Technology Skills Appreciation Week



2018 Technology Skills Appreciation Week Proclaimed!

British Columbia’s vital technology sector is strong and growing. To celebrate the success of the sector and those who work in it, the BC government has proclaimed March 12 to 16, 2018 as Technology Skills Appreciation Week (TSAW).

ASTTBC recognizes the critical work of the 10,500 members who serve the public throughout BC. Technologists, Technicians and Technical Specialists are the “behind the scenes” professionals who support the safe operation of civil infrastructure, the medical system, environmental protection and information technology – just to name a few! These Technology Professionals are held to a rigorous Code of Ethics and high Practice Standards, as their role in society impacts our everyday life.

As part of the week-long celebration, ASTTBC is shipping the 2018 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.



SNC Lavalin is doing a laser scan during a topographic survey for the engineering design of the Runway End Safety Area project at YVR (Vancouver) Airport –  this ‘heads up’ Photo submitted by Jeffrey Hay, AScT

The above is a Tipell 13-lot subdivision aerial plan that Jordan Marshall, AScT from David Nairne & Associates Ltd is working on. Our Technologists keep on designing and planning our world!

Michael Sullivan, CTech from Bush, Bohlman & Partners is proud of his work on the new Emily Carr University of Art & Design….what art from you Michael!!

Perry Pan, AScT, Design Technician at BC Hydro, taking a 20 minute walk up to the dam crest to enjoy the view after a long day of work at the G.M. Shrum Generating Station – some days it is great to be at work! Thanks Perry for your contributions that sustain our Province.

Our qualified Home and Property Inspectors can give you peace of mind with one of your biggest purchases. Thanks Glen Duxbury, CHI, RRFAL for your dedication to the profession!

Noor Sahyon, GradTech is busy at RAM Engineering…”The latest project I have been working on is “Lower Mainland Intermediate Pressure System Upgrade”  I have been working on locating underground and overhead utilities that are conflicting with a proposed 20km 762mm gas pipeline running between Coquitlam Burnaby, and Vancouver.
I also designed  relocation sketches for water-main, drainage, and sanitary pipes that are conflicting with the proposed pipeline alignment location.” Thanks for all your work Noor!


2018 TSAW “Mug Shots”

Ebrahim Bouzari, GradTech (right in photo) came by the ASTTBC Office to pick up his 2018 TSAW Mug. ASTTBC Registrar, Charles Joyner presented Ebrahim his mug and tried to fill ‘er up! Ebrahim is a Design Tech Trainee for BC Hydro. Thanks for coming by!

DWB Consulting Services Ltd. in Prince George is enjoying their coffee in the new 2018 TSAW Mug. Pictured are (left to right) Stefanie Noack, CTech, Karl Dean, CTech (Civil Team Lead), Darryl Kerr, CTech, and Jessica Peters, AScT. Enjoy your coffee and THANKS for your contributions as Technicians and Technologists!

Megan Chambers, AScT a structural design Technologist at ISL Engineering & Land Services got her hands on the 2018 TSAW Mug! Click on her photo to watch our Women in Technology video that features Megan and two of our other female members who are valued for the contribution they make to the technology team!

Its coffee time at David Nairne & Associates and our techs are prepared! Jordan Marshall, AScT, Nickol Cashin, AScT and Desmond Southwell, AScT (left to right in the photo) have their 2018 TSAW mugs ready to go! THANKS for all the work you do as technology professionals.

Rylin Halpin, GradTech has his TSAW mug….THANKS to McElhanney for supporting our up and coming Technologists & Technicians!

Our Techs at BC Hydro got their mugs – they deserve a coffee break after this past winter! Thanks to (left to right) Srdjan Pocuca, AScT, Chris Campbell, AScT, and Perry Pan, AScT for all their hard work!

Michael Sullivan, CTech received his 2018 TSAW mug, and took some time from all his work from Bush, Bohlman & Partners to take a photo. Michael is also a great volunteer for ASTTBC – we appreciate all that you do!

The gang from RAM Engineering are looking for some mugs! Noor Sahyon, GradTech (at end of table) and his hard working co-workers on the engineering team will be getting their mugs soon!



Always On UPS Systems Canada Inc. in Kelowna were “mugged” today as Bruce Stevens, AScT, ASTTBC Okanagan Representative came by their office to deliver the 2018 TSAW mugs. Alvin Alfano, AScT, RTMgr, Director of Engineering for Always On made sure his staff of GradTechs received their mugs…..THANKS Alvin for mentoring and supporting our up and coming Technologists. Pictured above are: (left to right) Chris Pritchard, GradTech, Nataya Taweepolcharoen, GradTech, Ethan Yun Zhang and Alvin Alfano, AScT, RTMgr – in the first photo on the left.  In the photo on the right – Chris Pritchard, GradTech, Nataya Taweepolcharoen, GradTech, Ethan Yun Zhang and Bruce Stevens, AScT, ASTTBC Okanagan Representative. Thanks Always On!

After working hard to keep our work sites safe, Steve Goodall, CSO(P) has his 2018 TSAW mug to have his coffee in! Steve, Safety Coordinator at Westbow Construction Group is just one of our Construction Safety Officers out in the field ensuring that safety comes first!!

Michael Lonsdale, AScT, LEED Green

Hang Cao, AScT

Over in Nanaimo, McElhanney technologists are taking their coffee breaks with the 2018 TSAW mug. Thanks Michael and Hang we appreciate all the work you do as Technologists!

Todd Turnbull, AScT, CPWI 3 and the gang at True Consulting in Kamloops are counting the minutes to coffee time when they can use their 2018 TSAW Mug! Thanks to this fun loving group for their work and dedication as technology professionals. AND enjoy your coffee!


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.

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.

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!