience/competency, and in compliance with legislation.

Recently the joint board met and reached a milestone achievement. Through the hard work of dedicated members from both associations, a new Electrical Practice Guide for Technologists has been developed. Now approved by the councils of APEGBC and ASTTBC, this guide will be posted on the ASTTBC website and will serve to guide technologists with best practices for electrical technology applications. The preparation of this guide is an important step and will serve as a template for future practice guides in other discipline areas. The joint board is also exploring ASTTBC’s PTech designation and further information about this new designation will be provided as PTech rolls out in BC.

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Minister Letnick says Hello to ASTTBC & ACEC-BC

Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, Norm Letnick, connected briefly with ACEC-BC and ASTTBC leaders just prior to attending and speaking at the APEGBC annual awards dinner in Kelowna.

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Consul General for Colombia Talks Portability with ASTTBC

ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE presented the Colombian Consul General, Monica Pinzon with an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.

The Consul General for Colombia in Vancouver, Monica Pinzon, met recently with ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH to talk about linkages between Colombia and BC. The conversation focused on credential recognition and portability.

“It was a delightful meeting with the Consul General, extending over an hour by the time we explored topics from economic growth and development to educational systems and then foreign credential recognition,” said Leech. “Since this meeting I have met with the Vice Consul General to more fully discuss ASTTBC’s work in assessing foreign credentials and the many resources available on our website to support new arrivals to BC.”

ASTTBC has been working with the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training to enhance tools and resources to aid ASTTBC’s efforts to assess and make job ready persons coming to BC with credentials in engineering and applied science technology.

ASTTBC has embarked on key initiatives with foreign countries including a team visit to India in 2014 and another to the Philippines in 2012. ASTTBC will again visit India in 2016, this time to sign two Mutual Recognition Agreements.

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ASTTBC Registrar Speaks at ASPECT Provincial Conference

Charles Joyner, AScT, B.Ed., MA, PhD, Registrar of ASTTBC and President, British Columbia Prior Learning Action Network, was pleased to speak at the 2015 ASPECT Provincial Conference. Charles Joyner’s education and work experience in engineering technology, teaching, education planning and administration in Canada and internationally, fuel the desire to enhance the methods for assessing and recognizing experiential learning. Throughout his career, Charles has been a strong proponent of lifelong learning and experiential learning.

"Participants at the ASPECT conference provide employment and immigration services in communities throughout BC,” shares Joyner, "The participants appreciated the opportunity to learn how their clients could be certified by ASTTBC for employment in regulated occupations.”

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Past President Dave Rutherford Serves as BCIT Greeter

As he entered the BCIT building recently, ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE was surprised to see ASTTBC Past President DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS sitting behind the greeter’s desk.

The services provided by BCIT never cease to amaze! Thanks Dave for your great smile and extraordinary contribution to BCIT and ASTTBC. BCIT is wrapping up celebration of its first 50 years.

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ASTTBC Sponsors BC Science Teachers

ASTTBC once again sponsored the Catalyst Conference hosted by the BC Science Teachers Association.

Graham Rainey, President of BCScTA, sent a note to ASTTBC Manager, Marketing and Communication, Anne Sharp, saying, "Thanks ASTTBC, on behalf of the BCScTA Executive, for the continued sponsorship of our Catalyst Conference."

Graham noted that the conference attracted over 450 teacher delegates. "Sponsorship allows us to offer a high quality professional development experience to teachers at a price that is affordable," concluded Ramsay.

ASTTBC has a long-standing relationship with the BCScTA, supporting that association's efforts to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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Fire Sprinkler Group Reports: Minister Coleman Appreciative of ASTTBC Involvement

The new Building Act received Royal Assent on March 25, 2015. The Act aims to establish more consistent building requirements across British Columbia and create a more robust and modern building regulatory system.

Under the Building Act, the province has sole authority to establish building requirements. Once the Act is brought into force, local governments will have two years to eliminate existing local building requirements that vary from those in the BC Building Code and other provincial regulations.

One of the major goals of the Building Act is to establish more consistent building requirements across British Columbia; the Province recognizes that some local governments may, in limited circumstances, have legitimate reasons for wanting more stringent requirements than those in the Building Code. To this end, the province is establishing several working groups to address the types of building requirements that are found most often in local government bylaws, including fire sprinklers, energy efficiency, and accessibility.
The Fire Sprinklers Working Group is the first group established by the province for this purpose.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Building and Safety Standards Branch worked with the Fire Sprinkler Working Group as they brought their expertise to the table to advise government on sprinkler issues. The ASTTBC representative on the group was Brad Walton, AScT.

The group’s recommendations haven been received and the province is moving forward with developing an opt-in regulation for fire sprinklers.

See full report HERE

The following options for each recommendation have been approved:

The Building and Safety Standards Branch will soon post the report on their WEBSITE. Work will begin in the next several weeks on drafting the regulation. There will be time to review the proposed regulation before it is finalized.

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ASTTBC Leaders Chat with Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education

While attending the Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians (SASTT) 50th anniversary celebration dinner, ASTTBC President Keith Trulson and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE spoke with the Minister of Advanced Education, Scott Moe, who was the guest speaker at the special event. The minister has oversight of the Saskatchewan Technologists and Technicians Act, a platform for the three to exchange notes on the role of technologists and technicians and their contribution to Saskatchewan's economic development. The professional recognition and practice of technologists and technicians proved an interesting, albeit brief, conversation with the minister. The Saskatchewan and BC associations are working to serve the public by regulating and enabling full practice rights of technology professionals.

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ASTTBC Donates to Ontario Tech Foundation

While on a recent trip back east for Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) meetings, ASTTBC made a $1k donation to the Carole and George Fletcher Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Ontario Association of Certified Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

The donation was in recognition for work of value to ASTTBC carried out by OACETT and in particular by Rod MacLeod, C.E.T.

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ASTTBC Council Nominations Requested

The ASTTBC Council Nominations Committee is requesting nominations for election to the council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of ten certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nomination Committee Chair by February 27th, 2016.

Nomination submissions should be mailed to: DAVE RUTHERFORD, AScT, BCLS, CLS, Chair, Nominating Committee, 10767 - 148 Street Surrey, BC V3R 0S4, or can be submitted by EMAIL.

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A Coaching Approach to Leadership Event in Victoria February 2016: Early Bird Price Available Now

The Leader’s Discipline Event takes place from February 10-12th, 2016 in Victoria.

Facilitated by Ian Chisholm and Anna Lisa Bond, participants will experience practical models for increasing employee performance, learning and engagement practice and build on their ability to coach leaders and teams of leaders increase their ability and confidence in giving and receiving honest feedback.

Investment: $2,795.00 + GST per individual per course

Early Bird Price: $2,375+GST for registrations made before midnight, Friday, December 11, 2015

Hat Trick Discount: $1,995+GST each for every 3 registrations your organization makes at one time

To register, call 1.888.656.2420 or EMAIL

MORE INFO

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ASTTBC Members Attend Imagining Possibilities Conference for Young Women

The Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore (SIVW) group put on the Imagining Possibilities 2015 Conference for Young Women aged 15-24 in October.

Tina Bos, AScT and SARAH CAMPDEN, CTech, RTMgr of Herold Engineering Ltd in Victoria, participated in the conference, held at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria.

This event provided 110 young women age 15 to 24 with the opportunity to attend a keynote speaker presentation, three workshop sessions and the “Live Your Dreams Show” which included 50 different exhibitors. This conference was about getting young women “fired up” about taking responsibility for their own futures, believing that they can, and how to obtain the tools to do so.

Tina and Sarah were joined by Kate Ulmer, PEng and Roxanne Duigou, also of Herold Engineering Ltd. to share the passion about what it is that engineering technologists do and how it is helpful to the community.

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Nanaimo VIBE Awards Gala Night, April 2016: Call for Entries

The ASTTBC sponsored 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.

The 2016 gala will be happening Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo.

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

Send an EMAIL to become a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Vancouver Island, or call 250-755-1366.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

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ASTTBC Hits the Newswire — Looming Labour Market Supply Challenges

ASTTBC in collaboration with three other Associations — Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC), Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC BC) and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST) — took part in a recent study of future labour market supply challenges for engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians. The study, titled Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians Labour Market Information, is part of a jointly funded initiative to provide important supply and demand information on 31 occupations in B.C. The study looks at Northern B.C., Southeast B.C., Vancouver Island / Coast, Lower Mainland, and B.C. as a whole.

"In the near term and continuing over the next decade, B.C. will need technology skills in industry sectors directly tied to the province's economic productivity, growth and innovation," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. "The partners who produced this study are committed to working collaboratively with industry and government to address imminent skills gaps in order to create a vibrant B.C. labour supply of the future."

Read the complete WIRESTORY or access the complete STUDY

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Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

“ASTTBC was happy to actively support and participate in CME’s annual Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards reception,” states GEOFF SALE, AScT, Manager of Internationally Trained Professionals at ASTTBC, "We wish our partners continued success with their inspired initiatives, and to continue our collaboration indefinitely!”

ASTTBC congratulates the winners:

Manufacturer of the Year — Columbia Plastics
This award recognizes an outstanding manufacturing company who has made invaluable contributions to innovation, leadership, export and manufacturing practices in the past 18 months.

Emerging Leader Award — CHRISTOPHER CHONG, President & CEO, SST Wireless
This award recognizes an up and coming person who has made significant contributions in the past five years and shows great promise in elevating manufacturing in BC.

Legacy Award — WAYNE COULSON, CEO, Coulson Group of Companies
This award recognizes an outstanding person who has made invaluable contributions to BC’s manufacturing industry over the past 20+ years.

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13th Annual 2016 BC Natural Resource Forum — Save the Date!

ASTTBC is once again a sponsor for the Premier’s BC Natural Resource Forum that takes place in Prince George on January 19th to the 21st, 2016.

‘With a diverse line up of forums, workshops and keynote speakers, I encourage our members not to miss this annual event that ASTTBC is proud to sponsor,” said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. As well as ASTTBC’s presence at the tradeshow, John will be moderating a panel on technology in the resource sector.

With BC poised for historic growth that will result in new investment and job creation, ASTTBC members should make plans to attend all or part of this dynamic event.

For INFORMATON and to REGISTER

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BC Ministry of Environment: Site Profile and Soil Relocation Paper Comment Documents Posted

The ministry has carried out consultation for the discussion papers entitled "Identification of Potentially Contaminated Sites" (Site Profile Process) and "Prevention of Site Contamination from Soil Relocation" (Soil Relocation). The ministry has compiled all comments received and has posted summary response documents through the following links:

Site Profile Process – SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENTS

Soil Relocation – SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENTS

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Finance Department Update

If you have pro-rated dues/fees outstanding please make sure you send in your payment at the earliest date possible.

2016 Annual Dues Notices to ASTTBC members (Technologists, Technicians, Associate and Graduate Technologists/Technicians) were sent out electronically on November 16th. If you haven’t received your invoice please contact our office to update your email address by SENDING an email.

You can save $10 by paying before December 11, 2015. Dues are due and payable upon receipt please make sure they are paid by December 31, 2015. All unpaid members will be charged late fee of $25 plus GST after January 31, 2016.

Please make sure you contact our office when you receive your first dues notice in November if you need to get your dues waived or deferred by sending written request to Lumi Guias, Coordinator of Finance and Bursaries at (604) 585-2788 ext. 237 or by EMAIL.

Invoices for all technical specialist groups will be sent in the middle of April 2016, as their annual renewal is due June 1st, 2016.

If you need any other information please contact Lumi Guias.

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TechPROfile: William Patrick Sparling, CD MA-DEM MA-WS AScT

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

WILLIAM PATRICK SPARLING, CD MA-DEM MA-WS AScT, isPresident of Civil Defence Teams & Technologies.

Mr. Sparling brings forward thinking with strong, proven leadership skills to guide, mentor, coach, and teach. He has experience building and leading effective teams and staff. He has been acknowledged for being adaptable, creative and able to meet changing and challenging requirements without losing sight of desired outcomes.

Mr. Sparling specializes in Civil Defence & Disaster and Emergency Management, Biological-Radiological-Chemical-Nuclear-Explosive (BRCNE) Defence, Adult Education & Training, Educational Design and Supervision, Light Urban Search & Rescue (LUSAR), Diver & Diving Supervisor (Operations), Applied Science Technology, Operations, Training, Maintenance and Logistic Coordination, Multicultural Communications and Outreach, Disabilities Issues, Laws of Armed Conflict, Leadership and Ethics, Defence Management, Alternate Dispute Resolution, and Operant Animal Training and Conditioning.

Mr. Sparling holds an Advanced BA from the University of Manitoba, MA-War Studies from Royal Military College of Canada, MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University, and holds Operant Animal Training and Conditioning Certification.

Professional and Community Activities

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RTMgr Profile: Peter J. Foodikoff, AScT, RTMgr

A Registered Technology Manager (RTMgr) is an AScT or CTech member of ASTTBC, manages in a technology environment, and meets the required standards for academics, training, and experience.

Peter J. Foodikoff, AScT, RTMgr is a production supervisor, relief site superintendent and safety co-chair for Tolko Industries Limited, Armstrong Division.

Peter was born and educated primarily in the Okanagan, graduating from Selkirk College with a Diploma in Computer Information Systems Technology. Previously he worked as a Computer programmer for Underhill Geographic Systems and for Western Industrial Programming. He serves as an advisor for Valley First Credit Union. At a community involvement level, Peter is an Auxiliary Constable for the R.C.M.P. working out of the North Okanagan Detachment.

Mr. Foodikoff holds a diploma in Computer Information Systems Technology from Selkirk College in Castlegar, B.C and a Certificate in Business Administration, Project Management, Strategic Information Systems and Organizational Behavior from Heriot Watt University in Scotland. Mr. Foodikoff is also an Auxiliary Constable Program Graduate from BC Justice Institute and completed the CUDA, Director Achievement Program.

“I became a technologist because in the early 80's the world of computer programming was a new and exciting profession,” says Peter, “The accomplishment I received form having my code produce real results for a customer was very satisfying. I take great pride in having my AScT and RTmgr designations and take the role that comes with these designations very seriously, for our association has a rich tradition that will continue to grow and I enjoy being part of this distinguished group."

Specific Career Highlights

Professional and Community Activities

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Call for Retired or Nearly Retired Mentors

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, fewer than fifteen of our several thousand members have registered and been active as mentors. We'd like to boost that number to at least thirty by the end of October, 2015. Yes, next month!

So, if you're one of the 2400 members who are 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!

VISIT the mentoring page on the ITTPBC website and sign up! You will find it to be a highly rewarding and critically needed activity, not to mention that just two Mentees a year will earn a Mentor his or her full CPD credits!

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ErinPatrick Williams, RCSO Receives National Award

ErinPatrick Williams, RCSO a senior member of the ASTTBC Construction Safety Officer Certification Board, received a National Canada Life Saving Award on October 28th for his skill and professionalism in life saving actions. He is credited with saving a man's life after he had suffered a heart attack and was not breathing.

Mr. Williams began CPR and administered several shocks with an AED, which revived the patient allowing him to be transported to hospital for further care. ErinPatrick credits his training and the role that mandatory Continuing Professional Development plays to ensure skills and competencies are always current and effective.

All members of ASTTBC wish to congratulate ErinPatrick Williams, RCSO for his high level of professionalism and skill in an emergency.

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Rob Campbell, PEng — Honourary Member & Public Representative — Visits ASTTBC Office

A tour of the ASTTBC headquarters in Surrey gave Rob Campbell, PEng a better sense of ASTTBC’s foundation. Rob, an Honourary Member of ASTTBC and Chair of the Board at RF Binnie & Associates, is a Public Representative on the ASTTBC Council.

At the conclusion of his visit ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE gave Rob an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.

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In the Media and on the Move

Dan Mooney, an ASTTBC Past President, has been appointed Manager of Transportation with the City of Coquitlam. Dan will manage three functional areas: Traffic Operations, Transportation Planning, and Parking Management. Dan has been with the City for over five years and has, over three decades of experience, covered all areas of his new responsibilities.

BOB PRASAD, AScT, RTMgr, has been appointed Vice President at CH2M, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm. Bob is now Vice President of Business Development, Canada & Western U.S. for the Oil, Gas & Chemicals Business Group.

Prasad, who joined CH2M in 2001, has a long track record in engineering for commercial industrial, pulp & paper, pipeline operations and oil & gas refineries business. During his 28 year career, he has succeeded in delivering multi-million dollar projects, growing CH2M’s business, and developing and maintaining outstanding client relationships. His educational background is in electrical, instrumentation, civil, structural and construction management.

Bob has also served a term on the ASTTBC Council and continues his support and dedication to the association with his various volunteer roles.

Congratulations Bob!

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CSA to Manage Changes to Canadian Technology Accreditation Standards

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) has engaged the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to review and improve the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC).
ASTTBC is inviting members to volunteer to assist with the CSA review.

TAC has been accepted by ASTTBC as the pan-Canadian corporation to carry out accreditation of engineering and applied science technology programs at institutes, colleges and universities offering programs in BC. The creation of TAC came about as a result of a loss of confidence in the accreditation program offered by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board.

"While some technology programs in BC carry CTAB accreditation today, ASTTBC Council has indicated that CTAB accreditation is no longer recognized as the basis for certification and registration with ASTTBC,” said Charles Joyner, ASTTBC Registrar. "ASTTBC is working with the BC institutions to support the transition to TAC accreditation."

See the PUBLIC NOTICE that has been posted on the CSA Communities of Interest site, as well as the TAC and ASTTBC websites.

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LNG–Buy BC Business Kit now Available

ASTTBC is supporting government initiatives to engage and support small and medium size enterprises (SME). Many ASTTBC members work for, or own and operate a SME.

ASTTBC is also supporting initiatives tied to LNG opportunities. The LNG-Buy BC Business Kit is now available for download at the LNG-Buy BC WEBSITE.

Designed to help BC companies, large and small, prepare for LNG opportunities in the province, the LNG-Buy BC Business Kit can help businesses be first in line for the opportunities and connect local suppliers with industry.

CHECK IT OUT!

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Honourary Member Janna Kumi Meets with ASTTBC CEO John Leech

ASTTBC Honourary Member Janna Kumi, RPF (Ret) and ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE connected a couple of months ago. Janna now retired and exploring her creativity through art, donated one of her works to the ASTTBC Foundation Silent Auction that was part of the Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration (TARC) on November 14th.

Janna says of her art, “My art is a contemplation on the unseen or overlooked landscape; the landscape of the human condition or the physicality of the natural world.”

John presented Janna with an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.

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Foresters and ASTTBC Connect

ASTTBC President KEITH TRULSON, AScT, Eng.L presented ABCFP President Jon Lok, RFT with a wooden ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.

This past summer the leaders from the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and ASTTBC met to get caught up on areas of common interest. Topics such as professional reliance and keeping the public trust loomed high on the list for discussion. Recognition as a Qualified Professional (QP) and ASTTBC’s plans for PTech development in BC made for a stimulating exchange.

ASTTBC learned of the scope of practice available to the Registered Forest Technologist and explored how this recognition might relate to the practice of ASTTBC technologists and technicians.

“We had a great meeting and covered many important topics,” said ASTTBC President Keith Trulson. “The ASTTBC team appreciated the warm welcome and good discussion on many issues.”

ABCFP and ASTTBC have a very close connection notably because the two associations successfully collaborated to establish registered forest technologists within the Foresters Act. The ABCFP then went on to obtain technical occupations related to the practice of professional forestry, thereby ensuring that all forest professionals are regulated through the one statute. To amplify the point that Registered Forest Technologists are well established and respected as part of the one association, the current President, Jon Lok is a RFT. “I think that continually strengthening professional relationships is ultimately beneficial to the public interest in forest resources,” said Mr. Lok.

ABCFP has come a long way under the one act-one association model.

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Become a Mentor!

Our call for mentors is being heard, and we deeply appreciate all our new and returning mentors.  But we need more, many more!  If you’re interested in helping immigrant technology professionals find their way into careers that reflect their education and experience, please consider becoming a mentor.

VISIT the mentoring page on the ITTPBC website and sign up! You will find it to be a highly rewarding and critically needed activity, not to mention that just two mentees a year will earn a mentor his or her full CPD credits!

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Member Services Partner Spotlight: Local Hospitality

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 / winter vacation or business travel, enjoy the convenience of one-stop shopping with unbeatable hotel rates! Any hotel, any car, anytime, anywhere.

NEW... Just ahead of the winter vacation season, Local Hospitality is pleased to offer a new travel benefit for ASTTBC members: The exclusive WHISTLER 48-HOUR CLUB will enable you to book last-minute condos year-round in Whistler for just $109/night (plus cleaning fee).

Local Hospitality and other TECHCLUB member partners

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ASTTBC Benefit of Membership: TechCLUB Member Services Discount Program

Join the many members of ASTTBC who have already discovered the benefit of savings for some valuable products and services! Whether your purchase is as a gift or for yourself, take advantage of some great entertainment this winter at member discount rates:

Bright Nights at Stanley Park
Save up to $3 on select dates (November 28 through December 10). Bright Nights runs November 26, 2015 – January 2, 2016
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.

Monster Jam
Save $5 on select tickets on February 27th, 2015, at BC Place.
These trucks are larger than life, and so is the excitement! Monster Jam will be tearing up the arena so if you're a fan who loves the smell of the burning gasoline, the roar of the big-block engines, and the crunch of gigantic wheels on puny sedans, then don't even think about missing the monster-truck action!

The Harlem Globetrotters 2016 World Tour
Save up to $7 on February 27th-28th, 2016 at the Pacific Coliseum.
The Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour, with over 320 games in North America alone. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.

Discount info and other TECHCLUB member partners

BROADWAY ACROSS CANADA
Save 10% off Broadway Across Canada performances of Dirty Dancing and Mama Mia!

Dirty Dancing (Show dates: January 12 – 17, 2016)
The classic story on stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. You’ll have the time of your life!

Mamma Mia! (Show dates: March 29 – April 3, 2016)
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

Both shows will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Purchase TICKETS (passcode: Vancouver)

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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

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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 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.

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Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

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

Featured Posting
the Township of Langley is looking for an Engineering Technologist I. The job closes on December 7th, 2015.

FULL POSTING

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: 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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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

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

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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!

 

Thank-you for reading our November e-News and enjoy your autumn!

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