ASTTBC e-News, September 2014
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 website.
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Saturday, November 1, 2014
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
The Westin Bayshore Hotel
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
ASTTBC's annual gala TECHNOLOGY AWARDS & RECOGNITION CELEBRATION is our premier event of the year and a highlight for BC's science and technology community!
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.
The evening starts with a reception and silent auction fundraiser for the ASTTBC Foundation, including the witty, musical interjections of entertainer ANDREW JOHNS (back by popular demand), followed by a delicious dinner, award presentations and social time.
Making a contribution to our silent auction fundraiser is a great way to help the ASTTBC Foundation while enhancing your company profile. For details, please EMAIL Debbie Walker.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful 2014 sponsors. VIEW the full list.
For more info on the gala event, EMAIL Cindy Aitken, Manager of Governance & Events.
ASTTBC and the Western Canada Onsite Sewage Management Association signed a Memorandum of Agreement this past summer.
"This agreement sets the foundation for a collaborative partnership that will deliver high standards of professional registration and services for the public and practitioners," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "ASTTBC benefits when we have a close cooperative working relationship with our key stakeholders."
Brent Dennis, PEng, WCOWMA President said, "Many thanks for everything leading up to the MOA and your time today to drive it home. It really set the tempo for the rest of the day." Brent went on to talk about the ASTTBC-WCOMA-BC linkage.
"Our continued partnership will be very powerful I'm sure. From the meeting came many great ideas and initiatives with most coming to fruition, at the 2015 convention of course. It will be a very good year for us both."
The MoA was signed at a meeting of the WCOWMA Board in Nanaimo.
Hon. Rich Coleman, Minister Responsible for Housing, met with ASTTBC and two other associations providing certification of house inspectors earlier this week to talk about changes planned for the licensing of house inspectors. The current government regulation places responsibility for licensing with Consumer Protection BC (CPBC) and this will not change, although new regulations to be developed over the next six months will spell out an expanded role for CPBC according to ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
"We welcome the changes proposed by Minister Coleman as the current situation with four separate certification groups and four different standards does not meet the needs of the consumer."
Leech advised that CPBC will be setting the standards for certification, practice and professional accountability. ASTTBC expects to continue to offer certification, based on CPBC standards, which will lead to licensing by CPBC.
READ the government's release and learn more about the government's consultation
ASTTBC's leadership in advancing tech careers in view of the current skills challenges was one of the topics for discussion between MLA MICHELLE STILWELL (Parksville-Qualicum) and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
"Michelle and I explored many topics, some of which connected directly with her roles as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, "For example, I mentioned SaferHomes and their program to build housing, single and multiple units, so that they have the structure to better accommodate changing needs as people age."
Michelle and John referenced the BC Jobs Plan and noted the implications for technical workers generally with major projects like LNG. ASTTBC members' role with issues such as the Mount Polley dam breach took the conversation along a very different path. Michelle was interested in local initiatives in high technology and the linkage here with technology education and careers and educational institutions such as Vancouver Island University and North Island College. Technology education in K-12 rounded out this part of what was a most enjoyable lunch at Lefty's in Parksville according to John Leech.
Michelle talked of her role as Chair of the Government Caucus, a job that takes a fair bit of time and offers interesting opportunities and challenges. Newly elected in Spring 2013, Michelle has been asked by Premier Clark to take on some interesting jobs. "Michelle and I talked about possible connections with ASTTBC and members in the Parksville-Qualicum area," offered Leech. "We agreed we would look for an opportunity to bring together local stakeholders to explore ways to enhance technology education career pathways."
Leech slipped in that Michelle has one other special role... as MLA for the riding in which John resides.
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1. Valuable professional recognition for career
Just because you no longer use your professional certification in day-to-day life does not mean it's not valuable. Even if you don't think it's directly applicable, ASTTBC certification gives you an edge and shows you have a broader knowledge set than someone else applying for the same position.
Letting your certification expire means you may be less marketable as you try to advance your career.
Retaining your certification sends a signal to employers that you consider yourself a professional and value the meaning of a professional designation.
2. Good resource to fall back on
The certification you worked so hard for gives you a competitive edge and can mean the difference between landing an interview and having to explain why you're competitive even though you've been out of the field for so long—especially if it's a technical specialist certification.
3. Invested time and money to obtain certification
The amount of time and money you invested to get certified is an important reason as to why you should stay certified. Retraining and certification exams can add up to thousands of dollars and can take months or years to complete.
4. Perks and benefits
ASTTBC certification provides you with access to valuable group benefits and insider discounts on products and services; searching capability for job opportunities in BC and across Canada; professional networking opportunities; and, additional training courses and insider events that are only open to ASTTBC technology professionals.
ASTTBC has registries of members and employers will often check these registries for local candidates with credentials they need.
The province of BC would like to invite you to contribute to the development of building, plumbing, fire and energy codes in BC.
The BC codes are based substantially on the model National Building, Plumbing, and Fire Codes of Canada and the National Energy Code for Buildings (National Codes).
Changes made to the national codes will be considered for adoption into the next editions of the BC codes.
Changes to the national codes are currently posted for public review HERE.
The public review closes at 4:00 pm EDT on October 31, 2014.
Thank you for your participation in this important process.
EMAIL the Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Building and Safety Standards Branch
Job postings... ASTTBC has developed a web-based service that allows employers with technology-related job openings to place job postings on the ASTTBC website.
For current postings, visit TECHJOBS
Job referral... the CANADIAN TECHNICAL EMPLOYMENT NETWORK (CTEN) is a coast-to-coast, web-based job referral system that brings technologists, technicians and technical specialists together with employers. As a service of the provincial technology associations, there is no charge for members. Cost is nominal for employers.
Job search strategies... if you're in the market for a new job or need some tips on resumes, interviewing, etc., ASTTBC has put together a great career development website with valuable information to help you get ahead.
Visit ASTTBC's careers WEBSITE
ASTTBC welcomes new member services partner Prestige Hotels and Resorts to the TechCLUB Program!
Prestige Hotels and Resorts is one of BC's finest family-owned chain of resorts, hotels and inns. With a passion for excellence and an uncompromising commitment to superior service, visitors are invited to experience beautiful British Columbia complimented by their unique brand of hospitality. Located throughout the interior of British Columbia and on Vancouver Island, each resort, hotel and inn offers the opportunity for a truly unique regional experience.
ASTTBC members are now eligible to receive great member rates.
VIEW Prestige Hotels & Resorts and our other TechCLUB services partners
ASTTBC runs a MENTORING PROGRAM in partnership with IEC-BC, and we're getting mentor requests faster than we can provide mentors from the existing small pool. We invite YOU to consider becoming a mentor! Think of it as part of your professional responsibility, and as a great way to earn CEUs!
Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) recently unveiled its WEBSITE refresh, featuring a smart new design and content.
"The goal was to revitalize a website that was outdated and required more functionality. We succeeded in doing so and are pleased with the result," said TPC Managing Director Jaime Briltz.
The new TPC website is a significant step forward in advancing the profile of TPC which first emerged on the engineering technology and applied science profession scene four years ago.
Not only does the website provide general information about TPC, it explains in detail what the profession does as well as educational requirements and designations. It connects visitors to employment opportunities and educational institutes that offer training for the profession, and discusses the importance of accreditation and the findings of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) 2011 report commissioned by TPC. The news section includes news releases, TPC media coverage as it happens, and publications and events.
Established in 2010, Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) is an alliance of technology professional associations from four provinces which together represent approximately 85 per cent of the profession in Canada: Alberta; British Columbia; Ontario; and Saskatchewan.
A successful site visit in August for a pilot project at a Canadian college marked another milestone towards the official launch of Technology Accreditation Canada's (TAC) accreditation program.
The college began participating in TAC's pilot project late last year, having gathered student materials and fulfilled the self-assessment submission requirement.
Prior to the site visit, TAC selected an audit team comprised of two members from Ontario and one from BC, as well as two auditors-in-training. All of the auditors completed TAC's comprehensive online training program.
The site visit took place Aug. 6 as a follow up to the auditors' review of the college's submission. The purpose of the site visit was to confirm the legitimacy of the submission and involved the audit team, a few observers from TAC, and the provincial professional association's registrar.
The audit team met with college administration, faculty, representatives from program advisory committees, and alumni, and received exposure to college facilities including classes, labs and support services. They examined equipment, students at work, and safety components such as appropriate signage and student accessibility to equipment and labs.
"As an observer, I was pleased with the process in action and the outcome of the site visit. TAC will be reviewing feedback from all parties involved in the pilot to assess what works and what doesn't so that we can make any necessary changes to the accreditation process," said Barbara Chappell, TAC Executive Director. The next step for the audit team will be to issue a preliminary report to the college. The college will, in turn, have a chance to clarify questions and/or provide further information in response to this before the audit team issues its final accreditation report and decision.
TAC's accreditation program is expected to formally debut in January 2015.
Incorporated in December 2013, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits engineering technology and applied science programs at post-secondary educational institutions.
If you have PRO-RATED DUES/FEES outstanding please make sure you send in your payment at the earliest possible.
For 2015 please note, the Annual Dues Notices will be sent electronically in the second week of November. Dues will be due and payable upon receipt, and if unpaid by January 31, 2015 members with unpaid dues will be charged a late fee of $25 plus GST. The cancellation date for ASTTBC will be a lot sooner than previous years. Please make sure you contact our office when you receive your first dues notice in November if you need to get your dues waived or deferred.
If you need any other information please contact Lumi Guias, Coordinator, Finance & Bursaries at (604) 585-2788 ext. 237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of ASTTBC's TechCLUB providers of services (Insider Trading Group) will be discontinuing its discount offer program. As a result, there will be some changes to our TechCLUB lineup of value-added member services and discounts. All offers through this provider will remain in effect until the last date of service on November 4th, 2014. Any offers purchased up to this day will be honoured by the vendor(s).
The following TechCLUB services ARE NOT affected as a result of the aforementioned changes:
- Accent Inns
- Hotel Grand Pacific Victoria
- Horseshoe Press Printing Services
- Playland — PNE Group Sales
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com
ASTTBC and its members have many points of connection with the Building and Safety Standards Branch and hence ASTTBC's interest in meeting up with key staff in the branch from time to time for an update.
Topics in a recent meeting included: ASTTBC's registration of fire protection technicians and special new programs like the verification of fire alarm installations; onsite wastewater filings and the link with building permits; the certification and licensing of house inspectors; the proposed licensing of building officials; and the Ministry's Modernization Project.
"We had a great conversation, covering much ground in the 60 minutes together," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, following the meeting. "As a professional regulatory body with a variety of engineering technology fields and technical specialties in our mandate, we have a lot to cover in these meetings."
ASTTBC works to align its services with that of government and the needs of industry and technology professionals.
"On most matters we are in complete alignment, and where there is a need for further review we have in the Building and Safety Standards Branch a partner interested in working with us to find solutions that best serve the public interest."
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Radio advertisements are currently running in Kamloops on Radio NL and affiliate stations. Other stations around BC are also playing the ads as space allows.
ASTTBC encourages all members, family and friends to look for an ASTTBC house or property inspector. Visit ASTTBC-PI to locate an inspector near you.
To hear the ads:
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The 2014 APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM will be happening October 23-25, 2014 in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The conference provides ASTTBC members the opportunity to connect with professional engineers and geoscientists, government representatives, industry leaders, consultants and sponsors and exhibitors.
The theme this year is BC and Beyond: Global Innovation Begins at Home. Find out how our local innovators and thought leaders have made an impact not only in BC, but globally and beyond.
The 2015 BC Natural Resource Forum will take place two weeks prior to the Canada Winter Games in Prince George and coincides with Prince George's 100th anniversary. The 12th Annual Resource Forum promises to be an even larger event than the 2014 Forum. Mark your calendars for the upcoming forum: January 20-22, 2015
The province's recent adoption of the 2012 National Model Building Code amendments for energy efficiency in housing and small buildings will become effective on December 19, 2014.
The BOABC, in conjunction with AIBC, will be delivering education seminars in 10 locations throughout BC and ASTTBC along with BC Hydro is a corporate sponsor for these workshops. The workshops entitled 'Energy Provisions 9.36 of the BC Building Code' offer the participants the ability to get up to speed before the amendments come into effect.
"This is an excellent opportunity for our members to take advantage of a CPD course that reaches across the province," states ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "We are pleased to sponsor these events in light of the recent changes by council to ASTTBC's mandatory CPD requirement and hope our members will see the benefit in attending."
If members would like to reserve a spot in one of the 10 locations please send in your REGISTRATION FORM and payment to the BOABC office as soon as possible.
ASTTBC is pleased to support the early stage development of a two-year Electronics (and other related disciplines) Technician Program at the University of the Fraser Valley's Trades and Technology Centre campus in Chilliwack. The program expects to accept 2nd year students into one or more options in September 2015, following their completion of a comprehensive Electronics Common Core first year, currently in operation.
This 5-day practical workshop will be put on in Vancouver from October 27th to the 31st. It is presented by Allen Schnick, A.S, B.S. and is ideal for engineers, technologists and technicians in electrical, instrument, control systems, chemical, mechanical, and fire and gas. It is also ideal for experienced electricians, instrument and process control technicians/technologists, and instrument fitters.
This Van Horne Institute conference will focus on emergency response, military preparedness and disaster mitigation October 16-17th, 2014 in Calgary.
It is ideal for:
- Supply chain and logistics community to learn how the logistics practice of emergency preparedness organizations and the military applies to their business
- Companies and agencies involved as first respondents to local and international emergencies
- Governments and companies implementing emergency response plans
- Regular and reserve armed forces personnel from around the world
- International development NGOs, consultants, academics, and the media, to broaden their knowledge and share the experiences in the logistics of military and emergency response agencies.
The Kamloops BIG Little Science Centre will be running its Robotics Club for two sessions this autumn. It is geared to youth aged 10 and up with an interest in designing, programming and testing their very own robots built with Mindstorms Lego Kits. As well as creating their own robot, challenges will be posted to help participants progress and discover the true capabilities of their machines.
For more info call 250-554-2572 or contact via EMAIL
ASTTBC members have served the BC public in one capacity or another for decades, yet technologists, technicians and technical specialists have only enjoyed a modest level of recognition. One area our association uses to gauge this level of recognition is to survey its members on their thoughts of how ASTTBC is performing. In the 2013 Member Satisfaction Survey, 83% of members approved of the job ASTTBC has done thus far to enhance the public's understanding of the roles of ASTTBC technologists and technicians. This represents a 17% increase in approval since 2005. Conversely, the disapproval rating dropped from 34% in 2005 to 17% in 2013. ASTTBC continues to make solid progress in advancing awareness of Technology Professionals.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
George Wellburn, CTech is Facility Administrator and Plant Design Technician for Telus in Prince George.
George started his career at BCIT as an Electronics Trainee. He apprenticed in the television and radio repair industry for two years before joining the Department of National Defense in Esquimalt.
George became an electrical apprentice in the late 1970's, and then moved to a telephone company as a cable splicer, lineman, and cable repair person.
He became a certified CTech with Telus (his current employer), working on all aspects of outside design, aerial pole lines and underground conduit and cable systems.
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.
Send 200 words or less to the E-NEWS EDITOR
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
The town of Sidney is looking for an Asset Management/Mapping Technician. The job posting closes October 3, 2014.
EMAIL us for further information on the TechJOBS program
Undertake and accept responsibility for professional assignments only when qualified by training and experience.
Members shall not sign, seal or take credit for plans, specifications, reports or parts thereof unless actually prepared by them or prepared under their direct supervision. The seal and member's signature must only be applied to work after the responsible member is satisfied that the document or component for which the member is professionally responsible is complete and correct.
Members shall offer services, advise or undertake professional assignments only in areas of their competence by virtue of training and experience. This includes exercising care and communicating clearly and accepting or interpreting assignments and in setting expected outcomes. It also includes the responsibility to obtain the services of a specialist or an expert if required or, if the technique is uncertain, to proceed only with fullest disclosure of the experimental nature of the activity to all parties involved.
Hence this requirement is more than simply duty to a standard of care; it also involves honesty with one's client or employer and one's self.
In this age of rapidly expanding technologies and new concepts and theories, members cannot be expected to be conversant with every new development of knowledge. Thus, members have increased personal responsibility to employ the services of others who have expertise to supplement their own capabilities. This responsibility is most important when adopting new processes like computer software to ensure the programs are site-specific to the member's project (also see Principle 6).
Registrants have a duty to continuously pursue such Professional Development as is relevant to ensure their continued competence in their specific discipline. Throughout their career Registrants have a personal responsibility to diligently assess their continuing education and training needs, to ensure both currency and competence in their work.
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:
CAPILANO COLLEGE PRESENTS - EFFECTIVE BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS
North Vancouver BC, October 10th, 2014
FEDERATED PRESS PRESENTS - 10TH ESSENTIALS OF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS
Calgary AB, October 14-15th, 2014
THE VANCOUVER BOARD OF TRADE PRESENTS-SMALL BUSINESS IS BIG BUSINESS - HON. NAOMI YAMAMOTO
Vancouver BC, October 16, 2014
Thank-you for reading our September e-News and have a wonderful October!