e-News May 2016

ASTTBC e-News, May 2016


ASTT e-News

ASTTBC e-News, May 2016

Dear Subscriber,

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 our 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.
Table Of Contents

ASTTBC’s 57th Annual AGM & Conference a Success!
ASTTBC Reaches Out to Fort McMurray and Northern Communities
MLA Darryl Plecas and Technology CareersUnderground Utility Locator Certification Program Launch in JuneASTTBC Website UpdatedMining Day 2016MLA Richard Lee a’Regular’with ASTTBC
Technology Accreditation Canada Update
Selkirk College School of Environment & Geomatics Student Awards
ASTTBC Connects with BCIT Electrical & Computer Engineering Students
First to Receive “Licensed Engineering Technologist” (LET) Designation
House Inspection Opportunity – Volunteers Needed
ASTTBC Foundation Bursary For High School Student Who is a Child/Grandchild of an ASTTBC Member
Small Business Resources
TechPROfile: Harmanjit Singh Uppal, Student
Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities
ASTTBC Member Satisfaction Survey
System Safety & Cyber-Security Integration
Upcoming EventsMember Services Partner Spotlight: Olympia Benefits Inc.Member Services Product Spotlight: Playland/PNE
ASTTBC Benefit of MembershipASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 2
Technological Innovation
Finance Department Update
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement
Update Your Contact Info
ASTTBC Social Media

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.

  • Click HERE to see Premier Christy Clark
  • Click HERE to see Hon. Andrew Wilkinson

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, as follows:

Officers:

  • Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL – President (Port Moody)
  • Trent Reid, CTech – Vice President (Delta)
  • Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr – Secretary/Treasurer (Victoria)
  • Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS – Past President (Vancouver)

Council Directors:

  • Heather Andreychuk, AScT (Prince George)
  • Todd Blackstock, AScT (Kelowna)
  • Rachel Butler, AScT (Fort St. John)
  • Jeff Collins, AScT (Kelowna)
  • Russell Dobie, AScT (Surrey)
  • Edzel Escala, AScT (Surrey)
  • Kai Hui, AScT (Coquitlam)
  • Craig Sears, AScT, MBA (Terrace)
  • David Sparanese, AScT, CPWI 3 (Victoria)

Public Representatives (appointed):

  • Rob Campbell, PEng (Vancouver)
  • Brian Carr, PhD (Vancouver)
  • James Coble, MA (Victoria)

Click HERE to view the press release.

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.

ASTTBC extends recognition and appreciation to our AGM 2016 Event Partners and Sponsors for helping to make the AGM & Conference so successful.

Event Partners

  • BCIT Alumni Association
  • TELUS

Gold Sponsors

  • APEGBC
  • BCIT
  • Lindsay Kenney LLP
  • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Silver Sponsor

  1. CHBA BC

Bronze Sponsors

  • Horseshoe Press Inc.
  • Manulife Financial
  • Okanagan College

See ASTTBC 2016 AGM & Conference photos HERE, full album coming soon!

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ASTTBC Reaches Out to Fort McMurray and Northern Communities

As the photos and videos continue to come out of the Fort McMurray community, our thoughts
are with those who have been affected by the devastating wildfires currently raging throughout the area.

One way we can all help is through the Red Cross where donations are being matched by the
Government of Canada. Text’RED CROSS’to 30333, call 1-800-418-1111 or visit redcross.ca
to make your donation.

 

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MLA Darryl Plecas and Technology Careers

Since his election as a BC MLA in May 2013 Darryl Plecas has made a special effort to get to
know the role of engineering and applied science technologists, technicians and technical
specialists and to connect with ASTTBC representatives.

A regular at ASTTBC events, the MLA has become a real champion and advocate for tech
careers and has been very open to interacting with ASTTBC. Darryl has come to understand
ASTTBC’s challenges, notably the Association’s work in assuring the full utilization of the skills set of ASTTBC members and formally recognizing the practice rights consistent with their competencies.

MLA Plecas represents the riding of Abbotsford South and serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the BC Minister of Health for Seniors. Prior to his election as a MLA, Darryl had a 34-year
career with the University of the Fraser Valley.

CLICK HERE to see a photo of ASTTBC Past President Dave Rutherford and MLA Darryl Plecas.

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Underground Utility Locator Certification Program Launch in June

The Underground Utility Locator Certification Program (UUL) is ASTTBC’s newest technical specialist certification program. Designed to recognize utility locators in BC, the new program is set to officially launch in June. Behind the scenes, ASTTBC and its new UUL Certification Board have been hard at work finalizing aspects of the launch. In cooperation with the BC Common Ground Alliance and the BC Municipal Safety Association, it is expected the program will make its debut at the next industry meeting in Delta.

More information will be available on the ASTTBC website as details unfold, and be sure to follow ASTTBC on Twitter for updates.

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ASTTBC Website Updated

The ASTTBC website recently underwent an overall update. The site was migrated to WordPress, with improved navigation and faster browsing. The functionality has been improved, and the new site will enhance ASTTBC’s digital marketing efforts.

WordPress makes it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. Search engine optimization allows greater precision as each page, post, or image can have its own meta tag keywords, description, and title, and be optimized for specific keywords.

The new site also offers greater design consistency. All sites across the board, including Technical Specialists sites, will have the same look and feel of the ASTTBC brand. The ASTTBC website had more than 23,000 visitors in May, with close to 1,000 unique visitors.

Click HERE to see the new website. ASTTBC encourages everyone to check it out!

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Mining Day 2016

Mining Day 2016 was held on May 7 at the Big Little Science Centre in Kamloops. It was a fun event with 30 exhibitors from various industries, all linked to Mining, and more than 500 people attended the day.

BCWiT sponsored a children’s rock tumbler for the photo booth contest. Check out #MiningDay2016 on Twitter to view some of the highlights. Many visitors checked out the ASTTBC booth. Kudos to Irene Glotze, AScT and Toni-Lynn Card, AScT, for engaging the public.

Here a some of the some of the positive comments received:
“It’s a great place to interact with the public to show them the different ways people and companies contribute to the mining industry.”
“We learned a lot about mining and minerals.”

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MLA Richard Lee a’Regular’with ASTTBC

ASTTBC can always count on the MLA for Burnaby-North, Richard Lee, to be present at
engineering and technology events, including in this photo the annual awards hosted by the
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – BC (ACEC-BC).

ASTTBC was a prime sponsor of the ACEC-BC event and was represented by senior volunteers and staff. Richard was in attendance and made a point of connecting with ASTTBC
representatives. This was one more opportunity to liaise with BC Government MLAs and bring attention to the Association’s 10,500+ membership and key issues, such as the need to get to work on practice rights for ASTTBC members.

 

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Technology Accreditation Canada Update

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) Executive Director Sam DiGiandomenico is retiring in early June, leaving open the opportunity for someone new to fill the exciting role. Since his arrival at TAC in January 2015, the former OACETT registrar has made a significant positive impact on the accrediting body’s advancement.

His notable accomplishments include completing the TAC pilot project and awarding the first accreditation, launching full operations, overseeing the debut of TAC TALK, accrediting additional programs, conducting outreach to educational institutions and the National Council of Deans of Technology (NCDoT), initiating the Ontario colleges project, and transitioning TAC to the use – and also review and improvement – of CTAC standards.

TAC board president Peter Portlock said that DiGiandomenico will be greatly missed and it won’t be easy to replace him.

Meanwhile, it’s business as usual for TAC as it is wrapping up work on several site visits that took place in March and May. As well, nineteen additional accreditations are in the process of being scheduled with a few more accreditation requests pending.

And finally, a revised Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) standard which has been six months in the making is currently open for review. To date, 82 individuals have accessed the draft and twenty-three comments have been received. The review window is open until June 4.

The revised CTAC standard is expected to be published this summer.

The CTAC standard is specifically called the technologist program general learning outcomes criteria – also known as PGLOY – and is the result of the efforts of the CTAC standards development committee which was tasked with reviewing and improving it. The PGLOY CTAC standard provides the common set of minimum requirements that must be met by all TAC-accredited engineering technology and applied science programs at post-secondary educational institutions.

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Selkirk College School of Environment & Geomatics Student Awards

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia recently awarded School of Environment & Geomatics students excelling at their recent conference. From left to right are SEG Chair Brendan Wilson, ASTTBC Regional Manager Bruce Stevens, Eric Hoodicoff, Tara Robinson, Blaire Smith and Geoff Matheson.

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) Regional Manager Bruce Stevens attended the Selkirk College graduation ceremony last month to honour five students from the School of Environment & Geomatics for their presentations made during the recent applied research conference.

The students each received a $250 excellence in technology award for their winning work presented at the April 6 conference where 82 presenters took part in the 14th annual event.
“Selkirk College has developed a very unique learning model with this conference,” says Stevens. “Students must summarize their comprehensive research work into a short, clear and concise presentation and then present to an audience, many of whom are not of that discipline. Being able to get a technical message across quickly and clearly to people who may not understand the science is a fantastically valuable experience.”

Recreation Fish & Wildlife Program students Blaire Smith and Tara Robinson caught the eye of ASTTBC for The Missing Lynx: Detecting Lynx in the Rossland Range of British Columbia. Geographic Information Systems student Eric Hoodicoff was chosen for his project called Bear Aware with Harvest Share. He examined the relationship between black bear activity and fruit trees in the New Denver and Silverton areas. Geoffrey Matheson, a Forest Technology Program student, was recognized for his work using Light Detection and Ranging Data in assessing inoperable terrain deductions from the timber harvesting land base. And Integrated Environmental Planning Program student Suzz Bergler was successful in her presentation analyzing LED street light use in Rossland.

“These presentations, besides being technically superior, also demonstrated a strong recognition of ASTTBC’s primary values, which are, to serve the public by technology professionals’commitment to a safe, healthy, and sustainable society and environment,” says Stevens.

The Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC is a self-governing professional association operating under provincial statute to regulate and register technology professionals in British Columbia. With more than 10,500 registered technologists, technicians and technical specialists ASTTBC members represent the vanguard of technology in all corners of BC.

School of Environment & Geomatics Chair Brendan Wilson appreciates the continued support of ASTTBC who has been on board with the annual student conference for five years.

“As one of the three main professional associations that our students may seek membership within, the ASTTBC continues to actively engage our learners around the value of professionalism and the importance of developing ethical attitudes in the workplace,” says Wilson. “This is a good thing, and we applaud the association’s outreach.”

CLICK HERE to see the original article with a photo included!

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ASTTBC Connects with BCIT Electrical & Computer Engineering Students

Jason Jung, AScT, ASTTBC’s Manager of Professional Practice & Development recently met with more than 125 students from BCIT’s Electrical and Computer Engineering program to speak about the role of ASTTBC, it’s registration and certification process, and the benefits of professional registration. “Often times, students are busy concentrating on their classes and have little time to consider topics such as certification. We explain why membership in a professional association is so important for setting the stage for personal and career development,” says Jason. “ASTTBC would like to thank faculty and staff for their support in helping reinforce this message.”

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First to Receive “Licensed Engineering Technologist” (LET) Designation

MRO Magazine featured the announcement that Lisa Miller, C.E.T, LET, of Toronto, received
Ontario’s first licensed engineering technologist (LET) designation May 12, 2016 in a
ceremony celebrating a successful collaboration between Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Lisa is a senior associate at LRI Engineering Inc., Canada’s largest wholly-Canadian-owned
engineering firm specializing exclusively in fire protection engineering, building and fire code
consulting and emergency planning services and has been an OACETT member for 12 years.

The LET designation reflects that a limited license holder with PEO has met additional
requirements to obtain and maintain his or her OACETT certification, and his or her willingness to be held professionally accountable by both the licensing and certification bodies.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

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House Inspection Opportunity – Volunteers Needed

The field training aspect of preparing new house inspectors is required both for ASTTBC certification and for licensing by CPBC. Access to houses to carry out this training has proven to be an ongoing challenge.

Now that Council has adopted changes to the ASTTBC Field Training Policy for Tech Spec groups including House Inspectors, we are looking to make some improvements.

In order to implement a new strategy, we need to recruit some people to volunteer their homes for field training inspections and/or field assessment inspections.

What do we need:

  • Access to single family homes, condos, townhouses, etc. for a half or a whole day. During a training or assessment session we would expect a maximum of 4 trainees/trainers to be in the house.
  • Keep in mind that we want houses in a “typical” state, not cleaned up or modified in preparation – this is what an inspector typically inspects and we are not asking you to put in extra work.
  • Also keep in mind that an inspection is “visual” only, nothing invasive is done to the house, and inspectors are trained to leave everything in the same state they found it.

What do you get:

  • Legally, we can’t do a “real home inspection” for you during a field training exercise. However, the exercise will be supervised by a senior ASTTBC Inspector and you can expect to be informed at the conclusion of the exercise of any issue that is found during the exercise that you should be concerned about, or that could adversely affect the sale of your property should you be thinking about putting it on the market. This is particularly true for assessments which are actually “tests” where a full inspection is done by the trainee and where that inspection and the report produced is reviewed by two senior inspectors.
  • Recognizing that this does represent some disruption for the home owner, we intend to provide a small honorarium to the owner as compensation.

 

Time Frame:
We want to set up a “bank” of potential properties which could be used throughout the year. As we develop the system we want to set specific dates in advance for training and assessment sessions based on availability of homes. At this stage, we are really looking for indications from members that they might be interested in participating and as details become clearer, we will contact those members to explain what we plan to do and to reconfirm interest.

We are also interested in homes in all parts of the Province. Most of the field training in the past has been done in the Lower Mainland, but having training sites in other regions would be very helpful.

If you are interested, please contact: Barry W Brooks, AScT, CHI, RRFA(L), PEng, ASTTBC Manager, Property / House Inspection Registration at: bbrooks@asttbc.org

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ASTTBC Foundation Bursary For High School Student Who is a Child/Grandchild of an ASTTBC Member

One $1,000 bursary is offered directly from the ASTTBC Foundation each year to a Grade 12 student who is a child or a grandchild of an ASTTBC member.

APPLICATION CRITERIA and how to apply.

Email your complete application to Heather Stevens <hstevens@asttbc.org> by August 1st to the ASTTBC Foundation, c/o Heather Stevens.

To be eligible to receive an ASTTBC Foundation bursary or award, you must be a full-time student and a member of ASTTBC. The ASTTBC Student Membership is free. To apply, CLICK HERE.

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Small Business Resources

At the end of 2016 ASTTBC issued a Member Survey, in collaboration with the B.C. government, regarding the small business activities and recommendations of our members. ASTTBC and the BC Government recognize that Small businesses are a vital contributor to the B.C. economy and appreciate the time members took to respond to the survey. Survey highlights and findings will be presented in the next eNews, however, the BC government provided the following links for members seeking additional resources and information regarding Small Business Resources.

Members involved in small enterprises can stay informed about Small Business BC seminars, events, promotions etc. by subscribing to a Monthly eNews, Weekly Updates and/or BC Deals and Announcements. To subscribe, CLICK HERE.

Members may also be interested in subscribing to one of the many specialized government newsletters. CLICK HERE to view more offerings.

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TechPROfile: Harmanjit Singh Uppal, Student

Student member under the Building Discipline and seeking part-time employment.

Harmanjit Uppal graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from
Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, India in June 2015 and is currently completing a Post Degree Diploma in Applied Planning at Langara College in Vancouver with an August 2016 graduation date.

While attending university Harmanjit Uppal successfully completed three work terms/internships within industry. His experience includes working as a Trainee under a Survey Instructor, as a trainee under a Project Engineer at a Thermal Power Plant, and as a Trainee under a Structural Engineer at Pro-Ace Advance Simulation Institute.

His current Post Degree Diploma program in Applied Planning has provided valuable exposure to BC Planning Laws & Processes and allowed him to achieve a solid understanding of Municipal frameworks. During the program Harmanjit Uppal gained experience preparing a 15-acre subdivision plan based on actual site in Northern Grandview Heights (South Surrey) which involved developing a projected budget, addressing issues involving transportation networks, internal roadworks, road dedication and supporting infrastructure according to Municipal Design Criteria Manual.

Through his work experience and educational background, Harmanjit Uppal has gained proficiency in using several software packages including AutoCAD, STAAD Pro, GIS (3D) and SketchUp.

Specific career Highlights include:

  • 2014-Structural Engineering intern at Proace Institute of Advance Simulation
  • 2014-Onsite trainee under construction manager of Larsen & Toubro at the construction of a water treatment plant
  • 2012-Trainee under a Surveyor for a 4 week survey camp on contour mapping

Professional & Community Activities

  • Enjoys contributing to his profession through actively volunteering with ASTTBC, APEGBC, and SPEATBC

Why I Became a Technology Professional
“I have always been interested in a career where I can contribute to the wellbeing of our community. Therefore, I opted to pursue engineering in the area of community planning, so that I can implement my planning knowledge of sustainability through my engineering practices.”

Click HERE to submit your TechPROfile with us today for a chance to be featured in future eNews.

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Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS Website for Career Opportunities

Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC TechJOBS website to view our current postings.

Featured Job:

1. The City of Trail is looking for an Engineering Technician IV for more information on the position and to APPLY

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ASTTBC Member Satisfaction Survey

ASTTBC is conducting its Member Satisfaction Survey. The information compiled is used to make sure we’re on track as an association and serving the needs of the membership in the best way possible.

If you haven’t already provided your input, please complete the survey today for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • Samsung Android Tablet
  • Fitbit Charge HR
  • $100 Gift Card to The Keg
  • Cineplex movie packages

… or an ASTTBC swag bag!

CLICK HERE to take the survey now.

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System Safety & Cyber-Security Integration

June 6, 2016 – Vancouver, BC

This full-day seminar covers fundamental elements of an integrated approach to managing safety and cyber-security risk for complex systems that provide critical services. In particular, this training focuses on how an established system/software safety process can be extended to take account of cybersecurity threats.

Increasing automation, remote operation, interconnection of “smart” systems are among the technology trends that potentially heighten exposure to security threats. Transportation systems, public utilities, medical devices and industrial process control are examples of sectors that face growing concerns about the potential impact of security vulnerabilities on safety risk.

Conventional IT security measures centered on equipment level mitigations such as firewalls and encryption are unlikely to be a complete solution. Such measures need to be complemented by strategies, processes, and techniques that focus on a top-down systems-of-system understanding of how security threats impact safety – which is the subject of this seminar.

CLICK HERE to register!

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Upcoming Events

June 2-4: OACETT AGM, Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton ON
June 7: ACEC-BC AGM, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver
June 8: BC Safety Authority Public Meeting, Langley Golf & Banquet Centre, Langley
June 12: BCEDA Economic Summit, Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond BC
June 16-17: Women in Supply Chain: The Journey Conference, Calgary
June 17: ASTTBC – APEGBC Golf Tournament, Kelowna
June 21: LGMA Annual Conference, VI Conference Centre, Nanaimo
June 21: National Aboriginal Day

CLICK HERE for the full list of upcoming events.

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Member Services Partner Spotlight: Olympia Benefits Inc.

In 1997, Olympia Benefits was created with a mission to provide Canadian small business owners with affordable and easy to use benefit plans. Since then, Olympia has established itself as the market leader for small business Health Spending Accounts.

Olympia Benefits Inc. provides a new option for technicians and technologists who are working on contract or as consultants, and for small and medium-sized firms. This program allows you to have your company pay for your family’s medical and dental expenses and then deduct 100% of the cost as a business expense. Unlike insurance plans with premiums, with the Olympia Health & Dental plan you pay only for what employees actually spend (plus administration costs). The plan provides complete coverage and impressive tax savings both personally and corporately.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Olympia Benefits Health & Dental Plan.

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Member Services Product Spotlight: Playland/PNE

PLAYLAND SEASON IS BACK! Playland is now open for a thrilling new season featuring Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride, The Beast! Purchase your PlayPass for family and friends at a member discounted price. The PlayPasses include unlimited access to 30 rides and attractions excluding Revelation, Drop Zone, Haunted Mansion and Pacific Adventure Golf.

Additional savings are being offered at the following events:

WBSC XV WOMEN’S WORLD SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
JULY 15-24, SOFTBALL CITY, SURREY, BC
*Save up to $20 on select tickets when you book a group of 10 or more.

HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
JULY 23, 27 & 30, ENGLISH BAY, VANCOUVER BC

  • Saturday July 23, 2016 – Royal Fireworks, Holland
  • Wednesday July 27, 2016 – Howard’s fireworks, Australia
  • Saturday July 30, 2016 – Walt Disney Entertainment, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Light up the night with the Honda Celebration of Light! Save up to $3 on tickets for the YVR Observation Deck or the Inukshuk Lounge.

YVR Observation Deck
The YVR Observation Deck is the perfect spot for families or groups who want to ensure they have a comfortable seat together to watch the fireworks. Whether you arrive early or late, your seat is reserved for you in this fun and friendly bleacher-style seating area.

Inukshuk Lounge
The Inukshuk Lounge is located on the peninsula at English Bay and offers guests a comfortable seat in a family-friendly space. This VIP location provides the perfect environment to network and chat, with the added benefit of the closest water view of the fireworks spectacular. Featuring guaranteed seating, musical simulcast of the fireworks soundtrack, cash bar service, private washroom facilities and a laid back vibe, the Inukshuk Lounge offers a cool, sophisticated atmosphere.

CLICK HERE to purchase.

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ASTTBC Benefit of Membership

Did you know?

  • The technology sector directly employs more than 86,000 people, and wages for those jobs are 60% higher than B.C.’s industrial average.
  • B.C.’s technology sector is growing faster than the overall economy. In 2013, it grew at a rate of 4.7%, a higher rate than the 3.2% growth observed in the provincial economy.
  • New technology companies are emerging at increasing rates throughout the province. In 2013, there was an addition of more than 700 new technology companies in B.C., an increase of 8% over the prior year.

Today’s fast-changing and competitive environment demands the very best people and at a time of increasing professional reliance, employers are attracted to ASTTBC Technology Professionals because they can be assured our members are Qualified, Registered and Accountable.

Qualified. ASTTBC is considered a critical element in the career of technologists, technicians and technical specialists and businesses, industries and government recognize our credentials as key indicators of competence and quality.

Registered. ASTTBC has a mandate under provincial legislation to maintain, improve and increase the knowledge, ability and competence of our members. By setting and maintaining standards of excellence, members, employers and their clients all benefit from a culture of professionalism.

Accountable. ASTTBC regulate standards of training and practice of, and for, its members and to protect the interest of the public. Certified members are required to follow a Code of Ethics and are subject to practice review and discipline therefore assuring professionalism in the execution of their duties.

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ASTTBC Code of Ethics: Principle 2

Undertake and accept responsibility for professional assignments only when qualified by training and experience.

Amplification:
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.

Commentary:
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.

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Technological Innovation

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 ASTTBC e-News Editor John Morton at jmorton@ASTTBC.org

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Finance Department Update: Dues Notice

Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates that have not paid their 2016 DUES, please contact our office at the earliest possible, by emailing Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org or by calling (604) 585-2788 ext. 237 if you wish to make arrangements to pay at a later date or to pay in installments to avoid cancellation.

CANCELLATION for non-payment will occur on June 15.

ATTN: TECHNICAL SPECIALIST GROUPS ANNUAL RENEWAL FEE FOR 2016

All Building Design, Construction Safety, Fire Protection, House & Property Inspection, Onsite Wastewater, Public Works Inspection, Registered Reserve Fund Analyst, Registered Technology Manager, Site Improvement Surveying, Steel Detailing, Underground Utility Locators, Professional Technologists have been sent hard copy invoices and these are due and payable before June 1, 2016.

Late fee of $25 plus gst will be added after June 10. CANCELLATION for non-payment will occur in the first week of July

A $100 fee will be applied to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership after membership is cancelled for non-payment of annual renewal fees and membership dues.

Contact Lumi Guias at lguias@asttbc.org if you’re facing financial hardship or health problems.

What does professional certification in ASTTBC say about you?

  • You are qualified, registered and accountable.
  • You belong to one of BC’s largest professional associations, 10,000+ strong
  • You are highly qualified and in demand
  • We thank you in advance for your prompt attention and your continued support

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a Requirement

A reminder that ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC’s policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.

Professional technologists, technicians and technical specialists are accountable to the public and their profession. As a professional regulatory body ASTTBC is required to assure the public that members continue to meet the high standards set for registration and the CPD Program provides a guide for members as they consider their continuing education needs.
Click here to read out policy.

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.

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Update Your Contact Info

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

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