ASTTBC e-News, October 2015
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.
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Continuing with tradition, 2015 will be ASTTBC's 27th year of showcasing our gala Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration! This is our premier event of the year and a highlight for BC's science and technology community.
This year we have an exciting evening planned with a grand celebration of the ASTTBC Foundation's 25th Anniversary. This is an important milestone for ASTTBC and we appreciate those who have supported the foundation over the many, many years!
Our evening starts at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction fundraiser for our foundation, followed by the great entertainment of ANDREW JOHNS (back by popular demand), a delicious dinner served with wine, award presentations, and social time.
This event provides ASTTBC with the opportunity to recognize BC's technology professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements. It is also our way to say thanks to our many volunteers and partners who contribute to the growth and development of the association.
November 14th promises to be another grand event for ASTTBC!
While attending the Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians (SASTT) 50th anniversary celebration dinner, ASTTBC President KEITH TRULSON, AScT, Eng.L 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.
The Youth Game Changer GearBots Competition was part of the 2015 International LNG in BC Conference, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre October 14-16, 2015. The conference showcased a variety of Youth Game Changer events and trades demonstrations for students. Premier Christy Clark took time out of her busy schedule at the conference to visit with the young technology explorers and congratulate them on their efforts and achievements.
Dereck Dirom, founder of GEARBOTS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES, promotes the importance of igniting passion and curiosity in young minds for interacting with technology. ASTTBC was one of the judges responsible for assessing students from Abbotsford Sr. Secondary School as teams competed in programming small robotic units to travel across a map of a fictitious LNG facility to perform tasks, including moving blocks intended to resemble LNG containers. Students were timed and awarded points for successful missions.
Gary Herman, CEO for the Industry Training Authority (ITA), met for breakfast this past summer with ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE to talk linkages between trades and technology education and careers. The ITA plays a lead role in the development and delivery of trades training and apprenticeships in BC and ASTTBC often certifies technicians, technologists and technical specialists who apply with trades training as part of their application package. Over the years John Leech has met with ITA leaders to talk about career laddering and bridging between trades and technology education and careers.
“Gary and I mused about a few possible connections between ASTTBC and ITA,” said Leech. “I am certain that at some time in the near future ITA and ASTTBC will identify a service that will help BC's workers adjust or expand their career path.”
Gary and John have met at various times over the past couple of years and are warming to the idea of working together.
“I look forward to exploring ways in which ITA can collaborate with ASTTBC to help workers transition from ITA to ASTTBC or the reverse and generally to assist workers as their circumstances and career interests change,” said Herman.
John gifted Gary an ASTTBC clock as a reminder for the two that there is no time like the present to work collaboratively in support of BC workers.
PHOTO of ASTTBC CEO John Leech and ITA CEO Gary Herman
Leaders of the Union of BC Municipalities and the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR), John Rustad, renewed a MoU acknowledging the role of the local governments and spelling out their roles as part of the province's new relationship with First Nations.
“ASTTBC has made a commitment to engage and work with First Nations in promoting technology education and careers,” said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE, “We have also met with Minister Rustad and Ministry staff and staff leadership at UBCM to discuss connections and define areas of mutual interest. I am certain ASTTBC can work with First Nations and the Ministry and UBCM on key initiatives such as ASTTBC's proposed Public Works Technician certification program and promoting technology careers through ASTTBC's First Nations Careers Council.”
As a self-governing professional association most of the revenue to manage the affairs of the Association comes from annual dues and other fees (applications, reclassifications, stamps and administration fees for the errors & omissions insurance to name a few). With added professional regulatory responsibilities such as Practice Assessment Reviews, monitoring / auditing of mandatory reporting of Continuing Professional Development and a heavy load of formal complaints, there's growing pressure on the annual Budget. These initiatives, required to meet ASTTBC's mandate in the ASTTBC Act, are coupled with an ongoing quest to enhance the professional recognition and practice of technologists, technicians and technical specialists. As well, there is the development of new member management software, framing competency-based certification and new software to manage all applications digitally.
ASTTBC remains active in marketing and promotion activities to help enhance awareness and grow the value of ASTTBC certification. ASTTBC Council is required to make many important decisions in the course of a year and most certainly approving the annual budget and setting the annual dues and fees ranks near the top of their priorities. In carrying out this responsibility ASTTBC Council has assumed a very modest approach to increasing annual dues and fees over the years. For many years ASTTBC has applied an annual cost of living adjustment to keep current with ongoing operating costs. This usual approach was modified last year and Council increased the dues by $25 with a further note that another modest lift would be applied in 2016. Council has considered all factors and decided that dues will go up by $10 in 2016 with every expectation that the annual dues and renewal fees will fall back to an annual cost of living adjustment.
ASTTBC remains in solid shape as the 8th largest professional regulatory body in BC. We value each and every one of our 10,000+ members and hope you in turn continue to see value for your professional certification with ASTTBC.
ASTTBC sponsored and was pleased to attend this year's Camosun Mechanical Engineering Showcase.
A secret passage/wine cabinet, electric longboard, hand-powered personal elevator, automated beer keg cleaner, and a gluten-free cookie dough depositor—these are just a few of the eclectic and ingenious projects present at this year's graduating class in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Camosun College.
This year's class and mentoring professors developed and built nine new and diverse products that showcase their love of creative design and engineering prowess. They spent the summer designing, building, testing and perfecting their final projects for a variety of clients and put their inventions on display. The public and media viewed the projects and talked to the students at the annual Student Project Showcase on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Camosun's Interurban Campus.
“This is another great year and another great showcase of the talent at Camosun,” says Jeffrey Stephen, faculty advisor in Camosun's Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “It's a lot of work and long hours but it has paid off with fantastic projects. These students will graduate with some very solid career skills.”
ASTTBC President KEITH TRULSON AScT, EngL took a moment at the September meeting of council to cut a special 30th anniversary cake to recognize the first three decades under the ASTT Act. Formed in 1958, ASTTBC was re-incorporated under the ASTT Act in 1985. The BC government, through Order in Council 1820, formally enacted the statute, and a new chapter began for ASTTBC.
On October 1, 1992 ASTTBC staff set up shop at the brand new ASTTBC building. Now debt free, ASTTBC has had 23 great years at our Surrey home.
"It was a great decision by ASTTBC Council of the day to purchase the building," said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. "The building looks better than ever and it has served us well for over two decades."
The ASTTBC building was recently appraised for a little over $1 million.
“Thank you for generously supporting our trip to Washington, DC to present our findings for the student space project, Crystal Growth in Space, at the National Conference for the SSEP held at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Below is a link to a video to share our trip with you. Thank you again!”
- Sharmane Baerg, Gr. 6/7 teacher at McGowan Park Elementary, Kamloops, BC
ASTTBC was pleased to participate in the 2015 Vancouver Community Science Celebration held on September 26th and 27th at Science World. Hundreds of children and families visited the ASTTBC booth in an attempt to successfully retrieve (and then keep) an ASTTBC pen or pencil using the “very cool” ASTTBC robotic arm! Witnessing the hand eye coordination of the younger generation was humbling. Apparently being proficient at video games can improve hand eye coordination!
This year's activities included demonstrations, displays and activities tailored to children of all ages and families. The focus of this year's celebration was to encourage students to see value in science studies and consider science and technology career options. It also promoted local businesses involved in science and technology and brought the community together by showcasing science education opportunities, local industries, government agencies, schools and community organizations involved in science and technology.
The admission was free for the public on Sunday, September 27th, thanks to the generous support of BC Hydro.
BCWiT and The Canadian Institute (CI) is excited to bring the Women's Leadership Forum to Vancouver on November 3-4th, to showcase exceptional leadership and provide women with the skills they need to thrive in their journey to the top. The event will happen at the Four Seasons Hotel.
The conference aims to help women:
- Build their authentic leadership style by embracing and honing personal strengths
- Experience unparalleled networking, learning and collaboration with leaders from diverse industries and sectors
- Learn to secure workplace recognition and become a sought-after leader with valuable input into management decisions
- Master leadership skills that inspire innovation, drive results and empower future generations of women to put their hands up
“BCWiT is pleased to partner with The Canadian Institute's Women's Leadership Forum. This is a terrific opportunity for progressive enhancing of individual leadership skills,” states HEATHER ANDREYCHUK, AScT, BCWiT Committee Chair, “The participants are from all industries providing an excellent networking environment. BCWiT wishes all of the women a successful forum.”
Small Business BC (SBBC) is seeking nominations for its 13th Annual Small Business Awards. ASTTBC members are encouraged to put forward a nomination for a worthy firm.
ASTTBC is party to a Memorandum of Agreement with SBBC, signaling a joint interest in supporting small businesses in the engineering and applied science technology fields. ASTTBC is also working on a survey that will go to all members this fall, from which ASTTBC will learn more about our members needs and interests in managing small businesses.
“ASTTBC is ramping up our efforts to support and assist ASTTBC members or their employers who operate small and medium sized businesses,” said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. “October is Small Business Month in BC, providing a great opportunity to enhance support to ASTTBC technology professionals as they manage small enterprises in BC.”
B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak and Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources Minister J. Michael Miltenberger have signed an agreement committing both governments to co-operatively manage water in the Mackenzie River Basin.
Through the British Columbia and Northwest Territories Bilateral Water Management Agreement, which focuses on the Liard and Petitot watersheds, both governments are committing to protecting the ecosystems within the basin, as well as the interests of all citizens, including First Nations.
The signed agreement also recognizes and respects each jurisdiction's laws, regulations, plans, policies and economic opportunities.
The Mackenzie River Basin is the largest river basin in Canada covering 1.8 million square kilometres. This is the first bilateral water management agreement B.C. has signed under the broader Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement — a water management partnership between the federal government and Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Employers in the construction sector will now be able to apply for funding to help their current and future employees upgrade their skills, thanks to two complementary funding programs announced today by the B.C. government and LNG Canada.
Recognizing the importance of the construction sector to B.C.'s economy, especially with the generational opportunity that the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector presents, these two funding streams will help provide employees with the skills and training they need to fill available jobs.
LNG Canada will introduce the LNG Canada — Trades Training Fund, a new program that will provide a total of $1 million to employers in B.C. in support of industry and apprenticeship training in the construction sector to build a workforce to meet the needs of the LNG industry.
Today's fast-changing and competitive environment demands the very best people and at a time of increasing professional reliance, employers are attracted to ASTTBC Technology Professionals because they can be assured our members are qualified, registered and accountable.
Qualified. ASTTBC is considered a critical element in the career of technologists, technicians and technical specialists and businesses, industries and government recognize our credentials as key indicators of competence and quality.
Registered. ASTTBC has a mandate under provincial legislation to maintain, improve and increase the knowledge, ability and competence of our members. By setting and maintaining standards of excellence, members, employers and their clients all benefit from a culture of professionalism.
Accountable. ASTTBC regulate standards of training and practice of, and for, its members and to protect the interest of the public. Certified members are required to follow a CODE OF ETHICS and are subject to practice review and discipline therefore assuring professionalism in the execution of their duties.
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ASTTBC is a sponsor for the 2016 ACEC-BC Transportation Conference, Moving with Technology. The ACEC-BC conference, scheduled for January 28, 2016 at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre, represents a great opportunity for ASTTBC members to learn more about transportation infrastructure and to network with industry professionals.
“ASTTBC and ACEC-BC signed a Memorandum of Understanding this year to help frame our working relationship,” said ASTTBC CEO JOHN LEECH, AScT, CAE. “ASTTBC's sponsorship of the Transportation Conference is one way for ASTTBC to engage with the 90 firms that comprise the ACEC-BC membership.”
Consulting engineering companies provide engineering and other technology-based intellectual services to the public and private sectors. ACEC-BC firms employ 9,900 people in BC comprised of engineers, geoscientists, technicians, technologists and other support staff. The consulting engineering business contributes $3.6 billion in annual revenue to the BC economy.
DETAILS of the preliminary program on the ACEC-BC 2015 Transportation Conference website
Grow your fire protection technician labour market knowledge at the same time as upgrading your communication and literacy skills!
The Language Training for Fire Protection Technicians is a customized seven-week training program that embeds Fire Protection Technician Extinguisher Training with English language communication skills. The training will include Fire Protection Technician Extinguisher vocabulary, forms/documents, career options, etc. making it immediately relevant and applicable to the labour market.
INFORMATION about this in-demand fire protection technician career
Benefits for Participants
At the end of the program, participants could benefit from the following:
- Introduction to the Fire Protection Technician field with a focus on extinguishers with the goal of working in the sector and/or pursuing further education
- Learn workplace health and safety, relevant building codes and ASTTBC Code of Ethics
- Gain information on the growing field of Fire Protection in addition to other technical opportunities
Details of the Program
- Program runs from November 2 to December 17, 2015
- Location is the VCC downtown campus - 250 West Pender, Vancouver, BC (www.vcc.ca)
- Language training at VCC will be provided Monday to Thursday from approximately 9 am - 3 pm
- Four additional Fridays will be scheduled within the seven weeks for students to participate in employer field trips, workshops and ethics training (schedule and locations to be determined)
For more information or to register EMAIL Karen or call 604-585-2788 ext. 259
A drive to promote ASTTBC members' involvement in social media has paid off. Member engagement has skyrocketed by 70 per cent on LinkedIn, 30 per cent on Facebook and 60 per cent on Twitter.
Members are encouraged to link their LinkedIn profiles to ASTTBC's company page, so employers can see the ASTTBC seal of approval for their designations. Search for ASTTBC in the LinkedIn search box, or EMAIL ASTTBC's Community Manager for assistance.
This past summer, members following ASTTBC on LinkedIn had their names placed in a draw to win a Technology Sizzles BBQ Gift Basket from ASTTBC. Congratulations to our two winners—Marcus Lin, AScT, and Andrew Kadziola, AScT. ASTTBC is also on Instagram, providing up-to-date member photos and information on Association contests and events.
ASTTBC congratulates members Jenny Katsirdakis and Susan Hyde for being the first two members to respond to our tweets about free tickets.
ASTTBC congratulates members Jenny Katsirdakis and Susan Hyde for being the first two members to respond to our tweets about free tickets.
Following ASTTBC on Twitter and responding quickly to our tweets resulted in both members receiving two complimentary tickets to the new popular “Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out” exhibit at Science World.
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.
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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!
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.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
SEAN A. BEST, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, AScT, is an architect with Hodgson Design Associates.
He graduated with a Master of Architecture Degree in 1995, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree in 1993 from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. Sean studied Arts and Art History from the University of New Brunswick in 1991 to acquire greater art knowledge to coincide with the sciences achieved when he graduated with a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from the Moncton Community College in 1988.
Specific Career Design Highlights include...
- Hills on W. 4th Kitsilano
- 2725 W. 30th Street, Arbutus Ridge
- 6405 Cedarhurst Street, Kerrisdale
- 4803 Belmont Avenue, West Point Grey
- 5012 Marguerite Street, Shaughnessey
- Grace Building - 1280 Richards Street, Yaletown
- Coquitlam Center
Professional and Community Activities
- Registered Member Architectural Institute of British Columbia
- Member Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
- Alumni Member of the Hershey Harriers Running Club and Athletics Canada
- Attend conferences, professional development seminars etc.
- Volunteer in the running community
“I became a technologist because I enjoy problem solving,” states Mr. Best, “I enjoy assembling and creating things and I am very fortunate to have had many exceptional mentors and teachers who encouraged me to pursue design. Learning does not stop at graduation, or licensing, it is a life long journey. Just recently I participated in a three day 2015 Wood First Forum & Global Buyers Mission in Whistler. I collected many Continuing Professional Development points there learning about wood in British Columbia and about how other countries are using it with new innovations.”
Sean sees value in CPD:
“I'm actually attracted to these CPD reporting events for the social receptions, new contacts, reacquainting with colleagues, current product and science knowledge, and of course the fantastic food.”
CPD is Mandatory for ASTTBC Members. Ontario just announced that their members will be required to participate in continuing professional development commencing January 2016. Technology Professional associations in Canada are enhancing their regulatory standards to better serve the public interest.
The BC Electrical Association's Women's Network is hosting this event on November 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre.
Join them for the opportunity to meet other woman within their membership and gain valuable contacts within their association. This evening will include a 10-minute presentation from two BCEA members who have had very successful careers. This is your chance to have a voice and give them input on the future of this networking group.
Come as you are, unwind and enjoy an evening amongst your industry peers.
EMAIL or phone for more info: 604-291-7708
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC ‘s TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
BCIT is looking for an Assistant Instructor in their Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, school of energy. The job closes on November 8th, 2015.
Uphold the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for the performance of their work.
(a) Members should ensure that compensation is fair and appropriate for the services rendered, but are expected to put service above financial gain, quality above quantity and acknowledge a code of honour within a competitive spirit.
(b) Members should not undertake a contract for anything other than a firm price, and be cautious of contracts containing contingency fee clauses.
(c) Members should not submit any proposal to secure an engagement or assignment with a firm price or estimated cost lower than the realistic expected full estimated cost of the proposed engagement.
Member's fees shall be determined by the scope of work and level of service required. Cutting fees to the extent that results in the rendering of an incompetent or dangerous service is unethical.
Contingency fee arrangements may cloud the judgment of the member dependent on the size of the fee, for example, zero in the case of an unsatisfactory conclusion or disproportionately high in other situations.
Offering services at less than cost as a ‘loss leader' in order to secure future work is not recommended, particularly where the services might have an effect on the feasibility of future work. Potential clients should be made aware if a ‘loss leader' type of service is offered, together with the future work expectation.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.
To update your ASTTBC contact information, please LOGIN and use our online form.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
CONSTRUCTION LAW COURSE
Thank-you for reading our October e-News and enjoy your autumn!