Technology Skills Appreciation Week


2017 Technology Skills Appreciation Week Proclaimed!

On March 13th, 2017 the Provincial Legislature will proclaim the week of March 13th – 17th as Technology Skills Appreciation Week (TSAW). This week provides an opportunity to showcase the contribution that the technology workforce makes to the people of British Columbia. There are so many everyday things that are taken for granted, yet behind the scene there is the creativity, design work and skills of a technology professional. This week provides the opportunity to recognize, acknowledge and appreciate the skills of this workforce.


ASTTBC is shipping the 2017 TSAW mug out around the province. If your office has ASTTBC Members that need a cup for their coffee (or tea!) let us know. All we ask is that you send us a ‘mug shot’ (photo) of yourself or the group that we can get up on the website. Send an email to – but supplies are limited.


The Urban Systems ASTTBC members in Kelowna, celebrating Technology Skills Appreciation Week. L-R: Loris Paoletich, Jared Wilkison, Sheldon Gull, Grant Lachmuth, Clint Bannister, Randy Runzer, Adam Wright and Scott Shepherd. Way to go URBAN SYSTEMS!

The Urban Systems gang in Kamloops have received their 2017 TSAW Mugs! Hope they enjoy their coffee or tea…..Congrats to our Technology Professionals.

Tim Cathcart, CTech, Senior Track Designer on left in red and Bob Bowman, AScT, Technical Manager, Rail Systems (Maki Soda is away on vacation this week). SNC – Lavalin Inc. Vancouver raising the mug to toast Technology Skills Appreciation Week!

ASTTBC starts the week off with a Lower Mainland Member Networking Reception, to be held in Surrey, which will include the launch of TSAW. Members and Special Guests will come together to start the week off in a celebratory fashion.

Lower Mainland Members can register to attend ONLINE

ASTTBC encourages all our Members to continue to visit the TSAW website to view all activities taking place during the week and to contact the office if they are hosting events at their place of employment or in their community, so we can offer support and spread the word.


Upcoming Activities:

Keva Planks – What goes up… must come down! Science World’s Brian Anderson – on display at BCTECH – pulls down Keva Planks stacked up earlier in the morning. The building is the fun part…here is how it might come down.

ASTTBC and Science World partnered to send thousands of Keva Planks to schools, libraries and science centres across BC as part of the organizations partnership in support of Canada 150

The Presidents of the ‘Bookend’ Associations of the country – Newfoundland and BC – Co-Chaired a national meeting of the Presidents of the Technology Professional Associations. Newton Pritchett (left) of AETTNL receives an ASTTBC feather from Keith Trulson, ASTTBC President at the meeting convened in Halifax and hosted by TechNOVA. The eagle feather was carved in cedar by Salish artist Len McKay. Thanks to Mark Bamford, President of TechNOVA, for his leadership in organizing the meeting. The Presidents met to review common interests and focus attention on areas where the Associations of technology professionals might work together to advance the technology professionals as well as STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

BC Safety Authority and ASTTBC make Technology SIZZLE at #BCTECH. Sizzling early on day 2 are BCSA’s Frank Do, Leader Stakeholder Engagement (third from right), Kaylyn Kretschner, Business Partner and Kevin Harding, Business Partner. ASTTBC CEO John Leech is sporting the ASTTBC Technology SIZZLES vest. What a great way to celebrate TSAW!

Dream Big : Engineering Our World, an OMNIMAX Film at Science World – until April 17. Don’t Miss it! ASTTBC encourages members and family and friends to get out and view the film, offered during (BC) Technology Skills Appreciation Week (March 13 – 17) and National Engineering and Geoscience Month. The film is being promoted by APEGBC and Science World. For more INFORMATION 

On March 13th Deb Churko, AScT is speaking at a “Women in Public Works Workshop” taking place in Parksville BC at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre – to REGISTER

March 13th ASTTBC is hosting a Lower Mainland Members Meeting and TSAW Launch at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel Surrey. We hope you can join us – to REGISTER


Women in Transportation Roundtable on March 14 in Vancouver. This Roundtable will bring together women who hold senior positions in transportation and champions, both male and female, who have shown interest to develop and promote women in transportation. This Roundtable is presented by the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table and WESTAC – there is no charge to attend  – TO REGISTER

The #BCTECH Summit is the largest technology conference in British Columbia showcasing the province’s vibrant technology industry.

Taking place during TSAW 2017 – a great way to celebrate the contribution technology makes to the Province of BC. To REGISTER

ACEC BC has two events during TSAW the first is a March 15th Breakfast Seminar – The Trans Mountain Expansion Project: Pipeline Success: Getting to Build Takes a Willingness to Listen and Learn. To REGISTER

The second event takes place March 17th in Kelowna BC. The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG) of Kelowna is hosting a Breakfast Seminar – What I have Learned in my Career So Far. To REGISTER

As part of National Engineering and Geoscience Month (NEGM) there are so many APEGBC activities taking place.

To highlight the ones happening during TSAW:

March 15th – Geoscience Outreach Event: Practising Mining Professionals Tell Their Stories From the Field – taking place in Vancouver to REGISTER

March 16th – The Kelowna APEGBC Branch Presents – CF Minerals Research Tour and Presentation. To REGISTER

March 16th – Taking place in North Vancouver – APEGBC Sea to Sky Branch Presents – Dinner Meeting: Canadian Ship Design for Dual Fueled LNG Propulsion Ferries. To REGISTER

Always a GREAT place to visit with the family! The Big Little Science Centre is located in Kamloops check out the ACTIVITIES for March.


2016 Technology Skills Appreciation Week! 

March 17th, 2016 the BC Legislature proclaimed the FIRST Technology Skills Appreciation Week (TSAW) that took place March21st to March 25th, 2016. It was proclaimed to recognize the valuable skill sets and contributions the technical workforce makes in the Province of British Columbia.

ASTTBC was a driving force in this opportunity to showcase the work our Members do on a daily basis that enhances the quality of life in BC. Technology Skills are a vital part of the growth and development for the future of the Province.

ASTTBC began the week as the guests of the City of Surrey Traffic Centre….a high tech facility that has grown from four TV monitors to a wall of screens that monitor the flow of traffic in the City. Joined by MLAs, and representative from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Surrey Board of Trade, members of ASTTBC who work at the traffic centre proudly shared their working environment and the technology behind it.


During Technology Skills Appreciation Week, ASTTBC Council Members, Staff and Members were making visits to worksites across the Province. Not arriving empty handed, ASTTBC coffee mugs were given out to show in a small way an awareness and appreciation of the contributions they make – although many Members just seemed happy to see us!


The ASTTBC Property Inspectors Certification Board got their MUGS!

ASTTBC Council Member, Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr enjoyed a visit and tour with the Techs at Babcock Canada in Victoria making sure they got their MUGS.

Chris Ewing, AScT got a surprise visit from ASTTBC staff at McElhanney in Courtenay and accepted the MUGS for the Techs in his office.

The ‘Motley Crew’ from Simpson Controls in Victoria have their coffee in ASTTBC MUGS!

A happy group of Techs at Andritz Automation…enjoy your coffee!