Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration


ASTTBC Technology Awards Gala a Tradition of Success

ASTTBC’s 27th Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration was held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel on November 14th 2015. The annual gala is ASTTBC’s opportunity to recognize BC’s Technology Professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, and to say thank you to our many volunteers and partners who have contributed to the growth and development of the Association.

ASTTBC was honoured to have the Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act, The Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, MLA from Vancouver–Quilchena, speak at the event. “The Minister spoke of the important role Technology Professionals play in their own communities and in building the BC economy,” said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. “It was a pleasure having him with us for the evening.”

Other MLAs in attendance were George Heyman, MLA from Vancouver–Fairview; Richard Lee, MLA from Burnaby North and Deputy Speaker; Dr. Darryl Plecas, MLA from Abbotsford South; Shane Simpson, MLA from Vancouver–Hastings; and ASTTBC Honorary Member Ralph Sultan, MLA from West Vancouver–Capilano.

The event was very well attended and featured entertainment by Andrew Johns (back by popular demand), a delicious dinner, award presentations, the ASTTBC Foundation 25th Anniversary Silent Auction, and many, many good friends.

“Always building for the future” – Message from BC Premier Christy Clark

The ASTTBC Technology Awards gala opened with a video greeting from BC Premier Christy Clark. ASTTBC asked the provincial government to proclaim National Technology Week in BC during the first week of November, and Premier Christy Clark sent a letter of congratulations to each of the 2015 technology award recipients. View the video HERE

Congratulations to TARC 2015 Award Recipients

Honorary Membership:
  • Phil Hochstein, MPA
  • Manley McLachlan, BA
  • Jack Davidson
Employer Award for Career Enhancement and Success of Technology Professionals:
  • Omega Engineering – accepting Tim Dunne, PEng
  • 101 Industries – accepting Mark Harnadek, AScT
Advanced Technology Award:
  • Rolgear Manufacturing Inc. – accepting Robert Suter
  • Premier Tech Aqua – accepting Andy McKinlay
TechGREEN Award:
  • TBF Environmental – accepting Dave Pasin
Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology:
  • Rebecca Donnell, AScT
Professional Achievement:
  • Robert Bedard, AScT, EngL, CPWI 3
  • James Martens, AScT, CPWI 3
  • Kevin Ramsay, AScT, RTMgr
Peter Allan AScT Leadership Award:
  • Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS
Life Membership:
  • Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS

View Award Recipient PHOTOS

‘Science is the Recipe’ music video by The Kerplunks

The Kerplunks fourth music video produced by ASTTBC was unveiled at TARC 2015. “The video showcases general elements of scientific methodology in a fun way,” said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. “The music video is designed for kids to learn about STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – and to promote awareness about careers in technology.”

View music video on ASTTBC YouTube channel

ASTTBC Foundation 25th Anniversary Silent Auction


At this year’s event, a very successful Silent Auction raised over $11,500 for the ASTTBC Foundation. Money raised at this event provides bursaries and awards for technology students, and supports science and technology education and awareness in BC. Thanks to all the donors and bidders who made this year’s Silent Auction such a great fundraiser.

The ASTTBC Foundation is helping the youth of today become the techs of tomorrow!



From the guests…

“Evelyn and I had a great time at TARC. It is always special to catch up with the ASTTBC community. Food was fabulous. A great evening all round.” ~ Ted Nodwell, Photographer and former Executive Director, ASTTBC Foundation

“What a night! All the people at ASTTBC did a great job with this event. Thanks again for everything.” ~ Andy McKinlay, Market Development Director – Residential, North America, Premier Tech Aqua

“Just a quick note to thank you for the invitation to the ASTTBC Awards event, and to congratulate you on a fantastic evening! I was very impressed with the representation from government. Fantastic Silent Auction, and I’ve got tickets for the family to an upcoming Canuck’s game thanks to the Foundation fundraiser! All and all, a great night.” ~ Chad Rintoul, CEO, Association of BC Land Surveyors

Event Partners & Sponsors

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