JOIN US for ASTTBC’s  2017 AGM & Conference:


THEME:   Professionalism in Practice 

DATE:       Friday, May 26, 2017

TIME:       8:00 am to 3:30 pm

VENUE:    Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey


FULL DAY:       $ 99.00 (includes Tax)

STUDENT:        $ 59.00 (includes Tax)

AGM ONLY:      No Charge (9:00 am – 10:30 am)




8:00 am –  Registration, Continental Breakfast, Meet Exhibitors

9:00 am –  Welcome, AGM Business Session

10:15 am –  Presentations: 25, 40 & 50 Years of Service

10:30 am – Networking Coffee Break

11:00 am – Panel Presentation – (description below)

12:00 pm – Luncheon, Award Presentations

1:45 pm –  Keynote Speaker – (description below)

2:30 pm – Closing Remarks, Wrap-up Reception

If you live outside the Lower Mainland and can’t attend in person, the ASTTBC AGM Business Session and Morning Panel Presentations will be available by WEBINAR.

To register now for the AGM Business Session (9:00 am – 10:30 am)

To register now for the Morning Panel Presentation (11:00 am – 12:00 noon)

Panel Presentation ‘Professionalism in Practice’ – 11:00 am:

This informative panel session will explore contemporary topics and challenges associated with professional practice in the BC work environment.  In particular, it features highly esteemed experts who will speak on ASTTBC Members’ roles and contribution to BC, the level of recognition in areas pertaining to legal and legislative matters, professional reliance solutions, employers, and professional accountability.

Panel Presenters:     Greg Miller, PEng   /       Allan Russell, PEng     /       Mark Zacharias, PhD
                                     Partner                               President & CEO                          Assistant Deputy Minister
                                     Lindsay Kenney LLP         McElhanney Consulting            BC Government


Keynote Speaker ‘Professionalism under Pressure’ – 1:45 pm: 

The 7.8-magnitude Gorkha earthquake struck Nepal at 11:56 am on April 25, 2015 without warning.  It was a shallow and violent event that killed over 9,000 people and injured 21,000.

Tim Smith is an engineering geologist who usually deals with natural disasters, such as landslides, after they occur.  When the earthquake struck, he was in Nepal on a climbing expedition, about 1.5-hour walk from Everest Base Camp.  In his presentation, Mr. Smith describes the event, its impact, what it is like to survive a major earthquake, and what type of feelings it causes.  He also highlights the similarities between BC and Nepal, and discusses some of the things British Columbians need to be prepared for when the “Big One” hits.

Keynote Speaker:   Tim Smith, PGeo, EngL, FGC
                                    Principal & Senior Engineering Geologist
                                    Westrek Geotechnical Services

Tim Smith – Climbing Everest

For those wanting to stay over at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel a special discounted guestroom room rate is available at $144.00 for reservations made before May 8, 2017.  Please ask for the ASTTBC AGM block of rooms to get the discounted rate Ph: 604 582-9288 / 888 627-8063 /

ASTTBC extends recognition and appreciation to our AGM 2017 Event Partners and Sponsors.

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ASTTBC’s 57th Annual AGM & Conference a Success!

The importance of technology professionals to the BC economy, employment trends, and accessibility were the main topics of discussion at this year’s AGM in Surrey.  ASTTBC Council and staff were pleased to welcome more than 200 members and stakeholders to the Sheraton Guildford Hotel and even more participants via webinar for this informative day.

The event theme, Technology Professionals in Demand, showcased the vital impact Technology Professionals have on building a vibrant BC economy and stressed the growing demand for qualified techs as a result of demographic and economic trends.

The day began with Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam, representing the provincial government and introducing video greetings from government leaders. Linda was elected MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam in 2013, and currently serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for Communities.

Video greetings from Premier Christy Clark and Hon. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister responsible for the ASTT Act, acknowledged the important contributions ASTTBC members provide to BC’s economy.

View Premier Christy Clark video:

View Hon. Andrew Wilkinson video:

Marvin Hunt, MLA for Surrey–Panorama, also spoke before the Business Session. Marvin was elected to the Legislature in 2013 and first elected to Surrey City Council in 1988.

Delegates also enjoyed remarks by George Heyman, who was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in 2013.  George serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy and Technology.

The Business Session shared highlights of ASTTBC’s initiatives for 2015 and the coming year, and announced the ASTTBC Council for 2016-2017

After the Business Session, ASTTBC members with 25, 40 and 50-year certificates were recognized and honoured for their continuous years of membership in ASTTBC.

The morning Panel Discussion, Technology Professionals – BC’s Advantage, offered insights on labour market conditions in BC, in particular, sectors related to technology professionals. The panel of experts explored human resource strategies to recruit and develop the workforce. The panel included the following:

Eulala Mills – President, Level Headed Thinking

Charles Joyner, AScT, PhD – Registrar, ASTTBC

Alan Bostakian – Manager, Professional Development, Partner Programming and Accreditation, Human Resources Management Association.

MLA Kathy Corrigan brought greetings during the luncheon. Kathy was elected MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake in 2009 and serves as Official Opposition Spokesperson for Advanced Education.

The Hon. Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development and MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale, spoke during the afternoon session. Stephanie was elected MLA for Surrey-Panorama in 2009 and MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale in 2013. She serves as vice-chair of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow, and also sits on the Treasury Board, and the Cabinet Working Group on Core Review.

Stephanie spoke about Accessibility 2024, a government-wide 10-year action plan that identifies what citizens can do to reduce barriers and create more accessible, inclusive communities. Since its launch in June 2014, government, business and the disability community have worked together on the range of activities identified in Accessibility 2024.

Stephanie also provided a special introduction for Guest Speaker Randy Lewis

Randy Lewis is an American businessman, a disability employment advocate, and an author. As the Senior Vice President of Walgreens, the largest drugstore chain in America, Randy pioneered a program in its distribution centers that resulted in 10 per cent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities. The result was higher levels of employee engagement, productivity and safety, and lower absenteeism and turnover in the company.

Randy’s moving presentation, No Greatness without Goodness, explored his journey of parenting a child with autism and what it takes to lead with courage in order to change people’s lives for the better.

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