CEO Update – 100 days in!

On September 9, 2018, I will have had the pleasure of being your CEO for a total of five months. When I arrived, I told the staff and members that I will be leading by listening and responding. As part of my accountability to you, the membership, I would now like to share an update on my activities.

These past few months have been filled with meeting with our members, community outreach, many meetings with government officials and getting to know the dedicated staff of ASTTBC.

More specific highlights include:

  • Attended Skills Canada Provincial Championships, seeing both aspiring technologists and technicians and met with key industry leaders.
  • Hosted an MLA Breakfast in Victoria with members of our Technology Education Career Council (TECC) to promote awareness of technology education and careers across our province.
  • Held a member meeting in Victoria where we helped a student looking find a summer job.
  • Met with Ministers Ralston & Heyman and officials with the Ministry of Health.
  • Chair of the ASTTBC Regulation Review Committee.
  • Presented to grade 6 & 7 students from South Meridian Elementary students about careers in applied science and engineering technologies.
  • Met with many of our committee volunteers including Practice Review Board, Board of Examiners, Fire Protection Certification Board, PTech Certification Board and ASTTBC Foundation Board.
  • Held numerous meetings with stakeholders and partners including: Engineers & Geoscientists BC, College of Biology, BC Institute of Agrologists, Association of BC Forest Professionals, Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta, Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists & Technicians, Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists, Industry Training Authority BC, Surrey Board of Trade, Association of Consulting Engineers Canada BC, Wood WORKS!, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Environmental Operators Certification Program, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, C3 Alliance Corp., Progressive Intercultural Community Services and Public Works Association of BC.
  • Participated in the 3rd Annual ASTTBC – EGBC Golf Tournament in Kelowna where participants raised $3000 for the ASTTBC & EGBC Foundations.
  • Participated in ten four-hour meetings with the BC Government, discussing government’s response to recommendations one and two from the Professional Reliance Review report.
  • Contributed to the Operations Committee of the Technology Professionals Canada and co-created the Statement of Professional Regulation and Practice of Engineering and Applied Science Technologists. ASTTBC is one of four founders of TPC, which represents 85 percent of technologists and technicians in Canada.
  • And lastly, celebrated my 100th day as ASTTBC CEO on July 24th

In response to the feedback I had received from the membership, I have implemented the following changes:

  • Hosting the ASTTBC Annual General Meeting and Technology Awards Recognition Celebration together in 2019.
  • Revising the ASTTBC Members Satisfaction Survey as the ASTTBC Member Survey to solicit your feedback on new programming and services, as well as the Association’s performance overall.
  • Updating to our Continuing Professional Development policy to simplify and provide clarity on requirements and eligibility.
  • Changing our paper-based, bi-annual newsletter CONNECT, to be produced as a digital e-magazine, starting this November. Members can download and print off a paper copy. In 2019, we will move toward creating regional issues and seek content ideas from the membership.  If you have topics for us to cover, please contact Kimberly Kelly (KKelly@ASTTBC.org).
  • Creating an updated, mobile-friendly eNews format, released on August 1st. The following statistics have been recorded:
    • an increase in open rate to 37% from 23% (ave January-June)
    • an increase in click rate to 6.2% from 3.1% (ave January-June)
  • Formalizing our business practices with additional policies and guidelines to provide heightened governance for our Council and ASTTBC Committees.
  • Consolidating the billing cycles for AScT, CTech and Technical Specialists where members currently billed in April and November will receive one invoice starting in 2019.
  • Increasing staff access to the CEO.
  • Increasing CEO participation with ASTTBC Committees and Boards.

I remain committed and enthusiastic about being the CEO of this organization and the membership I have the privilege to represent. Thank you for your valuable feedback and please contact me at tmccurry@asttbc.org if you have feedback to share.