ASTT e-News

ASTT e-News, October 2011

Dear Member,

ASTT e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTT e-NEWS contains the latest information about ASTTBC’s role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC web site.

Table Of Contents

ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration
ASTTBC Technology Awards Event Partners and Sponsors
ASTTBC 2011 Member Satisfaction Survey
Take 500x50 Ignite the Spark! Campaign over the Top
Minister Yamamoto Meets ASTTBC Leaders
Minister Yamamoto Writes ASTTBC & APEGBC re Task Forces
ASTTBC Celebrates National Technology Week - November 1 to 7
National Technology Week Contest
ASTTBC Radio Spots - CNKW and AM730 during National Technology Week
TechPRO: Cindy Harmel, AScT, a Bright Northwestern Light for ASTTBC
Post Your Career Story
Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?
Is Errors & Omissions Insurance Needed?
ASTTBC Directs Resources to Professional Regulation
Instrumentation Added as an ASTTBC Discipline of Certification and Registration
ASTTBC Members and Registrants Recognized to Perform Specified Electrical Work
ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Titles Enforcement
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 1

Onsite Wastewater Forum Brings Together Stakeholders
ASTTBC Council Nomination Process
ASTTBC Seeks Public Representative for Governing Council
Pay your ASTTBC Dues Online
Reinstatement Fees
Steve Hohner, AScT, BA is Latest Community Representative - Lillooet

Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology
Land Surveyors Meet with ASTTBC
Professional Biologists Link with ASTTBC
RoboCup Junior Games
ASTTBC Sponsors BC Science Teachers Conference
ASTTBC's Patrick Cochrane, AScT, Helps Design World of Hope in Haiti
ASTTBC Technologist on a 2 Year Mission in Uganda
7th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety
Korean Delegation Visits ASTTBC
Williams & White Open House Buzzing with Activity
BC Lions Ticket Discount November 5 vs. Montreal
BC Safety Authority Wants Clients for Safety Management Plan Development
Ministry Launches APPS, GAME, JOB TREND TRACKER
Lots of Job Openings in US Tech Sector
Joint UNBC/UBC Applied Science Program Attracts Women
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Follow ASTTBC on Twitter
Contact Information
BIG Little Science Centre - New Kamloops Location
Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is Part of BCIT Degree Program
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement
Energy Summit Features latest Natural Gas Engine Technology
Professional Development Opportunities

ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration - Register to Attend Today

ASTTBC continues its tradition with the hosting of the 2011 Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on Saturday, November 5, 2011 starting at 5:30 pm at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.

Please join ASTTBC in taking the evening OVER THE TOP! In addition to deserving awards, the evening of celebration includes a Reception and Silent Auction fundraiser for FEAT, followed by Entertainment, a scrumptious Dinner and Social Time. ASTTBC Volunteers and Special Guests have been invited at no charge as a thank you for their generous support and commitment to the Association.For all others wishing to attend the cost is $125. Group Tables of 10 are also available.

For full details and to REGISTER TO ATTEND visit the ASTTBC website at: www.asttbc.org/tarc. If you require any further information please contact Cindy Aitken, Manager Governance & Events at: caitken@asttbc.org.

SPACE IS FILLING-UP - RSVP BY OCTOBER 27.

ASTTBC Technology Awards Event Partners and Sponsors

ASTTBC is very pleased to recognize and thank our Technology Awards Event Partners and Sponsors:

Event Partners: BCIT Alumni Association and Telus
ASTTBC TechGreen Award Presenting Sponsor: BCIT
Gold Sponsors: APEGBC, BC Safety Authority and Black Press
Silver Sponsors: FortisBC, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, Manulife Financial and Stantec
Bronze Sponsors: BC Construction Association, BC Housing, Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, Horseshoe Press Inc., Lindsay Kenney LLP, Mid-Island Science, Technology & Innovation Council, Okanagan College and Pacific Northwest Economic Region.

ASTTBC 2011 Member Satisfaction Survey

Make your opinion count!

ASTTBC Council and staff would like to know how you feel your association is performing. Participation in this Member Satisfaction Survey will help us enhance our services and give us a real sense of membership needs.

The survey will only take 10-15 minutes of your time. Members who submit a completed survey will be entered into a draw for one of 3 great prizes including:

Surveys completed by October 21, 2011 will be entered into the EARLY BIRD draw for a Kobo eReader.

Participate now by visiting the following link:
http://www.asttbc.com/services/publications/ms11.php

Don't delay! The survey closes on November 15, 2011.

Take 500x50 Ignite the Spark! Campaign over the Top

Heading into the home stretch of our 500x50 'Ignite the Spark!' campaign, the FEAT Technology Legacy Fund has topped $480,000. With your help we will reach our goal of $500,000 by the end of this year.

Donors making a gift of $500 or greater will receive one complimentary registration for the ASTTBC 2012 Annual General Meeting. This event is a full day of professional development and networking, including the awards luncheon.

The 'Over the Top' donor whose gift, of any amount, takes the Technology Legacy Fund past its goal will receive one complimentary registration for the 2012 AGM.

It's easy and secure to donate online or simply mail your cheque (made out to FEAT) to the ASTTBC Office, 10767 - 148 St.,Surrey BC V3R 0S4.

The Foundation for Education & Advancement in Technology (FEAT) is the charitable foundation of ASTTBC, so yourgift is income tax creditable. And who knows? Your gift may be the 'Over the Top' gift!

Minister Yamamoto Meets ASTTBC Leaders

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister responsible for the ASTT Act, met with ASTTBC's Bill MacPherson, President ,Dave Rutherford, Vice President and John Leech, Executive Director for a general update on matters relating to ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association and to other topics of common interest such as technology education and careers. ASTTBC focused much of our time together on the progress toward implementing Professional Technologist (PTech) in BC. "It was a positive conversation, with the Minister indicating interest in our joint work with APEGBC on the Engineering License and PTech," said Bill MacPherson. "We came away assured that the Minister and Government are keenly interested in ASTTBC and APEGCB working together on regulating the practice of our respective members, in the public interest."
ASTTBC also included in its agenda matters pertaining to other professional legislation, including a proposal by the Building Officials Association of BC to restrict practice for those doing work as building officials. ASTTBC has spoken with the BOABC and is attempting to stay on top of this and other issues which might affect practice rights of ASTTBC members.

ASTTBC reps spoke with the Minister about some of our recent initiatives designed to promote technology education and careers, one example being a new music video which will be launched this fall. A photo is posted on the website.

Minister Yamamoto Writes ASTTBC & APEGBC re Task Forces

Minister Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education (MLA for North Vancouver - Lonsdale) and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act and the Engineers & Geoscientists Act, wrote recently to ASTTBC and APEGBC to extend congratulations and her appreciation for the work of the two associations on professional recognition and practice. "I believe that the cooperation demonstrated in establishing the two Joint Task Forces represents a significant step forward for both your organizations. I am pleased to hear of your collaborative efforts toward achieving resolutions to important licensing and practice issues affecting the practitioners in the fields of engineering, geoscience, and technology in our Province."

ASTTBC and APEGBC have been working together for a year on two key matters re professional recognition and practice: (a) Engineering Licensee (EngL); and, (b) Professional Technologist (PTech). The Joint Task Force dealing with the EngL has reported out and APEGBC is now implementing changes to enhance the program by improving access and processing as well as the scope of practice. The Joint Task Force dealing with the PTech in BC presented its final report to the two Councils, with the ASTTBC Council accepting the recommendations and the APEGBC Council seeking further clarification and additional consideration of a few issues. As a result the two Councils agreed to establish the ASTTBC - APEGBC PTech Framework Development Group, Co-Chaired by APEGBC Vice President and ASTTBC President.

The Minister comments on the work of the PTech Group, "I understand that the work of the ASTTBC/APEGBC PTech Task Force continues, with the establishment of a joint PTech Framework Development Group that will deliver recommendations on the scope of practice and legislative model for the proposed PTech designation in British Columbia." The Minister concluded, "Thank you again for sharing word of your success with me." The letter is posted on the website.

ASTTBC Celebrates National Technology Week - November 1 to 7

National Technology Week (NTW) taking place this year from November 1 to 7 is an annual event that is celebrated with the support of many educational, human resources and technology promotion organizations. ASTTBC staff is encouraging its members to play an important role in BC to enhance the awareness of careers in technology, and the roles of technologists, technicians and technical specialists.

Working in partnership with government, education, business and industry, professional/industry associations and the media, ASTTBC supports National Technology Week initiatives and activities.

For more information on what's happening during NTW, visit www.asttbc.org/ntw

National Technology Week Contest

In celebration National Technology Week, ASTTBC has created a great new contest. All you have to do is answer a few skill-testing questions about ASTTBC and technology careers for a chance to win great cash prizes. Visit www.asttbc.org/ntw for contest information and rules. Don't wait - the contest closes on November 20, 2011.

ASTTBC Radio Spots - CNKW and AM730 during National Technology Week

Keep an ear out for ASTTBC radio tags on the CKNW AM980 and AM730 throughout the day during National Technology Week (Nov. 1 to 7).

TechPRO: Cindy Harmel, AScT, a Bright Northwestern Light for ASTTBC

Cindy Harmel, AScT, grew up on the BC Northwest coast, thriving on outdoor recreation in her youth. To this day Cindy takes part in activities from service as a health and safety officer and fire marshal, to all-season outdoor activities with her family - including four children ranging from 5 to 19 - at a nearby lake cottage.

Cindy graduated from BCIT in 1986 in Operations Management Technology, which together with a Power Engineering Steam ticket, brought her back home to a position at Kitimat General Hospital.

"In 1999, I was honoured to gain professional designation as an Applied Science Technologist. I had applied to ASTTBC to keep current in the change and growth of technology. I earned RPA (Real Property Administrator) designation through the Building Owners & Management Institute - BOMI Canada - and still continue taking academic and facilities courses both for professional growth and personal interest."

Cindy left the hospital in 2003 to become Manager of Facilities & Maintenance at Northwest Community College, earning her present position as Director of Facilities and Maintenance in 2007.

"My community activities have included 3 years as an RCMP Auxiliary Constable, Rotary Club membership, and editing a Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society newsletter. In my leisure time I enjoy drawing and taking NWCC academic courses," Cindy smiles. "Skating is my core sport - I played hockey for 13 years and I still enjoy figure skating."

Cindy was proud to be presented an ASTTBC "Top in Technology" award in Terrace this April. She was also the recipient of the ASTTBC sponsored "Technology Leadership Award" at the Today's Woman Awards in northern BC in 2009. With 25 years of facilities maintenance experience on her CV, Cindy continues to relish her demanding career at Northwest Community College. Her ongoing responsibilities involve overseeing maintenance, repairs and project activities for some nine campuses across a 500 kilometer radius of northwestern BC.

Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Cindy in posting your career story. www.techprofile.ca In addition to providing career information to others, TechPRO listings allow you to 'catch up' with former colleagues and find out who is working in your community. Posting your profile provides another way for self-employed practitioners to get their names in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile and if your name is mentioned in the eNews, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page.

Having Trouble Posting to TechPRO?

Have you tried posting your TechPROfile but had trouble with the system? See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website. http://www.techprofile.ca/

Is Errors & Omissions Insurance Needed?

All Members who provide services directly to the public or perform work as independent contractors have a duty of care to ensure adequate financial protection to their clients in the event of their errors and omission. The Council of ASTTBC may also from time-to-time specifically name certain registrants (practicing), who then become obliged under the ASTT Act, to carry errors and omissions insurance.

ASTTBC Directs Resources to Professional Regulation

The ASTTBC Council has approved enhanced professional regulation as the strategic direction for 2012 - 2015. Working under the banner of 'Serving the Public Interest Through Professional Accountability', ASTTBC will re-direct funds and staffing to building on a strong professional regulatory foundation. "The 2012 Work Plan supports this new direction," says ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. "We will further develop areas such as peer reviews, mentoring, auditing, continuing professional development reporting, and errors & omissions insurance". ASTTBC will very soon launch a new professionalism in practice & examination starting in 2012 and make the program available to post secondary institutions to offer to their students. To drive the applications process and all administration leading to certification and registration ASTTBC will be a lead association involved with Technology Registrations Canada (TRC), an on-line software package designed to take the association into a paperless world. A new membership management database will augment ASTTBC's move to enhancing an e-business model. More details are available on the website.

"Instrumentation" Added as an ASTTBC Discipline of Certification and Registration

ASTTBC Council approved the addition of "Instrumentation" as a Discipline of Certification and Registration at its September 2011 Council Meeting. Previously recognized under the Electronics Discipline, "Instrumentation" as a separate discipline will improve harmonization for transportability of Technologists/Technicians to and from other provinces.

ASTTBC Members and Registrants Recognized to Perform Specified Electrical Work

In early 2012, certain ASTTBC members will be eligible to seek certification through the Association to perform regulated electrical work within a limited scope.
Members in the Electrical, Electronic and Biomedical disciplines, and certain registrants in Fire Protection, are affected by this initiative.
ASTTBC Council recently approved in principle required changes to the ASTT Regulations and a draft certification policy. Members of ASTTBC and the public are encouraged to review the documentation now posted on the ASTTBC website and provide comments and feedback.

ASTTBC Practice Review Board Investigates Complaint: Titles Enforcement

Statement of complaint:
It was alleged that a non-member was using the CTech designation on their email.

Background:
A cease and desist letter was sent to the individual, to which they replied, apologizing for the misuse of our designation.

Investigation:
The individual confirmed their violation of the Protected CTech designation under the ASTT Act & Regulations. The individual also confirmed that they had removed the designation from their email. During the investigation, the individual further stated that they don't have the qualifications for the designation and inserted it in their email with the intent of applying for it. The individual went on to state that this was no excuse and that they are now aware of the seriousness of this matter and poor judgment on their behalf.

Discussion:
In addition to the responsibility for enforcement of the Code of Ethics and practice standards, the Practice Review Board (PRB) is responsible for the protection of ASTTBC's secured titles and corresponding designations. Some of these titles and designations are protected under the ASTT Act & Regulations, while others are protected through federal trade mark.

Outcome:
Since the individual confirmed that they had ceased using the CTech designation, no further action was required and the PRB closed the case file.

ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 1

Members of ASTTBC shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety with the work place.

Amplification:
a) This principle must be considered the most significant in the Code of Ethics. Realistically any project undertaken involves some risk to safety, health and welfare and may have some impact on the environment. To "hold paramount" is to emphasize the need to give diligent regard to this principle and to rank it ahead of expediency or economic gain to either client or self.

b) Members shall take appropriate action and notify proper authorities if in their professional opinion, unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment do exist.

c) Members shall not complete, sign or seal plans or other documents that, in their professional opinion would result in unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment, or do not conform to current standards. If the clients or employers insist on such conduct, and members are unable to dissuade them, then the commentary regarding Principle 8 should be followed.

Commentary:
Members must be familiar with current safety codes, standards and other external regulations pertaining to their discipline. They must understand their implications to the safety and welfare of the public.

Members should maintain a responsible interest in both the immediate and long-term effects of the application of practices that affect the public welfare and should be aware that the use of technology may create situations that endanger the long-term safety and welfare of the public. If necessary, members should advise corporate management accordingly.

Occasionally the obligations that members have to their clients/employers and to the public may be in conflict. While the members are obliged not to disclose confidential information, or to use such information to the disadvantage of the clients/employers, failure to report a situation that members believe may endanger the safety or welfare of the public would be contrary to this paramount principle. There should be no doubt as to how members must act.

When members are retained as an expert in litigation cases, any information received or developed in the case is bound by the general rules of litigations, including rules of privilege and disclosure. Members face a dilemma when information they have poses an imminent danger to the public but is bound by legal privilege.

Members must act out of a sense of duty, and although the member's ultimate responsibility is clear, there is no universally applicable procedure to be used for discharging it. Responsible disclosure must be conducted with the interest of the public in mind, and obviously requires that the members put their names on the action and sometimes their occupations on the line.

All Members who provide services directly to the public or perform work as independent contractors have a duty of care to ensure adequate financial protection to their clients in the event of their errors and omission. The council of ASTTBC may also from time-to-time specifically name certain registrants (practicing), who then become obliged under the ASTT Act, to carry errors and omissions insurance.

Onsite Wastewater Forum Brings Together Stakeholders

ASTTBC hosted a meeting of all stakeholders with an interest and role in Onsite Wastewater to talk about a new Training Standard developed for the Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP) program. Other topics of interest were identified for future discussion. It was agreed ASTTBC would host another Forum this fall to discuss current issues and possible solutions.

The Ministry of Health as Ministry Responsible for the Sewerage System Regulation (SSR) was in attendance to monitor and offer its insights and perspectives. "This was an excellent meeting with positive, constructive dialogue by all participants, "said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech, who chaired the meeting. "I was impressed with how all those in attendance engaged fully in the dialogue and came together to address the new training standard. ASTTBC's goal, in addition to serving the public through the effective regulation of ROWPs, is to help build a 'community of common interests' in this field."

Attending, in addition to ASTTBC, were the BC Onsite Sewage Association, BC Water and Waste Association, Environmental Operators Certification Program, Ministry of Health and Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association. Not represented but invited was APEGBC. A photo is posted on the website.

ASTTBC Council Nomination Process

At the September 2011 Council meeting, the nomination committee for the 2012-2013 Council was approved. The committee is now requesting nominations from election to the Council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of 10 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 25, 2012. Nomination submissions should be addressed to:

Doug Carter, CTech
Chair, Nominating Committee
10767 -148 Street
Surrey, BC V3R 0S4
techinfo@asttbc.org

ASTTBC Seeks Public Representative for Governing Council

ASTTBC is currently accepting expressions of interest from non-members who are interested in actively engaging in the important supporting role of a Public Representative position on its governing Council. This is an excellent opportunity to make a positive contribution and influence how ASTTBC considers the impact it has on the public as it regulates technology professionals and advances technology careers.

Public Representatives are appointed by the ASTTBC Council on a recommendation for the ASTTBC Nominating Committee. Information on ASTTBC and the role of the Council and Public Representative as well as a copy of the reports of the Public Representatives are on the website.

If this is of interest we ask that you send to ASTTBC a statement as to your reason for making application to serve as a Public Representative and provide background information on your education, career and community interests and involvement. Expressions of interest should be sent in confidence to techinfo@asttbc.org to the attention of the Executive Director by the end of the business day January 31, 2012.

Pay your ASTTBC Dues Online

The new Interac payment system is now fully implemented on the ASTTBC website. The URL is Using this method of secure payment saves your association the cost of credit card services.

Reinstatement Fees

Members and Registrants who are cancelled for non-payment of annual dues / renewal fees who wish to reinstate within two weeks of cancellation will be charged a fee of $75 plus HST to be reinstated. If reinstatement is requested after the initial two weeks following cancellation the regular reinstatement fee will apply.

Steve Hohner, AScT, BA is Latest Community Representative - Lillooet

Lillooet has an ASTTBC Community Representative (CR) for the first time - Steve Hohner, AScT, BA. Steve is currently the Director of Public Works with the District of Lillooet. In a recent meeting with ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech in Lillooet, Steve recounted some of his career achievements. He said, "The breadth of studies and wide choice of career paths offered in the engineering technologies have provided me with a rewarding and exciting career. I am proud to be a member of ASTTBC." ASTTBC is pleased to have Steve join the ranks of the CRs located across the province.

Steve's career in Civil Technology has focused for the most part on Municipal - Utilities and has included time teaching at Okanagan College. Steve says about his career, "The combination of academic education with professional work experience has assisted in career advancement to the level of senior management level in the municipal / local government sector." In his private time Steve enjoys kayaking; sport diving; nature, landscape and sport photography and music.

Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology

In this article Sarah Campden, CTech, reports on the Creating Connections 2.0 Conference she attended in September.

This was the third annual conference for women in engineering in the BC and Yukon region. Women in engineering are continuing to make breakthroughs in non-traditional career roles. WWest's vision for today is that participants will set new goals, learn new skills, develop new networks and come away inspired and ready to take on new challenges. Sarah Campden, CTech was in attendance at this exciting conference.

There are still many challenges for women in traditionally male dominated careers. Many juggle, often precariously, the caring and support of children, spouses and parents while pursuing big dreams of making a positive difference in our society. Currently under 10% of technicians and technologists in BC and only 18% of students enrolled in engineering programs are women, even though women make up almost half of the workforce and almost 60% of the people on post secondary campuses. Progressive engineering businesses know the value of having women working in this profession, but to effectively change these demographics old attitudes and perceptions must be changed and a new vision of the 21st century must be communicated.

There were 3 keynote speakers as well as 3 breakout sessions. Sarah attended Risk Taking and Entrepreneurship, Working in a Male-Dominated Environment and Staying Healthy for Women Engineers. It was wonderful for her to reconnect with women, immigrants and students on the topics of women in the field of Engineering, Science and Technology. She was there on behalf of ASTTBC and BCWiT and was recognized by many of the attendees and presenters.

Sarah's 6 year old daughter Thea was fortunate to attend the UBC GEERing Up Science Camp. This opened her eyes to the robot lab, electrical engineering and chemistry. What a wonderful day for a young impressionable girl!

As women in engineering, science and technology we are part of the solution. As a member of the engineering community our participation in the networking and mentoring of other women in these fields is essential.

Land Surveyors Meet with ASTTBC

ASTTBC members are exempted in the 'Land Surveyors Act' from doing certain work which is within the scope of ASTTBC member's expertise but is clearly not 'land surveying'. An agreement between ASTTBC and the Association of BC Land Surveyors (ABCLS) regarding ASTBC's spells out what ASTTBC members registered in Site Improvements Surveying are allowed to do without violating the restricted practice granted to the BC Land Surveyor.

At a recent meeting three representatives from the ABCLS and ASTTBC leaders met to review the Agreement and consider possible changes. Minor changes to the Agreement and how the two organizations might better work together to inform the public and regulatory bodies were discussed and will be considered by both parties. "This meeting served to remind the two associations of our joint Agreement and to consider how we might better manage the current Agreement which allows ASTTBC-registered in Site Improvements Surveying," said ASTTBC Vice President, Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS. ASTTBC asked ABCLS folk to find ways for the two associations to work together to enhance the recognition of RSIS practitioners and ensure greater use of these skills. A photo is posted on the website.

Professional Biologists Link with ASTTBC

The President of the Association of Professional Biologists of BC (APBBC) Domenico Iannidinardo, MBA, RPF, RPBio, PEng connected recently with ASTTBC's Executive Director, John Leech, AScT, CAE to further linkages between the two associations. APBBC is a body responsible for providing services to its members, all of whom are registered with the College of Applied Biology, the professional registering body. APBBC and ASTTBC are looking at ways the two associations might better serve their respective members. Continuing professional development, a major offering of APBBC, is one area for cooperation. ASTTBC set up a booth at the APBBC 2011 Annual Meeting in Nanaimo with several ASTTBC members in attendance to talk about ASTTBC and answer questions.A photo is posted on the website.

RoboCup Junior Games

ASTTBC proudly sponsors the Western Canada RoboCup Junior Games which will be held December 2 at Okanagan College in Kelowna. This year's contestants will be challenged to have their robots play soccer, complete a search and rescue or do a dance. Last year, the Schier brothers, aka The Robo Bros, from Vernon, advanced to the World RoboCup in Turkey and came home champions.

ASTTBC Sponsors BC Science Teachers Conference

ASTTBC sponsored the BC Science Teachers' Association Catalyst 2011 conference in Richmond this month. Science teachers from around the province gathered to hear keynotes and discuss topics presented by such speakers as Phil Nuytten, inventor, entrepreneur, explorer, President and founder of Nuytco Research Ltd and Can-Dive Services Ltd; Sandy Eix, Science World's Science Learning Lead; and Chris Hadfield, Canadian S0pace Agency Astronaut.

ASTTBC's Patrick Cochrane, AScT, Helps Design World of Hope in Haiti

Patrick Cochrane, AScT, a Civil Engineering Technologist from Kamloops, has returned home from a project trip to Grand-Goave, Haiti. Patrick was in Haiti as part of a team of architects, engineers and design professionals from across North America who volunteers time with Engineering Ministries International Canada. Read more of this story and see a photo on the website.

ASTTBC Technologist on a 2 Year Mission in Uganda

Word reached ASTTBC just before Thanksgiving about a former Kelowna family working in Kampala, through Engineering Ministries International (eMi). Patrick Aylard, AScT, is providing civil engineering skills and leading an infrastructure design team, to better the lives of Ugandans. Patrick and his wife and children left Kelowna for Uganda in 2010 and plan to return to Canada next year.

Aylard and his family rely on family, friends and church for financial support throughout their volunteer mission work. Learn more on Patrick Aylard and eMi's service in Uganda.

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech salutes Patrick's dedication in volunteering professional assistance in Uganda. "We appreciate your great effort to share your professional skills to help those in need in Africa."

Executive Director Leech has made several past trips to Africa promoting technology education and careers, and anticipates future trips to Africa to assist in recognizing technologists and technicians.

eMi administrator Steve Ulrich welcomes ASTTBC's recognition, saying "As a humanitarian organization we count very heavily on professionals like Pat Aylard donating their time and talents to help in the developing world. The impact these volunteers have is very important to the people served and the resulting facilities greatly improve their education, health, living conditions or overall standard of living. His skill set and input in the East Africa office has been very well received and he is representing your organization well. You may wish to see some of the evidence of our work on our various web sites. East Africa, for instance, where Pat is working is: www.emiea.org."

7th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety

The recipients of the 7th Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety are:

Lifetime Achievement: Mr. Laurie Lowes, London Drugs
Individual: Mr. Michael Dine, Pender Island Fire Rescue
Organization Award: Lifesaving Society - BC & Yukon

These awards to be held on November 16 in Vancouver are presented by the BC Safety Authority to recognize those who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement and innovation in the promotion of safety in BC. For more information or to order tickets visit the website.

ASTTBC is a Silver Sponsor of this event.

Korean Delegation Visits ASTTBC

Delegates from the National IT Promotion Agency (NIPA), an affiliate of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy in Korea visited the ASTTBC offices on October 14th. The two agencies exchanged greetings and shared ideas on policy and member engagement. Of interest to the organizations is possible mutual recognition of their technology graduates and ours as well as portability of credentials.

Williams & White Open House Buzzing with Activity

ASTTBC's Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Member & Program Development attended the recent Williams & White Open House in Burnaby. The event was a success with several hundred people attending their manufacturing facility. ASTTBC was on hand to greet guests and to promote the association. Thanks to all those members who attended to make the event that much more successful and the Williams & White for including ASTTBC!

BC Lions Ticket Discount November 5 vs. Montreal

ASTTBC and the BC Lions have teamed up to offer members, friends and family great savings on BC Lions tickets for the upcoming November 5th game versus the Montreal Alouettes at the new BC Place. Game time is 7:00 PM.

Members will save $10.25 per ticket compared to buying online. Tickets range from $32 to $82 and include all taxes/fees.

As an added bonus the BC Lions will donate $3.00 per ticket purchased to FEAT to support education in technology careers.

View flyer

To purchase tickets call JEFF HILL at the BC Lions @ 604-930-5453 and mention the ASTTBC discount.

BC Safety Authority Wants Clients for Safety Management Plan Development

The BC Safety Authority is issuing a renewed call for exemplar clients for Safety Management Plan development. This call is open to all clients in all industry sectors who are considering an Alternative Safety Approach-Safety Management Plan for their facility.

Once selected, an exemplar client would work with an assigned BC Safety Authority liaison, preparing and submitting a Safety Management Plan Application and developing and submitting a Safety Management Plan for acceptance by the BC Safety Authority. If accepted, the client would be able to operate their facility under this Safety Management Plan.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you can read and submit an Expression of Interest PDF form, or submit the application form online at the BC Safety Authority website .

Completed application forms can be submitted to Pearse Walsh, Leader - Business Development at asa@safetyauthority.ca on or before the deadline date of November 14, 2011. Contact Pearse at asa@safetyauthority.ca or 250-718-1958 if you have any questions.

Ministry Launches APPS, GAME, JOB TREND TRACKER

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation presents the Build-A-Career App Smartphone App, the Career Explorers video game, and the Job Trend Tracker tool as part of the BC Jobs Plan. All the tools are available through WorkBC. "These resources assist British Columbians make career choices," said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. "We applaud the Initiatives and encourage ASTTBC members to take a look at these resources and then pass along to others in the community." John Leech met with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell, in his office in Prince George this summer. At that time Pat talked about the BC Jobs Plan which would roll out this fall. In early September John was invited with other association CEOs to meet with Pat Bell and Premier Clark to learn more about the proposed BC Jobs Plan. "It was great to hear first hand from Premier Clark and Pat Bell as to their Jobs initiative. I took the opportunity at the table and briefly afterwards to speak with the Premier about the real need to address the shortage of technology professionals and to seriously look at government legislation which restricts ASTTBC members from working to their full potential."

ASTTBC continues to promote technology education and careers as part of the Association's role in regulating and supporting technology professionals and their careers. ASTTBC is gathering stats re enrollment trends at post-secondary institutions over the past 20 years and is encouraging Government to write a plan for technology education. ASTTBC is hosting a special Labour Market Information forum on October 24 in Vancouver at which up-to-date labour market information and projections will be reviewed.

Build-A-Career App www.buildacareer.ca
The Build a Career Smartphone app features a quiz for young adults ages 15 to 25 to assess their skills and interests and discover new careers. They can also watch videos of the top ten jobs in B.C. and map their way to a career centre nearby. Available on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and an iPad optimized web version.

Career Explorers Game www.careerexplorers.ca
This 3-D online video game lets youth (ages 8 to 12) explore the many career options available in B.C. and its regions. The "roll and move" board game, badges and mini-games provide an interactive and fun experience for players.

Job Trend Tracker www.bcjobtrendtracker.ca
The Job Trend Tracker interactive web application provides reliable labour market information for citizens, employers and government. The application provides demand and supply outlooks from 2010 to 2020 on more than 500 careers in BC. This application is packed with visual interactive tools that tell BC's future labour market story. Map, chart and compare regional and provincial job stats and discover which jobs need workers where. To get the best possible experience using this site, we recommend viewing in IE 7+, Safari 3+, or Firefox 3+, Opera 9.5+ or Chrome 2.0+.

Lots of Job Openings in US Tech Sector

While the U.S. economy reels with an unemployment rate stuck above 9 percent (16.2 percent if workers who've given up searching or settled for part-time work are factored in), the August job report states that, "As of July, there were 3.2 million job openings in the U.S., with companies in the Tech sector and even plastics manufacturing, struggling to fill positions".

The lesson: To paraphrase a country song, "Mommas and Daddies, Don't Raise Your Kids to be Cowboys...Send 'Em to Technology Programs and Such!"

Joint UNBC/UBC Applied Science Program Attracts Women

A lot of intellectual wattage has been historically overlooked by a failure to make education in applied sciences and technology careers, appealing to women. Striving to overcome this traditional problem, ASTTBC has fostered the Women in Technology initiative BCWiT and built our Foundation to encourage participation by ALL qualified students. So we must surely applaud UNBC and partner university UBC, for creating a university Engineering program that appeals almost equally to men and women!

In a new Maclean's Magazine survey of 49 Canadian universities, only 13 attracted more than 20% women to engineering degree programs. The joint UNBC/UBC Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Environmental Engineering boasts participation at 45 percent women.

In their first two years, students develop a foundation in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science, within the College of Science and Management at UNBC. In their third and fourth years, students transfer to UBC where they gain a thorough, hands-on understanding of engineering fundamentals, analysis and design, primarily through courses in Civil Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. Students complete their degree with a final term at UNBC where they focus on practical environmental engineering design problems.

YouTube

ASTTBC channel on YouTube currently features 29 short videos, generated 5,556 views and has numerous subscribers. Visit ASTTBC video channel on YouTube.

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Contact Information

Please remember to update your contact information if you have moved recently or you are planning to move soon. Send updates to techinfo@asttbc.org or call the ASTTBC office at 604-585-2788.

BIG Little Science Centre at New Kamloops Location

The new BIG Little Science Centre is now open in the George Hilliard School at 985 Holt Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 5H1.

Visit the BIG Little Science Centre for hands on science exploration and fun. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 - 5 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm with a show/activity at 1:30. BIG Little Science Centre will also be open all week before Christmas.

Check out the website www.blscs.org or phone 250-554-2572

Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is Part of BCIT Degree Program

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) students who successfully complete the Quantity Surveying modules of the Construction Management Degree program will be steps closer to being registered Professional Quantity Surveyors. The graduates of this new course will be accredited by CIQS to have completed the CIQS Educational Requirements for PQS - subject to completion of a diary and final Test of Professional Experience (TPE) to get their actual Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) status.

The role of a Quality Surveyor is to manage and control costs within construction projects. Using a range of management procedures and technical tools, graduates will be prepared to contribute immediately in the construction industry. More information is available on the website.

Message From:

Henry Murphy, AScT, Lab Technician, Civil Engineering at Okanagan College, Kelowna who wrote:

"Really enjoyed myself at the APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM. I took in a couple of the seminars, as much as time would allow, and lunches.

I attended the Hawaiian Luau on Thursday night that was sponsored by ASTTBC. Jeff Holm PEng, President, recognized ASTTBC at that event. Also, Matt Cameron, PEng and Jim Smith, PEng, joined me to extend thanks for all that ASTTBC was doing and wanted me to pass on a big hello from them to you."

Congratulations to:

Westhome Planners Ltd/Wesplan Building Design Inc. - Recently Okanagan Home magazine featured one of their custom design projects in Penticton, BC. Thanks Tony Girous, CRD and Custom Design Department Manager for sending this information and the link to their custom design website.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Is a Requirement

ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on Continuing Professional Development and utilize the web site designed to help members record CPD activities.

Energy Summit Features latest Natural Gas Engine Technology

The BC Chamber of Commerce Energy Summit 2011 will highlight the latest advances in natural gas and biomethane engines developed by BC's Westport Innovations, a Vancouver based company which leads the world in building internal combustion vehicle engines, using low burning, high performance fuel. This event begins November 17 with a reception and keynote dinner and follows on November 18 with a conference feature panels on the export market for BC natural gas, domestic gas pipelines, alternative energy advancements and a panel on new advancements in the use of our fuel supply.

Professional Development Opportunities

Please note that links to many worthwhile professional development opportunitis, seminars and coming events can be found on the ASTTBC website. Following is just a small sample. For links to these and many other activities, follow the links above:

BC Chamber Energy Summit 2011, Vancouver, November 17-18.
Sustainabuild Conference, Vancouver, November 23.
Mineral Exploration Roundup 2012, Vancouver, January 24-27, 2012.
Reaching Out - Finding a Foothold in the Environmental Business Marketplace - Globe 2012 Conference & Trade Fair, Vancouver, March 14-16, 2012.