We congratulate the following individuals elected to the five vacant seats on Council. As per the Professional Governance Election Stagger Transitional Regulation for the 2022 vote we have staggered the terms of those elected as follows:

  • Dana Graves – 3 year term
  • Carlo Vijandre – 3 year term
  • Randy Meszaros – 2 year term
  • Prakash Joshi – 2 year term
  • Mike Battistel – 1 year term

We wish Mr. Graves, Mr. Vijandre, Mr. Meszaros, Mr. Joshi, and Mr. Battistel much success in their roles in guiding ASTTBC through the continued implementation of the Professional Governance Act (PGA) and negotiations for reserved practice.

We also express our gratitude to all those who applied for nomination and ran in the election for their commitment to serving the public and environment. 

Elected Nominees 2022

  • Dana R. Graves, AScT, CSO

    dana-gravesQ1. Please provide any relevant biographical information that you wish to share with the public on the ASTTBC website and with voting registrants in the Notice of Election that will be distributed to ASTTBC registrants (maximum 50 words).

    A1. I grew up on a family farm in Saskatchewan and moved onward to the British Columbia Interior 32 years ago. I am a father of two adult children plus a husband to a very supportive and caring wife.

    Q2. Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competencies: leadership, strategy, governance, financial literacy, systems thinking, regulatory understanding and technical expertise. Please share the areas of strength that you will bring to Council (maximum 100 words).

    A2. The greatest strengths that I will bring to Council will be my hard work ethic coupled with my past project management experience while paying stringent attention to detail thus ensuring ultimately that proposed solutions will actually fulfill the intended needs identified for ASTTBC.

    Q3. How can ASTTBC support registrants in safe, competent, ethical practice of applied science technology? (maximum 50 words)

    A3. I believe that ASTTBC can support registrants by ensuring that standards continue to be strengthened with a strict adherence to legislative compliance of the Professional Governance Act. Registrants require enhanced delivery of information at meetings, through publications or by use of online portals to better understand the current values or principles of conduct required by ASTTBC. One such example is the recent Indigenous Awareness training that was offered complimentary to practising registrants in 2021. The benefits of successfully completing the course not only benefitted me as a registrant, but provided the public confidence that current issues are being progressively addressed within the framework of applied science technology in British Columbia.

    Q4. Please list your Education.

    A4.

    • Construction Safety Officer (CSO) Certificate, Universal Health & Safety Academy -2019
    • Trade Safety Coordinator (TSC) Certificate, Universal Health & Safety Academy – 2019
    • Civil Engineering Technology Diploma, Okanagan University College – 2005
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology (2 years), Okanagan University College – 2002
    • Economics (2 Years), University of Saskatchewan – 1986

     

    Q5. Please list your professional history in the following format: Job title, Employer name, years of employment (one line per employer).

    A5.

    • Senior Design and Inspection Technologist, City of West Kelowna –  12 Years
    • Joint Health and Safety Committee Employee Co-Chair, City of West Kelowna – 5 Years
    • Civil Design Technologist, CTQ Consultants Limited – 5 Years
    • Works and Utilities Associate, City of Kelowna – 1 Year
    • Environmental Data Analyst,  GEOtivity – 1 Year
    • Powder/Driller Swamper, T & A Drilling and Blasting – 1 Year
    • Delivery Driver, Deep Six Enterprises  – 3 Years
    • Production Switcher, Okanagan Valley Television – 7 Years
    • Producer/Director, Prince Albert Television  – 3 Years
    • Driver/Operations,  Eaton’s Service Center  – 3 years
    • Shipper/Receiver, WRT Equipment Ltd. – 2 Years

    Q6. Please list your ASTTBC Activities (council, committees, regional work).

    A6.

    • Okanagan University College Career Fairs, ASTTBC Local Member Representative
    • ASTTBC  Kelowna Breakfast Meetings, Local  Member Participant
    • ASTTBC Kelowna Evening Mixers, Local Member Participant

    Q7. Please list your community activities (any relevant community work).

    A7. N/A

    Q8. Please list your awards and honours.

    A8. ASTTBC 2014 Employer Award for Career Enhancement and Success of Technology Professional, City of West Kelowna Employee Co-Recipient.

  • Carlo Vijandre, AScT, PMP, FMP

    carlo-vijandreQ1. Please provide any relevant biographical information that you wish to share with the public on the ASTTBC website and with voting registrants in the Notice of Election that will be distributed to ASTTBC registrants (maximum 50 words).

    A1. I’m very excited to serve you and our communities as a council member.  I look forward to sharing knowledge from my public/private sector work and life experiences and learning new things in the spirit of delivering sustainable services, being resilient, & adaptive to changes.

    Q2. Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competencies: leadership, strategy, governance, financial literacy, systems thinking, regulatory understanding and technical expertise. Please share the areas of strength that you will bring to Council (maximum 100 words).

    A2. I have skills and competencies in each area, but my top areas would be:

    • Leadership: There is much literature out there regarding leadership and what I continually practice and value is the idea of “Serviceship” which is a focus on service to people’s needs.
    • Systems Thinking, Strategy, and Technical Expertise: Reflecting on my experience working in both the public and private sectors and living in 2 different countries, I’ve had a good exposure of various elements in a system that impacts the quality of life and can share strategies on how our technical knowledge can contribute.

    Q3. How can ASTTBC support registrants in safe, competent, ethical practice of applied science technology? (maximum 50 words)

    A3. I recommend establishing a methodical risk management process. Risk management is a process of defining, identifying, assessing, evaluating, and creating a mitigation plan. Then circular back to review whether the plan was effective and adjust when necessary.  This ensures registrants are safe, competent, and practice ethically in applied science technology.

    Q4. Please list your Education

    A4.

    • Building Science Diploma – British Columbia Institute of Technology
    • Project Management Professional – Project management Institute
    • Facility Management Professional – International Facility Management Association
    • Various continuing education courses, workshops, and webinars on Asset Management, IT Management, Risk Management, Project, Communication, Building Science, Levels of Service, Indigenous Relations, Climate Action, Energy Management, Lifecycle Costing, etc.

    Q5. Please list your professional history in the following format: Job title, Employer name, years of employment (one line per employer).

    A5.

    • Project Manager, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, 1 year-current
    • Manager, Asset Management, Capital Regional District, 4 years
    • Manager, Facility Condition, Ministry of Education, 1 year
    • Capital Planning Officer, Ministry of Education, 1 year
    • Project Manager, BC Housing, 6 years
    • Building Science Technologist, Levelton Consultants Ltd, 4 years
    • Building Science Technologist, RDH Group Ltd, 2 years
    • Building Science Technologist, Levelton Consultants Ltd, 3 years

    Q6. Please list your ASTTBC Activities (council, committees, regional work).

    A6.

    • Contributor – Asset Management BC Community of Practice
    • Curator – Asset Management Vancouver Island Regional Community of Practice

    Q7. Please list your community activities (any relevant community work).

    A7.

    • Food Videographer, and Recipe Book Creator for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen.
    • Big Brother Mentor for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Organization from 2006 to 2010.
    • Blood Donor with the Canadian Blood Services.

    Q8. Please list your awards and honors.

    A8. I have not yet received any formal awards or honors.

  • Randy J. Meszaros, AScT, PMP, C.E.T.

    randy-meszarosQ1. Please provide any relevant biographical information that you wish to share with the public on the ASTTBC website and with voting registrants in the Notice of Election that will be distributed to ASTTBC registrants (maximum 50 words).

    A1: Randy Meszaros is currently the Associate Project Director for the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project. He has a background in Civil Engineering, Project Management and Industrial Operations with 34 years of consulting and direct industry leadership experience in infrastructure and capital projects. Randy moved to Metro Vancouver in 2009 with his wife and two daughters. He also currently serves as a Council Director and with ASTTBC.

    Q2. Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competencies: leadership, strategy, governance, financial literacy, systems thinking, regulatory understanding and technical expertise. Please share the areas of strength that you will bring to Council (maximum 100 words).

    A2. I have a very diverse experience background, working in multiple industry sectors over the past 34 years. My extensive senior management and leadership experience in governance, risk management, controls, operations, maintenance/asset management, project and commercial/contract management, construction, first nations/environmental/health and safety management are all relevant skillsets that I have, will continue to leverage for ASTTBC. Including my experience being directly involved with C$42B+ of international projects in transportation / infrastructure, utilities, power, mining, energy, marine and healthcare industry sectors – combined with my effective people leadership/coaching skills, being a highly regarded subject matter expert with strong business acumen/results-focused, and having the ability to strategize, plan, execute and deliver. All of my abilities, experience and significant network of contacts that I have engaged/shared to benefit ASTTBC as Council Director since 2018, I will continue draw on to serve it, our registrants and the public positively in the future.

    Q3. How can ASTTBC support registrants in safe, competent, ethical practice of applied science technology? (maximum 50 words)

    A3. ASTTBC’s Mission Statement clearly reflects that we serve the public by contributing to a safe, sustainable society and environment by regulating technology professionals. And that we accomplish this through supporting the competent, safe, and ethical practice of applied science technology in British Columbia. Accountability and honesty empower ASTTBC to act with integrity, speak the truth, take full responsibility for our decisions, whilst always working with the highest of ethics, and following through on commitments for our registrants and the public.

    Q4. Please list your Education.

    A4.

    • University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta | Management Development Certificate – 1998
    • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology | Honours Diploma, Civil Engineering Technology – 1988

    Q5. Please list your professional history in the following format: Job title, Employer name, years of employment (one line per employer).

    A5.

    Transportation Investment Corporation, July 2021 – Present

    • Associate Project Director, Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project

    PwC LLP (Canada), Feb 2019 – July 2021

    • Director, Capital Projects and Infrastructure (CP&I) Advisory

    Hatch, Mar 2018 – Nov 2018

    • Principal, Advisory

    KPMG LLP Canada, Oct 2009 – Mar 2018

    • Director, Risk Consulting Advisory (Oct 2014 to Mar 2018)
    • Senior Manager, Global Infrastructure Advisory (Oct 2009 to Sep 2014)

    Suncor (Petro-Canada), Mar 2008 – Sep 2009

    • Project Controls Team Lead

    Enbridge Pipelines, Feb 2007 – Mar 2008

    • Senior Project Controls Analyst

    TransAlta Corporation , Aug 1989 – Feb 2007

    • Project Controls Lead – Power Generation (2004-2007)
    • Mine Operations Administrator (1999-2004)
    • Assistant Mine Supervisor (1993-1999)
    • Mining Engineering & Contracts Technologist (1989-1993)

    Nilex, Jun 1988 – Jul 1989

    • Technical Sales Representative

    Memberships & Associations

    • AScT – Applied Science Technologist | Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia – 2010
    • PMP – Project Management Professional | Project Management Institute – 2009
    • C.E.T.- Certified Engineering Technologist | Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta – 1992

    Q6. Please list your ASTTBC Activities (council, committees, regional work).

    A6. Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC):

    • Council Director: elected May 2018;
    • Practice Review Board: March 2017 – December 2019

    Q7. Please list your community activities (any relevant community work).

    A7.

    Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre:

    • Treasurer 2011/12;
    • President & Board Chair 2012 – 2016;
    • Past President 2016/17

    Q8. Please list your awards and honours.

    A8.

    • TOP in Technology – Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) – 2013
    • Regional Community Leader Award – Greater Vancouver Area – KPMG Canada – 2014
    • Publications
    • Building a technology advantage – KPMG 2016 Global Construction Survey – 2016
    • Climbing the curve – KPMG 2015 Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey – 2015
    • Speaking Engagements
    • PM West (CWCC Project Management Institute) 2019 Annual Conference | Complex Project Analytics | Vancouver, BC – 2019
    • Fraser Health Professional Development Day | Life Cycle Costing & Asset Management | Surrey, BC – 2019
    • Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society | Continuing Professional Development Webinar Series | Life Cycle
    • Costing and Asset Management | 2018
    • British Columbia Institute of Technology | Construction Safety Officer – Continuing Professional Development Seminar | Construction Project Risk Management and Risk Culture | Burnaby, BC – 2016
    • Government Finance Officers Association | Current Trends in Internal Audit | Vancouver, BC – 2015
    • University of British Columbia | Project Management Certificate Program | Industry Expert Panel – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
    • BC Institute of Internal Auditors | Capital Projects Healthchecks | Vancouver, BC – 2014
    • BC Public Sector Internal Audit Leaders | Effective Capital Project Audits | Vancouver, BC – 2013
    • Government Finance Officers Association | Managing Contaminated Site Projects | Vancouver, BC – 2013
    • Canadian Institute of Mining – Maintenance Engineering / Mine Operators Conference | Asset Management, Risk Management and Insurance Workshop | Kamloops, BC – 2013
    • Canadian West Coast Chapter Project Management Institute Annual Conference | KPMG 2010 Global Infrastructure Construction Survey | Vancouver, BC – 2011
  • Prakash Joshi, AScT, PTech, P.L.Eng.

    prakash-joshiQ1. Please provide any relevant biographical information that you wish to share with the public on the ASTTBC website and with voting registrants in the Notice of Election that will be distributed to ASTTBC registrants (maximum 50 words).

    A1. Prakash Joshi is a Ugandan refugee.  His origins are Indian.  After finishing his High School studies in Uganda at Kololo Senior Secondary School, Prakash attended North East London Polytech in London, England. He completed his studies at BCIT and worked with AMEC Earth and Environmental Limited for thirty years before joining Metro Testing & Engineering as a Senior Materials Engineering Technologist.

    He has resided in Burnaby, British Columbia since 1973.  Of the 35 years in Canada, he had been working for 30 years with AMEC Earth & Environmental Limited (formerly AGRA Earth & Environmental Limited).  He is presently working as a Senior Materials Engineering Technologist at Metro Testing Laboratories Limited in Burnaby, BC. 

    Prakash has worked with various diversified organizations and people to make his community and Canada, his new home a better place to live in.  He also is the author of book “Life in Four Continents”.

    Q2. Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competencies: leadership, strategy, governance, financial literacy, systems thinking, regulatory understanding and technical expertise. Please share the areas of strength that you will bring to Council (maximum 100 words).

    A2. Having had the opportunity to work with ASTTBC Council for an extended length of time (nearly ten years) as a Council Director I have also enjoyed contributing in various fields. As the past president and founder member of SPEATBC (Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technicians of BC), I initiated signing of MOU with ASTTBC and EGBC. As a designated mentor for my Company (Metro Testing & Engineering) plus for EGBC and SPEATBC, I have had the opportunity to work also with internationally trained professionals and guide them in their careers. My book “Life in Four Continents” details my work with Indigenous People and wish to continue in areas where mentoring and career guidance is required, including personal support at work when required.

    Q3. How can ASTTBC support registrants in safe, competent, ethical practice of applied science technology? (maximum 50 words)

    A3. One of the best ways of doing this is directly getting involved with employers of the registrants. This can include having meetings with them and familiarizing them with role of ASTTBC and hence appreciating their support.

    Q4. Please list your Education.

    A4.

    • (1964 – 1970) Kololo Senior Secondary School, Kampala, Uganda
    • (1971-1972) North-East London Polytech –Industrial Chemistry
    • (1974-1976) B.C.I.T. –Chemical and Metallurgical-Pollution Treatment Option
    • 1973-1976) C.I.T. Part-time Courses-Business Management 1 and 2, Industrial Radiography, Instrumentation 1 and 2.

    Q5. Please list your professional history in the following format: Job title, Employer name, years of employment (one line per employer).

    A5.

    • 1970 – Teacher at Public Hill School, Masaka, Uganda
    • 1972- Technician at Messr. Sandberg, London, England
    • 1978-2010 – AMEC Earth & Environmental, Technician, Technologist, Laboratory Supervisor, Senior Materials Engineering Technologist/Project Manager.
    • 2010 – Present- Senior Materials Engineering Technologist/Project Manager

    Q6. Please list your ASTTBC Activities (council, committees, regional work).

    A6.

    • Past ASTTBC Council Member
    • Awards Committee
    • Appeals Board
    • P Tech. Board Member
    • Career Night Speaker at B.C.I.T
    • Liaise with other Engineering organization, EGBC, SPEATBC,
    • Liaise with Governmental Agencies, attend Inaugural meeting in Ottawa at Conference Board of Canada” Business Leaders Roundtable on Immigration”. Visit India in December of 2014 to check out Universities, Technical Institutes, Accreditation Boards, Education Boards, HRD Skills.
    • Media-ASTTBC T.V. interviews-Mentoring, Conflict Resolution, Teamwork
    • ASTTBC-AGM Workshop Speaker, “Becoming a manager”
    • ASTTBC representation at Mosaic’PICS/Success Immigration Services- mentor and guide foreign professionals in their careers.

    Q7. Please list your community activities (any relevant community work).

    A7. The following list consists of some of these organizations:

    • Friends of the Environment (F.E.F.), Canada Trust – Chairperson, 1999 – 2000 (member since 1995)
    • Society of Punjabi Engineers & Technicians of BC (SPEATBC) – President, 1999 and a founder member (See attached for Major Accomplishments and Award Presentation). Assist internationally trained professionals in form of career guidance and job placement both on personal basis and through networking.
    • British Columbia Institute of Technology, BC (BCIT) – Career week speaker, 1996 – 1999, representing ASTTBC.
    • Moral Re-Armament (MRA, International Reconciliation Group) – Regional Coordinator, 2003/2006 .(Theme: Healing Canadian Communities). Participated in the conference and spoke on “Breaking Barriers” in 1993 in Toronto.  The invitation to MRA was from the mayor of Toronto, Barbara Hall to bridge diversified communities. Member since 1996.
    • The Link, an Indo-Canadian Newsletter, contributes in the form of writing articles: 
    • Swadhyay (Self-Awareness), Founding member of Vancouver Chapter, August 1, 1999. Swadhyay movement was started by Pandurang Shastri (Dada) who in 1997 received John Templeton Award (1.2 million dollars) for Humanitarian work.  Represented “The Link” as a reporter during the presentation by Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, London, England.
    • Fiji Visions (T.V. Programme): Appeared numerous times as a singer / musician on t.v.  Has given live concerts at the following events:
      • Bangla Desh Independence Day
      • Non-Violence conference organized by Chief Mercredi at Squamish Centre, Vancouver, BC, representing all First Nations people across Canada
      • Society of Punjabi Engineers & Technologists of BC
      • Annual general meeting, MRA – International re-conciliation group
      • Hindu Vedic Centre, Surrey, BC
      • Pakistan Independence Day, New Westminster, BC
      • Swadhyay Centre, San Jose, California,
      • University of Victoria and British Columbia, Indian Cultural Show
      • Bahai Temple, July 2002

    Music is often a popular medium to bring communities of various background closer together. Has composed his own songs and music and has his own CD.

    • Techwork Program (School Districts), Active participation in work experience program for High School Students, 1998 – 1999.
    • AGRA Earth & Environmental Limited committee member for the United Way
    • APEGBC (Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC) – Member of the committee: A Pilot Project for Internationally Trained Engineers-2003, ongoing.
    • Vice-President of UCNA -2006 (Ugandan Canadian National Association) and director of UCABC -2007 (Uganda Cultural Association of BC)
    • Guest Speaker: UBC (Civil Engineering) – “Construction Materials –Inspection & Testing”
    • Presently President of Ind-Can Cricket club, Part of 72 teams in BCMCL (British Columbia Mainland Cricket league).

    Q8. Please list your awards and honors.

    A8.

    • Humanitarian Award presented by AMEC Earth & Environmental called “Caught Shaping Amec”
    • Leadership Award presented by SPEATBC
    • Plaque from Rim Jhim Radio Station “ Contribution to Indian Music”
    • 25 year Service award from Amec Earth & Environmental
    • “Service Award” from ASTTBC, presented on May 28, 2010 for serving on Council”
  • Mike Battistel, AScT

    mike-battistelQ1. Please provide any relevant biographical information that you wish to share with the public on the ASTTBC website and with voting registrants in the Notice of Election that will be distributed to ASTTBC registrants (maximum 50 words).

    A1. Mike Battistel is the president of Cascadia Windows.  Cascadia has developed revolutionary fiberglass window products and exterior insulation products that vastly increase a building’s energy efficiency.  Most recently, Cascadia developed the first commercial grade fiberglass Passive House certified window in the world.  Over the past 12 years, the Cascadia leadership team has grown the business at over 20% per year compound growth.

    Q2. Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competencies: leadership, strategy, governance, financial literacy, systems thinking, regulatory understanding and technical expertise. Please share the areas of strength that you will bring to Council (maximum 100 words).

    A2.

    • Leadership:  As the president of Cascadia with over 100 employees, my leadership skills are constantly being put to the test (especially during the last two years with the COVID situation and related economic challenges).
    • Strategy:  Coming from the private sector and growing a company from start-up, I have had to create long term strategies and execute on those strategies.  Fourteen years later, Cascadia is positioned well due to the creation and execution of those strategies.

    Q3. How can ASTTBC support registrants in safe, competent, ethical practice of applied science technology? (maximum 50 words)

    ASTTBC needs to protect the public first and foremost.  For it to be effective, it needs to be well versed in risk management and related prioritization.

    Q4. Please list your Education.

    A4.

    • BCIT Diploma in Architectural Building Engineering Technology, Graduated 2000

    Q5. Please list your professional history in the following format: Job title, Employer name, years of employment (one line per employer).

    A5.

    • President, Cascadia Windows Ltd, 7 years
    • Vice President, Cascadia Windows Ltd, 4 years
    • Project Manager/Production Manager, Cascadia Windows Ltd, 3 years
    • Principal & Manager of Field Services, RDH Building Engineering Ltd., 4 years
    • Senior Building Science Technologist, RDH Building Engineering Ltd, 4 years
    • Site Supervisor, OG Installations, 4 years
    • Glazier & Carpenter, OG Installations, 4 years

    Q6. Please list your ASTTBC Activities (council, committees, regional work).

    A6.

    • Has been serving on the ASTTBC Council for the past 2 years.

    Q7. Please list your community activities (any relevant community work).

    A7.

    • Participant in Langley Adopt-a-street program
    • Fundraising participant for “Light the Night” Charity (Blood Cancer Charity)
    • Blood Donor with the Canadian Blood Services.

    Q8. Please list your awards and honours.

    A8.

    • 2017 – Awarded “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Clean16” designation at the 2018 Clean 50 Awards.
    • 2016 – Awarded the “2016 Professional Achievement Award” by ASTTBC
    • 2007 – Awarded the “BCIT Part Time Studies Instructor of the Year”
    • 2000 – Awarded the “ASHRAE Building Science Award” for academic achievement in the BCIT ABET program
    • 2000 – Honours status in the BCIT ABET Program
    • 2000 – 1st place in the BCBEC Building Science Competition