ASTT e-News

ASTTBC e-News, September 2013

Dear Member,

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 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

Register Online for ASTTBC Technology Awards
Recognizing ASTTBC Technology Awards Sponsors
Kelowna Leaders Talk Tech Education and Careers
Minister of Health Meets with ASTTBC
Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Meets with ASTTBC
Wendy Grant-John Appointed Order of BC
ASTTBC Meets with Minister Rich Coleman
Tech Careers in Northern BC
Benefits of BC Government-funded Projects
ASTTBC Community Rep Connects with Premier
ASTTBC Talks Tech Skills with Government
QP - FOCUS 2015: Professional Practice
TechJOBS Career Listings Online
ASTTBC Backs Nanaimo Science Centre
First Annual ASTTBC Nanaimo Golf Tournament

BC Women in Technology Survey Results
ASTTBC Member Meetings in October
Selecting an ASTTBC Property Inspector
ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 10
TechPRO: Jereme MacKinnon, AScT
Post Your Career Story
Call for Nominations Safety Awards
Vancouver Community Science Celebration
Message From: Grant Lachmuth, AscT, RTMgr
CPD is a Requirement
Professional Development Opportunities
Update Your Contact info
Become a Mentor
Share Your Innovations
About the ASTTBC Foundation
ASTTBC on Twitter and Facebook

Register Online for ASTTBC Technology Awards

This year's ASTTBC Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. This highly anticipated awards gala always attracts a great turn out, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of this event. The evening includes the annual ASTTBC Foundation Silent Auction, Reception, great Entertainment and Award Presentations. This special event provides the opportunity to thank our dedicated volunteers and committee partners who have helped build ASTTBC's success. ASTTBC Volunteers have been sent a special invitation and will be hosted by ASTTBC. For others wishing to attend, the cost is $80 per person. Group tables of 10 are also available for $750. Register online.

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Silent Auction - Donations Welcome!

Each year the ASTTBC Foundation holds a Silent Auction at the ASTTBC Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration. The Foundation raises funds to assist in programs vital to future generations of technologists and technicians. Your support by way of something special to auction, such as a gift certificate, merchandise, artwork, gift basket, or the provision of a service, will help the Foundation achieve its fundraising goal for the year. Your Silent Auction donation will add tremendously to our Fundraising event. Please contact Cindy Aitken at the ASTTBC office caitken@asttbc.org by October 11th to make your Silent Auction donation.

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Recognizing ASTTBC Technology Awards Sponsors

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

Event Partners
BCIT Alumni Association
TELUS

ASTTBC TechGreen Award Presenting Sponsor
BCIT

Gold Sponsors
APEGBC
FortisBC

Silver Sponsors
BC Hydro
Black Press
Manulife Financial
Science World BC
Stantec
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Bronze Sponsors
BC Construction Association
BC Housing
Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC
Hatch
Herold Engineering Limited
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Lindsay Kenney LLP
Okanagan College
TRIUMF

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Kelowna Leaders Talk Tech Education and Careers

Technology education and careers was the topic for John Leech, MLA Norm Letnick (Kelowna -Lake Country), Okanagan College Vice President Andrew Hay, and education and industry leaders at a luncheon in Kelowna last August. ASTTBC invited all to review BC's demand for technologists, technicians and technical specialists.

Among the more than 30 in attendance: Hugh Gloster, School District Superintendent; Kelowna Chamber of Commerce CEO Caroline Grover; Urban Systems CEO Martin Bell; Senior Associate for Stantec Brian Anderson; Unicast President Gerry L'Esperance; and Interior Health Director Wrae Hill.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Douglas MacLeod, PhD, former Dean at Okanagan College now with Athabasca University, for his leadership promoting technology education and careers.

MLA Norm Letnick noted the number of techs currently in BC and the need for more as new major projects such as LNG are developed. He congratulated ASTTBC for its contribution to technical careers. Andrew Hay talked about Okanagan College's past and current enrolments and the Sustainable Construction Technology Management Program to be launched in 2014. John distributed ASTTBC's A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British Columbia, and related past efforts to promote technology education and careers, and plans for the near future. John highlighted ASTTBC's work with First Nations and women, noting that 10% of ASTTBC's technologists and technicians are female, similar to other associations. The event was featured in the Kelowna Daily Courier of August 21.

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Minister of Health Meets with ASTTBC

Topics such as the certification of Onsite Wastewater practitioners, technology education and careers, professional recognition, skills utilization and rights to practice were top of mind when ASTTBC representatives met this summer with the Minister of Health Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. Highlights of the conversation at - click here.

"It was a great learning experience," said ASTTBC Secretary Treasurer Trent Reid, CTech, who was meeting with a BC Cabinet Minister for his first time as an ASTTBC representative. "The Minister was very open and keenly interested in ASTTBC's work as a professional regulator and as a lead promoter of technology education and careers."

ASTTBC representatives left the meeting with the understanding that Minister Lake has a good handle on ASTTBC and our role and contribution to BC, the significant value of technologists, technicians and technical specialists, the importance of technology education and careers, the need for the effective utilization of all skills and appropriate licensing to protect the public and workers. "ASTTBC is confident the Minister will be pro-active in addressing areas of common interest," says Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE.

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Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Meets with ASTTBC

Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Andrew Wilkinson, MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena, met this summer with ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, and Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. The discussion covered areas of interest to ASTTBC and to the Minister's primary areas of responsibility, including technology education and careers; enhanced productivity through the effective utilization of skills; science and technology culture and strategies/plans; and the contribution of small business to BC's economy. Highlights of the conversation at - click here.

"We found the Minister very engaged and helpful in offering suggestions as to how ASTTBC might most effectively address our areas of common interest," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford. Dave promised that ASTTBC would stay in touch, and the Minister agreed to help advance many of ASTTBC's suggestions. ASTTBC's John Leech noted that ASTTBC has built up a reputation of "getting things done" and working in collaboration with BC's elected officials to achieve common goals. "ASTTBC's significant efforts over the past seven years has led to enhanced recognition and awareness of technology education and careers and to the contribution made by BC's technologists and technicians," said John.

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Wendy Grant-John Appointed Order of BC

When Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon announced the names of 13 British Columbians who are to receive the Order of British Columbia, one of those appointed was Wendy Grant-John, Public Representative on the ASTTBC Council.

"The Order of British Columbia recognizes remarkable accomplishments by extraordinary British Columbians," said Premier Christy Clark. "This year's recipients have each made a difference in their communities and to the province."

Wendy Grant-John has contributed through leadership, economic development, legal, social and cultural means for more than 30 years. When she served as chief of the Musqueam First Nation, she launched the first Aboriginal commercial fishery in Canada and helped the Musqueam achieve two landmark Supreme Court cases that solidified Aboriginal Rights in the Constitution.

Wendy was the first woman elected regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations and served as commissioner of the Pacific Salmon Commission. She is a founding member and director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and has worked on the Big Sisters mentoring program for First Nations women.

Wendy Grant-John is a sitting member of the Chief and Council for the Musqueam Indian Band. She is chair of the Minister's Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women, which provides advice to the B.C. government on improving the lives of Aboriginal women. Her many awards include an honorary doctor of laws from Royal Roads University in 2003 and an honorary doctor of laws from Simon Fraser University in 2011.

"ASTTBC congratulates Wendy on this well deserved recognition," said Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Wendy is a dedicated representative for not only the First Nations and ASTTBC, but for all British Columbians."

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ASTTBC Meets with Minister Rich Coleman

ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford and Executive Director John Leech met with Rich Coleman, British Columbia's Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Mines, minister responsible for Housing and MLA for the riding of Fort Langley-Aldergrove, to discuss Electrical Work, House Inspection, PTech, and a number of other areas of interest to the Minister and to ASTTBC.

"It was a lively conversation, with Minister Coleman fully engaged on all topics," said Dave Rutherford on his reflection of the meeting. "I left with no doubt that the Minister is inclined to get things done, and we welcome that." Highlights of the conversation at - click here.

John Leech noted that Rich Coleman knows of ASTTBC and the Association's work to enhance technology careers and to work toward the most effective utilization of the skills of ASTTBC members in service to the public.

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Tech Careers in Northern BC

In a meeting with Prince George Mayor Shari Green, ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, discussed the current skills shortage and the significant work of ASTTBC members at City Hall, within the resource sector, consulting engineering companies and hospitals.

"Shari was enthused about ASTTBC's work in promoting technology education and careers," said John. "I was assured that the Mayor would make a point of encouraging new technology programming at the College of New Caledonia and encouraging young people to pursue a career as an engineering/applied science technologist, technician or technical specialist".

As a professional association with 10,000 registrants in BC, ASTTBC is encouraging more parents to have their children look to a two year Diploma of Technology as a pathway leading to rewarding careers. See story in Prince George Citizen.

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Benefits of BC Government-funded Projects

The BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) supported ASTTBC in three projects related to improving the integration of Internationally Trained Professionals (ITP) into the BC workforce.

The information obtained from these projects has exceeded expectations and is proving to be beneficial not only to ITPs but also to any potential applicant for ASTTBC certification and to employers.

The first project, One-year Canadian Work Experience, was designed to answer the question: what knowledge, skills and behaviors does a person with one or more years work experience in BC have compared to someone who has never worked in BC? For a reliable answer, ASTTBC organized employer consultations in eight BC locations. More than 90 people representing 83 employers participated. The responses from each consultation were almost identical. The shortage of competent technologists and technicians is a major concern for employers and may result in limiting the amount of work that companies may accept.

The performance indicators demonstrated by employees with one or two years experience were clustered into five competency areas. Each competency cluster has from eight to 12 observable and measurable indicators. The five clusters of competencies are: 1) English language communication skills; 2) Knowledge and application of discipline-specific codes, standards and practices; 3) Adapting to the Canadian business culture; 4) Personal attributes; and 5) Social, cultural and community integration.

The second project, Working in BC, used the information gleaned from the employer consultations to develop training resources for ITPs that include a Working in BC workshop/webinar and accompanying study guide covering the key competency areas that BC employers consider important for entry and integration into the BC workplace. Each topic is supported by a brief video presentation of essential information. All the resources developed in this project are available at www.itpbc.com. The Working in BC workshop/webinar is presently being developed with a target completion date of November 2013.

The third project, called Preparation of Database Specifications, sought proposals to design, develop and implement a new database for ASTTBC. The new database will include a broader range of data capture fields, particularly for ITPs, to produce enhanced services to applicants and improved report generation for ASTTBC, employers and the government. The knowledge gained from the BC Government-supported projects is now being applied to improve ASTTBC policies and services for all applicants regardless of their place of origin.

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ASTTBC Community Rep Connects with Premier

A little dated but not too late to report on a special Canada Day outside the Kelowna Hockey Rink, Prospera Place. Premier Clark (MLA for Westside-Kelowna) was posing for photographs and ASTTBC Community Representative Henry Murphy, AScT, was straining to get a good photo. The Premier, noticing that Henry was having a hard time getting a good shot, approached Henry and asked if he would like a photo with her. Henry passed the camera to his partner Zina and this photo materialized.

Henry recalled the chance meeting, "I thanked Christy from ASTTBC as I pointed out the hat I was wearing." Henry spent a few moments chatting with the Premier who was accompanied by Mayor Walter Grey and former MLA Ben Stewart, owner of Quails Gate Wineries. "Christy was at the Canada Day festivities in Kelowna to cut the Canada Day Cake.

ASTTBC has been making steady gains with members of the BC Cabinet and MLAs in elevating the profile and significance of technology education and careers, and of the role of ASTTBC's 10,000 registrants and ASTTBC as a professional regulatory body. "Reaching out to Henry as she did provided ASTTBC with yet one more opportunity to make a connection with leaders, like the Premier, who play a key role in guiding youth, parents and teachers to the skills needed in BC for many sectors including key initiatives such as LNG, mining, oil and gas and infrastructure," said Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "Henry is one of the biggest champions for ASTTBC. It came as no surprise that Henry would be there wearing an ASTTBC cap."

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ASTTBC Talks Tech Skills with Government

ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, met with MLA Sam Sullivan (Vancouver-False Creek). "The focus of our conversation was on technology skills education and careers and ASTTBC's work to address skills utilization and shortages," said John. "Sam spoke highly of ASTTBC's contribution to British Columbia and to the importance of technologists and technicians to BC's economy."

While visiting with MLA Sullivan, John also met MLA Dr. Moira Stilwell (a strong champion of science and technology) and MLA Bruce Ralston (ASTTBC's office is located in Bruce's riding). Responding to a concern about the viability of the Electrical Work Practitioner program, John advised the MLAs that this program will protect safety; assess and qualify ASTTBC members; have no impact on a TQ electrician or the Red Seal program; and provide professional accountability measures that will further assure ongoing competence. More info

John also updated Ralston, Stillwell and Sullivan on the work of Science World BC and other interested stakeholders in drafting a 'Science Charter' that will serve as a high level statement of beliefs and intentions regarding science and technology in BC.

The topic was again technology education and careers when Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond, Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk and Acting Deputy Minister of Education James Gorman met John Leech along with ASTTBC's President, Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, and Technology Education and Careers Council Chair, Sid Siddiqui, PEng. More info

"Ministers Bond and Virk were quite enthused during our dialogue about the work to promote technology education and careers," said Dave Rutherford. "They expressed interest in ASTTBC's proposal that the K-12 system include technology courses leading to direct entry in technologist or technician programs at BCIT, the colleges and universities."

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QP - FOCUS 2015: Professional Practice

ASTTBC's mandate under the ASTT Act is to "regulate the standards of training and practice of members and protect the public interest" ('Object' from ASTT Act). As part of the FOCUS 2015: Practice & Accountability program, ASTTBC is enhancing the professional regulatory framework, especially as it applies to professional accountability.

In addition, the Association continues to pursue practice rights that are within the competencies of ASTTBC technology professionals. Practice recognition and rights to independent practice are identified and secured in a number of ways, including being identified as a Qualified Person / Professional and through a modified professional regulatory framework that would include the Professional Technologist. Here are highlights of ASTTBC's work:

Qualified Person (QP)
ASTTBC has been pro-actively considering areas where an ASTTBC-registered technology professional might be recognized as a QP. A number of areas of practice have been identified and posted to the ASTTBC website (August 2, 2013 posting under 'What's New' (Communications header). One example for technologists and technicians is recognition as a Reclamation Specialist by the Oil and Gas Commission, and for Technical Specialists includes fields such as house inspection, onsite wastewater, and fire protection.

ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board
The newly formed Joint Board has a mandate to identify areas where a technologist might be considered for QP status. The Joint Board's work will take some time and will be ongoing. "I am very optimistic that working together with APEGBC will help the two associations better serve the public interest and protect health, safety and the environment," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS.

Professional Technologist (PTech)
ASTTBC Council has signaled a continuing interest in pursuing PTech in BC. With over 350 PTech(Eng) now registered in Alberta, and the Licensed Engineering Technologist law but not enacted in Ontario, there is greater impetus for action in BC. PTech is also used in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, but in these two provinces the practitioners do not have a practice scope that includes 'professional engineering' whereas, that is the case with PTech(Eng).

ASTTBC has been 'talking it up' over the summer with Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act Amrik Virk and several other Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and Government staff. "I found Minister Virk quite open and receptive to ASTTBC's proposal for the introduction of PTech in BC," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford. "The Minister asked how PTech is working in Alberta and other provinces and wanted to know where we stand with other stakeholders, especially APEGBC. We provided Minister Virk with a high level look at our history with PTech and in working over decades to secure full recognition of ASTTBC's technologists, technicians and technical specialists."

ASTTBC's belief that PTech is a key component of the future regulatory model has been raised with the ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board and the APEGBC Council with the hope that APEGBC will join with ASTTBC in support of developing PTech in BC.

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TechJOBS Career Listings Online

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC has a new job listing service called TechJOBS at www.asttbc.org/jobs where you can view active listings.

In addition to the CTEN national job posting service, TechJOBS is a member service whereby employers post new career opportunities on the ASTTBC website every week. Employers can find pricing details online. To book a posting, please contact techinfo@asttbc.org.

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ASTTBC Backs Nanaimo Science Centre

Vancouver Island's first Science Centre got a welcome funding boost this summer - a $2,000 ASTTBC grant. "We're excited to help a marvellous Nanaimo area group get the Island's first interactive science centre off the ground," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "The Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society - NS3 - is already partnering with Science World and Vancouver Island University to develop a science centre as vibrant as the BIG Little Science Centre in Kamloops."

NS3 is clearly aligned with ASTTBC's drive to promote education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, John added. The group has already staged events for primary and secondary school students, and pre-schoolers, including:

"The long-term NS3 vision is to create a 15,000 square foot building in Bowen Park," explained John. "The group has already bought and is equipping a mobile science van to deliver interactive science experiences to regional schools. The Vancouver Foundation and local community are supporting the van and program development for early childhood education, in-school and after school programs."

See Nanaimo Daily News.

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First Annual ASTTBC Nanaimo Golf Tournament

The First Annual ASTTBC Nanaimo Golf Tournament took place on August 16, 2013, an all-day event in support of the ASTTBC Foundation spearheaded by Jereme MacKinnon, AScT, and a committee of ASTTBC members from Herold Engineering Limited.

Although neither are golfers, ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, and Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, hit the course 'supervising' from their golf cart and enjoyed the dinner afterwards. There were two big winners that day as the Tournament Committee presented Dave Rutherford with a $400 donation to the ASTTBC Foundation, and John Leech presented Sue Durnin, President of the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society (N3) with a start-up grant from ASTTBC.

By all reports, it was a fine day of golfing and organizers look forward to continuing next year. "This tournament is now established," said Stacy Werner, CTech, RBD, "I sincerely hope the event takes flight and grows into a premier golfing event for our association, registered and non-registered technicians, technologists and technical specialists alike, in the years to come!"

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BC Women in Technology Survey Results

The BC Women in Technology Survey 2012 results have been tabulated, with 21% of the ASTTBC female membership participating. Thanks to the 180 female members who took the time to complete the survey, ASTTBC has current and useful data on the challenges and issues faced by women working in technology today. Congratulations to Deanna Kehler, CTech, who won the prize "Dinner Out at your Favourite Restaurant" for participating in the survey.

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ASTTBC Member Meetings in October

October 7, 2013 - Kamloops BC ASTTBC Kamloops Area Breakfast Member Meeting

October 8, 2013 - Salmon Arm BC ASTTBC Salmon Arm Area Breakfast Member Meeting

October 8, 2013 - Vernon BC ASTTBC Vernon Area Lunch Meeting

October 9, 2013 - Kelowna BC ASTTBC Kelowna Area Breakfast Member Meeting

October 10, 2013 - Penticton BC

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Selecting an ASTTBC Property Inspector

The role ASTTBC Property Inspectors (PI) play in protecting the public is involves much more than only pre-purchase property inspections. Examples of the types of property inspections include:

A Certified House Inspector (CHI) provides residential dwelling inspections up to a maximum of four units, whereas the Certified Property Inspector (CPI) can provide residential and commercial building inspections with no restrictions. Registered Reserve Fund Analyst (RRFA) is a new designation offered by ASTTBC that meets the requirements of the BC Strata Property Act.

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 10

Members of ASTTBC shall promote public knowledge and appreciation of applied science technology and protect the association from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

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

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

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

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

Members should be prepared to defend the Association in the light of unfair and defamatory comments. They must, however, be aware of the danger of compounding a problem with an inadequate or incorrect rebuttal. Guesswork must be avoided and correct facts obtained. If necessary, a source that has the facts and can follow up on the matter properly should be sought. The staff at the Association office can help in this regard. Helping the public to become better informed and drawing its attention to our good works will promote and enhance our image.

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Complete Code of Ethics

TechPRO: Jereme MacKinnon, AScT

Jereme MacKinnon, AScT, entered the technology profession sparked by his appreciation and interest in the engineering and construction industries. "I am constantly amazed by building architecture as well as how building components are constructed," he says.

Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Jereme moved south to Lethbridge in 1999 to study engineering technology. While there, he played collegiate level baseball for the Lethbridge Prairie Dawgs. In 2002, after graduating from Lethbridge Community College with a Civil Engineering Diploma, he moved to Nanaimo.

Jereme is a Project Manager in the Building Envelope division at Herold Engineering Limited in Nanaimo. His work includes rendering remediation and consultant services for various building envelope systems, from single-family homes to large commercial, industrial, and residential facilities. His career also involves concrete restoration, depreciation reports, asset management planning for municipalities, and sustainable, and energy efficient building design. He has contributed to various civil and geotechnical projects ranging from materials testing to highway construction.

Jereme is an active member of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo, a group that organized and fundraised for the full remediation of Nanaimo's historic train station after a fire claimed 80 per cent of the building in 2007. He and his wife Dominique Sullivan enjoy their time raising two children, Zoe and Oliver, and travelling. In his spare time, Jereme coaches and plays in a mixed slow-pitch baseball team, plays guitar, builds guitar tube amplifiers, and indulges a passion for golf. He was instrumental in organizing the First Annual ASTTBC Nanaimo Golf Tournament in August, with proceeds going in support of the ASTTBC Foundation.

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Post Your Career Story

ASTTBC encourages you to join Jereme in posting your career story at www.techprofile.ca. Connect with former colleagues get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.

Post your profile with photo, and if your name is mentioned in the e-News, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page. See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website.

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Call for Nominations Safety Awards

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is calling for nominations for the Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards 2013.

Every day in BC, individuals and organizations work to ensure the technologies we interact with at work and play are safe. BCSA's Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards honour individuals and organizations committed to the safe installation, operation and maintenance of technical equipment. From electrical, boiler and gas systems, to elevators, railways, passenger ropeways and amusement rides, these technical systems all play important roles in our lives.

These awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to technical safety and provide a unique opportunity for those in the safety system to build relationships and share their expertise. For more information and the nomination form, visit www.safetyauthority.ca/events

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Vancouver Community Science Celebration

The Vancouver Community Science Celebration at TELUS World of Science on September 28 and 29 is part of Around the Dome in 30 Days: A Month Long Science Festival.

This weekend of activities will bring the community together to showcase and explore science and technology to cultivate a general public informed, inspired and engaged with the wonders of science. The Celebration includes eye-popping science shows, demonstrations, challenges, and an opportunity to meet people in your community doing cool science every day.

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Message From: Grant Lachmuth, AscT, RTMgr

Grant Lachmuth, AscT, RTMgr, Senior Government Advisor, Urban Systems: "It has been a sincere honour and a privilege to be a member of the RTMgr Certification Board since 2009. I appreciated your patience and understanding with my Kelowna-based, long-distance participation. I look forward to any future opportunities to serve the Association and its membership on any other Committees/Boards that may be appropriate."

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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 web site 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.

Here's just a sample if you follow the links:

BCIT Lean Six Sigma Principles Associate Certificate: Part-time courses start September 2013. Following a link click here.

SPEATBC Professional Networking Event, September 26, 2013, Vancouver. Following a link click here.

CHBA BC / BC Homes department G Awards, September 28, 2013, Vancouver. Following a link click here.

APEGBC Annual General Meeting and Conference, October 24-26, 2013, Whistler. This event is jammed packed with Professional Development Sessions (all eligible for CPD credit), guest speakers and social activities. ASTTBC is pleased to sponsor the AGM Pub Night on Thursday, October 24 and encourages ASTTBC Members to join us. Following a link click here.

Western Canada Construction Job Expo, BCCA is taking a group of employers to Ireland for job fairs October 31, 2013. Register at - click here.

Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs More info

BCIT's Part Time Studies More info

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Update Your Contact Info

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

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Become a Mentor

ASTTBC invites you view the video on the ITPBC.com Mentoring page and see if mentoring is something you would like to do.

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Share Your Innovations

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 editor@asttbc.org

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About the ASTTBC Foundation

The ASTTBC Foundation offers annual bursaries and awards to qualifying first or second year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs in BC. The Foundation provides more than $25,000 in student support each year, and also helps to fund science and technology education and awareness in BC.

Thanks to the generous support of donors since the Foundation was established in 1990, the Foundation's endowment has topped $500,000. This endowed Fund will help the youth of today to become the techs of tomorrow, for generations to come.

"We appreciate all the donors whose generous support makes our annual student award and bursary program possible," said Anne Sharp, Manager, Marketing and Communications and ASTTBC Foundation Executive Director. "On behalf of all the students who benefit from your support, we thank you."

The names of ASTTBC Foundation donors are recognized (not the amount of their gift) in our Honour Roll of Donors posted annually on the ASTTBC Foundation website.

Donor Recognition Levels
Technology Legacy Fund Supporters: Donations up to $249
Technology Legacy Fund Leaders: $250 - $499
Bronze Leaders: $500 - $999
Silver Leaders: $1,000 - $2,499
Gold Leaders: $2,500 - $4,999
Platinum Leaders: $5,000 - $9,999
Diamond Leaders: $10,000 +

The Foundation plans to develop a Legacy Giving Program, and would like to gather input from ASTTBC members. If you have made a charitable bequest to the ASTTBC Foundation, or are considering doing so, please contact Anne Sharp at asharp@asttbc.org to arrange a convenient call or visit.

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